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    I took the bike out on Sebago this weekend and it was like glass! Back out skating the next day.

    You only get 1 or 2 of these days ever few years so you have to make them count. They're calling for snow and rain (rain? It hasn't been above freeing even once for what seems like forever. I guess it's only been a week) this week so that's over.

    The trails were nice and fast this AM, I'm hoping that the rain and snow is just enough to smooth and firm them.

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    Wow, that's flat. I want to ride a frozen lake now.
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    ^^Yeah, you do! Here's a better pic of the lake (stolen from my friends facebook page)

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    ^^ Awesome! Ours are snow covered so no icy lake fun here. Well, maybe some of the bays on Lake Champlain have frozen over since the snow, I may have to check with the skaters.

    A good fatbike trail ride this morning, 5F, but it's supposed to get super sloppy Tue-Thurs with a high of 54F and rain or mixed precip.

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    ^^The whole time I would be worried about falling through the ice. I don't care if it's 3' thick, I would still be thinking about it.

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    Man, that's making me think about summer and wakeboarding. I have pictures very similar to that taken from the boat
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    Well woodway, you might have had a problem with the 3 1/2 - 4". Really strong black ice though.

    Wake boarding - how about an ice board toed behind a bike?

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    This morning was a rough one. -17 F at my house this AM. The trails were supper firm, but the cold made the ride almost painful. I noticed that it seemed like I was just working so hard and couldn't get much about 8 MPH for the whole ride. I might do well to repack my hubs with some winter weight grease. Got to work completely covered in frost and my eye lashes were frozen together. Good times.

    My kit worked really well, though:
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    Outter: Novara Windwall pants

    Poly socks
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    The beard is the key to staying warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    This morning was a rough one. -17 F at my house this AM. The trails were supper firm, but the cold made the ride almost painful. I noticed that it seemed like I was just working so hard and couldn't get much about 8 MPH for the whole ride. I might do well to repack my hubs with some winter weight grease. Got to work completely covered in frost and my eye lashes were frozen together. Good times.

    My kit worked really well, though:
    Top:
    Base - Under Armor Metal long sleeve shirt
    Mid- Universal light thermal top
    MidTop-Under Armor poly top
    Outer-REI Windflyte jacket

    Bottom
    Trek chamois
    Base-Smartwool long johns
    Mid - Fleece long johns
    Outter: Novara Windwall pants

    Poly socks
    Wool socks
    Keen winter hiking boots

    Black Diamond Guide Gloves

    Windstopper Buff
    OR Windstopper hat

    Beard.

    The beard is the key to staying warm.
    Sounds like fun......but your kit ain't working for me...

    I ride down to -35C no frost and no frozen eyelids...

    The key is good googles with a nose guard and a balaclave that does not direct the breath into the googles.

    I have had a beard and they are a pain in the ass when it gets cold.

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    im so excited to say ill be starting off my dream of being able to bike to work on Feb 4th! got a new job and ill be living a mere 6 miles from the office, rather than 16 with no easy route like I am now.

    gotta get a balaclava and a taillight and ill be all good to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Sounds like fun......but your kit ain't working for me...

    I ride down to -35C no frost and no frozen eyelids...

    The key is good googles with a nose guard and a balaclave that does not direct the breath into the googles.

    I have had a beard and they are a pain in the ass when it gets cold.
    I've worn goggles in the past and just can't handle them. I also don't cover my mouth with the Buff.

    It is also fairly humid here even with the cold temp (relatively speaking - 66% this AM). I get frosted up from a combination of that and the vapors wicking through my layers.

    I much prefer a beard when it is cold out. Let it frost up and the face stays nice and toasty. Just a bit of a mess when coming in and it starts melting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilrootrx7 View Post
    im so excited to say ill be starting off my dream of being able to bike to work on Feb 4th! got a new job and ill be living a mere 6 miles from the office, rather than 16 with no easy route like I am now.

    gotta get a balaclava and a taillight and ill be all good to go!
    All right, Lilrootrx! Congrats on the new job and I hope you like riding on your new shortened route. I have to wonder though- have you really been hanging out here for 7 years with nothing to say? You must have a lurkers record
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    Nice day Satrday. I went out for half the day, riding hard with stops at 3LBSs (looking for skinny Schrader tubes), the donut shope, my folks` house (sorry, Hunter), and my wife`s weekend workplace. Wore shorts for the whole ride and half of it with jacket unzipped and no gloves. That night I had a personal "first" as far as bike wrenching- converted a 7 speed UG/HG hub to 8-10 speed HG. It was very simple really, but I wanted to toot my horn over it anyway

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Wow, that's flat. I want to ride a frozen lake now.
    +1, very cool looking frozen glass! And who needs a bass boat if he has a pike bike?
    Cb, I`ve heard people ice fish at Antelope. Can you get in there without a snowmobile? I know you can drive all the wan in to Davis if you`re up for the longer road trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    I've worn goggles in the past and just can't handle them. I also don't cover my mouth with the Buff.
    I can`t stand breathing through anything over my face either. Of course, I don`t ride in conditions nasty enough to freeze my eyelashes together, so I might have to rethink that if I had your commute, haha! Glad you enjoyed yourself.
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    Sorry to rub it in, but it was almost 50F this morning. It's a little rainy now, but not bad.

