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    frozen to 8 feet!! Canada is insane. Water lines around here are usually 3 feet, and you're relatively safe from any freezing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I would pay good money to be as warm as a well-digger's a$$.
    You could hire a plumber for something and maybe warm your fingers in his "cleavage". Would that be close enough?

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    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?
    Funny thing about that. When it first starts getting cold, I`ll wear shorts over long johns down into the 20s. After I make the jump to pants, I won`t leave without them until it`s up close to 50.

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    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.

    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.
    Glad your snow consoildated- hope your overflows didn`t freeze into icy rock gardens. You need a moose bell!

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    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.

    Fingers lose feeling fast. A$$ not far behind.
    Can`t say i`m envious of your frozen ditch digging days. I`ve had to do some minor digging in frozen ground and it was WAY too much work for my taste. A$$ not far behind maybe, but never seems to get out in front no matter how hard it tries.

    A few pics from this morning- bunny with Jordy B ears, looking up my street, looking up driveway towards the street, our Christmas tree from about five years ago.
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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 do shorts over tights from about 40-15, although the low varies depending on the wind. When it goes to 15-0 I have a pair of knickers over the tights and thick socks pulled up. I did that in -4F the other day and while cold, it wasn't too bad. If anything I'd be adding rain pants over the tights, did that when it was snowing and 30F. And I have a pair of chamois shorts as the base.

    You just have to go out and figure out what works best for you, it's taken this far into winter to get it really dialed in to where I'm comfortable in pretty much everything ol' Mother Nature has thrown my way. Although I haven't gotten my feet sorted, they're still cold and almost numb when I get to work. Working on that though.

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    I have a few different pants that I wear alone or combined with chamois tights or chamois shorts, depending on the temps. I'm a bit self conscious for the tights only look. Most of the ski/snowboard stuff is too warm or baggy, better options (around here anyways) are made for mountaineering or xc skiing, or aerobic winter multisports. Today I wore the Lowe Alpine pants + chamois tights on the way in at -8F, but was comfy with the pants & shorts (they were at work from a day when the temps dropped) on the way home at 9F. My lightest pants are Ibex Clima-wools. really comfy and nice snug grippers that don't let any snow sneak up from my 5.10 high tops. Another alternative is to use chamois shorts + long johns + pants, which more people are likely to already own.

    Everyone's a little different, I would not consider knickers over tights like Spatialized at 15-0(F?), I am more coldblooded than that.

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    I guess I am not the only one that is slower in the cold. It seems that others slow down when it is below freezing as well, good to hear.

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    wonder where the wife is? bit slower than usual.
    ah well.
    (wait longer)
    hey hon, where are ya?
    "snapped my crankarm, walking home"
    you... you what?? are you ok??
    "yeah, be there soon"


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    ^^ You Gotta love the woman. Smart enough to marry you, strong enough to break a crank arm, and stoic enough to walk it home without calling you. I have one in the same vein. Keeps me humble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    I guess I am not the only one that is slower in the cold. It seems that others slow down when it is below freezing as well, good to hear.

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    Yup, very much so slower in the cold temps...but able to keep going.

    When it gets cold, I like to wear a pair of wind proof tights as a base layer, and my old pair of thrift store women's Patagonia soft shell pants that fit super snug and have a built in gator. Even in negative teens I am fine...my ass cheeks were a little cold this morning, but I'm mostly downhill to get to work.

    Tonight since I was going to a party, I wore a pair of lightweight long johns and a pair of heavyweight woollies from Labonville (similar to the old woolrich pants) and because I was also on trails with deep snow possible, I wore tall gators. Super comfortable at -8 on the way home just now.

    I also am of the mindset that if you can keep your feet warm, your legs don't really need to be all that warm.

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    @Schott,

    Yes I figured that out as well, my feet got cold on my 12F ride home. I have Mtn shoes that are like boots. I just wear my tights (rated to 40F) and a tee shirt and sweat shirt over it. I am close to 300lbs and stay warm but since I now have to carry a complete change of cloths to work my backpack is a bit heavy. 12F was the coldest ride I have had yet, I am in the Mtn's in the 30's and I pull my sweat shirt. I seem to be a heat pump and will stay warm in the high teens and above. You are correct about keeping you feet warm, I was surprized when that happend. But I do not have the same energy and seem to rev up the lower gears when it is colder and not push the higher gears.

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    Ya don`t pull the cape on the old Lone Ranger and you don`t mess around with Mrs Byknuts!

    Finished my third attempt at repairing my broken Cyo (mounting lug snapped off in a fall). Third time`s the charm? I just need to remount and rewire it now.

