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    I've had a bike's worth of dental work done in the past couple weeks. Fun times.

    The weather this week has been mild, but strange. On Tuesday, it was 41F when I rode in. I overdressed slightly because we had snow in the forecast and it looked like temps would be dipping, which they did. We received about an inch of snow, then it cleared up. It was 47F on the ride home. It got a little toasty. Today's forecast is about the same, but I'm better prepared. Knowing my luck, the temps will dip into the 20s and I'll be underdressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    That's the one I was thinking about. I have read dissatisfaction with battery life and problems with the firmware (camera locking up requiring battery removal, etc.). You experience any of those issues?

    BTW - why did you not mount the camera on the non-derailleur side? Seems like the mount would be simpler on the non-derailleur side and if you are riding on the road, that's where all the interesting action is going to be...
    I was a bit surprised at the battery life... You can record for maybe an hour and a half on a full charge. Longer in the picture modes. There is a two-battery pack with a wall charger for $25 on Amazon that everyone is raving about...

    I had the battery removal, freeze-up thing happen when I first got it, before I updated the firmware. They released the Black before the software was ready to go with the new wifi app (allowing you to use a smartphone/tablet to control the camera)...so they releaed an update that you have to download from the GoPro site. I think they're shipping with the update installed now. But before I did the update I had a couple issues with the computer not recognizing it, it freezing up...but after the update, no issues. And it's sweet using the phone as a remote. It came with the GoPro remote also.

    ... I wanted the drive side in the picture. Also, the chainstays are too small to use the clamp mount that I have effectively, so I had to put the mount on something bigger in diameter than the chainstay... the lizard skin chainstay protector I have on the drive side worked nicely...it just made it hard to get the camera out of the way of everything.
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    Winds 20 miles, 47 F. Rode Pics from scene of crime last 2 rides (blowout-faceplant of November):








    Tailwind made a record run for one section of ride. A bit over speed limit maintained till next grade

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    Ice pellets this morning, so my face is feeling nicely exfoliated.

    Ice ice ice in the mornings, and slush slush slush in the afternoons. Blech.

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    Not that I have one, but a camera on one of the left stays sounds like an inconvenience and possibly an expensive proposition. If you want to lay your bike down for a tire fix or whatever other reason, do you lay it on the camera or the RD? And after years of training to drop (when you have a choice in the matter) on the nondrive side, going down more often than not leaves the bike with derailer side up. Just thinking and rambling, here.
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    The road crew has been hard on work on a bad 1/4 mile section of frost heaves on the paved part of my road. They added "FROST HEAVE" signs at either end of the trouble section, and then added an "S" in marker to the end of each sign.

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    Good commute this AM. A new layer of snow and nice temps made for a nice slow recovery day.

    Funnily, I ran into the army guys again this am. They were all grouped around plotting strategy or something with sentries posted around the perimeter. Must ruin their war games having bikers ride right through the middle. I wonder if they consider us "enemy combatants"?

    Bedwards - go for the fattie! You'll never regret it. Heck, you might even retire your other bikes completely. I picked mine up at REI back in May last year for right around 1300. Best money I ever spent.

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    ^^ ^^ Yeah, road work around here seems to involve lowering the speed limit to match the conditions.

    ^^If there were a 1300 fatbike available locally I would own it by the end of the weekend. The only one around is a Pugsley @$1650 and that would be about the most I've paid for any bike and I still see that fatbike as more of a special purpose machine. Retire my other bikes, I think not. I pride myself on having way too many bikes. It is white too so I think it may be a 2012 and I'm worried about frame cracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The only one around is a Pugsley @$1650
    Used? That isn`t much less than new retail. BTW, REI carries them- Spring 20% Off coupon comming soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Used? That isn`t much less than new retail. BTW, REI carries them- Spring 20% Off coupon comming soon.
    Surly Pugsley Bike - 2013 at REI.com
    No, that is new. I may have a sign from GOD, DOG or LOB depending on your beliefs but this bike was full price this morning and it is 20 miles away. I won't be able to use the "Haven't' bought any bikes yet this year" line and it is only Feb

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    Brian, how is your camera mounted to the seatstay (i'm assuming) in your second pic? The speed blur makes it look like you're not being too timid about railing through that same corner...nice work.
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    I want a fat bike. Ancient PC (10 plus years & dying) and numerous issues on the MacBook Pro (Six years, 3 at college, dropped and no room for all the pics, DVD burner issues, and some ke_s _ave stopped working. Pasting t_em in sucks. A wireless board plus laptop in lap is not on. Last straw.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Not that I have one, but a camera on one of the left stays sounds like an inconvenience and possibly an expensive proposition. ... Just thinking and rambling, here.
    *** It is a nice special effect. The rear mount needs to be lower or more outboard as even at top of stroke the leg is an issue. I agree: so the old camera that is expendable was used. I also noted that even on the shortest interval cars can be too far then passed, so missed. I think showing road texture is a great use. Or just trolling for a nice shot once in a few rides. Not a good spot for long time use, I'm afraid.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Brian, how is your camera mounted to the seatstay (i'm assuming) in your second pic? The speed blur makes it look like you're not being too timid about railing through that same corner...nice work.
    *** Used one of these: Amazon.com: Issimo Designs - NOB XL Computer/HR Monitor Mount, 30mm NOB, 39mm Strap Clamping Diameter: Sports & Outdoors. Wrapped it around the seatstay and rack vertical support or I'd run out of cogs on the strap part. The same as I used on the fork. With the steel L inverted to reduce vibration effects.

    *** 50% of 20 mph wind at the back helped me do a fair bit over 20 (had a vehicle signaling the same turn and I wanted to be there first). Perma-right as it turned out, but safety fast! After years of doing the same, it is a sort of finger to fate. The previous pic was likely about 15 mph.

