• 03-17-2015
    AthleticAL
    Number 8 for this year is going into the books (goal of 100). I had to take one off yesterday because my legs were sore from the off-roader weekend action.

    My first commute this year was at -11 F early in the morning. That was rather unpleasant so I had to back off for a bit. Seasonal temps today (high about 45) with nice strong sunshine and a bit of wind. I'll take that though. Going home in the dark will be cooler... but I've got the gear for that too.
  • 03-17-2015
    NDD
    The wind. Ugh. Terrible day for a single speed, though I made good time, considering the circumstances. I'll get rid of my baby legs yet.
  • 03-17-2015
    Straz85
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AthleticAL View Post
    Number 8 for this year is going into the books (goal of 100). I had to take one off yesterday because my legs were sore from the off-roader weekend action.

    My first commute this year was at -11 F early in the morning. That was rather unpleasant so I had to back off for a bit. Seasonal temps today (high about 45) with nice strong sunshine and a bit of wind. I'll take that though. Going home in the dark will be cooler... but I've got the gear for that too.

    That was my goal last year, ended up with 103. At this point in the year, only had 4 or 5, so you're ahead of where I was. Where are you located?
  • 03-17-2015
    AthleticAL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    That was my goal last year, ended up with 103. At this point in the year, only had 4 or 5, so you're ahead of where I was. Where are you located?

    I'm in Minneapolis and have a super short commute. So last year a friend and fellow cylist at work challenged me to "bike 100." "Wha-?" I asked. I managed maybe 25 but started mid summer... I am hopeful to make the goal this year.

    I do have a studded tire bike that I love to ride on frozen creeks and lakes and icy trails but I like to keep that one for that purpose.

    Here's my "commuter" is my original mtb from back in the day outfitted with Conti TravelContact tires. Love the tread pattern (smooth center, knobs on the edges), hate that they seem prone to dry rotting sidewalls
  • 03-17-2015
    formula4speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    The wind. Ugh. Terrible day for a single speed, though I made good time, considering the circumstances. I'll get rid of my baby legs yet.

    I'm getting ready for my commute home, can hear the wind howling. Weather.com says currently 28mph sustained and gusting to 40mph, that's borderline push me off my bike territory. It's going to be a straight headwind, think I'll take the short route home.

    Single speed may have been a poor choice for both of us today.
  • 03-17-2015
    carthief
    It was awesome!
    Sort of.
    It was my first commute since Dec 20th. I had to leave extra early for rare work reason. Temps were in the low 20's with one heck of a serious head wind the whole way in. Left house at 5:15 so the whole commute was in the dark with lights on the bike.
    And it was awesome! Man am I glad the ice has finally melted away...
    Good to be back on the bike
  • 03-17-2015
    wschruba
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    And as of this moment, the commuter thread is on page 666. :madmax:

    My computer just passed 666.66 for the year today :eekster:
  • 03-17-2015
    NDD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    I'm getting ready for my commute home, can hear the wind howling. Weather.com says currently 28mph sustained and gusting to 40mph, that's borderline push me off my bike territory. It's going to be a straight headwind, think I'll take the short route home.

    Single speed may have been a poor choice for both of us today.

    Yep. The ride home was good. Cooler and more windy than yesterday, so walkers and summertime cyclists weren't out. Despite my legs feeling toasted from earlier still, I averaged 17 mph and set two PRs.

    Still need to fix the brakes on the mtb... So my only choice is to ride ss or drive. The right choice is clear.
  • 03-17-2015
    TenSpeed
    Third for the single speed commute to work. That wind was no joke today here either. I head W for most of my ride, and the wind was out of the NW with gusts in the 20's. Not bad for a ride eh? Put an 80mm deep wheel on your bike and see how that likes the wind. I might as well be dragging a boat anchor and have the sails at full mast. It was rough to say the least. Lots of drunk students wandering around the sidewalks at 2PM on a Tuesday here. Just another excuse to drink. Almost got taken out by a city bus who clearly saw me, and started to encroach the bike lane to get to the bus stop. He was maybe a foot from me, maybe a foot. Felt like 3 inches. That's what she said.

    No commute on Wednesday because I have the day off!! Still gonna ride down to the shop and maybe take my cranks off. I seem to have some sort of roughness somewhere in the drivetrain and it feels like the cranks.
  • 03-17-2015
    Rustedthrough
    I had a meeting in Tenspeed's neck of the woods today, commute was by car. The wind was no joke, even the Golf could feel it in the state capital.

