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    ^^ Dang. Sorry to hear that.

    I do have bike options... that one is the main commuter, and it's got pretty nice Vittoria 'cross tires on it, which do better than you'd think in the slop. The main reason for riding the cross bike in this kind of slop is the fenders. I have about a mile of dirt, which can be torture in conditions like that picture on this bike, but it's worth it when I get to the pavement and have the fenders working for me. In standard dirt, even packed snow conditions, even wet dirt/slightly muddy conditions, that bike is awesome... when it's as sloppy as that picture, I'm wishing for the other bike. I walked that hill behind my bike in the pic yesterday. The skinny treaded tires do pretty good in shallow snow on pavement, because they cut right down to the bottom and get some traction, but in slop with mud underneath, it's not what I'd call "fun".

    The other bike is a full suspension Kona Dawg trail bike. I ride it now and then when I don't need fenders, but it's a bit heavy and overkill for the commute. You can fly on the dirt and in the loose snow conditions with the fatter tires though. The Dawg would have been an advantage on the dirt road this morning, but no advantage on the ice.

    I'm building bike #3, a 29er hardtail, which I think I'm going to get some quick-mount fenders for...that will be the ticket for the sloppy dirt road in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    long enough to really consider how much road rash I would be getting if I was skidding this far on dry pavement.

    or on a giant human cheese grater like I did.....

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    missed it for a while guys...

    From my "super cold" adventure on the road two weeks ago a cough stay with me, a weird one, last Thursday on my now usual sprint near home I ended it like with no air (well that's normal) but coughing a lot and stayed like that the whole night, so I didn't commute on Friday and went to the doc on Saturday...the diagnosis: an allergy or something....a bunch of cough medicine and some antiallergics, and of course at least 5 non-bicycle days.

    The truth is that I haven't kill the cough yet, I think I'm going to see a Pulmonologist or something this weekend, but as today was the 6th day...I commute today!

    wake up a little early so I could do an easy ride, was nice to be back, hope it could stay at least this way after the next visit to the doc.

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    Yesterday's commute was great - it was raining lightly in the morning and everything was still wet when I went home. I actually own fenders (maybe get to use them for a total of 5-6 days out of the year); they worked nicely yesterday. My feet got a little wet though.

    Today the weather is clearing up. No more rain in the forecast. We really needed the rain we received the last couple weeks. We usually don't get below freezing at night, but last week (when I was driving because of my stupid cold) the doors on my car were frozen shut. It was quite funny (I got them open after some careful persuasion - I was worried about breaking the windows - they were frozen to the weatherstripping).

    I know our weather here is very mild compared to most areas. I can't complain

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    ^^ That's why the first rule of winter around here is "don't wash your car in the afternoon"... when it drops to freezing and there's any water anywhere, everything freezes shut. Another good reason to ride bikes instead.

    Back to the usual high teens and clear around here. About time.
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    Today was my first day since November with a car in the driveway when I left for work...I was quite pleased to leave it behind & patted myself on the back as I pedaled down the driveway. Perhaps too quickly, because I snapped the rear section of my front fender in 2 before the bottom of the driveway - I must have bent it toward the wheel getting it out of the car or putting the front wheel back on. I've been making good time since all that rain washed away the ice & my road is for the most part just frozen dirt now. That should change today as snow showers or squalls are in the forecast. Tomorrow will be more challenging to leave the car because the high is forecast to be 4F.

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    Still a nice 66 degrees here on the ride home. I almost hit a cat that darted off from under a car, and ran across the street. I did see something funny. I came up to an SUV with a vinyl wrap advertising on it for a local fitness gym called, Just Fitness or something like that. Rolled to a stop and unclipped at the light, when I inhaled a cloud of smoke. The driver was talking on the phone with his arm across the passenger headrest and cigarette pointing towards the passenger window. Some fitness guy huh? You guys still have more interesting stories with your commutes, but thought I'd share that ironic one.

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    Today's commute was rare, tailwinds both ways, but it was friggihn' cold on the way home!
    The 11.5km (7.5 mile) ride in was good, temp a pleasant -3 C (25 F). Forecast for the ride home said temp of -5 and no wind. Temp was actually -10 (about 12 F) with a windhill of --15C (5F)!! That is at my limit and I wasn't really dressed for temps that cold, but once I got goinng it wasn't too bad, but the open areas were darn cold!!
    Felt so good to be on the bike I even rode an extra kilometre on the way home!

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    Temps were about the same here in VT, langford. 10F when I got home, and the squalls were winding down by the time I got off the bus to ride. Worst part of tonight's trip was the buses; I had to wait 1/2 hr for each of them,they got behind because of the snow, and my feet were turning to iceblocks waiting in the cold. Weird snow today, cars packed it down to a hardpack with a glaze, and it made wierd cracking noises as the studded tires went over it.

    Best bus conversation overheard this week: Homeless guy says "The Saints did good, I might take a road trip down for the Superbowl...for some crazy partying, do a little day work dishwashing...stay in the shelter...he made it sound like a dream vacation!

    Remembered late in the day at work that my chain was jumping gears on the rear cassette this a.m. (when I wasn't shifting). Called shop a few blocks away on the off chance that they were there...they were & said, yes bring it over, but they were not very helpful..."most people don't commute with XTR" (#1 is that relevant to the problem & #2 like there are even enough winter commuters in VT to say what most do).."it's OK its a titanium frame, it won't hurt it or anything (thanks for the newsflash & your permission)..."it's adjusted properly & works in the stand" (I had snugged it up a dite 2 wks ago when cable stretch got it out of adjustment), "it's probably some grit throwing it off, the rapid rise is very susceptible to that" (I've been commuting since Nov. without it happening and I just cleaned everything Sunday, and it hasn't done it on trail rides when it got a lot dirtier). Maybe he's right, but he didn't even bother to take a rag or some lube to it or anything if he did think it was grit - at least just for show or to make me feel better about the ride home. Oh well, I was not impressed but it did work fine on the way home.

    Not sure about commuting tomorrow..Windy and much colder with lows 4 below to 2 above zero. West winds (headwind for me a.m.) 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent. Wind chill values as low as 30 below toward morning UGH!

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    I'm in Hamilton Ontario, mtbx, not riding today because I have an excuse, taking the afternoon off for a weekend in Ottawa. Besides, it's friggin' cold here, too! Temps are supposed to be more reasonable next week, I should be able to get a few days of bike commuting in.

    Wow, you ride the nice stuff on your commute? I ride an old Nishiki touring bike or an old Norco rigid mtb in this crap, the grit and gunge is tough on the drivetrain!!
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    Only made the commute in to work yesterday in western Mass. When I rode in, it was snowing and a bit slushy but around 4:30pm a black cloud rolled in with blizzard conditions for about 1/2 hour. The temp dropped about 15 degrees and pretty much froze everything. As I have no studs, I had to have my wife pick me up. Even if I had had studs, I think I would have bailed. There were cars off the road and accidents all over the place. At 14o lbs and a 28lb bike, I'm no match for a ton plus vehicle sliding out of control toward be on the ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ That's why the first rule of winter around here is "don't wash your car in the afternoon"... when it drops to freezing and there's any water anywhere, everything freezes shut. Another good reason to ride bikes instead.
    Good rule to live by in cold county. I'm sure most of us Las Vegans wouldn't even think about that .

    I was going to complain about two idiot "commuters" I came across on my way home last night, but meh, I'll just run them over next time I see them. (joking )

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    Woke up & checked the temp, it was -5F, but the wind did not seem as bad as forecast. Decided to get dressed for biking & then decide when I went out the door if it was too bad out to ride. Layered up & added the facemask & goggles, plus some toe & handwarmer packets & was toasty. The 2" of new snow was OK on my dirt road, as few cars had been through it. 3.5 miles later, downtown was different, the snow was churned up to gray mealy slippery stuff & I opted for the uncleared & empty sidewalk, which had fine traction. Saw the bus 2 blocks ahead, but could not catch it before the light & there's no chance after that - darn! Decided to keep riding & stay warm rather than wait 1/2 hr for the next one. But the sidewalk ends & the road had not been plowed....some places there was enough "good" snow on shoulder to ride & a couple places I had to walk. I dropped the front wheel into a "hole" of deeper snow at one point, I must have gone off the pavement...it stopped the bike but since the going was slow, I didn't fly off. After 6+ miles of travel, I caught the next bus and the rest of the trip was uneventful. Continued cold for tonight's trip, but should be closer to a tailwind.

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    ^^ That sounds like a bit of an adventure. I'm glad I don't have to time it so I can catch a bus/train/whatever. That would certainly add an element of stress to those days with nasty riding conditions.

