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    Lansing....which state?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpartyBiker
    Lansing....which state?
    X2. I'm thinking MI because Williamston is very close to Lansing in MI. I live between the two in Okemos. I didn't think they did Ice Sculptures though.

    Are you a MSU Sparty?

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    Yes, Lansing MI. From an ice & fire festival, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/a...-draw-hundreds

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    Got Ranayuds? What gloves?

    I kicked this thread up to the top if anyone is suffering from Raynaud's. (I promise I am buying a new pair of gloves this week too! - I know, so damn indecisive!)

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    9F this a.m. and snowing, and Mondays seem to be prone to headwinds. With these and a slow kitchen clock working against me, I managed to miss the bus. Backtracked to the coffee shop and treated myself to a cappucino during the 45 minute wait. Skipped the shower when I got here.

    Had fun Saturday at the "Frozen Onion" bike race in a local park where MTBs are not usually allowed on the trails. It was snowing and beautiful. I did 3 of the 1.8 mi laps, it was a good workout, and some of the trails were a blast. I was happy not to wipe out or get in a bike pile-up. Scored a nice merino wool hat in the raffle and a $10 gift card at the shop for being the 1st place woman in the 3-lap race (OK, so there were only 3 women and the other 2 did 5 laps!). Some pix - I am in the dayglo green in the middle pic hoping not to get run over.
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    Allright, Xplorer! It sure looks like a fun event. Was the snow hard enough to ride without sinking in too much? Seems that way from the pictures, but I guess that doesn`t mean the whole course was nice and firm.
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    awesome xplorer!...can't wait to race my pugs next sunday!
    Edit: not in those whity conditions though

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    Martin, I did see 1 pugs there - I got a good look since he was passing me! Good luck next weekend!

    Rodar, it was fresh snow from the last 2 days, so it was mostly fluffy, and only 4-5" max, but part of the course went on the access road where cars had packed it some. Also, by the time 25 bikers completed 3 laps, there were definitely new (if narrow) sections that had gotten packed down. The parts through the trees were easier because alot of the snow was still in the trees, not on the ground.

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    Dang! that DOES look fun, Mtbxplorer. This winter biking must be freezing my brain!

    First ride with the 'Bar Mits'. If they were made in Virginia they could be Bar Mits Va. Shorter and less insulated than Mtbxplorer's. But I am closer to the banana belt here. I have to keep reminding myself it could be lots worser, like Calgary, right Scott? They are meant for mountain bars (my son did not know to get the drop bar ones. But they'll do as long as I ride the hoods. A good rewarm the hands location should I misjudged the wind. They really are toasty. Didn't notice any extra windage but I have a huge front bag pretending it is a barn door as far as aero goes, so inconsequential, but they aren't as big as Pogies. Not much more frontal area than my gloved hands, to my eyes.

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    Anyone else been commuting in Denver the last couple days? Its been nice and cold and snowy. I had to ditch the commuter and ride the Nomad into work on Monday cause of the snow.

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    Dear lord, this thread reminds me of why I live in Phoenix.
    Getting a dropper post is like getting a bidet. I didn't know I needed one until I get one and boy, does my ass thank me.

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    Does anyone ever get to the point they have to walk it due to traction?

    I was very close today. I was on an uphill, car coming toward me, I stopped to let him pass in case either of us needed the extra room. With the mush and ruts below the rear I could barely get started. I steered toward a better rut and managed, but with more snow, I'd have been walking. It wasn't really ice, are studs in my future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevRacer
    Does anyone ever get to the point they have to walk it due to traction?
    I have to walk across the intersection usually. It's pure ice and I slip and slide just walking. Some days if there's enough snow on top I can get a good start and make it across.

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    Dear lord, this thread reminds me of why I live in Phoenix.
    I just moved into this stuff from Phoenix in October. My timing sucks, I know.