    Tonight was drier than the past two, with no ice fog, so I tried the nose thing again. It worked better- fogged up a little when I got home, but not while I was rolling.
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    What a day. I left mid-morning thinking that I would ride down to the Cafe. Thing about that is that the cafe is in the next town over. I opted for the long way around the mountain for the trip there, thinking I would take the short route along the river for the way home. Neither actually happened. The trail around the mountain is state maintained, and comes down through Jericho State Park. The park is about 5 miles from my house on snowmobile rail trail. Frozen hard and riding really well. Once I crossed over into the park it started to rain a little bit...at which point I decided that I wasn't going to be riding all the way to the cafe today...in the rain, so I started looking at the park map to have some fun. Headed up, up, up. Had to get off of the bike 3 times. Twice for lack of traction/really steep trail, and once for lack of legs. Both walks were less than 50 yds. I came up on a speed trap by NH fish and game, they pointed that radar gun at me and told me to speed up or it wouldn't register. I stepped it up and got clocked at 13mph heading up hill...I'll take that. I was worried that I may get a hard time for not paying a day use fee for the park, but they didn't care. They loved the bike, saying that there is a first time for everything. Wished me safe and sent me on my way. All of the sled-necks I talked to we're super interested in the bike, but not in riding one. Of the estimated 30-40 sleds that I saw on the trails, I thought maybe 3 of them didn't slow down enough...but then I was going pretty fast down the hill, they were coming up. All of the rest were extremely courteous, and I got plenty of thumbs up from them. The rain turned to snow during my 1,300 feet of elevation gain, it was really windy, and there was even a bolt of lightning. About half way back down the trails turned a bit wet and soft, but still fine...just harder on the legs. Rode straight back into town and to my favorite Chinese restaurant/bar. Perfect day. 20.3 miles.How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1358725378.871782.jpg

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    ^^ Nice story& pic.

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    Schott, that's a lot of snowbike miles on a crazy weather day, sounds like a fun day though, and a great ending with the Chinese food/bar reward. Wild weather here too, a weird mix of snow squalls and sun, and very windy. I re-groomed my (off snowmo route) feeder trail and shortcut with the snowshoes and then the fatskis, so they should be running fast when I go back to work Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    wonder where the wife is? bit slower than usual.
    ah well.
    (wait longer)
    hey hon, where are ya?
    "snapped my crankarm, walking home"
    you... you what?? are you ok??
    "yeah, be there soon"


    snapped a fsa ti isis bb awhile bakc, her campy shift paddle like a week ago
    byknuts, you forgot to post a picture of your wife's legs. They must be pretty impressive to snap a crank arm. How did she do it? Sheer power starting or going up a hill?

    Nice pics and story Schott. Sounds like a great day. I only got out long enough to scope out the lake:

    Somewhere around 5F here this morning. The trials were firm enough but not fast. We've got a winter storm watch for tomorrow so I guess today is my only trail day for a while. I can probably squeeze one in tomorrow morning.

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    Psyching myself into it. Bitter cold ha s gripped SE WI. Snow hasnt been a factor thus far.. Oh Spring, how I long for thee1 *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Ya don`t pull the cape on the old Lone Ranger and you don`t mess around with Mrs Byknuts!

    Finished my third attempt at repairing my broken Cyo (mounting lug snapped off in a fall). Third time`s the charm? I just need to remount and rewire it now.

    Tonight was drier than the past two, with no ice fog, so I tried the nose thing again. It worked better- fogged up a little when I got home, but not while I was rolling.
    Looks pretty good...the store bought one extends further to the sides underneath the lenses..

    However the googles have a really good seal to prevent the air coming up so that probably won't work unless you have the glasses/googles like Mtsexplorer has.

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    Good ride this AM. Cool, back down to 12 F when I left my house. The snow we got last week and the light dusting we got over the weekend really helped to bring the trails back around. Took it a bit slow today to just enjoy the air and the feeling of the earth moving beneath my wheels. Oh, and it's Monday so I really don't want to be at work anyway...

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    Wiped out leaving my parking garage this morning. Studs + concrete =

    I ride across it every day, but today there are a dozen new, footlong scratches in the floor.

    Temperatures back down to 0F (from the 40s on friday and -15F yesterday), and fairly heavy snow all make an otherwise uneventful commute.

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    Schott, that sounds like a real punisher, 20 climby miles is a LOT of snow to cover! +1 on your reward being well earned!

    Nice, Bedawrds . That`s an awfuly deep track you were pushing there before stopping for the pic. I hope you`ll soon be pushing a wide track rather than a deep one

    I`m such a lazy 4$$ these days- Since late Oct, I`ve only taken one ride other than my commutes. I think about it often, but every time I poke my nose outside I go right back in the house.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    However the googles have a really good seal to prevent the air coming up so that probably won't work unless you have the glasses/googles like Mtbxplorer has.
    Found a pair of ski goggles that I`ll try out tonight. I have the impression that single pane googles are known to be terrible foggers, but I don`t think I`ve ever tried them. Yeah, the nose thing really should go under goggles rather than glasses.