    When I pulled into my driveway, I saw a familiar looking cyclist grinding his way up the hill, dark flat bar bike, high viz jacket and a few good lights on the front, moving much faster than I do uphill. When he passed me, he had a red tail- light like any other good quality LED tail- light, and a flashing blue. Anyone know what the blue was, is it legal? It was damned sure visible against the red breathing light.
  • 03-17-2015
    BrianMc
    ^ Could be a Xenon strobe, like they use on top of school buses here. I had an amber one I tried on the front. Like this:

    Lightman Xenon Strobe Bike Kit•Mount Lightman on your handlebars or under your seat•Lightweight

    It used 3 AA's and 1.5 to 2 hours run time. Ate batteries and did not like NiMH. EMF messed up my pulsimeter and the flash was hard to shield. Blue is illegal in most places as it is reserved for police and emergency vehicles.
  • 03-17-2015
    Rustedthrough
    ^Thanks Brian. This was "Roller/ Po-po" blue, not blue tinged white. Being illegal would explain why I haven't seen them in the shops.
  • 03-18-2015
    s0ckeyeus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    My computer just passed 666.66 for the year today :eekster:

    :devil: :rockon:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsmcDLDw9iw
  • 03-18-2015
    Straz85
    Yesterday's commute home was ridiculous. The forecast was 48 with 15mph winds and mostly cloudy. I left work and saw some dark and menacing clouds. I starting riding out of the parking lot and got hit by a massive wind, had to be 40mph. Almost stopped me in my tracks. I pushed on, the wind continued, I got nervous a couple times I was going to get blown into the street. The winds were at least 40mph, maybe more. About 1 mile into my ride, it started raining and the temp dropped rapidly. I wasn't wearing warm enough clothes. I pushed on hoping it would end soon, but it got worse. A few minutes later I was getting pelted with hail and the wind was consistently 40+. At that point, I did something I hoped I never had to do, I called my wife and asked her to come get me. I continued riding towards home and it didn't get any better. A couple miles later, my wife got to me. At that point, my jacket, tights and gloves were all soaked through. The thermometer in her car said 37, with 40mph winds that's a wind chill in the low 20's. Add in the rain and that's a recipe for disaster. Glad my wife was home. 5 minutes after she picked me up, the sun came out and the wind died down. Got closer to home and the road I take home was closed due to a bad accident, had I sucked it up and ridden, I would have add either 5 miles or 3 miles + a large hill. At that point I probably would have had a breakdown and throw my bike.

    I have to drive the rest of the week. My wife started working nights so we don't need daycare and for me to get to work on time, I need to bring my son with me and she picks him up. She's working the next 3 nights.
  • 03-18-2015
    formula4speed
    I got a reprieve from single speeding in the wind yesterday, sorta. Went to grab my bike from the warehouse and noticed I had a flat. No biggie, I've got a spare tube. Nope, turns out the tire failed (Schwalbe Marathon) with maybe 500 miles on it. The bead to keep it on the rim peeled off the tire, letting the tube bulge out. Got a ride home from my girlfriend and rode the CX bike in today.

    Should I try to have my LBS warranty the tire or should I contact Schwalbe directly?
  • 03-18-2015
    Straz85
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    I got a reprieve from single speeding in the wind yesterday, sorta. Went to grab my bike from the warehouse and noticed I had a flat. No biggie, I've got a spare tube. Nope, turns out the tire failed (Schwalbe Marathon) with maybe 500 miles on it. The bead to keep it on the rim peeled off the tire, letting the tube bulge out. Got a ride home from my girlfriend and rode the CX bike in today.

    Should I try to have my LBS warranty the tire or should I contact Schwalbe directly?

    If you got it at the LBS, I would try them first. They might be good about it and just replace it for you and return it to their distributor.
  • 03-18-2015
    rodar y rodar
    Sionce you apparently bought it locally, I`d start with the shop. If it doesn`t work, don`t hesitate to email Schwalbe about it. I had the wire bead break in a Big Apple (low mileage, but two years old), and contacted them thinking MAYBE they`d give me a discount on the replacement. To my surprise, they sent me a brand new one, completely free of charge.
  • 03-18-2015
    formula4speed
    Thanks guys, I'll give the shop a call when they open. Tires came with the complete bike, so not sure if it's a tire they stock to do a straight swap.

