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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    First day with the studs. Rain last night and then the temps dipped below freezing. It was a good choice.

    6350 miles and counting with about one week to go. This has been a huge mileage year for me. Right now the weather looks like it is going to hold for a nice Boxing Day ride.

    Merry Christmas All.
    Awesome job there Bedwards! I certainly won't catch you this year. Though I am tempted to take a look at my total human powered mileage for the year. It'd be interesting to see how many miles combined running and biking I put in. Probably as many as some people put on their cars in a year.

    I think anyone who puts in the kind of miles you do deserves some kind or reward. Have a beer on me!

    I have not been riding this week. Working from home and enjoying it. Had an awesome, but slow trail ride Saturday night and that's the last time I've been on the bike. Hit the trails for a run yesterday, though. Today it is snowing, so I might just take the opportunity to go ride the trails tonight when I'm done working. Still gunning for a bit over 5200 miles for the year.

    As of today I am at 5063.10. Another 140 miles shouldn't be any problem at all. Particularly as I'm going to be in Homer AK for Christmas and will have the bike with to ride me some beach and trail down there. I'm excited.

    Merry Christmas all

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    Last commute this year for me today. Logged now 4784km, will probably make it to 4800, but that will be it for 2015. Very windy ride today. Drizzle in the morning and 10C/50F but it felt good. On the way home it was dry with an almost clear sky.

    Still the same temp but suddenly felt darn cold?? I have witnessed this for years already, the same temp can feel very differently and I haven't figured out yet, what it could be. Any weather specialists here, that might have an answer?

    Next year I will be off for January and February, which means I will not commute until 1st of March from now on. I really hope to squeeze in some recreational rides just to be on the bike. And I have a project for February in the basement, my Dahon Cadenza needs to be changed from those crappy disc brakes to AVID SD7 and will swap the current 1x9 gearing to a rear wheel with an IGH. Have not figured out yet which IGH - will see what I can score on Ebay the next week. Front wheel will probably be changed to accomodate a dynohub, not for light but for powering smartphone, GPS, camera, whatever.

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    I have spent the last 85days offshore and a total of 5 months this year, I have only managed 950 miles after 3k plus in 2014.
    Whilst this years offshore stint has been a big financial success, it has been a biking and overall fitness disaster I have put on 6kg, got a bit of belly on me and yesterday's commute was a real struggle. I have 60 days accrued leave to take and am heading to NZ South Island in the new year for a month of bike packing so hopefully will be fit and trim again soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Awesome job there Bedwards! I certainly won't catch you this year. Though I am tempted to take a look at my total human powered mileage for the year. It'd be interesting to see how many miles combined running and biking I put in. Probably as many as some people put on their cars in a year.

    I think anyone who puts in the kind of miles you do deserves some kind or reward. Have a beer on me!
    Crap, I thought you were going to say a Fatboy Carbon . I'll start with the beer. Have one yourself, 5200 is no slouch.

    Last night was super foggy so I took a partial trail route to avoid the main roads. I haven't been on that trail for about a month but am (was) very familiar with it. The fog is so dense that the visibility on the trail is even limited especially with the helmet light reflecting off it. So I get to a section with some water covering the trail, that's odd, there has never been water here before. I decide to ride through because that will at least keep my feet up. About half way through it is up over the BB. So I wrote this poem about it.

    "Working" today. (not that much though)

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    Last nite's ride home was fun until about the halfway point when the wind suddenly picks up to about 25 mph and snow starts falling. Not flakes, but little spheres. The kind as my kids say, hurts! Luckily it only lasted about five minutes but pedaling into that stiff headwind all the while being pelted in my eyes kinda sucked.

    This morning was much better but really cold, 12 F /-11 C. Thankfully most of the ice has melted off the trails meaning no more hit the brakes then sprint to the next ice patch. Good thing too because my legs were kinda tired and my hip still sore.

    Got to work and they notified us that we are closing at 3. Woo Hoo, I can sneak in a few extra miles on my way home and will be at less than 100 miles to go.

    Nice Poem Bedwards!