    Congrats on the job, lilroot. 6 miles is a nice commuting distance. Not too long, not too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    I've worn goggles in the past and just can't handle them. I also don't cover my mouth with the Buff.

    It is also fairly humid here even with the cold temp (relatively speaking - 66% this AM). I get frosted up from a combination of that and the vapors wicking through my layers.

    I much prefer a beard when it is cold out. Let it frost up and the face stays nice and toasty. Just a bit of a mess when coming in and it starts melting.
    Enjoy

    much nicer dry and warm...neither do I cover my mouth with the balaclava.

    I hate the frosty face syndrome

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    Picked up a Hardrock 29er this weekend and mounted my Topeak w/fold out panniers on it instead of my Cannondale...just used to 29ers now I guess. Anyhow, Monday rolled around and I figured I would use take my Hardrock for some errands. So I rode around doing misc crud and then stopped for a burger before heading over to the grocery store. After about minutes I had more than enough groceries to fill my backpack and truck bag/panniers. Everything was going great, I hardly noticed the weight except for slight difference while turning. Well, I get right up to the apartment gate making sure to slow down but it wasn't enough. The side walk was damp and the back tire kicks out causing me to go sliding down the side walk

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Cb, I`ve heard people ice fish at Antelope. Can you get in there without a snowmobile? I know you can drive all the wan in to Davis if you`re up for the longer road trip.
    Yes they do and no you can't. But the north end of Eagle is shallow and usually freezes up pretty good, and the highway runs right by it. it was probably great during this last cold snap... I'm sure it has a bunch of snow on it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Congrats on the job, lilroot. 6 miles is a nice commuting distance. Not too long, not too short.
    Agreed. Mine is right at 6 miles, with the first part on dirt.... I have a 7.5 mile trail option, and a 9 mile road option. Just right.
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    -7 for the ride in. I decided to cowboy up, dropped a layer, went bike helmet and glasses, and decided to take the long way in, and just ride harder to stay warm. it worked for the most part, still a little cold riding down from the house.

    Snowing pretty good for the ride home, was inspiring. Got home, in the front door, dropped my stuff, went out the back door. Rode a bit over 5 miles of single track. Had my first epic yard sale about 50 yards from my house on the way home. Total washout going too fast down the trail, soft landing though. A pic from the top of Mt Jasper.

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    The trails were icy dicy on the way home with fresh powder over rutted ice. Not good. Schott, I'm guessing that is what you found? Cool pic. No yard sales for me but a little white knuckled.

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    ^^Nice! Snowing hard on my way home too, dropped these items that I had on for the a.m.5F commute: skimpy insulated vest, 2nd pr sox, warm gloves, bib tights (kept pants ), facemask, double layer hat (switched to lightweight cap + rain cap for snow). Made pretty good time considering the snow. Traffic was light, I was the only track on some of the dirt roads. The black shepherd got my heart going but gave up at the edge of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Yeah, you do! Here's a better pic of the lake (stolen from my friends facebook page)
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    Wow, I'd like to skate there!
    Here in Holland the snow spoilt most of the ice.
    Ride more!

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    Actually, all of my trails are a nice packed powder. There were a couple of low lying spots that had water ice covered with a dust that I flew right over on the way down the hills, but couldn't even think of gaining enough traction to climb. The spot that I went down on has the connector trail from my house up to the snomo trails, so it was barely solid enough to ride up, and the perfect consistency to fall into.

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    Wait, where's my warm front? -1F, out the door. Tonight, sleet and freezing rain till sunrise.....should have bought studs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude View Post
    Wow, I'd like to skate there!
    Here in Holland the snow spoilt most of the ice.
    It's over now. Covered in 4" of snow with rain on the way. We only get skating like that a few days every few years.

    This morning's commute.

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    I got a pretty good ride in after work yesterday. I had the studs on and thought I'd get in some trail time, but the warmer temps made the snow pretty impossible... about a foot of slushy goop on top... the studs were spinning like slicks. So I had to abandon my trail plans, but I still got in a nice ride. This morning was the first day back on the commute tires in a long time. I felt fast, quiet, and smooth

    Yesterday:
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    Last week I said that I was going to jinx things, and I totally did! -28C(-18F) on the ride in. But thankfully we're supposed to be back above freezing by Friday.

