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    Heavy rain on the ride home, very satisfied with my rain kit!

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    our big stormageddon didnít amount to much, still warranted the studded tires this morning. did get snow north of here so a few buddies and i made the 100 mile trip to chase some groomed fatbike trails over the weekend.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    our big stormageddon didnít amount to much, still warranted the studded tires this morning. did get snow north of here so a few buddies and i made the 100 mile trip to chase some groomed fatbike trails over the weekend.




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    Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. I've got a child with strep today, so I didn't even get to ride the studs to work on our ice and half inch of snow.

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    Looks like a commute I would wish for. I took the route through the construction site again today and had to clean the mud from my bike when I got home. Fenders were totally clogged up. For the rest the rides were good, it was dry and there was little wind. On the ride home, someone on an ebike caught up from behind and told me my taillight was not working. Will try to fix it tonight or put on a blinkie tomorrow morning until I have a new one. After 5+years and 23tkm/15tm I can live with it.

    Mid january and still no snow/freezing temps in sight....on the way home I was thinking about whether it makes sense to put on wintertires in winter. We'll see what feb/march have to offer.

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    We had a crazy record setting January thaw over the weekend which included some rain that did a number on our snow pack. Most trails are still snow covered but some are barren. It was a good chance to use the non-fat bike.
    How was your commute today?-capture.jpg

    I did get out on a short road ride in shorts on Saturday when the temperature hit almost 70F. And this Friday it is supposed to be -5F.

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    Crazy temp swings at your place bedwards.

    What a day here. This morning it was windy and it rained enough to put on the raingear. The ride home was only windy, but shortly before home, without warning, my seatpost bolt snapped and my saddle tilted backwards all of a sudden. I remember just riding and suddenly hanging on the bar with my rear end on the rear rack. I stayed upright and just rolled to the next streetlight to look at the damage. Unfortunately a piece of the bolt is still in the threaded part with no chance to get it out with pliers or something.

    I have to say I was lucky in the end. I didnt crash or get hurt, I was almost at home when it happened and it is not preventing me from riding tomorrow since I have the same seatpost and saddle on the fatbike that I can put in in a minute. But it will take a while until I get over the scare ...

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    It has 2 bolts so that you can adjust the saddle angle very exactly. My saddle was shifted more backwards so the front bolt was under quite some stress. Will get one with an offset now so that the saddle is more forward in the clamp.

    Hope you all had an uneventful commute today!

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    ^^Yup, that sounds too eventful. Now is the chance to upgrade to that carbon seatpost you have always wanted. Or just buy a new bolt. You can probably get it out with a screw extractor.

    My ride was pretty uneventful, which is good considering now icy the trails are. I took the fatbike over the skinny bike and it handles the icy ruts much more comfortably. If it only had some suspension.

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    Wow Dutchman, that could have been a disaster.

    Crazy warm for January bedwards!

    I've been grounded this week...snow in Seattle. Can I borrow your fatbike bedwards? To get to work I have to navigate some pretty steep hills while sharing the road with cars. There is ice everywhere and still snow in the bike and travel lanes, so I have stayed off my bike so far this week. Temps are above freezing now and it's going to be warming up, so I am hoping to get back to commuting tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Can I borrow your fatbike bedwards? To get to work I have to navigate some pretty steep hills while sharing the road with cars.
    Certainly, but only if you come here to ride it. I saw 1 car on my entire ride home last night. Some trails were sketchy with light snow over icy ruts. The rest were great.

    I have some customers coming today and some after work duties so I had to bring the truck. We've got more snow coming tomorrow so I'm not sure when I will get to ride again.

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    Well yesterday evening I managed to get the piece of bolt out so I would be able to put a new one in. I noticed that my saddle was quite far back, so I made a detour to the big bikeshop today. They have a drawer full of more or less used seatposts and they had indeed 2 in the size I needed, which I got for less than half the normal price. Will swap them in later tonight.

    It was warm here too, 12C when I left at 4pm. It was still bright outside, but I had a strong headwind of around 60kph/35mph for a big part of the ride. At some point in the open and on the muddy road, I was doing 16kph/10mph only. The whole round trip today took 10 minutes longer than the usual 90 minutes.

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    Nice solution Dutchman.

    bedwards, let me get back to you on travelling to Maine to borrow your bike

    Enough of the snow melted off that I was able to ride to work this morning. Temps were in the mid-30's, (2-3C ) and of course it was raining. But the commute went well and I was happy to be riding, not driving, to the office.

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    How was your commute today?

    back at it myself today too after a couple days of dad taxi duty. came out to the garage to a flat tire, forgot to put my helmet on when i left, the quarter-mile-long wooden bridge on my route was solid sheet ice (i just took the studded tires back off), and fought a nasty headwind.. welcome back!

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    ..I was happy to be riding, not driving, to the office.
    but, this.

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    Woodway good to hear you can ride again. Werent you thinking about a new bike? A fatbike might do it


    Bedwards those are very nice pics. Nice snow pile up on your helmet ^^

    No snow in sight here yet, not even freezing temps. At least, calm weather and not too much rain. Today was quite nice, 5C and calm. I even got to see a very nice colourful sunset on the way home.

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    Bit of a hairy ride in this morning - ice!

    It was raining on the ride home last night, temps in the upper 30's, 3-4C. Overnight it cleared out and temps dropped to freezing in cold spots. Had to get off an walk a couple of times and experienced a couple of sketchy moments when I suddenly found myself on ice at speed. Made it to work without going down but don't want to repeat that again...

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    Woodway very good that you walked when necessary. We had a similar situation last winter and despite the conti wintercontacts I went down on the 3rd turn...

    It was a beautiful day here. I made a nice sunrise pic this morning but during the best part of it I was riding away from the sun. Made my detour again and came well through the construction site. It didnt rain 2 days so there was a dry track in the mud and also it was still daylight.

    Happy weekend everyone!

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    edit #1
    double posting

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    I had a look at my numbers for last year. I rode approx 5000 kilometers / 3100 miles. That is about 500km more than usual for which I "blame" the new cx bike and the fattie that both moved in last year. I dont get to ride them much but love it everytime when I have the chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Bit of a hairy ride in this morning - ice!

    ..I suddenly found myself on ice at speed. Made it to work without going down but don't want to repeat that again.
    my exact experience yesterday too. in the following pic i circled a wooden bridge above a wet area on my normal route that was a smooth sheet of bare ice (that as you can see i found a reroute on the ride home) :




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    My commute was in a truck. We ended up with about 12" of snow from our 4" storm. We've got another storm coming in tomorrow. The good news is that there is enough to get the snowmobiles out to pack the trails again. Monday will be a new ballgame.

    Have a good weekend all.

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    How was your commute today?

    Hey all thought I would check in. I took a little time off over Christmas but Iím still here and still riding but only about 1/2 as much as I do when the weather is nicer. Actually it has less to do with the weather and more to do with the dark. Although my new Out Bound Lighting Hangover edition has really helped with that. It has been unusually warm the last few weeks so the rides have been muddy, sloppy, and kinda grey and dull. However, I like riding and look forward to the sun making and appearance during the rides again. Hope you all are well. I have very few good pictures to share as the light has been a little absent as discussed.



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    Pretty uneventful rides for me this week, but they claim snowmageddon is on the way tonight. I'll believe it when it see it.

    If it goes as predicted, it'll be a nasty storm: 5 to 8 inches of snow followed by rain followed by plummeting temperatures. Not good for anything but sitting in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    If it goes as predicted, it'll be a nasty storm: 5 to 8 inches of snow followed by rain followed by plummeting temperatures. Not good for anything but sitting in the house.
    I don't want to hear about snowmageddon. I've got to travel from Maine to Detroit for work (Novi) in a few weeks and the chance of Travel changing weather in mid winter is always extremely possible.

    We got 5-8" over the weekend too. The trails are pretty well packed. I didn't notice it when I left but my front tire has a slow leak and it was about 2PSI by the time I got to work. The trails were packed powder so it mostly worked other than me thinking I would have to stop and pump it up for the whole ride.

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    James did you get the weather that was forecasted?

    Bedards those leaks are the worst. You cant find and fix them that easily and you dont want to work on it long too in the snow. I guess you were on the fatbike? Is it set up tubeless?

    We have the biggest high since decades I heard. Pressure is up to 1046mbar/hPa, my converter says 30,71 inHg. Consequently we have calm weather. Weather report said it should be freezing and foggy this morning but it was 5C when I left and there was no sign of freezing or fog whatsoever. Ride home was the same. Its just that daylight is mostly back on my rides, thats nice!

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    Yes fatbike, no tubeless. I've learned through trial and failure that tubeless doesn't work with this rim/tire combination. Fatbike tires hold so much air that these slow leaks can be ignored in favor of working on them at home. I pumped it up at lunch. If it is still mostly solid before I leave I'll top it off and fix it at home.

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    We did get some pretty nasty weather. Surprisingly, the city did a reasonable job plowing. The ground is covered with snow and looks pretty, but it is all frozen solid.

    I had today off, so I didn't ride. Tomorrow is supposed to be 6įf. Not sure if I'll ride.

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    My fatbike has tubes too and I am not touching it until I have too and I have no clue whether the rims and tires are tubeless compatible either. Good luck for your ride home then! ^^Do you have some nice snow pics ?

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    ^^Some people swear by tubeless fatbike. I've set up plenty of bikes tubeless with no problems. This fatbike mounts up fine and rides great until it burps out all the air and the tire falls off the rim. There is no recovery other than putting a tube in. It usually fails in the extreme cold so that is a NO.

    No new pics but I put together my winter morning series.
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    I had today off, so I didn't ride. Tomorrow is supposed to be 6įf. Not sure if I'll ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    ^^Some people swear by tubeless fatbike. I've set up plenty of bikes tubeless with no problems. This fatbike mounts up fine and rides great until it burps out all the air and the tire falls off the rim. There is no recovery other than putting a tube in. It usually fails in the extreme cold so that is a NO.