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    Another shot from yesterday. It shows the rougher texture of the shoulder. I can usually shift up a gear if I take a right turn lane (no arrows so legal).



    It is an interesting view but wading through them all is a lot of time. A mount further out and about mid bike might be interesting.

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    ^^ I was thinking about getting a clamp on seatpost mounted rack, and twisting it sideways at a 45 degree angle and mounting the camera to that. rock solid.
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    extra hour and change ride just to grab a set of bars for the AM rig, ended up grabbing a barely used PAIR of schwalbe snow studs for 20$ from him too! SCORE!
    been a lot of rough headwinds and the freezing rain one day, warm slush the next and frozen slush puddles after that is keeping the fairweather commuters off the roads.

    only the voracious two-wheeled wendigos are out these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    ^^ I was thinking about getting a clamp on seatpost mounted rack, and twisting it sideways at a 45 degree angle and mounting the camera to that. rock solid.
    I salvaged a thin wall 1" aluminum tube from a worn-out collapsible ice scraper. I can bungee it to rear rack on each side just in front of the down legs but under the deck, and have it go either side. Attach the angle-camera snap mount to one end. Bungees allow for some give or even break away should it get it. Might get a ride with it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    No, that is new. I may have a sign from GOD, DOG or LOB depending on your beliefs but this bike was full price this morning and it is 20 miles away. I won't be able to use the "Haven't' bought any bikes yet this year" line and it is only Feb
    Did you buy it yet? Looks like a good deal. Since you will only be using it sparingly, it should last a long time, so think of it as your bike purchase for the decade rather than for the year. With your lake and trails I don't think too many people have a better excuse for one. The only possible discouragement I can provide is if you have a lot of road miles after the trails. I didn't mind going a couple miles on the road, but many would be sluggish, especially if you are running the pressure on the low side for softer trails.

    The Old Spokes Home in Burlington is also having a sale $1530 Pugs $1575 muk 3 You might also find some demos/rentals going on sale soon, the shops in Burke (by Kingdom Trails) both rent them.

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    I'm paying for a full day demo on Sunday. (Picking it up this afternoon) They charge a $75 demo fee that is applied toward the purchase price if I buy it. If I want it I just keep it and call them to complete the sale which is what I am expecting. It will be a good day to try it because the trails are pretty packed but not enough for my bike. The last 2 rides were a chore! Usually the only reason I would ride the roads in the winter is because the trails are too soft. It could be a problem for those cold mornings with warm days. Now I can finally STFU about wanting a fat bike.

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    ^^Nice! Ginger is still here, but I heard yesterday that someone who came to see her a few weeks ago finally arranged a home visit, so she might have a home. I'll let you know. She's still doing really well with "my little pony", the big boy lab I'm sitting. Is yours a girl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ... Ginger is still here, but I heard yesterday that someone who came to see her a few weeks ago finally arranged a home visit, so she might have a home. I'll let you know. She's still doing really well with "my little pony", the big boy lab I'm sitting. Is yours a girl?
    Yes, ours is a girl.

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    Tried the outrigger mount. Not for single track with close vines or branches.



    A couple of shots from test ride:











    Intimidates traffic. At least those who see it. On a scenic ride or in a group ride could give some fun shots. Camera at great risk, though.

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    Snapped this picture on Friday morning of the sunrise, bloody excellent.

    How was your commute today?-0215130654.jpg

    The ride was quite nice too, although I had a 15-20mph headwind on the way home.

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    ^^Lovely colors and clouds, MrMatson!

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    Waiting to hear if the Bike Stork made a delivery to southern Maine. I`m betting that`s a big YES. Seems inevitable

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Tried the outrigger mount. Not for single track with close vines or branches.
    Ay, Chihuahua! From the speeds you sometimes post, you sound like a pretty fast rider- have you had the extra appendage for long enough to get an idea what it does to your crusing speed?


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    Snapped this picture on Friday morning of the sunrise, bloody excellent.
    Mmmm. Is that a windmill?
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    How was your commute today?

    Well, Bedwards? Sorry iI wasn't reading this weekend to be part of talking you into a fat bike, but since you rode one,I 'm assuming you bought it. It's time. We went over toBurke and rode yesterday, a friend rented, trails were a blast. I take for granted how much snow we have in the Whites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Ay, Chihuahua! From the speeds you sometimes post, you sound like a pretty fast rider- have you had the extra appendage for long enough to get an idea what it does to your crusing speed?
    Not so fast lately. Running about 3 mph slow. Part is winter dress. Part is more accurate computed distances and times (iBike versus odometer). Part is struggling to regain fitness and get weight back down and dealing with the aftermath of pushing the detox meds a bit too hard. Some improvement recently.

    I rode the test for a half hour in winds from 10 to 20 gusting to 25 plus. The angles of the wind, trees and buildings seemed to conspire to make a perpetual head wind from low to near gale even though I was riding laps in the neighborhood. Likely some added drag but not as much as a handle bar bag. Averaged 13 mph. Still, a setup I don't plan on using much. The low seat stay mount is more artistic, safer, lower drag, if not as good a view of the road ahead. It was no-cost. So that is fine.

