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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    It snowed the whole time? I don`t think I`ve ever seen it snow below zero F.
    Yup snowed heavily to start and then tapered off as the temp fell....Geez I have seen it snowing at -40C....

    That is how you make the really light beautiful Alberta powder.

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    True, that makes the best powder, but the real dumps happen when warm and cold fronts are fighting, which is why most snow happens within 20 degrees of the freezing point. To get über cold, we need clear skies.

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    ^^ That's also why they call the stuff we get "Sierra Cement". gotta get further from the ocean to get the super light stuff... we get some up high, but it's rare. Tahoe powder is very different from Utah powder.

    Our typical pattern is: big snow storm hangs out around the freezing point, then the cold front passes and it drops to single digits behind the storm. Our powder actually gets lighter after it's been on the ground a while sometimes, as some of the moisture evaporates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm going to take the roads to the lake. I think I should make it....
    Yup. Happy weekend everybody!

    We get all of those types of snow. Sometimes in the same storm.

    Jeffscott, you know the ice is save because it has been below -20C for days on end
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Jeffscott, you know the ice is save because it has been below 20C for days on end
    Wait, what planet do you live on? What does 20C have to do with ice forming? Or maybe we are making fun of the Celsius users, because that's always fun....always making it sound colder than it really is out there. Just kidding...cough syrup is kicking in.

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    ^^Must be the cough syrup. Those tiny minus signs are so hard to see.

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    Not a bad ride after work today. Knocked off early and logged 10.0 -- fairly stiff headwind until I made a 180 and headed west to the house. A welcome break from the week's rain!

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    Honestly, it was probably the F to C conversion that screwed me up. Celsius is only used in my engineering life. When I use it to talk about weather all bets are off. Not to mention that it is Friday night.

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    Hit over 60F today, though it was in the high 50's when I rode. Snow almost all gone. More coming to replace it early next week.

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    No work tonight, starting swing shift for sure on Monday. Was out driving around twon this afternoon- crazy stuff! it just snowed a LITTLE BIT, but the roads were skating rinks. I drive a 2wd pickup with nothing in the bed and had to chain up as soon as I started getting out of the flat valley bottom. Somehow unbent the little hook end on one of my chains and had to have my dad come resuce me with a couple pairs of Channel Locks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Or maybe we are making fun of the Celsius users, because that's always fun....
    Yes it is
    Almost as much fun as making fun of people who roll on tyres
    I can think directly in mm or KM, but have to translate C temps in order to wrap my head around them. But actually, with the international weather reports that we constantly get here in Commuterland, I`m getting pretty good at doing rough tanslations in my head- I just figure 32 +/- C/2 and I know I`m in the ballpark.

    Other personal metric/imperial traits: because I work constantly with metric bolts and threads and shafts, I`m more accustomed to them than to SAE sizes. I`m getting pretty close to thinking grams over ounces, but still don`t do KGs over pounds- go figure. Liters are just 1/4 gallons and fluid ounces have never made much sense to me.
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    Not to cold at 26F but the wind was killing me on the way home. I ride a 29er Mtn bike about 6 miles each way. Mostly down hill to work and mostly up hill home. Riding into 35+mph winds up hill was a killer but I burned a few hundred more Kcal (Endomondo W/HR mon). Winter is not as much fun as summer.

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    Sixty three Fahrenheit and another 17 miles. Spring in January is nice but our California fruits and vegetables are going to be expensive with the cold they have.

    Some others rode yesterday. The salmon BMXer was surprised. I am not much faster than a spotted salamander yet, so it took longer to catch him than I thought.

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    ^^ Wow! We've got a January thaw as well, hit about 45F today, so I drove to pavement for 14.5 miles on the road with the cross bike. The road shoulders were super spoogy and everything''s a mess, but I enjoyed it. A pic at the historical society museum and a not-so-frozen-as-it-was lake.

    I passed a sign, tortierres, $10 and had to look it up despite >30 years in VT & ME....it's a French Canadian meat pie, looks yummy, but the best is step 4, where you put it in a snowbank. How to Make Classic Tourtière (Québec Pork Pie) | Simple Bites
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    Forgot the 2 minute video. The BMX kid was faster than a spotted salamander and I was only slightly more faster. More fitness coming online, but it is slow.

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    Nice Hi! at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Forgot the 2 minute video. The BMX kid was faster than a spotted salamander and I was only slightly more faster. More fitness coming online, but it is slow.

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    Nice Hi! at the end.