    There's a nasty wind, so taking the dog for a walk this morning was a nightmare, but the riding wasn't actually too bad. I saw 3 other bikes, and drivers were all well behaved.

    It's been a long time since it's been cold, so I didn't know what to wear, so I wore everything. I don't start using my arm/shin warmers (old socks with holes in the toes) until below -25C, but they are really effective. I ought to start using them around -15C, because this morning there wasn't even a hint of cold hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I got a pretty good ride in after work yesterday. I had the studs on and thought I'd get in some trail time, but the warmer temps made the snow pretty impossible... about a foot of slushy goop on top... the studs were spinning like slicks. So I had to abandon my trail plans, but I still got in a nice ride. This morning was the first day back on the commute tires in a long time. I felt fast, quiet, and smooth

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    Sounds about right. 1 degree above freezing and the trails become impassable.

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    It was 58F on the way in this morning! 70s for the ride home. If it's not raining, I'm going to head for the country and get a longer ride in. I found a nice loop last week. It's a bit tough with my current gearing on the singlespeed (steep hills), but it's a great workout. Chance of snow Thursday with lows in the teens. Our weather is .

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    A good commute in this AM. Light snow and 5F. A bit breezy, but nothing bad. Made first track for a big part of the ride. Always fun. It does look like the snow and wind are picking up, so might be an interesting ride home tonight.

    I could handle some 58F days here real soon. I'm envious Sockeyeus.

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    Pretty shot, CB, sounds like a nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    A good commute in this AM. Light snow and 5F. A bit breezy, but nothing bad. Made first track for a big part of the ride. Always fun. It does look like the snow and wind are picking up, so might be an interesting ride home tonight.

    I could handle some 58F days here real soon. I'm envious Sockeyeus.
    Pretty much spot on from what I had as well, first tracks through Russian Jack North, got caught in some fresh grooming so that slowed things down, but the wind had already started to create drifts all along Cst, was easily ridable, just had resistance training for 3 miles.

    Along Chester Creek this AM:

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    Started snowing last evening on the way home but the roads were just bare and wet. Woke up to 3-4in. fresh powder this morning. I'm not a skier, but I can appreciate fresh powder: there is something sweet about being the first one to lay tracks on a blanket of virgin white snow. Plus, I get pretty good traction on the powder too.

    Unfortunately, that was only a small section of the commute. The rest consisted of frozen road snot, slush mixed with red cinders (so everything looks rusty) and snow over ice. Biffed it on a curb in one section, no big deal, slow speed onto snow, just misjudged the angle and the lack of a ramp - mistook the drifted snow as one.

    Thing I've found though, is that the longer the winter goes on, the less drivers give a sh*t about anyone but themselves (even worse than normal) so I'm getting closer drive-bys, sprayed with slush more and am generally feeling a little more scared on the bike. It's not a nice feeling. To counter that though, everyone at work thinks I'm even more nuts than before. Which is kind of cool.

    I'm appreciating my studs more every day too. Y'all be safe out there!

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    Oh my word I need a fatbike.
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    AWESOME!!! 55F for the morning temp with a 20 mph tailwind. It was a dream ride. The ride home was a little cooler with some snow for fun.

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    I did want to add that Gore Windstopper enabled clothing rocks! Got new pants and coat that are thin and breath and work very well down to 0. Much better than the cheap poly stuff i was using that held all the sweat in and let the cold get to you easier.

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    Nice pic, CB. Confesional: I`ve never been to Eagle Lake

    Jordy and Blockphi, are all those trails you guys post shots from right through the middle of town?

    Been warm to warm-ish here for a week or so, mud mostly dried out, and my studs are getting bored again. We had a little snow flurry a day or two ago, but it never even stuck. Another furlough this Friday, so hopefully take another good ride.
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    Rodar, yup, lots of greenbelt trails through and around Anchorage.

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    yesterday was awesome!! so much nice crunchy snow!
    today it all slushed the heck up and then rained in the afternoon.
    washed the salt off my bike from last week though!
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    What just happened to the forum? Everything is weird.

    Uneventful ride today. 21 degrees...enough dirt patches on the dirt road showing up through the ice that I can aim for them with the non-studded tires...it's a little slow getting down to the pavement, but from there, it's totally clear. I re-charged my tubeless goo in the commute tires last night, because I heard a booger bouncing around in the front... it was a good one. Both tires were totally dry...glad it's not goathead season
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    Thing I've found though, is that the longer the winter goes on, the less drivers give a sh*t about anyone but themselves (even worse than normal) so I'm getting closer drive-bys, sprayed with slush more and am generally feeling a little more scared on the bike. It's not a nice feeling. To counter that though, everyone at work thinks I'm even more nuts than before. Which is kind of cool.

