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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatson View Post
    Super foggy for me as well. First time I've ridden in such conditions. It was definitely a little unnerving but was an overall uneventful commute if a little damper than usual.
    Every time I ride in conditions like that I think getting a brighter rear light...My second Solas should be arriving today. One flasher for he helmet, One solid for the bike.

    Speaking of flashing lights. I realized about a mile into the woods today that I should have been wearing my hunter orange. I convinced myself that most deer Don't have flashing lights and headlights on their head and most don't' ride bikes. The two deer I saw this morning had neither.

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    Thanks guys. I'm certainly psyched that my bike took the worst of it and nobody was hurt, perhaps scared as I can be fairly frightening when I get angry, especially to a little college freshman, but otherwise unhurt.

    I just spoke with my insurance provider and they instructed me to go ahead and contact her insurance company to file a claim. This is all a new experience for me that I would not like to have to do again. I'll let you all know how it goes.

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    And a new helmet is on the list.

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    Raining again this morning. Sideways rain too, with the headwind

    MTBX, I have often wondered the same thing although the hill I was climbing at the time is 6% to 9% grade so rolling resistance due to water was the smallest part of the overall resistance equation

    vaultbrad, some good advice above. Don't be in a hurry to accept their settlement...time is on your side. And sometimes it takes a little time for injuries to show up. Absolutely take your bike to a good shop and have them completely check it over. Good luck!

    Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating the holiday!

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    Not bad this morning -12 C with light freezing rain????

    A front pushing warm air from the Pacific through Montana is backing up against the cold air coming down across the mountains.

    Anyway 4 to 8 inches of snow then cold....

    I am getting tired of this weather pattern....it makes everything feel cold and dark...

    I am actually ready for a good old artic high....or a chinook of course, anything with blue sky.

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    Just updating my spreadsheet and realized that I crossed 6000 commute miles for the year this morning. Will soon pass my 2011 record of 6055 commute miles for a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    I am getting tired of this weather pattern....it makes everything feel cold and dark...I am actually ready for a good old artic high....or a chinook of course, anything with blue sky.
    Try the Cleveland Ohio area with less than 75 sunny days a year! Been there. Done that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Just updating my spreadsheet and realized that I crossed 6000 commute miles for the year this morning. Will soon pass my 2011 record of 6055 commute miles for a year.
    Nice! I have a long way to go to compete with that!

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    Totally cool, Woodway

    Swimming in quarries looks like a ton of fun. I guess a lot of them don`t have a way to swim or walk out though- probably a really good idea not to fly in if you aren`t positive there`s a flight-free exit.

    No commute for me today, thank God. The wind is HOWLING. I trudged out to my shed (with eyes squinted against the blowing dirt) to get a set of allen wrenches and must have forgotten to squint my mouth because now I have grit in my teeth. I`m taking my last vacation day of the year tonight and a "request off" for tomorrow, so two days for the wind to stop.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    Thanks guys. I'm certainly psyched that my bike took the worst of it and nobody was hurt, perhaps scared as I can be fairly frightening when I get angry, especially to a little college freshman, but otherwise unhurt.

    I just spoke with my insurance provider and they instructed me to go ahead and contact her insurance company to file a claim. This is all a new experience for me that I would not like to have to do again. I'll let you all know how it goes.
    Given I was in the same situation a while back, here's my advice:
    1) Read this: What I learned after getting hit by a car while cycling | DC Rainmaker
    2) Do not minimize the injuries sustained, no matter how minor they are. I thought I would be ok after a few weeks, but I still only have 70% strength in my right arm over my left. That was from a car v. bike in July 2009. I thought it would get better, but it didn't.
    3) Insist on new for old, regardless of age or damage. If they push back, remind them that they're dealing with a bicycle, not a MV Augusta or limited edition Harley Davidson. Also include that standard "pain and suffering" measures would easily cover the cost of the bicycle for the inconvenience their client had caused you... even if it's a high end Trek Madrone.
    4) Record everything and let us know how it goes. I normally recommend getting a lawyer too, but that's personal opinion - insurance companies like to bury you in paperwork and lawyers act as an intermediary.
    5) Lots and lots of photos. Insurance companies love photos.