    Been working on that old Rockhopper I bought a few months ago. I stripped it to the frame, scrubbed all the parts, did all the bearings, and started putting it back together. It`s in temporary SS mode for testing purposes, but I picked up shifter cables for it yesterday, ought to at least cable the RD today. FD isn`t going on yet because I`m not sure if I`m keeping those cranks or putting the original Deores back on
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    Nicely done Schott. When I first saw that pic, I thought it was a fux photo.

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    hah! bedwards, you want pics of my wife's legs you gotta be sneakier than that!
    no hills, we were downtown, probably just starting off from the lights.
    can't warranty them, but ah well, they've more'n served their purpose.

    replaced TEMPORARILY with a set of FSA team issue full carbon roadie arms.
    although to be fair, I'm at a loss as to what to suggest for her that's cx gearing but stronger than NextLp's!

    maybe salt got to the aluminium between where the carbon core is and the back of it's cavity, and just went to town on the alu?
    anyways, I think I'm gong to bolt the 1/2 a ti bb to the crankarm and mount it somewhere.
    "offerings to the gods of commuting speed" as it were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    maybe salt got to the aluminium between where the carbon core is and the back of it's cavity, and just went to town on the alu?
    anyways, I think I'm gong to bolt the 1/2 a ti bb to the crankarm and mount it somewhere.
    "offerings to the gods of commuting speed" as it were.
    My thought was micro cracks either from impact or original manufacture error plus salt. My guess but it is your $$ that this should not be repeatable. If if is, you'd have a very good case that warranty or no, the crank arm is not as advertised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Nicely done Schott. When I first saw that pic, I thought it was a fux photo.

    What is a fux photo? Thanks for the props, it was a stiff day, but I was having so much fun out there. 10 of the miles were flat and fast, 6 or so climby, 4 descending. Guess which miles went by too fast. I was totally planning on a ride again today...the legs said to rest...so I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    What is a fux photo?
    Fux is the mtbr version of Galen Rowell. You can see some of his pics in the "Long Cold Winter" thread.
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    Today was the first slippery day in the snow. I almost crashed three times in two seconds. I seriously don't even know what happened but it must have looked amazing. I spun around, almost crashed on my left, somehow got my foot down, over compensated and almost crashed to my right, got out of it, spun completely around and ended up with both feet on the ground, hands still on the bars holding the bike upright in the air. If I was using any other pedals than my severely worn Ritcheys I would have ate it. Craziest non crash ever.

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    Good work not eating it. Amazing how fast you can go down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Fux is the mtbr version of Galen Rowell. You can see some of his pics in the "Long Cold Winter" thread.
    Yup, calling something a fux photo is a compliment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    Today was the first slippery day in the snow. I almost crashed three times in two seconds. I seriously don't even know what happened but it must have looked amazing. I spun around, almost crashed on my left, somehow got my foot down, over compensated and almost crashed to my right, got out of it, spun completely around and ended up with both feet on the ground, hands still on the bars holding the bike upright in the air. If I was using any other pedals than my severely worn Ritcheys I would have ate it. Craziest non crash ever.
    Dang! That sounds video worthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    Today was the first slippery day in the snow. I almost crashed three times in two seconds. I seriously don't even know what happened but it must have looked amazing. I spun around, almost crashed on my left, somehow got my foot down, over compensated and almost crashed to my right, got out of it, spun completely around and ended up with both feet on the ground, hands still on the bars holding the bike upright in the air. If I was using any other pedals than my severely worn Ritcheys I would have ate it. Craziest non crash ever.
    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Good work not eating it. Amazing how fast you can go down.
    Amazing how fast your reflexes can compensate when you've learned how to Nice job not eating pavement. We had similar conditions around here with black ice getting worse by the day. Yesterday I swung around a fairly sharp corner and felt the front tire slip, then the rear tire start to slide. Unclipped as the bike straightened up while I turned in to the slide, turning a slippery ice corner in to an impressive powerslide on pavement. Thankfully didn't slide off the trail in to the river below, but it was a reminder that while things are below freezing... one does not simply ride to work.

    On the way home, I had to take the short route as I knew I wouldn't make it home on time by the long route. It's shorter, but more hilly; I miscalculated slightly and found myself with about 10 minutes less than normal to get home. I took some detours, powered through with about double the intensity I normally have on a commute, and ended up getting in almost the same mileage on the longer route but through a much more interesting commute. Even better, the whole reason behind taking the detours was Tank the Surly Ogre was showing 4972 mi on the clock before I left... and I managed to click over to 5001 before I got home . A lot longer than I expected it would take because of work, but considering the last 1000 mi were clocked in under a month, that is a surefire indicator of things getting better.

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    This morning was likely the coldest of my commutes this year. It was 12F, which isn't all that bad. The past few winters have been warmer than the previous two winters. Last year, temps only got down to 17F.