    We're down in the teens here in the Sierras, but it's been clear for a couple of days. Major change from the ice, fog, and snow that have been the norm for the last month or so. Supposed to snow over the weekend, but not start until this evening (fingers crossed)...hopefully it's still clear or just snowing lightly on the way home. I actually enjoy a nice light snowfall during the ride, especially if the road is still clear and dry. Those days are fun....like you're racing the storm home. And then after there's several inches piled up in the driveway that evening you can say "yeah, I rode my bike to work today." Good stuff.
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    My commute this week was rather uneventful. Temps were decent, not too cold because of recent storms that passed through. Kind of took it easy since I've been off the bike for a couple of weeks. Had to drive today because I need to go to a Doctor's appointment far away (so I couldn't walk either).
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    RadioActive, are you in Las Vegas? I haven`t seen you on the NV forums (I`m just above Reno). The Vegas folks there are pretty active- looks like they`re always getting together for a ride.

    MTBX, with all that riding you do AND the bus, you sure must live a long way from work. How far is your total commute?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    MTBX, with all that riding you do AND the bus, you sure must live a long way from work. How far is your total commute?
    It's about 25 miles one way...I usually bike 11 mi in & 3.5 home, and the other 35 miles/day(round trip) are on 1 bus (a.m.) or 2 (p.m.). Makes for a long day but 2 hrs are on the bike & in the fresh air, so I can't complain. I am still amazed that the 3.5 mi uphill ride takes just as long as the 11 mi downhill/flat ride.
    I drove home the other day after getting my new used car & I was amazed how annoying it was to sit in the traffic in town - I don't notice it on the bike or bus. I also found that the long 25mph zone up the hill was no longer annoying while driving because 20mph seems fast to me now going up that hill. I'm sure the people behind me wanting to go 40 loved that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    RadioActive, are you in Las Vegas? I haven`t seen you on the NV forums (I`m just above Reno). The Vegas folks there are pretty active- looks like they`re always getting together for a ride.
    Yep, I'm in Vegas. I'm very new to the hobby; haven't made it to any other forums besides Mtbr. I'll look into the NV forums though - I am interested in meeting up with some other mtbers since my boyfriend doesn't seem too interested in riding with me (he'd rather ride his dual-sport). I do have a couple friends that ride though (luckily). So far, most of my riding has been pretty much limited to commuting.

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    25 total? Oh- for some reason I thought the bus part was way over 20, then a whole bunch of bike on top of it. Sheesh- don`t know where I am sometimes!

    the Nevada forum I was talking about IS on mtbr:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=96
    Especially if you`re new to it, they`ll hook you up with some nice trails.

    Gary, back on the bike already? Great! It was a lot shorter this time!
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    I drove wednesday to friday

    Temps were around -20 Celsius and there was more wind than usual. Survivable but not pleasant. My hydro brakes seem to have some issues in those temps too. And I was feeling tired. Don't know if I was slightly ill or if the cold has some funny effects on me. Maybe I'm getting old.

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    No more cold for me, this year. We usually get our cold in Dec/Jan with temps down to around zero F, then by Feb it warms up and the snow season starts. We got the cold as planned, with one unexpected early snow storm (about a foot in Dec). Let`s see if we get our regular snow season. It`s been doing a lot of piddly drizzling and light snowing this year, so combined with lack of sunshine to dry us out, everything is muddy. Last night I tried to take my truck to meet my wife at her sister`s house and couldn`t get it out of the mudhole where it had been slowly sinking in for several days (shouldn`t have parked it off the gravel, but I didn`t want it in the way). This morning, with the muck still frozen, I moved it out of the clay to a better spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Gary, back on the bike already? Great! It was a lot shorter this time!
    Well, I rode most of this past week, but the procedure is Monday so I'll probably be off for most of that week. I'm hoping to get back to cycling regularly after that though. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thank heavens for you folks and MTBR, at least I can read about other's commuting adventures.
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    Bus bike rack problems last evening...bus had to take interstate due to an accident on the regular secondary road route...& found out there that although bike was secured to rack, rack did not lock flat properly, leading to a few sickening lurches of the bike ...but it held on until my transfer stop. Favorite bus driver had waited for me there with 2nd bus so I was spared waiting in the cold. As we approached my stop, there was another car accident (light has been broken a week but was fixed this a.m.) & rescue & cops were blocking the route. The driver radioed it in & told dispatch she might have to detour. I half jokingly said "you could go up the hill & turn around at the corner store" & she said "OK I'll do that", which put me up the steepest 1/2 mile of my trip in the 0-5F temps, a nice treat on a Friday. Rest of the ride was fine, a bit gusty but pretty close to a tailwind. On my driveway the 2" of snow there when I left had blown away, all the way down to the gravel, except for where the snow was compressed from my bike tracks in the a.m., leaving just the snowy treadmarks. Further up the driveway I found all that snow in a 2' drift on the short "T" leading to the garage.

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    Bad things...

    wasn't exactly a commute today, but as it was a little city ride I'll post it here.

    I was cleaning my bike before the ride because it was really dirty and I found a couple of things:

    I'm loosing my teeth! one at the third cog

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4319720754/" title="Bad things - 04 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4319720754_21be62bf65.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bad things - 04" /></a>

    Then I saw this little staple:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4319726796/" title="Bad things - 05 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4319726796_2a12b37a9b.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bad things - 05" /></a>

    which end up on this:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4318989425/" title="Bad things - 07 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2494/4318989425_699dd52a2f.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bad things - 07" /></a>

    fortunately the slime work and I could ride without changing the tube, but honestly, I would need to do it, I felt like I was losing some air. I would need to pause here. I mean, seriously? a staple? I guess my trust on the triple puncture protection from this bontrager is now compromised.

    something was telling me not to ride right?

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4319721580/" title="Bad things - 10 by martinsillo, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4319721580_90d6a1f9ab.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Bad things - 10" /></a>

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    I'm conducting a single speed experiment. I have always thought it was a horrible idea for the commute, especially a rural commute like mine. If I lived in a flat city I would totally have a singlespeed, but I never thought it was practical in my situation.

    Anyway I've been riding around in one gear (50x16) for long enough to do all of my possible commute routes and I've decided it's possible. Any lower, and I feel like I'm wasting time. Any higher, and the hills are terrifying. I have about a 1 mile climb at the end of my ride home...up the hill to the house, in the dirt. It's really tough in that gear...worse if I've been dealing with a headwind or anything on the way home. So I want to keep my 'bail out gear' option like it is now... I have no front derailleur, but I can manually shift into my smaller (32) sprocket up front with my toe (I'm actually getting pretty good at it).

    So I think I'm going to make a freak of a double-single speed set-up with a compact road crankset up front I just need a chain tensioner with enough 'swing' in the back to accomodate the two front gears. Getting excited about the idea.

    ...Anything to stay motivated, right?
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    The commute today was a little more challenging (and fun) than usual. It snowed over the weekend. All the roads were dry, but the bike path I follow was covered in snow and ice. Over the weekend kids had taken their sleds to the park. Their frozen footprints and sled trails made the trail a weird combination of rough and extremely slippery. It was definitely a bit sketchy out there.

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    Martinsillo, that might not be good stuff on your tire. You should taste it before you get it on your fingers to make sure it`s OK!

    CB, you`re a studmuffin. Glad you like it, but I`m gonna do my part to keep the derailler departments in business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    The commute today was a little more challenging (and fun) than usual. It snowed over the weekend. All the roads were dry, but the bike path I follow was covered in snow and ice. Over the weekend kids had taken their sleds to the park. Their frozen footprints and sled trails made the trail a weird combination of rough and extremely slippery. It was definitely a bit sketchy out there.
    That does sound like a bumpy ride. There are a few ride reports over on rbr from TN and NC with some nasty looking snow and ice where it usually doesn`t grow- pretty cool pics.
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    I took the bus to work, and walked a bit at both ends. On the way back, I picked up the bike from the shop where I'd left it for some brake work.

    Temps are looking nice but there's going to be more snow during the night. It might be hard going in the morning, unless the ploughs time their work just right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    the Nevada forum I was talking about IS on mtbr:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=96
    Especially if you`re new to it, they`ll hook you up with some nice trails.
    Sorry, brain fart! I have briefly browsed the threads over there before. I'm always nervous about meeting up with people I don't know (because I feel awkward in social situations), but I do want to join in on the fun. I'll have to check it out some more. Thanks for the tip!

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    Hey, it's getting lighter out in the a.m.!

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    ^^ Yes! The march back towards sunlight has begun. Nothing better than that day when the sun comes up on my ride to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    The commute today was a little more challenging (and fun) than usual. It snowed over the weekend. All the roads were dry, but the bike path I follow was covered in snow and ice. Over the weekend kids had taken their sleds to the park. Their frozen footprints and sled trails made the trail a weird combination of rough and extremely slippery. It was definitely a bit sketchy out there.
    You may want to consider one of these alternate commuters I have been looking at:
    I think it will be slow on the return trip uphill though.
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    I was passed by "Silent Cal" (the unfriendly bikecommuter) again today, but this time he was on the bus . 5F when I left, but not windy, and already up to 21F now.

