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    Rain bike or rain diversions?

    When life gives you weather you make weatherade!

    Let's see your rain bike. Mtb, cross, roadie? Let's see the setup. Let's exchange tips on clothing too.

    What about other activities? What else is there to do?
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    Big wheels and one gear. Never to cold to wear shorts in Nor Cal just make sure I have a vest stowed for extra warmth. Riding is limited during the deluge to Marin Headlands, Mt. Tam and China Camp. Other activites include beer and gym.
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    I've been riding my moto at skeggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev1n
    I've been riding my moto at skeggs.
    Bwahahahaha!
    I am going to take advantage of this rain by taking my bike out for a street ride.....mostly so all the free water will wash my bike.......= )
    It's pretty crusty right now, and I usually only clean it after winter is over.
    I figure I'll get a few miles in, and by the time I get back, it should be spotless.
    I did just get my hands on my first road bike.
    Fuji Professional 2.0
    Hope to get it out alot between now and spring.
    I just need to get used to the skinny tires. They're kinda sketchy.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Seriously, though, I'm putting a lot of time on the cross bike.

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    I've got the single speed, but I really don't like riding in the deep muck on any bike. When it's just too wet I've got the rock gym, that's usually engaging enough to keep me from my 2.3827 mile long (and growing) list of things that need to be done.

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    There is a lot of snow falling in the high country..for the next week. That's where I am heading in soon.

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    Mixed terrain killing machine...
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    Well, here it is after about 12 miles up and back the Iron Horse Trail. Got pretty clean.
    There must have been at least a pound of mud on it before. i should have taken a before picture.



    Here is my new skinny tire bike to ride through winter.
    It ain't pretty, but it will work. 105/Ultegra group.
    I'll prolly ditch the Liberator saddle and change a few things. Pedals, stem and such.
    Next project, cross bike!!!

    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
    Mixed terrain killing machine...

    Need mawr pics! That is a sweet setup. Alu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Need mawr pics! That is a sweet setup. Alu?
    Steel. Reynolds 853 homie. I'll get some better pics up with a real camera at some point.

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    I dun have the balls to roll in the rain with a road bike and/or be clipped in.

    So this hybrid will suffice - if the occasion warrants.



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    Holy TT bikes BATMANs!!!!!!
    What kind of TT bike is that?

    Edit, oh you went and changed the picture on me....= )
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    Trek top Fuel 9.9SSL... i wouldnt dare ride my superfly 100 in this weather...
    jeng can vouch for that...

    equipped with a skinsuit, baselayer, leg warmers, jersey, dual layer gloves, waterproof shoes and a rain shell....

    Bontrager Mud X tires....

    i also took the pivoting mounts from the DT swiis carbon shock, ground them down so now i have pivoting shock mounts for my fox RP23
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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Holy TT bikes BATMANs!!!!!!
    What kind of TT bike is that?
    My magnesium bike project:

    Frame, pedals, brakes, bar ends, and bottle cage are all Magnesium

    Fork is titanium and the rest is Aluminum.








    The wheels were free with Kevlar puncture resistant tires, so it weighed at 21lbs with pedals.

    I love the feel of Magnesium....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATMANs
    My magnesium bike project:

    Frame, pedals, brakes, bar ends, and bottle cage are all Magnesium

    Fork is titanium and the rest is Aluminum.




    The wheels were free with Kevlar puncture resistant tires, so it weighed at 21lbs with pedals.

    I love the feel of Magnesium....
    Thats Luscious!!!!!!
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    The old racer bike is now the mudbike

    The M2 Miguel used to race was replaced by his Yeti Arc. Now the M2 is a combination of XT/LX, Deore/Mavic wheels, Marathon fork with Marta SL disc. It will do the dirty work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATMANs
    I dun have the balls to roll in the rain with a road bike and/or be clipped in.

