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    I had ice crystals forming on my balaclava earlier last week. Good times.

    Being racked by a massive cold though, hopefully I'll be better tomorrow or else I need to take the cage to work on Tuesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweezak

    What do you think? Should I keep 2 dedicated bikes or try to make a dual-duty machine?
    It really depends on your budget and how much storage for bikes you might have. I really prefer to have a dedicated off-road bike built for fast single-track riding. My other bikes are all variants between commuter and limited off road capability, mostly due to tire choice and full coverage fenders which bounce around a little too much for trail riding.

    As someone else was saying, I had dreamed of building a dumpster diving bike but when I did, I found that I just didn't enjoy riding it as much. You'll notice earlier in the thread I posted my Karate Monkey commuter, it is a fine machine which rides great, but is subtle being all black and without stickers. I lock up both wheels and don't have QR. I use a U-lock with a cable loop and don't usually leave it locked up for more than a few hours at a time and never at night. I don't worry about it at all.
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    where does she get her advice from??

    I wonder if she shops at rei? As for theft check out the wheels.
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    I cycled 120 km`s to work yesterday, even though the shortest route is only 17km`s.





    The La Cruz, is just perfect for winter commuting....
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    23 Degrees ferenheit this morning. I think that's the coldest so far this year...makes me think about the single digits to come... I haven't broken out the balaclava yet, but I made the mistake of shaving this morning. Wow that was chilly on the old cheeks.
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    Worst yet has been an 8 degree morning. This AM was a fun ride. Ride home could be a doozy though.

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    Foggy as all hell this morning. Maybe I'm crazy, but I actually relish it. Born and bred in the Bay Area, I can't live without my fog!
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    lubed my chain yesterday for the 1st time in a while. First day it was dry enough for me to hear the chitter-chatter of the rust instead of only hearing the rain rain rain rain rain. Right after I lubed, the rain was back for some pm errands but it was still pretty smooth this (dry) morning.

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    23 here on my way home too.

    The balaclava is out already, but It looks like I have to invest in some thicker wooly socks. My feet get it the worst.

    Look on the bright side fellas...... Only another 4 months before we can loose our thermal undies....
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    starting to think about faster tires instead of fatter... get me out of the cold quicker! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    23 here on my way home too.

    The balaclava is out already, but It looks like I have to invest in some thicker wooly socks. My feet get it the worst.
    Try these. They are completely windproof...and they WERE waterproof for the first season or two. After 3 years the water sneaks in, but they are very warm and windproof:

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/144...nder-Socks.htm
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    That is hawt. I'm really liking the look. What bars are those?
    These are the Origin 8 Gary bars. I'll post a photo with the studded tires soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Try these. They are completely windproof...and they WERE waterproof for the first season or two. After 3 years the water sneaks in, but they are very warm and windproof:

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/144...nder-Socks.htm

    Thanks for the link, I`ll give them a try.
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    Winter commuting has officially started here in Wisconsin. Biked in the snow on Wednesday and it is one degree out this morning. Ugh...

    Bought myself a set of fenders for the bike and front/rear flashing lights as normally I only bike when there is no snow. The past two years I've walked during the winter as I only live about 1.5 miles from work. I'm trying to see if I can make it through the winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    Thanks for the link, I`ll give them a try.

    No problem. They took a little getting used to...I wear them over my regular socks so I don't have to wash them as often, and I put them on before my leg warmers or tights, so the cuff of the leg warmers/tights holds the top of the sock up...they don't have an elastic top like most socks. Hecka warm though. No more freezing ankles/feet.
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    I'm planning on returning to bike commuting in a week or 2, haven't been on the bike since I broke my ankle in late September (a sloppy attempt at slowing down on a steep descent). Had the screw removed Thursday, it's still really swollen, today was the first time I've been able to put a work boot on it. Have to go for some physio, but I think pedalling a bike should be good for it. Just have to get back in shape on the trainer for a week or 2.

    I had big plans to get a fixed gear commuter ready for this winter, but... I found it so difficult hobbling around with the cast that I just didn't feel like doing stuff. So it'll be the Nishiki touring bike most of the time with the old Norco Katmandu with studs for the snowy/icey days. I don't enjoy the slow draggy ride with the studded tires, but I like the quick transition from being vertical to horizontal when on the ice even less!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    I cycled 120 km`s to work yesterday, even though the shortest route is only 17km`s.





