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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Simonns, are you right in Denver? I didn`t think it got that cold there, but maybe I was wrong.

    Yeah, I live in the tech center and commute to 16th and Market. 5 is what my little thermometer said this morning. First time I had to use my face cover and I still had some snot-sickles, and my toes were only good for about 9 of the 12 miles.

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    Woot Woot page 4.
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    Well it was zero F this morning and I wimped out. Felt like a sally when I saw someone on a bike.

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    ^^ My lowest temp commute to date was 4*. I'm hoping to get a zero degree ride in this winter. We always get a week or two of single digit negatives, but it's usually when I'm on winter break (I'm a teacher). Zero* F is cold, I don't care what they say in Canada.
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    -2 C Winter Storm Warning 8 to 10 cm snow, wind to 70 km/h temp falling to -25 C over the weekend....

    For sure I am riding traffic will back up for hours and hours...last Friday a 30 min commute took over 5 hours...

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    it finally snowed here in East Texas(Woodlands area), its snowed quite a bit too!

    right now its 34 degrees Celsius and it will probably get down below 32.
    now us Texans aint very fond of cold weather so I dont see myself commuting to work in this weather
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    ^^ I think you mean farenheit? 34* C is 93* F... that's some amazing snow

    I heard about that Texas snow... Close the schools!! Don't leave the house!! What do we do!? SNOW!!!
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    Iv`e had 24 days of of rain, followed by 2 days of snow and yesterday I had sleet.

    Riding 20km`s to work in 10cm`s of slush is realy hard work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    Riding 20km`s to work in 10cm`s of slush is realy hard work!
    I believe it! Depending on your point of view, I guess it could be fun for a little while, though I`m sure it gets old long before it`s done with. Glad I don`t have to do it, but hang in there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    Yeah, I live in the tech center and commute to 16th and Market. 5 is what my little thermometer said this morning. First time I had to use my face cover and I still had some snot-sickles, and my toes were only good for about 9 of the 12 miles.

    -Simon

    I commute from Lowry to 15th and Platte on the path. We probably pass each other at some point.

    Cold hasn't really been getting to me yet. I dress in layers and still pedal pretty hard to keep the temp up. My slick tires haven't been too bad on the ice/snow yet. Nice that they plow the bike path.

    I will say that the toes are the first to go on the cold days. I'm still in clipless with some wind booties, but might be considering something a little warmer.

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    ^^ Neoprene socks. I'm in clipless all winter, and I swear by Gator brand neoprene socks. I've gone low single digits a few times (3, 4 degrees) and they work well. Those combined with the wind booties you already have should be pretty dang warm.



    We got about a foot and a half of snow overnight. I felt justified in driving today since I had to have the Jeep in 4wd all the way to work...that's my sanity meter. 4x4 = no guilt driving day. It's supposed to clear up though, and the forecast low for tomorrow's commute is 1* F.
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    anybody from Alberta ride in this morning? It was fricken -29C in calgary, -35C in edmonton when i woke up

    luckily i work from home for the time being, although i do miss the ride in each morning

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    Yeah! We`re in the middle of our first real snow this year- I just woke up to a beautiful 8 inch blanket of fresh snow. Still falling lightly, no wind, ~30F and it`s my "weekend", so I don`t have to fo anywhere if I don`t want to until Thursday afternoon. Perfect!
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    ^^ Tomorrow could be the best day of snowboarding Tahoe has seen in the past couple years. Are you seeing how light and dry this stuff is? Epic. If I was off for two days I'd be heading up the hill in the morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcolin
    anybody from Alberta ride in this morning? It was fricken -29C in calgary, -35C in edmonton when i woke up

    luckily i work from home for the time being, although i do miss the ride in each morning

    Yup, not to bad, most of the snow was packed, made it without dabbing....some big drifts though.

    I had -27.3 C that is -17 F.

