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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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    Quote Originally Posted by analoguekid
    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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