    The La Cruz, is just perfect for winter commuting....
    What light are you using there?????

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    I'm in!

    Just went for a 5 mile test ride in 10*F:
    Planet Bike Fenders, Titec Jones bars, Nexus 8 with drum brake, Kenda Small Block 8, Surly Rack, fork & chainring,
    Pearl Izumi Lobsters are too hot unless it's below 15*F, Shimano shoes are great.
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    ^^ nice. I'm asking Santa for some of those gloves...tired of the tingly fingers.


    Did anyone else pick up the latest copy of Bicycling magazine? There's a cover story on "Winter Riding Basics". I got excited and opened to the article, called "Winter Riding 101" in the table of contents....it's a one page description of how to work on your pedaling form using rollers, since you can't actually ride outside during the winter

    I guess we're a different breed.
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    Re: tingly fingers

    Have used the lobsters and salsa tostada's but really prefer plain old wool mittens. Now if my wife would make me some new ones!
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    Helmet

    I bought a Giro ski/snowboard helmet (Nine.9?) two winters ago, and it has been great for the winter ride. It has plugs that you can take in and out, and it fits over my PI microsensor balaclava.

    2nd the softshell recommendation, I have an LL Bean version, it's the best winter "active" jacket I've ever owned.

    I think i need to try some winter bibs, as my current method of layering cycling shorts/long underwear and Illuminite pants is a pain in the butt.

    Lake MXZ300 boots and some of the medium weight Pearl Izumi Lobster mitts. My commute is about 8-9 miles each way, and unless it's really really cold, my toes usually stay pretty warm.

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    Crikey, looking at those pictures makes me feel chilly. It's a barmey -1ΊC here at the moment, but my feet still get cold with in the breeze.

    Damn this global warming!

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    Instantly Longer Lashes

    Thought it was supposed to be 15-20 this AM oops. Zero.
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    Finally had snow here last week. Changed my route around to include more bike paths to keep out of the path of the cars on one of the major roads here.

    Studded tires = awesome. It's above freezing today so I almost didn't know how to dress. I've been real happy with my setup of Craft Storm Tights, ProZero / ProWarm baselayers, jerseys and shells. I have a set of the PI Barrier GTX Boots and they are amazing. Had to order a full size up though to fit 2 socks. I love toasty feet. I haven't had a chilly / numb ride yet, and we hit 6 degrees earlier this week.

    40 tomorrow though ... almost time to break out the shorts!
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    That is one sweet KM! I have a blacked out KM myself but am still trying to figure out how to fit some wooden fenders (custom from JeffTrek). I run V brakes and big tires so clearance is an issue. I just may have to go to skinner slicks for the winter.

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    Great pics! I need to get off my ass and start riding!

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    What light are you using there?????
    Its just a cheap led. More of a be seen than see light.
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    Well... I have 2 finals tomorrow..... and a high of 21 degrees.... which will be while indoors taking test... should be a fun day!

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    I biked to work in a couple of inches of snow on Thursday of last week. It snowed all that day while I was at work so I ended up riding home in about 4 inches of snow. My commute to and from work is about 90% trails, so the snow just builds up without being plowed. I ended up driving to work on Friday because navigating through the snow on Thursday wasn't all that fun (and probably not very safe). I'm still waiting for some of the snow and ice to melt so that I can begin commuting again. Had anyone asked me about six months ago if I thought that I'd be riding my bike in sub-freezing temperatures, the answer would have been an emphatic: "No way!"

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    Chickened out today.. saw the -13 degrees and decided to drive! 14 miles each way is cold in those temps

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    Sun showers the whole way to work this morning! It was beautiful.

    Spent the weekend in South Lake Tahoe. As always, lots of bikes on the road but no one was running studded tires. There was plenty of snow and ice on the road to justify their use. *SHRUG*
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    I had to take my first driving day of the winter today...10 inches of "partly cloudy" on the roads/bike lanes, and I was in 4WD all the way to work. It's still dumping outside, and we're under a 'winter storm warning' until 10:00 tonight. I feel justified in not biking when I have to keep it in 4WD for the entire trip.

    I'm up north of tahoe, and we're getting hammered... you got out of south lake just in time. It hit hard last night at about 7:00.