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    Commuter Boy - Beware!!!!

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    Good work not eating it. Amazing how fast you can go down.
    Yes it is, yes it is.
    First Crash of 2013

    On a positive note, the winter storm that was all over the news yesterday blew out to sea and we haven't even seen a flake.
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    ^^Ouch!

    We got an inch or two of fresh powder overnight. It made for a pretty and fun commute. The only other excitement was a school bus rear ended a sedan by the roundabout, the cops were already there. Pix are in the order of travel....
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    Great commute in this AM. Warm (27F) and fast rolling snow. Just overall felt really good to be on the bike today, apart from the fact that one of my headlights' batteries went dead. We had a nice bit of cloud-cover so I didn't need the lights anyway.

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    Hehe. Reading backwards, I ran into "Good work not eating it" before I read what it refered to. I still had (snow) donuts on the mind, so thought diet or something. Anyway, good job not eating it.

    Bedwards, keep practicing and soon you`ll be able to handle those stairs just like a rock garden!

    Hunter, you`re a maniac. 1000 miles in January? Yowza!
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    Bedwards...my stairs are carpeted, but I've had some close calls coming into the downstairs door with snowy feet onto ceramic tile sorry man, hope the bumps and bruises are minimal.

    It was 1*F this morning. But on the plus side, it was noticeably brighter out... heading towards spring, in spite of the thermometer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Bedwards, keep practicing and soon you`ll be able to handle those stairs just like a rock garden!
    I made the comment that I would have handled them better on the bike.

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    *** My fall happened in less than a half second. I also got it on video. Hoping none here gets one for comparison for the rest of their lives! I have had my share of falling down stairs before I was school age and the stair door at the bottom was a rude stopper. Bad to get totaled before leaving the house. Been there, done that, and have the permanent brain damage!

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    Bedwards, hope I din't jinx you with my comment on the WL 2 days ago about riding alone...
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    ^^... After all, it's not safe at home either. I could trip down the stairs and someone might not come looking for me for a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Great commute in this AM. Warm (27F) and fast rolling snow. Just overall felt really good to be on the bike today, apart from the fact that one of my headlights' batteries went dead. We had a nice bit of cloud-cover so I didn't need the lights anyway.
    Nice! Same here, albeit warm. Glad its not 35 and raining...yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Bedwards, hope I din't jinx you with my comment on the WL 2 days ago about riding alone...
    Nah, I think it was the shoes. Are you ready for a chilly one tomorrow? The forecast for tomorrow has the daytime high listed as 5F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Nah, I think it was the shoes. Are you ready for a chilly one tomorrow? The forecast for tomorrow has the daytime high listed as 5F.
    Psh, sounds toasty. I'm looking at a high of -3F tomorrow, though it should only be -14f at the commuting hour. Today was lovely, actually. It is supposed to be wicked cold like this all week, so I went all out at the grocery store on the way home with a back pack and large pannier...probably 20 or 25 pounds.

    Worst part about the cold is not being able to get the kids outside to play (I teach at the Head Start)....it's going to be a long, energetic week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Are you ready for a chilly one tomorrow? The forecast for tomorrow has the daytime high listed as 5F.
    As long as the pipes don't freeze!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Psh, sounds toasty. I'm looking at a high of -3F tomorrow, though it should only be -14f at the commuting hour. Today was lovely, actually. It is supposed to be wicked cold like this all week, so I went all out at the grocery store on the way home with a back pack and large pannier...probably 20 or 25 pounds.

    Worst part about the cold is not being able to get the kids outside to play (I teach at the Head Start)....it's going to be a long, energetic week.
    Yeah, and you're in Berlin, right? So it will be snowing too because it is always snowing in Berlin. At least it seems that way. I just checked the forecast for Berlin, Barre & Raymond, ME and MTBX wins with an overnight low of -17F. Best open the doors under the sinks so the heat can get in there.

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    I wish it was always snowing here!

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    It's always colder at night

    Old man winter beckoned me
    Drawing me into his icy grasp.

    I loosened his grip
    With my mind,
    How many syllables in a haiku?
    Waffles with warm maple syrup.

    And at last 8 miles was done.

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    Haha! 5, 7, 5

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    The temperature drops;
    Northeast dominates the forum;
    Ride in tomorrow.

    I don't' really get haiku.

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    Bundle up, gang. We don`t want no frostbite OR frozen pipes.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I don't' really get haiku.
    Let`s see...
    Won tons,
    Mitsubishi,
    Toyota,
    Mitutoyo,
    Panasonic,
    SunTour,
    Haiku...

    Yup. They should have stopped while they were ahead. Well, as long as they stop right now, I think they still come out on the up side
    Recalculating....

