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    We rode through Georgetown to Downtown and the Mall. There wasn't much traffic, which was a good thing since it was really sloppy out there. It was also a good thing we had the studded tires. We saw several people fall down and a few cars spinning out but we had no traction problems at all.
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    After the storm. Illustrated Ride Report

    You didn't really think we weren’t going to ride did you?

    After all, what is 10" of snow? Well for one thing it was a whole lot of shoveling before we could get our bikes out of the alley. At least it gave the plows time to give most of the major roads a first pass.
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    We left the mall and found some roads that hadn't been plowed. Boy the snow was deep. My front wheel was creating a bow wave in the soft and dry snow. The studded tires gave us great traction so all we had to do was keep moving and we were fine (there was a lot of resistance and our feet buried themselves at the bottom of every pedal stroke).

    How do you like them wheel covers?
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    We each stopped a couple of times and it was really hard to get rolling again. We were running flat pedals and wearing our hiking boots, which turned out to make it really difficult to start up (I knew from past experience that clipless pedals were pretty much useless in deep wet snow like this (once you get a layer of ice on the bottom of your shoes there is little chance that you can click in)).

    Once we were moving again the boots with flat pedals were fine and our feet stayed dry and warm for most of the ride. Likely if we used this combination more often we wouldn't have any problems getting started at all. I'm thinking riding fixed has spoiled us.

    One thing for sure all the work pedaling was keeping us nice and warm.
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    In fact we didn't ride all that far.

    30 miles at most.

    That would be 30 of the most scenic fun miles we have done in quite some time.

    On the way home we stopped at the Bagel Bakery (yes Ben I did have a chocolate chip muffin) for a well-earned breakfast. Then it was time for more shoveling before we went for a really long walk.

    Not bad for the day after a blizzard.
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    Very nice, and frigid, pictures!

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    neat! thanks for the pics. Brr!

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    Wow. Hardcore! Great pics.

    I'm hoping to break out my studded tires sometime before spring. We need some precip first, though!

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    good stuff! Nice to see ya over here on the "dirty" side for a change. Looks like fun, but since it was 80+ in L.A. yesterday, I'll have to keep my studded tires in the rafters for another day or so

    everyone else: check out MB's regular contributions to RBR's Commuter forum. Always great, scenic shots of D.C. and surroundings.
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    Those pictures are creative.

    Nice job. It really tells the story of the '06 blizzard.

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    Truly beautiful pics of a truly memorable ride. Love it. Thanks. Is that your son? I need to keep my 7 year old going with me so we can build up to 30 mile snow rides through the city together.

    Or wait.... that would be like 30 laps around my city and the view wouldn't be anything like the mall.

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    That's MB's wife in most of the pics. She rides 650's on her roadie I think, so her mtn bike is probably pretty small. Agree w/ Hollywood about folks checking out the commuting board on roadbikereview.com for more of MB1's shots and all the other people that post over there, quite a few talented photographers.
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    Ouch. ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Truly beautiful pics of a truly memorable ride. Love it. Thanks. Is that your son? I need to keep my 7 year old going with me so we can build up to 30 mile snow rides through the city together.

    Or wait.... that would be like 30 laps around my city and the view wouldn't be anything like the mall.
    That is Miss M (the wife unit).

    She is the one that is hardcore, I'm just along for the ride.

    The riding was actually pretty easy except for the 4-5 miles where we were plowing through fresh snow. Good fun.

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    Great pics!

    I miss dc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB1
    That is Miss M (the wife unit).
    Oops. Sorry. My apologies to Miss M. Hardcore indeed. The small bike and bundled clothing threw me off.

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    Ditto what 'wood said, great to see you spreadin' the Passion over here, MB1!

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    Ditto.

    Quote Originally Posted by antonio
    I miss dc.

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    Sort of, sometimes. Great pics, though!
    Moving to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

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    That's a great post! Interesting to see that scenery simply as a backdrop to a bike ride, instead of accompaniment to a headline. Pretty neat. Thanks!

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    Since you like it, the next time we put on a DC ride...

    Quote Originally Posted by gregg
    Ditto what 'wood said, great to see you spreadin' the Passion over here, MB1!
    ...maybe you should show up.

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