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    Cool - I commented on your running of stops -

    I know it's different every-time, but I thought I would have tried to tell the kid to ride on the right & maybe explain why if he was to listen, It's weird educating people - I get it; especially children - you'll get someone going, "he was trying to rape my boy!!"
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I get the feeling that NJ is becoming England. Rainy, foggy, grey for most of the past week, and more to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ...I passed a sign, tortierres, $10 and had to look it up despite >30 years in VT & ME....it's a French Canadian meat pie, looks yummy, but the best is step 4, where you put it in a snowbank. How to Make Classic Tourtière (Québec Pork Pie) | Simple Bites
    I just hear them called meat pies around here.

    January thaw in full effect here as well. It's amazing how warm 40F feels. A week ago no gloves would keep my hands warm and this week any will do. Super foggy too. I took the longer squishy dirt road route to avoid as many cars as I could. I also added an extra Spoke LIt that I got for my B-day to my bike. Good timing.

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    Ah, yes. Meat pies. I usually have one a week, my little local grocer has a local lady that makes little individual ones, they are fantastic. She also makes salmon pie...I have yet to try one, kinda scared quite honestly.
    It was really, really warm here this morning. 37F feels like 70. Rode to work in a t-shirt, sweat shirt, wind-breaker. No snow or ice on the road, aired up the tires to 7.5psi and had a super fast ride down. The snow banks are solid and were really fun to play on. I can't wait for the big freeze tonight, the world will be my playground with an unbreakable crust on the snow. yay for January thaw.

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    My eyelashes kept freezing due to the steam sent up from my balaclava. I really need to wear my ski goggles when it's this cold. 7 degrees F before wind chill. Lobster gloves with liners were slightly chilly. If and when it drops below zero I'll have to use my military over-mitts.

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    Didn't even try riding today. Anchorage is in the midst of another meltdown. The roads are ice rinks and I am sure that the trails are just horrible. I figure that by riding on them when they are soft, knowing they'll freeze back up in a day or so, would do more damage to them than what it's worth. So I carpooled. The local schools are closed. The university is closed. It's a good day to not risk riding. (Yet I feel so dirty for some reason...)

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    Woot Woot! New record here... minus 4.5* F. My previous record was -4, so only a half of a degree, but I'll take it.
    You know it's cold when you get beard-cicles inside your 'clava.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Cool - I commented on your running of stops -
    Hehe. I run a lot of stops, but I was surprised to see B Mc do it A few weeks ago, I saw a kid (bout 8 YO, I guess) all bundled up riding salmon on the sidewalk on a super cold morning. Thought about "educating" him a little and changed my mind- just give him a salute and a big smile for going for it.

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    My eyelashes kept freezing due to the steam sent up from my balaclava. If and when it drops below zero I'll have to use my military over-mitts.
    Wow, that does sound cold. And I can`t find my overmitts

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Woot Woot! New record here... minus 4.5* F. My previous record was -4, so only a half of a degree, but I'll take it.
    You know it's cold when you get beard-cicles inside your 'clava.
    CB, you have me solidly beat with that one! For today, at least- don`t know what my all time low has been. Our weather report says +8 for this morning but by the time I got up it was definitely above that. I start 3 months of swing shift this afternoon, so no more 7 AM runs. It`ll be much warmer for me on the way in and my return temps should be roughly the same as my in temps have been.

    My wife and I rented snowshoes Sat and met up with some of her friends to play for a while. It was my first time on the contraptions- nice enough, but I still prefer skiis. Also I was REALLY surprised to see that the entire surface of the lake (Donner Lake) was liquid- guess we just can`t even dream of competing with the real Northerners in that respect. Though I have seen snow mobile tracks across it in previous winters.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^Our deep lakes haven't frozen yet. Sebago is one of the biggest and 300' deep in places and none of it is frozen. Some years it never freezes, some years half freezes and some years all of it freezes. Little Sebago, the one I commute across, has a depth that is measured in feet in most spots. Like 10-30, so there is a lot less water to cool off. The shallow lakes freeze fast and warm up fast too. Ironically, the lakes that are coldest to swim in are the last to freeze.

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    Everything melted over the weekend so I thought I'd try to sneak in a week or two before winter realizes it's supposed to snow on us again. Got all kitted up, packed up, was airing up before heading out and found a broken spoke on my back wheel. Crap. Tried to ride anyways but after getting up the first hill about half a mile from my house I had a minute to try to figure out if the clinking was the spoke hitting something and saw it banging into my chainstay every revolution. Tried to pull the spoke out on the side of the road but couldn't get it to clear the brake rotor. Wrapped it around another spoke to keep it out of the way, rode the next 10 miles to work. I'll have to leave early today and ride it another few miles to the bike shop in town nearby to get them to do the spoke, hell if I'm dealing with spoke tensions myself.

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    mmmm, Donner Lake. Cool spot.