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    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, & Happy New Year to all.

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    Great ride in at 45F, shorts!!!

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    No commute today but I did get in a 30 mile city ride in Chicago. Did Critical Mass which had a small turn out, and then did some nice solo night time exploring on some fairly dead streets in a huge city on a Friday night. If there was no rain in the forecast, I would just go ahead and finish off my miles here on Saturday. Probably will wait until I get home to get that completed this week.

    Hope that everyone had a really nice holiday and enjoyed the time off work if you had it, had good food, and spent some quality time with loved ones. I got to experience my little nephew who is 2 and a half play with his new train set/table that we built up Thursday night.
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    Bedwards and Block BOTH deserve beers for their sky high mileage! Maybe carbon fatbikes next time around Actually, I think we all have a beer (or a coffee for those of us who don`t do alchohol) coming to us. I`ll take one even though I`m way under 1000 miles.

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    I have 60 days accrued leave to take and am heading to NZ South Island in the new year for a month of bike packing so hopefully will be fit and trim again soon
    Whoa, SUPER cool! We need a green "envy" smilie for that.

    Happy holidays, everybody
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Bedwards and Block BOTH deserve beers for their sky high mileage! Maybe carbon fatbikes next time around
    Funny you should mention that, Mrs Rolling Runner had a Carbon Fatboy under the tree for me. Totally unexpected. It is AMAZING. I've already used it to smash my face into the ground! Read all about it here. My writing ability seems to improve when I'm in pain so this is a pretty good post.
    The Candid Cyclist: Does This Bike Make Me Feel Overconfident?

    Despite being somewhat broken I still rode in today. That wore me out so much that I'm already ready to go home

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Funny you should mention that, Mrs Rolling Runner had a Carbon Fatboy under the tree for me. Totally unexpected. It is AMAZING. I've already used it to smash my face into the ground! Read all about it here. My writing ability seems to improve when I'm in pain so this is a pretty good post.
    The Candid Cyclist: Does This Bike Make Me Feel Overconfident?

    Despite being somewhat broken I still rode in today. That wore me out so much that I'm already ready to go home

    One XL Surly Pigsley for sale. (Probably shouldn't post it that way)
    Now that's an entertaining story for a Monday. Way to be a trooper. Sorry to hear you fell off your bike.
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    Whoohoo! Fat carbon! Whoopwhoopwhoop!!!
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    Stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Forecast is a winter weather advisory with freezing rain and some ice accumulation. The smart part of me says "dude, you have a car for a reason, like this, drive it." The cyclist in me says "dude, it isn't raining right now, and you have a bike with at least a studded front tire and you have wet weather gear, ride." All I know is that it is really cold out right now, and dry. If it stays that way, the bike will get the duty.
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    not a nice way to spend your holidays bedwards! Man that looks awful, hope you get allright soon. But man what a bike!! Just ride on the ground only next time.

    Had an appointment toeay that I usually drive to. But today I took the.train with my bikeband rode back, just 18km/11m but it counts and put me over the 4800km mark this year. Put my bike in the basement when I got home, we.drive away tomorrow and will be back in 4 weeks. Probably no riding although I hope I can ride my brother in law's roadbike a few times.

    I wish you all a happy and healthy new year with big mileage. And: stay safe.

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    Ouch Bed. Dang.

    I didn't get down to Homer as planned as my Christmas was likewise painful, but in another way. Christmas eve go to the store to pick up provisions. Store is busy, parking lot a mess. Come out from the store to find my front tire on the passenger side had been slashed. Three times. My parking job was bad, but really? So no place to get new tires before Christmas morning, thus we canceled the trip. Probably for the best as the weather took a turn and there were some road closures anyway. But still. Who slashes someone's tires on Christmas eve? Did a small bit of riding on Saturday, but it was full of problems. Shifting is shifty. Need to put new cleats on my shoes as they are now worn enough that they randomly pop out of the peddles. Pinch flatted at the top of the climb loop I was on. My brand new pump broke when trying to pump back up. Argh! My daughter was out doing a 2.5 hour ski workout, so I had an hour and 15 yet to kill by the time I got limped back to the parking lot. Luckily I had my running gear and got in a nice easy 4 mile trail run.