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    Schott & MTXB, we might have to pick someplace central to all of us (N.Conway area?) and go for a fatbike ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Bedwards - go for the fattie! You'll never regret it. Heck, you might even retire your other bikes completely. I picked mine up at REI back in May last year for right around 1300. Best money I ever spent.
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    Did you buy it yet? Looks like a good deal....
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    Waiting to hear if the Bike Stork made a delivery to southern Maine. I`m betting that`s a big YES. Seems inevitable
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    Well, Bedwards? Sorry iI wasn't reading this weekend to be part of talking you into a fat bike, but since you rode one,I 'm assuming you bought it. It's time. We went over toBurke and rode yesterday, a friend rented, trails were a blast. I take for granted how much snow we have in the Whites.
    Well of course I bought it. Y'all know I don't have any willpower when it comes to not buying bikes. Actually it is still on demo but I'm not making the trip back to the bike shop I took it out for about 15 miles in pretty much blizzard conditions and it worked just about as I expected. I was moving pretty slow by the end in the fresh powder. The lakes were crazy with whiteout conditions.
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    How was your commute today?

    I think I'm central to you both, lol. I'm always game, but I'd have to get a fat friend to drive/join us. You mean you bike commuters own cars? I do, but it is winterized, and won't be set free until after a few good rain storms this spring. Too much salt on the road for classic VWs.

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    ^^ Yes, that would be fun. I do indeed have a car in addition to the bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Well of course I bought it.
    We`re all so surprised, Hahahaha!

    Oh, you took a cue from CommuterBoy and camouflaged it against the white snow. Nice

    Pogies on the way?
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    LOL, Berlin isn't central to anywhere I have plenty of cars, about 2 more then I normally drive. I actually bought a new one because Chevy was offering soo much off.

    I'm game for meeting in N Conway or somewhere in the vicinity. I'm guessing there are some good trail systems there. I'm fairly open in timing including tomorrow. Let's take it to PM or a new thread here: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

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    This isn't so much about how one commute has been, more just how the past few years have been. I have been working full-time and in graduate school full-time since my last post. I commuted on an off on the days I did not have class, which was usually only two days a week. Of those two days, I only had the energy to commute about 15% of them. Mostly I would commute those couple days for several weeks. Then get worn out and life would get too hectic for a few months, then back to commuting for a couple of weeks and so on. Working 50 hours a week and taking 9 hours of graduate courses made for little time for the bike. I was at least glad to be getting in a few rides here and there.

    I took a new job and I finished graduate school this year. I was very excited. I tuned the commuter up for daily use again. I joined a gym in my office building so I can shower. You really can't get away with not having a shower in New Orleans during Summer if you are a professional. I commuted about 4 times a week and transported clothes the other day.

    about two weeks into this schedule my dog tore her ACL. She had surgery and is on the mend. My wife cannot carry the dog outside to go to the restroom on her own, so that puts a kibosh on my commuting again. I either can't work late (which is impossible as accountants are very busy this time of year), or I have to come home on lunch and take care of the dog with her. My wife offered to come pick me up at lunch everyday, but that defeats the purpose of commuting. I did not take her up on it, as it seemed silly. In retrospect, I wish I would have though.

    After tomorrow I will be able to commute again! The route is great. All neighborhood, except for two areas where I am on busy streets.

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    Crazy weather last week

    Made for interesting commutes. Monday morning was very light flurries that morphed into steady snow by quitting time. Visibility on the ride home was terrible, fresh powder everywhere, stupid drivers all over the road and my mantra became "this was a stupid idea...this was a stupid idea". Of course the snow petered out about 30 minutes after I got home. Tuesday was frozen road snot. Wednesday the skies cleared and the winds howled. Now all that's left is scattered patches of old snow, until the next storm rolls in Tuesday night. I'm ready for winter to be done and to get the studs off...miss the sense of speed with the slicks, not this feeling of Velcro. But weather issues aside it hasn't been too bad.

    Here's a pic from Tuesday morning:


    Lonely snow covered road. Eerily still and quiet. Ride has just begun. #commutebybike #bikehaiku by Spatialized, on Flickr

    Yeah, that road is solid ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    ...Visibility on the ride home was terrible, fresh powder everywhere, stupid drivers all over the road and my mantra became "this was a stupid idea...this was a stupid idea". ...
    I've had those rides. But due to a recent turn of events, I'm not quite ready for winter to be over just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spatialized View Post
    Made for interesting commutes. Monday morning was very light flurries that morphed into steady snow by quitting time. Visibility on the ride home was terrible, fresh powder everywhere, stupid drivers all over the road and my mantra became "this was a stupid idea...this was a stupid idea". ..
    :
    Glad you made it home safe. I think we're often more prepared than the drivers, which can be a good feeling, but also scarey.

    Quote Originally Posted by codwater View Post
    This isn't so much about how one commute has been, more just how the past few years have been. ..
    After tomorrow I will be able to commute again! The route is great. All neighborhood, except for two areas where I am on busy streets.
    Woohoo, pedal on! Points awarded to your wife for offering, and hope the pup continues to heal up.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Not so fast lately. Running about 3 mph slow. Part is winter dress. Part is more accurate computed distances and times (iBike versus odometer). Part is struggling to regain fitness and get weight back down and dealing with the aftermath of pushing the detox meds a bit too hard. Some improvement recently.
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    It would be interesting to test the accuracies on a measured mile. Unfortunately, around here I think I've only seen one on the interstate... I'm sure you will speed up some with spring weather, at least when it's not windy... It's quite amazing to me how had it is to lose weight, I console myself with thinking of how much I would be gaining if I weren't riding... Boy, those fenders are SHINY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    It would be interesting to test the accuracies on a measured mile. Unfortunately, around here I think I've only seen one on the interstate... I'm sure you will speed up some with spring weather, at least when it's not windy... It's quite amazing to me how had it is to lose weight, I console myself with thinking of how much I would be gaining if I weren't riding... Boy, those fenders are SHINY!
    Previous estimates used a vehicle calibrated with 50 miles of interstate mile markers. Mapquest distances matched pretty well. The Apple bike program was optimistic and could read 12 % high for speed. Some comes from a slow roll up to a stop counting with the iBike, whereas, i could account for that with manual timing. I get some consolation by not gaining weight, at least. Muscles are toning up (pain) so some fat loss is being offset by heavier muscle gain. Gold is seen better so it is part of visibility and bling.