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    I occasionally have to walk a short bit because of traction. The long walks I`ve been forced into have all been because I couldn`t plow through heavy stuff. Fortunately, while there`s been more ice than normal this year, the snows have all been fairly small so far, so not much plowing.
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    Dangit, Dangit, Dangit!

    I shoulda gone racing in Montpelier! Looks to have been prime conditions for a snowbike.

    Rode the Mukluk to work today because of all the snow on the roads... Over the 14 mile ride it slowed me down about 10-15 minutes. Not too bad considering.

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    Self-M, they may have another race @ Morse Farm (maple & xc skiing place) in February, keep an eye out @ OnionRiver.com or on facebook (Onion River Sports).

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    and you thought you were cold...

    German cyclist suffers frostbite after attempt to 'see Lake Baikal' in Siberia
    14:45 11/01/2011© Elena KorkinaMultimedia

    A German cyclist was badly frostbitten and taken to hospital while touring eastern Siberia in subzero temperatures, a hospital employee said on Tuesday.

    Sven Riedel, 37, was attempting to cycle 300 kilometers from the city of Ulan-Ude to the northern shore of Lake Baikal, but was not fully equipped to cope with adverse weather conditions.

    The extreme athlete, a car mechanic in Germany, was planning to sleep over in a tent after traveling some 100 kilometers on his bicycle. However, his equipment and clothing were extremely inadequate for the minus 30-35 degree Celsius (minus 25-31 Fahrenheit) temperatures in Buryatia.

    "I wanted to see Lake Baikal," Riedel told RIA Novosti. "I didn't think it would be so cold."

    Riedel had previously bicycled across Scandinavia, however, that experience was insufficient for the extreme cold in Siberia.

    A local driving by noticed Riedel on the side of the road and "talked him into getting in his car." Riedel speaks no Russian.

    The hospital employee said Riedel is suffering from frostbite to his feet and hands but is in no danger, though earlier medics thought they might have to amputate some of his fingers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    German cyclist suffers frostbite after attempt to 'see Lake Baikal' in Siberia
    14:45 11/01/2011© Elena KorkinaMultimedia

    A German cyclist was badly frostbitten and taken to hospital while touring eastern Siberia in subzero temperatures, a hospital employee said on Tuesday.

    Sven Riedel, 37, was attempting to cycle 300 kilometers from the city of Ulan-Ude to the northern shore of Lake Baikal, but was not fully equipped to cope with adverse weather conditions.

    The extreme athlete, a car mechanic in Germany, was planning to sleep over in a tent after traveling some 100 kilometers on his bicycle. However, his equipment and clothing were extremely inadequate for the minus 30-35 degree Celsius (minus 25-31 Fahrenheit) temperatures in Buryatia.

    "I wanted to see Lake Baikal," Riedel told RIA Novosti. "I didn't think it would be so cold."

    Riedel had previously bicycled across Scandinavia, however, that experience was insufficient for the extreme cold in Siberia.

    A local driving by noticed Riedel on the side of the road and "talked him into getting in his car." Riedel speaks no Russian.

    The hospital employee said Riedel is suffering from frostbite to his feet and hands but is in no danger, though earlier medics thought they might have to amputate some of his fingers.

    I can see why he wanted to ride to that lake. I'd want to as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottNova
    I can see why he wanted to ride to that lake. I'd want to as well.
    +1, but I`d never have the guts to try that in the winter. Glad the guy`s allright.

    EDIT: I scrolled past it super fast when I opened the page and just caught a quick glimpse of the pics- thought they would either Perttime`s or Fux`s, and I was a little disappointed when I realized that there wasn`t a nice new picture report from either of them.
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    Rode my coldest commute to date: 12*F !

    I wore an Orbea Winter bib and long sleeve top; NRS Splash Pants; Gore Wear Packlite Cycle Jacket with hood; med. thick wool socks with NRS 3mm neoprene Boundry Socks with HydroCuff; and NRS 3mm neaprene Reactor Gloves.

    The Gore Wear jacket's removable hood Velcro-closes up just past the nose so most of my face was nicely covered. About half way through the commute I had to open the face-cover to vent; I was getting really warm!