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    Geez, Bedwards, now I am not sure whether to pity or envy you! Good thing 2015 is almost over.

    Nice job rollingrunner, you rock!

    Sorry to hear of your slashes as well, Blockphi, they certainly got coal in their stocking.

    After a balmy xmas in the 50's, and a rainy Sunday, today's return to commuting brought 9F and a headwind. Felt like pedaling through molasses. Tomorrow is a forecaster's nightmare, 1-8" mix of snow and freezing rain. Temps somewhere between 9 and 30F, and winds somewhere between 5 and 35mph.

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    Yah, that snow is coming for you! I'm guessing you're in Wisconsin/Minnesota. Iowa City got 1 inch of ice followed by 4 inches of snow today.

    It was my first time on snow with 35mm tires. I lowered the pressure to about 20psi (risking a pinch flat). Snow split well and my tires found ground on the trails and undriven snow, did pretty well on the main roads too, but the deep ruts in unplowed residential areas got me bad and I had to walk a couple blocks.

    I got through it, but I'm looking forward to my 40mm wtb nano TCS tires showing up and running these wtb frequency i23 rims tubeless. Then again I hope they just get the roads cleared better for tomorrow and I'm sure it will be fine!

    Spent 30mins toweling off my steel frame when I got home, don't want it to rust melting off in the garage. I wonder how people's steel frames do with repeated exposure to this crap, I've always rode aluminum with minimal troubles besides components.

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    ^^ Further east - in VT. Glad you made it, native 29r!

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    Wow bedwards you need to stop "falling off your bike" lol

    Commute has been cold here! Not used to this but it sure gets the blood pumping first thing in the morning.
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    It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.......

    Bike: Specialized Carve SL 29er SS
    Tires: Nokian Gazza Extreme 294 front - Schwalbe Nobby Nic rear
    Weather: No easy way to describe
    Temp: Hovering around freezing and dipping and raising above freezing

    The ride in was alright. We got this icy sleet rain mix that left a crunchy layer on the ground but it wasn't frozen as it was above freezing. Rain had stopped so I headed out. Immediately after I left the parking lot, it started raining/sleet/misting ice/whatever. I was prepared with my gear for the most part, even threw a clamp on rear fender on the bike. MUP and roads were actually fun to ride on. It was like the sand right at the waters edge on the beach. Firm and fast with no slipping at all. Had a fun ride in.

    The ride home? Ehhhh, it flat out sucked and was fun at the same time. The city said f you and didn't plow the roads of the slushy ice whatever the heck it was that accumulated. There was some cursing, some walking, one wipe out and one close call where I caught myself. Once I left the city and hit the next one, the roads were much clearer and just wet with a thin film of I dunno what it was, not ice, but not slush either. Hard to describe. That was the fun part. I got the thumbs up from a private plow driver in a pickup truck at a light. Saw another cyclist who was a dangerous ninja heading the other way and we both shouted out "hell yeah" as we passed. I had a mile on a pretty crappy road and once I got to the complex it was a struggle. Avoided the MUP since I knew it would be in garbage condition.

    Super impressed with my gear so far. Novara brand from REI waterproof gloves, hat and cycling rain jacket worked flawlessly. Specialized Defroster boots kept the feets warm and dry. Smartwool gaiter kept the neck and face protected. Tights from Pricepoint worked well enough, they were wet but it was raining/sleet/whatever so I expected that.

    One more commute to go and I will make my miles for the year. Super excited to reach that goal and maybe get a few extra.
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    Blockphi that is a crappy thing. Actually a lot of crappy things. We seem to have a lot of stuff going wrong now but nothing is as bad as somebody intentionally causing pain to others.

    Ten Speed, nice job on the mileage goal. Mine is at 6416 and we're mid blizzard so no riding today and probably none tomorrow. The 6500 milestone is left for another year which is fine by me. I already beat my goal for this year by a lot.

    The ride home last night was bone chilling cold. Meaning I didn't dress for it. It was about 19F but had a nasty cold wind.

