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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    It's way too early in the season to be considering double digit negative temps.
    +1, tried to rep you for that blockphi, but the interwebs must be frozen!

    I think I will drive tomorrow, up to an inch of rain and gusts over 40mph forecast. Good excuse to pick up part of a local pig from a friends freezer and some oranges/grapefruit from a coworkers' kid's team fundraiser.

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    Was nice, had an awesome sunset to stare at on the way home.

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    What a weird day. Forecast called for a 90% chance of rain after noon, and a slight chance before. Was totally dry out when I left to head to JJ's to deliver. Before I got to the railroad tracks, it started raining. 58F and I had a jersey and sleeves on. Sleeves off, new Novara vented jacket on. Drizzled most of the way there, nothing too exciting. Been meeting a co worker at the LBS which is a block away before we go deliver and just shoot the BS. It pours once we are in the shop. On and off until we leave. Then it all but disappears. Sun comes out, and it actually starts to dry up. Clouds roll in and it just hung around, drizzling on and off, misting, just enough to leave the roads damp. Temps got up to 61F by the time I left to head to work. Forgot one small detail. WIND!!!!!! Gusts were anywhere from 26 to 40 mph at points through the day. Power outages, downed trees, debris all over the bike lanes and roads. It was nuts. Few white knuckle moments while delivering and then riding to work. On the ride to work, the skies opened up and I got pretty wet. Shoes soaked, shorts soaked, but my new jacket kept me dry as rice.

    Ride home was 59F and extremely windy. Almost went down taking a turn to head south to an bike path that I found that runs through the campus. Huge gust of wind grabbed me and almost rode off with me. More wind in the forecast for Thursday but should be dry and the temps reasonable so I will be back on the bike again.
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    Commute in today was a bit warmer today than the last week. Stars were out and not a single car on my favorite downhill section.

    On yesterday's commute I saw something i'd never considered seeing. I was climbing up a hill when I see a small light coming down in the distance. Initial thought was this was obviously a bike coming down the hill. Then whoosh and as it passed me I realized it was a guy in a wheelchair holding a flashlight bombing down the hill. Gave him a "hell yeah!" and continued on.

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    ^ wow.

    First tiny little bit of snow for me. Took the studded fixie, although I really didn't need to. We're supposed to be back above freezing on the weekend, so this might disappear, but I think I should finally give in and put studs on the big bike.

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    Last night's ride home was cold. The weatherman said it would be in the 50s for my commute home. Wrong, it was colder on the way home than on the way in. Brrr! To top it off the winds were still crazy and, I got a light dusting of snow. But that wasn't the half of it. About 3 miles from my house, I came upon a Police car blocking the trail. Seems there was a ban robbery and the bad guys shot at least one person. I had to back track and try to find a surface street that went in my general direction. I'm not too familiar with the streets adjacent to the bike trails so it was an adventure. On the plus side, I got in a few extra miles.

    Today's ride in was great. Cold but little wind. My legs were tired but my average speed was faster than I expected.

    583 Miles to go!

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    Getting pretty sick of the Thanksgiving holiday traffic around here.

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    Hi guys, nice pics you have there. Here in Germany we do not get any sun at the moment. Monday I had to drive, at least I could combine several pick-ups/drop-offs, so I could ride as from Tuesday. This week had 10C/50F, very windy, Tuesdaymorning it rained, combined with 20kts wind with gusts up to 35kts. It stayed like that until today, it seems to calm down a bit during the night. And, I still do not believe it, temps will drop below freezing level early next week. But what is -2C/28F compared to Blockphi?? Big respect man!! will rep you after this post.

    edit: must spread some rep around before giving it to Blockphi again.