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    Well it's -8 F outside right now, and I just drove to work. I'm actually pretty bummed. I've never ridden below zero, and I want to...but the roads are just completely horrible. It's like a 6 mile bobsled run to work, and there's no way I'm sharing that icy chute with traffic (even though I only see maybe 10 cars on an average morning ride, the chances of getting hit in my estimation are 50/50 at best.

    Much props to those of you riding deep into the negatives on a regular basis though. It only gets below zero around here maybe a couple times a winter. It's been 5 or 6 years since I've felt 8 below, and it's flipping cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Well it's -8 F outside right now, and I just drove to work. I'm actually pretty bummed. I've never ridden below zero, and I want to...but the roads are just completely horrible. It's like a 6 mile bobsled run to work, and there's no way I'm sharing that icy chute with traffic (even though I only see maybe 10 cars on an average morning ride, the chances of getting hit in my estimation are 50/50 at best.

    Much props to those of you riding deep into the negatives on a regular basis though. It only gets below zero around here maybe a couple times a winter. It's been 5 or 6 years since I've felt 8 below, and it's flipping cold.
    Its cold in Denver too, but not that cold though. I think it was 7*F on my ride in this morning, but the windchill was -8. Nice light blanket of snow makes for a interesting commute. Ride on....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    Yup, not to bad, most of the snow was packed, made it without dabbing....some big drifts though.

    I had -27.3 C that is -17 F.
    -17*F

    I don't have much to complain about then...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    -17*F

    I don't have much to complain about then...

    Warmed up today -22 C.

    I usually grab a meat stick out of the fridge when I get home, you know it is cold when the fridge feels warm.

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    Yikes- COLD!
    Around here, we`ve been getting down around zero F and just got our first real snow of the year. I just found out that I don`t go back to work until Friday night, so hopefully the majority of the crap will be off the roads by then and I`ll be able to ride. I`m not going to push it yet because I`ve already driven in this calender year, but after New Year I really want to go for a 100% no drive commute year. Mostly that depends on the ice/ruts/plow berms.
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    -10*F this morning. The coldest so far. I think its suppose to warm up now. Good times.
    Anyone else in Denver commute this week?

    Jeffscott, what do you put on your feet to keep them warm? My feet are only good for about 8 miles, the last 4 can be pretty painful. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    -10*F this morning. The coldest so far. I think its suppose to warm up now. Good times.
    Anyone else in Denver commute this week?

    Jeffscott, what do you put on your feet to keep them warm? My feet are only good for about 8 miles, the last 4 can be pretty painful. Thanks.

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    I just wear Shimano MW80 winter boots....normal socks, that is it...

    I am good for an hour down at -35 C....

    Yup warmed up this morning only -12 C (+10F).

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    Not as cold as most of you, but we had snow in the SF Bay Area this week. An inch or two where I live. Temps have been in the mid 20's all week.

    Bundled up a little more, but really not that much cooler than a clear morning when it has been getting to around 30 F. Only difference is that I rode my mountain bike because I was afraid of my road bike tires slipping on the ice. Worked fine, but I didn't really need 5" of travel.

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    -14F at 5:00 this morning, high winds, roads and trails have too much snow to enjoy riding. My 2 hour run was fun as long as I was able to keep the wind at my back.

    The funny thing is that I wear the same gear to run at these temps as I do to ride at 30F.