    By the time I got to work my water bottle was practically frozen ! I think I'm going to invest in a Camelback insulated bottle.

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    Hi guys. Just checking in...3 driving days this school year so far due to ice...still running the michelin mud tires on the drop bar 29er and loving it. Pretty good snow handling for pretty cheap. Mornings are dark and cold, but we had a nice break last week where a couple mornings were actually in the 30's. Before that we had about a two week run of single digits (F). I got a new headlight...planet bike Blaze 2 watt...dang! Cars dim their brights as a sign of respect when they see that thing coming. Major upgrade from my ooooold cateye. Nice work getting past the midpoint! It only gets brighter from here...
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    Good to hear from you, Commuterboy! Was afraid you joined Gary TNTC where ever.

    No riding (or drivng) here for two days. Got stuck with the lawn tractor on the icy under layer twice cleaning out neighbors drives yesterday. Ag tires not enough. Hard to justify chains when I need them once in fopur years. Below zero F at dawn today, warmed to the mid teens. Still too many accidents to give it a try. Tomorrow mid twenties and I need some miles. Should be fewer idiots: their rides are in the body shop. May see some sun.

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    Hey CB, thanks for stopping by. Thought one of your students would have hacked by those pesky internet restrictions by now! Glad you can see better with your new light.
    Brian, my lawn tractor came with rear weights/chains 20 years ago, and I finally added front ones last year - they are "the bomb". Got them cheap online when I was carless so I wouldn't have to carry them home on the bike!

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    Nice to hear from you, CB. You`ve been cold? That`s weird- I guess we missed it. It`s been quite a while since we hit any single digits, and some mornings it hasn`t even dipped below 32.
    Recalculating....

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    Settling back into fairly normal patterns now...upper 20's in the am...crazy warm 49 or so in the afternoons...where did winter go? Not that i'm complaining. But yes...for a week or so a couple weeks ago, it was freezing. I still have a pile of snow where we built a snowman the day after Thanksgiving. No joke.
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    they said it was -25 celsius in the wind (pre-cyclist-generated wind naturally!)
    double or triple everything.
    saw a woman on tv throw a pot of water into the air just to see how much turned into snow before it hit the ground.
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    Balmy 18C degrees tonight going home.
    Yesterdays Fun ride was Great. Sunny and 10 Degrees
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    Nice pic, Norm - ralley makes me want a fatbike for that snowmobile trail that crosses the corner of my land.

    It warmed up 25 degrees compared to yesterday morning, hard to believe 0F is "warm". Brisk but comfortable ride, Switched to goggles and for the first time, they worked perfectly! Zero fogging, because I used them with the multisport helmet instead of the bike helmet, so they seem to seal better.

    Came across an accident in town, bad enough for the airbags to deploy...glad I missed it. I see they also had dozens of cars go off the interstate this morning - nice to be oblivious of that.

    Zapped some frozen blueberry pancakes when I got to work - yum!
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    Commuting home after the 'snowstorm' in Toronto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEQTkuaUjT4 (cut from 35mins)

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    Winter commuting is paying off for the Spring race season.

    I'll argue that a trainer isn't as sufficient as the open trails, even though I use one occasionally, because I've dropped from my fastest 10-miler (38-minutes in September) to a 31-minute time with studs and 30-minutes without studs last week.

    I'm hoping to get my 10-mile commute into the high 20's by the Spring. It takes close to 18-minutes to drive with green lights the whole way. Biking around 25-minutes would be pretty awesome!

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    WooHoo! Yesterday was SUN DAY. 1st direct rays of sunshine on the morning commute since October. It was 5 degrees F when I snapped this picture, but it was the warmest ride of the year in some ways.
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    Dang it, CB! Yeah, it`s a very pretty picture, but get it out of my eyes! I can`t wait for the clock to change so I`ll be able to SEE again on my way home from work.