    If those plow guys hit the bike lanes today (instead of piling up the snow IN the bike lanes) I'll be riding tomorrow, but it's not looking too promising. I'll ride as soon as I see pavement.

    but hey, White Christmas!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I had to take my first driving day of the winter today...10 inches of "partly cloudy" on the roads/bike lanes, and I was in 4WD all the way to work. It's still dumping outside, and we're under a 'winter storm warning' until 10:00 tonight. I feel justified in not biking when I have to keep it in 4WD for the entire trip.

    I'm up north of tahoe, and we're getting hammered... you got out of south lake just in time. It hit hard last night at about 7:00.

    If those plow guys hit the bike lanes today (instead of piling up the snow IN the bike lanes) I'll be riding tomorrow, but it's not looking too promising. I'll ride as soon as I see pavement.

    but hey, White Christmas!!

    Send that snow this way I want more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I'm up north of tahoe, and we're getting hammered... you got out of south lake just in time. It hit hard last night at about 7:00.
    That's what I hear! We had to use chains going over the summit on 50 yesterday. If it's any consolation, I am extremely envious of the fact that you live up there! Here in the Bay Area we get about 7 different seasons a year, none of which include snow. Though I'm sure that if I lived up there I'd get tired of the snow after a couple of years like everyone else.
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    Don't get me wrong, I love it... looking forward to a good snowboard season. I just wish the plow guys realized that somebody wants those bike lanes clear...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Don't get me wrong, I love it... looking forward to a good snowboard season. I just wish the plow guys realized that somebody wants those bike lanes clear...
    I guess they figure you'd rather add some excitement to your commute by riding out in the street with the guys who spin out because they can't figure out how to drive on wet roads?
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    Got some snow today. Should be interesting in the morning on the SS




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    24F yesterday, 19F today. Yesterday I was a little warm, so I just wore the same stuff plus an extra pair of socks today and it worked fine. The only chink in the armor is that I haven't been able to find my glove liners since last time I used them a year or so ago. A 2nd layer on my hands would have been perfect today.

    I'm surprised I haven't needed my facemask or a scarf, but I've been carrying both.

    I'm still glad I got proactive about yesterday because otherwise, for one reason or another (bravado) if someone just told me '20s' I'd probably have underdressed and it turns out overdressing feels a lot better even if I am a bit sweatier when I get to work.

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    Well the storm has passed and the temps have plummeted.... for tomorrow the roads are looking do-able, but it's supposed to be 4 degrees F in the morning. This morning (I drove again) it was 6. 4 or less would be a record for me, I've done 7/8 degrees a couple of times over the last couple of winters. Below the teens, it doesn't really seem to matter...after that it's just plain cold.

    I'll probably take the mountain bike, since I still have slicks on the cyclocross, and I'm not sure I want to be going that fast anyway.... windchill and ice make me want to go slow.
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    Yeah, sounds like maximum traction is your best option.
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    It was -3Ί this morning, new personal best.

    Arrived to work toasty warm, but forgot to have breakfast so it was a sloooooooooooow ride. Rode home this afternoon and it's right about 10Ί or so. Lot warmer, snowing too - fresh coat of powder on all the paths. You know how your wheels like to dig into packed snow and it's like you are sliding on sand?

    I'm not lying, it's so much fun. Lots of hip action. Thank goodness for studded tires!
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    28Ί this morning, only 1Ί over my personal best.
    Nice ride, just cold, no rain. But packing all that layered clothing into the backpack for the ride home sucks!

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    I feel twice yesterday because I hit ice patches. I didn't do any serious damage, but I drove today and will wait until all the ice on the ground melts before riding in again. It is supposed to snow for the next three days so I may not get much more riding in this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    windchill and ice make me want to go slow.
    How slow is slow? I've been trying to winter bike and come to grips with how poorly the human and bike machine perform in cold temps...I rode on Monday and it was a about 5 below 0 F and it was brutal...layers upon layers aside it took maximum effort to spin at 50 to 60 rpm. My legs never warm up to peak performance efficiency even though I'm trying to push myself. the same route that takes 35 minutes (15 mph avg) during spring summer and fall is now somewhere in the one hour to one hour ten minute range (7mph avg)...I've been told that it's probably the lube in the BB/cranks/hubs that run like molasses...I have stock lube in everything--should I get my friction points reworked with a more winter friendly lube or am I the weak link in the chain here?

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    ^^ That seems slow. I slow down in the cold mostly on purpose, and only slightly because of improper leg function.... do you have a completely windproof layer on top? I wear rain pants on top of everything, because they're totally windproof. Them and my wind/waterproof softshell jacket on top, and then I'm thinking only about my face, hands, and feet.