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    I guess I got spoiled with the mild winter we had here last year, because this year I'm finding some of my gear (or lack thereof) to be a bit lacking. There have been a few times where it's been cold enough that once I get up to speed, the cold air dries out my eyes and makes them want to shut. Also, last night it was pouring rain and my glasses got beaded up very quickly. I had to squint so hard, my face started to hurt and I still couldn't see. Went to REI this afternoon and got a pair of Bolle ski goggles for only $25! At that price, they probably suck but I don't need anything really high end. Just something I can easily wipe off with swipe of my glove and keep the chill out in early mornings. And speaking of gloves, I have a pair of cheap winter gloves that I got in a liquor store in Tahoe and I really only had to use them a couple of times last year. This year I've been having to use them almost all of the time. They're OK, but they're not really cycling gloves so the fingers are kind of bulky and there are some seams that are uncomfortable. Picked up a pair or Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves. They're warm but not too warm and they have a nice long, closed cuff I can stuff under the sleeves of my jacket. Also got a Descente skull cap with earflaps, so I think I'm finally properly prepared. The best part though is that I had an REI gift card plus some money left on a Visa gift card, so it was all basically free!
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    Well after a week off the bike I couldn't take it anymore. Now that most of the snow is plowed off the roads had a nice commute this morning. Not too bad, in the teens, lightly snowing. Riding this morning I realized how much I hate driving. I feel so lazy driving. Hopefully this feeling will last even when it actually gets cold here in Wisconsin.

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    I was off the bike for 10 day's, 12 inches of snow and below zero temps scared me off, good ride this morning. My lungs are a bit sore, time for a balaclava.

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    Another 4x4 commute this morning. I think I'll try to ride it tomorrow...the road is clear for the middle 4 miles of my ride, but the mile on either end is solid ice/snow/wheel ruts. Pretty nasty.
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    This thread bums me out. I wish I could bike to work. It would be ~20 miles, I work from midnight to 9am, part of the ride is a little ghetto (would not want to be riding my bike alone at night) and the rest is dark windy roads I would be nervous to get hit by a car on. *sigh*

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    hey commuter boy, might be time to change your sig
    I know what you mean about the ice though, not much (besides studded tires) you can do but drop psi keep it upright and forget your rear brake ever existed...

    straz, I know the feeling, don't think my commute's as long as yours, but for the rougher areas of town I just consider it a reason to sprint.
    There will always be some hecklers but in general, when they see you riding in and out of season, an uneasy respect for "that crazy dude on the bike in the snow!!" tends to develop.
    (just my experience though)
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    ^^ ha ha. "You have no excuse for driving to work if you live somewhere else"

    Back on the bike today!! I'm at 6 driving days for the school year (I'm a teacher) and 4 of them have been in the last week or so. I've been getting pretty antsy. We got about an inch of frozen crusty rain/snow stuff last night, which made for some pretty good traction actually. Rode the MTB, which will be lame on the way home when it's not frozen and I don't have fenders, but at least I got back on the bike. Supposed to have a high temp of just barely above freezing today.
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    nice!! the crunchy ice over snow IS fun.
    we had a bit of a defrost a couple days back and were hoping that overnight enough would evaporate, got lucky cause today's temps mean that what few trails of water were left froze solid.

    and ooh that wind's biting today... only -15C or so but still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Back on the bike today!!
    Well, Okay. We`ll let it slide this time. If it happens again though, we leave your sig alone, but you have to change your name to Internal Combustion Boy.
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    Straz, if you want ideas to overcome the obstacles on your trip, people can help out, but if anybody just plain doesn`t feel comfortable with his commute that`s cool too. Others might disagree, but in my view it isn`t worth it if it looks dangerous to the guy who has to ride it. Besides that, unless you`re a professional or you have no other way to get around, riding if for fun- it`s only worth it when it`s enjoyable.
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    -8c today.

    Isn`t it funny how you get used to the cold? When it was 5-6+ I thought I was going to freeze to death, today I was toasty warm.

    The roads are pretty much clear here at the moment but I have had some scarry moments when you can`t hear the studs gripping and your turning on a downhill corner....

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    A heat wave in Denver. 41*f this morning, bike traffic was up about 3000% compared to last week when it was -10*F. It was nice being out there all alone.