    Aside from this issue, which obviously sucks, I do like the Marathons. Seem to roll well, haven't really noticed any tread wear over 500 miles and no punctures despite a lot of debris.
  • 03-18-2015
    Forster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    My computer just passed 666.66 for the year today :eekster:

    I'm only 6 behind you with 66.66:)
  • 03-18-2015
    newfangled
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    Should I try to have my LBS warranty the tire or should I contact Schwalbe directly?

    As others have said, try the shop (if you like the shop).

    But I've had two failure of Schwalbe's, and their online warranty process is painless: Warranty Policy | Schwalbe North America

    You send them a few photos, and a day or two later get an email that they've shipped a new tire. (although with my most recent claim it took almost a month for the replacement to make its way up to Canada)
  • 03-18-2015
    jeffscott
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    As others have said, try the shop (if you like the shop).

    But I've had two failure of Schwalbe's, and their online warranty process is painless: Warranty Policy | Schwalbe North America

    You send them a few photos, and a day or two later get an email that they've shipped a new tire. (although with my most recent claim it took almost a month for the replacement to make its way up to Canada)


    The best warranty is not to have failures....it seems top me Schwalbe is missing that point, with all the various bead failures noted here.
  • 03-18-2015
    jeffscott
    Had to pump up my rear tire today down to 40 psi, in three weeks?

    cruised some bike shops and noticed that Cinti Spike claw is available with two rows of studs....same tire with holes for 4 rows of studs, but just the two side rows installed.

    About 75% of the 4 row tire.

    Tire Made in Finland.

    We will see if this tire has a bead failure cause I like to run high pressure for the commutes.
  • 03-18-2015
    CommuterBoy
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    Today's commute was not bad at all.

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  • 03-18-2015
    newfangled
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    The best warranty is not to have failures....it seems top me Schwalbe is missing that point, with all the various bead failures noted here.

    Can't say I'm a fan. After 2 failed Icespikerpros, my non-failed one is done after 3 winters. The sideknobs all have cracks at the base, and look like they're ready to tear off. The center studs are ready to fall out. And the sidewall has longitudinal cracking/delamination.

    And rather than a 3rd warranty, this time I'm going to try 45nrth. They can't be worse (or at least that would be tough).
  • 03-18-2015
    Forster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Today's commute was not bad at all.

    Attachment 973929

    Nice Postcard! Bike's looking awesome against the backdrop.
  • 03-18-2015
    bigeyedfish
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    A couple of blocks from me there's a bridge that's being replaced. Normally it's a pretty handy commuter route, and once it's completed it will be home to "high quality bike infrastructure".

    So at this point it's been closed for about a year, and it was supposed to open sometime this fall.

    But last night between 2am and 2:15am this happened:


    edited to add: this bridge is also a connection for two singletrack trails. You can't see them, but they're just off the bottom left corner and upper right corner. And I've also been avoiding them for the last year since they're partially closed, and they don't connect anymore. So this likely delay is extra annoying.

    Any more info on this? Looks like a truck hit it full speed ahead. Where is this bridge located? I work in the steel industry, and trucks hitting low clearance bridges is more common than you'd think, but typically we hear about them through the grapevine.
  • 03-18-2015
    Chippertheripper
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    I got a reprieve from single speeding in the wind yesterday, sorta. Went to grab my bike from the warehouse and noticed I had a flat. No biggie, I've got a spare tube. Nope, turns out the tire failed (Schwalbe Marathon) with maybe 500 miles on it. The bead to keep it on the rim peeled off the tire, letting the tube bulge out. Got a ride home from my girlfriend and rode the CX bike in today.

    Should I try to have my LBS warranty the tire or should I contact Schwalbe directly?

    Which version of the marathons? Studded?
  • 03-18-2015
    newfangled
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bigeyedfish View Post
    Any more info on this? Looks like a truck hit it full speed ahead. Where is this bridge located? I work in the steel industry, and trucks hitting low clearance bridges is more common than you'd think, but typically we hear about them through the grapevine.