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    It has been raining for 3 days almost straight. It stopped raining and the temp dropped to 20F this morning. Also last night I broke a pawl in my Nuvinci hub, luckily my Ogre is 135mm spaced front/rear so I swapped to my SS wheel out back until the parts come in.
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    ^^ What fork do you have on your Ogre?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    When and how did you hurt it, Kleebs? I remember you mentioning the injury a week or two ago, but don`t remember the initial story. Sure hope you`re able to get 2016 started off on the right foot.
    Oh boy I totally missed this message. Once I found out I couldn't ride I was bummed out and stopped checking the forum. I initially hurt the shoulder in early October. I was playing in an adult roller hockey rec league and got tripped, landing squarely on my left shoulder. After two and a half weeks of ice, hot pads, and ibuprofen with no change in status, I headed to the doctor. It has now been 3 weeks of no commuting and I'm shocked at how much gas I burn through when driving everyday. I've also gotten a little bigger around the middle.

    Started running more often which is going well. I also tried a spin class last night as a test for how the shoulder is coming along. Good news, there was very little discomfort during the class. I think one more week of rest and i should be clear by the time december rolls around.

    TenSpeed, those reflective Giro Republic's finally shipped out yesterday. I should be receiving them by Monday at the latest. I'll get a quick ride with them when they come in, shoulder be damned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ What fork do you have on your Ogre?
    Enabler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Getting pretty sick of the Thanksgiving holiday traffic around here.

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    It sucked. Wind was screaming at me from every direction. Took the geared bike just because. Traffic wasn't too bad although I had someone try to squeeze by me because the wind had me drifting towards the curb. After that I took the entire lane. Right behind the hospital the wind almost took me off the bike. I stopped and waited for it to die down before continuing on. That was the closest I have been to being taken off the bike by wind.

    Ride home was guess what? Windy. Saw a few random flurries here and there. Forecast is calling for snow this weekend. They are still unsure of an amount as of now. Picking up a set of studded tires from a friend for the SS MTB. Looks like that will be getting some use shortly.

    ETA - looks like I have about 70 miles to go more than z1r. I hope we both make it.
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    I like your traffic jam, CB

    Quote Originally Posted by Kleebs View Post
    It has now been 3 weeks of no commuting and I'm shocked at how much gas I burn through when driving everyday.
    Yeah, winter driving eats up even more gas than summer. I`ve been driving to work a couple times each week, plus a few other trips, and I`m also surprised how fast the gas gauge drops. Well, it sounds like your shoulder is coming along- hang in there!

    Good luck with the mileage goals, Z1R and TenSpeed.
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    Commute was much warmer this morning than the last couple of weeks. A balmy 47F made for tshirt weather. Other than that pretty uneventful.

    On another note my mother got me a new pump for my B-day. It'll be nice to be able to leave the pump on my commuter instead of switching back and forth between my pack for MTB. There's been a few times i forgot to switch it one way or another. Just fortunate I didn't get caught out either way with a flat tire.

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    Ride in to deliver was brutal. The ride wasn't, the wind was. Gusts in the 30's and some sustained winds in the mid 20's straight in my face from the west. Temps are definitely lower than they were, it was only 34F when I left this morning. Jersey, shorts and arm warmers still although I think that they might be done for a while. Tights are all out and ready to go. Not sure if I will commute Saturday with this storm. Did get the studded tires from my friend but I have not mounted them yet.
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    No bike commute for me in 3 DAYS! For reference, this is the longest skipped the bike commute in about 2-3 years, other than major blizzards. I picked up a tick on a race the Sunday before last that stayed attached for 4 days, crap. About 8 days after the race I've got fever, aches, headache & major fatigue. Even the thought of riding makes me tired. Being treated for Lyme or Anaplasmosis. Feeling slightly better today, I might be able to stay up past 8:00, we'll see.

    Check yourself for ticks! I started being less diligent once the temps started getting cold and that was a mistake.

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    ^^Wow, I would not have thought ticks were still out! Hope you feel better soon and recover 100%. Glad you got in for treatment. Rest up and be a good patient Bedwards.

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    Ride to pick up car

    A run up through back streets to the dealership on Monday. Some snow small snow pellets then a light sprinkling of rain as I pulled into the lot on Monday. I used some Sunday themed music. The last is a practice recording from a year ago of my chorus. We sound better now.