    Turns out my record was all for naught... school is on a 'delayed start' schedule becuase of "extreme icy conditions"... busses are having trouble. I could have come in an hour later with solid temps around negative 2. These kids should be riding their bikes to school
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    I'm a bit rusty after working only 5 days in the past 3 weeks. I forget that my commute isn't as easy as I think it is. I was struggling a bit on the way in. The cool temps (26F) and a mild, but consistent, headwind didn't help. I'm looking forward to getting back in shape so my commute will be a piece of cake again.

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    First commute under 30 degrees F. Also first time seeing ice on the road in AZ when biking. Brisk, but still fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Cool - I commented on your running of stops -
    I know it's different every-time, but I thought I would have tried to tell the kid to ride on the right & maybe explain why if he was to listen, It's weird educating people,
    - I get it; especially children - you'll get someone going, "he was trying to rape my boy!!"
    *** Salmoning: Lead by example, I guess. Be predictable. I had a car following me, first blocked by oncoming traffic, then not daring to pass between us on the corners. I was up to 20 mph so not too bad. The light is a demand light with cars stopped so it was about to change and did promptly. Safety first. The motorist was patient and took a left just after the video ends.

    *** This is not the way I rode until I came here. Running stops is a local tradition by most drivers. I have been nearly rear-ended when driving and I actually stop. I stop for all red lights on the bike. Obeying the rules at 4-way stops just confuses the drivers who run the stops themselves. Two officers have witnessed me doing this and have not had a chat with me about it. But you can't be day dreaming. You must check and be ready to stop.

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    highdell...
    I was in Redding this weekend. I saw some guys playing disc golf. I thought of you. The end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hah72215 View Post
    First commute under 30 degrees F. Also first time seeing ice on the road in AZ when biking. Brisk, but still fun.
    Congrats on the milestone. Was that in Tempe? I know the AZ mountains get plenty of cold and snow, but didn`t think the Phoenix area ever froze. That just doesn`t seem fair after what you guys have to put up with in the summer.

    Sanath, paying the shop now and again for a spoke isn`t the end of the world, but don`t be put off by all the comotion lately about spoke tensions if you have standard (32 or more spokes) wheels. It isn`t really THAT big an issue, and the pluck to tune method works just fine. If you have any interest in learning to do it for yourself, go for it. Besides, a little prior experience at it just might save your butt out on the trail or roadside someday.
    Recalculating....

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    Only commuted two days last week and then flew down to Las Vegas and attended the Consumer Electronics Show. Between meetings I checked out the various exhibit halls which are absolutely mind-blowing with all the technology and marketing hype. Paid extra attention to the cycling related technology...had fun in the GoPro booth, in fact saw many companies marketing sports-related camera systems (including one with a harness for your dog). Saw some electric bikes, and of course a lot of fitness-based technology.

    The wife also came down and we stayed the weekend. Was able to get some mountain biking in:



    Commute today was downright mundane, cloudy, no rain about 28F when I left the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Sanath, paying the shop now and again for a spoke isn`t the end of the world, but don`t be put off by all the comotion lately about spoke tensions if you have standard (32 or more spokes) wheels. It isn`t really THAT big an issue, and the pluck to tune method works just fine. If you have any interest in learning to do it for yourself, go for it. Besides, a little prior experience at it just might save your butt out on the trail or roadside someday.
    There's commotion about spoke tension these days? I've replaced whole rims by taping every spoke where it crosses and removing all the nipples. Put the new rim on, snug all the spokes tight and then true it using the brake calipers. I use the "That seems and sounds about right" tension method.

    I also never buy just 1 spoke if I break one. If I'd stop buying bikes eventually I'll have replacements for all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Sanath, paying the shop now and again for a spoke isn`t the end of the world, but don`t be put off by all the comotion lately about spoke tensions if you have standard (32 or more spokes) wheels. It isn`t really THAT big an issue, and the pluck to tune method works just fine. If you have any interest in learning to do it for yourself, go for it. Besides, a little prior experience at it just might save your butt out on the trail or roadside someday.
    I tried to true a wheel myself once, never was able to get the hang of it or get it true enough that I was happy with it. I'm a perfectionist with anything I work on myself, which is why I just pay somebody else to true my wheels and don't look at them too closely. Eventually I'll have to make the jump to figure out how to do it, but not until I've got a wheel I don't mind having torn apart for 6 weeks or so, tensioned and retensioned over and over again until it's straight enough that I'm happy.

    Besides, it's 10 miles home and less than 3 to the bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Congrats on the milestone. Was that in Tempe? I know the AZ mountains get plenty of cold and snow, but didn`t think the Phoenix area ever froze. That just doesn`t seem fair after what you guys have to put up with in the summer.
    Yeah, Tempe. Just an abnormally cold week. We should be back in the 90's in a couple months though so not complaining.

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    note to self, and whomever may be interested: wear gloves if the temperature is suppose to sit around freezing.