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    Nice, Codwater! By then, hopefully all the streets will be clear of Mardi Gras craziness. Does it affect the whole city?

    Brian, how much longer do you expect to be affected by that treatment?

    You guys have me thinking about measured miles. I`m not sure how trustworthy the mile posts are, but I know of one particular stretch of road where I know for sure that they were all carefully surveyed- my dad got me a job as a gofer on the survey crew for a realignment and major repave of a 56 mile stretch the summer that I came home from the army. It`s a very desolate road, with a lot of long straights, so should be perfect for that kind of thing. Xplorer, don`t discount interstates for riding. As long as its the only route in a certain area, they`re legal to ride in most states. You can probably check to see how VT`s laws about that go if you don`t already know. I`ve ridden a few stretches of I-80 and it wasn`t totally awfull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Nice, Codwater! By then, hopefully all the streets will be clear of Mardi Gras craziness. Does it affect the whole city?
    Yeah, it is affected, but really does not affect commuting by bike. They get it cleaned up right away, although you will see bead remnants throughout the year. The bad part is that bead strands are held together by metal pins that tend to get exposed as the remnants whether and fall apart. I got a flat due to one after a parade a few weeks ago. I checked my seat bag for my air and spare. I had forgotten to pack a spare so I called the wife for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Nice, Codwater!
    Sorry, forgot the welcome.

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    Brian, how much longer do you expect to be affected by that treatment?
    Another 2 years, minimum. I can't handle more than an eighth of the dose I should end at. I increased too fast and am just now back on June's dose level.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Xplorer, don`t discount interstates for riding. As long as its the only route in a certain area, they`re legal to ride in most states.
    Illegal in Indiana and Ohio. I get a taste of it with the four-lane. Lots of other roads.

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    Nice commute this AM. We got some new snow last night along with some winds, so the trails were fairly nicely blown over, but still fast rolling. A bit colder this AM than in the past few weeks. 13 F when I left my house. Amazing how much I notice a 6 degree drop in the temp now that I am acclimated to 22, which has been the temp for the past few weeks in the AM.

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    Back down to 0 for the commute this morning. I do believe I am becoming a hearty soul. I'm loving the cold weather, wearing less layers, and riding harder. I have actually gained a little weight this winter, which is odd for me period. I figured out where it is, my legs. They're huge. I read an article the other day that eluded to not having to be superhuman to commute by bike, which I totally agree with...but it might turn you into one. Fat bike+commute+snow+(hills*lots)=I'm gonna have a great race season this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Xplorer, don`t discount interstates for riding. As long as its the only route in a certain area, they`re legal to ride in most states. You can probably check to see how VT`s laws about that go if you don`t already know. I`ve ridden a few stretches of I-80 and it wasn`t totally awfull.
    That must be weird! The interstates here all have those "no pedestrians, bicycles, animals ridden, driven or led" signs at the entrance ramps. I did ride a few exits on a NH parkway (Franconia Notch) once on a poorly planned solo century. It was a killer hot day, and the worst part was no shade. I saw the signs but figured the worst they'd probably do was give me a ticket and a ride to the next exit. But no, I had to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    That must be weird! The interstates here all have those "no pedestrians, bicycles, animals ridden, driven or led" signs at the entrance ramps. I did ride a few exits on a NH parkway (Franconia Notch) once on a poorly planned solo century. It was a killer hot day, and the worst part was no shade. I saw the signs but figured the worst they'd probably do was give me a ticket and a ride to the next exit. But no, I had to ride.
    You do know that there is a nice bike path that runs the length of the notch...right?

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    ^^ Yes, I've been on that a few times, pretty much the most fun you can have on a road bike if it's empty, with those hills and turns they would never put on a bike path today. Not sure what got into me that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    That must be weird! The interstates here all have those "no pedestrians, bicycles, animals ridden, driven or led" signs at the entrance ramps.
    The NV laws say specifically that bikes are prohibited between Exit A and Exit B for Freeway X, but what it boils down to is no bikes on the freeways (Interstate or otherwise) in city areas. There are signs posted right before the last bike-legal exits that say all bicycles must exit.

    In New England, are there surface roads to get to all the towns? Around here, they mostly built the interstate on top of the old highway, so the only way to get to many towns or even a few cities is via I-80 or many miles of dirt roads and sand traps. If there are a few paved roads from one town indirectly to another, it might very well be a few hundred miles worth of detour! I don`t know the wording of CA law, but it`s common practice to ride a 30 mile stretch of I-80 in order to cross the Sierra Nevada, and Adventure Cycling routes people on a few miles of I-5 near Mt Shasta.
    Recalculating....

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    Today was my first time commuting to campus. Picked up a new road bike on Friday for the very purpose of commuting and occasional road riding. Commuted 7 miles round trip to campus. Almost makes me want to go to class just to get out and ride a bike.

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    Smile It would have been a great day for a fatbike...

    OK, it was a great morning on the fatbike. I would have been on the roads without it because of the new packed powder. Short post, got to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    As long as its the only route in a certain area, they`re legal to ride in most states.
    I think that it's opposite, rodar - it's not legal to ride interstates in most states. It's legal here in Washington State, outside of urban areas, and I think that holds in most Western States. But as you go east, bikes tend to be banned from Interstates. Oh, here is an article:

    bicyclinginfo.org: Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?

    I've ridden the shoulder of I-90 over in Eastern Washington. It's a little scary at first, but the shoulder is wide and you soon get used to the trucks blasting by. The bigger issue is all the debris that collects on the shoulder.