    No new pics but I put together my winter morning series.
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    I see, throwing down the gauntlet are you? :-)


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    I'm also running my fat with tubes. My rims are technically not tubeless ready, but they were running jumbo Jim's tubeless. I couldn't get the dillengers to seat, so I went with tubes. For my riding I can't tell a difference. The studs make it a little like riding on Velcro though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    I see, throwing down the gauntlet are you? :-)
    Don't you know it! We got colder temps than promised. And look at that dew point. My lips are chapped just reading it. Well and just being out in it for 1-1/2 hours.
    How was your commute today?-capture.jpg

    I'm not sure why they haven't developed a solid tubeless standard for fatbikes. The Dillingers are horrid at tubeless. Mine are so loose I can drop them over the rims and they will fall off the other side. I ran the Ground Control tires tubeless over a whole summer with zero issues on the same rims. And the specilized rims are lousy for tubeless too. Straight walls, no hook at all.

    The ride home last night was freshly groomed and a little soft. But oh boy -7F will freeze some things up. The trails were in great shape but things are really slow at those temps. My wheels still don't spin when it is cold and it is enough to notice.

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    I actually rode in today instead of walking. I've been avoiding doing most recreational riding because I somehow hurt my shoulder, I think from falling asleep in an unfortunate position, but it's been going on for over a week now. So I decided I would at least do 1.5 miles each way to work, because even though it hurts a fair bit to get in the drops, I can put my lunch in my panier bags and not have it over my shoulder.

    Optimally I'll get back to doing 100+ miles a week, and I'm thinking about making commuting a part of that by figuring out a couple of routes that I'll ride religiously instead of straight to and from work, like 7 miles each way would be nice. That and I'm thinking about doing errands and grocery shopping by bike again (how far I have strayed!), but have gotten a lot of resistance from my wife on the grocery front. Not sure why she's just very against it. I think she thinks I expect her to carry the groceries, but I really don't. Like maybe a few things, but I could easily get all of our groceries in my two sets of bags. I also don't think she realizes I'll exercise a lot more if I have to do it for pragmatic and routine purposes rather than just cruising around. I swear I'm not really lazy, I just need an ulterior motive.
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    Bedwards wow, that is really cold overthere. Good luck riding in those temps.

    NDD, how about moving further away from work?

    Still no sign of winter here but it wasnt nice either out today. Temps were around 4C, it was foggy and winds around 12-15 kts, which made it feel quite like winter. The good side is that it didnt rain fo a while now and the unpaved part of my route is now pretty dry and rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    NDD, how about moving further away from work?
    LOL, Dutchman, I don't know if you've ever been to the US but there's a reason I'd choose to either live in the city or the middle of nowhere. In the city you have little true privacy but things are convenient. In the country you have privacy, but nothing is convenient. In the suburban areas you have neighbors in your business and nothing is really convenient. FWIW, despite my city having the highest per capita murder rate in the country for a few years running, I live and work in safe neighborhoods, and know how to get around. The fact that, if I need to, I can be at work in 6 minutes by car or 12 minutes by bike and not have to sit in start/stop traffic is invaluable to me. Going out of my way would be a small sacrifice, but I need to trick myself into believing the routine with extra miles, so I keep doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Don't you know it! We got colder temps than promised. And look at that dew point. My lips are chapped just reading it. Well and just being out in it for 1-1/2 hours.
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    I'm not sure why they haven't developed a solid tubeless standard for fatbikes. The Dillingers are horrid at tubeless. Mine are so loose I can drop them over the rims and they will fall off the other side. I ran the Ground Control tires tubeless over a whole summer with zero issues on the same rims. And the specilized rims are lousy for tubeless too. Straight walls, no hook at all.

    The ride home last night was freshly groomed and a little soft. But oh boy -7F will freeze some things up. The trails were in great shape but things are really slow at those temps. My wheels still don't spin when it is cold and it is enough to notice.
    You won. I rode today, but was a little disappointed that the temp was 17į feels like 8į instead of actually being 8į. Wunderland got updated a while ago and kind of sucks now.

    Ndd, sorry to hear about your shoulder, but it always makes me feel better to know that others get sleeping injuries too.

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    We have winter finally set in for us this week. Temps down to -8C. After what feels like weeks of rain many places are sheets of ice so I have been off the bike mostly. I am hoping to ride later this week. Hope you all have good safe rides today.

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    Hi jeremy thats incredible overhere we still have +6C.

    This morning had drizzle and a headwind so wasnt exactly a lovely ride but it was good rule #9 training. The way home was nice though, dry and calm, not much more to wish for in january.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    You won. I rode today, but was a little disappointed that the temp was 17į feels like 8į instead of actually being 8į. Wunderland got updated a while ago and kind of sucks now.
    Ndd, sorry to hear about your shoulder, but it always makes me feel better to know that others get sleeping injuries too.
    I think you won. You rode and it wasn't dangerously cold. LOL, sleeping injuries: Welcome to old age.

    Today was 8F and felt much nicer. The trails were fantastic. I offered to shuttle a friends car home so she could ride the trails home with my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    Ndd, sorry to hear about your shoulder, but it always makes me feel better to know that others get sleeping injuries too.

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    LOL! But I bet you were over 30 before it happened! Been stretching it out, feeling better.

    Extended my commute to 9 miles today. That's really like a sweet spot to get you nice and focused for work. Don't know about y'all but I've probably got the adult ADD and the exercise really helps to focus for longer stretches, especially if I get any cardio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    LOL! But I bet you were over 30 before it happened! Been stretching it out, feeling better.

    Extended my commute to 9 miles today. That's really like a sweet spot to get you nice and focused for work. Don't know about y'all but I've probably got the adult ADD and the exercise really helps to focus for longer stretches, especially if I get any cardio.
    Yup, I was over 30 before the sleep injuries started setting in. I always do better at work after riding. Definitely helps the focus.

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    NDD, I'm a commute-stretcher too. My direct route is only a little over 8 mile each way. Far too short for my tastes so I like stretch stretch things out both to and from work. It's become a habit and part of my day - I don't even think about it anymore. And, if I am really in a hurry, I can just take the direct route for a quick trip.

    jamespc and bedwards, you both win in my book. I think I have commuted in single digits once and it was painful. Well done both.

    Rain, rain and more rain for me. Pretty much every commute for the past two weeks has been in the rain at for at least one of the directions, if not both. And there is no letup in sight. At least I can notice (through the gloom) that the days are getting longer.

    The spring in my right brifter broke. I've decided to replace that side with a full hydraulic system (I've got cable actuated hydraulic now). I'm sure that will eventually force an upgrade on the other side...

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    I'm known to take the long way too but the short option is 10 or 12 miles so over 20 miles/ day is a good base. My extended winter commutes go from 8 to a max of about 12 which at the speed of winter is plenty.

    Woodway, you must have skied in single temps, it isn't much different. Road commuting at 0F is brutal with the wind. But with average speeds around 6-10MPH it isn't bad. Today was around 5F which felt pretty normal.

    I took the skinny tire bike because the trails seemed really firm and I just swapped over from a 2.1" to a 2.35". Nope. I let out a bunch of pressure so it wouldn't dig through the snow. The ride was OK but it felt like my tires and the snow were velcro. I got to the driveway at work and realized that the pressure was so low that it was just that I was riding on flat tires. Yesterday's ride on the fatbuke was < 1 hour. Today's ride with identical conditions took 1:20 and felt like a lot more work.

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    I'm back on the fatbike today. After my flat tire experience on the skinny bike I decided to try the fatty with more pressure than I usually use, all the way up to 9PSI. Handling suffered and I spun out on the steepest (20%) hill but it was fast fast fast. My hour & 20 minute ride turned into 54 minutes.

    I was lubing my chain on the fatbike and decided to check it for wear. I almost didn't bother because the chain and cassette are under 1 year old and they don't get dirty. The chain is toast. So toast that I'm sure the cassette is toast too. WTF? 750 miles on a drivetrain that stays very clean seems really low even to my cassette mashing legs. Oh well, I ordered up a new chain and cassette. I'll stick this cassette on the shelf and run the whole thing into the ground the next time.

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    Hey bedwards I am running the fatbike tires also at a pretty high pressure so far. It is pretty fast and still grippy and floating on soft sand. It is only more difficult on bumpy downhills since it doesnt soak up the bumps. In general it is ok for beachriding and easier xc trails, that we have a lot here.

    Woodway you are beating everyone when it comes to riding in the rain and the rule #9 award definitely goes to you.

    Well rides were good yesterday and wet today. It wasnt forecasted but it was colder than expected and additional drizzle both rides too. I didnt make my usual detour on the way home but I did vary the route on 2 parts which added about 15 minutes anyway on the way home. Planning a fattie ride tomorrow, cant wait.

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    Hey all, great ride for me today. 1C and finally the whole way in was dry. I gave my Fargo a really good cleaning this weekend and changed the shift cable out as well. I also adjusted the brifter position and added some gel pads and rewrapped the bars. Only problem was I ran out of wrap and so only the right side got done as I had to remove it to swap the cable. I tend to have worse issue with that hand going to sleep in me and today it totally didnít. So Iím hopeful once both a fully updated with gel pads and new wrap those problems will be behind me. I also swapped my seat back the the stock Fargo WTB volt to try it as I have been having issues with the Brooks saddle. But after riding one way 35km on the WTB I will switch back as soon as I get home. It was way more uncomfortable. I may be in search of a true seat swap soon. Hope you all have good safe rides today. Cheers, Jeremy

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    I picked up some Surly Extraterrestrial 29x2.5" tires over the weekend for my drop bar mtb. Not sure how well they mount since the wheels are 23 mm internal, I believe, but it was very easy. Good news is that there's still gobs of space in the frame, fairly certain I could fit 2.8" tires, though I think that I'd have to remove the rear rack, and a Trek 920 without racks is just silly. Either that or get a second wheelset for 27.5+.