    So this hybrid will suffice - if the occasion warrants.



    in the rain, if you're going down, you're going down..... you might as well be clipped in.... haha

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    The Usual Suspect

    Here's my "rain" bike:

    Salsa Chili Con Crosso. 10spd. Campy Chorus shifters, Shimano 12-27 9spd. cassette, old Ritchey cranks [sq taper] w/48/36 chainrings, Paul's brakes, Mavic Kysrium wheels w/Michelin tires set up tubeless. Time or Crank Bros Candy pedals. Just under 20 lbs.

    Wet weather apparel tips: wool sock and arm warmers, and Lake MXZ 300 shoes.
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    I've been walking the dog more, going to the gym more, drinking beer more, watching basketball (Longhorns and Rockets). Next up is take a day or 2 off work to go get some fresh pow pow on my new powder board.

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    All you need is 8' X 8' of space (i.e. garage)



    Fixed



    I almost took out the 'cross bike to run the streets, but cars in this kind of weather sketch me out a bit.

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    Rain Bike Ride 1/24

    I love Kelly's Bakery on the west side of Santa Cruz! I love riding my cross bike @ Big Basin. And since most of the trails are going to be a mess @ N. Cal. for a few weeks, it seems a perfect time to break out the cross bike for a rain bike ride this Sunday 1/24.

    Here's my plan:

    Roll from Kelly's @ 9am.
    Up through Wilder to Empire Grade
    Up Empire to the teleportation device
    Big Basin
    Gazos Cr. Rd. out to Cloverdale Rd. [or not]
    Highway 1 back to Santa Cruz

    I'd love some company, preferably someone big and strong that I can shamelessly wheelsuck for mile after mile, back down the coast to Santa Cruz and Kelly's.

    C'mon it'll be an adventure
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms
    I love Kelly's Bakery on the west side of Santa Cruz! I love riding my cross bike @ Big Basin. And since most of the trails are going to be a mess @ N. Cal. for a few weeks, it seems a perfect time to break out the cross bike for a rain bike ride this Sunday 1/24.

    Here's my plan:

    Roll from Kelly's @ 9am.
    Up through Wilder to Empire Grade
    Up Empire to the teleportation device
    Big Basin
    Gazos Cr. Rd. out to Cloverdale Rd. [or not]
    Highway 1 back to Santa Cruz

    I'd love some company, preferably someone big and strong that I can shamelessly wheelsuck for mile after mile, back down the coast back to Santa Cruz and Kelly's.

    C'mon it'll be an adventure
    Wilder may be closed

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    Define "closed"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    Wilder may be closed
    Define "closed".

    Western Ave. to UCSC works if necessary.

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    This was my rain bike today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    What about other activities? What else is there to do?
    Rainy day upgraditis!

    Looking to convert to tubeless tires, double rings w/ chain guide, and a gravity dropper turbo.

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    Only in California do you get a pile of "rain bike" pictures without a single fender.


    Gotta love it!!

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    Rain bike, same 20 yr-old Fuso I posted a pic of last month. I left the car at the office tonight and rode home, will ride in tomorrow, 27 miles each way. It wasn't too bad tonight actually, I got a bigger soaking from the 8" deep puddle on the bike path along 237 than from the rain.

    And no fenders, of course. Tomorrow morning should be epic, might even try to squeeze in Sierra Rd.
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    you asked for fenders?

    Here is my Gary Fisher Triton. It is a steel singlespeed that I use for commuting and running here and there. I mounted some fenders on to keep riding in the wet months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms
    Define "closed".

    Western Ave. to UCSC works if necessary.
    I'm a Santa Cruz native (born and raised on the West Side ) and they do close Wilder in these conditions. I would check it first, via the bicycle path along the highway and if it is closed, take Western Dr. up. You can also snake through downtown via Laurel and climb up High street which will take you straight to UCSC. I know about 4 routes to the upper campus from town. If you want a real challenge of a climb, start on Mission St. and go up Miramar Dr., but you will have to ride through some neighborhoods to get to High St. (to the campus).

    I can't believe I use to climb those hills on my 44X16 BMX bike when I was a kid.

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    Slackline in the rain!