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    Maybe Cal needs electric grips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    You may want to consider one of these alternate commuters I have been looking at:
    I think it will be slow on the return trip uphill though.
    Maybe I should just get some outriggers with skis mounted to my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Maybe Cal needs electric grips.
    amen brother.
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    Right Hook Even in the Middle of Nowhere...

    So tonight I was 1.3 miles from home, just before the "4-corners" intersection (no stop sign for me) where my road goes from pavement to dirt, and more than a mile from any other intersection, just to give you a feel for the rural area, and I hear a car slow slightly behind me...it passes me & I think, oh good, he (or she) can speed straight down the dirt road & won't be behind me on the packed snow/ice...but instead, right after pulling past me he took a sharp right across my path onto the cross street...luckily, not close enough to cause a collision, but close enough to be a really rude move & to cause me to make an "excited utterance" (*$#!!#@") The driver definitely saw me, not sure if he misjudged my speed (which had just increased because a hill crests right there, or if he was just in a hurry and "more important" than a bike. I have thought of the right hook as a phenomenon more common in developed areas with a lot of cars, driveays, etc, but I see now that bad drivers are everyhere.

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    Ride in today was fantastic. We got 1" of snow overnight and had flurries during the ride in. The new snow quieted the studs down and made the road feel smooth. Temps in the teens so I was able to dress a little lighter. Unfortunatley the famialy had plans immediatley after work so I was picked up, bummer to since there was no wind and the snow was falling. Oh well there's always tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    So tonight I was 1.3 miles from home, just before the "4-corners" intersection (no stop sign for me) where my road goes from pavement to dirt, and more than a mile from any other intersection, just to give you a feel for the rural area, and I hear a car slow slightly behind me...it passes me & I think, oh good, he (or she) can speed straight down the dirt road & won't be behind me on the packed snow/ice...but instead, right after pulling past me he took a sharp right across my path onto the cross street...luckily, not close enough to cause a collision, but close enough to be a really rude move & to cause me to make an "excited utterance" (*$#!!#@") The driver definitely saw me, not sure if he misjudged my speed (which had just increased because a hill crests right there, or if he was just in a hurry and "more important" than a bike. I have thought of the right hook as a phenomenon more common in developed areas with a lot of cars, driveays, etc, but I see now that bad drivers are everyhere.
    I'm going to have to take the cynics stance and say that it was probably the later. Unfortunately, it only takes one vehicle to be in the wrong place at the wrong time to right hook you. I'm glad that you weren't hurt, stay safe out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    So tonight I was 1.3 miles from home, just before the "4-corners" intersection (no stop sign for me) where my road goes from pavement to dirt, and more than a mile from any other intersection, just to give you a feel for the rural area, and I hear a car slow slightly behind me...it passes me & I think, oh good, he (or she) can speed straight down the dirt road & won't be behind me on the packed snow/ice...but instead, right after pulling past me he took a sharp right across my path onto the cross street...luckily, not close enough to cause a collision, but close enough to be a really rude move & to cause me to make an "excited utterance" (*$#!!#@") The driver definitely saw me, not sure if he misjudged my speed (which had just increased because a hill crests right there, or if he was just in a hurry and "more important" than a bike. I have thought of the right hook as a phenomenon more common in developed areas with a lot of cars, driveays, etc, but I see now that bad drivers are everyhere.

    I've had that happen in the middle of nowhere like that, with a car turning into a driveway. I think misjudging speed can be an issue...no one expects you to be any faster than your average kid on a walmart bike. There wasn't another car for miles in either direction, and this lady almost makes me run headlong into her quarterpanel. How hard is it to slow down and realize that the cyclist is doing somewhere around 20mph? Your only hope is that they felt really stupid and will think before turning next time... not that they will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taehome
    Ride in today was fantastic. We got 1" of snow overnight and had flurries during the ride in. The new snow quieted the studs down and made the road feel smooth. Temps in the teens so I was able to dress a little lighter. Unfortunatley the famialy had plans immediatley after work so I was picked up, bummer to since there was no wind and the snow was falling. Oh well there's always tomorrow.
    Ah, bummer! I know what you mean, missing out on a ride through a little bit of fresh snow with flakes still drifting down. That`s the kind of ride that makes you forget about the hurricane days, the downpours, bad traffic days, and the "just plain feel like crap but gotta get there anyway" rides. Yeah, better luck tommorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ...no one expects you to be any faster than your average kid on a walmart bike.
    I think that happens a lot- especially probable in this case since she says she just crested a hill and sped up. Or maybe it really was an A-hole.

    I had a kind of different version of that last week. Just a block or two out of work, I was approaching a culdesac on my right with a stop sign for the "other guy". A pickup getting ready to exit the culdesac stopped for an instant at his stop sign, looked at me, and I heard the engine rev and the tires squeak, then he jammed on the brakes and locked them up. It really ticked me off at the time, but in hindsight, I`m sure he first decided he could make it by in front of me, then reassessed and stopped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I`m sure he first decided he could make it by in front of me, then reassessed and stopped.
    ...or he just did it to freak you out...you know is not impossible.

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    No, not impossible. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
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    I had some of that nice friendly pacific northwest fog this morning. It finally migrated south and drove out its nasty freezing cousin. I saw a fox this morning while dodging potholes on my dirt road, which is a fairly rare thing to spot around here. Everything was wet and quiet, and the snow in the bike lane is receeding enough to let me relax a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
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    I had some of that nice friendly pacific northwest fog this morning. It finally migrated south and drove out its nasty freezing cousin. I saw a fox this morning while dodging potholes on my dirt road, which is a fairly rare thing to spot around here. Everything was wet and quiet, and the snow in the bike lane is receeding enough to let me relax a bit.
    Freezing fog finally flees - fox found in friendly fog.
    Neat - I am hoping to see more wildlife as it gets lighter. A woman got this great photo of a bobcat in her yard a couple days ago:
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    Messy roads this morning despite it being about 15F...icky slush glued to the bike when I got to work. There must be a lot of salt on the road (or maybe a different salt) for it to be working so well at this temp. A few more rides like this & I'll be wishing for 5F again.

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    forgot how little traction schwalbe xr's have on 2" of snow when hauling a trailer uphill.
    my son seems to giggle when I spin out and gouge my shins on the syncros mentals, glad someone thinks it's funny.

    besides that, really fun ride once the trailer's off!!
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    almost two weeks off the streets, I'm moving from sad stage to angry stage, geez I'm just too grumpy today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Freezing fog finally flees - fox found in friendly fog.
    Neat - I am hoping to see more wildlife as it gets lighter. A woman got this great photo of a bobcat in her yard a couple days ago:
    That's really neat - I wish we had more wildlife here. That's what I get for living in the middle of a large-ish city (though I think we had a cougar sighting on the outskirts of the city within the past week - the witnesses said "large cat", but it was probably a bobcat).

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    Maybe it was NoTrash cougar. Was there a pistol in its paw and pizza sauce around its mouth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Maybe it was NoTrash cougar. Was there a pistol in its paw and pizza sauce around its mouth?
    Now that did make me laugh - yes, out loud.
    I dunno, seems to bear some ressemblance to CommuterBoy as well, but the spots are throwing me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Maybe it was NoTrash cougar. Was there a pistol in its paw and pizza sauce around its mouth?

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    The cold, wind & snow were trying to find every chink in my "armor" this morning - brrrr. Only rode 4.5 miles, then hopped the bus. Managed to avoid the town plow with the big wings(opted to jump in the ditch when I heard it - he's got "priors" with my mailbox so better safe than sorry) & also a suicide squirrel on the steepest part of the hill (it actually went all the way across the street without changing its mind - phew!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Maybe it was NoTrash cougar. Was there a pistol in its paw and pizza sauce around its mouth?
    O_O W-what? W-who me? No, that was..... ummm.... "someone else." I've been hibernating lately. Actually, I have been home recovering and sleeping a lot. I'm getting antsy though, need to ride my bike or go to the driving range or something.
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    I just had a normal commute this afternoon!! it was great!! (well, a little rain at the end)... the bikebrightz was excellent...I see a second one in the future.

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    Put in an Extra Mile tonight..It was Warm out. 31 degrees

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    About as good as it gets in winter: -4 Celsius, well plowed paths, slight tail wind (probably means a slight head wind on the way home...)

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    Pretty flipping icy again here. Scary, tense ride. Kept it upright this time though, so that's good. I spent a significant amount of time off of the bike lane in the super squishy dirt just off of the road in order to have a little traction. That's a workout on 28c tires. Super hard to get back up on to the road with the polished icy edge of the bike lane dropping off down to where I was. 15 minutes longer than normal for the trip to work. It'll melt off today and be a nice ride home though.
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    Windy on the way to work.
    Windy and Snow Blowing in my Face on the way home.