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    I blame my bike...
    tires felt "dead", gearing felt "bound", brakes felt like they were rubbing.
    everything sapped my strength, that's why I was slow this morning.

    seriously, besides spending 20 minutes on a trainer, how do you warm up for the morning ride in??
    my mornings are spent running about getting the trailer rigged and ready, and if I'm lucky, guzzling a cup of coffee between putting on my son's maligned mittens and the dreaded screaming tuque struggle.
    I feel like I've just come out of hibernation.
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    I wake up, get in the shower, get out of the shower, throw on my bike clothes, and hit the road. No food, no drink, don't even turn the lights on in the house. Wife and kids are still sleeping. I go from dead sleep to 100 degree shower water to 10 degree bike ride in a matter of about 20 minutes. Warming up is a luxury I do not have time for. I warm up with a nice pot of coffee AFTER the commute.
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    Winter Bike Commuting Radio Show link

    Ironically, I missed this "Vermont Edition" call in show on winter bike commutiing last week since I was bike commuting instead of listening to the radio in a car...you can hear or read it at http://www.vpr.net/episode/47621/ A variety of attitudes but the bikers had pretty good representation.

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    No more commuting for me for a while. Busted my AC in my shoulder last night snowboarding. Im going to try and take it east this week and re-asses next week. Im still in good spirits though. Mainly the vodka spirit.
    Happy Holidays from Denver!

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    Fun Ride Home Saturday Night. 26 miles total all day. morning ride to work is 12 miles with 3" of snow and 14 miles on the way home with 12" at night. Somewhere near 30psi in my 700x40 tires was good last night. My commuter is Fixed with a 44-17 gear. It was about 22 F

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    On the way Home from work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    5 Degrees F this morning. Just my damn feet were cold. Even with 3 layers of socks with ziplocks over them, and my shoes.

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    You gotta try the toewarmer stick-to-your soz packets at those temps - grab a few at the store to try or 60 pairs at costco.com for $38, shipping included (if u or someone you know is a member)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    No more commuting for me for a while. Busted my AC in my shoulder last night snowboarding. Im going to try and take it east this week and re-asses next week. Im still in good spirits though. Mainly the vodka spirit.
    Happy Holidays from Denver!

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    The weather is cold but beutiful at the moment here.

    Its -12c, the roads are clear(ish) but the cycle path that I ride on for about 4km`s is rutty.

    I am hoping for sun today and have taken my new from santa, GOPRO HD helmet cam, so hopfully i will be filming my way home to give you fellas an idea as to what my commute looks like in clear weather.

    I just need to find a decent program to edit the files with.

    Should be fun.
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    ^^ Looking forward to the helmet cam shots. I need to do that someday too.

    I for one am stoked to be beyond the winter solstice... my morning ride will only get brighter and brighter from here on out... still dark at 6:30, but the sun is coming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ Looking forward to the helmet cam shots. I need to do that someday too.

    I for one am stoked to be beyond the winter solstice... my morning ride will only get brighter and brighter from here on out... still dark at 6:30, but the sun is coming...
    I agree. Sometime by the end of the month, I will be riding all the way home in daylight. I kind of enjoy riding in the darkness in the mornings, but it is far less relaxing to ride home at night in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    No more commuting for me for a while. Busted my AC in my shoulder last night snowboarding. Im going to try and take it east this week and re-asses next week. Im still in good spirits though. Mainly the vodka spirit.
    Happy Holidays from Denver!

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    A week and a day after a 3rd degree shoulder AC separation and Im back on the bike. Feels good.
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    ^^ I just had a friend do that snowboarding this weekend. He doesn't want to go to the doc but the ski patrol told him it should heal itself. Is it normal that he has a giant lump on top of his shoulder? It's freaking weird. He basically has full range of motion, but it's really painful. Sorry for the hijack.
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    Photos - My Road Last Night

    Snowing lightly, 10F, <1 mile from home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ I just had a friend do that snowboarding this weekend. He doesn't want to go to the doc but the ski patrol told him it should heal itself. Is it normal that he has a giant lump on top of his shoulder? It's freaking weird. He basically has full range of motion, but it's really painful. Sorry for the hijack.
    Thats how mine happened too, snowboarding. I have done it to both shoulders now, and yes its normal to have a big bump on the top of the shoulder, especially a 3rd degree separation. Basically thats your collar bone sticking up because all the tendons holding it down are broken. I did my first one 4 years ago and its fine now, still have the bump though. It will heal it self in time, a sling comes in handy though. Just tell him to use it as the pain allows him.