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    Haha ^^^^

    My commuter bike is electric, so I haven't been riding that.

    I've been in the gym a bit, practicing banjo and doing some cooking.

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    Which BF? BF 1942? BF2? I wont ask about the ones that came after that.

    My rainy day diversion has been conveniently getting sick and may also include moving all my parts from a Reign to a Trance X frame.


    Quote Originally Posted by J
    Haha ^^^^

    My commuter bike is electric, so I haven't been riding that.

    I've been in the gym a bit, practicing banjo and doing some cooking.

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    Fender-rama
    Long live long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jms
    Define "closed".

    Western Ave. to UCSC works if necessary.

    yup, check.....sounds like a great ride, been waiting to do that one, prolly ~80 miles? don't have a cross bike ready right now (do have a dropbar mtb though), either way i don't think i'd wanna move @ a fast pace like that all day. well, i guess it depends how much beer was involved. oh yeah, if you ride by hunter's shop please ask him if he's started my custom cx frame yet.

    i second the fender thing.....how come mosta those rain bikes look clean?

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    Bicycle Motor kit

    A buddy at work recently added a 49cc gas motor to his old Schwinn road bike. All it took was for me to take that thing out for one spin to know I wanted one. I never would have thought it would be so fun! This should be arriving in the mail today:


    Strap this onto my Remedy and I should be out ripping up the the trails at Skeggs by Friday

    But really, this is going on a Trek hybrid we have been using to commute on the train with. I'm planning on using it a few days here and there to get to work and back.

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    Depends.

    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    yup, check.....sounds like a great ride, been waiting to do that one, prolly ~80 miles?
    Maybe a little less. It depends where I "drop" onto Hwy 1. Anybody? Anybody? FC? Rensho? Jeff H?

    Great choice on the CX bike, Rick makes some nice stuff.

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    Kinda pissed b/c i got 4 days of riding in last week and so far this week.....fricking ZERO. So ive been hitting the treadmill in hopes of maintaining some kind of conditioning. Im planning a cross ride on friday (love those furlough fridays) regardless.

    Pic is of the soma double cross in a previous life. I think im on my 4 revision so far. But its just getting better.

    PS: public transportation is depressing.
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    This rain is bad for the wallet. The last storm, I noticed I didn't have a red bike. This storm, I'm fixing that..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWheels
    Rain bike, same 20 yr-old Fuso I posted a pic of last month. I left the car at the office tonight and rode home, will ride in tomorrow, 27 miles each way. It wasn't too bad tonight actually, I got a bigger soaking from the 8" deep puddle on the bike path along 237 than from the rain. ...
    No wonder you climb so damn fast in April! I was feeling good about my 1 hour on the stationary cycle this morning until I read this. I better break-out the neoprene booties and go for a real ride this weekend.

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    Donuts, coffee and mtbr. Those are it for today.
    The rain is unrelenting, the wind as strong as I've ever seen it. There must be thousands of trees down in the Santa Cruz mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Donuts, coffee and mtbr. Those are it for today.
    The rain is unrelenting, the wind as strong as I've ever seen it. There must be thousands of trees down in the Santa Cruz mountains.

    It be a good day to be a tree trimmer.

    Lots of coffee right now. Lots.

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    I see blue sky. So tempted to take the bike out for a quick spin around town....

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    Jabberwocky with Crudcatcher fenders:

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumblingcrustacean
    I see blue sky. So tempted to take the bike out for a quick spin around town....
    i saw the same thing and went for it. Turned into a 2.5hr road ride and that last hour of pummeling rain and wind was BRUTAL

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    Time for the chopper bicycle! I get 100 miles to the gallon on this hog...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Time for the chopper bicycle! I get 100 miles to the gallon on this hog...

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    Time to roost some trails at ECDM!
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    This morning before it started coming down in sheets - at least there was no wind, so that's good
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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles
    Time to roost some trails at ECDM!
    Yea dude. Why do you think I made this thing. Time to add cyclocross tires and braaaaap, braaaaap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian
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    This morning before it started coming down in sheets - at least there was no wind, so that's good
    I need rain pants. What's good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I need rain pants. What's good?