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    Finally getting back on the commuting horse after having last week off. Thought I would get a ton of riding during the break but it decided to rain for most of the week. Still got in 3 fun rides but with the trails wet and muddy it's hard to get the motivation to spend a 30 to 35 minutes cleaning off the bike every day. Plus I had done something weird to my elbow getting out of bed early last week and irritated the hell out of it on my next ride. Decided to not ride at all until Sunday to let it heal. Temps have been really cold (for the bay area). This mornings commute was 30f with lots of frost on everything. Could see the pavement sparkling off the beam of my light which had me wondering about black ice on the fast descent part of my ride. None encountered though so it was a good ride.

    Tomorrows commute will be the last final one for the year, but will end up spending New Years weekend in Santa Cruz riding out 2015. Overall looks like i'll end up with 1000 mi worth of commuting for the last 6 months and 1700 mi worth of mtb rides for the year.

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    For the last three days I didn't work and it's been raining. Needless to say the ride in today was a nice change of pace from playing internet chess and working on programming.

    It was dang cold though. Not really, above 32 degrees but the wind was killer. Weird mix of sweating and having very cold hands. Gotta get my winter gear sorted out again. Didn't have it in mind because it's been in the 50's until yesterday or so.
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    Dang Bedwards that's brutal. Worth it for the bike though Nice.

    I rode in today... Last commute of the year for me. Still have the rest of the week off so I may get a ride in here or there. Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house after work today, so that's a bonus 18 miles or so... I'll probably come up just a pinch under 3500 miles for the year. sitting at 3431 after this morning's commute. Lows approaching single digits through the weekend, so I'm not as gung ho about hitting 3500 as I could be

    The big news for me is that Santa brought me and the Ogre a Brooks Cambium saddle... oh sweet plushness. I have already ordered bar tape to match the natural khaki/tan color, and the Schwalbe Fat Franks in creme are the obvious next tire. The Ogre is beginning the transition away from the camo/backwoods Ogre to a more stately, formal, refined Ogre.
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    Holy crap, I didn`t read Bedward`s blog post before I cheered his present! Never expected he`d shoot his eye out with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Fil View Post
    Temps have been really cold (for the bay area). This mornings commute was 30f with lots of frost on everything.
    You never know the temperature in the bay area because all the thermometers there lie. Seriously, whenever I get down there the thermometers all say it`s like 30 degrees warmer than home, but after a weekend I`m chilled right through to the bone.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I rode in today... Last commute of the year for me.

    Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house after work today...

    Lows approaching single digits through the weekend, so I'm not as gung ho about hitting 3500 as I could be
    Your Teachers Rights are being violated- Washoe County is off until the 11th.

    Over the mountains and down 395 to my own grandmother`s house I go, but not until Thursday for me.

    I saw those lows in the forecast. I`ll send you lots of warm thoughts from Grammy`s place in PALM SPRINGS

    Double commute yesterday due to an odd scheduling hiccup. I had to work 7-11 AM, then back in at 11 last night. Both the dark commutes were nice, but the 11 AM ones sucked. Ice got mushy, feeling tired, and I overdressed and got hot both times. Think I might just park my bike for the remainder of the year.
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    With the first decent snow last night of 4-5", and freezing rain forecast, I opted to ski the back 40 with the dogs this a.m. rather than bikecommute. After work it took 20 minutes to scrape my car windows.

    I was hoping to get by with the summer bike tires tomorrow, but the freezing rain continues now and while temps should rise to 36 tomorrow, overnight it will only be 23F. So I will probably have to either brave the winter Conti's on the cross bike or mount the studded tires on the MTB if I want to ride. There is a nasty crust on the snow now, so skiing will not be a good excuse tomorrow!