    The Redmond Cycling Club puts on the Cannonball every year, Seattle to Spokane in one day, and almost the entire ride is on I-90.

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    Well, crap. Now I need a fatbike even more Looks like fun!

    We got a dusting last night...made for cool pictures this morning
    the GoPro even snagged some critters as I went by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Previous estimates used a vehicle calibrated with 50 miles of interstate mile markers. Mapquest distances matched pretty well. The Apple bike program was optimistic and could read 12 % high for speed. Some comes from a slow roll up to a stop counting with the iBike, whereas, i could account for that with manual timing. I get some consolation by not gaining weight, at least. Muscles are toning up (pain) so some fat loss is being offset by heavier muscle gain. Gold is seen better so it is part of visibility and bling.

    BrianMc
    A few years ago I dug up some articles on measuring marathon courses....the very best method was a calibrated wheel revolution counter on a bike. Beat out all the various GPS methods, laser surveying etc...

    The bike rode a mesured 100m....and was calibrated..then the course was ridden....Then the bike rode a measured 100m and was recalibrated...the distance was then calculated by averaging the two calibrations....and the course adjusted with a tape measure,

    The basic reason for highest accuracy was the bike rode the course in a manner similar to the the runner, so the measured path was an arc rather than truncated straight lines.

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    A good, cold, and quick commute today. 5 degrees F at my house this AM when I left. Yesterday the local dog mushers association plowed and dragged the multiuse trails to remove the ski cord and pack in a nice smooth route for the races this weekend. Overnight those set up nice and hard and fast. Made the commute in just a touch over a half hour to do my 4.5 miles. Not a blistering pace by any means, but my average on snow is about 45 minutes to do the route.

    Yesterday it was so sunny out I just had to cut out of work a bit early so I could hit some trail on the way home. I got some in, but not as much as I wanted as many of the social trails had not been punched back in after our last snow and I didn't have the energy to do so myself. I'm thinking this afternoon I may give it another go or take the kids out tonight on snowshoes and get some work out of them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Well, crap. Now I need a fatbike even more Looks like fun!

    We got a dusting last night...made for cool pictures this morning
    the GoPro even snagged some critters as I went by.
    Well or course you do but you got that fancy camera instead. My video camera cost $50 and doesn't make coffee, in fact it barely takes videos, certainly not ones that you can grab high quality stills from like that. Nice deer pics. I passed deer in about 4 different places today but they didn't hang around for me to get my camera out.

    But I do think you need a fatibike, everybody's doing it.

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    First day back from a long weekend and I had a flat front tire, with a pink, plastic thumbtack sticking right out of it. It was placed weirdly enough that if I parked downtown, or on campus, or in public I'd swear that it was sabotage. But I park inside at two very boring buildings, so I'm 99.5% sure that it was just bad luck.

    We've had fresh snow on top of lots and lots of ice, so today was not a day to take the backup winterbike, which meant I had to get the big winterbike working. I renounced tubeless about 6 months ago, and this is the first chance that I've had to try to fix a flat by adding my old tubeless sealant into a tube. And it worked like a charm.

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    Anybody else having trouble replying? On my computer the screen is so stretched out that the submit button is off the page to the right in infinity or somewhere. If you know how to fix this let me know. Had to post this from the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    A few years ago I dug up some articles on measuring marathon courses....the very best method was a calibrated wheel revolution counter on a bike. Beat out all the various GPS methods, laser surveying etc...-snip-.
    The Cyclemeter Apple program uses GPS. The iBike uses a wheel counter programmed with wheel and tire size so about as accurate as a wheel meter. The corners with the car and bike differ. I would score faster, braking hard to stops. I don't care over much about what was as I will plateau and slide with age eventually. The second day of the habitat ride the leader who was 35 years my junior, rode extensively had a hard time catching me. (Winded.) A light modern racer and The Duchess with ten pounds of tools, spares, lights etc. Not too shabby. Faster than a spotted salamander then, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Anybody else having trouble replying? On my computer the screen is so stretched out that the submit button is off the page to the right in infinity or somewhere. If you know how to fix this let me know. Had to post this from the phone.
    Try going to the bottom of the page and changing the drop-down box from wide to fixed or visa-verse

    You guys can thank me (or curse me) for ending winter here in New England. Highs above freezing for as far as they are forecasting.

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    How was your commute today?

    It ain't over.

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    Haven't posted in a while... since I wasn't able to commute for my old job.

    Thankfully, I was let go from said job and today was my first day starting my new line of work, bike shop!

    Figured I would start it off right and ride. Mapped out the route, uploaded it to my GPS and was off at 7:30 this morning. 16 miles later I arrived and what a lovely 16 miles it was. Pretty happy with the route so far, nice bike lanes, old neighborhoods and a nice little bridge to climb. (About the only climbing to be had in FL)

    And it was actually quite toasty on the ride home, gotta love FL winter!
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    For some reason, I was hating my hill tonight. It's funny, my time doesn't seem to vary as much as the more subjective "feel" analysis. Last time I felt fast & easy but was slow; this time I was hurting and slow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I think that it's opposite, rodar
    Dag nabbit, foiled again! I`d read that article or similar before and was going to try digging it up before you did the work for me . Yeah, I thought there were only a few that banned bikes from al freeways- looks like I did have it backwards.
    Quote Originally Posted by MRisme View Post
    Thankfully, I was let go from said job and today was my first day starting my new line of work, bike shop!

    And it was actually quite toasty on the ride home, gotta love FL winter!
    Congrats! It must be a good time for new bike shop jobs . FL winters are probably more conducive to bike commuting than IN winters.
    Recalculating....