    I'll say the tires are really low rolling resistance and also beefy enough to feel ok abusing. They smooth out the worst roads and once you get them rolling it feels like you'll never stop, but at 1070 grams (2.4 lbs) a pice, these tires are downright heavy and take some effort to get rolling. The amount of cut and flat protection these offer is probably worth the weight though, especially if touring or commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    WTF? 750 miles on a drivetrain that stays very clean seems really low even to my cassette mashing legs.
    went through literally the same thing last week. just over 700 miles on a chain and cassette and the chain would skip with any watts put to it in the 11, 13, and 15 tooth cogs. chain measured between .75 and 1.00 on the wear gauge, so tried a new chain, which made the skipping worse as expected. admittedly the drivetrain saw some slop like fatbikes do, but i always made sure to clean up and relube after nasty rides.

    new chain and cassette and all is good. did a shakedown ride on our local gravel.



    back on the commuter this morning after a week off of it due to other life. felt like a month. sketchy paths with black ice, frozen footprints, even virgin crunchy, crusty snow. still beats driving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    ..but at 1070 grams (2.4 lbs) a pice, these tires are downright heavy and take some effort to get rolling. The amount of cut and flat protection these offer is probably worth the weight though, especially if touring or commuting.
    wow! i have a set of fat bike tires that weigh that! like you say though, given the trade offs and their intended vocation iím sure itís worth it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    went through literally the same thing last week. just over 700 miles on a chain and cassette and the chain would skip with any watts put to it in the 11, 13, and 15 tooth cogs. chain measured between .75 and 1.00 on the wear gauge, so tried a new chain, which made the skipping worse as expected. admittedly the drivetrain saw some slop like fatbikes do, but i always made sure to clean up and relube after nasty rides.
    My wear gauge only measures 0.5 & 0.75 but it dropped right in on the 0.75 side. It wasn't skipping yet but it was getting noisy. I'm 100% sure a new chain would have skipped on the old cassette. Both should be here soon. I'm debating a new chainring because this one will undoubtedly wear out the new bits faster. On the other hand I think I'll swap these parts back and forth until things stop working the then do a full refresh next time. In 2 years it might be time for a bike up-grade.

    No bike commute for me today. The trails & lake are too soft and I feel like crap, cold. Hopefully both will be better tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    wow! i have a set of fat bike tires that weigh that! like you say though, given the trade offs and their intended vocation iím sure itís worth it.



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    I replaced the right broken brifter this weekend and took the opportunity to deep clean my commuter. The snow that we had three weeks ago, followed by two weeks of rain really did a number on the moving bits. I have been riding though buckets and buckets of water filled with sand and grit.

    First my headset started indexing and there was goo leaking out of the bottom onto the fork, so I pulled it apart to have a look and was greeted with this:

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    The headset was wrecked, full of grit that I could not flush out. Thankfully, I had a spare on hand to install.

    Later, I pulled the chain to clean and lube it, and when I spun the cranks all I could hear was grinding. So I pulled the bottom bracket and got this:

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    Did not even try to flush that one out, I also had a spare bottom bracket that I installed. Every other bit came off the bike was cleaned lubed and reinstalled. It all took a full day, but she is ready to ride now.

    No ride for me today, but will be riding the rest of the week. Of course the forecast calls for...more rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    ..Every other bit came off the bike was cleaned lubed and reinstalled. It all took a full day, but she is ready to ride now.
    a daunting undertaking, but thereís a serious sense of accomplishment from doing this, at least for me. this kind of stuff is what i do to unwind though, so maybe iím the exception, ha.



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    Woodway I dont wanna know how your frame would look like if it wasnt titanium. Looks like it would be just as much toast as the bearings that you pulled out. How much did those last, do you have an estimation?

    NDD try the schwalbe marathon unflattable tires in the same size those beat the ET by far I guess.

    Bender nice pics. What brand is the black bike?

    Rain this morning and I had the full hardshell rain gear on. It was quite nice actually, it was 4C and I had the layers just right so that I felt warm, dry and cosy on the way. On the ride home I beat a guy who usually overtakes me on his ebike. We arrived at the same light from different directions and I let him go first because I expected him to speed away as usual. But he crept in front of me with a terrible crunchy noise, today he was on a normal bike with spiketires mounted on it. WTF it was 8C and no freezing temps in sight the next weeks. So after creeping behind him for 5 minutes I overtook him first opportunity and after 10 minutes I could not see him behind me anymore. I hope I havent hurt his ego too much

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post

    Bender nice pics. What brand is the black bike?
    thatís my Specialized Fatboy. started as an SE model, and iíve chipped away at upgrades the last few years. iíve cut almost 5lb off the bike with the snow wheels/tires, and over 8lb with the 4Ē tires on 50mm wheels.





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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    thatís my Specialized Fatboy. started as an SE model, and iíve chipped away at upgrades the last few years. iíve cut almost 5lb off the bike with the snow wheels/tires, and over 8lb with the 4Ē tires on 50mm wheels.
    Nice looking bike, bbender!

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    a daunting undertaking, but thereís a serious sense of accomplishment from doing this, at least for me. this kind of stuff is what i do to unwind though, so maybe iím the exception, ha.
    You are not alone - I also enjoy and get a lot of satisfaction from tinkering with my bikes.

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    Woodway I dont wanna know how your frame would look like if it wasnt titanium. Looks like it would be just as much toast as the bearings that you pulled out. How much did those last, do you have an estimation?
    That is the beauty of a Ti frame...it's pretty much impervious to all the crud on to road. I don't closely track parts replacements on my bike, but I'll guess I got about 12,000 miles/19km out of the headset and about half of that from the bottom bracket. I can usually get more but this winter has been really bad from a road grime perspective.

    Here is a beauty shot of my commuter after the clean-up and re-assembly:

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Here is a beauty shot of my commuter after the clean-up and re-assembly:

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    that thing is sweeeet.

    my hollering-out-the-window buddy and i crossed paths again this morning on the road. saw him go a ways down the road after he passed by (oncoming), turn around, and as he came up behind me (still a few hundred feet away) turned into another random driveway for a second... then backed out and followed again. by this time i was up on the raised multi-use path, and i saw him coming, so i stopped and waited for him. he just sped by quietly. i really donít know what this dudeís thought process is, lmao.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    that thing is sweeeet.
    Be careful or he will talk you into buying one. Or maybe I'm the one that will talk you into buying one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    my hollering-out-the-window buddy and i crossed paths again this morning on the road. saw him go a ways down the road after he passed by (oncoming), turn around, and as he came up behind me (still a few hundred feet away) turned into another random driveway for a second... then backed out and followed again. by this time i was up on the raised multi-use path, and i saw him coming, so i stopped and waited for him. he just sped by quietly. i really donít know what this dudeís thought process is, lmao.
    I'm pretty sure people like that don't have a thought process.

    We got a lot of rain and warm weather over the weekend but most of the snow on the trails survived just fine. The lake had an annoying layer of water under a top layer of ice. One more good cold night should fix that.

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    Be careful or he will talk you into buying one. Or maybe I'm the one that will talk you into buying one.
    Every time I see a pic of your habenaro, bedwards, I remember how much I dig those fenders you put on. I just need to get off my duff and order some!

    Well, my bike did not stay clean for long, more rain this morning. I just read that Seattle is expected to tie the record for the number of rainy day in January - 28. The normal is about 15...

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    They are not expensive. 1 year in and they still look new dispite me trying to crumple them with a stick in the woods. I have since updated them with breakaway mounts in the front.

    I'll make it easy on you. This was the cheapest place around when I bought them.
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    I've been progressively adding more weight to my bike for kicks. I put the book equivalent of one and a half encyclopedias in some bags for the front today. I'll say I added that to hold me down on the surprise wintery mix I wasn't expecting today.

    But that made me wonder, how often do you northerners get a wintery mix and is that what you call sleet, rain, snow, and/or ice at the same time? Or is your wintery mix wet and powdery snow falling together?
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    ..But that made me wonder, how often do you northerners get a wintery mix and is that what you call sleet, rain, snow, and/or ice at the same time? Or is your wintery mix wet and powdery snow falling together?
    yes. lol.

    all the above, in any combination at any given time, at least here in west michigan. itís been a mild winter, so weíve seen a lot of what you describe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    I've been progressively adding more weight to my bike for kicks. I put the book equivalent of one and a half encyclopedias in some bags for the front today. I'll say I added that to hold me down on the surprise wintery mix I wasn't expecting today.

    But that made me wonder, how often do you northerners get a wintery mix and is that what you call sleet, rain, snow, and/or ice at the same time? Or is your wintery mix wet and powdery snow falling together?
    You have a funny way of getting your kicks. That seems like a lot of trouble when you could just buy a Surly.

    Wintery Mix = They don't know exactly what is going to happen. Usually the former in your example, maybe with some graupel "for kicks". Powdery and wet snow almost never fall together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    You have a funny way of getting your kicks. That seems like a lot of trouble when you could just buy a Surly.
    LOLZ I was pretty darn close to buying an Ogre it a Big Dummy in recent history. I decided to drop a cash bomb on my student loans instead of having a heavy bike I load with heavy things. Although without bags, I'm fairly certain the Trek 920 comes in at 28 lbs stock. For an aluminum bike, that's hefty!

    I'm glad y'all get the full winter experience, I feel like our main winter precipitation is sleet, but we've mostly been getting rain this year.
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    Objection ndd. Overhere we have had only rain so far. I had 2 mornings on which temps were just below freezing and just in this moment some sleet is falling, which is expected to turn into rain soon. So far no serious freezing or snow whatsoever. The 2week forecast doesnt show anything wintery either. It looks like this is going to be the mildest winter I have experienced and for sure the mildest since I started riding in 2013.

    By now I am also thinking of getting a habanero ti bike, although I have no complains about my 3 bikes with simple aluminium frames. Its just that I like the sleek and the very unremarkable look of it.

    Rain on both rides today, and a nasty headwind on the way home too. Good times

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    It looks like this is going to be the mildest winter I have experienced and for sure the mildest since I started riding in 2013.
    Well Duh, you bough a fatbike this year. That will change global weather patterns more than your carbon footprint.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    By now I am also thinking of getting a habanero ti bike, although I have no complains about my 3 bikes with simple aluminium frames. Its just that I like the sleek and the very unremarkable look of it.
    Stealthy! I put 2200 miles on it in the first year and have no regrets about buying it at all.