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    The slush didn't go anywhere for the ride in. It was still prevalent on the MUP that is for sure. I had to make a few detours to get to some rideable terrain. The wind was blasting me head on but the temps didn't dictate a balaclava or even a scarf. With rosy cheeks I made it in to work, soaked from the spray of the wet roads and remnants of slush on the main roads. The ride home was nice, steady wind at my back, and dry pavement in places. Speaking of dry, my tights and chamois were dry when I left. The MUP had been freshly plowed and there wasn't a soul in sight. The whirring sound of the studded front tire easily drowned out the beautiful sound of that Chris King rear hub. I pulled into the complex with a huge smile on my face. I made it.

    Some interesting facts that I have compiled for the year so far -

    6 bikes used in total, 2 sold, 1 cannibalized to create another.

    Fixed gear miles - 3693 (3 bikes)
    Geared miles - 773 (1 bike)
    SS miles - 213 (1 bike)
    Fattie miles - 325 (1 bike)

    Thank you to everyone for reading through what might be some of the most annoying posts on this forum, and especially this section. Thanks for the support and kind words, and the stories of your commutes because that often helps motivate me. Looking forward to the new goal for 2016!!!
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    Yay, 5000!

    I drove in tonight, will probably ride tomorrow since I get off at my regular time Thurs morning. I looked at my YTD mileage today also and was surprised to see it over 900. Considering how short my commute is and how many times I drove this year, it really adds up.
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    Much respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost_HTX View Post
    5000 miles.
    Much respect.

    Congratulations TenSpeed!
    +1 !!!

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    Congrats Tenspeed! And lookit those fixie miles, 3693!!

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    Congrats on all the miles everyone, I think I've put up maybe 800 or so in the last few months. Today will be my last commute of the year, will start keeping track of the miles next week.

    Here's a crappy pic of the sunrise next to the Stratosphere Casino yesterday morning.

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    Final commute of the year today. 32F on the way in but it felt warmer than yesterday and no frost. All around peaceful ride in this morning and hardly any cars on the road.

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    Good gawd, those miles on the fixed gear, TenSpeed.
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone!!! Still feeling very elated today, and even with the day off, I may head out for a few miles on the fixed gear since everything seems to have cleared up nicely. This fixed gear, especially the one I am riding now, is my favorite bike. I have the cockpit of that bike dialed in completely. It is super comfortable and the gearing is perfect for this terrain. I recently swapped the seat post out so today might be a good shake down ride to see if I truly got it to where it was before.
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    Congrats on the 5000 milestone, TenSpeed. Ironic most were on a fixie. The terrain suits that though.

    I struggled to ride enough. Few men my age are able to ride at all. I also do not have a job to ride to to force me and the car sits a lot too. So I count it as a successful year to be still riding. I have about a year to go to get the rest of the mercury out. It really messes up mitochondria and muscle strength. Maybe I can break 1000 next year.

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    Last commute of the year for me, looks like the rain is holding out for me.

    206 commutes on the bike and 19 in the car this year. Pretty happy with that ratio.

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    As expected, this will be the last commute of the year. It's pretty cold out, and there is a chance for some super light snow showers. Honey badger don't care, he is gonna ride his bike to work today.
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    Pretty much like the rest of 2015's bikecommute days, fantastic! Around freezing, rain to sleet, sloppy roads. Happy New Year, all!

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    First of all, Happy New Year to all of my fellow commuters. We all rock!!!

    It was pretty cold today for that last ride in. 3 women totally blocking the path right outside my complex, all 3 with dogs, all 3 off leash. They didn't like it when I told them that the dogs should be on a leash. Pedestrian crossed the street with a dog and never looked to see if anything was coming. I was watching him. Truck backed out in front of me from a driveway. I saw him. My seatpost is a tad too high but it feels really good. Might leave it and see how it goes. Made it a mile from home before midnight struck. Stopped the computer and reset it for the next goal.
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    Last one here to commute in 2015, first to commute in 2016? AWESOME!!! Today was an interesting day. Woke up to a little snow and some blowing. Heavy winds from the west.....ahhhh I have to head west to get to both jobs. Froze my rear end off!!! Wind cut through every layer including my skin. Took the mountain bike with the regular bar back on and hydraulic brake installed. Yes, brake. Front one. Didn't get around to doing the rear. It's not bad at all. Feels weird on the bar but I kind of like it. Anyway, cold for delivery and we were slow. Rode to the second job and froze again in that wind. Ride home was a bit sketchy. Every road had a shine to it, some of it was ice, some was still a bit wet. MUP is covered in a thin layer of snow. Would love to take the road bike tomorrow to work however I am not sure that is a good idea.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.
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    No commute today.