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    Nice scenery along your route. This is the season when I ride to and from work without seeing the sun above the horizon. I'm lucky the sun sets later so I don't have to turn my headlight on until I'm half way home, but the sun should be visible during my commute in a couple of months.

    I've had very good luck with traffic passing me wide, and motorists turning their hazard lights on for following traffic to wake up to the road ahead of them. I wonder if it's because I have two tail lights versus one this year? I get a laugh when oncoming traffic flashes me, my NiteRide MiNewt only has one "on" setting, apparently it's really bright so I aim it down until they pass. I like the new models that have a flashing option, the wig-wag headlights are something motorcycles seem to have good luck with.

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    Well we are getting close to the end of winter here. It snowed the last two mornings but most of that melted during the day. Suppose to snow again tomorrow night. Some piles from the big snow storm at the beginning of February are still around. Might make it home tomorrow with no light needed.

    Ready for Spring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    Well we are getting close to the end of winter here. It snowed the last two mornings but most of that melted during the day. Suppose to snow again tomorrow night. Some piles from the big snow storm at the beginning of February are still around. Might make it home tomorrow with no light needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cda 455
    Where's here ?
    I'm about 40 miles Northwest of Chicago.
    Snowed again last night and suppose to snow the next couple days.
    It's not much but it's sloppy.
    I definatly need to Lube my chain again but really need a new one as the existing chain is a year old

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    Spring's Coming, Get the Heck Out of the Way!

    Someone at work shot this vid of ice out on the Amonoosuc River Sunday...it doesn't look like anything at first, but keep watching.
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    Yesterday it was clear and sunny, which means it was also cold but above freezing, so I took the opportunity to wash both my bikes.



    Today, however; it snowed. Most of the day !
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Someone at work shot this vid of ice out on the Amonoosuc River Sunday...it doesn't look like anything at first, but keep watching.
    <iframe title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ezcgPAptbIk" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" width="640"></iframe>
    Holy smokes !



    What's the back-story on said video clip? Did they just happen to be there when it started?
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    They were driving back to VT from NH & saw the ice flowing, and decided to try to get ahead to a crossing for a better look. Apparently they were able to leapfrog it to see it at a few different spots.

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    Wow!!!

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    It was pretty nice on the way home tonight, so I could stop to take a few pictures without freezing my fingers:




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    More good stuff
    You`re pretty good at that, Newfangled.

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    Thanks, but I have nothing to do with it. It's all the software.

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    Ahem. April freaking 8th. Just sayin...
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    ^^You will need more than support, you will need therapy. Trail therapy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Ahem. April freaking 8th. Just sayin...
    Looks just like my commute this AM! LAME! MELT SNOW MELT!

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    winter stuff sale

    Ibex (a VT company) is having a sale on a bunch of winter stuff (& some non winter stuff). It's nice merino wool or mixed stuff, so it starts out pricey and the sale makes it do-able. I got the women's vim hybrid pants for $99 instead of $165. And they shipped it free and added a free lightweight wool hat for new customers.

    Got to ibex.com, and there is a dropdown under men's & women's for the outlet.

    For some reason the women's pants were on sale for $110 and the men's for $99. I wrote "I suggest you have the same sale for the women's pants as the men's" in the special instructions box of the order form, and whadaya know, they did drop it to $99 for my order.

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    alrighty ya snowy muckers...

    so, any significant changes in set-ups from last year?
    not having lots of $ (relative measures I guess) I'm starting to plan my swapovers early.

    so far it looks like the 1x1's gonna be back, studded tires again, only this year with alfine!
    the steelwool was (is) great but there were some days when I was just hurting too much SS with trailer, and besides- my alfine's already laced to a 26" rim!
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    Winter's been on my mind too. I was actually just pulling the square taper cranks off of my beaterbike, so now I've got a whole redundant winter drivetrain sitting in my parts bucket to swap onto my 29er once the snow falls. This will be my first winter on a 29er, and I'll be trying DIY studs because the nokian 29ers get mixed reviews and the schwalbes are too new.

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