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    I'm gonna be honest with you guys... the commute was not good yestoday. Well, the commute in steadily increased in awesome, then fell sharply. It all went downhill after that.

    The short version is I cracked the spider of my crank, and it decided that failing on me was not enough - no, it must take my chainring with it. I'll be having a chat with the manufacturer & getting a replacement, but in the meantime express mailed myself some parts because I'm doing an event this weekend and now no longer have a way to pedal.

    I'll post a proper write up when I've talked to said manufacturer today.

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    That's the second busted crank mentioned in this thread... I've rounded out the square taper part of an old square taper crank arm because It wasn't torqued properly, but I've never had the satisfaction of destroying one by sheer power and awesomeness. I'm rather impressed.

    Today was SUN DAY!! 1st direct rays of sunshine since October for me on the ride in. It's usually another week or so away, but I left a bit late this morning, and boom...sunshine. Glorious. If I didn't have my full 'clava on, drivers would have seen me smiling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    It ain't over.
    I hope you are right. I could do with a few more weeks of snow. We lost a lot overnight. I was on the roads today because the trails were too soft. I could probably take a regular bike tomorrow now that they are compacted. It might even be preferable to have some studs on my side.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    For some reason, I was hating my hill tonight. It's funny, my time doesn't seem to vary as much as the more subjective "feel" analysis. Last time I felt fast & easy but was slow; this time I was hurting and slow!
    Funny how that works. Sometimes my ride seems eternally long, sometimes it doesn't.

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    It snowed about 3” overnight, but it wasn’t the super fluffy hero snow we got last time, it was pretty greasy stuff, totally rideable, but a little more caution was warranted. Once I got down to the main drag I stayed out of the mealy plow-thrown shoulder and mostly rode in the right of the travel lane. Most cars passed nicely. I did get one beep, not sure if was the car behind me or another one behind him telling him to pass. At the beep I waved them by as it was totally clear in the oncoming direction. On the outskirts of Montpelier, the sidewalk plow had switched to shoulder duty for his return to town (only a sidewalk on one side of the road), so I got to follow him for a while until I caught up and he took a right over the bridge pedestrian path.

    Hunter, hope you did not get injured in that crank/chainring busting incident.

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    At first, I thought I was a hero for braving -34F temps with a 238mph wind. But when the temps spiked to 82F and I was still wearing a jacket, I finally succumbed to the fact the batteries were going dead in my thermometer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Congrats! It must be a good time for new bike shop jobs . FL winters are probably more conducive to bike commuting than IN winters.
    Im not sure you can even call the weather in FL "winter". lol

    This morning was almost 70 and rather humid, worked up a good sweat riding in my Pearl Izumi barrier jacket, but I'll take a little sweat for the high visibility of the jacket. I also used a backpack this morning versus my usual Chrome messenger bag and man what difference! The backpack was way more comfortable, which part of me thinks I might not be wearing the Chrome bag correctly...

    Also got chased by a dog for the first time commuting, luckily he just wanted to run and bark with me for a moment!

    Someday I hope to commute in snow but I am in no rush, warm clothes are expensive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    That's the second busted crank mentioned in this thread... I've rounded out the square taper part of an old square taper crank arm because It wasn't torqued properly, but I've never had the satisfaction of destroying one by sheer power and awesomeness. I'm rather impressed.
    Yeah, but we aren`t as big N bad as Mrsnuts or Hunter
    You`re up on me again, CB. Sqare taper cranks are also among the bike parts I can`t claim to have done in. Never managed to break a chain or a spoke either. But pinch flats I can do!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    On the outskirts of Montpelier, the sidewalk plow had switched to shoulder duty for his return to town (only a sidewalk on one side of the road), so I got to follow him for a while until I caught up and he took a right over the bridge pedestrian path.
    Double cool! Cool that they have a sidewalk plow and cool that you happened to time it like that!

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    At first, I thought I was a hero for braving -34F temps with a 238mph wind. But when the temps spiked to 82F and I was still wearing a jacket, I finally succumbed to the fact the batteries were going dead in my thermometer.
    Haha! My bike computer went on the fritz for dying batteries anout two years ago. I forgot the numbers, but yeah- I had some really impressive speeds on that trip! Actually, it reset itself several times on my way home, and when I arrived, I remember that it had some outlandish avg speed, but a max of 0.0 MPH. It also had me climbing a 99% grade a few times!
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    At first, I thought I was a hero for braving -34F temps with a 238mph wind. But when the temps spiked to 82F and I was still wearing a jacket, I finally succumbed to the fact the batteries were going dead in my thermometer.
    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Yeah, but we aren`t as big N bad as Mrsnuts or Hunter
    You`re up on me again, CB. Sqare taper cranks are also among the bike parts I can`t claim to have done in. Never managed to break a chain or a spoke either. But pinch flats I can do!

    Double cool! Cool that they have a sidewalk plow and cool that you happened to time it like that!

    Haha! My bike computer went on the fritz for dying batteries anout two years ago. I forgot the numbers, but yeah- I had some really impressive speeds on that trip! Actually, it reset itself several times on my way home, and when I arrived, I remember that it had some outlandish avg speed, but a max of 0.0 MPH. It also had me climbing a 99% grade a few times!
    Wow, you guys are rugged, those are some impressive numbers! The fastest I ever went was when I got so mad that my bikecomputer batteries died mid-season and zeroed it out, that I taped the wheel magnet to a box fan, put the wireless transmitter and computer within range, and recovered several thousand miles while I slept!