    I'm bummed, I didn't get to take to the cold this morning...it would have been a record. It was 2 below zero at my house (thats minus 19 Celsius), but the radio said that the valley I have to go through to get to work was at -12 (minus 24.4 Celsius). The roads are still packed ice, but at those temps the ice isn't as slippery..there's absolutely no melting going on, so it doesn't get that shiny, slippery layer on top. BUT the bike lanes are non-existant still, and I have 5 miles of two-lane highway between home and work...you'd basically be riding in the passenger-side tire track on ice, with cars coming up behind you. No thanks. My wife was relieved at my sanity in making the decision to drive today. I really wanted to do a below-zero commute though. Maybe later in the winter (it's not even winter yet!!).
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    My head, hands, feet...are fine...my layers are:

    full face plus a wool beanie on the head

    two dri-fit shirts, fleece vest, REI Novarra jacket on top

    winter boots, wool socks, pace fleece lined tights, fleece lined leg warmers, 30 mph wind proof pants on the lower...

    I do break a light sweat when riding in that cold, but not enough to get chilled when I stop...WTF?

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    lol.....where are the heated, enclosed, bike paths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalayon
    lol.....where are the heated, enclosed, bike paths?
    rumor has it, those are coming after the innauguration...

    db

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    Been bike commuting year-round now for 6-7 years. I have a short commute, mostly on bike trails. We see temps of 0 degrees F now and then, but usually around 20 in the winter. My line is bookended by 2 steep hills which are a hoot in the snow.

    Last year after a huge dump (of snow), I tried to take my old Wagoneer to work, but after getting all cold and pissed off while trying to scrape and thaw it, I gave up and rode to work anyway.

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    We had a very strong storm dump a record amount of snow on us. We went from zero to about 22 inches before it was over. I shot some video on my Friday commute to/from work, if anyone's interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfG1kjwVgi4

    This was at about 10°F. As you can see in the video, my route was plowed pretty well, I just had to be careful of the "cookie dough" snow near intersections.

    The next storm is supposed to arrive in about four hours and dump another 4-10 inches of snow.

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    -24 celsius (-11 F) and -32 (-24 F) with the wind chill for the ride on friday morning. Damn were my feet cold. Gotta figure a new footwear situation for days like that. Then we got 3-4 inches of snow before the ride home. Normally I would have just driven on a day like that but everyone at the office had been bugging me (jokingly) about not riding this week. Other than the cold feet though it was definitely doable again. Not today though... It's -35 and -46 celsius with the wind chill today. This is ridiculous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sitka999
    -24 celsius (-11 F) and -32 (-24 F) with the wind chill for the ride on friday morning. Damn were my feet cold. Gotta figure a new footwear situation for days like that. Then we got 3-4 inches of snow before the ride home. Normally I would have just driven on a day like that but everyone at the office had been bugging me (jokingly) about not riding this week. Other than the cold feet though it was definitely doable again. Not today though... It's -35 and -46 celsius with the wind chill today. This is ridiculous!
    Maybe you should splurge on some SIDI Toasters, the electrically-heated shoe insoles. I know I want some.

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    For reasons I'll explain later, my bike is currently in pieces so until the part I need arrives I've begun riding my girlfriend's bike to work. I hurriedly put my old fenders on it before leaving the house this afternoon because it started to pour, but I couldn't put the front one on because my hardware won't fit through the hole on the front fork boss. I never knew how much I'd miss having a front fender while flying down hill until the front wheel began kicking road slop up into my face. Oh well, it's just water.... and dirt.... and oil and.....
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    So your hardware doesn't fit your GF's hole?

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    So your hardware doesn't fit your GF's hole?
    No no, my "hardware" fits her "hole" just fine. It's the bike that I'm worried about.
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    Props to you who keep it going in the snow. I don't have studded tires... yet. While I've ridden down to about 17 degrees this year, it was without any real snow. Now (in SE Wis) we're getting hammered with snow and now have sub-zero F temps to deal with. And considering how greasy the snow feels in a car with snow tires, I'm not too eager to get the bike out. But I might get out on the 29er for kicks around the neighborhood.

    Anyone have any snow/ice tire recommendations?

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    For 29ers, I like Exiwolfs, and some friends of mine like Weirwolfs. I started this winter on Stouts, but they didn't do as well when things get icy, plus they are SLOW rolling.