    Definitely no risk of that. This is the original bridge that they removed last year, which was tall enough that there wasn't even a need to post a sign with the clearance:


    My non-expert opinion was that it was an installation error, and maybe related to cranage. They were loading all of that steel into place, and something shifted which compressed the beams? And because they hadn't been properly tied-in and cross-braced yet they buckled like cardboard.

    (the original bridge had an odd history. It was built 100 years ago by a real estate developer who was trying to sell lots in his new suburb. Since people couldn't get there, he built a bridge and a streetcar line. I guess that sortof thing used to be common?)

    edited to add: Here are comments from an actual expert:

    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/story...97736&sponsor=

    He points out that there is a chance that the beams haven't been permanently deformed, and that once the load is removed they could just spring back. But nobody knows at this point, and the un-construction will keep the road underneath closed to cars for at least 2 more weeks. (it's been closed to bike and pedestrians for 2 months already, but no one cares about that)
  • 03-18-2015
    formula4speed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Which version of the marathons? Studded?

    Not studded, it says "The Original" on the tire. Don't know how many versions there are of the Marathons.

    LBS advised me to just do the online warranty through Schwalbe since he didn't have anything comparable in stock to swap. I'll have to see if I have any slightly worn tires I can toss on there while I see how the warranty plays out.
  • 03-18-2015
    bedwards1000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Today's commute was not bad at all.

    Attachment 973929

    Bike Porn! Looks like snow up in them there hills. Road Trip?

    Commutes have been wicked pissah. Tons of snow on the trails, packed to perfection.
  • 03-18-2015
    mtbxplorer
    Windblown! 7F with a steady 20mph wind at my house made for a pretty harsh commute for March 18. I was not cold, but of course it was all headwinds, and an occasional front quarter gust to grab the front wheel – I really had to hold on. When I walked the dog before work – snowshoes still required – I noticed that we are developing sastrugi-like formations like they have in Antarctica.
  • 03-18-2015
    CommuterBoy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Bike Porn! Looks like snow up in them there hills. Road Trip?

    Nah, that's rideable. No road trip necessary. I could be up there in an hour and a half. What is that in fatbike time? Like, 3 hours? :lol:
  • 03-18-2015
    jeffscott
    CTV Edmonton: Groat Road closure | CTV Edmonton News

    Turns out some do care about it....pretty big deal.

    My guess improper lifting plan, lack of lateral support....

    Betcha it is screwed for well over a year.
  • 03-18-2015
    vegascruiser
    Well 8th commute day after about two weeks of being sick. Standard commutes. Gonna need to do some work on the bike soon but like always I wait for something to break first.
  • 03-19-2015
    s0ckeyeus
    Sleet here this morning. Not too bad though.

    Yesterday, another driver pulled along side me at a stop sign. There is a blind turn maybe 40 yards before the stop. I think people clear the turn and see it as their chance to get by me, but even uphill, they don't have too much of a chance. I usually cheat in a bit on the turn, signal, and move into the center of the lane, but I may need to make a more aggressive move even earlier. I was pretty close to the center of my lane when the car passed me, but I guess this isn't enough. If I'm driving, I don't like being parked with half my car in the other lane, but maybe that's just me...
  • 03-19-2015
    BrianMc
    ^ In Indiana, if they can't get back in before 100' of the intersection, that is a reckless driving citation, if seen by an officer willing to write the ticket. (so starting to pass with 120 feet to go isn't in the cards. Few know of this rule. It sure feels unsafe, though when I imagine trying for it! I have had several on a blind hill with a stop sign at the top. Not happened since I added day visible lighting. I held one off with a sudden left arm signal down 45 degrees with fingers splayed. I could see the oncoming car. The driver could not. Actually passing on a blind hill is another reckless driving charge, so it is more than a little unsafe and very stupid. One other incident led me to shouting at the idiot. He turned left and got out, but I was going right, so he had time enough to get upset but not time enough to share the road. A self declared idiot.
  • 03-19-2015
    blockphi
    A good ride in this AM.

    Yesterday was out and about a bit, running between clients and got a lot of honks and yelling out windows. Meh. Seems like in every case it was some dude looking like he just woke up in a gutter, smoking a cigarette, and generally fitting the description of white trash. I say f-em.
  • 03-19-2015
    Kleebs
    Legs were dead today.
  • 03-19-2015
    formula4speed
    Due to a tire failure I've been on my CX bike instead of the single speed and I feel like a machine. Dropped 10 minutes off a 6 mile commute.

