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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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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    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 -1C 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 -3 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 10 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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    28 this morning, only 1 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 10F. 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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