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    Commute video

    Here is my poorly cut botch of a vid I took on the way home from work.

    I don`t know how you fellas embed, s have to make do with a link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    Here is my poorly cut botch of a vid I took on the way home from work.

    I don`t know how you fellas embed, s have to make do with a link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kqVP5Hwbto
    Looks like a beautiful commute!

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    Over the top, Fux! Beautiful, exciting, definitely different from mine (which I think is pretty good anyway). You really get moving. Thanks for the vid!
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    Thanx.

    I cut out most of the hills on the vid but included the one you see at 3.57. Its a killer!

    Can`t wait until april when I get to see some fantastic sunrises on my way to work @ 05.30. Maybe I will have to film in all 4 seasons to show the contrast.

    The wind sure does whip in from the sea this time of year, which adds some seroius chill factor.
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    Hang in there - only 2 months until the Yankees-Red Sox opener @ Fenway...avg high 52F!

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    Gotta throw this picture in this thread to remind myself that I can survive January when I'm getting ready for next winter...
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    Thanks! I wish I had found this late last fall. I needed this encouragement. Rode daily all last winter down to -5 F with windchill at -10 to -15 without the bike speed factored in.

    It was raining all the time here in December and no job to commute to. The trainer is NOT the road.

    Building road time back up. An hour yesterday on the road at a balmy (for February) 36F. At the end, the head was just getting a bit too warm and the toes a bit too cold. Averaged out, right?

    BTW lived in Ottawa Canada for 2 years and commuted there in the summer on great bike paths. Not in winter. They cross country ski those same paths. Morning commutes at -40 (F or C scales cross here) or lower when 8-10 feet of snow blocks one of two lanes with 50% badly cleaned windshields to get to the paths sounded suicidal. Maybe it's better now. Maybe a Pugsley'd take the high road over the snow piles! Intersection rights-of-way would be a problem, though.

    By comparison, this is the banana belt! But following the temps down is SO important. This suddenly getting back in t winter riding has pointed that out. A 20-30 F dip is much colder regardless of what you've gotten used to. If you are used to room temps, well...

    To those of you who cycle near or below -40:

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    Finally back at it!

    Well, actually never was at it - at least at this time of year. I started late last Feb due to a killer back problem - figured less weight = less stress on the back. But I *am* back on the bike to work with the coldest weather ridden in being around 12 F. I use Pearl Izumi Barrier boots, and some PI shell gloves with smartwool liners. By the time I get to work I am quite toasty. I love when co-workers ask "how are you not freezing?" while I'm removing my steaming beanie, neck warmer (another smartwool product - go merino!) and gloves. I had stopped riding around the holidays - but ever since getting some decent footwear am far more motivated. Couldn't stand the tedium of adding booties to my regular cycling shoes.. Real boots are the way to go.

    And like the last post offered - the trainer is not the road!

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    I've been doing a daily commute to and from school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada since June 2009. It's a very short (2.5km) trip each way through mostly residential streets. The commute usually takes under 10 minutes each way and it saves me the frustration of having to deal with bus drivers that are usually 10 minutes ahead or behind schedule. Of course, this is Canada, so I'm really looking forward to the spring.

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    Febuary has been warm here is Wisco. it was 32 and snowing this morning. The roads were still pretty good though. I rode a couple of days on the single digits but I really don't like that much . Teens seem to bo ok though for the 6.5mi ride. The last week has had highs above freezing and for Febuary that is fantastic. Still... I want to ride in shorts and a short sleeve asap.