    My town has a sidewalk plow too but they are not near as good as Montpelier about using it. These are narrow sidewalks, so they are only the size of a skidsteer (Bobcat), but with a plow instead. During Nemo (recent snowstorm), I took the sidewalk instaed of the street a ways and met the Montpelier guy who had just cleared it - whether for the evening commute or for fear it would pile up too much by morning, I don't know.

    The best I've done destroying cranks was a hairline crack I found when diagnosing a squeek - but it was a Campy so I took "extra credit".

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    Pix from today

    It was a lovely morning. I ran back in for something & then took this pic of Spruce Mtn. I blame this lazy bike dump for the front disc freezing up shortly thereafter. Luckily it recovered before I got to the steep stuff...

    On the way home I stopped at the green for a few more of the naked kneeling guy war monument ("No Bicycling"), the Valentine's gazebo, and the church.
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    ^^Nice pics

    I got this one this AM. Early Morning Cyclist Inspiration At the moment I stopped the sun had just barely broken above the hill. In the 30 seconds it took me to get my camera out it was already halfway above the horizon.

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    Next one looks scary. Your famous dirt road?
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    Sweet photos MTBX and Bedwards.

    I once had a handlebar mounted GPS freak out on a mountain bike ride at Tahoe...I think I've shared this story? Dejavu, but that makes it all the more possible that I was abducted...
    I was riding some trail around Tahoe City, part of the Tahoe Rim Trail, etc, and when I looked at the route later, at one point in the ride I apparently launched at 274mph directly to the center of Lake Tahoe, and then launched back to a few hundred meters up the trail from where I left. The ride was uninterrupted, but my average speed was pretty epic. I have no memory of the moments I spent at the center of the lake

    I'm loving this sunrise thing... tried to catch a pic of my shadow on this barn... it's never as good as I think it's going to be

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    ^^I wouldn`t have seen your shadow if you hadn`t pointed it out, but it`s kind of cool that way. Sort of like a secret little hidden detail
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    Great ride in to work this AM. Light snow. Temps in the mid twenties. Just took my time and enjoyed the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Next one looks scary. Your famous dirt road?
    No, that one's on pavement shortly after the dirt. It's another 2.5 miles downhill from there to the statue and gazebo downtown.

    CB and Bedwards, nice sunrises! That barn looks like it is on fire!

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    It snowed again overnight another 3-4"and the forecasters suddenly changed today's forecast to 8-18", but said it would be hit or miss and was a hard system to predict. I considered driving, but decided that a) they might be wrong; b) even if they're right, they do plow c) I could take the bus if it was bad and get up the last 3.5 miles from the bus stop somehow. It snowed on the way in but the big dump hasn't panned out, so I'm glad I rode. Sadly, it seems the fatbike does not fit on bus racks, making it a poor choice for days like this despite its surefootedness.

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    This morning it was 5F and the wind was trying to blow me back up the hill! The headwind persisted, adding 20 minutes to the commute.

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    I've been having light problems. My rear light hasn't been firing up right away in the mornings, and my front light nearly fell off while I was riding home yesterday. It was kind of random.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    This morning it was 5F and the wind was trying to blow me back up the hill! The headwind persisted, adding 20 minutes to the commute.
    The wind has been horrible around here for the last 5 days. Hence the Haiku in my blog. I came up with it last night when the temp was around 25 but felt like -5.

    The snow should be good for Überwintern.

    The temps never got above freezing here like they were forecast so I get to take the trails home.

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    Nice pics, all.

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    Not riding in this

    Snow gone. Snow comes again.

    The Radbot 1000's needed a battery contact rejuvenation (bending them for more tension) occasionally. As to lights that fall off, that is not a desirable feature. Much like a video camera that sails out of its handle bar mount and shatters it's lens cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    The Radbot 1000's needed a battery contact rejuvenation (bending them for more tension) occasionally. As to lights that fall off, that is not a desirable feature. Much like a video camera that sails out of its handle bar mount and shatters it's lens cover.
    I have a Planet Bike Superflash that's going on six years old. It looks like there's a little rust near the switch. Charging up the batteries, I noticed one was noticeably lower than the other. Hopefully, it's just something small like that.

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    Good commute today. A little damp this morning, set up the gopro on time lapse, here's the best shot.
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    Stopped at the pub on the way home for a burger and some IPA's, an excellent way to finish the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I have a Planet Bike Superflash that's going on six years old. It looks like there's a little rust near the switch. Charging up the batteries, I noticed one was noticeably lower than the other. Hopefully, it's just something small like that.
    I rode for awhile with three of them. A little corrosion or a bad cell will do that, too. I love the turbo version. I use it on the back of the helmet. I use a Superflash back on a pivot and snap in the Turbo. Has to seat just so or the light will turn itself on or rotate through modes.

    Is quite visible in daylight.

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    Nice and warm 39F ride in tonight. My GPS has been acting up as well. Not synking up correctly. It is cutting off miles off the ride and I have been editing my rides. I can not wait for summer or spring, I am down almost a hundred miles a month since October. Oh well, less riding is better then no riding.

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    today was beautiful!
    cloudy but bright, sideways wind, snow... made it worth riding!
    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
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    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Snow came and went - again with freezing fog. But today the wind was below 10 mph (rare here), sunny & 40's.

    Remounted video taking pics every 2 sec on chain stay. Leg still gets in the way, but a nice angle. About 2 shots in 500-900 are keepers.

    I like the front tire and rim shadow in this one:



    Almost back home:



    I gained over 1 mph - likely the wind resistance of the wind pants, jacket and the weight, not improvement, but it was nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Snow came and went - again with freezing fog. But today the wind was below 10 mph (rare here), sunny & 40's.

    Remounted video taking pics every 2 sec on chain stay. Leg still gets in the way, but a nice angle. About 2 shots in 500-900 are keepers.