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    A great ride home. 3" of super fluffy new powder, temperatures a little above freezing, thick cloud cover to bounce around a lot of light, and I saw two coyotes. They were maybe 100m away from the park where our NHL team staged a PR stunt game of pond hockey yesterday.

    As I was about 50' from them I realized I was glad that they don't react to bikes the way my dog does. My puppy is generally okay with bikes, until you stick a headlight on them (either blinky or solid) which jumps them up to #2 on her most hated list. But the coyotes just trotted away.

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    Found a wire almost broken in the accident just before the ride was now broken. Quick but poor fix to ride sooner rather than later. The 26 wind chill sans bike wind was a face full after Sat's 63 F. After a mile or so the face was warm or numb, so no problem. New meaning to icy countenance, I guess. A granite face. A stone cold look. Not scared but petrified? Not sedentary, but sedimentary? Not just morphed, but metamorphic? Not ignoble but igneous? Obviously the drop in temp was pun-ishing.

    The iBike's heart strap does not make dogs crazy (ultrasonics?) like the old Sigma one was suspected of, and now proven to have been. That got me bitten when I visited one of my neighbors. Nice feature. Know your heart rate on this charcoal on gray, almost unreadable interface and piss off all the dogs you meet. Four years use, but I'm glad it died.

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    Saw a coyote! I'd seen one before when riding my motorcycle in Yosemite, but this was the first time I've seen one in Washington.

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    I tried to remind myself this afternoon to pack my long johns when I left for work. Not only did I end up forgetting my long johns, I also forgot my helmet and my reflective vest.

    Great weekend, Woodway! What was the weather like down there? I bet it was a nice break.
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    I could have come in an hour later with solid temps around negative 2.
    Good thing you DIDN`T go in later or you wouldn`t have hit a new record. Not for naught

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    note to self, and whomever may be interested: wear gloves if the temperature is suppose to sit around freezing.
    Good plan!
    Recalculating....

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    Perfect 25F temps for commuting, and the snowmobile trails were hard and fast after the recent thaw, and down to the dirt in a few places. The studded fatbike tires earned their keep on the icy sections. My feeder trails and shortcut where no snomachines go were not great, pretty bumpy from old tracks, and too soft in spots - I should have re-groomed them when the weather was warm.
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    2 degrees ABOVE zero this morning. Heat wave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I tried to remind myself this afternoon to pack my long johns when I left for work. Not only did I end up forgetting my long johns, I also forgot my helmet and my reflective vest.
    At least you remembered the bike. The change in schedule must be throwing you off. I know when I have a change in my routine, I am more likely to forget stuff, like when I drive and bring stuff to ride home, or when the temp is super cold and I'm too focused on what to wear for the ride rather than what I need when I get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    2 degrees ABOVE zero this morning. Heat wave.
    7deg above 0C this morning. Which actually is a heat wave (45F).

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    A great ride this morning. After our warm up yesterday it dropped down below freezing overnight and firmed the trails up nicely. There is one area of overflow that was so slick I had to walk it, but other than that, both the roads and the trails were surprisingly good for riding. It helps that much of the trail I ride was groomed for the skiers just before the melt down so things packed down nicely and set up well.

    The roads still had some slick spots, but even without studs I was able to make good time and remain upright. Good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter006 View Post
    Saw a coyote! I'd seen one before when riding my motorcycle in Yosemite, but this was the first time I've seen one in Washington.
    Just come over to my house hunter...they run through my yard almost daily. Back when my wife was keeping chickens they would come around and snatch a chicken when we were not watching. Last year I startled one on the Sammamish River trail - it was standing on that section of trail in front of the apartments south of the ballfields and I chased it down the trail for about 50 yards until it cleared the apartments and was able to dart off to the side.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Great weekend, Woodway! What was the weather like down there? I bet it was a nice break.
    It was in the 50's for the first couple of days, but then over the weekend the temps went down into the 20's overnight and mid-30'd during the day. The sun felt good though! We seem to have brought the weather back with us to Seattle as the temps are going down into the 20's at night and mid-30's during the day...oh and the sun is shining!

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    Whoa....ice is slippery. Had a couple of close calls this morning. I was tearing down a snowmobile trail that was hard and crusty....and fast, when I came upon the bridge that is about 1.5 snowmobiles wide, 10 feet off the rushing rocky water, and also seems to be water tight because there was about three inches of water ice on the bridge....I walked it. Not a fall worth taking, not like anyone was watching anyway.

    Awesome thing said on the way in. I ride through a school zone, the kids love the fat bike. Today I passed two walking that I passed yesterday. One asked if I was riding to work, I said yeah, and he punched the other kid saying "told ya so".

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    Melted my favorite gaiter with a hair dryer this morning trying to dry it out all speedy-like. Fah.