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    Yikes CBoy! Hope you made it home with less "excitement".

    My ride home was not as good as usual - despite the clear skies, something about the weather was keeping all the woodsmoke hovering on the road, so instead of a brief "they've got a fire going, that smells cozy", it was closer to a choking smoke. Then when I got to the dirt, every car going by, even if they gave me a wide berth, would raise a cloud of choking/blinding fine dirt off the ice/snow that just reflected in my headlamp like a bad fog. Luckily its most uphill so visibility is not as critical.

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    Got a flat on the way home Thursday night (first flat during commuting! Can't complain ). I somehow managed to pick up a 2" long 3/16" bolt in my tire. I am not sure how, exactly... I hit it at about 20 mph and must have hit it just right. There's a sewer rehab project going on currently along the street I ride (though garbage lines the bike paths even when construction isn't present). Since my commute isn't very far, and I was near my house, I just walked it home. Miraculously, it didn't damage my wheel.

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    Wow! I've never seen something that big cause a flat - on a bike or a car! My flat this winter was a short walk to the bus stop, so I was lucky as well.

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    Yeah, no kidding- besides big, it`s blunt. What kind of tires do you have? I want to make sure I don`t buy any!
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    Are you sure? You could probably pick up a "slightly used" one cheap from RadioA.

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    Looks like Continental Town & Country.
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    A black cat cross your path, break a mirror lately, walk under a ladder? No?

    I assume it was the not-too-pointy end in in the rear tire? If so, it may have bounced just wrong so its head was wedged against the pavement the shaft still in the air angled up at an angle, as the tip touched the tread. At 20 mph your kinetic force is either side of a ton depending on the weight of bike and rider. The head is not going to give backed up by pavement. A 3/16" bolt end is about 0.18 square inches in area so something like 10,000 pounds per square inch. That would do it. I wonder if any Kevlar tire would take that hit? Mythbusters plausible. Barely. If that was the scenario, Murphy's Law was working overtime.

    I picked up a bright shiny brass drill shaving about 1 cm long shaped like a corkscrew where crews had been installing communications cables on my morning trip, The tire was flat within a hundred feet of where they had been on the return. There is no way it would have gone in unless I hit it on its point. As it was longer than round, how could it be pointy end up? I figured I hit it with the front and it bounced wrong, or picked it up on the rear tire and it fell off just so, after going almost all the way round, and I ran it through the tire. First flat in years that wasn't a valve failure. The improbable happens all the time just not as often as the probable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Looks like Continental Town & Country.
    Gary wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Gary wins.

    Yep, you guys are correct. They've been good tires so far. I'm not sure that any tire short of one with Kevlar as BrianMc mentioned would have escaped unscathed. I was in shock when I got off my bike and looked down to see a hex bolt head sticking out of my tire. I also have never seen something so blunt puncture a tire, car or bike. Guess I should go look for some Kevlar tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioActive
    Guess I should go look for some Kevlar tires
    you will feel more confident on your ride, that's for sure...but the sad thing is that no tire is really totally puncture proof...check the pics of my post on this thread...my triple puncture-proof tires were stabbed by a little staple and that was all they need.

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    my bike is being transformed so no commuting this week... but I'll tell you a short story:

    A co-worker is thinking on buying a bike to commute to work!

    Last Friday this guy started to ask me about what I do and the typical questions...I wasn't expecting anything since I have been asked so many times about it, but nothing really happens (I think he had asked already) but today he told me he want me to help him to choose a bike and see a couple of used ones that a "rent-a-bike shop" is selling.

    we were here like half an hour checking his possible route on mapmyride...hes longest possible ride will be 3 mi, so I think (as I told him) that he won't even need to think about showers or anything. he seems like he is going for it. we'll see.

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    Should have stayed in bed

    Today's trip was not a good advertisement for they convenience of bike/bus commuting. I left my house at 6:35 and did not get to work until 9:15. I got down the hill fine & decided to ride to my transfer bus (11mi) since I was toasty despite the 5F temps...so I rode right by the local bus at a stop & soon it passed me. Within another mile my front tire was flat. Decided to wait for the next bus instead of fixing it in the cold. Crossed the street & caught the next one going the other way in about 20 minutes - this meant I could sit on the warm bus instead of waiting another 15 mins for it to loop throught town. Bus went way under speed limit but it seemed I still had plenty of time to make the connection - wrong! Had to wait another 45 mins to catch the 2nd bus, again getting on going in the wrong direction just so I could ride around another loop through a different town & stay warmer. Was glad I had my "waiting for the bus hat" to put over my helmet beanie, and my thermos of coffee, but still was cold waiting. Probably should have walked 10 mins to the coffeee shop but didn't. Got to work and 1/2 the computers were down, including mine, just a blue screen. Some gave up, took the day off & went skiing. I did some paperwork. Went to swap tubes at lunch but my spare was flat...have to go to hardware store for a patch kit. I hope this bad run is done, I thought they were supposed to come in only 3's.

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    Wow, what a bummer. It sounds like my bad luck rubbed off on you x10. I hope things start looking up soon for you too!!

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    7*F in and a fresh layer of snow in Denver this morning. Good stuff.

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    MTBX, that sucks.

    I took a dirving day today... we got a couple inches of snow at my house over night, and with the crappy decisions I've been making lately in terms of road conditions and ridability, I played it safe... of course it turns out that my house is almost the only place in the county that got any snow last night. Roads were mostly wet and clear. I had a little guilt rolling to work without even needing four wheel drive.
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    My flat repair is holding
    Extra traffic last night due to the big HS hockey game.
    Cruised by backed up traffic this a.m. in the capital, but paid the price with all the spooge built up in the shoulder (pic- where's my frt der?) Made the 2nd bus today - the riders reported the bus I missed yesterday left 13 mins early!
    I parked on the porch instead of inside since the bike was so dirty & I saw the circa '98 Trek 980 I found while helping a friend clean out an abandoned house had disappeared - I had planned to fix it up a bit for the work fleet (none are locked) used for in-town errands etc., but I guess it was a little too nice compared to the rest of the fleet. At least I had not put any time or $ into it yet.

    Another reason not to drive in my town:
    Car stolen while driver pays for gas

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    BARRE – A 29-year-old Barre man who stopped for gas on North Main Street early Saturday morning reportedly had his car stolen by three people.

    A man police identified as Justin Morse called the Barre City Police Department at 5:08 a.m. to report that two males — one in a blue hooded sweatshirt — and a female wearing pajama pants, stole his red Ford Escort when he went to pay for his gas, according to police.

    Morse was getting gas at the Gulf station next to Mr. Z's Pizza and Pasta, police said.

    The Montpelier Police Department found groceries, a phone bill and clothes belonging to Morse on Old Country Club Road about three hours later, the Barre City police said, but as of Monday afternoon, the car had not been found.


    Unfortunately, they also reported a Barre driver picked up on his 4th DUI - yikes!
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    The ride in was fun, had a nice tailwind.Heading home doesn't look quite as easy. The wind hasn't let up and it's still snowing.
    Here's a picture from the front window of work, looking across the street at the bird store. You can usually judge the wind by the flags. When I leave it'll be dark and I get to turn into the wind. Oh well, I'm sure most of you know what it feels like.


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    Looks like it might be a wet ride home tonight. I swear, Vegas is turning into the Pacific Northwest - we've had so much rain in the past three or four weeks! I love it

    Also looks like I'll be commuting in Idaho Falls this summer. I found out today that a research proposal I was written into was accepted, which means I will be spending 10 weeks at Idaho National Lab. Good stuff...

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    Congrats on your position in Idaho, RActive -and it sounds like it will be a lot more bike friendly weather in the summertime than in Vegas.

    TaeHome, hope you made it home against the wind- looks like "small craft" warnings should have been posted.

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    very nice both ways, with 14mph winds. nothing out of the ordinary to report. except the new hot trainer at the gym smiled at me. i shoulda bought those bike tights way sooner!

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    Wind sucks.
    10 weeks in a new place is groovy!
    What flavor do you think that tire is?
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    Hack-hack, Cough, PHTTT!

    I`ve been pestered by a head cold- sinus thing for the past week or so. Just a nuisance, nowhere near enough to keep me off the bike, but I`ve kind of taken it easy for a while. I woke up feeling spunky tonight, so decided to give it hell and really put the pedal to the metal on my way in to work. As soon as I stopped riding, I had a lovely coughing and hacking fit with plenty of phlegm involved, and now I`m sneezing and running through soggy paper towels as fast as I can reel them off the holder. Guess my cold wasn`t ready to leave yet.
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    We got a good amount of snow a couple of days ago and the paths are not in best possible shape yet. Not all that bad but riding takes a little more effort. And then there's some "traps": a maintenance vehicle has left ruts in the hard snow and then a plough has hidden them with a layer of new snow.