    I like the front tire and rim shadow in this one:



    Almost back home:



    I gained over 1 mph - likely the wind resistance of the wind pants, jacket and the weight, not improvement, but it was nice.

    BrianMc
    Nice shots, how far do you ride each way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millertm View Post
    Nice shots, how far do you ride each way? Mark
    Confession: my principal job is getting well. I find MTBR and specifically this forum a good match for my kind of cycling even with the shortage of single track here. I am aiming to get back to 15 miles out, then back. Currently at a bit over 9.

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    Found my sunglasses! Getting ready to leave for work Fri afternoon, they had gone into hiding. I made two or three frantic laps around the house and still didn`t see them, had to get out the door and ride without them, squinting in the sun. I had been paying bills before I left that day and it turns out that I threw my glasses in the kitchen drawer with the checkbook!

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I find MTBR and specifically this forum a good match for my kind of cycling even with the shortage of single track here.
    Here, here. I`m not a mountain biker any more, still don`t consider myself a road rider, and my bikes can no longer be accurately classified as road bikes, mountain bikes, or even hybrids. This commuter subforum is where I feel at home. Keep hangin round, Brian- I will too
    Recalculating....

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    Had to obey the stop sign last minute with the surprise of an unseen (until quite late) vehicle approaching. Had room, but it would have been a bit rude to pull out in front of faster traffic. Did not understand why I had not seen it coming before I was 3 feet from entering the road because I had looked as I always have and have never had such a surprise. Checked the video. They are building homes in the new subdivision but I was not thinking of camouflaged byproducts affecting me.



    If a building had gone up that would have been obvious. The dirt colored pile of dirt stole the sight line while blending into the land. Such a change is one reason stopping at stop signs is the safer as well as more legal option.

    Approaching driver moved to center of road, so my sudden appearance from behind the sign and stop was as sudden for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Confession: my principal job is getting well. I find MTBR and specifically this forum a good match for my kind of cycling even with the shortage of single track here. I am aiming to get back to 15 miles out, then back. Currently at a bit over 9.

    BrianMc
    Not bad, my ride to work is 6 miles. Down hill to work and up hill home. If I have NRGY I can take the long way and stretch it to 9 miles. I am on a 30lbs MTN bike with a 3X10 gearing so any road riding greater then10 miles would be a chore.

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    How was my commute?

    Well, it was pretty, I'll give it that. Otherwise, I was pushing my bike through snow that was too deep to ride, taking the back roads where I could (that part was OK), and praying that I didn't' get squished by a logging truck or plow on a few sections of busy snowy road I was forced to ride.

    The sunrise on the far shore made it look like it was on fire. It looked like this but cooler and more dramatic.How was your commute today?-2013-02-25-06.40.31.jpg

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    ^^ Wow, that's cool. Love those kind of sunrises... wish I had a frozen lake

    I got an epic photo of my nose. How was your commute today?-picture1.jpg
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    ^^ Don't worry. It will get bigger! All the better to pre-warm the air.

    I like these bike and ride in the landscape pics. Wish my landscapes a bit more interesting.

    The pics capture the poetry of motion. Distortion of the fish-eye lens is a given. So you get reverse Popeye arms, thin lowers and relatively thicker compared to normal uppers in the CB pic. So the head and nose are also a bit out of true scale. One reason I am careful not to catch my full backside in the viewfinder. Not as poetic, one might say. Let alone not being the least picturesque.

    The camo tape on the bars doesn't work, CB! I can still see them.

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    Hopefully the last snowfall of the season. Not becuase I don't like snow, but I hate the salty gritty slush byproducts.
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    A good ride this AM. Full moon and well packed trails. There were sprint dog sled races over the weekend, so all the new snow we got was packed down nicely and make for some good riding. Maybe the ride was made better knowing that I won't be riding in to work tomorrow as I have to be here and ready to work by 5AM, so I'll be getting a ride in and then riding home. I much more enjoy the AM ride than the PM ride as it is still dark and still in the mornings. The days are getting longer and my ride home is generally during that time when it is not dark enough for lights, but dark enough to make the world look flat white and hard to see.

    Next thing I know it'll be back to where it is light until 10 at night and I'll be running around all night long like all the rest of the crazy Alaskans and not thinking about snow at all.

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    Finally started warming up. Made the (hopefully permanent) switch to a thermal jersey and wind jacket today.

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    45MPH cross winds. Fun.
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    ^^Yeah fun! Not.

    Today was the day I found out what the fatbike's limitations were. The trails were good enough to tease me away from the road just to a point where I didn't want to turn back in the wrong direction to take the roads. I walked a lot. I'd say I walked about 2 out of the 10 miles and I probably took the roads for 6 of those 10 miles. As bad as the trails were... the lake was worse. Crusty snow over soft snow over a half frozen slush over ice. My knees are sore. Thanks for listening.

    More on the way:
    * Hazard types... heavy snow... which may briefly mix with rain or
    sleet at times closer to the coast.
    * Timing... Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
    * Accumulations... snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.

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    Well, I couldn't take it anymore I had to get off of the road and onto the trail. I saw that this was supposed to be the coldest morning for a while (around 20), so I got the MTB all ready and threw the studs on it last night....got up a half an hour early and hit the trail route this morning. It was horrible. It was fun. I hated it. I loved it. It made me want a fat bike. Again. The snow was just right, then way too soft, then just right, then full of post holes AND too soft, etc, etc. Much of the ride looked like this:
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    But at the bottom of the trail is a lake/pond. I got my Bedwards on and had my 1st adventure riding across a frozen body of water. It was terrifying for the first 30 seconds, and then I just wanted to stay and play.
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    Good stuff. Got to work 15 minutes later than normal with a big grin on my face.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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