    It also helps to have a bike mechanic in your pocket to recommend that the frame be written off, but a good mechanic will do that regardless - I usually ask them to sign a paper stating, "While there is no visible external damage, due to the stresses and fatigue induced in the frame as a result of being hit by a car, this bike cannot be deemed safe to ride." The mechanic isn't saying that it's broken, just that the frame's life has been compromised as a result of the collision and that the lifetime of the bike has been shortened.

    The significance of this is highlighted by two stories, one old, one new: A few years back a friend of mine T-boned a car. He did exactly as I mentioned previously right down to the lawyer, got a payout, but continued to ride the bike. A few months later the join on the downtube and headtube began to separate with a visible crack, even though at the time of the accident it appeared fine because paint was covering it. In addition to this, when I was in Recycled Cycles last week getting fenders fitted to the Ogre, they brought in a CF bike that had a bulge in it on the downtube, barely perceptible if not for a miniscule crack in the paint job, as a result of T-Boning a car.

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    I work every other Saturday from 9-6, and today was a scheduled day. I like weekend commutes because traffic is so much different in a good way--fewer cars and no morning or evening rush. Well, I woke up late this morning and didn't have enough time to ride. Grrrr. Was such a beautiful day. But I learned that Performance Bikes is having a 20% off this weekend so I stopped by one near work and picked up a Planet Bikes 26" Hardcore fender set for my SS commuter. So the car came in use :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    3) Insist on new for old, regardless of age or damage. If they push back, remind them that they're dealing with a bicycle, not a MV Augusta or limited edition Harley Davidson. Also include that standard "pain and suffering" measures would easily cover the cost of the bicycle for the inconvenience their client had caused you... even if it's a high end Trek Madrone.
    The same thing I learned. I should have specified the new Cinelli. On main reason I didn't was the theft magnet it would be on campus. When pain and suffering is thrown into the mix they take the cheap way out fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemhed View Post
    "Tuesday Morning Garbage Truck Hopscotch".
    That's my Wednesday. except I'm so rural that it turns into a race... he stops every quarter mile or so, and I'm trying to beat him to town. If I see a can knocked over I know that will buy me some extra time since he has to get out of the truck.


    vaultbrad... (appropriate name by the way) Glad you're OK... the only insurance road I've been down is with a vehicle...the best advice is to remember that they are in the business of making everything EXACTLY like it was before you crashed. I would have no qualms pushing for a new frame/fork/whatever else you're wondering about. It's a tiny pay-out for them compared to a vehicle/vehicle accident.
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    Mountain Bike Monday

    Back to the grind after 4 glorious days off from work. At 16 degrees the trails were all frozen so mud wasn't an issue.

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    ^^Pretty. Not that cold here, about 22F, but a li'l bit of snow yesterday and today.
    My pics are not wanting to upload.

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    pretty cool

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    Pix now working...
    In case you need any flannel for holiday gifts...
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    Drove today. Caught myself staring longingly at the trailhead as I drove past it.

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    ^^ You're beginning to look a lot like Christmas, mtbxplorer! A neon green triangle on the back? Needs some green.

    48 F humid and light winds. Felt like 32. Time to tape the helmet and booties for the shoes.

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    I dropped the MTB at the shop today to have the shocks rebuilt. Got a call later that my rear shock had a blown rebound damper . Maybe I ride it too hard? Nah. They have to send it out to Fox for a rebuild. I've got to drive a few days this week anyway. I might have another bike available for the other days.

    Those quarries look a little hard for swimming.

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    0 degrees, fat, dumb and happy = great beardcicle weather!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Those quarries look a little hard for swimming.
    That's the one my friend's lab jumped/fell into! Somehow he scrambled out on the first try. That one is also unappealing, because it's name, the Black Lagoon, is exactly what the water looks like. Some others have clear to blue-green water. Only one has semi-sanctioned swimming, it's allowed to continue as it's historically been used for swimming and has easier access. Sadly, shoes are needed because of the broken glass. One of the deepest/largest ones has good access at one spot and I was tempted to swim or even kayak there, but did not rally any troops to make me braver.

    Zero already Jordy? Yikes! Nice (b)icilcles.