    I'm appreciating my studs more every day too. Y'all be safe out there!
    I find they drivers are good for about two days after a snow storm....then they lose it and try to run you around....they seem to get it back after a week...and then things are normal till the next storm hits...

    Heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    What just happened to the forum? Everything is weird.
    Forum software was upgraded.

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    I hate changes!
    Noticed that rbr had gone wanky a few weeks ago and wondered why we hadn`t been saddled with it here. Oh, well- not much room to b1tch about a free service and it`s still better than the options.

    Oh spell check
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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
    Rodar, yup, lots of greenbelt trails through and around Anchorage.
    That's one of the things I love most about this town! I work for a company who contracts me out to other businesses throughout the city so I end up working at a lot of locations. In the three years I've been here, I've been able to complete between 90 and 95% of my daily commuting without ever leaving greenbelt trail. The remainder is a mix of multiuse roadside trail and roadways.

    It certainly makes for a great way to start and end the day. What's also really neat about A-Town is that I can leave my house and hit a mix of paved mutliuse, dirt double track, and some amazing single track all within two miles. I've not once had to drive to a trail head and I still haven't gotten bored with or discovered all of the trails available to me. Add to that winter, when a whole host of new riding opportunities spring up due to the social trails that the dedicated fatties blaze each year. I've found some amazing riding just blocks from my house. Challenging and fun. It's a great biking town.

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    Everyone needs a fatbike. Like a Tonka truck. Only better.

    Nothing special about this AM's commute, other than that I came in a bit later than usual and had some good trail to ride. The muni was out in force grooming with fresh cord and the skiers were likewise out in force, eating it up before it got too much traffic on it.

    A great day to ride.

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    Nice ride. Only 19-23 mph winds with gusts. Yesterday was 34 plus gusts. Mid 50's so had to ride. 30 F tomorrow. If it isn't winds it's thick fog.

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    About an hour after I posted yesterday I emerged from my cave to see it had started snowing again, heavily. Ride home was interesting to say the least. BUt the commute this morning was even more exciting - all the road snot from last night's commmute turned to ice chunk. One road I take was basically a solid sheet of ice with a liberal scattering of gravel for traction but that didn't help the poor dude who hit another car and went into the ditch. Should be bare and wet though by the time I get out of this joint. Or slick with an ice glaze. It's all about the adventure.

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    It was in the 40's today but felt about like 37 according to my weather app. Anyhow, It wasn't that bad until I loaded my panniers down. This created more surface area and made for an interesting ride during strong wind gust.
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    We have been dumped on by snow the last couple days. Everyone is complaining about their commutes in the cars, but it has been a blast commuting in the snow on my Moonlander. My commute is only about 6 miles, but with a little work I can stretch it out as long as possible and still open the store on time.

    Towards the end of this video I go through a flooded tunnel getting my feet WET and ended up wearing iced shoes into the store.


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    holy weather!
    -8 C and 4 inches of nice crusty snow on monday, +12 C today and meltwater everywhere.
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    it was rainging... can't ride but it was warm today, 10+degree

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    It was much nicer. I went tubeless on my Carve and dropped 5lbs in weight off the wheels. My bike is now easier to climb and will push the 42/11 gears much nicer. It is amazing how much dropping a few lbs on your wheels makes your bike seem quicker on the climbs. BTW it was in the low 30's but dry.

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    How was your commute today?

    Yesterday was super icy from freezing rain. Today, with the sun still down, it is 55F and pouring down rain. Tonight, 12F and flurries. This warm front did a number, but we still have snow. With the washed off roads, I am going to ride the Ute. First time I've ridden any bike other than the fatty since I bought it.

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    We've got the same whacky weather. 52F here and very very windy. I'd say it was windier today than it was for Hurricane Sandy. When I was going fully against it it took me about 5 min to go a mile downhill. I was glad my bike was heavy for the side gusts.

    Does everybody have a fatbike but me? Actually, once this freezes up the trails are going to be like ice highways for the studded tire bikes.

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    Going to be 69 degrees and sunny today...Guess I will have to tough it out on the commute home! :-)

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    almost didn't happen

    first bridge I tried:


    vicinity of the second:
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    It was over 70F early Wednesday morning before the storms hit around 4am. This morning it was windy and snowing. It sounds like everyone is having crazy weather. I was happy to ride in the snow. Rain sucks.