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    Thanks. I've got Exis and 1 WW (front). I've got Racing Ralphs on it now.. might give those a shot first. We're getting more snow today. Gotta see if I can get a quick ride in for kicks.

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    Let us know how the Racing Ralphs work. This has been a good year for snow riding!

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    Ok, will do.

    Daughter is about to go out for her first XC ski experience in the driveway... I'll head out for a quick ride.

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    Ralphs were great! The only squirrely moments were crossing somewhat parallel car tire tracks. In untracked 4 inches of powder, no real issues to speak of, and they were great on the packed stuff. You just need to remember you're on snow and sort of treat it like deep-ish sand. You're not going to be able to lean the bike over at all, but I'd give the Ralph's a big thumbs up over my cross tires in these conditions.

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    We're having a bit of a heat wave in NorCal...23 or so in the mornings this week, and mid 40's on the way home. I did shorts and a t-shirt yesterday going home. Kind of weird for January. The ice on my dirt road is patchy enough now that I can dodge most of it. I'm sure we'll get another arctic blast soon though...
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    It's a sweltering 72F here in the Bay. Then again, we usually get a week or two of this kind of weather every January or February.
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    was 75 degrees

    at 9:20 AM here in San Diego. Over 80 mid day
    Shorts and Short sleeves, cool and clear in the evenings
    Gotta love a winter high pressure

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    I know! And I just now busted out the winter gloves. Oh well, probably need them again in another couple of weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racerdave
    Ralphs were great! The only squirrely moments were crossing somewhat parallel car tire tracks. In untracked 4 inches of powder, no real issues to speak of, and they were great on the packed stuff. You just need to remember you're on snow and sort of treat it like deep-ish sand. You're not going to be able to lean the bike over at all, but I'd give the Ralph's a big thumbs up over my cross tires in these conditions.
    I agree, Ralphs are great in the snow (2.4 up front and 2.25 in the rear on my Dos Niner). I just did a 10 mile ride on 3 - 4 inches of new snow on the streets and country gravel roads on my way into work. -13 plus a windchill that is down in the -20 to -30 range. Brrrrr.....my fingers were not doing so well after the first 20 minutes (in spite of being warm everywhere else). Tomorrow is supposed to be even colder and more wind. But the Ralphs make a nice wide tire with grip in the cold snow and ice. Had to ride slower today with the new snowfall, but it was a good commute workout akin to muscle endurance intervals. I've got Avid mechanical brakes that work fine in these temps, but I wonder if hydro's would work as well?

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    ^^ I rode my mtb a few times last winter in low single digits (fahrenheit)...it's got Hayes hydraulic discs on it, and I had no problems at all with them. Didn't even think to worry that the cold might affect them.
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    Hey everyone, been commuting since the 1st, ride is only a mile so not that bad at all, have had some cold days here in south dakota. The coldest so far has been -5f or something like that, but I just bundle up and get to it. I have been having a blast at the looks I get from everyone.

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    Anyone else enjoying the weather?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/paranoidbadger/3198862529/" title="Cold is just a state of mind. by G e o cycle, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3432/3198862529_d383a5af89.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="Cold is just a state of mind." /></a>
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    Check out that icicle on your mask... amazing. I'm in WI too and I wasn't as bold as you. Way to go.

    How were the road conditions? It's been very icy here... salted snow that starts to melt and then re-freezes. It's less about the cold that's keeping me off the bike than it is the icy roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerdave
    Check out that icicle on your mask... amazing. I'm in WI too and I wasn't as bold as you. Way to go.

    How were the road conditions? It's been very icy here... salted snow that starts to melt and then re-freezes. It's less about the cold that's keeping me off the bike than it is the icy roads.
    Most of my commute I take the local bike paths in Madison - I don't feel like tangling with the cars and the ice ruts on the edges of the bike lanes. They are alright, but it's much better to be safe than sorry.

    The bike paths all have a sweet layer of condensed snow, none of it can melt either so it's great for traction w/the studded tires. I prefer it to tarmac personally!

    The icicle was almost 3" long too ... hehe.
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    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, bike paths with compacted snow make for good traction. When i lived in Boston I did that year round and it was fine. But like you, right now I have all country roads with either ice and/or ruts on the shoulder and don't trust them or the cars right now when it's like this. I've seen about four 4WD vehicles either jammed in snowbanks or upside down in the past 3 days. I don't want to be on my bike when those clowns are around.