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    Aw, man. It`s been really nice here, which is... nice, of course, but looking at everybody else`s oncomming winters makes me think we`re missing ours again. We had a few attempts at snow and a little bit of rain, giving me hopes, but in general, it isn`t looking good. PLEASE some good storms this year!
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    0 degrees, fat, dumb and happy = great beardcicle weather!
    Amen Brother. Walked into the office and had to break them off. Ever notice how when you build up a good set of beardcicles your face stays quite warm? Best balaclava there is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    That's the one my friend's lab jumped/fell into! Somehow he scrambled out on the first try. That one is also unappealing, because it's name, the Black Lagoon, is exactly what the water looks like. Some others have clear to blue-green water. Only one has semi-sanctioned swimming, it's allowed to continue as it's historically been used for swimming and has easier access. Sadly, shoes are needed because of the broken glass. One of the deepest/largest ones has good access at one spot and I was tempted to swim or even kayak there, but did not rally any troops to make me braver.

    Zero already Jordy? Yikes! Nice (b)icilcles.
    I actually meant the surface of the water looked hard but swimming in black water doesn't sound fun. I like the clear blue green ones. It must be something about the hard water that makes them feel different. Unfortunately, it's been a while for me too.

    I took the commuter through the mountain bike trails today. I can't believe I use to ride that rigid beast for all of my mountain biking. It's barbaric! 19 degrees and 4 deer on the commute.

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    32F, downright balmy by most standards from what I can see on this thread. A little ice forming on the roads here and there, and all of a sudden there's a flurry of emails at work asking what people do when there's ice on the road. I wish it were snowing already.

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    Black ice turned the interstate into a skating rink and then a parking lot yesterday morning, a good day to be on the bike.

    Miller figured he dispatched troopers to at least 20 crashes on Interstate 89 in Chittenden County. “I had five to seven rollovers, and multiple other ones,” Miller said. “Hit guard rails, hit the rocks. They just kept going off the roads.”


    Flurries persisting today, but no additional accumulation. The fatbike's been fun, haven't added the new studded tires yet because I'm bringing it to the beach this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    It's barbaric!
    Impossible.
    I can see a chrome headset
    Recalculating....

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    I'm seeing some odd deer behavior this week... must be what hunters call 'the rut'. The fellas are chasing the ladies around with their heads down, acting really aggressive, and they don't seem to care about the guy approaching on the bike Bucks that would normally bound over the fence to get further away are standing their ground.

    ...and frosty fenceposts this morning.
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    You win the photo contest! Be careful not to look like a lady deer.

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    I'm in the 20's on the morning and only 30's in the afternoon and almost to the dark on both commutes stage of winter. Not a big fan. I need some better boots and since there is no such thing as the right glove, I think that pogies are the way to go. I just need to find out if my mother (she knows how to sew) can make some or if I need to buy them. Money money money regardless.... stupid winter.
    I am a man of many words. KCCO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    You win the photo contest! Be careful not to look like a lady deer.
    +1, yes the clear winner. And the lady deer thing sounds like good advice too.

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    Yeah finally got back on the bike this morning after a couple weeks of due to work schedule issues.
    Working 4-10s again with Mondays off so headed to work at 6:45am and will be headed home at 6pm so going to be dark on both ends, YEAH!?

    Got to really get some better gloves and another balaclava, 21* this morning going in and only my riding gloves on and f#$! did my fingers freeze. Looks like we are going to have a decent winter this year so going to really need some good stuff for the cold weather!

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    Woo Hoo! Is there a prize for the foto contest? Some handlebar antlers maybe, so I don't look like a lady deer?
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    ^^ I don't recommend those add-on antlers unless hunting season is over.

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    Is that why all those lady deer were running away from me? I looked like a rutting male. I just heard that my mountain bike will be out of commission for A MONTH while they send the shock out to Fox! I may have to buy another bike to hold me over.
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    ^^My most excellent shop loaned me a fork (& installed it) while mine was at Marzocchi (and then had to be re-sent back before re-installation due to a rattle).

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    hmmph...this is winter?

    Now that I've jinxed myself... It's been beautiful. We had one episode of wintery weather and I was out of town for it. Roads: clear. Skies: clear blue. Wind: not much. Temps: 25-32F in the AM, 55-60 in PM. Ordering a new light though as it's getting dark quicker so that if I ride an extra bit to stretch it's near dark when I get home. Also getting some studded tires this week too...not that I'm needing them at the moment.