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    decided to skip my commute today and did a stake out in the truck where i always get hassled by the same driver. he came by right on time and i was able to get a good clear picture of the car and license plate at a stop light, and tailed him for a few turns until i felt like i was being obvious. might pick up again another time. i absolutely don't plan on initiating anything, just want my ducks in a row should anything escalate in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    i absolutely don't plan on initiating anything, just want my ducks in a row should anything escalate in the future.
    Maybe start riding with a camera on your helmet or bars?

    Dutchman, just buy the Ti bike already. You know you want one

    Rain again yesterday and this morning. Sigh. My bike looks like I never cleaned it this past weekend. On a happier note, the rear hydraulic disc brake I installed is great. Very happy so far.

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    bbender, that is a special level of harassing driver. Good luck.

    Update on my leaky front fatbike tire. It still leaks but so slowly that I haven't done anything about it.

    Trails are all good, lake is all good, all is all good.

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    Any of y'all ever transport a bag of dog food on your bike? Looking for suggestions. Was going to drive to work today, but got a flat tire (popping off the rim flat) and had to have it towed, because my spare tire was stuck under the truck, due to the bolt holding it being absolutely seized. Also I flatted in a no parking zone... The sad part is I could see my house from where I got stuck.

    After that I walked my happy ass to work, but thought if I were on a bike I'd have never had to deal with the trouble of what to do when your car is not drivable. You just pick up your bike. I'm talking like a 15-20 lb bag of dog food. That's what I want to move. Maybe I should just get a dog trailer for my girls and then I can use that for awkward things when I'm not carrying them around. Unfortunately the only bike trailer I can find won't hold two 50 lb dogs! However they would hold one dog and/or a bag of dog food.
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    Bedwards and woodway I will probably buy one some day. I withstood the temptation on a demo salsa fargo ti that they offered for just above the price of a frameset a few weeks ago. And of course I regret that now.

    Rain here too, and it came with 20kts of wind so it was almost horizontal. My coworker even got a hailshower on the way in so apparently I was even lucky to have only rain. Probably the same tomorrow, #9 rulez

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    NDD should have bought the big dummy right? you always talk about everything being close, can you carry it or take it in a hiking backpack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    NDD should have bought the big dummy right? you always talk about everything being close, can you carry it or take it in a hiking backpack?
    You're right, I should have! Yes things are close, but I do need just a few other groceries and some roads don't have a sidewalk. It's only like a 2 mile walk, really, but still... Hiking pack would maybe be feasible, but I actually don't think my 55 L pack would hold the bag of dog food. Maybe I should cruise the used market on cargo trailers.
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    NDD. I just jury rigged a large $5 trashcan to my rear rack. Ghetto pannier. I have carried a large watermelon and other produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    NDD. I just jury rigged a large $5 trashcan to my rear rack. Ghetto pannier. I have carried a large watermelon and other produce.
    Great! Have any pics of this setup?
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    The last ice patch on the rail trail finally shrunk away enough that I switched from the studded tire MTB to the road bike this morning..... and saved a grand total of 30 seconds on the 10km ride.

    Red lights suck.
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    ^^LOL, smokin'!

    I shaved some time off my commute too but I was still running studs and really needed them. I did a little time trialing on my commute with the fatbike through the woods. At 47 minutes it is probably one of my faster winter commutes. I'm going to repeat it tomorrow with the skinny bike.

    The lake is all ice with some lumpy spots and the trails have their share of ice too so the studs are mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Great! Have any pics of this setup?
    Here is the Duchess with one on the rack:

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    I used a standard bungee cord to hold the bottom against the rear triangle and used hooks and aluminum carabiners to fasten to the side rail of the rack.

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    Here is the errand bike with home made porteur rack with side mounted smaller trash cans and the twin larger ones on the rear rack:

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    Brian that's great. Very low tech. I've gotta ask, do they rattle like mad?
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    Brian, nice to hear from you. I like the second picture, those flowers in the front basket really nail it

    Cruiser that doesnt sound very appealing. Sounds like you could really use a very nice light bike to acceler

    Again a ride with rain and headwind today this morning. The wind picked up even more when I rode home but at least it was dry and a steamy 8C. Some windchill was nice ...

    But my co-worker really won the #9 cup this morning: She had a headwind all the way and had to wait 20 minutes at a closed barrier until 4 freighttrains had passed, while standing in a strong wind and sleet / rain shower.

    The kids dont have school tomorrow so I took a day off. Hope to do some wrenching in the afternoon and maybe make a testride too.

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    quiet ride for me this morning too.. iíve determined my stalker must work until 6:00 am locally, as so far weíve crossed paths in the same spot between 6:14 and 6:22. i made it through there at 5:59 today.

    took the day off myself tomorrow too, heading up north again to the same fatbike trail after numerous reports coming in of ďepicĒ conditions. will still have more vacation days than iím allowed to carry over come Feb 3rd, so figured why not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I shaved some time off my commute too but I was still running studs and really needed them. I did a little time trialing on my commute with the fatbike through the woods. At 47 minutes it is probably one of my faster winter commutes. I'm going to repeat it tomorrow with the skinny bike.
    Comparison complete and the fatbike clocked in about 2 minutes faster on the commute. Today ride was 48:44 vs yesterday's 46:49. BUT, I had another spirited ride home last night and my legs are feeling it today. Also, my carbon fatbike is in the 28lb-29 range and the 10 year old aluminum FS bike is more like 33 -34, could be 35lbs. I had the pressure on the fatty a little high which was fast but uncomfortable on the bumpy ice.

    That was a long winded way of saying they were both good.

    No commutes for me for a few days because I'm flying out to Detroit for some training. Looking at bbenders pic of "up north" made me think I should try to find a fatbike rental place for the downtime I will have on Sunday afternoon. But temps are going to be in the high 40s.

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    A bit more time was saved on the way home.

    At -8C my hands keep getting cold in the road bike bar-mitts, although they usually overheat at similar temps with the mountain bike bar-mitts. I'm trying to figure out why.

    Obviously airspeed is one factor, but it seems like not enough by itself. Maybe having more weight on my hands?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Brian that's great. Very low tech. I've gotta ask, do they rattle like mad?
    No, plastic is sort of self damping. I have to use a small ball ended bungee cord to keep them back to prevent heel strikes. If I have loss stuff in them like a cable lock I can get some noise. Usually empty or packed full. I have less than $50 in the racks, paniers and the free cooler. I think I saved enough gas that they are free.

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    Hi commuters, I have not caught up on the forum but wanted to say hello. 2020 started poorly with a fever on 1/2/20 that morphed into a cold that I couldn't shake, taking me off the bike for most of January. I was also tryin to get healthy for our 2020 trip to Puerto Rico with the shop/bike adventure club. We just got back yesterday, as did our 9 bikes, yay! It was great! A few pix...
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    ..Looking at bbenders pic of "up north" made me think I should try to find a fatbike rental place for the downtime I will have on Sunday afternoon. But temps are going to be in the high 40s.
    you have to go to the north half of the lower peninsula to find any snow anyways, hours north of detroit.

    fatbike ride friday was great. held a couple KOMs for a day... i came home and raved on our local trail conditions page about how good it was, then a friend of mine went up and crushed my times, haha.

    back to commuting this morning. another crazy mild february day predicted today, almost 50 again.





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    Great commute this morning. Mid 40's and going to be mid 60's on the way home. Did 13 miles today. Yesterday was very warm and I think it brought some extra idiot drivers out. The kinda people who park along side you in the wrong lane at a stoplight.
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    Hi commuters, I have not caught up on the forum but wanted to say hello. 2020 started poorly with a fever on 1/2/20 that morphed into a cold that I couldn't shake, taking me off the bike for most of January. I was also tryin to get healthy for our 2020 trip to Puerto Rico with the shop/bike adventure club. We just got back yesterday, as did our 9 bikes, yay! It was great! A few pix...
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    Looks like a great trip. The flu season has been nasty to me this winter. I am currently fighting a fever, with a having cough. I went up north to do some cross country skiing with my family and spent most of the weekend laying in bed, wishing I was home. I get to go to the doctor this afternoon.

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    Finally got around to looking at your PR pics, MTBX. Looks like a blast!
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    MTBX sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Your trip pics look great!

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    Yesterdays meltwater on the path had a pretty hard freeze overnight, so for the first time in 2020 I skipped the railtrail and actually did about 3 km on an arterial road.

    Dry roads and a stiff tailwind couldn't take my mind off how bad everyone drives these days.
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    Hi MTXB, I was going to ask where you had been. Now I know.
    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    you have to go to the north half of the lower peninsula to find any snow anyways, hours north of detroit.

    fatbike ride friday was great. held a couple KOMs for a day... i came home and raved on our local trail conditions page about how good it was, then a friend of mine went up and crushed my times, haha.
    I used option B and took a nap, LOL. Right, no snow where I was. Congrats on the KOMs. It doesn't matter if you lose them, only that you get them.

    We've still got some icy snow hanging on. With fresh legs from 3 days off I set out on my skinny studded bike to crush my time from last Friday. Well, I went from 48 minutes and 44 seconds to 48 minutes and 7 seconds. I attribute it to more iciness and a headwind on the lake.

    We've got some kind of wintery mix coming in tomorrow. They can't decide it it is going to be more snow or more rain.

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    Wow MTBX that looks very nice. Exactly the right thing to do in winter

    Yesterday it rained the whole day and we had some frost overnight. I checked if I would ride because exactly those conditions caused my only crash in years when my front wheel slipped in a corner. This morning it turned out to be ok on the road and I took the unpaved section, since the mud was all frozen and finally rideable again. It turned into a lovely calm sunny day. For early February, couldnt be better.

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    We were supposed to get snow today. So far we're on the line for temps, so it's pretty much all rain. I know it's only a mile and a half, but I'll claim rule #9 for doing it in freezing rain yesterday. Let's see what the ride home brings.
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    finally starting to look like february around here today.




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    While you all are dealing with snow, I'm getting rain, rain and more rain.

    I finished January with a rain ride either to work, from work, or both ways, every single day I rode during the month. I thought February might be better, but it's been more of the same. And yesterday. Yesterday brought the concept of riding in the rain to a whole new level of wet. Sorry to be complaining...I have no problems riding in the rain...I even enjoy riding in the light mist we usually get around here...but a whole day with a dry commute would be a welcome change.