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    Yes it's true... you all thought I was commuting clean, and the whole time I've secretly been BUCKET DOPING


    ...does anyone have Oprah Winfrey's contact info?


    Today's commute was uneventful. On the way home, I took the rural route (with bucket in tow) and did 22 miles at about 22F, which is as cold as I care to tolerate.

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    -4 for the ride in. I got up early to take the long way because the trails are getting firmer and faster. Bad idea. About halfway into my detour no snowmobiles had packed the trail but I decided to continue on to the other main trail because that connector isn't always used. After about 1 mile of hard 4mph riding I got to the main trail which was also untraveled. It was now too late to turn back so I rode about 2 more miles in the deep stuff. Any deeper and I wouldn't be able to make it and I had to walk up most hills. Once I got to the local trail system there was some nicely snowshoe packed singletrack. I did get my exercise this morning.

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    19F on the way in today, just a little cooler than my ride home yesterday. There was no wind, so the going was pleasant. Part of me felt like skipping work altogether and just going for a long ride. Work has felt like an exercise in futility this week.

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    Woo hoo! -20.5 F when I left, -10F when I arrived. Goggles worked great, I took extra care to smooth the neoprene Gator mask under the bottom edge of the goggles, and to exhale right against the little mouth holes. I was glad I added the toewarmer packets to my insulated boots. I was actually warmer than last night since I added the winterhelmet/goggles, those toewarmers, swapped the softshell for a more wind resistant/heat retaining hardshell, and took the trail route staying more out of the wind.

    Bedwards, that sounds pretty rough - glad you made it out of the woods.
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    -20 beats my low temp record. (No image attached, BTW. Either that or if is very small and grey)
    Could explain this: Ski Area Closed Due To Cold

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    -20... is that a personal record MTBX? That's flipping cold.

    It was a glorious 18 degrees for my commute this morning. Unbelievable how warm that felt after the past couple weeks. I think my last double digit commute was way back in 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    On the way home, I took the rural route (with bucket in tow) and did 22 miles at about 22F, which is as cold as I care to tolerate.
    "In tow" sounds about right. Gives me the willies just seeing it there- sure hope it wasn`t windy.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    -20... is that a personal record MTBX?
    +2, that`s what I was wondering.
    I think you beat out the Alberta guys this week. Oh, plus 20- something on my way home last night. You won`t even want to hear what my "to work" temp was at 2 PM.

    Bedwards, did you make it in on time?

    Hang in there, sOck. My week started out that way too, up until the middle of last night when I finished fixing my screw up from the night before. Smooth sailing now. I hope.
    Recalculating....

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    Nice work mtbxplorer!

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I think you beat out the Alberta guys this week.
    Totally. I'm still sitting around 5F, and the highs should be close to freezing by tomorrow.

    This is totally going to jinx it, but I think my coldest ride this year has been...maybe -5F? And that was just one ride. I think I've worn my fleece mid-layer twice, I think I've covered my face once, and I still haven't broken out my big-boy gloves or socks. Last year was the un-winter, and even then we spent a few days around or below -30C, but this year I've had just one ride below -20C.

    So yeah, now I've totally jinxed myself, and February will be hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Nice work mtbxplorer!



    Totally. I'm still sitting around 5F, and the highs should be close to freezing by tomorrow.

    This is totally going to jinx it, but I think my coldest ride this year has been...maybe -5F? And that was just one ride. I think I've worn my fleece mid-layer twice, I think I've covered my face once, and I still haven't broken out my big-boy gloves or socks. Last year was the un-winter, and even then we spent a few days around or below -30C, but this year I've had just one ride below -20C.

    So yeah, now I've totally jinxed myself, and February will be hell.
    It has got to get cold sooner or later......I have had only two or three days below -20C....

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    Yeah, -20.5F was a record, I think the coldest before was -13 a few weeks ago. I probably wouldn't have braved the -20 if I hadn't done the -13.

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    Nice work MTBX. I haven't had the chance, but I want to say I'd do that if the opportunity presented itself... that's record low kind of temps around here. It happens, but it's rare. Negative single digits is about as cold as we get in a normal winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    -20 beats my low temp record. (No image attached, BTW. Either that or if is very small and grey)
    Could explain this: Ski Area Closed Due To Cold
    The don't close the ski area in its entirity around here....but they do shut the affected lifts down when windchill gets below something around -40C...

    Just too much risk of a lift shutdown and stranding someone for hours. Even with immediate lift evacuation (something like 20 minutes) the poor guy would be frozen solid.

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    Great ride in this AM. Warm, good snow conditions, fast riding. Saw a big bull moose who must have recently shed his antlers as he was rubbing his head against a power pole. I stopped to gauge what he was going to do and if I could get around or would need to find an alternate route. He looked at me, then went back to scratching. Might have to poke around the woods tonight and see if I can find me some antlers!