    I'm at 40 commutes for the year so far, don't think hitting 100 will be a problem, I might need to aim higher.

    Ran into another bike commuter that I've met a few times before, he's got a older (90s) Canondale MTB, fenders hanging on for dear life. Something I'd expect to find on Craigslist for $100. Turns out he's rocking a Rohloff hub on that thing, pretty sure that makes his bike more expensive than mine. Unexpected but awesome.
  • 03-19-2015
    TenSpeed
    I wish that I would have tracked my days commuted on the bike along with my mileage just to see. I supposed that I could log into Strava and see if it keeps track of individual days. Should be mid 40's and sunny here when I leave.
  • 03-19-2015
    CommuterBoy
    Three days on the fatbike and my legs are tired! This morning I had to detour up a big paved climb (550 ft elevation in 2 miles) to get some firewood permits... if you remember that big wind storm we had a while back, they just opened up the woods to cutting and there are thousands of trees blown down out there...easy wood for a while, until everybody gets on it later in the season. Hitting it this weekend. But daaaang, I was feeling it going up that climb. My PR on the Strava segment (1.8 miles) is 12:08... fatbike legs could only pull off a 15:03 today. 37mph back down the hill to work though :cool:
  • 03-19-2015
    AlexCuse
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by formula4speed
    Got myself a bike GPS so I can track my mileage better since I want to start doing longer rides. I took my "B" route to work because it has a good hill to climb on the SS. Turns out my "B" route is 6.66 miles long, apparently I take the devils route.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    And as of this moment, the commuter thread is on page 666. :madmax:

    I saw this too late but it reminds me of the last time I broke a chain (in 3 spots hahaha, took all the spare links I had to get out of the woods). Had to capture my GPS reading

  • 03-19-2015
    CommuterBoy
    Is your top tube made of oak?
  • 03-19-2015
    AlexCuse
    Yup. Wood is wonderful ™

    I was trying to figure out what that was but I gave up, assuming I noticed the 666 when I picked the bike up after patching my chain together and leaned the bike on a very strange branch to get the photo.

    Later on in the ride I broke 1 cleat screw and couldn't get out of my left pedal - luckily that persisted till I was on the rail trail to head back home at which point it broke loose and I couldn't get IN to the pedal :lol:

  • 03-19-2015
    Shayne
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Is your top tube made of oak?

    Mine's not...


  • 03-19-2015
    s0ckeyeus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^ In Indiana, if they can't get back in before 100' of the intersection, that is a reckless driving citation, if seen by an officer willing to write the ticket. (so starting to pass with 120 feet to go isn't in the cards. Few know of this rule. It sure feels unsafe, though when I imagine trying for it! I have had several on a blind hill with a stop sign at the top. Not happened since I added day visible lighting. I held one off with a sudden left arm signal down 45 degrees with fingers splayed. I could see the oncoming car. The driver could not. Actually passing on a blind hill is another reckless driving charge, so it is more than a little unsafe and very stupid. One other incident led me to shouting at the idiot. He turned left and got out, but I was going right, so he had time enough to get upset but not time enough to share the road. A self declared idiot.

    Yeah, lots of reckless driving around here. Not holding my breath for citations. The cops even fill up their cruisers at a facility right there.
  • 03-19-2015
    CommuterBoy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    Mine's not...

    I stand corrected Wyatt...
  • 03-19-2015
    BrianMc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Yeah, lots of reckless driving around here. Not holding my breath for citations. The cops even fill up their cruisers at a facility right there.

    Yes, but now I know. I found that getting out of the saddle also seems to stop this on this climb. Won't for blind corner to a stop though.

    I watch to see how fast they are approaching (30 zone and some do 50-60! as it is through the Golf Course). Of course if they just slowed up a bit, I would crest the hill, and they could pass me after the stop sign where they can see oncoming traffic. But intelligence or its use is proven to be lacking in these particular motorists.
  • 03-19-2015
    rodar y rodar
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    Mine's not...



    OOoohhh! We need a photo session of that! Renovo?
  • 03-19-2015
    TenSpeed
    There was a confrontation. He was too close and impatient, and I let him know about it. That is all I will say. Aside from that, both rides were pretty good. Growing tired of the constant wind that I am faced with on both rides. Sunny and 55 tomorrow, should be a nice ride.