    That spoke turned out to be expensive at my LBS. $23.something to fix it. Looked like $20 in labor + $2 spoke + tax as it went into the register.

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    That sounds about right, really. Especially if you rode it that way afterward, I bet it was pretty outa whack. You'd pay 10 just to get a true, so I think that sounds ok.

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    Y'know, eyelashes freeze...

    when the temp. is hovering around -4F.

    Coldest commute for me, ever. Funny thing though, my co-workers weren't incredulous about me riding in sub-zero temps, but that I carry my bike up a flight of stairs when I get here. WTH?!

    Roads were clear, sky was icy blue, wind was absent so with the exception of the cold, was a nice ride to work.

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    Fitness coming back. Hit HR 173 on sprint up hill before my cool down. Up from 165. Coldest I've worn booties and SiDis. I usually ditch them at 40 F. Slightly cool toes but no bad. Humidity up so 36 felt colder in terms of sucking the heat out of you. Still slightly faster than a hibernating spotted salamander.

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    damn dogs (owners that let them roam free).
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    I'll take a farm dog running from far away over those surprise dogs. Wouldn't even have time to defend yourself. Good job.

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    stoppied to avoid ipod'd pede who wandered out between cars.
    she crossed 4 lanes of traffic to find herself in my way... but was nice enough to apologize when my carradice bag popped me in the back of the head.
    think she realized I'd obviously hammered HARD on the brakes to make sure she didn't get so much as a tire print.

    **** fixed gear riders, sometimes there is NOWHERE TO GO but into a person.
    and I didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchmedic View Post
    I'll take a farm dog running from far away over those surprise dogs. Wouldn't even have time to defend yourself. Good job.
    i get those farm dogs too. This was just as I left work in town. I have another 2 sets of dogs that tend to give me interval training in the mornings.

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    ^^ Clearly, that dog is trained to retrieve anyone that might not obey the stop sign.

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    Getting there, Brian. A few more weeks you`ll be passing the leaping lizards.
    Do fat bike tires roll over groomed ski tracks, or get rut-bound?

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    Melted my favorite gaiter with a hair dryer this morning trying to dry it out all speedy-like.
    Melted with a hair dryer? Wow, what material was it made from?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    Coldest commute for me, ever. Funny thing though, my co-workers weren't incredulous about me riding in sub-zero temps, but that I carry my bike up a flight of stairs when I get here.
    I bet they thought you`d climbed to a record height in the stariwell, but already knew you were a cold weather master

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    ^^ Clearly, that dog is trained to retrieve anyone that might not obey the stop sign.
    "Error occurred", so I have to take your word for it.
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    After patching nearly 50 holes in a decon shelter at work, just about the last thing I wanted to do was patch a tube, but I had to anyway. We received a decent amount of sleet and freezing rain yesterday evening. Due to my last experience with an icy MUP, I decided it would be better to take a bike with knobby tires. I didn't want to take my main mtb, but my older Cannondale was stripped of a rear wheel. So after getting installing the cassette, tire, and tube, I began to pump and noticed a leaking sound. I swapped to another tube and got the same thing. It turns out the first tube had a stem that was tearing away, and the second tube had a puncture that I neglected to fix last time. Not having another presta tube, I either had to fix the tube or ride my mtb (the singlespeed with slicks was not a viable option at that point), so I fixed the tube. Oh well. Still beats driving.
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    Anchorage trails have turned as hell froze over...20F, walkers and animals have post-holed the trails very badly making for a very chatter slow ride. The fat tires do help with this problem, but still bad. The sidewalks are ice rinks, but very fast with Dillingers!!!

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    I pulled the 'clava down over the chin about half way to town this morning, and got som Jordy-caliber beard-cicles going. I thought it was 10 or 11 degrees F (based on the forecast)...reality check when I got to work showed that it was actually 3.
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    I agree with JordyB - lots of holes and ruts to work around, though it is a bit of a fun challenge finding that one strip that is fairly smooth and fast rolling. As I'm rolling studless, the streets are a bit slow for me. Though I have to say that the fat tires with lower pressures do surprisingly well on the ice apart from the one section of overflow I have to ride on. Looks like snow is coming in, so maybe we'll get a bit over an inch before the ride home to help cover up some of the ice - hopefully it is wet, sticky stuff and not the dry, sandy stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominic49 View Post
    damn dogs (owners that let them roam free).
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    That dog was very lucky I was able to kick him off of me.
    Ah, crap! That was a surprise, going from sniffing around to attack mode just as you approached. No way in hell I`d have stopped at that sign either!

