I'm already tired of being cold all the time, and there's still a few more months of this shit.
Same here, NYC
Also I somehow bumped my foot into my front fender at an intersection, coming to a humiliating halt on 12th avenue as the fender folded into itself
Amazingly it didn't break and I just bent it back into place, it's still a little crooked but I was trying to beat the rain (failed on that)
It's basically summer up here in chicago
I really want to get my jersey so i can wear bike shorts, but right now i've got some shorts with a special tip pocket so i'm good.
I just get rained on a lot. but it's all 50's so it's good.
Fixie on thin gator's tho, hasn't been a problem yet. I'm experienced as fuck on this bike tho.
94°f today. I planned on a 60 km ride but I missed a turn, and the ride turned into 93 km. Ended up in a college town out in the middle of a million acres of sugar cane.
That's fucking great to hear. I am coming back down to the Chi from GB for winter break, and I wanna get some miles in on the tarck bike/not have to take the bus/el. Just need some new tires, as some cunt slashed mine last time I locked it up down there, still haven't replaced them.
You a northsidebro?
The dirt roads were in worse shape than I was hoping for. My winter tires are not so good at absorbing bumps. Lots of frost on the trees from some freezing fog.
I fell pretty hard a couple weeks ago, commuting on my ebike. Studs up front cuz, icy and shit. But it was a nice dry day, and there's these fucking train rails imbedded in the road right on the turn I take almost every day.
Forget that metal and metal do not make good friction, and just gunned the throttle around the corner.
Fell pretty hard trying to keep the bike upright for a few seconds and almost entirely onto 1 knee.
Somehow the bike rode itself right off the road too, that was cool. Only broke the tiny knob on my potentiometer somehow. 90lb bike I've dropped a dozen times now. Nothing major broke yet but maybe a new stem would be a good idea. Good MTB parts be strong.
Had the knee pads on but missed the hard plastic part and hit the side of my knee still hurts a fair bit like 10 days later, but nothing permanent. Glad I had the armored gloves on because I ouch my hand bones bad every time I drop to the pavement otherwise.
Yeah. Winter bike commuting when it's icy sucks, but it's pretty interesting when it gets snowy. Gotta learn to love the winters, 'specially when its 7 months of the year.
Many ways to enjoy winter though, such as pic related.
same for calgary. I had studs late october last year up till april. This year the studs went on mid november and swapped to summer slicks for a good 2 weeks. Back to studs now but roads are getting pretty dry. Colder temps predicted but no snow for the next 2 weeks. Brown christmas
I'm not convinced it works that well besides in straightish lines. Would fuck up natural countersteering I think especially when drifing in snow. Plus that unsprung weight on the front fork. Handling would be shit over bumps.
Also power slides nigga, pretty sure you can't do 'em at all with a front hub motor.
But yeah, I'm sure it'd work well in some situations... and would be fun to try.
Depends how big you want your motor. I have a 2.5kg 500W geared front motor barely feel anything. In fact I felt the the handling was twitchy before put it on and perfect after. Won't break any speed record, or break the fork for that matter but goes breddy gudd in the short stretch of deep gravel I tried a few times.
>winter's wrath edition
Hello, today's ride was summer's wrath.
Went up to the climb some hills for the first time in a month. Average temp reported by my garmin, 38°C or 100°F for you burgers.
Never ever has a ride ruined me so badly.
94°F today, but some nice clouds early on. I had a route in mind after looking at Google maps, but it fell apart when I took too early of a turn. Then I was just riding out in the sugar cane field listening to music, and I made another wrong turn.
When it was all sorted out, I could either ride 25 km down a major highway, or do 50 km on smaller roads. I chose the highway.
I end up in another college town, but a few days too late for the sexy party.
catering service., for birds.
,, Hummers all summer., now its quails,,, and a Hawk.
,cold chicken livers,, fingerfroze.
,,,maybe by summer, he can ride on my helmet!
Yeah, if you stay low powered it might work ok... but high powered is the way to go for an ebike. Just like rear wheel drive is more fun in a car, for power sliding... rear hub is mostly better. Mine peaks at 4.2kW, which would be hard to pull off on a front motor.
62 km into a decent headwind. With all the wind it was a cool 90°f today.
Highway 9 is the ring road, once inside, everything sucks. There is a horribly bad intersection about 2 km from my house. I was thinking of changing my route just to avoid it. I didn't do that, and when I got there a 18 Wheeler stopped, and blocked all the traffic so I could cross.
Ahhhah yeah that makes sense for a Texas probably. 45f is shorts and T shirt weather here in Canada. I commute by ebike up to 55kph speeds every day through the winter down to -20C. Takes some good gear to stay warm considering I'm lazy that early in the day and don't pedal very hard so not much internal heat.
Recently built some wind guards for my hands out of 2L drink bottles.