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    Getting ready to throw the studded tires on the SS MTB for a commute today. We got quite a bit of snow but some has melted already. Not sure what pressure to run but I will figure it out. Going to be very cold today with the temp not breaking 30F and a low of 19F. I will be able to park my bike inside the building tonight although it is not allowed. That is part of my problem with cold hands is that the bike sits outside for almost 9 hours and the bars get really cold.
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    Lonely bike racks, Columbus Indiana, on a Sunday morn:How was your commute today?-12247806_1207435882616574_7173480560215556781_o.jpg

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    Well, that really sucked. Sunny and 29F when I left and the temp was actually pretty nice. The sun was causing a partial melt/freeze on almost all of the MUP. There were a few dry spots but huge patches of ice/slush. First ride with a studded tire ever and I was leery of how it would react. Still adjusting tire pressure for now. It was alright but I was really sketched out. Bike lane for 90% of the commute was unusable. Frozen mess and ice pretty much all along my route. Neighborhood was so bad that I came back out and just rode on the main road instead. Got honked at twice.

    Ride home was cold but manageable. Really helped that my bike sat inside instead of at the rack. Hands were not as cold as they usually are. Sketchy conditions most of the way home with what appeared to be ice. Sound of the studded tire on the pavement messed with me because it sounded like I was rolling on ice the whole time.

    Seriously considering making the move back to standard bars and back to the Shimano hydraulic brakes. The bullhorns are nice but the reach to the brake is a bit much. Here it is after the Nokian Gazza Extreme 294 and Schwalbe Nobby Nic were put on. I struggled with that Nokian for 45 minutes and ruined one tube in the process.

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    Bike FTW, woot! Narrow street was blocked on my way in tonight. Backhoe and dump truck taking up the whole roadway for what looked like emergency utility work. I just hopped the curb and kept rollin on the opposite shoulder. Yeah, yeah- not a huge deal, but it made me happy.
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    Bedwards - Take care bud, hope you recover soon.

    Brian Mc - Can't access that at work unfortunately I'll try and catch it later

    Ten Speed - Nice looking rig that

    First Ice day today. Was cold, obviously. Under helmet hat, buff, gloves (which are rubbish it seems) jacket...... and shorts . Black ice patches to contend with, very full/heavy panniers as I brought the Laptop and files home friday (when I was in the car ) plus my usual clothes running gear etc. Basically slow and sketchy, my first ride on a road bike clipped in, on ice for a while, possibly ever. Temp should be back up to well into plus numbers before I go home again.

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    Nice bike, TenSpeed! If you aren't a fan of the bullhorns, you could always shift to a drop bar? But to be honest, the bike looks awesome as it is (ergonomics aside).
    I have also struggled to get Nokian tyres to mount before - but these were Hakapaalitas with a wire bead - pure hell to get on, pure hell to get off again...
    Riding ice tyres is strange, I agree - but as someone who has ridden them in winter for a few years now I can say that they give you really a lot of grip - just try not to lean the bike too much; in my experience when at the limit, the grip just goes so quickly (when compared to running regular slicks on asphalt; you can feel when enough is enough - but on spikes, I find that it's gripgripgripSLIP...). This is on ice, though. On snow you can ride it however you want - it is ridiculous how much grip you have - also try to run as low a pressure as you can - to get as many studs engaged as possible. Rolling resistance will suffer, though. As will your legs

    You get well soon, Bedwards!

    My first commute (and time on bike) for around 7 weeks today.

    The whole family is still getting used to the new house, kindergarten, routine and so on, so I didn't actually get my leg over the bike until 0850!! Lucky me I'm just working out my notice so it doesn't matter if I piss off the boss too much... And by the time I start in my new job (February 2nd) I should be more organised in the morning - the new commute will be 5km longer...

    This new commute is different - much flatter and along the coast of Oslo Fjord - not the inland route I had to take from our old place.

    It was -5degC out and icy (its been above and below zero a lot here lately with light snow and rain now and then but mostly sunny) with a lot of gravel strewn over the paths / road to aid traction for the cars... Not so good for the bikes though (think ball bearings on polished concrete and you will see what I mean)...