    Luckily, the long term NOAA forecast was for wamer and drier than normal for the SW this year, but I'm hoping for a couple of good storms. What's the point of living in the mountains if you never see snow? Considering the weather where I came from (Portland, OR), I'm again, a very lucky bike commuter.

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    Full moon ride home...but it sneaked behind a cloud while I got out the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    You win the photo contest! Be careful not to look like a lady deer.
    Oh, but what a photo op THAT could be! Talk about commute porn

    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Looks like we are going to have a decent winter this year so going to really need some good stuff for the cold weather!
    Sounds like you`re more optomistic than I am, Greg. I did catch on the weather report (from a Sacamento radio station) that a big rain storm is expected in northern central valleys over the next few days, so maybe we`ll get some left overs.
    Recalculating....

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    Way to hot here in melb today so commute was not as enjoyable

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    I am in Asia on business and I ran across this little beauty. How would you like to commute on this?


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    A lovely morning, 25F & getting sunny had me waxing poetic

    The doe
    disappears
    in the trees
    but I hear
    her hooves
    rustle the
    frozen leaves
    *** ****

    A narrowing ribbon
    Of safe snow
    Between two icy stripes
    Where the trail is shared with a
    Mile long downhill driveway
    Makes for an exciting ride

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    It was about 10 degrees warmer this morning than it was when I went to bed, odd. Light snow. All you guys complaining about the lack of winter should realize that it is still only fall. We've got months to get tired of the cold and snow.

    I brought my bike in for fix.
    It had not one problem but six.
    I hope I remember .
    For the month of December.
    What it's like to ride in the sticks.

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    The day before a storm comes in,
    the sunrises always get better.
    Enjoy it now, because looking tomorrow
    will only make you get wetter.

    Deer in a field, a daily event
    not worthy of pausing for looks.
    But maybe you live in places without 'em
    or only have seen them in books.
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    Good job, all you Commuter Laureates!

    CB, each of your sunrise pics seem to top the previous, but I think you have a unique one with the California moose in your second pic this morning.

    Bedwards, all "us guys" complaining about not having to shovel snow pretty much just amounts to RyR
    Yeah, hopefully later on we`ll get some. Feb is our traditional snow month anyway.
    Recalculating....

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    Damn CB you are cranking out the glorious pics.

    I glide far and wide astride my ride, my pride.

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    Rubber on macadam
    the arc of my pedals
    avoiding the cracks and that
    sharp hunk of metal

    Rubber on hardpack
    the squeal of my chain
    pulling the bars back
    to unweight again

    Rubber in mud
    ...ah, sh1t
    Recalculating....

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    No sunrise pics here.

    Glad for the ones shared.

    But verse? I converse.

    Riding a bike's so kinetic
    In morion it is so poetic
    I 've no rhyme or reason
    To ride any season
    Though my pace is far from frenetic

    On the road I like to meander
    At new things to take me a gander
    Though I don't fly on past
    I'm having a blast
    Speedier than the spotted salamander

    The use of the iPhone app seems to have slowed me down! It doesn't handle non complete stops at lights well. And has no rounding errors. Regaining lost ground though.

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    Not half bad, all. Same as my self-timer shot this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    No sunrise pics here.

    On the road I like to meander
    At new things to take me a gander
    Though I don't fly on past
    I'm having a blast
    Speedier than the spotted salamander

    BrianMc
    I tried to +rep you on that one but even after handing it out "rep-hoeing" I still get the need to pass it around message when I try to give it to somebody here.

    I'm seriously getting the n+1 itch while my bike is in the shop. Things like "I don't own a FS 9er" are going through my head. As well as "If you buy a 29er you're going to need another set of studded tires" IT'S A CURSE I TELL YOU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I am in Asia on business and I ran across this little beauty. How would you like to commute on this?
    That's awesome. Nice trunk space.


    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    On the road I like to meander
    At new things to take me a gander
    Though I don't fly on past
    I'm having a blast
    Speedier than the spotted salamander
    Winner.
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    Rough week

    Stomach flu hit Sunday night, rode in Monday and back...

    Tuesday got up felt dizzy, rode in but it took me twice as long that hurt...had to call the wife for the ride home...

