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    Completely non-epic ride

    Which was nice.

    No equipment failures, no surprises, nothing out of the ordinary at all. Just a nice 8 mile ride in a couple inches of snow. Tires did their job. Chain did not break. Brakes stopped. Feet stayed warm, clothes did not fail.

    Early season rides are often failfests- cobbwebbed gear doesn't work like it did when it was put away, new parts don't mesh quite right, shifting is... off, and I'm the worst- totally forget how to ride on snow, how to set my tires right, how not to spin my tires in slippy spots, how not to slide off the trail... So no drama, no epic was nice.

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    TIRES: Check
    CHAIN: Check
    BRAKES: Check
    FEET WARM: Check
    CLOTHING: Check

    MIND ADJUSTMENT / SHAKEDOWN RIDE: Check

    ENJOY: Check

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    Sweet!
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    I had one of those myself today. Well, except my braking fingers were a little numb.

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    Yep, me too. Nice ride with zero drama today. Good stuff.

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    Nice!
    Wish I was riding but we are trying to pack up house...pain in the....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sand Rat View Post
    TIRES: Check
    CHAIN: Check
    BRAKES: Check
    FEET WARM: Check
    CLOTHING: Check

    MIND ADJUSTMENT / SHAKEDOWN RIDE: Check

    ENJOY: Check
    Hehe, exactly my check list before every ride! Nice job OP!
    Last edited by Max24; 03-02-2015 at 06:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max24 View Post
    Hehe, exactly my check list before every ride! Nice job OP!
    I did get 2 blocks from my house before I remembered my helmet, but I'm not counting that.

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    How about some tips for the new snow riders so we can enjoy the same epic ride?<vbg>

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    I did get 2 blocks from my house before I remembered my helmet, but I'm not counting that.
    Ha! That happens to me all the time. I put my skull cap on first and then forget my helmet because I can feel that something is already on my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reig3 View Post
    How about some tips for the new snow riders so we can enjoy the same epic ride?<vbg>

    Bob
    There's a wealth of info on this board, and if you take it all in and memorize every bit of it....


    You still can't avoid the trial and error side of the game. Be smart, and don't put yourself in any dangerous situations and enjoy the journey. ( and don't forget your helmet...like I did last Wednesday)
    MERCY! MERCY! MERCY!

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    Went out last night for the first time since our daughter was born (only 1.5 wks...but feels like FOREVER ), it was 4 degrees but I was dressed well for it and Ted (the bike) was up to the task.

    Not going to talk about equipment issues because we all know what happens when you talk about such things.

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    Haha, I always forget something, usually it is electronics, which I carry too much of anyway. Cell phone / music player / camera / backup gps (one item), gps, helmet cam, extra batteries, hrm strap, etc. I need to make a checklist. And no, I am not going to just forget about them, they are part of the fun, too, at least for me. I am going to steal "failfest" btw. I will do my best to credit you.

    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    I did get 2 blocks from my house before I remembered my helmet, but I'm not counting that.
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    Only tip I can give on non-epic rides is trial and error. Last week, my chain snapped, but that was actually a good thing because my shifting was completely screwed up as the chain was actually faulty, but who ever thinks "it's gotta be the chain?"

    This week, everything was finally in place. Chain worked as it should so shifting was perfect and everything else was as it should be. Over the last 3 or 4 rides I've managed to get all the crap sorted out on this bike- it was built up from a bare frame this fall.

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