    I'm back on the OEM Alexrims alloy wheels for the winter (about 300/400g heavier than my carbon ones) and running Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro tyres (300 spikes but around 900g each so at least 800g gained on the tyres alone) meaning that my once svelte rig now weighs well over 10kg... Add this to my 7 weeks brake from biking and the poor rolling performance of a 900 gram 300 spike ice tyre and what do you get?

    One very tired cyclist... That's what!! I actually thought for a split second "maybe I should stop for a breather?"...

    There was two guys about 200m in front of me for most of the ride (one looked fit and was on a CX bike, the other was a classic wheel sucker - slightly over weight, on an older 26er and not taking a turn in front) and could I catch them? No.

    Other than that it was nice - I caught the sunrise and it was really quiet on the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost_HTX View Post
    This new commute is different - much flatter and along the coast of Oslo Fjord - not the inland route I had to take from our old place.
    Good. Fux has been slacking lately, so you`ll have to post up some fjord commute porn in his absence
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    Oh, commuter porn!
    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I struggled with that Nokian for 45 minutes and ruined one tube in the process.
    That's weird, I have 2 pair of those Nokian tires and they fall onto the rims better than anything else. Gatorskins are the ones that give me fits!

    Back on the bike today. Not at 100%. Maybe 75%. Which is pretty good because Wed-Friday I couldn't imagine riding in or even wanting to again.

    We got a little snow overnight but luckily the roads were just wet because I haven't got the studs out.

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    Set my alarm to 1hr later this weekend and forgot to turn it back. Not a big deal as far as work goes but I like going in when it's dark since there's less cars on the road. Went to REI this weekend and scored a set of fenders for 25% off and installed them yesterday. Haha what a fiddly PITA fenders are to install. Also, bought a set of FiveTen Freerider Elements shoes at the SF Bike Expo so between those and the fenders i'm starting to get dialed in for more rainy commutes. No rain, or even a puddle to try em out this morning but it's supposed to rain tomorrow.

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    Still no winter - but maybe today it'll finally arrive? Supposed to get an inch or two of snow, with temperatures falling from 0C to around 0F.

    First ride on the big bike in wintermode, with studs and gears. New chain + last year's cassette = so much skipping. I'll give it a few rides to hopefully sort itself out. It's a little weird to think that in only 3~3 1/2 months I'll probably be switching back to ss, and a few weeks after that the studs will be off again.

    Edited to add:

    Oooh, now a snowfall warning. The puppy should be happy tonight.
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    TenSpeed, I have a set of Nokian W240s and a set of A10s. Both go on an of the rim real easy, even on my Tubeless rims. The A10s are great on ice sheet ice but suck in ruts and in snow deeper than 2 cm. The 240s are great but heavy! At over 900 grams each, they are twice the weight of my normal commute tires. Last year I tried to run mostly the A10s and then swap when there was supposed to be snow. This year I think I will mount the A10s on my commuter and the 240s on my Fantom Cross. Gotta love the noise they make!

    Bedwards, glad to hear you are on the mend!

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    Left the house at 4:10am, carrying a 45lbs pack for what I need throughout the day. Rode 8.2 miles to work in a Trek Marlin 29er. 38 minutes. Weather was a chilly 36 degrees here in San Antonio, TX.
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    36 is cold for San Antonio!

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    Nice bike tenspeed! If the reach is a bit long, why dont you install extra inline /inbetween levers / froglegs or whatever they are called? I have them onbmy midge and couldnt miss them anymore!

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    Finally dropped below freezing here, was beginning to wonder if it was going to happen.

    Hit my 3,000 mile goal for the year over the weekend, so pretty happy about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Oh, commuter porn!

    That's weird, I have 2 pair of those Nokian tires and they fall onto the rims better than anything else. Gatorskins are the ones that give me fits!

    Back on the bike today. Not at 100%. Maybe 75%. Which is pretty good because Wed-Friday I couldn't imagine riding in or even wanting to again.