    Oh, and I don't have a fatbike. I probably won't be getting a new bike any time soon either, since I have a baby on the way...

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    ^^ Congrats on the baby on the way! Those are fun times (in retrospect... not that the preganancy support team job is the greatest )


    Freak ride this morning... I saw no deer. Not a one. This is very odd.
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    Congratulations, sOck! When is your stork due? Will that be a first for you?

    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    I went tubeless on my Carve and dropped 5lbs in weight off the wheels. My bike is now easier to climb and will push the 42/11 gears much nicer. It is amazing how much dropping a few lbs on your wheels makes your bike seem quicker on the climbs.
    5 pounds? Must have had some seriously heavy tubes! Yeah, it`s nice to suddenly find yourself lighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    almost didn`t happen.
    first bridge I tried:
    vicinity of the second:
    Where is that? It looks a bit on the wet side, to say the least.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    We've got the same whacky weather. 52F here and very very windy.
    Does everybody have a fatbike but me?
    That`s wacky, allright. It sounds like about a 100 degree shift- sorry about the wind.
    I`ll have a fat bike just as soon as I find one with a 1 inch threaded headset.
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    Good ride this AM. 27F when I left the house and light freezing rain that stopped before I got to the end of my block. Quite a few skiers out now that we've gotten some good snow and the temps aren't so cold. Not that I mind sharing the trails, but it'd be nice if they'd yield some of it to oncoming traffic. Anyway. Any ride's a good ride, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Congratulations, sOck! When is your stork due? Will that be a first for you?
    Thanks. Yeah, it's our first. Due in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I`ll have a fat bike just as soon as I find one with a 1 inch threaded headset.

    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Any ride's a good ride, right?
    *** Any that end rubber side down, at least. One in November I could have done without. Thank goodness I had health insurance the bill is well over 8 grand.

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Thanks. Yeah, it's our first. Due in July.
    *** You lives will never be the same. I both envy th path ahead of you and commiserate. Ours is 24 in May.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Must have had some seriously heavy tubes! Yeah, it`s nice to suddenly find yourself lighter....
    I`ll have a fat bike just as soon as I find one with a 1 inch threaded headset.
    *** Roadies say an ounce off the wheels especially rim and tire is worth a pound on the frame. So 5 pounds is like losing 80 pound of camping gear!

    *** If they are cracking welds on Big Dummy seat stays, i suspect a 1" threaded steering tube would be a tad unreliable. I don't have a threadless headset either, but it is only because no bike I own is newer than 1984. When the budget allows, I'm game.

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I was happy to ride in the snow. Rain sucks.
    *** And wind blows. Looking at 18-22 mph. Gusts higher. And snow. 29F today was 50's yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    almost didn't happen- first bridge I tried: -vicinity of the second:
    First bridge is fine. Its the submarine approach on the other side that is the problem. Vehicular traffic will also be late. It's not the time of year to test a fatbike (if you had one) as a floatation device (some of them float) in some impromtu rafting.

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    Rodar, someday threadless headsets, external BB's, and disc brakes will find their way onto your bikes. It's a shame that you'll be 80 years old and unable to use them to their full potential
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Where is that? It looks a bit on the wet side, to say the least.
    That would be (usually) lovely Collegeville PA. If you keep going straight you get to the prison (made the mistake of trying to take that route once when I started this job - google maps damn near got me killed!). Unfortunately the route I usually take involves a trail thats probably under 7 feet of water in that picture. Trying to decide if I should take normal route home or not tonight based on this Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Philadelphia/Mount Holly: Perkiomen Creek at Graterford

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMC
    First bridge is fine. Its the submarine approach on the other side that is the problem. Vehicular traffic will also be late. It's not the time of year to test a fatbike (if you had one) as a floatation device (some of them float) in some impromtu rafting.
    My boss said the same thing. I must really rub people the wrong way


    The good thing about the detour is I saw a blue heron looking for food in an overflowing stream once I was a bit closer to work - probably wouldn't have if I was on schedule. I don't see them often this time of year.
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    Sunny and 59F a half hour ago for my ride to work. It looks about the same for the upcomming weekend
    Schott, I was mostly joking (although I do prefer threaded). I really think fat bikes are super cool, but since I personally don`t have much call for one, will probably never buy one. And since I seriously doubt I`ll ever see one with a 1 inch threaded headset, it seems safe to say that`s the one I`ll buy.
    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    If they are cracking welds on Big Dummy seat stays, i suspect a 1" threaded steering tube would be a tad unreliable.
    Dummy is fat, or just long? Anyway, I generally do a good job of keeping my seat stays at quite a distance from my headtube. Although... I think the CHAINSTAYS on one of my bikes are actually side tacked to the headtube on their way to the BB

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Rodar, someday threadless headsets, external BB's, and disc brakes will find their way onto your bikes. It's a shame that you'll be 80 years old and unable to use them to their full potential
    No big deal, CB. I already don`t use my bikes to their full potential!
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    ^^ My bad. Not Big Dummy but Pugsley. I hate my mind when I am chelating. Still works better than most drivers here, though.