    Yesterday I had to go pick up my car from the hotel we had our NY's party at so I biked there it was about 14 miles. Just glad I had the studs on the Ogre it was icy, what I noticed though is all the sketchy ice was on the MUPS and none on the road. Weather was great, little windy.
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    Clear enough to take the road bike to work today. Some slightly sketchy parts on cutting out of the complex, MUP was still snowy so that was completely avoided. Wind. I hate it!!! I had streams of snot just running down my face and my lungs felt like they were just frozen solid. We have had a lot of wind so far this "winter" season. Still sunny and clear though so it wasn't too bad. Ride home was interesting. Road appeared to be dry, but I look down at my tire, and it is wet. Not soaking, but not dry either. Had me kind of on edge since I wasn't sure what the roads would be like.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.
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    Happy new year everybody! I wont commute the next weeks but on new years day I started with a 1hr ride on a roadbike. Quite a new experience, unfortunately the bike is too small so longer rides will be uncomfortable. Especially the saddle is too low, since the seatpost is too short....Longer beach walks with the youngest in my kiddy backpack will hopefully keep me fit.

    Good luck to you all for 2016 and keep rollin'

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    Finished my year at 1553 with about a 9 mile roundtrip commute each day. So it doesn't add up quick. Doubt I drove my Jeep to work more than 25 times this year, so that's 1553 with a pretty good record of riding.

    Bought a new commuter for 2016. A beach cruiser by phat cycles. My Walmart cruiser bit the dust after I tripped and fell on top of it while trying to get on it. Bent the stem, a crank arm, and put my knee through the front wheel spokes. As I took it apart and started tallying up the parts to fix this $100 bike I realized the bike was toast. Well over 3,000 miles on the bike so I got my money's worth.

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    ^ how is it commuting on a beach style cruiser?
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    Famous!!!

    Happy new Year!

    I started the year off with my own personal press release. Leg Work: Getting to work in the winter under your own steam may not be for the faint of heart - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

    Add to that my year end review:
    The Candid Cyclist: Year End Review 2015

    So far I've ridden 11.0 miles in 2016. At that rate I'll top 1000 miles this year. OK, it's been a slow start.

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    After an epic New Years weekend spent in Santa Cruz and Aptos on my favorite trails it's back to work time. First commute of the year was rainy and 44F. We are supposed to get rain all week. Hopefully it doesn't rain hard enough to make me drive in.

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    That's awesome Bedwards!! Good press. The local paper did a write-up on me once... a way for the local club to get some press for upcoming events, and I was the media pawn. You are big-time though!

    Back to the normal routine for me today... about 20* out there and I couldn't find my 'clava!! I was in panic mode and was about to go without, but I found it on the way out the door. Fatbike rides over the vacation left my commute gear scattered... hate being out of the routine

    Summary of the past couple weeks:

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    First commute of the new year this AM and it was... interesting. Winds in the upper teens in the valley and an ice-slick in Anchorage. Photos: Freezing rain turns Anchorage streets into ice rinks | Alaska Dispatch News

    Beyond that, not too much riding yet this new year. Had two nice rides on Saturday, though. Out at a place I haven't ridden in a couple of years. Moose Range in the valley. Awesome snow conditions even with the warm temps and some great riding all around. Got a night ride in with a buddy of mine who I've never ridden with with just the two of us - always coaching kids or other slower group rides. He worked me over good. It was fun.

    It's my first day back at the office as well and I'm having a hard time getting motivated to actually do anything. I'll call it the Monday blahs. Part of it may be that I was planning to go for the first run of the year today, but realized once I got here that I didn't bring a towel with me for the showers afterwards, so will be foregoing that today. Guess I'll have to try to sneak out early and get some extra bike miles in.

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