    Blockphi, what are the "overflows" that you sometimes mention? You mean where water runs out of something and freezes or somewhere for excess traffic to bypass a standard route?
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Blockphi, what are the "overflows" that you sometimes mention? You mean where water runs out of something and freezes or somewhere for excess traffic to bypass a standard route?
    Part of my commute is through a swampy area that, when it warms up starts flowing - so water running over the trail and then freezing back down. Just part of the fun of living in Alaska! What's even more fun is when one layer freezes, then another layer forms but does not freeze completely so you break through as you ride or walk over it! Dangerous on a river or stream, but pretty harmless when the water is no more than a couple of inches deep, though last night I broke through in a deep spot and went over the top of my boot. The rest of the ride was a bit chilly.

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    Rodar:

    This is kinda of what overflow looks like. It's when a body of water can't flow through its natural path and spills over onto trails and then starts to freeze or turn into a slushy nightmare.


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    You surprised it, that poor dog...I kid...sounded vicious. Started snowing on my way to work this morning, 3 inches or so on the ground for the ride home. Freshies on super solid trails is the bestest.

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    ^^ Nice, bring an extra layer or 2 tomorrow, Schott & Bedwards, and any other N'n New Englanders and Quebecers out there. Arctic Front is supposed to drop temps from 25F for the a.m. commute today to 10 or less for the ride home. About 3" at my house today too, but I drove the foster pup to get spayed today.

    CB, hope you get a little warm up, and maybe more ice for the studs.

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    I was lucky enough to spot one of these Tuesday night on craigslist and the lady was willing to hold it for me until I get drive (yuck) the 50 miles to pick it up.

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    A bit too chilly at -8F. Fortunately the forecast says this does not last long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Just come over to my house hunter...they run through my yard almost daily. Back when my wife was keeping chickens they would come around and snatch a chicken when we were not watching. Last year I startled one on the Sammamish River trail - it was standing on that section of trail in front of the apartments south of the ballfields and I chased it down the trail for about 50 yards until it cleared the apartments and was able to dart off to the side.
    Yeah, that's where I was. But 4 years of commuting through that area, this was the first time I'd seen one.d

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Nice, bring an extra layer or 2 tomorrow, Schott & Bedwards, and any other N'n New Englanders and Quebecers out there. Arctic Front is supposed to drop temps from 25F for the a.m. commute today to 10 or less for the ride home. About 3" at my house today too, but I drove the foster pup to get spayed today.

    CB, hope you get a little warm up, and maybe more ice for the studs.
    Thanks for the warning. I didn't see it until I got to work but I've got all my layers with me. Right around 0 for tomorrow morning too.

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    My commute at 6AM this morning temp was a chilly 24' according to the Garmin. 24'C that is.
    I wasn't bothering commuting during our rainy season, just getting the bus or a cab; you can generally set your watch by it around 2 to 3PM it clouds over and by 4PM it is absolutely lashing it down usually with lightning thrown in to boot; just in time for the ride home.
    Seeing you guys out there in arctic conditions made me feel a tad guilty so have rode every day in 2013 so far. It doesn't really get that cold even when it rains here.

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    I had to walk across the street to the store after I got to work. Frighteningly cold out there after the change into work clothes. I see why people think we're crazy! I don't know how I just rode to work in that!
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    ^^ I use skiing silk underlayers (allergic to wool) and took to saving the lightest for under street clothes. You don't get too hot unless on top of a heat source. Such strolls outside only affect the exposed head and hands. Tolerable short term.

    Others would say, "You're Canadian,eh?"

    "Yes but I am naturalized."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ I use skiing silk underlayers (allergic to wool) and took to saving the lightest for under street clothes. You don't get too hot unless on top of a heat source. Such strolls outside only affect the exposed head and hands. Tolerable short term.

    Others would say, "You're Canadian,eh?"

    "Yes but I am naturalized."

    What they don't know won't hurt me.

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    gotta link for the silk underwear....I used to have a full set including liner gloves but it hasn't been around for a while.

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    About 3" of nice fluff over the packed trails made for nice fatbiking this morning. The only thing that detracted a bit was running late. But I still stopped for photos. The temps haven't dropped much here yet, but a good squall went through with gusty winds and blowing snow.
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    Excellent commute this AM. Nice fluffy snow falling down. Fairly warm. The overflow section of my commute was nicely covered with snow and a few tracks to help it freeze down, so not too slick. I did lose grip on one spot, but was able to ride the whole section today. JordyB's pic shows a good example of what it looks like without the snow cover. Good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    This is kinda of what overflow looks like.
    Blech- what a slushy, sloppy mess! I can imagine how it is to ride over after it freezes up with all those tracks.

    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleJon View Post
    My commute at 6AM this morning temp was a chilly 24' according to the Garmin. 24'C that is.
    I wasn't bothering commuting during our rainy season, just getting the bus or a cab; you can generally set your watch by it around 2 to 3PM it clouds over and by 4PM it is absolutely lashing it down usually with lightning thrown in to boot; just in time for the ride home.
    Seeing you guys out there in arctic conditions made me feel a tad guilty so have rode every day in 2013 so far. It doesn't really get that cold even when it rains here.
    SJ, your profile says Scotland and Singapore. I take it you`re not looking out the windows at any castles about now . Is this your rainy season right now?