    Rode with 20+ mph winds. Mounted the snows as it was snowing. Then it stopped and sublimated before the ride and started as I returned. The 32 mm A10 Nokia studded snows add 2.5 pounds to the outer part of the wheels. So like adding 40 pounds of weight. So between the wind and tires I was 1.5 mph slower than yesterday. The tires are not tight to 700 C so I got a lump in the rear one feeling like a lump on the tire each revolution that took about 5 miles to settle in. On 16 mm rims and Max pressure of 58 pounds, they are not a tire to lean with too much. Tomorrow they will be needed.

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    HOLEEFRIKKTACKS!

    was like 12 or 14C yesterday, today was -15C with winds up to 60kph and snow.
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    Bad. First time in a week that it wasnt pouring rain or there being massive puddles to avoid. I was five miles in to my ten mile trip when I heard air leaving my tire at an alarmingly fast rate. I stop and look and I find an inch long glass shard going through my tire and tube, and I did not have a patch kit on me. I only had to walk about a mile before my ride got me. Thanks to my mishap, I missed a class.

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    Eventful commute this morning. We received about an inch of snow last night, which usually isn't an issue, but this time the temp dropped over 20 degrees in a short period of time (32F down to 10F). Mixing those conditions with roaring winds made things interesting. The snow basically melted on the pavement then was frozen solid. I was going to ride my old school Cannondale with knobbies, but it had a flat tire (surprise!). After bumbling around the garage a bit, I ended up putting the front wheel on my singlespeed so I'd at least have one knobby tire (slick in the rear). The roads had some snow and a few icy patches, but the MUP was a solid sheet of ice. I hit my first turn on the MUP at a much lower speed than normal, but my whole bike still washed out. Somehow I was able to hop off and slide a ways down the path on my feet with the bike on its side between my legs. I felt a bit like a hero. After flexing my muscles a few times for the bystanders, I continued on my way. The bridges actually provided some of the best traction because the bridges were colder and didn't melt any of the snow. After the MUP, the bike lanes were solid ice. I stuck to the road and made it the rest of the way without issue. I made it to work 12 minutes late. Oh well.

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    ^^ I had some of those commutes before I finally saw the light this year and got some studs. Nothing like feeling like a hero though nice.


    Yesterday's ride home was legendary. Just as I was leaving work, one of the local mountain biking buddies went by in his big 'ol van... I could see a couple bikes in the back, and at least a couple people...probably on the way home from the trails. We waved, and I stayed close enough to him in traffic that I was maybe 1/4 mile back as he crested the hill heading out of town and dissapeared. When I crested the same hill, I saw him sitting on the side of the road waiting, and as soon as he saw me he got back out on the road and started speeding up. An unspoken conversation occured, and I looked back to verify what he was communicating...no cars in sight coming over the hill, and empty two lane highway ahead for the 4 miles until his turnoff. I hammered it and got on his bumper, and spent the next four glorious miles in motorpace mode, blasting down the highway on the relatively new pavement at somewhere around 40mph (I haven't talked to him to verify). I spun out my big ring climbing uphill just before he peeled off to make his turn. So fun.
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    ^^ ^^I'm glad you were able to stay upright.

    ^^Motorpacing is cool Which bike were you on?

    Wow snow-melt! About half of the trials are bare again. The rest are pretty frickin icy, even with the studs I had to proceed with caution in a few places. The lake was awesome! All the snow is gone and re-frozen into a nearly smooth surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ I had some of those commutes before I finally saw the light this year and got some studs. Nothing like feeling like a hero though nice.
    This was probably the one commute this year that would warrant studs. My one decent wipeout on ice this year was a very isolated patch of ice caused by water seeping out of the hillside and freezing.

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    s0ck, I hate those surprise ice patches. I have one spot like that. I hear you on justifying the studs...I live on a dirt road that turns to packed ice, and it still took me like 5 years to talk myself into them.


    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^ ^^I'm glad you were able to stay upright.

    ^^Motorpacing is cool Which bike were you on?
    Thanks... no drama. I wouldn't do that on just any road. new pavement last year on this stretch, and I'm on it every day. You're still pretty on edge riding that fast, inches from a vehicle. I also positioned so I could see through the vehicle to the road ahead.