    I've also had a spate of flat tires, and now that's gone to my head. Yesterday riding home I "imagined" that my rear tire was going flat two times - and both times I stopped to check the tire only to find out that, no, it's not going flat. I think I'm losing it.

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    The weather's been mostly crappy here too. Monday was beautiful and 70s, but I had to drive to get to a dentist appointment. The other days have seen rain and colder temps. This morning was my first ride in this week.

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    Bender that loks sweet with all that snow. And what light is that? Looks bright.

    Woodway it sounds like its really tough even for your standards.

    I heards today that january was 3C/6F warmer than the normal average. I bet february is going to be the same too. We have had lots of rain too but nothing compared to woodway. Today was another nice day with 4C in the morning and 7C on the way home. Nothing like winter at all.

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    It was cold this morning at -6C(21F) but clear with a pretty best full moon when I left and sunrise during the ride. Hope you all have a great weekend. And safe rides out there.


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    Snow! Finally a taste of winter showed up last night. The ride in this morning was refreshing, although the roads could have been better. The temps are just in the upper 20s, and much of the 1-2" snow became a bit icy on the road. There is no salt down.

    The big challenge on the ride was finding traction at a stop sign to cross a busy-ish street. The stop sign is at the lowest point with a slope up to the other road. Maybe a singlespeed with slicks wasn't the best way to go (my inclement weather bike is missing a chain and derailleur cable), but it didn't help that cars were overly cautious. Just when I thought I would be able to cross, a car would turn and creep through the intersection and spoil my opportunity.

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    How was your commute today?

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    Bender that loks sweet with all that snow. And what light is that? Looks bright.
    itís a chinese clone of the magicshine 808, and i added the diffuser lens. my phone just takes really good low-light pictures.


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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I've also had a spate of flat tires, and now that's gone to my head. Yesterday riding home I "imagined" that my rear tire was going flat two times - and both times I stopped to check the tire only to find out that, no, it's not going flat. I think I'm losing it.
    LOL, that is not uncommon. After the first flat you are always wondering it if is loosing pressure again.

    Put me into the group of people getting snow. I skipped yesterday because it was snow over ice. I headed out the door on the bike and turned around. I wasn't in the mood for a broken collarbone. We got about 5" and I skipped today because the trails haven't been packed and we are getting freezing rain. Between my trip, some appointments, snow and car shuffling I've only got one ride this week. Hurrumff.

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    We are all agreed that scotch is a good recovery drink, right?

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    I'd lean toward bourbon but it is a matter of personal preference.

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    Jeremy thats spot on!

    Nice rides again today. I wonder about the temp difference at jeremy's and me, it was 5C all day, dry and calm.

    A storm is coming in sunday and monday with winds upto 55 kts and lots of rain. Here in hamburg the river is most likely to overflow too. I brought my laptop and will work from home monday. Hope to have time for a fattie ride tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'd lean toward bourbon but it is a matter of personal preference.
    I was a bourbon man in the US but the selection here in the EU is limited and the scotch is varied, plentiful, and way cheaper than the US so Scotch and Irish whiskey/whisky win the day.

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    You all seem to be good friends with my mortal enemies... Hard alcohol and my temperament just do not get along well. Decreasing impulse control meets loss of filter means I'm probably gonna not be my best me. I'll stick to a post ride beer or five for the weekend.
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    Snow day!! I drove, but we got sent home at noon, it was pretty bad and the wind picked up when I got home. Two day storm, went from snow to ice to snow again now. Picked up the MTB at the shop, shox sent out for service and ready for summer, lol!

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    How was your commute today?

    we got probably 8Ē of snow from two events over the weekend at my house in west michigan. first one was spotty, a few miles down the road meant a difference of inches. in true Winter Ď19-20 fashion it rained a bit last night to follow it all up and turned all the snow to mashed potatoes. rode the studded tires this morning, glad i did. set a new high score for commute time, ha. studded fat tires wouldíve been ideal.


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    We doubled our snow totals for the year last week. We went from like 1.5" to 3". My co-worker "worked from home" on Friday because of the snow. She apparently tried to come into work but drove off the road. It's awfully rough down here. If you ever want a taste of real winter, come to KY. LOL.

    More rain today. Drove in. This weather sucks.

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    About 8 cm of wet snow.

    For the first time all year, a fatbike had gotten to the rail-trail before me, and I got to ride in his track for about 3km.

    I slipped out a few times.... either I need to work on my balance, or he should upgrade from 4" to 5" tires.
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    Snow Snow and more snow. Has not been good for my bike commuting lately. We were supposed to get a few inches overnight but it turned to about 5. It was fluffy and would have been fine to ride through BUT rain was forecast for today and then cold. I wanted to get the snow off the driveway before all that.

    That was the long way to day I didn't ride today. Tomorrow for sure. Probably. Hopefully.

    I did get out on a long ride yesterday with the girls. 17 miles of snow riding was plenty.How was your commute today?-capture.jpg

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    Bedwards that is a nice picture. Who are "the girls" ?

    It seems we all have to deal with unbikeable weather of some sort. Still no snow here but rain, lots of it. Last night a storm with gusts of around 50kts passed through. We came out unharmed but we didnt sleep too much since the rain was hammering on the windows for 3 hrs after midnight. Worked from home today, was on the bike for 12minutes during lunchbreak and the wind was still very strong, gusts of around 35kts. Tonight the wind finally calmed down so I rode another 32 minutes around town to get some small things.

    Will ride tomorrow but might take the bus home, since again 40kt gusts are forecasted. Lets see.

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    Wow, wind is tough Dutchman! Bedwards, 17 miles certainly is more than enough on snow! I rode today but it wasn't pretty, had to take the lane the whole 8 miles as there was no plowed shoulder or bikepath. And even the lane had that nasty frozen snow/ice that feels like a rumble strip. Most cars were good, one Chevy pickup got a vague hand/arm gesture, like getouttahere, gimme more space; he must have been checking his morrors because I saw some not so vague gestures back. Also heard a state plow behind me (the big ones with wings) and dove into the next driveway to let him pass. Was not happy when I got to work and acres are plowed for cars plus the 5 story garage, but I have to wade through 16" or so to bike park. Forgot to borrow a shovel at lunch and was not happy to tiptoe back through after work trying to avoid snow down my high-top 5.10s. Still and all was happy to get 12 miles in (got a boost halfway home) on the furst day of the commuter challenge - perhaps my chances of prizes will go up in that ill-timed venture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Bedwards that is a nice picture. Who are "the girls" ?
    My wife and a friend of ours. MTXB would have fit right in.

    I find taking the lane for that long in a snow storm very stressful. Good job keeping your wits about you. Commuter challenge? Prizes?

    Who am I kidding? I hardly commute by bike anymore. At least that's what it feels like. But I did get out today. It was a hard ride. Nobody had been on the snowmobile trails since the last snow/rain so I was breaking through a slow crust for the whole trail part. It should get better from here.

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    How was your commute today?

    took a detour on my ride home yesterday, through a neighborhood to avoid the unplowed trail (6mph heading into work wasnít enjoyable). worked great, but i didnít air my tires back up from the morning commute, so i fell victim to a pinch flat bombing down a hill at 18mph when i hit a crack in the pavement. saw it coming too. damnit. lol.

    wife and kids drove by as i was trying to limp it home by adding air. i sent her on, then soon gave in and was in the middle of changing the tube when she showed back up with my truck/bike rack. ha.


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    ^^She's a keeper. Never look a gift horse in the mouth. And dang, 6MPH. I managed 7.1 on my trail breaking adventure this morning and that felt slow.

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    it was a slog!!




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    I had my ride stuff set out to brave the freezing fog on the studded tire bike, but the dog had other plans. He took off after 2 deer on our woods walk (just when I said out loud, looking at fresh hoofprints, "that's a big buck" - doh!) Retrieving him turned into a 90 minute snowshoe off-trail, just enough time to drive in, and at least I got my exercise.

    I think the fine print in the winter bike/walk challenge says its for Vermonters, but there are Darn Tough socks and other randomly selected prizes. Plus you only need to record 2 commutes to qualify - done!

    Since I drove in i grabbed my snow shovel to DIY my bike-parking spot....yep, acres are plowed for cars, plus a 5 story garage, but you have to wade through the deep snow (risking soggy sox!) to park your bike.

    A happy ending to report - a friend's fatbike (Norco Bigfoot) was stolen 2 nights ago and last night it was returned to the scene of the crime! Not sure if it was just a joyride or all the social media sharing, but all's well that ends well!

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    ^^^ Bike returned? That never happens. Good karma.

    Among all your winter carnage, I FINALLY had a dry ride yesterday. Yes friends, after 19 consecutive riding days of being rained on riding to/from work (or both ways), I finally managed to ride TO work and home FROM from work without a drop of rain.

    Of course this morning riding to work, it rained.

    My bike is a mess again. Something was grinding in there this morning. I'll have to strip things down again this weekend.

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    Dogs are such a pain in the ass sometimes. Did he come back all wild-eyed and out of breath with a big smile on his face.

    Last nights trip home was much better. It's amazing what one packed tire track will do for your speed. This morning was even faster. We've got a few inches of snow again for tomorrow.

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    ^^Woodway congrats on the dry ride. I have to say, your conditions sound like you could use an internal gear hub combined with a chaincase of some sort. Ever considered that? I think a Shimano Alfine 11 sounds suitable but with your mileage even a Rohloff might be something to consider.

    MTBX My dad had a dog like that too and at some point we didnt wait or look for him anymore, but simply went home and found him hours later on the spot where he left off. Since then he never took off again. I am not saying you should be that tough on him but you might hide somewhere and let him search for a while before you "accidently" show up again.