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    I've tried a lot of them - what I found works best (what I'm wearing on this pic) is cheap MX storm guard pants. I got mine at Cycle Gear in San Jose. They work great for on and off road since they are reinforced on high-wear areas like the seat and cuffs. they also have little elastic bands that go under your foot which keeps them down.

    they don't breath as well as other high end fabrics - but they are a fraction of the price and gets the job done - which is keeping you dry. plus if you go down and tear the living hell out of them - you won't have to break the bank to replace hem

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    Who is going to the snow this week? It sounds @epic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Who is going to the snow this week? It sounds @epic.

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    Tahoe and Truckee bound this w/e. Not a skiier or snowboarder so trying out drunken snow shoeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Time for the chopper bicycle! I get 100 miles to the gallon on this hog...
    So cool! How do you start it? How much? How much power, speed, etc. Links??

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    So cool! How do you start it? How much? How much power, speed, etc. Links??

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    Pedal start - let out the clutch and give a little gas, $120 tax and shipped for the kit on ebay. The engine is sold as a 80cc but it's more like 68cc.

    A guy at our shop bought one and I played with it when he got his and I loved it. This thing needs some mods to make it more reliable though. Such as a better way to tension the chain (the one that comes with the kit is junk, horizontal drops would be more ideal), better way to mount the rear motor sprocket to the wheel (right now it's sandwiched between the spokes with nuts and bolts), better brakes and a better clutch lever. I'm thinking I'm going to build a set of disc brake hubs on road or hybrid rims. I'll mount the gear to the rear hub on the disc tabs and I'll add a cable disc brake to the front. For the clutch I'm looking for an above the bar friction shifter for the left side so I can also run my front brake. On the pedal side, I'm going to run it single or two speed in the back, and adjust gears with a short piece of cable and housing. In the front I'll run a triple. I want higher gearing so road cranks may be in order.

    As far as speed I haven't throttled mine up all the way as I'm trying to break in the engine lightly but when I played with my co-workers I got his up to 35 in the flats and 15mph going up Communication Hill with no pedaling. I could maintain 20-25 up the hill with pedal assist.


    Perfect project for weather like this, but now I can't wait until the sun comes out.

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    Nice! Is that a bikeberry? http://www.bikeberry.com/product_inf...d=141#chapter4

    'China special cheap, i wonder how they make money product?'

    It's upgrade time already.

    Hey post that up in the Electric Assist Bikes Forum. Yes, we have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Pedal start - let out the clutch and give a little gas, $120 tax and shipped for the kit on ebay. The engine is sold as a 80cc but it's more like 68cc.

    A guy at our shop bought one and I played with it when he got his and I loved it. This thing needs some mods to make it more reliable though. Such as a better way to tension the chain (the one that comes with the kit is junk, horizontal drops would be more ideal), better way to mount the rear motor sprocket to the wheel (right now it's sandwiched between the spokes with nuts and bolts), better brakes and a better clutch lever. I'm thinking I'm going to build a set of disc brake hubs on road or hybrid rims. I'll mount the gear to the rear hub on the disc tabs and I'll add a cable disc brake to the front. For the clutch I'm looking for an above the bar friction shifter for the left side so I can also run my front brake. On the pedal side, I'm going to run it single or two speed in the back, and adjust gears with a short piece of cable and housing. In the front I'll run a triple. I want higher gearing so road cranks may be in order.

    As far as speed I haven't throttled mine up all the way as I'm trying to break in the engine lightly but when I played with my co-workers I got his up to 35 in the flats and 15mph going up Communication Hill with no pedaling. I could maintain 20-25 up the hill with pedal assist.


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    What's legality like on something like that? It's considered a moped, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckedrex
    What's legality like on something like that? It's considered a moped, right?
    Nope. Moped is 49cc and lower. I got turn signals, and brake lights though.