    I was on the Ogre, but I had ditched the studs and had the commute wheels on, thankfully.
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    Great ride in this morning. 27 degrees after reaching into the upper 30s last evening, so the trails were nicely consolidated for the most part. A nice freezing fog for the full ride, quiet and bright. No need for my headlights. Passed a huge group of military folk doing a walkabout on the trail. First time I've seen that during my commute. Not sure where they were going or where they came from, but it was fun watching a whole line of guys with full packs move to the right as a single unit.

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    What a sucky day
    No work, no wind, no clouds. By 9AM, the nasty sun had disposed of all the morning frost, and I was so bummed that I had to console myself by putting on my shorts and taking my new bike out on my old road loop. Took four hours off the life of my skinny Paselas. Just plain crap.
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    Mine was good! End of my commute went past my LBS and treated myself to a Sigma BC 1009

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    Rodar y rodar that is a gorgeous view!

    Well, my commute to work was mostly downhill and quite smooth. The commute back was a death trap. I swear that every car there was out to kill me. People running red lights, not using turn signals, it was a catastrophe and a miracle that I got home alive! Hahaha every day of my life pretty much.

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    Ooh! Shorts, yellow bike, blue skies, and great views - sounds terrible! Great job on the bike, she looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    What a sucky day
    No work, no wind, no clouds. By 9AM, the nasty sun had disposed of all the morning frost, and I was so bummed that I had to console myself by putting on my shorts and taking my new bike out on my old road loop. Took four hours off the life of my skinny Paselas. Just plain crap.
    I'm sorry you had to go through that.

    My lake crossing was equally bad. I took the long way home. 2 miles of smooth ice at about 20mph. Horrid.

    I'm thinking about punishing myself and going out to check out Sebago this morning.

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    How was your commute today?

    I mean...yeah. It was icy, but still fun, if not a little scary at times. It's good for the heart. I have climbed the hill on pavement that wraps back around my house and went in the woods up high just to get a taste of what kind of shape they're in, and I was pleasantly surprised. Still a lot of coverage, and firm...very firm. Driving to Burlington today with a friend so he can buy he and his wife fat bikes. Finally someone to ride with.

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    Another superdraft, CB? You must be getting good at that! I forgot to comment on it yesterday, since the page had rolled on me.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    My lake crossing was equally bad. I took the long way home. 2 miles of smooth ice at about 20mph. Horrid.
    Was it as smooth as it looked in the picture you posted last week?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Driving to Burlington today with a friend so he can buy he and his wife fat bikes. Finally someone to ride with.
    Nice
    Good thing you`re in VT- I don`t think they have fat bikes yet in ME.
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    ^^ Yeah, me too. 40mph uphill is crazy. CB, was it like hitting a wall when the van turned off?

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    Red Rock Rodar!! One of these days a random guy is going to pull up alongside and scare the crap out of you with how much he knows about you and your bikes, before you realize that it's me. Great weekend for a road ride!

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    ^^ Yeah, me too. 40mph uphill is crazy. CB, was it like hitting a wall when the van turned off?
    Well, he started accelerating... his turn was at the top of the (gradual) hill, and he saw a car coming up from behind. So rather than hold up traffic, he started to speed up... I got out of the saddle and did what I could to keep up...spun out my big ring, he started to get away, and then the wind started filling the gap between me and him... so it was like hitting a soft wall I pulled to the right, but kept the big ring going to the top of the hill...momentum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Was it as smooth as it looked in the picture you posted last week?
    Nearly. I went skating yesterday and there are some 4"wide cracks that run for a long way. I wouldn't want to get a wheel in one of them.
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    ^^ Yeah, that would suck!!

    Schott, I got my 'Chop Wood' t-shirt in the mail this weekend
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    People are out to get me. Yesterday, I was driving the car and some dude pulled out in front of me and froze in the middle of the road. I laid on the horn, started skidding, then let off the brake and swerved around the backside of the car, going partially off the road in the process. Luckily, I was able to miss all the mailboxes and keep from ruining anything on my car.

    This morning, I played chicken with an Escalade after the driver passed a parked car and didn't seem to want to move back into her lane. A couple minutes later, I had some idiot riding my back wheel. I probably could have kicked his front bumper. I wasn't even the one holding up traffic. I had a school bus in front of me that turned off into a parking lot. I flashed him the "way to go champion" signal after he passed me and immediately had to brake for the red light. I turned onto the MUP and was on my way.

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    s0ck, sounds rough. It always amazes me the stupid stuff drivers do.

    My commute was more of the same. Good snow. Good temps. No challenges. Can't say that's a bad thing.