    We got a little snow overnight but luckily the roads were just wet because I haven't got the studs out.
    I find the exact opposite!!! Gatorskins go on faster than any tire that I have messed with so far. How weird is that???

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Nice bike tenspeed! If the reach is a bit long, why dont you install extra inline /inbetween levers / froglegs or whatever they are called? I have them onbmy midge and couldnt miss them anymore!
    Thanks!!

    I considered adding those, or just swapping to those instead of the bar end levers. Also considering drops (already have those) so I would just need the levers.
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    Cold today. Rode to JJ to deliver and really was not feeling it at all today. Got pepped up by my buddy at the bike shop and the guy I deliver with. Did some miles and got warmed up and into the groove and by 12:30PM, the jacket came off and I was in a jersey and base layer. Made good money in tips because it was so cold. People find out that you are biking and I think that they feel sorry for you. No worries, I will play that card every time. Roads were for the most part melted but still had a few pucker moments where the back tire sort of started to slide out on me. Studs are weird to ride on but definitely make a huge difference.

    Ride home after my main job was actually the same temperature as earlier in the day. Light traffic and mostly dry roads had me home rather quickly. Tuesday more melting and I am going to drive to work I think.
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    No bike for me today - got a few errands to run in my lunch break that require the car, so for today I am a cager. Back on the bike tomorrow, though!

    Yesterday was a real eye opener - I totally underestimated how much form you can lose with a long break off the bike... That plus the extra weight and rolling resistance and I was on the edge of blowing up all the way home!

    Felt good!

    We have had snow going over to rain in the night and then freezing temperatures again - the car had a 10mm thick ice layer all over; I had to hit the ice on the windows to smash it! We live on a steep hill (well, this morning it was more of an inclined skating rink) and I have no idea how I managed to drive down it - or how I will get back up again...

    Life is so much easier when you bike to work...

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    I drove tonight too. There`s a small storm system rolling in, but not particularly threatening. Mostly I was just feeling lazy. Lazy is good just about now- read today`s updated schedule at work, and it looks like I`ve worked my last weekend for this year. About time! The fat paychecks are very nice, but I`m ready to chill now.


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    Left the house at 4:10am, carrying a 45lbs pack for what I need throughout the day.
    Wow, that`s a lot for a bicycle ported backpack!

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    Hit my 3,000 mile goal for the year over the weekend, so pretty happy about that.
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    Congrats on the milestone Formula4!!

    Ghost...eeeek, 10mm ice, that sounds seriously chilly.

    Ride home was maybe 4-5C actual temp but felt lots colder with the wind chill. Took me a good 15mins of my 30min journey to get over it.

    This morning was different, not raining but very wet and about 7C. Pannier bottom still getting wet even with the covers on. I think that the guards run close to the tyres that the water gets flung out the side and gets in from the back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post

    Ghost...eeeek, 10mm ice, that sounds seriously chilly.
    It was bloody horrible! Imagine having to break into your own car because the doors are iced shut...

    You could maybe try some wax dubbing (you get it for mountain boots) on your bags - it usually repels water really well and it shouldn't be too messy, since the leaky bit is on the inside next to the wheel?

    Just like a Barbour Jacket!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Wow, that`s a lot for a bicycle ported backpack!

    I agree with you on that, to top it off today is even heavier. About 53lbs weighing my self on the scale with/without backpack. It should go down to 35lbs next week. It is crazy how much you can really feel the weight dragging you down.

    One thing I enjoy is getting back on the trails without any excess weight.

    Today I left the house at 5:25am. A good 47 degrees in San Antonio, TX. I didn't get to work until 6:20am. 55 minutes for 8.2 miles. Again that heavy pack feels like an anchor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM310 View Post
    I agree with you on that, to top it off today is even heavier. About 53lbs weighing my self on the scale with/without backpack. It should go down to 35lbs next week. It is crazy how much you can really feel the weight dragging you down.

    One thing I enjoy is getting back on the trails without any excess weight.

