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  1. #826
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    The deep freeze has finally left us as well, I had my first ride to work in shorts yesterday and it felt amazing. Now we just need a few more sunny and windy days to dry out the trails.

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    My studs came off yesterday. Not a total commitment because I have a different set of wheels for them but I don't expect them to go back on...But who knows. 70 forecast for Monday!!!

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    I still have the studded tires on my FS but I have the HT 69'er ready to go.

    It's been between mid 40's to upper 50's here.
    2012 Cannondale Trail SL 29ER 4

    1994 Cannondale Super V 1000

    1996 Cannondale F500 rigid-fork 69'er

    Motiv 26'er

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    Winter Whining

    [whining on]
    I am sick of:
    Taking an extra 10 min to layer up
    Tearing eyes
    Salt spots on the inside of my glasses from my ^^
    2 pairs of gloves
    Forecasts for 48 degrees and temps that only reach 35 degrees
    My face mask
    Nose faucet
    Snot streaks on my gloves from my ^^
    2 pairs of socks
    15mph winds
    cold sweaty clothes
    [/whining off]

    OK, I'm ready for spring

  5. #830
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    Yes.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  6. #831
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    Last night I swapped my tubeless studded tires over to my tubeless ardents. This is probably the dozenth time that I've done a tubeless setup, it went just about as well as it possibly could, and it still took me 1 1/2 hours. Tubes would have taken me maybe 15 minutes? I like running tubeless, but I've got to get quicker at this.

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    Seriously?

    Normal high is around 53, the forecast high is 45 and the actual mid afternoon temp is 39.
    Wind is forecast to be 4 and it's blowing 25.
    Same thing ever day this week.
    OK, I'm going to stop.

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    Lesson Learned

    I had been riding all winter in temps as low as -5F. I figured I had gotten used to the cold. So in Mid-January when the thermometer read 13F it was warmer than it had been in weeks. I figured I had gotten so acclimated to the cold that I could leave my lobster claws at home and go with the windproof felt mid-weight gloves.

    What you learn being that stupid:
    * Early stage frostbite is quite painful.
    * Your hands can get so cold that you are unable to shift.
    * When you cannot feel your fingers, you have no idea how hard you are gripping the brakes.
    * On a bike, you cannot put your hands in your pockets to warm them.
    * Riding at 40mph, windchill is significant - even if the gloves claim to be windproof.
    * The first 30 minutes of thawing fingers is roughly 3X more painful than freezing them.
    * Being slightly too warm is preferable to being completely frozen.
    * If it is below freezing, always wear your 'lobster claw' gloves, Idiot.

  9. #834
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    You can ride at 40mph? No wonder your hands were cold.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    I have a monster downhill. I can crank it up to 45+mph when conditions are good (installed larger chainrings and areobars to get that speed), but that day it was just too painful.

    Naturally, I don't go so fast heading up that mountain in the afternoon.

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    Monster downhill is always nicer than a monster climb. Your profile says Reno, NV. What hill are you on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Monster downhill is always nicer than a monster climb. Your profile says Reno, NV. What hill are you on?
    Fellow Renoite, eh?

    My commute is from Lemmon Valley to the South Meadows. ~20 miles one-way.

    The big hill is on Old 395/N Virgina Starting at Raleigh Heights and ending around UNR. I reach top speed (or lowest speed - depending on direction) right around the Bonanza Casino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2y2 View Post
    Fellow Renoite, eh?
    Not really Reno. Actually, I live a little bit north of Reno in Lemmon Valley

    Fastest part is near Bonanza? I always get faster (or lower, depending) between the Raleigh Heights 7-eleven and the Virginia/Panther Valley signal. Ever ride into Sun Valley from GV or over Dandini? Those get me even faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Not really Reno. Actually, I live a little bit north of Reno in Lemmon Valley

    Fastest part is near Bonanza? I always get faster (or lower, depending) between the Raleigh Heights 7-eleven and the Virginia/Panther Valley signal. Ever ride into Sun Valley from GV or over Dandini? Those get me even faster.
    Wow, didn't think I'd meet a neighbor on this forum.

    No, I've never ridden over 7th or Dandini, it would take me too far out of my way. Perhaps someday, I'll try it.

    I could get going faster just below the 7-11, but since the limit is 35mph, I keep it at that speed (I try to obey all the laws). On N Virginia the speed limit is 50-40mph, so I can open it up. I cruise at 40 until it takes the dip just south of Parr, then I can get it over 45, if the wind is calm.

    So, how often do you bike commute and where is your work?

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    ^Check your PMs, n2y2. I don`t mind diverting a thread for a while, but this might get long

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    I've been struggling to ride every day, the cold of our late winter is getting to me. The weather is looking better but these Sunny and warm days with snow and ice in the evening are really messing with my ability to prepare for the ride home after a long day of work. I didn't ride today or yesterday but I'm thinking about riding tomorrow. I'm in Klamath Falls, OR so the winter is still kicking into mid spring.

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    Hang in there, do what you can do. Spring IS on the way.

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    I don't know what was with the weather today, it was a nasty slush snow all morning and then a nice sunny warm afternoon but now at the time I would be riding home the wind is blowing and the temp is dropping like a rock. I think I'm going to take a few more days off riding and see if the weather gets better next week. I don't mind the snow or just some rain but a nasty heavy mix is just miserable.

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    Commute weather should be here next month. At the moment, it's below my commute temp threshold in the morning but just barely above it in the afternoon so I could presumably commute but I don't (it's too damned cold here in Germania for this Californian, LOL!). 50 deg farenheit is my cut off point for commuting. I'm not a cold weather person.
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    I'm happy when it's above 32F. What I can't handle is the 20-30 MPH winds and random slush showers we've had. Here's a fun fact... there's 3 inches of snow on the ground this morning, yesterday the weather said 50% chance of rain.

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    No idea who to credit for this, but it looked like a good way to re-start the thread....
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    Nice snowman! Only a light dusting a couple of weeks ago so far in Cincinnati. My unbroken commuting run (since May 2011) is still good. I have just 18 more work days this year and it's good into 2013. As long as there's no ice....

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    I have to wonder how long that snowman stood out there before his bike was stolen right out from under him. Or though him, more accurately.
    Recalculating....

  24. #849
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    Can't believe I got studs this year and I haven't been posting in this thread yet.

    Let's do this.
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    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    ^^ You need the T shirt: "Got Studs" and the singular version for the Mrs, of course.

    Glad you did. My flatlander existence is alleviated by your posts. It snowed here enough for a thin dusting Tuesday morning but was melted before I was functional.

    BrianMc

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