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    Signs of spring here in VT - no flowers or robins yet but when you start to see photos in the paper of trucks and ATVs going through the ice, you know winter is losing its grip! Also saw Magic Hat microbrew has released its spring seasonal Vinyl Lager, which I'm hoping refers to record-player nostalgia, not the ingredients.

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    The sun came up yesterday during my ride to work. That's always the best day of the year. It only gets warmer from here on out. Nothing like the orange glow of the sunrise after several months of trying to see your headlight beam through your frozen breath in the dark. I think we survived another winter, people.

    One more hurdle...the time change. It'll be dark again for a few weeks, and then it's time for shorts and short sleeves. Sweet.

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    Arrggh!

    Its been a very hard winter. I gave up febuary as a bad joke and took the bus.

    March started hard but today it was a whopping 11 celcius so I took my commuter for 50 mile jaunt. The more south I rode the more green it got.

    Today I saw grass, moving water, blue moving sea and a cloud-free sky all for the first time since last october! November it rained all but 1 day snow on the road since early december and the longest freeze in recorded history for the area.

    Today I rode on ice free roads and it was fantastic. Took a **** mobile picture over a fjord on my way home .

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    Made it all winter commuting! I live in Georgia so it's not too big a thing, but we did have an unusually long winter here.

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    Wow, Fux- that`s beautiful! For what it`s worth, I`m hoping you get you Summer soon too- I want to see your Summer commute videos
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    Congrats GF on your long winter haul, esp this year, I know some parts south got more snow than new england.

    Fux, neat photo, still looks cold though.

    I love the little microclimates you bike through when coming out of winter...go by a cold rushing stream or icing-out lake and it's like riding through a freezer...around the corner and a warm breeze from the sun warming the earth.

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    Spring is finaly here!

    I took some glamour shots of the bike before a well deserved wash and new racing ralphs @ 700x42.





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    Preview!

    OK, these shots are from my Mt Hunger hike at 3500', not from my commute (1700' max), but if this record snow continues we could be in for a tough winter! The old record for the last 24 hrs on top of VT (Mt Mansfield) was 4" snow; the new record is 18"!!
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    I tested lights in two brief intervals of some flakes. A bit early for here. If Wooly Bear Carterpillars are any gauge, we will have brief periods of wintry weather at each end of the season and pretty mild between. I don't think they are that accurate, but a warmer wetter winter may be in the offing here. Last years' Wooly Bears were almost all black, meaning cold and wintry all winter with a very short break, and that about summed it up.

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    same problem as last year... you know, my mountain bikes got upgraded this summer... could maybe ride them... then again, i DO have some new cyclocross treads... hrmmm
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    Not sure if I'm ready to see this thread back already

    We've certainly started the creep towards cold around here. low 30's a couple times so far. It's always this time of year that it seems like that first sunrise in March is soooooooo far away.

    Still in shorts and short sleeves for the ride home for me though... pretty perfect actually. Low to mid 60's. Gotta enjoy it while I can.
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    Seems that I'll be joining the winter commuting club. I canceled my parking this May and now I'm pedaling 10km to work. Didn't miss a day and never drove to work. 2000km on odometer so far. Kinda funny that before I'd never would bike if temperature is under 20C... Now 5C mornings feel nice, just shorts and soft shell.

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    Gettin' ready & a little excited.

    I had my first sub-freezing day last week. Kind of came by surprise - the forecast called for 39 - I'm pretty certain frost means it's colder than that. Was still wearing shorts!

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    Well, were back it seems.

    I was realy cought by supprise today too. -2 celcius, sleet and hail without enough warm clothing.

    I have just fit mudguards, and my trusty maraton winters. I`ll take some pictures over the weekend.
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    My 3 year old marthon winters were put down, so I bought some new, and fit some new planet bike mudguards.