    I took the bus again today. I also spoke to a collegue who lives close and rides the same route, and he said that riding was possible in general, but the gusts were dangerous and he was almost blown into the lane two times on the ride in. It looks like taking the bus was the right thing to do. Finally the wind is supposed to calm down enough to ride tomorrow and Friday. Sunday another storm is expected to pass through and the whole thing starts over again...but I will enjoy the next two days

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Ever considered that?
    Yup, until I look at the prices, and consider that I would also have to buy new wheels (or get my current wheels re-laced), and in the case of the Alfine hub, new rear brifter (not sure what pull ratio the Rholoff uses, might need a new brifter there too). Beautiful engineering, but I'll keep my money in my pocket and just clean my bike now and then

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    ^^I just saw WAY too many moving parts. Obviously it works, but to me it looks like it would strip itself to death with the torque of standing on the pedals. Yeah, that, and it cost more than most bikes I have bought.

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    Weather has been bad. Rainy and 30s or 40s. I've been driving. Tomorrow looks like it might be OK, then Friday is going to be cold. That's OK by me. Maybe the trails will freeze and will be rideable early Saturday.

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    Decent rides today though colder and windier than expected on the ride home.

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    Dogs are such a pain in the ass sometimes. Did he come back all wild-eyed and out of breath with a big smile on his face.

    Last nights trip home was much better. It's amazing what one packed tire track will do for your speed. This morning was even faster. We've got a few inches of snow again for tomorrow.
    Sounds like a nice ride home! Snow overnight and tomorrow here too, with maybe some mixed stuff too. He was maybe breathing a bit but not panting despite the workout in 16" or so. On the trip home you would think he would be tired and stay in my snowshoe tracks, but whenever we crossed deer, coyote, rabbit tracks he had to follow them a bit.

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    MTBX My dad had a dog like that too and at some point we didnt wait or look for him anymore, but simply went home and found him hours later on the spot where he left off. Since then he never took off again. I am not saying you should be that tough on him but you might hide somewhere and let him search for a while before you "accidently" show up again.
    This dog is a bit different than most, he has returned home ahead of me after taking off and was just calmly waiting under the apple tree. He also met me back at the car once when MTB'g, and from his tracker collar I could see he had taken trails he had never been on. He is very independent and unphased by traversing the woods alone. At least he has a good sense of direction, I think his record was 4 hours gone and found his way back. Given that, the 90 minute adventure on what is usually a 40 minute walk was not too bad. Don't want him to harass wildlife though - or get shot for it either.

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    about an inch of fresh snow this morning, with temps in the upper 20ís. arctic front coming through this morning, and theyíre saying temps will drop 10-15 degrees in a matter of an hour or two. should be slick on the ride home. glad to be studded today. mounted up the Moose Mitts for the first time this winter too.




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    pretty neat ice formations on my tire when i got in this morning:




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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Weather has been bad. Rainy and 30s or 40s.
    Bad?

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    pretty neat ice formations on my tire when i got in this morning
    Cool pic bbender.

    40F and some light rain this morning. Just a normal winter morning for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Bad?
    Bad in my book. 36F and down-pouring isn't my idea of a good time. This has been a really gray, dreary, warm-ish, and wet winter. I hate it.

    Just mist this morning. Dry enough to be pleasant, wet enough to wet the outside of my shoes, which was actually perfect since I could easily wipe the mud off from the weekend. One nice thing about 5-10 Freerider EPS is that they clean a lot easier than my standard Freeriders.

    I have a new headlight coming on Monday. My current light only gets about 3 days before it needs to charge again. A replacement battery was more than a new light.

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    Wow, those are some cool ice blobs. It's hard to believe they stayed on. Let us know how the arctic blast is. It is scheduled to hit us on Friday with a Saturday AM temp of about -10F

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I think his record was 4 hours gone and found his way back.
    That translates to 10 minutes in dog time though.

    Today's commute was great! I had packed a good tire track for the whole trail portion. We got 1-2" of fresh powder but as long as I stayed it my track I moved right along. We're getting another 1-2" during the day so I'll make another pass tonight. The woods are so quiet with fresh powder covering everything.
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    Wow bender, never seen such icedrops on a tire before!

    Mtbx ok I agree, you dog is special. Well when he always finds his way home, its "less bad" that he takes off sometimes I guess.

    Well, internal gear hubs are a world for itself and they have in common, that they usually dont pair well with dropbars. For bedwards, who changes bike just like a pen in the office, it would get expensive. For woodway I think a Rohloff could be justified, but in the rare case of a repair the wheel needs to get to/from germany and it would be expensive. An alfine wheelfrom the LBS would make things easier but I am not sure if the gear width would be sufficient. That and competitive prices for a simple chain gearing make it look like an expensive experiment.

    Well so much for being finally on the bike. This morning it was very icy and I saw someone on a bike slip and fall ahead of me. She got up and walked away without limping so I figured she was alright. I lowered my airpressure quite a bit so it was a real drag but didnt loose my grip on the way home it rained pretty hard but I was well prepared and it was not a problem at all.

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    I actually took the studded tires off this week after we got a few inches of wet snow on the weekend, which was packed down nicely by Monday. So on the dry road sections my bike suddenly feels like a rocket.

    However we've had a freeze-thaw cycle every day since, and the railtrail has been incrementally changing from hard snowpack to grey ice, with every commute a tiny bit sketchier than the one before it.

    Last night on the way home I stayed upright, but reached my limit. The pavement graters have returned.
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    Nice dusting of snow today. Made for a nice ride.

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    "Pavement Graters" sound like the right solution for that trail. From sketchy to fun again.
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    For bedwards, who changes bike just like a pen in the office, it would get expensive.
    Hey! I resemble that remark! I'll have you know that my bikes typically have a 3 to 30 year ownership period. Over which, they get a lot more ride time than most casual cyclists put on their primary bikes. I have a lot of dried out pens too.

    Nothing much to report. The ride home was good. Best where there hadn't been any traffic but me. The ride in was just about the same but in reverse but at 10F. Oh, and the lake sucked because the snow had drifted. I''m going to shuttle the car home so my wife can do the trail commute. She says "Hi" to any of you that remember rollingrunner, which isn't many at this point. Funny how people come and go.

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    coldest morning of the season so far. my gps showed 1 degree (fahrenheit) at one point.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    ...However we've had a freeze-thaw cycle every day since, and the railtrail has been incrementally changing from hard snowpack to grey ice, with every commute a tiny bit sketchier than the one before it.

    Last night on the way home I stayed upright, but reached my limit. The pavement graters have returned.
    similar story here. the primary roads are clear and dry, but the trails and some of the sidestreets are packed snow/ice and still warrant spikey bits.


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    Hey bedwards I was just making fun dont worry and I know and recognize that you ride about double the distance that I ride a year. Maybe I should just move further away from work

    So nothing special here too. It rained during the night and it there was some fog. Everything was soaked but at least it stopped raining. The ride home was windstill which is apparently the quietness before the storm. Tomorrow evening another storm is coming in from the atlantic with gusts upto 50kts on sunday and monday, so today I already arranged carpooling to/from work on monday. No time tomorrow either, so again time off from cycling. Too bad my legs just felt normal again today.

    Anyway, wish you all a good weekend!

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    had to drive to work today, but did see the guy who yells out his window at me when iím on the bike pulled over with his car hood open this morning.

    in hindsight i should have stopped to help. then asked him if heís ready to have a conversation like an adult before i left.


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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    Bad in my book. 36F and down-pouring isn't my idea of a good time. This has been a really gray, dreary, warm-ish, and wet winter. I hate it.
    I call that normal winter riding I actually don't mind it because while we do get a lot of gray wet days here, the wet part is usually quite light and intermittent. But this year January and the first half of February was about as wet as I can ever remember.

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    She says "Hi" to any of you that remember rollingrunner, which isn't many at this point. Funny how people come and go.
    I remember rollingrunner!

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    Anyway, wish you all a good weekend!
    Hope you had a good one Dutchman!

    I had a dry ride this morning, and it looks like it's going to be dry all week - whoohoo! The downside was that it was cold (well, cold for me) 32F/0C so I was on black ice patrol. Roads were all dry and it was a pretty pleasant ride.

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    bblender, that would have been perfect. Even better if you could have helped him.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Hey bedwards I was just making fun dont worry
    Yeah, me too. On that note, my fatbike will roll over the 3000 mile mark on my ride home. I just refreshed the drivetrain over the weekend. I also got in some super fun fatbike riding on 2 different groomed trail systems. One was purpose groomed for fatbikeing and was a perfect roller coaster of twists turns and rollers. Wicked Fun! The other has free groomed trails with Oxbow Brewing in the parking lot. Mmmm Biking & Beer.

    Actually, somebody just produced a video for public television about fat biking there that really shows how nice the trails are.
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    I remember rollingrunner!
    Yeah, RollingRunner and I are still trying to figure out how to get out to you with our bikes to get a personal MTB tour of the Washington mountains.

    For my commute in I didn't get any rollercoaster whoop-de-whoops but the snowmobile trails were running damn fine. We've got some snow happening today but I think the trails will survive.

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    Hi back, RollingRunner!

    Saw my first fatbike in town last night. No snow here.

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    Bender you should have stopped and help, then see his face when he recognizes you as the guy he yelled at. Priceless!!!

    I know RR only as the tough lady in bedwards blog :-/

    Woodway congrats on the dry ride.

    Its gonna stay rainy and windy here but at least the wind is to calm down enough to ride. Last week I skipped 3 days because of the wind, also yesterday. Today at least was dry, the next days will be wet, but thats life nowadays in "winter".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Yeah, me too. On that note, my fatbike will roll over the 3000 mile mark on my ride home. I just refreshed the drivetrain over the weekend.
    Nice! Fatbike miles are like dog years, so 3,000 fatbike miles is probably equivalent to something like 20,000 road miles

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    Yeah, RollingRunner and I are still trying to figure out how to get out to you with our bikes to get a personal MTB tour of the Washington mountains.
    Would love it. If the bike transport part is to much hassle, quite a few shops out here rent nice mountain bikes.

    I had rodar come visit me some number of years back (remember him?) and I took him on a road ride out to the San Juan Islands. Despite the weather going to crap on us, we still managed to have a good time!

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    A little snow this morning, so I rode fat with studs. Had the dry, Velcro ride home.

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    Slushy rail trail from yesterday froze solid overnight.