    Finally feeling better today.


    Pedal pedal pedal
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    Makes it feel like I'm gliding.

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    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?

    The call of the bike was just too strong, wasn't it? I've been there..

    I'm fighting a head cold this week. Epic snot rockets and moving slow, but nothing in the chest/torso. No fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?

    The call of the bike was just too strong, wasn't it? I've been there..

    I'm fighting a head cold this week. Epic snot rockets and moving slow, but nothing in the chest/torso. No fun.
    Should'a followed the rule.

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    Chilly this morning. 18 degrees, and all of my proper gloves were in my office. So i had to wear full-fingered summer MTB gloves. Brrrrr...

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    I had sorta the opposite problem. It was 34F this morning and I couldn't find any of my long-fingered gloves. I didn't have time to dig around looking for them so I drove after I exhausted what available time I had. I wasn't about to ride in near-freezing temps with cutoff gloves.

    I wish I knew where my full-fingered bike gloves are that would work well in this temp range. Of course, now it's bright, sunny, and 70ish.

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    Smoky...

    Guess they're doing controlled burns on the reservation this week. Freaked me out as the plume looked like my house was on fire (from a distance). Now everything smells like I've been camping.



    I did touch it up a tad though. Makes up for the shortcomings of my cell phone camera.

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    ^^ Pretty, but no fun to breathe.

    Hope everyone who's been under the weather feels better soon. That means you too BEdwards, n+1 disease is very serious.
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    Not cold, but at least it`s wet. And windy. The Christmas paper that my wife taped up to the front door is in soggy tatters- I guess I`d better go pull it down before it escapes into the wild dark yonder. Keep thinking that one ofthese years she`s going to figure out what wind does, but so far no luck.

    So, will we get a ride report from Hong Kong after Woodway gets back from exploring the town on his loaner rod braked beastie? Hope it measures up with the Barcelona edition

    Good on ya for braving it with chopped gloves, JChasse! I bet you remember to bring your good gloves home today!

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm seriously getting the n+1 itch while my bike is in the shop. Things like "I don't own a FS 9er" are going through my head.
    9er, schmiener. Go fat!

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    ^^ What about your "above the neck/below the neck" rule?
    Whoa, easy there, cowboy! Lack of boogerchest makes you ornery

    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    Guess they're doing controlled burns on the reservation this week. Freaked me out as the plume looked like my house was on fire (from a distance). Now everything smells like I've been camping.
    I love the smell of pee`d out campfire in the morning.
    Recalculating....

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    SNOW !!!

    And yup I got my DIY studded tires out again

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I'll be commuting tomorrow for the first time in about two months, had a free train pass for school, and didn't have anywhere to store my bike.

    It should be a brisk 30 F so we'll see how it goes, hopefully winds along Lake Michigan aren't too terrible.

    Then I have a new commuter arriving tomorrow night after I get home from work!

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    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.

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    Perfect weather today.
    I usually bike to work everyday but had a small detour today.
    Had to bring my SUV to the dealer for 100k maintenance work.
    Packed my bike and drove to the dealer, then left my SUV and biked to work.
    I'll be riding back to the dealer when I get off work at 5:00pm.
    I love commuting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.
    I have to say, the tourism department must be crying [ "It's that mrbigisbudgood again" ] if they read your posts - the weather there sounds downright miserable. Hang in there and stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Pretty, but no fun to breathe.

    Hope everyone who's been under the weather feels better soon. That means you too BEdwards, n+1 disease is very serious.
    Yes, psychiatric help is expensive.
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    ...9er, schmiener. Go fat!...
    I do see your point, so what you are saying is n+2 or n+1+1. I'm grumpy because I was just starting to enjoy my woods commutes again now that the ground is frozen. We'll see how the battle between rational and irrational plays out.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrbigisbudgood View Post
    Had rain and JUST above freezing for a few days in a row. Turned to super wet snow last night and there is 10cm on the ground. It's pretty, but super sloppy under the white stuff. Yeah, my ride in took a bit longer today.
    By far the worst. Snow bounces off and warm rain is tolerable...

    19 degrees for this morning's commute - at least that's what it said on my truck thermometer. Had to drive for an after work appointment.