    This morning it was sheet ice, cold.......and mostly fun.







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    Lost weight. Now, it seems, I miss the insulating value. I seem to be putting on more layers sooner. I am faster. Maybe its the wind chill?

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    Lows in the teens (ok, 19 F) tonight, should be a brisk ride in tomorrow. Killington ski area opened the lifts today for the first time this year, and first in VT. It must be winter!

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    First real snow in Anchorage, Alaska this AM, albeit wet snow. 29F.

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    Dawn here tomorrow, an hour west of Cincinnati,Ohio, is slated for 29 *F (about -1.7 *C) for our first sub zero start since early spring. A hard frost is overdue (25-27 *F, about -4 *C). A rare North wind put wind chills to the teens F this morning, we were just above freezing. It's a comin'! The Woolly bears have wider front and rear black stripes but still 70-80% red in the middle, so hard early late and mild for the large portion between, as good a long term forecast as any!

    You really see the continental effect of the Midwest US versus Anchorage and Toronto (Great Lakes have HUGE effect there) with similar temps about the same time with large differences in latitude. Between 900 and 1000 feet elevation here, (another effect) and Toronto is lower, about 300? Anchorage sea level to what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Killington ski area opened the lifts today for the first time this year, and first in VT. It must be winter!
    No kidding? The earliest resorts in the Tahoe area traditionally open for Thanksgiving weekend, and THAT`s mostly with manufactured snow. Some of the lower elevation resorts won`t open until close to Christmas (give or take, of course).

    It was getting down solidly into the freeze zone in the mornings for a while here, but it warmed up again and for about a week it`s been just beautiful- highs approaching the 70s and lows right around freezing. I started feeding the rabbits out in the backyard and my wife made me stop- says it`s still too early. Sorry, bunnies
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    http://web2.airmail.net/danb1/usrecords.htm

    theirs were I live(commut) #10 coldest city in the country
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    Yikes Pooman - that's impressive - have you thawed out from last winter yet?

    I liked these extreme temp changes in your link...imagine leaving home at 55F and having it drop to 8F 15 mins later!

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    12 hour warm-up: 83 degrees. From -33 in the morning to 50 by late afternoon in Granville, ND
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    15 minute warm-up: 42 degrees. From -5 to 37 degrees in Fort Assiniboine, Montana on January 19, 1893
    7 minute warm-up: 34 degrees in Kipp, Montana in 1896

    Fastest Cooling
    24 hour chill: 100 degrees. From 44 to -54 below zero in Browning, Montana on January 23-24, 1916.
    12 hour chill: 84 degrees. From 63 to -21 below zero in Fairfield, Montana on December 24, 1924.
    2 hour chill: 62 degrees. From 49 at 6:00am to -13 at 8:00am in Rapid City, South Dakota on January 10, 1911
    15 minute chill: 47 degrees. From 55 at 7:00am to 8 at 7:15am in Rapid City, South Dakota on January 10, 1911

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    some of my fav winter pics

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    22F this morning. First taste of frozen puddles. Snow in the foothills last night. Enough frost after the rain yesterday to make me corner gingerly, but no drama. Aahh yes I remember what winter is like now...
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    The sting of ice pellets on my face today! Forecast nows says up to 1/4" of ice today.

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    MUAHAHAHAHA!!!
    the great white north (at least my part of it) got some frost overnight but all melted by morning! whooo's livin' in an igloo now huuuh?!
    "polar bears for a pet" my butt!!
    we've got possums here now, saw them last summer!!
    global warming does some WEEEIRD stuff!
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    wowzers you guys are really hardcore cycling through all this! I recently moved to Berlin and have definitely been taking advantage of the biker-friendly city by cycling to work every day. However, the clocks only went back last week and I am honestly already considering taking the underground...