    It was colder than I thought in the morning. Should have taken the thicker gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I`ve been pestered by a head cold- sinus thing for the past week or so. Just a nuisance, nowhere near enough to keep me off the bike, but I`ve kind of taken it easy for a while. I woke up feeling spunky tonight, so decided to give it hell and really put the pedal to the metal on my way in to work. As soon as I stopped riding, I had a lovely coughing and hacking fit with plenty of phlegm involved, and now I`m sneezing and running through soggy paper towels as fast as I can reel them off the holder. Guess my cold wasn`t ready to leave yet.
    Same thing happened to me last month after I pushed a little too hard on a ride. Cold came back with a vengeance and stayed with me for two more weeks. Horrible cough. I hope yours doesn't last nearly that long; get better!

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    wet and cold last night. Got hlafway home and it opened up downpour for 6 miles. Oh well, got home and cleaned the bike, took a shower, and getl great for toughing it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    What flavor do you think that tire is?
    I dunno, but I hope it's already buried here in the Flavor Graveyard along with the rest of Ben & Jerry's failed flavors.
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    The only thing interesting this morning was the re-appearance of the mystery biker on my dirt road - I'd seen him go by once before while I was snowblowing. I left a little late today, and there he was in front of me but on the wrong side of the road, until he got close to the crest of a blind hill, when he thought it was a good time to switch to the right side....I caught up enough to say "hello" & thought he'd slow down & chat but after a few peeks over his shoulder he took off like a bat out of hell, knees wildly flailing out, and flew down the next hill and disappeared. The mystery continues. Must be Silent Cal's cousin, identity unknown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I`ve been pestered by a head cold- sinus thing for the past week or so. Just a nuisance, nowhere near enough to keep me off the bike, but I`ve kind of taken it easy for a while. I woke up feeling spunky tonight, so decided to give it hell and really put the pedal to the metal on my way in to work. As soon as I stopped riding, I had a lovely coughing and hacking fit with plenty of phlegm involved, and now I`m sneezing and running through soggy paper towels as fast as I can reel them off the holder. Guess my cold wasn`t ready to leave yet.
    Cold air is a great catalyst for producing phlegm! Hope you're feeling better soon Rodar.
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    Thanks, Gary and RA, but it really isn`t too bad- just have to keep it mellow for a while.

    About mystery riders...
    last year, somebody (Yankee in Germany, I think) was posting periodic updates about "getting his clock cleaned" by a mystery rider on his commute route and how he was gradually closing in. Anybody remember who that was? MTBX`s posts reminded me and now I`m curious as to whether he ever won a round of his cat and mouse game.
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    Almost got hit!! Again!! Same Intersection every time!! Damn People like to turn left in front of other cars and me included!! I guess a Red Jacket, Flashing white strobe and it being 7:00 in the morning is not enough for certain people!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar

    About mystery riders...
    last year, somebody (Yankee in Germany, I think) was posting periodic updates about "getting his clock cleaned" by a mystery rider on his commute route and how he was gradually closing in. Anybody remember who that was? MTBX`s posts reminded me and now I`m curious as to whether he ever won a round of his cat and mouse game.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=496853

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=505217

    ...nothing since March of '09
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Almost got hit!! Again!! Same Intersection every time!! Damn People like to turn left in front of other cars and me included!! I guess a Red Jacket, Flashing white strobe and it being 7:00 in the morning is not enough for certain people!!
    O_O Is it possible to pick a route that bypasses this intersection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Almost got hit!! Again!! Same Intersection every time!! Damn People like to turn left in front of other cars and me included!! I guess a Red Jacket, Flashing white strobe and it being 7:00 in the morning is not enough for certain people!!
    Yikes! Sounds scarey - glad you were able to avoid a collision. Sometimes it feels like you need a tank not to be "invisible".

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    We received about 7 inches of snow Monday night, so I drove in to work on Tuesday and Wednesday to avoid having to ride a busy street with people that don't know how to drive in snow (or how to react to a bicycle on the road). Today I rode in.

    This winter hasn't offered many opportunities to ride the local trails, so I've been itching for a good hard ride. Today was the closest I've gotten in a long time. The roads were all clear, but my bike path was still covered in a thick blanket of snow with ice underneath. The snow and ice provided a very technical ride, like the one I described in a previous post only about twice as challenging. It was a blast.

    After riding that stretch of trail, I returned to the road. I had put my foot down a couple times and walked across a foot bridge when I couldn't get any traction on my rear wheel, but I never wiped out...until I pulled into the parking lot. I hit a patch of ice and my rear wheel suddenly found myself riding sideways. My bike and I both washed out onto the ice, like a fumbling figure skater (minus the audience). Good times.

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    and the short story...

    ...ends really good!

    my co-worker commute today on his new hard-tail!

    we went yesterday to see some bikes at a bicycle warehouse...but didn't find something nice or good... the bikes were super low low end and even he wasn't very confident about the bikes. I left him there cause his wife was going for him..

    Surprise!! he told me that the wife came for him with a bicycle as a present (he has his birthday today)...it was a full suspension and short frame...so they went and change it for the hard-tail.

    he didn't think it twice...

    14 min ride, a grin and some awareness of a new world already ...he told me:
    "Dude, I saw an OXXO that I didn't new of (like 7-11s), and I saw where I can take some pants I need to fix!"

    I didn't commute today but this made my day.

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    My ride home yesterday. 'Nuff said...
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    martinsillo - that's awesome news about your co-worker! Glad he's enjoying it.

    CommuterBoy - gorgeous rainbow! Wish I saw more of those when we were having our good rains, but they sure are rare around here.

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    Special Ed: Yeah- Solomon! Thanks! And great pic from this morning`s commute, too!

    Martinsillo- Aw, man. You mean you convinced that other guy to ride in and you pulled the ol "My bike is in pieces" trick? For shame! And how`s he going to get pants fixed at OXXO?

    Sockeyeus- I think that makes four of us who`ve gone down in parking lots this year.

    Wow, AEB111. What keeps happening at that intersection? You mean the people turning left don`t wait for enough gap in the straight through traffic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Martinsillo- Aw, man. You mean you convinced that other guy to ride in and you pulled the ol "My bike is in pieces" trick? For shame! And how`s he going to get pants fixed at OXXO?
    I won't be surprised when they open an "OXXO Textiles" or something...but my bike is in pieces

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    CB, do you always carry a camera? Neat photo.
    Martin - Congrats on your new "convert"
    s0ck - sounds like a fun ride

    I was going to drive today, but could not find the car keys...must be around somewhere, as I used the car Sunday, then changed the oil & moved it back by the front door (the gardentractor/snowblower gets the garage). Hmmm...hope the key isn't out in the snow somewhere. Company for the weekend, so I'll be needing it - uh oh. Gave up looking because I realized if I didn't leave in 10 mins I would miss the last bus to work, so I changed & pedaled to the bus. I was the only one on the bus.

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    ^^ Don't hit the keys with the snowblower.

    I have a 2mp camera on the phone... not the best, but sometimes it's worth stopping and snapping a pic. I have a nice little compact camera, but I always forget to throw it in the bag. I'm going to make an effort to carry it over the next month or so to capture some of the amazing sunrise scenes I usually get as the mornings get brighter.
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    [QUOTE=CommuterBoy]^^ Don't hit the keys with the snowblower.

    QUOTE]

    hahaha - good thought, they would be gone for the duration then!
    Thought of a metal detector if keys are in the driveway but don't want to carry it up the hill from the rental place on the bike!

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    WET! lol.............
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    I solved the key problem years ago. I just hang them in the ignition of whatever vehicle they belong to.
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    ^^ Me too. Sometimes they go in the ash tray just so the car doesn't beep at me.
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    O_O really?!? I guess I'm used to living in urban areas, because I won't even turn my back on the vehicle without locking the doors, much less leave the keys in the car.
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    Gotta love small town America. If the Jeep's gone, my neighbor John took it to get his trailer unstuck again. It'll be back shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Gotta love small town America. If the Jeep's gone, my neighbor John took it to get his trailer unstuck again. It'll be back shortly.
    If only the whole world was like that.

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    ^^ Me too. Sometimes they go in the ash tray just so the car doesn't beep at me.
    +2 - Also on some cars if you leave the key in the ignition, it can down the battery.

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    Found my car keys today in the old jacket I wore Sunday...but not before shoveling around a bit between the car & the house hunting for them. I might have to go back to Rodar & CB's method, which is what I did with my last truck. I was a little afraid those newfangled electric door locks on this car would lock me out somehow though.