    Strangely, the temps are moving up above freezing again, so it might be a bit soft for the ride home. A slight change of snow in the forecast, so maybe I'll get lucky with that.

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    Woop! Just got word that I have an extra hour to kill after work before there's any reason to be home... beautiful out there. now all I have to decide is which route to take
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    A couple minutes later, I had some idiot riding my back wheel. I probably could have kicked his front bumper. I wasn't even the one holding up traffic. I had a school bus in front of me that turned off into a parking lot. I flashed him the "way to go champion" signal after he passed me and immediately had to brake for the red light. I turned onto the MUP and was on my way.
    Sounds like a good time to blow out the nose. All over his hood. "Oops"

    This used to be par for the course for me here. The reflective vest seemed to get the idea of "safety first" and being a jerk a bit lower priority.

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    cold and wet. 38* and it wasnt supposed to rain til later. snapped this 30 seconds before the worst of the rain:
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    It was pretty rough. This morning I took the trails to the old office, that part was a peaceful journey over snow and ice, stopping occasionally to toss aside the new crop of fallen branches. Then I drove that dang work Prius to our new office in Montpelier with my bike in the hatch. I'm not crazy about that car but the bike slides in without removing a wheel (at least my small ones), so it gets some points.

    I did get a cheer from a fellow worker/biker who saw me pedaling over to lock the bike at work after parking and turning off the car. We have not seen a lot of our co-workers for over a year when tropical storm Irene destroyed our complex and sent us packing to 3 temporary offices about an hour drive apart.

    After work I wanted to try the full 11.5 mi bikecommute home. It took forever. OK, not forever, but nearly 2 hours. It was 7F and bitter winds, although not headwinds. And on the busy strip filled with cars, fast food, gas stations, stores, etc., I was like, "Wow, I've got to pay attention!", compared to the trail or backroad commute I had. My other excuses or the slow ride include doing the Frozen Onion bike race yesterday http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...xt|FRONTPAGE|s and then staying up late at a Superbowl Party. Honestly though I don't think it will speed up too much, so I might have to consider the bus for part of the way home, although that means hopping off and heading straight up the 3.5 mile hill home without warming up.

    Tomorrow have prior plans, so I get a day to rest up, think about it, and hope for milder weather.
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    Commute today was good. First time since switching to drop bars and a rigid ford, the bike responds sooo much better now but there's a bit of tweaking needed to get the comfort factor dialed in with the drops.

    Slight head wind for the 17 miles to work this morning got me there a couple minutes later than usual. The way home was nice though with the wind at my back watching the sunset.

    Temp was in the high 60s, I could really get used to this central Texas weather, at least in the winter time.

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    FINALLY back to your old office? Permanently? I didn`t realize that it split everybody up- must be nice seeing some old faces. Not so nice seeing others, maybe. Good luck with your new-old commute.

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    People are out to get me.
    Don`t take it personally, sOck- they`re out to get all of us . It does sound like you got more than your share the past two days, though.

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    Commute today was good. First time since switching to drop bars and a rigid ford, the bike responds sooo much better now but there's a bit of tweaking needed to get the comfort factor dialed in with the drops.
    Mtb, I take it? What bike is it? I like drop bar rigids

    EDIT: I liked the old colon, cap D smiley better. The new version looks dumb. The "eeks" suck, too- what is the world comming to?
    Recalculating....

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    ^^ It's actually a 3rd office, leased but semi-permanent I think. Most of the original complex is either not being fixed or is still in a fight with FEMA for $. But I now have the same bike route as my original bikecommute, minus the bus ride from Montpelier to Waterbury (I won't miss that), and plus an additional half mile to the hilltop office.

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    Great commute this morning. I took (link) all trails which included a few miles on the lake with a stop at the (link) HUGE ROCK.

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    Nice rock. A couple trucks fell through here yesterday, but should be ok on foot or bike.

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    That rock is cool!


    I did the 16 mile loop after work yesterday.... it was great, except the dirt part was horrendous! The mud and muck was super sticky, soft, and energy sapping... I had the GoPro cracking off pictures... it looked like this pic for about 5 miles. Serious workout. I'm hurting today.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How was your commute today?-picture1.jpg  

    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Blech, muddd! Better you than me, Bubba. I`ve posted pics a few times before from a road a lot like that that I rode last Feb. it was part of a two day loop from Caribou to Canyon Dam, then back via Seneca. Yuck.

    Bedwards, I love checking out your home turf on sat images. Can`t believe all those lakes! And the islands in Casco Bay look awesome, too. We`re going to visit my SIL in Boston this summer and an article about the ferry routes in the bay helped me convince the ol lady that we need to get up and check out Portland and Acadia while we`re in the neighborhood.
    Recalculating....

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