    Today I left the house at 5:25am. A good 47 degrees in San Antonio, TX. I didn't get to work until 6:20am. 55 minutes for 8.2 miles. Again that heavy pack feels like an anchor.
    That pack has to be slowing you down quite a bit. I don't know what your regular commute time is, but mine is of a similar distance. My fastest time home from work was 7.9 miles in 24 and a half minutes. Now, this is at night, summer, with little to no traffic and mostly green lights. I tend to ride a bit faster when it is warmer out especially on a nice summer night. Oh, and I would definitely take 47 right now!! Might actually see that tomorrow.
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    47F here this morning as well. Very pleasant this morning but the rain is supposed to roll in about an hour or two for now. Pretty straight forward commute this morning, but have to say I was a bit disappointing it wasn't raining this morning. I was looking forward to seeing how well my fender setup works. Oh well, careful what you wish for right lol?!

    Yesterday's commute home greeted me with a flat tire. The leak was slow enough that I was able to pump up the tire and get halfway home before pumping up again. Figured i'd rather do that and change a tire at home with a bike stand and TV going then sitting on a sidewalk changing a tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidM310 View Post
    I agree with you on that, to top it off today is even heavier. About 53lbs weighing my self on the scale with/without backpack. It should go down to 35lbs next week. It is crazy how much you can really feel the weight dragging you down.

    One thing I enjoy is getting back on the trails without any excess weight.

    Today I left the house at 5:25am. A good 47 degrees in San Antonio, TX. I didn't get to work until 6:20am. 55 minutes for 8.2 miles. Again that heavy pack feels like an anchor.
    What the heck do you have to transport back and forth to work? Gold Bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I tend to ride a bit faster when it is warmer out especially on a nice summer night. Oh, and I would definitely take 47 right now!! Might actually see that tomorrow.
    Oh yeah! Bulky heavy clothes, cold thick air cold weather riding is never as fast as warm weather riding, all other things considered.

    First day with the balaclava and double gloves. 19F this morning. So close to being able to post my milestone mileage.

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    ARGH! Last week it was well below zero. Over the weekend we got between 6 and 18 inches of snow. Today? Today is rain and temps in the 40s. I'm so over it. Maybe we'll get lucky and the rain won't do anything more than turn the trails and snow into awesomely packed trails to everywhere, but I doubt it.

    Decided to check my mileage for the year to date, as I haven't been paying much attention to it lately. 4803.69. Not too shabby. I'll easily break 5K, but won't come close to my stated goal of 8K.

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    So much snow. Well, not really. 4~6" maybe. But so. much. work.

    On the plus side, I did pass a floundering fatbike.

    I took the hilly mup route because I didn't feel like dealing with drivers, but it was in really bad shape, and I spent a ton of time riding in the deep snow on the grass because it was easier. Roads were much better once I finally got to the point where I had them as an option.

    Dropping down to 0F today, but supposed to be around the 40s on the weekend. So who knows what's going on.

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    Last Sunday it snowed here, unfortunately everything melted already overnight.

    Sunday I made a short but heavy ride. The Conti Wintercontact held up well with the load on snow:

    After that my eldest made a short tour on his own bike as well, but he slipped, fell and wanted to go home after that. He now wants "winterconnect" tires on his bike (he means Winter Contact from Conti, that I have)
    Commute on Mondaymorning was the first one with temps below freezing level, but I put my insulated pants on and added a shirt, no probs at all. This morning was nice but the way back home was already nasty again with rain, 20kts headwind and temps of around 3C/37F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Pannier bottom still getting wet even with the covers on. I think that the guards run close to the tyres that the water gets flung out the side and gets in from the back...
    You may want to consider ditching the covers and using a drybag inside the panniers instead. I used that method successfully for bikepacking, including heavy rains and fording a high lake outlet after rains. Plus you can grab the drybag to take it with you without messing with the pannier mounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    You may want to consider ditching the covers and using a drybag inside the panniers instead. I used that method successfully for bikepacking, including heavy rains and fording a high lake outlet after rains. Plus you can grab the drybag to take it with you without messing with the pannier mounts.
    Or a drybag pannier like ortlieb backroller. They are also widely copied by now, especially the roll-up closure.

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