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    I don`t blame you- I distrust those crazy locks too. So far I`ve managed to avoid electric locks and windows, but next time I have to buy a truck I might not luck out.
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    Gorgeous day today! Sun shining, windless, warm! My first commute of the week is still five hours away, but I took the roadie out for a spin this afternoon... with SHORTS! When I got home, there was a UPS box waiting at my door- the last of the materials I need for my next play project. I`m going to try my hand at frame building and that box was the last holdup.
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    It was good....

    It was actually dry with some sun today in the Pacific NW. I took a new route over the hill to work and found a 1/4 mile section of single track. A little difficult rolling 32mm slicks at 80psi, but it was single track!
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    I almost caved today.

    I got back from the 24 hours of Old Pueblo late last night. I hadn't sleep well for three days and my legs were wasted from the race. My wife didn't need the car until 7pm, and I was already late for work.

    But I geared up and rode my bike to work, and it sucked.

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    It was about 22 degrees with Blowing Snow in my face every time I was Going North Tonight..
    Which is about 10 miles of going North
    I did hear some coyotes in Cuba Marsh tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    It was about 22 degrees with Blowing Snow in my face every time I was Going North Tonight..
    Which is about 10 miles of going North
    I did hear some coyotes in Cuba Marsh tonight.
    Well, at least you got coyotes out of the deal.

    Calhoun. you`re a maniac!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Gorgeous day today! Sun shining, windless, warm! My first commute of the week is still five hours away, but I took the roadie out for a spin this afternoon... with SHORTS! When I got home, there was a UPS box waiting at my door- the last of the materials I need for my next play project. I`m going to try my hand at frame building and that box was the last holdup.
    Nice! What are shorts?? Good luck on your project, that should keep you out of trouble for a while.

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    I've been chicken the past two days. We received more snow, the roads are slick, and I don't trust the car drivers around here enough to ride my bike in to work. I'll ride tomorrow though.

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    Quick ride in, good conditions & about 18F, pretty comfy. I was undecided about riding because snow is in the forecast...hoping the 1"-3" forecast does not turn into 4"-6" at my house before I get home. Hadn't ridden since Thurs because of family visiting, so decided to chance it. Nothing so far, so looking good.

    I am #1 cool aunt now, my 16 y.o. nephew loved the snow groomer ride I got him for xmas. I told the operator to scare him a bit on the steep stuff.

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    ^^ Nice. I want a snow groomer ride.

    We had downright spring-like weather this 3 day weekend (mid 50's!)... I hit the desert on the dirt bikes with a couple of friends yesterday.......there is no kind of sore like dirt bike sore. No matter how good of shape I think I'm in from riding my bike, the motorcycle just destroys the legs. Today's morning ride was brutal I'm getting old.
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    Finally back on the bike this week! It's a short work week for me, but it's better than nothing. An added bonus is that we're apparently having our annual bout of unseasonal warmth this week.

    Nothing much to report, except the usual clutch of idiot cagers (certainly didn't miss that); panicking when they see me and slamming on the brakes in the middle of the street for no explicit reason, signaling their turn three streets before the one they are actually going to turn onto, etc.... Otherwise, it was pleasant to finally get back on the bike and I have a lot of catching up to do. Wasn't as hard riding out, but it might be tougher tonight coming back since it's pretty much all uphill.
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    I could barely ride my bike trail today. My tires are just too wimpy for the wet snow. Once the snow nears 7 inches, I'm pretty much done. After spending too much time riding in place and feeling the pain creep into my right knee, I succumbed to the fact that I'd have to walk my bike out. Maybe we'll get a little sun today and the snow will pack down a bit.

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    Allright, Gary! Don`t worry- next week you can get ten rides with your idiots.

    s0ckeyeus, you ought to see if you can get that snow groomer to do a little surfacing on your bike trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    s0ckeyeus, you ought to see if you can get that snow groomer to do a little surfacing on your bike trail.
    Ironically, the trail runs on the back part of my town's public works department. I guess they solely rely on our fluctuating temperatures to clear the path.

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    That`s why you should call MtbX- she`s got connections! Then you won`t have to rely on P.W, who is relying on Mother Nature. And who do you think put the snow on your route in the first place? No sense waiting for HER to get rid of it. Much faster to ask MtbX.
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    Yep, no problem, it's on the way from VT...it should get there by spring.
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    Oh man I'd like to tear up that corduroy with the freshly sharpened edge of my K2.
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    this morning was all the way here

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    It was So Nice out today Mid Twenty's that I put an Extra five miles in today.
    Think I'll do 32 miles again tomorrow

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    Midnight ride. First commute of the year. It was great 30's on the way there 20's on the way home. Country roads most of the way, 21 miles each way, and 2 feet of snow everywhere but on the roads, they were mostly clear and dry. And yes there are some country roads in New Jersey.

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    Normbilt, that road sure looks like a nice ride- as long as there isn`t a lot of traffic, anyway. Is it typical of your commute route? Do the cars really stick close to that posted 25 MPH, or is the sign just there for decoration?
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    So, I was driving 26 miles round trip to work until this past weekend when I moved into the apartment complex across the street from my work (Gold's Gym). I was excited about the location bc I don't have but maybe a quarter mile trip to work. Rode my CAAD9 to work last night after getting the FLEA light kit from Blackburn (crazy bright blinky lights). I just can't justify starting up my Xterra to drive a quarter mile to work. I figure commuting on my CAAD9 will save gas and wear-and-tear on my engine because I know its not good to drive really short distances. Of course when you show up to work on a bike everyone freaks out but whatever, after a week everyone will get use to a 220lb personal trainer showing up to work on a "bicycle". Most of these people are too outta shape to even ride that far, except for maybe my clients that I train. Happy and safe commuting everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Normbilt, that road sure looks like a nice ride- as long as there isn`t a lot of traffic, anyway. Is it typical of your commute route? Do the cars really stick close to that posted 25 MPH, or is the sign just there for decoration?
    That road is in Kildeer IL which is a small Village which is a well to do area with a lot of patrol car. Kildeer is a great area to ride. The road in Cuba road which has some nice rolling hills.

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    Getting lighter and lighter every morning around here... It's usually the first week of March when the sun comes up on my ride. That's the best day of the year. Up to 30* F this morning...I ditched the heavy gloves, a layer on the legs, and the neoprene socks this week. Rode home yesterday in short sleeves and shorts with a backpack full of cold weather gear. Not getting too excited though, we usually have a big March in terms of snowfall.
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    As it's been warm lately, I've unpacked a lot of my cold weather gear from my bag but I really wish I had my gloves this morning. It wasn't terribly cold, but very foggy. All the extra moisture in the air made it seem much colder.
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    Skipped work & the commute today & tomorrow & instead drove to Cleveland - yes, seriously! Trying out Ray's Indoor MTB during the women's weekend, 150 women are signed up! Never done anything like it, should be interesting! Still have to take off my studded commuting tires

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    my way home was about the love to my cascadias!!

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    specially in some points

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    It was Really Nice on the way to work. Had All Vents Zipped open and front zip down 3/4.
    Tonight I was Surprised how cold it was. It was only 20 but a lot of dampness in the air.

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    OK my second commute of the year. Went pretty good except for the lady running a stop sign and almost clipping me. I purchased the Dinnotte 800-400 combo, these lights rock! I can see my rear light blinking in the road signs behind me a good quarter mile away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    OK my second commute of the year. Went pretty good except for the lady running a stop sign and almost clipping me. I purchased the Dinnotte 800-400 combo, these lights rock! I can see my rear light blinking in the road signs behind me a good quarter mile away.
    I have the same Dinotte 800/400 combo. Tonight as I was starting out for a ride, I realized I forgot my backpack. So I parked my bike and walked behind it to go back inside and get my backpack. That's when I was re-reminded how bright those taillights are. I felt like slapping myself for having such an obnoxious taillight. Absolutely great lights imho.

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    A bit colder than I like again: -19 Celsius, when I left home.
    The paths are in great shape: hard packed snow but not slippery, the worst was a couple of deep ruts at one crossroads. My route mainly keeps me away from cars and I only had to stop at two red lights.

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    My bike path route is getting old. I got bucked off yesterday afternoon and could not find traction in a number of spots. There's a thick layer of ice on the path that's covered in slushy snow. The frozen ruts that some idiot cyclist (me) has left on the trail add to the unpredictable conditions.

    It was 18F and sunny this morning, but it will be above 40 on my return home. I'm not a huge fan of temperature swings, especially when the freezing line is right in the middle. As winter starts to begin its slow retreat, our temps will continue to be unpredictable from here on out. Luckily a bought a nice new Illuminite riding wind shell that is lighter and better vented than my normal one, and the sleeves zip off. $14 at TJ Maxx. Score.