    It would have been easy riding if some idiot commuter hadn't made deep tracks in the slush last night, right before it froze.

    I mean, his tracks showed even had the same tire combination as me.... ...what are the odds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    I mean, his tracks showed even had the same tire combination as me.... ...what are the odds?
    ha, i get that same thing on my route!

    0/3 days riding to work this week. life. did get a fatbike ride in on the local snowmobile trails last night. was surprised they (mostly) survived the rain we had monday night.




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    I had to miss the commute Monday due to a parent/teacher conference. Rain Tuesday. Today was great. 29F and sunny. I ran my new headlight (Cygolite Metro 600), but it's bright enough in the morning now that I probably won't really need the light until daylight savings kick back in.

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    So, we were supposed to get 1"-3", maybe up to 5" of snow and then turning to rain. I figured I'd make the first pass through the trail to pack it down. Riding through 3" of fluff isn't bad with a good base... I think there was closer to 8" Total slog. It never turned to rain so the lake and trails are currently buried.

    To make matters worse, the new chain did not agree with the worn out chainring at all. It sounded like a cotton gin or something else that goes clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack-clickity-clack-clickety-clack- The whole 90 minutes home.

    I ordered the new chainring and stripped all the new parts off this morning so I wouldn't wear them out before I got the chainring installed. I guess I know why the chain and cassette only lasted about 750 miles.

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    taking delivery of a new chain ring for the fatbike myself today. as soon as the chain gets anything less than freshly lubed the narrow-wide teeth make quite a chattering, growling racket. flipped it at 400 miles due to the noise, now at 700 itís doing it again, so itís time. not too upset, been running $10 chinese units on that rig knowing the nature of the environment theyíre subject to and that theyíll be disposable regardless of what brand they say on them and what i pay for them.


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    So maybe the 3000 miles on the AL version was all I should expect, LOL! I went for the $23 steel (supposedly brand name) over the $65 (gulp) AL version. I figure something that wears that hard is not the place to save 0.1 lb for a cost difference of 42 bucks for softer metal. Do you have a source for the $10 ones for Race Face Cinch?

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    How was your commute today?

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    do you have a source for the $10 ones for Race Face Cinch?
    my fatbike and commuter both have 104bcd cranks, so i havenít looked into sourcing a Cinch-style.

    on that note, the aluminum chinese chainring on the commuter has about 1400 miles on it and is juuust starting to chatter if the chain gets really dry.


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    Cool, $23 didn't seem bad for a proprietary mount chainring. As somebody on this forum pointed out, I may trade bikes before I need it again.

    I'm use to bigger rings that wear longer. I can burn up a cassette in 2000 miles but the larger chainrings have so many teeth to share the load that they will last for 5000mi+

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    This is all no news to everybody here but a local bike shop did an interview with me about winter commuting. You probably need a Facebook account to read it.
    https://www.facebook.com/RainbowBicy...40262249335401

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    Hi bedwards I could read the interview too although I dont use FB. Nicely done, especially your answer to the question about your winterbike

    I used to habe steel chainrings too but it always made grinding noises as soon as they got dirty. Since I have the internal gearhub with a long front fender and a chaincase it is staying clean enough for aluminium. I can turn them around and also 90 degrees until completely worn and that is more than a year given I ride the bike almost every commute.

    Another rain ride today but no video. The last one got 9 views already so I guess it wasnt that boring

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    bbender, that's a really cool picture of your bike. Well done and thanks for sharing.

    I don't have a FB account either bedwards but was able to read the interview no problem. Well done.

    I watched your video Dutchman and enjoyed it!

    I tend to run cassettes and rings for tens of thousands of miles before I change them out. And in the winter it's as dirty and gritty here as it is anywhere else. I do swap chains as soon as the chain shows wear on the checker. I'm running SRAM cassettes and rings.

    Three dry days in a row! And the rest of today and tomorrow are supposed to be dry! Yesterday evening was so nice that I took the long, long way home...

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    finally got a ride in this week. love how quiet the roads are before 6:00 am. between that and remounting the non-studded tires it was a peaceful ride in, at a cool 16 degrees.


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    Thanks woodway I guess it wasnt anything new to you how it looks to ride in the rain?! And are you saying it is dry for the whole week? And long way home means 50m at least right?

    Light rain again this morning, and dry on the way home. This week a group of 7 roe deers moved in apparently, since I see them every day now on both rides somewhere in the fields next to the road. I think by now they know me too but I didnt give them names yet.

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    I guess I'm just a cassette killer. My wife's bike has 12K miles on it with the original cassette. I try to change my chain when it first hits the 0.75 mark but invariably the new chain will skip on the 11t. The old chain and cassette were much quieter than the new ones.

    The trails were lightly packed but in no way good. It was also -6F. To make matters worse I adjusted my pressure for the expected soft conditions but I did it INSIDE. I started at 3.5PSI in the front which is pretty normal. I know the pressure drops a few PSI in the cold but I didn't put together that a few PSI starting at 3.5 gets you near 1.0.
    I found this chart once I got to work.
    https://bikerumor.com/2015/01/08/tir...d-this-winter/
    I had to stop and air up both the front and rear. Of course I over compensated. I found myself thinking I should have taken the car.

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    yikes. i (purposely) ran my front tire at 0.5 psi once two winters ago in fresh, dry, grainy snow to stay upright. gotta love tubeless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    gotta love tubeless.
    That hasn't been my experience at least on the fatty, LOL. I've done nothing but roll low pressure tubeless tires off rims. I've failed so many times I won't consider it in the winter. Other bikes and in the summer, no problem.

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    thatís too bad. i canít imagine running tubes in a fatty. well, i guess i can, i ran tubes for a couple months after i bought the bike, but vowed to never go back after the first ride without them. fattystrippers have been flawless for me on all 4 sets of tires iíve set up.


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    I haven't tried the fatty strippers with the winter tires. Is yours a fatboy with dillingers? Mine are super loose.

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    yep. iíve set up dillingers, jumbo jims, and the stock ground controls on the stock wheels. most recently i set up jumbo jims on surly rabbit holes for the bike as well.


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    Lucked out and missed the rains, but fierce headwinds, they said gusts in excess of 55mph in areas.
    Did make the ride in this morning amazing though, felt like i was riding in a peloton, cruising at above 20mph and blasting by traffic held ip by a broken water main.

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    I skipped the ride this morning. 14 below, soft trails and a soul sucking lake, not thanks. I'll get out this weekend.

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    Wow, I had no idea you would get that kind of pressure drop on fat tires. But thinking about it, with such low pressures, it makes sense.

    The long, long way the other night was just about 50k Dutchman. It was a glorious evening with crazy beautiful alpenglow on Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountain Crest as I pedaled east over the I-90 floating bridge. Days like that always remind why I love living in Seattle and why I should put up with all the rain in the winter!

    Today looks to be dry again. Looks like I'll get a full week of dry riding!

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    Great ride in this morning so pretty and cold.



    The ride home had brutal headwinds but itís over now.

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    Wow bedwards at that pressure even the fatbike could get a snakebite? ^^

    Jeremy, nice pic (as always)!

    Both rides were dry today! And I made my usual Friday detour to the farmers market. The construction site along the way was cleaned up so didnt have to plow through the mud, just had to avoid the potholes with water. It was 8C but I was glad I had the windstopper pants on nevertheless, I had a strong headwind that made it feel really cold, it was ~20kts with gusts up to 30kts. I also had to swerve around a fallen tree, but it was a relatively small one, so no climbing over it. The rest of the ride was nice so it was a good start into the weekend.

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    pleasant rides for me today too. 12 degrees this morning, 32 for the ride home. my normal railtrail route was fully footprinted, then slightly melted, now fully frozen in to bumpy ice, so iíve spent the last couple days dialing in a route through suburbia to bypass it all. only added a quarter mile but shaved minutes off the time (and isnít bone jarring!) sun is out, hitting the gym quick and then itís time for a BEER. happy weekend, yíall.


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    What a day! The ride in was with a strong headwind on the second half of the ride. The wind then turned so I again had a headwind on the way home. As forecasted it was raining and only 3C. About halfway the rain turned into sleet and the temperature dropped to only 0.5C, so just above freezing, within 10 minutes. Couldnt wear the glasses and sleet hurts when when you get it in your eye, so I tilted my down as far as I could. It was a memorable ride, at least for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    Wow bedwards at that pressure even the fatbike could get a snakebite? ^^
    Yes, and at that pressure it feels like you are rolling through sticky cold molasses and the urge to ride a bike starts to leave your body.

    The trails are pretty firm and I aired my tires WAY up to 5.5PSI in the front and around 7 in the rear. I pushed hard all the way and averaged over 10MPH!!! Somehow that just doesn't sound that fast.

    We're supposed to get an extraordinarily warm day so I'll take the roads home with a cut through the lake so I don't wreck the trails for the morning.

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    Dutch, your message snuck in while I was typing. I know that weather. We may get some on Thursday. Miserable=memorable.

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    looks like no commutes for me until until maybe friday at best. busy week.

    got a fatbike ride in over the weekend, probably the best conditions and weather iíve ridden in a couple years.




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    Bender wow nice pics there!! ^^ bedwards already has its own calendar what about you?

    Bedwards yes I was actually warm and dry in the raingear but sleet in the eyes is still miserable

    You can not see it directly but you can see the snow on my sleeve. I also try to show my speedometer saying its 0.7 degrees celsius but well, as long as no one gets seasick its ok....

    https://youtu.be/mpVyxFsSqKs

    Phone is still working despite rain and sleet

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    Hey Dutchman, that kind of weather looks familiar to me!

    I had visions of you crashing into the drainage ditch when you were trying to get the shot of the temperature...

    Nice pics guys.

    Another dry ride for me today. Whoot! Temps in the upper 30's, around 4C. Rain going home tonight however.

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    Hey woodway dont worry, I am not looking on the display while filming but on the road ahead. Thats why the vids are often so shaky and thats why I missed the speedometer at first. Had a quick glance then corrected again. Nice to hear you had another dry ride!

    No ride for me today, took care of the kids that both are sick. It was again very windy too. Looks like I will be riding tomorrow, less wind and dry too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    ....Looks like I will be riding tomorrow, less wind and dry too!...
    ...and thats all I can say about that.