    Four moose on the way home last night. We must have enough snow in the mountains now to have forced more of them into town again.

    Good times

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    It only hit -9F wheni left the house, but was -10 when I got to work, and climbed to a staggering -3F for the ride home around 3pm...that's a pretty cold day. Tomorrow looks to be more of the same, supposed to be -21 at the commuting hour of 7. I added a pair of long johns to the mix this morning, and used my ski helmet and goggles. I like riding past people getting in their cars and yelling at them to stay warm out there.

    I usually have no problem stopping to talk to people about the bike and why I ride in the winter, but when it's 10 below, I'm not much for conversation.

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    Nice record, Mtbxplorer!

    Once lived in Ottawa, Ont., when there was a period where the lows were not higher than-40 C (or F scales cross at this point) and -20 C for highs. Getting a cold car to start was loads of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Saw a big bull moose who must have recently shed his antlers as he was rubbing his head against a power pole. I stopped to gauge what he was going to do and if I could get around or would need to find an alternate route. He looked at me, then went back to scratching. Might have to poke around the woods tonight and see if I can find me some antlers!

    Four moose on the way home last night. We must have enough snow in the mountains now to have forced more of them into town again.

    Good times
    That's awesome, I love seeing moose! (in safe conditions of course). A big bull was chasing downhill skiers at Sugarbush. Good luck finding some antlers.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Nice record, Mtbxplorer!

    Once lived in Ottawa, Ont., when there was a period where the lows were not higher than-40 C (or F scales cross at this point) and -20 C for highs. Getting a cold car to start was loads of fun.

    BrianMc
    Thanks! Hope mine starts tomorrow, I'm tuckered from 3 days of fatbiking and cold, it will be a day off I think. Already -15F when I got home, so I don't think it's going to be any warmer tomorrow. My work thermometer today never got over -.5F.


    Schott, your comments to motorists to stay warm out there made me laugh

    Stay warm everyone!

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    Wow!, Flood warnings now.

    ... Flood Watch in effect through Friday evening...

    The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a

    * Flood Watch for northern New York and much of Vermont.

    * Very cold temperatures in the past 24 hours has led to more ice
    buildup in the rivers... and a freeze-up jam has been reported on
    the Salmon river in Malone New York. With very cold temperatures
    continuing right through Friday morning... the threat of
    additional ice jams will increase across northern New York and
    much of Vermont.

    * Ice jams of this nature happen quickly and can occur anywhere.
    Flooding of roadways and homes in a short period of time can occur

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    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...

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    This is my life. How was your commute today?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1359032641.263990.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratok View Post
    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...
    You should have told him that if he needs the whole road with that car that he doesn't deserve to drive it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Thanks! Hope mine starts tomorrow, I'm tuckered from 3 days of fatbiking and cold, it will be a day off I think....
    Every opportunity you pass up is an opportunity you will never get again.

    -10F here this morning. I think that is close to my limit with my current boots and gloves even with warmers.

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    hunter, I chased your coyote down the trail this morning...right by the ballfields. Coyotes can run fast.

    A major bow down and "I'm not worthy" to all of you riding in negative temps. My 37F commute is downright balmy in comparison. Heck most of you would probably have been riding in t-shirts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Every opportunity you pass up is an opportunity you will never get again.

    -10F here this morning. I think that is close to my limit with my current boots and gloves even with warmers.
    True, it would have been another record. A low of -22.8F at my house this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratok View Post
    A not so nice guy in a Porsche cabriolet told me he needed all of the road. Showed little understanding for people who like to ride home from work...
    *** "That makes me feel sick!" Followed by a re-enactment of the scene from 'Caddyshack".
    Well, probably best only imagined.

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    Heat Wave!! Some magic happened over night... a glorious 31 degrees for this morning's ride. It was sn-aining... some snow and then freezing rain overnight made for very slick roads this morning. It was either snowing lightly or bits of fog were just falling out of the sky... didn't really get wet, but it was very wet out there. Strange. Sooooo nice to be "warm" though. Crazy how warm 31 feels after the past couple weeks.
    Another day of thankfulness for studded tires.

    Edit for a couple pics:
    We were talking a while back about heated bike lanes in Scandanavia... thought of that this morning. This is the spot where the geothermal line runs under the field... why not route that thing under the sidewalk or something useful??

    And they're no moose, but I did see a cool heard of antelope the other day, way out in the valley. they usually hang much further from civilization...the cold must have driven them in or something. Beautiful critters.... closest thing we have to an African animal in my opinion.
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    Cool antelope, CB!

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    Schott, I NEED that shirt My life too. Where can I get one???
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    Not so great of a ride this AM. Feeling dead in the legs. The weather was great, though. Mid 20s with a bit of cloud cover. Nothing exciting to report.

    Riding home yesterday I did see a guy out riding in shorts. I think we were around 30 or so with beautiful blue skies.