    Other good news: I have switched to my darker glasses. Spring is not far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    I'm not a huge fan of temperature swings, especially when the freezing line is right in the middle. As winter starts to begin its slow retreat, our temps will continue to be unpredictable from here on out.
    I hear ya. Lucky for me, snow usually goes away within a few weeks after a storm, but I know that freeze, thaw, freeze deal. How much longer do you likely have before it melts?
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    Wet!! And unfortunatly I rode my trail bike (no fenders) New Commutter should be done this weekend!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I hear ya. Lucky for me, snow usually goes away within a few weeks after a storm, but I know that freeze, thaw, freeze deal. How much longer do you likely have before it melts?
    It should be gone by the end of the weekend. It's forecast to rain tomorrow and Sunday.

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    Post commute comedy...

    I had a very pretty, although slightly damp commute home this morning. My wife was already up working on a project and ready for a break, so we decided to roll across the valley and she`d treat me to breakfast at our favorite local greasy spoon. Still pretty and not looking so damp, we had an inspiration half way to the restaurant: "Hey- let`s see if the Winter swans are still out on the lake! It might be a little bit muddy, but I bet we can make it." So we hang a right and follow the little gravel road out to the county wellhouse- so far, so good. But then, "Honey, I don`t think we should ride all the way to the bank- let`s just leave the bike here". "Nah, we`ll be fine- it only rained for a half hour." Well, for as sticky as it was, at least it was pretty easy to scrape off. Except from my cleats- wouldn`cha knowit. The only bike I still wear clicky pedals for. Well, I guess I deserved it. And who do you suppose had to pay the breakfast tab?

    EDIT: Oh, yeah- as my wife suspected, there were no swans. We hadn`t heard the noisy boogers for a few weeks, but I wanted to find out for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I had a very pretty, although slightly damp commute home this morning. My wife was already up working on a project and ready for a break, so we decided to roll across the valley and she`d treat me to breakfast at our favorite local greasy spoon. Still pretty and not looking so damp, we had an inspiration half way to the restaurant: "Hey- let`s see if the Winter swans are still out on the lake! It might be a little bit muddy, but I bet we can make it." So we hang a right and follow the little gravel road out to the county wellhouse- so far, so good. But then, "Honey, I don`t think we should ride all the way to the bank- let`s just leave the bike here". "Nah, we`ll be fine- it only rained for a half hour." Well, for as sticky as it was, at least it was pretty easy to scrape off. Except from my cleats- wouldn`cha knowit. The only bike I still wear clicky pedals for. Well, I guess I deserved it. And who do you suppose had to pay the breakfast tab?

    EDIT: Oh, yeah- as my wife suspected, there were no swans. We hadn`t heard the noisy boogers for a few weeks, but I wanted to find out for sure.
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    Very relaxing day for commuting. Saturday, not too many cars, and it's the only day of the week I get to ride in the sunshine. Much warmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    Saturday, not too many cars, and it's the only day of the week I get to ride in the sunshine.
    I don`t see much of that Saturday sunshine, but it sure looks like you`re enjoying yourself!
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    Mo tandem.

    You bet, Gary- can`t pass up an invitation like that!
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    rodar y rodar, please tell me those pics of shorts and t-shirts are from last summer.
    I like the one where your overlooking the stream, looks like some good riding out there.

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    Thanks, Cranky. Those pics are from several trips since Fall of 2008, but I COULD have worn shorts earlier this week- minimum temps around 30F, warming pretty good in the afternoons.

    We got a surprise storm starting about dinner time Sat evening. Dumped well over a foot of snow and continued snowing most of the day yesterday, but it self compacted and melted at the same time, so now there`s only about six inches. I was worried about riding to work tonight, but it ought to be okay. Most of the roads are close enough so the worst that could happen is I might have to get off and walk it a bit.
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    very cold but awesome first day on the new ride I might add gears..... was searching for more speed.....!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    You bet, Gary- can`t pass up an invitation like that!
    Nice! Especially loving the one at the top with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop.
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    Aaaargh! Paying dearly for my fun at Ray's Indoor Mtn Bike Park with a badly sprained ankle - should have swapped out my beloved ATACs for some flat pedals & probably would have just been banged up a bit. Was regretting my new-to-me manual trans car every time I used the clutch, even with tape, ankle braces,& advil. X-rayed today & not broken, just swollen & blue from toe to heel, and reduced to a hobble. Doc says 7 weeks to heal but hoping my PT pal can speed that up when I see her tomorrow.

    rodar - does your wife like her new platform mud shoes? Or did you have to buy new ones after breakfast?

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    Was sick all last week and couldn't ride. Today was my first day back in the saddle and it felt great!!!!

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    I think my wife did like the elevation- had her up to almost 5 feet!

    You too, Sizzler? Glad you got back after just a week, anyway. How`s the Dummy doing?
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    Dang, MTBX- what exactly did you do?
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    Snowed Monday morning so I put studs on.......overkill

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    yesterday I had some crazy crosswinds crossing a bridge on my way home...between the dust going directly to my face and the wobbling bike I was very close to walk but then I remembered,I was safe actually...you know...I was swerving!

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    The Denver bike paths are pretty slick in areas right now. I love the feeling of accelerating with your rear tire locked up. I think Denver takes better care of their bike paths than the streets, the bike paths seem better plowed then the streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    yesterday I had some crazy crosswinds crossing a bridge on my way home...between the dust going directly to my face and the wobbling bike I was very close to walk but then I remembered,I was safe actually...you know...I was swerving!
    I see what you did there.

    I've been out of the loop for a while... cool pictures, stories, and comedy folks. Sorry about the ankle MTBX..

    I got the same surprise storm Rodar got...a little less snow over here on the CA side of the border. Weird storm. The valleys got feet of snow, and the resorts in the mountains got maybe 5 inches. Made for a quick transition back to a cold monday. I went for it again in spite of the freezing fog warning (totally scared after last time) but it was totally clear on my commute, thankfully.

    And today I actually got my first rays of sunshine, barely. Just a quarter mile or so from work I got an orange blast over the mountains and below the clouds...hint of things to come. It was still cold though. I should have had the camera today...killer sunrise. It will be awesome until march when the time changes back, and it's dark again for a few weeks.
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    Ouch, mtbx! Hope you heal up fast!

    It's been great here the past couple weeks. Highs in the high 60s last week - I was in shorts and a jersey. It cooled off a little this week with the threat of rain (we've already received about 75% of our annual rainfall!); we're expecting more rain by the end of the week (keeps thwarting my mtbing plans). Lately, I've been battling daily migraines, but luckily riding seems to chase them away temporarily. The lack of energy that comes with them is a downer, though.

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    was great!!
    snow and slush everywhere, but not much wind.
    cars sliding sideways into the curb (don't sit at the lights beside front wheel drive minivans!!)
    and my mud tires (tioga factory mud rear, tioga black turtle front) kept me upright and plowing through the snow.
    was regretting the heavy-drag tires a bit on the clean sections but loving taking the tougher lines through the high banks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Dang, MTBX- what exactly did you do?

    It was not a spectacular crash, but I took a route in the inddor MTB park that went down a steep ramp (fine), up the next ramp(fine), back down 2 box-drops(fine), around the banked corner (fine), up and over a triangle peaked thing (fine), and recall a moment of indecision as to which of 2 2x10's to take next. They were only a couple inches off the ground but apparently I missed because the bike went out from under me to the right and my left ankle got torqued way too far on the way down since it was still attached to the pedal. Basically the bike acted as a nice lever to sprain my ankle. That ankle has some priors, so I was wearing an ankle brace & my hi-top MTB shoes, but something had to give.

    Already missing my bike commute and even my bus.

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    Man I want to go there and hurt myself. That place sounds so fun.
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    Pics From Yesterdays Ride to work after a Fresh Snow
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    Good luck with the ankle MTBX, hope you heal up soon!

    It was POURING rain today. Usually doesn't seem to be raining that hard when I'm actually out in it. Good thing I repacked the cold weather gear in my bag and thank goodness for ski goggles. Worked like a charm!
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    Uhh,
    my 30 minute ride to work was tougher than usual. We got a new layer of snow in the evening. Maybe 4 to 6 inches and the ploughs had not quite made it yet. Untouched snow would have been almost OK but there were enough footprints to make the unplowed sections a bit of a struggle. The plowed pieces were a little loose but that was not too bad. At some intersections, I got to try my MTB "skills" going over/through the snow berms left by the machines.

    It was sort of cold too: about -20 Celsius. My back was sweaty and my toes were chilled by the time I rode the bike into the garage at work.

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    It`s raining here, too. I guess that`s better than Perttime`s -20C, but I don`t like it. I parked in the boiler room at work so at least I`ll get home with a nice dry butt. I really hate getting rained on.