    We`ve been enjoying beautiful windless days with sunshine and highs in the 40s, then dropping like a rock when the sun goes down to single digits by dawn. Had quite a fog for my midnight return commute with zilions of ice crystals dancing in the air- makes a really neat cone from my headlight and sort of paints a textured white finish on all forward facing surfaces. I made myself a nose shield at work from cardboard and duct tape, tried it out in good nose shield weather (cold and damp). It really did keep my nose warmer but fogged me up terribly. Too much overhang at the end of my schnozz just funnels my breath straight up under the lenses. I`ll work on it, but kind of doubt I`ll be able to do much with glasses- better idea for goggles. How do I look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Had quite a fog for my midnight return commute with zilions of ice crystals dancing in the air- makes a really neat cone from my headlight and sort of paints a textured white finish on all forward facing surfaces.
    That's it, right there. Dropping like a rock when the sun goes down. Not getting warm enough here for any really good fog though. Our highs are barely getting to the mid 30's. Just a few trickles of water coming out a foot or so from under the snow piles before they freeze up again. boring forecast for the next several days... single digit low, high of 34, single digit low, high of 35, single digit low, high of 33,...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ...I made myself a nose shield at work from cardboard and duct tape, tried it out in good nose shield weather (cold and damp)....
    Making a nose shield out of cardbord and duct tape really says somebody but I'm not sure what that is. . You should add (Dark) to that list.

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    After being cloudy for the past week, the sun is finally out! It's going to be a nice ride home.

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    As I was changing into my riding clothes to go home I saw the groomer go by on the thru-town snomo trail. So good. I've been having to go by the grocery store 3-4 times a week lately, it's been a while since I've been able to take the Ute down for a big shopping trip. It really is a push to get up my hill, with snowy roads, fat tires, work stuff, and 10-15 pounds of groceries. May have to try to get the old VW started for a grocery run...then again, maybe I'll wait until after the -20 temperatures.

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    I live on a hill as well, and can’t get motivated to haul more than a quart of milk or so. I applaud those who do. I use the car and combine grocery shopping with other errands like trash, bottle return, getting gas for the snowblower etc. If it was available here I might use some of my bikecommuter gas savings to pay for that Peapod online grocery delivery service. It’s about $10 for delivery in NYC, would have been great in my gram’s 5th floor walkup. With the added benefit of not spending my free time at the grocery store.

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    The 10-20 mph winds were 16 gusting to 30 at an angle that was a bit of a headwind outbound (I assume my body was an airfoil, and more of one returning. Was 40 dropping to 39 F. Colder is coming.

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    I was pedaling up the snowmobile trail section tonight that doubles as a mile-long driveway, and pulled over to let a truck pass. And waved, while trying not to blind him. He stopped to chat and then gave me a $10 gift card to his restaurant "The Quarry" in Barre.

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    ^^ Like getting a couple of beers (guy here recently got given one) except you have to get there, but very nice!

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    [QUOTE=rodar y rodar;10081070]SJ, your profile says Scotland and Singapore. I take it you`re not looking out the windows at any castles about now . Is this your rainy season right now?

    .........How do I look?
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    Yep - should delete the Scotland bit - not lived there this milenium yet - only visited. BTW it's mostly concrete in the cities not castles.
    For the last three months it has pretty much rained every afternoon - although rain doesn't really come close to describing it - more like being caught in an oversized power washer is closer to the mark. Showing some signs of improvement over the last few days though

    BTW you look something that Hitchcock or Sam Raimi would have been proud to have imagined

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
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    That's it, right there. Dropping like a rock when the sun goes down. Not getting warm enough here for any really good fog though. Our highs are barely getting to the mid 30's. Just a few trickles of water coming out a foot or so from under the snow piles before they freeze up again. boring forecast for the next several days... single digit low, high of 34, single digit low, high of 35, single digit low, high of 33,...
    I feel your pain, my feet were cold when I got home. BTW temp is lower left on pix.

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    6C(43F) this morning, capping off a really nice and really sloppy week. Trails have been too soft, so I've had to stick to the roads on the way home. There's still plenty of snow around, but there's even grass showing through in a few spots.

    But that grass is stupid, because on Sunday it's supposed to be -27C(-17F). Thankfully I don't plan on riding anywhere, and the rest of next week is only supposed to be normal-cold and not really-cold. But Monday morning could be pretty rough, and all of the slop is going to flashfreeze into icy little moonscapes.