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    The shirt is from Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Jackson Hole, WY.

    It has warmed up to a balmy 3 degrees. I'm gonna sweat like a stuck pig on the way home...I wore my ski helmet down today because it was -19.

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    wet slush at 9am turns into formed salt crystals by 5pm.
    neat!
    it's like a metaphor for my workday...
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    Was a chilly morning ride. 3 degrees F with 15 mph headwinds. Lucky there wasn't much moisture in the air. Warmed up another 10 for the ride home, but at least I don't have to use my light on the trip home anymore. Hello sunshine. Been missing you.

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    It was warm enough tonight to wear shorts and tee shirt. A nice balmy 55F, almost feels like summer. This little heat wave is a nice reminder of lost summer days.

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    crashed!

    I've been riding the same route for 4 years and I've never had an incident until today. I bought some Mach Schnell goggles to try for the ride this morning. They fogged up quickly and I slowed down to adjust them. Not exactly sure what happened but the next thing I remember is my helmet bouncing off the concrete. I just put some 700x 42 knobby tires on and I'm hoping this will keep me from sliding as I'm assuming that's what happened. I always wear my helmet but I can say for certain now that I will never get on a bike without one because of what happened today. I feel that I would probably be in a lot worse shape had it not been for the helmet.

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    ^^ Ouch! What was the damage, Jason? I don`t know what kind of surface you were riding on (ice?), but unless it was dirt or sticky snow, I doubt knobbies would have helped much. You had slicks on when you went down?

    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    It was warm enough tonight to wear shorts and tee shirt.
    Took a detour through Anchorage on your way? Sounds like Blockphi saw you ride by

    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    wet slush at 9am turns into formed salt crystals by 5pm.
    neat!
    Damn, that`s some serious salt! If Clagary does it up like that, I think I finally understand how JeffScott goes through so many BBs and headsets.

    Warm and rainy. If the rain keeps up, the remainder of our stale Christmas snow will probably be gone by morning. Replaced by mud, of course
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Took a detour through Anchorage on your way? Sounds like Blockphi saw you ride by
    It had been single digit temps lately and another storm is on the way, I had to rub in in some while I can. :-)

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    Dang Jason, be careful out there.

    I've never been so pleased to have the weatherman be wrong. The predicted -25F for this morning is sitting at -3F instead. Not that I am being a weenie or anything, but I'll take the warm spell.

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    Just about 20 miles south of here it is 24F and pouring down rain. Talk about miserable weather. Apparently the interstate is a solid block of ice as the rain is freezing on impact. Fortunately for me, it's just dark here with the slightest hint of wintry mix thrown in. All in all, it was a pleasant commute.

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    -8F when I left. I decided to take the MTB for a snappier ride than the fatbike. Since it was so “warm” I ditched the ski helmet and goggles, I just dislike them, plus it’s supposed to get up to about +8 for the ride home. There were some chilly spots, especially since the wind had not died down as much as they’d said, and it also felt colder in the hollows 600’ lower than my house. I was glad I opted for the tunes today.

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    A solid block of ice interstate sounds like an awesome studded tire commute as long as they kept the cars off of it.

    I was moving pretty slow for this morning's ride in. At the end of this week my body feels pretty sore from falling down a half a flight of stairs, riding the trails every day, having some mild flu type aches and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes. Anyway, happy Friday

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    Ouch Jason...hopefully just little bumps and bruises...?


    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    it's like a metaphor for my workday...
    ^^
    That is a ton of salt. Glad they don't do that around here.

    Here's my morning:
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST FRIDAY. * TIMING: DENSE FOG IS DEVELOPING ACROSS LASSEN...EASTERN PLUMAS AND EASTERN SIERRA COUNTIES. THE DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * VISIBILITY: BELOW 1/4 MILE AT TIMES WITH LOCALIZED AREAS LESS THAN 100 YARDS.

    It's pretty cool out there... the headlight beam is has never been more defined. it's warmed up A LOT (32 F!), and I thought I was getting SOAKED... when I arrived, it was just the forward facing stuff that was getting the wet... even the back of my arms on the softshell jacket were totally dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    A solid block of ice interstate sounds like an awesome studded tire commute as long as they kept the cars off of it.

    ...and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes.
    Hmmm. Yeah, frozen interstate sans cars would be killer . I`ve been wondering about a related question. Being so damned cold, your trail condidtions are probably not changing in the slightest bit. Did teh superfreeze hit with things in a solid, smooth state, or rutted, or snow left uncompacted, or... ?