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    Just got back

    Nothing special - just hit the road, climbed Bernal up to IBM and went down the backside. There was a group of about 20-30 wild turkeys that wouldn't move when I was descending. Mixed with wet cantilever brakes is no good.

    I hit the single tracks along the creek trail on the way home and Los Alamitos Creek is SUPER high - the highest I've ever seen it. All you need is some cold/rain gear and some fenders. I dare not take the geared bikes in this crap, though.

    I used my new booties today and they rocked. Warm, dry feet FTW!


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    WTF! I can't even slide the wheel into the Trance X frame rear D hanger! So much for Craigslist purchases. I guess I'll have to use the ol hanger from the Reign until I find something else that works. Bloody hell!

    Otherwise, the project is going fine. I had Hayward Bicycles (formerly Cyclepath in Hayward) move the Crankset over and they are definitely good people.


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    Which BF? BF 1942? BF2? I wont ask about the ones that came after that.

    My rainy day diversion has been conveniently getting sick and may also include moving all my parts from a Reign to a Trance X frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Nice! Is that a bikeberry? https://www.bikeberry.com/product_in...d=141#chapter4

    'China special cheap, i wonder how they make money product?'

    It's upgrade time already.

    Hey post that up in the Electric Assist Bikes Forum. Yes, we have one.

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    They're all pretty much the same. Super cheap motors coming out of China. I figure if I get a year or so out of this motor it was worth what I paid.

    Already made some mods last night and took it for a spin this morning. It was so nice of the sun to come out just in time for my day off.

    I added a front v-brake and used a x9 trigger shifter for the front chain rings. I tried using a pop-lock for the clutch which would have worked except the leverage is not enough. It's really hard to engage and release.
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    Suns up. Going up Montebello on my new bike =)

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    Fenders

    I watch the radar on-line and ride locally near Fairfax between squalls if possible.

    The mud season fender set up adds about a pound before mud accumulation. The downtube fender extension in front of the rings has eliminated chain suck from mud packing the chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Who is going to the snow this week? It sounds @epic.

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    I went snowboarding Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Northstar. Thursday was epic. LOTS of super light (by Tahoe standards) fresh powder. It was as good of snow as I have ever seen in Tahoe. The snow was great on Friday and Saturday too, just not as much of it.

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    diversion....

    during extreme rain like this i choose diversion - trail and stunt building.....

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    I like going out on long road rides this time of the year. Last Saturday was one of my favorites: Sunnyvale -> Stevens Canyon -> Redwood Gulch -> HWY9 -> Skyline -> Alpine Rd -> Pescadero -> HWY1 -> Tunitas Creek -> Skyline -> Hwy 84 -> Get lost in Portola Valley -> Girlfriend picks me up at Pagemill and 280

    I also climb at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. If anyone is looking for a lead certified climbing partner I'm there during the week at lunch or in the evenings.

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    Fantasy Curling

    With the Winter Olympics coming up and all the rain limiting our riding time, I propose a Norcal fantasy Curling league

    Who wants in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    With the Winter Olympics coming up and all the rain limiting our riding time, I propose a Norcal fantasy Curling league

    Who wants in?
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    I've been riding this and my cross bike a lot, lately. I miss dirt. Sucks when the trails are this marshy. Most of my rides are commutes and road rides lately. I like to ride mud but I hate messing up trails. Riding dirt tomorrow night, looking forward to it!



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    We're focused only on two things in the house. Eating and training. And maybe some Rock Band.
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    Hi, I just discovered this thread.

    I am a long way from Norcal but we do know a thing or two about all wet weather cycling in the UK.

    Below is a video of the type of bike I use. I own three of these bikes a 1983, a 1988 and a 2010 full suspension version. With these bikes you can ride through the mud and puddles as fast as you can and will only get slightly splashed below the knee. Low maintenance too with protective guards, grease points and enclosed all weather brakes. There's even chains that run through plastic tubes on the latest bikes.


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    I ride it wet and dry on this sucka
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    Another winter assault vehicle. Riding dirty in the dark... thanks Chum!

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