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    Got in more than half of the action today...
    Going by yet another quarry.
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    ^^ The cyclist self portraits are pretty cool. And I am not referring to the snow.

    Looked up the record of recent rides on the phone and discovered that when I push the last downhill and run up to the next hill I have been speeding at 10 over for a section of road. Almost fast enough to keep up with cars. Definitely faster than the proverbial spotted salamander. That explains seeing the pulse coming down from somewhere north of 175 on the climb out, more than 10 maybe 15 over my max if it hot 180. Recovering nicely.

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    ^^ Nice!

    It was dumping rain for my ride home yesterday. Still loving the fender extender. The rain let up for my ride this morning... but here's the national weather service outlook for me and Rodar:

    A POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TODAY AND
    TONIGHT...BRINGING HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND HEAVY WET SNOW TO THE
    HIGH SIERRA...AND STRONG WINDS TO WESTERN NEVADA. PLEASE REFER TO
    THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SNOW
    ACCUMULATIONS IN THE SIERRA...AND TO THE HIGH WIND WARNING AND
    WIND ADVISORIES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE STRONG WINDS.

    VERY HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE FRIDAY
    THROUGH SUNDAY. MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE SUNDAY
    THROUGH TUESDAY ON AREA RIVERS DUE TO THE VERY HEAVY RAINFALL
    EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND. ANOTHER...WEAKER...SYSTEM WILL MOVE
    INTO THE REGION BY WEDNESDAY BRINGING ANOTHER CHANCE OF
    PRECIPITATION.
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    ^ yesterday we had a severe snowfall warning for a foot of snow, but ended up with less than an inch. Hopefully you guys luck out too.

    Our roads have turned to skating rinks over the past few weeks though, so even the little bit of snow that we got really screwed up the drivers. I, however, was once again impressed at how much my winterbike kicks ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ yesterday we had a severe snowfall warning for a foot of snow, but ended up with less than an inch. Hopefully you guys luck out too.

    Our roads have turned to skating rinks over the past few weeks though, so even the little bit of snow that we got really screwed up the drivers. I, however, was once again impressed at how much my winterbike kicks ass.
    We got about an inch of light Alberta powder....great for skiing....-17C at the river bottom...-14C at the airport.

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    Good ride this AM, but cold in Anchorage. -7 by my house thermometer. Another day to be thankful for the beardcycles - best insulation ever.

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    Yup CommuterBoy I got the same report this morning. I had an offsite meeting and the company does not like the idea of me dragging the company computer around in my backpack so had to drive yesterday. Was all excited to ride this morning only to walk out the front door to see what the weather was like (report said a nice 40*) only to promptly get smacked in the face by our screen door as the wind slammed it shut on my nose.

    So it was back to the ironing board for clothes to drive in and then I get to work and NO WIND.. BASTARDS!! but it has picked up again and supposed to be 20+mph winds tonight on my 10hr shift.. Oh well, maybe next week.

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    I didn`t check the temps tonight, but it was WAY warmer than Anchorage, Calgary or Edmunton! The wind gave me a rough time, though. Besides gusting, it kept changing direction, so I was riding quite a drunken line. And still cloudy, but I don`t think it rained at all today. Maybe later tonight. Waiting for CB`s morning report- hope you get some white. Greg, it sounds like you were looking forward to riding in the wind?
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    Excellent commute this morning, got green lights at both major intersections and made it to work a whole 2 minutes faster than usual; temperature was nearly 40F and the wind was negligible, it'd be nice if it were always those conditions.

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    No ride in this morning as I’m leaving from work for the weekend by car. I found it feels a lot colder out at 25F when you are trying to tie a ladder to the roof than when you are pedaling. It snowed hard on the way home last night, it was blinding on the downhills (forgot my glasses so I had to blink constantly) and had accumulated a couple inches by the time I got home. This morning I was surprised that there was 4-5”.

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    Seriously rainy in these parts. I was blown away at how much every creek, ditch, and gully swelled up overnight. I have this one little bridge I ride over where the creek is usually maybe 10 feet down below the road, and it was up to within a foot of the bottom of the bridge this morning... scared the heck out of me because I didn't see it until I was riding across, and then there's raging water RIGHT THERE. Major rain...
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    ^^I was hoping yours wouldn`t be so wet. Snow level around 7k though, so not likely.
    We`ve had moderate but consistant rain since about 2 AM, winds a bit calmer now.