>tired of being indoors and only going to the gym
>decide I will go for a short ride to downtown and back, about 20 miles
>normally takes just over an hour
>take my cx bike because I know there will be snow, ice, and slush
>all is fine for an hour
>then my toes get a little colder and colder
>trip takes me 90 mins
overall a good ride but next time I will use my shoe covers despite it being 35F
>First day of my 9 days of time off
>decide to celebrate with a ride
>head out, get about 12 miles from home
>a wild puddle appears
>slow down, there had been flooding recently so almost all puddles have a fine layer of silt on the bottom
>riding along at like 5 mph, one foot unclipped
>even at 5 mph, wheel shoots out from under me, may as well be riding on ice
>can't recover fall right in the puddle
>as I'm laying in the puddle, Asian family on the trail walks by and tells me to be careful, it's muddy
YOU DONT SAY
>pick my shit up, bike is fine but muddy as fuck
>go stand in a dry spot
>old Russian guy rides up on a shitty walmart mtb
>asks if I fell
>he suddenly starts talking about his mountain bike
>mention I have one too
>asks if it's some super high end trek, talks about its specs, full carbon something or other, I could barely understand him
>say no, I'm not good enough for something like that, tell him I'm gonna head out
>he rides into the puddle and locks his brakes a couple times, shouts "yeah it's slippery, be careful friend" in his thick Russian accent
I tweaked my back in that little fall too. I guess I'm just gonna get drunk now.
-45. Fucking liar. Acting all tough. Implying you have more than 1 day per year that cold taking into account the wind. Grow up.
Went for a ride today, but my mountain bike has pretty shitty rear brakes due to fender interference with brake cable between the v-brake arms. Although the Surly Troll frame has rear rim brake posts I don't think they really intended people to use them.
Relying on the front brake in icy conditions is not my idea of fun. I ordered a mechanical caliper for the rear. Now I just need to find a rear disc brake wheel.
I tried (and failed) riding a century yesterday, had 3 flats and ended up bailing on the goal and crashing at a friend's place 125km from my starting point
got some beautiful pix tho
Cultus lake, Chilliwack, BC. It was my first stop, 35km in, and I already had a flat
Other guy's right, 0-5c. Didn't feel cold to me at all, no scarf or nothing
just a microfiber running shirt, cotton shirt and my cannondale windbreaker, plus canvas pants and a cycling cap and I was pretty warm until the evening, but even then it was only my feet that really bothered me cause I wore shoes with holes all in them and there was mud and water getting kicked up on them : (
here's Sophie before i set off
I run Michelin Dynamic classic tires btw. They're fantastic in terms of value & rolling resistance, but they're 2500km or so old these days and I think it's time to replace. Also they're 25c and I was rolling over a lot of rough terrain, rocks and salt kicked onto the highway shoulder by vehicles, and some gravel trail
Another of cultus
second flat, I was eating tuna salad sandwiches my mum made me while I rode, a little after this I had to stop for a train and the old woman in the truck parked next to me giggled at me because i was eating a tuna salad sandwich
Oh I patched all three. I brought one spare tube but I kinda thought why not just patch now instead of later. Plus the ones I am running roll nicer and weigh less than my spare.
The first 35km was really the funnest stretch, I had so much energy and I was just bounding along the road running parallel to the trans canada, then turned off and went through a little country town called Yarrow on winding roads, tiny bits of slow all along the ground beside the road, dead trees and lil climbs, looking at the mountains in the mist in the distance, and eventually reaching cultus (although I walked a few blocks to the beach because I ran out of front tire air just as I arrived)
A nice family offered to help, but I told them I was O.K, and set off to a local bike shop to get back up to 100 psi
ended up at this place in chilliwack. Great friendly guys there, check it out it just opened up if you're nearby guys
I didn't take this photo but it's downtown Yarrow on a similar looking day
weed cookie got me paralyzed rn senpai
when I got to the bridge crossing to Agassiz i took a photo of these two super low res bald eagles
>off work for christmas
>decide to go on a midday ride
>all is well, setting a good pace
>half way round, bottle cage and bottle falls off and nearly fucking jams by back tyre
>turn corner into 25 kph headwind with driving rain
>road is potholed and rough as fuck
>screaming at the wind, rain, roadworkers and shit bottle cage manufacturers all the way home
>probably reported to the police for being a maniac on a bike
Bonus: my rear wheel has now been fucked out of alignment
yeah but if you understood physics you would know that you have a better chance of staying upright at speed. Those minor losses in traction are only an issue when you don't have enough momentum to balance you. Unless you try to steer in the middle of some muck, keeping a decent pace is safer
I'd rather take the risk of rolling through a puddle at a low speed and reduce the risk of injury than roll through at a high speed and leave my skin and blood on the pavement, or perhaps break a bone. Maybe you could write me some tips on how to live the rest of my life too?
>busy multi-lane commercial street
>car in front stops mid-lane
>wait behind it for a good time to pass
>car starts backing up
>tips my bike over on top of me and starts pushing
>stay standing and nudge it back a few times while regaining composure
>yell at the driver and he stops
>mount the bike and start passing
>HOW COULD I HAVE SEEN YOU?!