    Had lunch with another normal co-worker and during our usual walk though the bikeracks he surprised me with his new bike. A tout terrain tanami with rohloff, belt drive and tout terrain's special thumb shifters for the rohloff. But hey it had an almost 20% discount on the price from 4800 down to 3999Ä. Lesson learned: do not go to the bikeshop across the road while the wife is shopping in the garden center.

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    That is a "normal" co-worker? You could buy 2 complete Habereros for that price. Maybe not with the rohloff. I've never paid that much for a bike in my life.

    It has been warm here. I took an extended trail commute in yesterday even though things were a tad soft. All other trips have been across the lake but otherwise on the road. I'll take a car home tonight tomorrow is up in the air, as is the weather. (literally)

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    Yes he is a perfectly normal dude like the rest of us here. Not such a strange creature that rides around in a metal cage every day.

    I think I already drooled around that bike too years ago already in the same shop. Apparently that is why they reduced the price and gave him also a set of good spd pedals, bell and bottle cages. Even here such bike dont sell fast. Personally I think I would rather go for a ti bike for the money. But he looked happy and I was not going to spoil it for him

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    ^^ I paid that much money for my mountain bike. But I then I tend to keep bikes for a long time so I wanted a really nice one.

    Another dry ride this morning! Now I know for sure that spring is coming and I am through the worst of the winter

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    My most expensive are: $3000 for my cross bike (MSRP$6000) was my most expensive and it has 7500 miles on it and is going strong. $2800 for the fatbike, similar story. Around $1800 for my most expensive (new) AL mountain bike and my most recent (used) road bike.

    It has rained about 2" here since 6:00 and is still POURING I didn't ride in but I've got my Habenero to ride home. It is supposed to clear quick this afternoon and even turn sunny. The lake will be a sh-t-sh-w until things freeze back up so I'll do an unusual road ride.

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    i havenít crossed the $2k mark on a bike yet. that said, to pay retail for 3 out of 4 of mine how i have them specíd would be over that mark for sure. iíve been able to be pretty frugal so far, between team discounts on new stuff and buying used & new parts slowly and at severe discounts.

    day 4 this week not commuting. having withdrawals. have my sights set on tomorrow.


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    Well bedwards I think my collegue has 3 bikes now. The main commuter was expensive too but has 40tkm on it now, and a roadbike for weekend rides, less expensive and less used.

    I had a good and dry ride in. I spontaneously made a detour to the lbs today and was glad to be on the bike since traffic was totally jamming. Apparently they found a ww2 500lbs bomb. Thats nothing unusual here but time it was in the middle of a shell oil refinery and the evacuation radius was much bigger than normal. Well I enjoyed riding along the traffic until I moved away from the main road. I got my smallnparts and noticed they were loading a cargobike with e-assist in a van, looked like they just sold it. The pricetag was still on it: 8149Ä H0ly crab!! And then I had to make a 30minute sprint home to stay ahead of a rainshower. Oh and my collegue is trapped on teneriffa because some people in the village are infected with the chinese coronavirus. I hope I can be in homeoffice for a month when he returns.

    What a day....

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    The fresh-fallen snow on the way in yesterday was easy tail-wind cruising, the drifted snow on the way home was an ugly up-wind slog.

    The problem with blowing snow is that rolling around seems to round out the flakes into grains.... so rather than sticking together, it ends up feeling almost like the same ball-bearing stuff that results from sleet.
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    Well I havent seen real snow at all this winter and it doesnt look like there will be some here anymore so I think you are lucky

    Good rides today. Took a longer way home and checked out the old rural road along the new highway. It has big potholes here and there bjt it looks like we will still be able to ride there this spring. 8C, sunny and a tailwind made it quite nice there. Longterm forecast is looking very warm too, spring seems to be early this year.

    Ok it was quiet here since my last post but dont worry, you wont get corona from posting here wish you a pleasant weekend everyone!

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    ^^If I get the corona virus from posting I want the Lyme disease to go with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    The fresh-fallen snow on the way in yesterday was easy tail-wind cruising, the drifted snow on the way home was an ugly up-wind slog.

    The problem with blowing snow is that rolling around seems to round out the flakes into grains.... so rather than sticking together, it ends up feeling almost like the same ball-bearing stuff that results from sleet.
    Anything the word slog is used in a ride description it isn't good. The other problem with blowing snow it that it gets packed into an almost but not quite concrete like consistency. Soft enough to break through but firm enough to slow you down.

    Speaking of slogs, the rain cleared and I took the road bike home. OMG, icy headwind. It was a slog. This morning, on the other hand, was on the trails which had been totally soaked with rain then flash frozen. Very fast. It did take a few minutes to get across a 8' wide river that is usually a stream.

    Planning a group ride on the firm trails tomorrow.

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    Another dry ride for me, but it's coming to an end as the rain has started here and it looks like it will be raining for the ride home tonight.

    I have a total of 3 bikes: My Ti Habanero daily commuter. An old Soma commuter that I turned into a gravel bike for riding the fire roads around my place in central Washington and my full-squish mountain bike. I thought about adding fatbike, but decided against it. In fact I've lost the new bike bug altogether.

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    sounds like itís been interesting weather for most. was quiet here all week, and iím back on the commuter for the first time this week today. was welcomed back by a nice headwind putting the windchill in the single digits. glad to be back though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bbender785 View Post
    sounds like itís been interesting weather for most. was quiet here all week, and iím back on the commuter for the first time this week today. was welcomed back by a nice headwind putting the windchill in the single digits. glad to be back though.


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    Yup, had that headwind and wind-chill down in Ann Arbor too. Lots of crusty snow on my commute. I've got a 1.5 mile incline of unplowed sidewalks/multi use path that were no fun today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamespc View Post
    Yup, had that headwind and wind-chill down in Ann Arbor too. Lots of crusty snow on my commute. I've got a 1.5 mile incline of unplowed sidewalks/multi use path that were no fun today.
    unplowed-but-heavily-foot-trafficked MUP's are the worst. you got all the snow we were supposed to this last storm. i was bummed, but after temps in the 40's all weekend my ride this morning was 99.5% bare pavement, and was able to flirt with spring/summer/fall commute times.

    not ready for winter to be over just yet, but i do look forward to a deep clean on the commuter. it's looking pretty used with a full winter of dirt and road salt on it, ha.
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    Well winter is pretty much over here. 3C with a nice sunrise this morning made a nice ride. My usual lunch buddies (mostly cyclists and bikecommuters) had another look at the expensive bike during lunchbreak. The ride home was nice and warm, 9C! Good start of the week!

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    Been off the bike for a week on vacation in Greece. It was amazing.





    But today I rode and in was great, the way home rained the whole way. I am slow, out of shape and tired but I rode it anyway. Hope you all are doing well.

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    ^^Yeah, that vacation in Greece looks Okay.

    Woodway, what are things looking like in your area? I hear extreme concern/"panic" is starting to set in.

    I think winter is winding down fast here but in the meantime it has been pretty awesome. Here is a sampling.
    https://thecandidcyclist.blogspot.co...-and-more.html

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    I saw a coyote running across the road this morning. That's the second coyote I've seen in the past few days in the industrial park. It's a bit surprising to see them in such a suburban setting.

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    looks awesome jeremy. one of my cycling buddies is in california this week riding the mountains, another is on a ski trip in Austria.

    meanwhile iím over here getting excited about my tuesday night ride. lol


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    ^^whats supposed to be goin on in seattle?
    Edit:googled it. Good luck all you guys there and stay healthy!

    Bedwards I looked at your blog article, nice pics as always! Concerning your first pic, I think you took the pic to show the lower tube and bb were full of snow. Of course when you see the picture it looks much less than it actually was...

    Jeremy I see you have taken the usual routes through greece and it doesnt matter you were slow, main thing is: you rode.

    BB I have seen a fox once in our neighbourhood with a chicken in its mouth, we sometimes have roe deer footprints in our garden when food is running out in the woods. Glad we dont have bears over here!

    So this morning it rained the whole way. It was forecasted, I put on the rain gear and off I went. I even made a selfie along the way and apped it to my relatives with the comment "rain, bike, happy!" The ride home was nice, low sun, a shower passing further in front of me and almost windstill. It was only 5C but in the sun it felt warmer, good times are coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    ^^whats supposed to be goin on in seattle?
    Edit:googled it. Good luck all you guys there and stay healthy!
    No panic in the streets here. I took a bus down to Seattle this morning to get a haircut and the bus was packed with people going to work. As usual the mainstream media has blown it all out of proportion. According to the latest tracking stats, there are 18 confirmed cases in Western Washington, against a population of ~4.5 million. Somehow I don't feel unsafe.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    So this morning it rained the whole way. It was forecasted, I put on the rsin gear and off I went. I even made a selfie along the way and apped it to my relatives with the comment "rain, bike, happy!" The ride home was nice, low sun, a shower passing further in front of me and almost windstill. It was only 5C but in the sun it felt warmer, good times are coming.
    Nice Dutchman!

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    ^^LOL, good to hear. It is hard to tell through the eye of the news.

    In other news, we are at 60F here right now which is very very warm for this time of year. I was going to carpool home because my legs are toast but now I'm going to ride, because. Well, just because.

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    Yes woodway good to hear there is at least no panic. Overhere it looks normal but I do notice that everyone is washing their hands very carefully. There is not much more that you can do as far as I understood.

    Another nice ride today. Dry and calm, around 8C on the way home. I was overtaken pretty close by another cyclist and I told him it would have been better to ring his bell before overtaking. He growled something back and I left it with that. Other good news is that they are finally starting to fix the mup that I use. Over the years sand and grass crept over the edges and it is not even half the width of what is used to be. So today I noticed that they had cleaned a short stretch, I hope they continue.

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    Oh I most forgot, I reached the metric milestone of 25,000 kilometers this morning. Of course I forgot to take a picture....when I noticed I was already at work with 25,009 kilometers :-/ but my orange bike is still going strong. Hope to do another 25tkm on it, after that it will probably time to switch to thruaxle standard :;

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