    Big props for creating that icicle.

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    Looks like high 30s near 40 by the end of the week.

    Finally ... a reprieve.
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    yes... finally at least a brief break from the snow-covered roads. They were ok over the weekend, but there was enough to be annoying today.

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    Yesterday..





    Not realy that cold at -2C but new snow on ice is a pain to ride on. I used almost 2 hours when I normaly use 45 mins. I was late.
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    I made a colossal misjudgement in temperature this morning.

    It snowed maybe 2 inches last night before bed, so I got it stuck in my head that it would freeze up, and I would ride the (fender-less) mountian bike in the morning, for added traction in whatever minimal snow was in the bike lanes. I have slicks on the commuter still, so I've been going back and forth all winter when snow is an issue.

    So I jump on the mountain bike this morning and find out that after that snow last night, it warmed up about 5 degrees...it was a sloppy, wet mess. All of that red gravel that they put on the road when it's icy turns into a perfect new layer of road slop for my front tire to throw at me all the way to town... I was cursing myself for 6 miles for not grabbing the bike with fenders. It's amazing how incredibly filthy you get without fenders. An inch and a half width of plastic saves you SOOOOO much grief. My jacket, pants, and backpack are now equipped with a reddish-brown racing stripe, and my mountain bike, which was totally dialed in, looks like it's been buried in the silt beneath a river for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ...So I jump on the mountain bike this morning and find out that after that snow last night, it warmed up about 5 degrees...it was a sloppy, wet mess. All of that red gravel that they put on the road when it's icy turns into a perfect new layer of road slop for my front tire to throw at me all the way to town... I was cursing myself for 6 miles for not grabbing the bike with fenders. It's amazing how incredibly filthy you get without fenders. An inch and a half width of plastic saves you SOOOOO much grief. My jacket, pants, and backpack are now equipped with a reddish-brown racing stripe, and my mountain bike, which was totally dialed in, looks like it's been buried in the silt beneath a river for a few years.

    Heh... I had something like that last week. Cold am but 50F pm, bombing through 4" of slush for 7 miles home. It wasn't just a racing stripe for me, I was thoroughly soaked top-to-bottom front-to-back and left-to-right. It was even worse 'cause it wasn't just a no fender bike, it was a bike I had snapped the fenders off of.

    I snapped them back on while I was doing the laundry when I got home.

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    More frostbite

    Earlier this winter I began running platform pedals on my communter bike, because my feet would freeze if I used my eggbeaters in below zero temperatures. Recently the temps have been in the 20-30s (F), so I put the eggbeaters back on this morning.

    Pedaling rough sections and fast cadence is more enjoyable, but after three hours at 15F and brisk winds my toes on both feet developed some minor frostbite. Now my feetitch like hell.

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    Anybody Ride home tonight, About 25 degrees and dropping as it just snow a wet snow that was freezing as it hit the roads,

    I'm still smiling about ride home tonite. I only fell once. Damn Black Ice. I faired better than the Tahoe in the ditch with the smashed front end tonight in barrington on Ela Road. As I pull up the Police has all traffic stopped as a tow truck is pulling the tahoe out. The Cop turned around and saw me and said "go Ahead You can go Thru". I thanked him and pedaled on my merry way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlh
    Pedaling rough sections and fast cadence is more enjoyable, but after three hours at 15F and brisk winds my toes on both feet developed some minor frostbite. Now my feetitch like hell.
    15 degrees takes on a whole new perspective when you're out there for three hours. Dang! How long is your ride?

    On a bad day my ride is 30 minutes, tops. I have had some numb toes on single-digit days, but never had to think about frostbite. Do you have shoe covers, neoprene socks...both?
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    My Commute is an hour on a good day. Last Nights was hour 15

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    45 minutes for me... I got a pair of Lake winter boots many years ago. They're build well, so they've held up great. Best winter purchase i've made and totally worth it. Add some mid-weight wool socks and the feet stay pretty toasty.

    I also got some el cheapo ATV bar/moose/handlebar mitts. 20 bucks from Cabelas. They're also sweet on cold days. Goodbye cold hands.