    Have a nice weekend, MtbX.
    Recalculating....

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    Yeah, no hope of snow for me with this one...warm storm. It rained like the proverbial 'cow pissing on a flat rock' all night at my place. It's awesome because we need it, but they're predicting the river to be at "flood stage" by Sunday. It's always either too much or not enough
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    Yeah not so much looking to riding in the wind.. As long as it is one direction I dont mind it but it was all over the place yesterday when I went for my state mandated 15 minute break walk, that I dont like.

    Yeah we have plenty of flood warnings over here from all the rain. Was surprised at how much rain we have gotten so far this year and the fact that it is not supposed to let up all weekend, should make for an interesting weekend.

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    Anchorage is still cold, and with little snow... -5 at home, +5 at work, makes for a fun fat bike commute to work! Fun fact, Chicken, Alaska was the first AK city of winter '12 to hit -50 yesterday! I'd like some snow now please! At least by holiday!

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    Funner fact: There's a Chicken, Alaska
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    Well looks like round two is on the way!!
    Reno/Sparks and surrounding areas have been issued a state of emergency due to the imminent rain and wind storms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Funner fact: There's a Chicken, Alaska
    Chicken, Alaska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Chicken was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s and in 1902 the local post office was established requiring a community name. Due to the prevalence of ptarmigan in the area that name was suggested as the official name for the new community. However, the spelling could not be agreed on and Chicken was used to avoid embarrassment.

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    Last ride for a bit. Went greet except for the fifth to the last turn. Looks like I hit some loose flint coat some vehicle deposited in the near tire path near the apex of the turn. That slid the back out and me into more flint cote and the bike slid to the left, at the point where I was out of the corner going straight. No warning. Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. One way to lose weight, I guess. i ride that corner all the time for years, no issues. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back. I may not be able to answer. Spare pair of glasses are the old prescription and the right eye it swollen shut. Lucky. An empty dump truck could have rolled over my head.

    Cost me my jacket, three light under layers, (two silk), two silk and one manmade leggings, and a helmet. Well my Santa now has a list.

    Flint coat sux.

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    I have an office job where I wear a dress pants and shirt. I want to start commuting to work a few days a week.

    Since I will be wearing riding clothing while I'm on the bike, how do you suggest I take my work clothes with me? backpack ? commuter rack? i will be using my road bike. please include links to what I could use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back.
    Whoa! That was some crash . Check in when you can and heal well.

    A backpack is the simplest and cheapest way to carry stuff. I find them uncomfortable to ride with, but some actually prefer that way. If you decide for panniers or a trunk rack, there`s some cash involved, but more comfortable IMO- it`s up to you. Also, a lot of people who have to wear nice clothes to work drive in with a week`s worth and ride in until they run out of clothes. If that`s an option for you, you won`t have to worry about wrinking stuff.

    Minus 50! Good God, that`s obscene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Last ride for a bit. Went greet except for the fifth to the last turn. Looks like I hit some loose flint coat some vehicle deposited in the near tire path near the apex of the turn. That slid the back out and me into more flint cote and the bike slid to the left, at the point where I was out of the corner going straight. No warning. Bent my glasses shoved a lens into my eyelid, cut me deeply and bruised my face. Left a pool of blood in the helmet and on the pavement. One way to lose weight, I guess. i ride that corner all the time for years, no issues. Knocked me out.

    With one eye working and morphine. I'll be back when I am back. I may not be able to answer. Spare pair of glasses are the old prescription and the right eye it swollen shut. Lucky. An empty dump truck could have rolled over my head.

    Cost me my jacket, three light under layers, (two silk), two silk and one manmade leggings, and a helmet. Well my Santa now has a list.

    Flint coat sux.

    BrianMc - still with a brain, still Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin) and not typing too well.
    Bad one! I'm not even sure what flint coat is but I'm going to try to avoid it. Sounds like you are going to be stiff for a while. Get well soon.

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    Pretty good commute tonight after several days of wind and weirdness (rain is weird for us). I didn`t loose anything to the wind, actually gained a couple rougue recycling pickup baskets . There`s definitely no shortage of mud in my yard, but apparently the flooding that was expected didn`t turn out as bad as it looked like- snow level dropped low enough to keep it in check. Tonight was cooling off, clear skies, and just a little breeze.