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    winter-related question: anyone have particularly good luck with a specific brand of trigger shifters?
    i've only ridden shimano in the past, never got to try my srams.
    just wondering aloud.
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    ^^Had no problem with Shimano triggers last winter...any shifting problems, which were pretty rare anyway, were typically due to the parts of the bike more exposed to winter grime - chain, der, casette grunge caused a few unwanted "automatic" shifts, but just cleaning did the trick.

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    Still above 0C here, 5C as a matter of fact. Some frost in the morning, but still rather nice.

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    I had the same Shimano LX 8 speed trigger shifter from 1998 to 2009, when I finally went 9 speed.
    Bullet. Proof.

    Current MTB is Sram X.9 and I've had no issues with the cold. Low teens (F) is probably as low as I've ridden 'em...but there was some freezing fog in there, which would jack them up as much as anything I'd think...no issues.
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    Last week it was in the low/middle 30's with mixed snow/rain and a couple of inches of slush on the trails...

    Lost lower 4 gears in the 1st mile due to icing...


    Low gear was a snow pancake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB
    Last week it was in the low/middle 30's with mixed snow/rain and a couple of inches of slush on the trails...Lost lower 4 gears in the 1st mile due to icing...Low gear was a snow pancake!
    If that is a regular occurence, I'd seriously think about saving for an IGH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    If that is a regular occurence, I'd seriously think about saving for an IGH!
    No, just a perfect storm, the weather, fresh snow, etc, etc. Once or twice a year @ most. Everything is frozen now, for the next 5 months at least...;p

    So it's time to sport this critter!

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    I used to be a winter commuter two years ago. I rode 10.5 miles almost entirely to work and 10.5 miles almost entirely downhill home. Last year my bike was wrongfully stolen from the work place and I have yet to replace it. I've been living horribly without a bike! I am getting one again in the very near future to begin life again. I will be posting up pictures of my new route since employment and residence has changed since previous commutes. I love everyone who has a passion for bicycles and especially for those out their commuting. Keep it up!

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    This seems the most applicable place to ask this question. We hardly have the winters down south that some of you commuters experience however, only thing I lack in my clothing locker is some face protection (for a place that seldom dips below freezing seems unnecessary but on quick commutes in the high humidity, the ‘wet cold’ gets my face numb somewhat). In any case, I was thinking of getting one of Gore Bike Wear’s Windstop Face Mask (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...9_10000_200343) anyone ever used this or know of something similar?

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    I use a full balaclava and just pull the face part down when I'm overheating.
    Mine covers my neck though, with your chin in the wind you tend to get a chunnel of cold air shooting down your chest, so I chose something I could tuck in under my jacket/sweater at the front.

    Mine's a work wear type (they're all the same basically) light polypro, extra fleece on the face.
    Surprisingly warm considering the light material.
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    I will be joining the winter commute gang.
    i plan on doing it only 1 or 2 times a weeks like i did all summer.
    its 30km each way.
    I have a old devinci hardtail setup with 1.35 schwalbe cx tires and 1x9 setup!

    i now commutre with a nice opus road/hybrid bike but i want to keep it clean for summer rinding is already cold theses days but still fun. hands are giving me the most problem for now...what king of glove/mitts do you guys use?

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    Depending on the type of wind chills you're working with I use a North Face baselayer glove and then a pair of windproof snowboard gloves (the brand name slips my head at this time). It was flawless.

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    Frozen Pawls?

    My winter bike made it through last year without any problems, down to -30C/-20F on a couple of days. But today on my ride home it was just below freezing and my chain started skipping every so often.

    It was generally under load, and it was the type of skipping that feels like a worn out cassette...except that the cassette and chain are both pretty new. And the bike was fine the rest of the week, with the skipping just started today.

    So since I've never had a problem with a frozen freehub, I just have to ask what does it feel like? Could it possibly be mistaken for the slipping of a worn cassette, or does it just spin?

    It's a cheap cassette and chain so replacing them is no big deal. Just looking for other possibilities.

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