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    I only have a 6 km commute so the cold is never the problem for me...
    i rode to work at -22C and was still very warm at the core (wasn't
    even a winter jacket)...when i go on longer rides, the toes
    and fingers get a bit cold. I do not believe in the single-gear theory,
    as i have never had a problem, i even once had an inch of frozen rain
    on it an was still able to shift gears after a little shake.I do keep
    the bike REALLY well oiled (each ride a must), as the calcium will
    quickly make all drivetrain a frozen rusty mess.

    My winter bikes: -a mountain bike with wide tires and large grooves to
    clear the snow.this is the snow bike, with my light weight, i can float
    over hard snow! -a hybrid with studded front and a rear rack with a
    plastic milk box(yes, looks like i am the poorest guy in my
    street, lol).For icy conditions.
    Both with mudgards, lights and spd clips, also mirrors a must.

    My biggest problem is that my goggles steam up...(any advice pls...)
    Rain is also worst than cold to me....

    It's NOT for everyone, requires some skill, but it's so much fun!!!

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    I don't know if you've heard about the storm that just hit the Lake Tahoe area, but holy crap. I'm off the bike for at least a couple days. Haven't figured out how to ride when the snow in the bike lane is over the top of the handlebars. Any tips?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I don't know if you've heard about the storm that just hit the Lake Tahoe area, but holy crap. I'm off the bike for at least a couple days. Haven't figured out how to ride when the snow in the bike lane is over the top of the handlebars. Any tips?
    Would this help?

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    That. Is. Awesome.
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    Take the lane? What type of roads are they?

    In other news, more snow today, just when I thought we were done. not really sticking, though.

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    ahhhhhh almost 50 degrees in West Michigan this morning! it was glorious!
    Winter is coming.

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    Well the plows finally hit the bike lanes some, so I got back on the bike today...there was a dusting last night, and it was really cold today, which made for a strange condition I haven't seen before... the fine powder that was on the road was getting sucked up between the tire and front fender like water does, but it was forming this weird cloud just in front of the fender (like where the water from a rainstorm would spit out). It was showing me exactly how far forward I would have to extend my fender in order to provide complete coverage depending on speed...it was like wind tunnel testing. If I sped up a bit, I could push the cloud an inch or two forward, and if I slowed down, I could get it to recede back under the front of the fender. I was staring at it so intently I almost crashed
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    Back down to -20C for the ride in today, and up to -4C in time for the ride home. That is two entirely different outfits. Last year at this time I was doing road rides in shorts and a jersey. WTF!
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    40s and 50s here now ... I'm so happy I could cry. Mother Nature broke me ... I'm riding out of spite now.
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    I had to dig deep for some inspiration tonight. Usually I can just think "I'm training" and that is that, but I'm not training for anything this year. So as I rode into a 20 mph headwind in -2 degrees for about 5 miles I thought about these guys riding the iditarod trail right now and it made me feel a little better. Maybe they can help you as well. NB Iditarod Trail Invitational

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    Snows gone!

    Time to give her a wash and brush....

    I had to swap the stem after the salsa re-call though



    Have to say that the salsa has pulled through the winter like a champ! I`m not taking of the studded tyres though for a couple more weeks as its still icey in the mornings.
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    Now that the snow is on the retreat, you can see why i wanted a CX for a commuter...





    Looks like the worst is over.
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    Great pics, as always fux. Thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks. Not the best of pictures my mobile phone hasnt got a great camera. Here are the others I took on the way to work.

    I was "greeted" by a couple of jack russels when I went through a farm.



    My puls is higher than I like on longer trips but the gravel is hard to ride on when its as wet as it now because of the melting snow.





    Its not long until I kan fit some fast cx tyres. Can`t wait!
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    Well, it's the first day of spring. Thanks for the support this winter folks . Fittingly, yesterdy I was able to ride home in shorts and short sleeves. It was back down to 30 for the ride to work this morning, but that feels like a heat wave after the February that we had around here. Won't be long before the fenders are coming off and the windproof softshell can stay home in the closet.

    It's always weird when you relize that two weeks ago, you were driving to work in 4wd because the road was hard to locate under all that snow, and now you're riding home in shorts...aahhh, spring in the mountains.
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    A thunderstorm is supposed to blast through here this weekend and I was planning a ride. Oh well, we do need all of the rain we can get.
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    Today I took the car to work!

    Finished early and got 3 hours of riding on my local trails.





    What a great feeling, getting back out in the good spots...... AND even fitter than last year. Commuting certainly helps.

    See you on the winter commuter thread next year folks. Now its playtime
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    Look at all of that slick rock. Awesome!
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