    Tonight is my last weekend shift for the forseeable future, back to five day weeks for a while, then on to the furlogh days. The company I work for prints all kinds of stuff all over the world, but this plant mostly does the department store ad fliers that come out in Sunday papers, so late Oct until mid Nov we`re slammed with Thanksgiving Day ads, then the miscelaneous Dec sales, then finally post Christmas stuff. Tis the season to make a buck, falala la la.
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    Holy heatwave, Batman. It was almost 60F this morning. It actually felt a bit stuffy. The vultures are tapering off. A couple weeks ago there were about 80 of them flying in a massive cyclone over the park. It was pretty awesome. I had to stop and watch them for a while. I managed to get a decent estimate, but there were way too many to count.

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    Heal well, BrianMc! I'm not sure what a flint coat is either, but if I see one I'll be sure to avoid it too.

    Back from Asia and it felt good to be back on my bike this morning. I'll take the pouring rain and 20MPH gusts to sitting on an airplane for hours on end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Bad one! I'm not even sure what flint coat is but I'm going to try to avoid it. Sounds like you are going to be stiff for a while. Get well soon.
    Chip seal is another name for it. I was still a bit groggy from being unconscious and on morphine when I wrote last. I hit something and it may simply have been a patch of tarry pavement that heeled me over for a hard pedal strike. The small gravel may not have been a cause. I broke part of my upper jaw, apparently, My eye finally opened some yesterday. Major road rash on the right side of my face and three cuts, two with stitches. My left hand is barely useable but it types much better than on Friday. The rest is par for the course and no hindrance to riding. My spare glasses aren't good enough to let me drive. So I wait new glasses. Could be worse. Nobody was following to run me over. I also did this with someone in the opposing lane with a cell phone who called 911.

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    Ouch, Brian. Hope you heal up soon.

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    Major bummer Brian, sorry to hear about that. Heal up quick! Sounds like an ugly one. And since no one else asked....how's the bike?


    We got some flooding and crazy river levels this weekend... pretty nuts. "Flood stage" for the river is 12 feet, we went to 13.29. More rain on the way, but supposedly not enough to threaten...River's back down at 9' or so now.
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    A broken jaw is never a good thing.

    Today's commute was a nice warm 36 degrees with light fog and spectacular sunrises through the fog. I should have stopped to take one because I might have won the photo contest today because i don't seen any other entries.
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    9er, schmiener. Go fat!
    I went 9er first. Ordered one up this morning. I am no longer "in the black" with the money I save commuting. I did actually try out a fatbike for the first time over the weekend. Not as slow as i was expecting. I still haven't got over the one that slipped through my fingers. Just because I went 9er doesn't mean I can't go fat too. I have amazing rationalization abilities.

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    Ouch, BrianMc. Glad you're relatively okay. Heal up quick. No commuting for me recently. Every time I go into the office to use my computer, it takes me 10x longer (or more) to get anything done relative to my home computer because the POS is so slow. Working from home, then.

    Which is sorta nice today because it's raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Major bummer Brian, sorry to hear about that. Heal up quick! Sounds like an ugly one. And since no one else asked....how's the bike?.
    Today headache and nausea. Tomorrow the Doctor appointment about the fracture. I suspect since I am no longer coughing up blood it will be like cracked ribs: heal yourself. He is needed to make sure there is nothing too wrong with my right upper molars aching a bit.

    Bike seat right rear and bottom right brake lever some rash, Bar tape is history and right pedal is history, too much of the outside hoop is gone. I was in 48-16 and the IPhone says I was swinging the wide curve at 18-19 mph reading off the graph. So that's almost a ton of force 19-0 mostly by face braking. Helmet is cracked on the front 45 degrees. History. Always the over achiever!

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    -15 celcius and snow here today and the weatherman says same for tommorow.

    I have to say that I`m loving these new lake winter shoes I bought last month.

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    Discovered the front tire will not hold air. Could have taken a sidewall wound in the crash, or the police were un-careful delivering it home, or that was the reason the corner went so badly so suddenly.

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    High 50's, winds light and variable, warm sunshine...priceless!

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