    MTBX, that`s kind of weird how it goes with driving pain. I spent some time driving last year due to a knee problem and I think it hurt worse to push my clutch pedal than to ride. Hope you can still walk around okay.
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    I don't like rain much better than -20C

    The rest of this week does not look bad: it should be cool enough to stay dry....
    More snow expected on Saturday and Sunday. I think we have enough already.

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    About -13 Celsius on the way home. Pretty nice:


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    Driving day for me. Icy mess out there. We got several inches of snow last night and I played it safe for once... 4wd all the way to work, so I feel justified. That's 12 driving days since last August (school schedule).
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    very VOGGY!! volcanic fog........ LAME!! it tasted like i was eating funyon's all the way too work!
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    I wasn`t quite sure that you were kidding, so I checked to see.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vog
    I guess you were serious. Is eating Funyions good or bad?
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    Wow, vog, never heard of it. Rather not be biking or driving here today. Steady wet snow, packed into ice on the interstate, bumpy & slick, 35-40mph in the "better" lane, which today was the passing lane, since it was not 100% snow/ice like the right lane, which became the passing lane by silent agreement of all drivers. Wondering if I have power at home or not, many are out. 10-11" this a.m., snowing all day, another 12-20" tonight. I guess I will get in some aerobic excercise after all, with shovel in hand.

    For more wierd weather stuff, see our recent "ice disc" in a river nearby
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    mmm...Funyuns. I wish my fog smelled like junk food and eggs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    How`s the Dummy doing?
    The dummy does me right! I was able to get a fixed gear for cheap last week so I have been riding that every other day. Can't believe how light it feels compared to the dummy!

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    As I Left Work tonight it was about 25 with a 10 MPH northwest wind.It was not snowing and there was light coming through the western sky. I thought it was useless to have the Studded tires on.

    As I got about within 8 miles from home it started snowing. The Snow got heavier and heavier. Within 5 miles it was snowing so hard I could hardly see. Then I couldn't see as I had to slow down just to see where the road was.

    With 3 miles left at an intersection i was taking a left, Cars could not figure the lanes as I was in the turn lane and cars in front of me some were turning one was going straight. The left turn arrow turned green and cars started to turn.The Expedition in front of me could not get traction in turn as he was then taking a right I was going straight and passed the struggling Expedition. By time I got home there was 2" on the ground.

    Thank Goodness I left the Studs on this morning

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    ****! I haven't rode to work in a few weeks. Between being sick and having to transport large items to and fro, I haven't been on the bike much. (and it's actually been cold in Denver for once) I have been taking the light rail.

    But, TOMORROW I WILL RIDE AGAIN!!!!!!

    Hold me to it boys, I've been drinking tonight and might try to wuss out in the mornin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I wasn`t quite sure that you were kidding, so I checked to see.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vog
    I guess you were serious. Is eating Funyions good or bad?
    Ooh funyionS bad!!!
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    Go get `em, Bear!

    Hey, I want an ice disc too.
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    Cold, windy and raining..

    Here in Southern NE the weather is positively the pits. I haven't commuted since Monday - which was one of the nicest days this year. Typical New England slap in the face!
    I may try for tommorow - but the rain in the eyes causes problems with visibility & virtually any type of glasses I try fog up too much on the uphills & stops. I threw together a "half-visor" that sticks onto the helmet with Velcro - we'll see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bipolarbear
    ****! I haven't rode to work in a few weeks. Between being sick and having to transport large items to and fro, I haven't been on the bike much. (and it's actually been cold in Denver for once) I have been taking the light rail.

    But, TOMORROW I WILL RIDE AGAIN!!!!!!

    Hold me to it boys, I've been drinking tonight and might try to wuss out in the mornin.

    Warm this morning, 37! See you out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bipolarbear
    ****! I haven't rode to work in a few weeks. Between being sick and having to transport large items to and fro, I haven't been on the bike much. (and it's actually been cold in Denver for once) I have been taking the light rail.

    But, TOMORROW I WILL RIDE AGAIN!!!!!!

    Hold me to it boys, I've been drinking tonight and might try to wuss out in the mornin.


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    think they said -14 celsius or so with natural wind (before you start making your own by pedalling faster)
    supposed to be 15cm of snow today.
    snow tire'd ti bike only, marathon tire'd 29er is useless in this weather.
    loving it!

    makes me want to get a forwardcomponents ebb and ss the thing as even xtr's miss shifts in this much snow.
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    A few icy patches left over from yesterday's snow, but today was mostly nice out there. We're in that part of winter when a foot of snow overnight will ruin the morning commute, but it'll all be gone by the time you're driving home, making you feel guilty for not braving it in the morning. Lows in the 20's, highs in the 50's... snow, melt, snow, melt, snow, melt...
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    67' F and Wet..... we need some rain! Very little vog the rain usually washes it away. Had a errand to run before work drop off the power bill.
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    when in doubt......

    Well, its Thursday and I'm tired!

    The whole way in today, I was thinking about bailing and putting the bike on a bus (I have lots of opportunities to do so).

    I resisted that impulse by following my maxim:

    "When in doubt, ride"

    Also forced myself to do 40 pushups upon arrival, which is part of my AM routine. Anybody else do that?

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    ^^ Absolutely. I've been doing 50 a day right before I change clothes for the last 5 years. When it's a truly horrible ride, I motivate myself by letting myself skip the push-ups when I get there. Somehow this feels like a reward
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    Well I haven't been commuting this week due to the weather and the fact I have no place to change or dry gear or anything, I did manage to get a few 20 mile training rides in. Yesterday in the pouring rain and mid 30's. today it was snowing sideways with some pretty strong winds. The forecast was for a blizzardcane, whatever that is. In all this slush and snow coming at me sideways, I also got my first flat for the year.

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    As good a week as any to be hobbling around on my sprained ankle instead of riding. 2' of snow followed by rain all day today, and now winds gusting to 65mph. Back to snow tonight & 45mph gusts continue tomorrow.

    Andy, you don't sound very cranky considering the weather + the flat.

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    I get really cranky when I can't ride my bike. Too bad about the ankle, hopefully when it's healed you'll have warm weather and sunshine!

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    Well, this morning

    I had a face to face with a huge rottweiler under the I880 fwy. That was fun. Then a 2 hour mixed terrain ride on the CX bike up in the east bay hills on the commute home. Grabbed a burrito and some beers and here i am ...stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    I had a face to face with a huge rottweiler under the I880 fwy. That was fun. Then a 2 hour mixed terrain ride on the CX bike up in the east bay hills on the commute home. Grabbed a burrito and some beers and here i am ...stoked.
    Everything after the dog sounds awsome! We`ve had two beautiful days in a row in Reno, but I`ve wasted them on sleep. Hope it hangs in for the weekend.
    Recalculating....

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    I lost my first commuter race today

    I woke up late today and left home like 30 min after my usual "leaving time"...was close to use our car but I'm going for my second perfect commuter week of the year and wasn't going to ruin that.

    So...

    I was stopped at a red light and just when it turns green a commuter roadie pass me by..WTF!!... I started the chase...s#1t..lost like 30sec trying to clip my unclipped foot...s#1t!!...he knew I was after him and he push it...that was at a 3 block straight part of our ride (with a little slope down)...I got it and pass him when we were yielding to the fastest avenue around.... so I said its done, I won!!..wrong!! he took a bold decision...a few meters before we take a slight left turn he choose to change to one of the fastest lines (we were riding pretty much between the slow lane and the space between the slow lane and the sidewalk) so he cut the turn and went ahead just at our last straight and crazy part of the ride (the bridge I said in my previous post here)... just after the bridge he was at his finish line...I lost
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    I wish I had someone to race. The deer don't stay on the road long enough.

    I tried a new 'long route' home yesterday. I really don't have many options, but this was a cool combo of the bike path by the river/rural two lane/highway/dirt road home. I 'google earthed' it at 9.7 miles. Nice change from the usual 6 miles...the diversity is pretty cool. I saw a scared cat, a memorial shrine, a bunch of canadian geese, and several deer. No other bikes.

    I need to scout it still, but there might be a section of pulled-up railroad line that I can take to cut from the bike path to the rural road... from what I could see it was all that giant gravel that's not really gravel but more like rocks...would be horrible on the 'cross bike, possible on the MTB. If it's just that stuff for a short section by the road, then I'm all over it. But if the the whole thing is like that it's not worth it. It would be 3/4 of a mile or so.

    And the bike path goes right behind the hardware store, so I popped in and bought an 8 inch bolt, a flared nut, some 2" fender washers a couple of nylon washers. BAM, headset press for my new bike, five bucks.
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    Uh-oh! New racer on board! Pick it up, Martin- next year we`re entering you in the Vuelta a Chih. Joshed is going to write you a training program and Mtymxdh can supervise to make sure you don`t try any un authorized short cuts.

    CB, that sounds like a cool route. I pretty much like mine, but a spin along the river sure has that beat.
    Recalculating....

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