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    We have the icy moonscapes now. 5F when I passed the thermometer sign near work. I was dressed for it so no problems but I am slower than a spotted salamander in these temps. Although spotted salamanders might be frozen nearly solid right now. If not solid I think the cold would slow them down more then me so I may still be faster...but I digress.

    I wish the trails were passable, maybe after this weekend.

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    Whoo, free lunch That`s even better than a free beer.

    43F in the morning, Newf? Crazy!

    Hang in there Simple John, and don`t drown.

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    You should add (Dark) to that list.
    I added (Dork) to my list. That`s okay, the chicks really dig it. The dorky chicks, anyway.
    Recalculating....

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    I had an epiphany this morning. A well-digger's a$$ really can't be that cold at all, since the simple fact that he's digging a well implies that the ground isn't frozen solid like the arctic tundra that I'm commuting on. I would pay good money to be as warm as a well-digger's a$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I had an epiphany this morning. A well-digger's a$$ really can't be that cold at all, since the simple fact that he's digging a well implies that the ground isn't frozen solid like the arctic tundra that I'm commuting on. I would pay good money to be as warm as a well-digger's a$$.
    Well well diggers often have to dig through frozen ground around here....

    Actually we do most of the pipeline work in the winter, and hand expose the pipelines for tie-ins ...

    Takes a while and the diggers get stinking cold.

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    I can't say that I've heard that expression, but I'd have to agree with you, as the groundwater stays pretty much the same temperature year round. Similarly, I don't see any reason why a witch's teat should be particularly cold either.

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    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    I ride down to about -15 C with a single layer of tights...5 F.

    The trick is to have really well insulated feet (winter snow bike boots shimano MW81 or equal).....I also wear a pair of chamois shorts underneath the tights.

    I hate wearing two pairs of tights, I layer a size large on top of the mediums....the do restrict the laeg somewhat.

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    Cold for this morning's ride. 1 F. A bit of a shock to the system after the last two weeks being so warm. Also, I just had no energy at all. In fact one of my co-workers commented after I got here that I was looking a bit pale. Hope I'm just tired and not getting ill.

    The colder temps did a good job of consolidating down the snow we got yesterday so things were not too bad in terms of being slippy.

    It does sound like more snow is in the forecast for this weekend, so by Monday the trails should be amazing for riding, particularly if the groomers are able to get out.

    I did run up on a young bull moose on the ride in. Just taking his time walking down the center of the trail. Those darn moose really slow down the commute. They don't respond to cries of "Passing on your left." Well they do. About as well as the skiers do.

    Thank goodness it is Friday!
    Last edited by blockphi; 01-18-2013 at 10:41 AM. Reason: Forgot to mention the moose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    Somewhere in the mid 20's I throw on a windproof pair of rain pants over the tights. I either wear mtb shorts and leg warmers, or thick (Sugoi 'subzero') tights, and then put the windproof pants on over the top. Once you block the wind, you're good to go. I've ridden both combos in the negative 4 range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^ I've thought about trying to fab some cardboard and duct tape pogies. I'd use black duct tape to make sure it fit my bike's decor.
    CB can use camo duct tape.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Well well diggers often have to dig through frozen ground around here....Takes a while and the diggers get stinking cold.
    Had to dig out the 4 ' deep line to the barn or haul a ridiculous amount of water one winter. The exercise of pick axing down keeps you warm enough until you hit water. Water has a hellacious heat capacity. Sucks you dry. Fingers lose feeling fast. A$$ not far behind.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I can't say that I've heard that expression, but I'd have to agree with you, as the groundwater stays pretty much the same temperature year round. Similarly, I don't see any reason why a witch's teat should be particularly cold either.
    Well I'd guess the ones in Salem, Mass were pretty toasty at one time. Different meaning to "Light my Fire!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I skipped the ride today as it was 14 degrees and there's supposed to be a strong wind this evening (although it'll be up to mid 20s by then). I feel like I'm pushing it with a single layer of tights in the low to mid 20s, 14 was too much. How low do you all go before adding another layer on the legs?
    I have different density layers so I use the stand in a sheltered area of the house test. Yep need another layer. Or that's about right. Neighbors know I'm nuts. So no problem if they see me. I ride a bike in winter. Enough said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Had to dig out the 4 ' deep line to the barn or haul a ridiculous amount of water one winter. The exercise of pick axing down keeps you warm enough until you hit water. Water has a hellacious heat capacity. Sucks you dry. Fingers lose feeling fast. A$$ not far behind.


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    I had a job as a soils tester....worst job was measuring the fronst level....pretty high say 2 feet down in Decmeber....by March frozen down to about 8 feet

    In June we still have a layer of frost that goes from about 8 feet down to 10 feet down.

    We had a 4 inch diameter auger...when you hit ice you knew you would be there for quite a while.

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