    Frozen pipes: the worst. Worse than riding in the wind. I haven`t had mine freeze up since I bought my new trailer about ten years ago, but my sister-in-law ued to freeze up several times per year in her old trailer, bought a new (built in the 50s) duplex last year that`s better for freezing but has every other plumbing problem imagineable. Anyway, my heartfelt condolences.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    It's pretty cool out there... the headlight beam is has never been more defined. it's warmed up A LOT (32 F!), and I thought I was getting SOAKED... when I arrived, it was just the forward facing stuff that was getting the wet... even the back of my arms on the softshell jacket were totally dry.
    CB, one or the of us must be stuck in some kind of microclimate system lately. You`re usually about 5* colder than me, but for the past few weeks the difference has been at least twice that much. It`s overcast and drizzly here too, but already almost 40F.

    No workie again- haven`t had a full week since before Christmas. Kinda like being a teacher, except the days off can`t be stacked together to make a nice vacation
    As much as I dislike riding in wet, I think I`ll man up today and go ride. I have more brevets in mind for March and it might not be too late to whoop myself into better shape than I was in for the New Years eve ride.
    Recalculating....

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    The trails around here are very mixed. From uncompacted, to very firm slightly washboard to post holed very washboard. And you are right, they have been exactly the same all week. The only traffic they get during the week is me. They could all use about 2" of snow and some traffic to pack it into the spaced. The singletrack detour is killer glazed hardpack. They are actually calling for rain next week, we'll see.

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    There are definitely some weird pockets of cold air doing strange things around here lately. I'm going by the weather station at the little airport here...I think it's pretty accurate. Right this second it says 36*
    It does a temperature graph for the day, by the way, and I've found that my commute time (6:30 to 7:00ish) is generally the coldest time of the whole night/day. Generally a dip there. today's was not as pronounced, but there's a dip right around 6:00, working back up by 7:00 or so. Some days it's a very severe dip.
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    Was way over-dressed for the commute this morning. Phone said 39 but it felt a lot warmer than that, was sweating rather profusely by the time I got to work. But in consideration, the humidity was pretty high.

    The snow has melted, the ice is gone, anything dirt has turned to mud - but it is hidden under a very thin crust of solid appearing ground that you don't feel it until you're tire deep in it. It's even better when there's a gravel road after the mud so the tires pick up the gravel and it starts spitting out when you hit the road.

    Looks like more rain in the forecast, turning to snow showers early next week. I'm going to have to rig up a better rear fender though since I'm still getting sprayed even with the rear rack. Oh well, weekend project.

    Big rep though to all you guys headed out in the cold! Commuters: the true hard men (and women) of cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    As much as I dislike riding in wet, I think I`ll man up today and go ride.
    What's not to like about riding in the wet?

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    ^^ Wet's not great. Car snot power & fluff on compressed snow is worse. Should have mounted the Nokians. A slow ride but a careful one.

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    Elevation gain is not without pain

    On the crest of a hill I reside,
    So it's always an uphill ride...

    Pedal home from the west,
    Pedal home from the east,
    Either way it's always a beast!

    But you have to get home,
    so there's no second guessing,
    And if I had to drive
    It would be so depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    ^^ Wet's not great. Car snot power & fluff on compressed snow is worse. Should have mounted the Nokians. A slow ride but a careful one.

    BrianMc
    Just havin a little fun with rodar. I had 93 rides in the rain last year. I don't even notice it anymore, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ...I was moving pretty slow for this morning's ride in. At the end of this week my body feels pretty sore from falling down a half a flight of stairs, riding the trails every day, having some mild flu type aches and then getting a short nights sleep because i was dealing with some tenant induced frozen pipes. Anyway, happy Friday
    Happy Friday and hope you feel better. Riding in this cold is a drain and your stair thumping on top of that - TGIF!

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    I don`t care how soaked I get as long as I`m nekkit

    I rode clothed today. No water falling from the sky, but a good bit splattering up from below (bike bidet?) and lots of mud between my door and the street. I ended up doing an extended test and adjust ride on a "new" bike I`m working on. Rode around for about 90 minutes with a pocket full of wrenches getting things dialed in nicely. If it doesn`t rain tomorrow, I`ll ride it into town for a visit to Mom and Dad. I should call now and make sure there will be leftovers for me
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The trails around here are very mixed. From uncompacted, to very firm slightly washboard to post holed very washboard. And you are right, they have been exactly the same all week. The only traffic they get during the week is me. They could all use about 2" of snow and some traffic to pack it into the spaced. The singletrack detour is killer glazed hardpack. They are actually calling for rain next week, we'll see.
    I'm really losing patience with the postholers! Last Saturday I snowshoed to stomp things flatter, even adding trailside snow to the holes, an Sunday I re-skiied it to smooth it up, and by Tuesday it was lumpy again - drat! Bit the snowmachined sections are fine...with the fatbike.

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    Full moon, clear night, moderately warm (approaching 40ºF!!) - what's not to love. Guided another commuter down a new trail so he could go visit his parents. My parents live a minimum of an 18 hour flight away, so I am quite envious of him that he can just ride to visit his.

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