>YOU CAN SEE ME!
>HOW COULD I HAVE SEEN YOU?!
>YOU CAN SEE ME!
>HOW COULD I HAVE SEEN YOU?!
>YOU CAN SEE ME!
>I CAN SEE YOU!
In retrospect, I should have kept an adequate distance behind an occupied, stopped car, and anticipated the possibility of it going in reverse.
Before getting fat bike
>I hope they plowed the MUP
After getting fat bike
>Damn, they plowed the MUP already
My butt has been cold the past few rides, so I took a pair of old fleece long underwear that I was going to throw out and cut the legs off, it worked quite well. The temperature was surprisingly constant the entire 2 hours I was out, -10 °C (which was probably more like -8 since my Garmin seems to register about 2 degrees lower than the actual temperature). A few days this week the temperature kept going up and down even over a relatively small area.
In the -20 °C range so I did some bike tinkering today installing disc brake on the rear of my Troll. This required moving some tires around. A Mavic XM319 is one tight rim, and a TL Ready Ice Spiker Pro has a really tight bead. The combination of the two made getting the tire off the rim a god awful task. Then I punctured a tube and had to take one of the tires off again. I was tempting fate anyway using a 2.35" tube in a 2" tire.
The cheap wheel I bought had too much bearing pre-load so I had to adjust that. And the brake cable housing I bought a few months ago in anticipation of this upgrade turned out to be shifter housing. So I'll have to wait until next week to finish the job.
I'll probably put in a ride on the rollers tonight.
I got a nice little Christmas road ride in today that helped me work off a little hangover (family came over to celebrate yesterday), it was chilly (32, windy, but dry and the roads are mostly clear) but 2 hours on a road bike in late December is a treat.
>peds can't hear me
>grab my brakes
>they jump out of my way
>riding on shared trail
>crossing narrow bridge
>guy stops on other side and dismounts with kid in a trailer
>he's standing in the middle with a camera out
>call out "coming up on the right" since he's parked on my left
>we make eye contact as he steps directly into my path
>he turns to take more pictures
>I'm already trying to pass, as I thought we were on the same page
>skid as I avoid, fall off the trail, but don't go down
>he's very surprised, very apologetic, tells me he didn't hear me coming
>tell him I'm sorry, I tried to call my pass but guess I wasn't loud enough
>he apologizes again
I get it, and I should have been going slower, and I'm glad nothing bad happened, but I wish people had a little more situational awareness.
>go out on ride with my one IRL friend who actually rides a bike
>cager yells at us going past as we ride two abreast (perfectly allowed to, get fucked)
>some asshole put tacks on the climb we were going up
IT'S A FUCKING SEPARATED BIKE LANE ON THE CLIMB
After I punctured we decided to turn back around, rest of the ride went nicely.
>day after xmas
>10f degrees out
>4-5" of snow everywhere
>hey lets ride my bike to the gym
>5 miles, 30 minutes... uhhgg I am slow
>workout for an hour
>hey it feels like it warmed up
>26 minutes back
I dressed too warm today, made worse when I decided to ride across snow covered grass circling around trees pretending I was in a forest. Very sweaty when I got home.
I've had a few cycling dreams lately. Last night I dreamed I found a fat biker buried in the snow. Then I managed to crash the dream when I phoned for help but couldn't figure out where I was.
"Special,, and the Fudge?,, Concintrated ""Special!
,,its cold out,, stop and eat fudge in sunny warmisher spot., have to Bash bits of ice from bottle to drink.,, ride back towards fireplace,, get sidetracked feeding Hawk,, chasing quail,,, another warm spot,, WATER in River?! HALALUYA!
,out WAY to long!, just 36 days till spring,,, shotme., softly.
Sounds terrible senpai
>cold as fuck today
>saw forecast of slight wind
>15-25 mph gusts
>observe nearby palm trees
My whole fucking ride was block headwind or slight cross wind. I was getting my front wheel pulled around out from under me and I was using my shallow section wheels. I love how here it will be 65 degrees one day and the next complete shit to ride in.
I wish I could live up north and experience real winter but this southwest weather gets me fucked up so I don't think I'd survive
Forgot to add I hadn't really prepared for this or cycled for a while, also recently been put on beta blockers which make you tired to start and mean you can't go sanic mode.
Was getting a bit dangerous near the end of the ride desu, going 45km/h down a hill and zoning out a bit.
I'm used to cold being 45° f
Summer for me is 110 degrees of fun
Here in the Netherlands we have the December with the highest temperature since 1901 (when the measurements started)
Yea its dry, But like bone rattling dry. It might not seem that cold to others but since it's so dry here its kinda different.
Its true. The sun is intense as fuck in the summer but peoples paint peeling off is just because they were poor or too lazy to wax their car. See pic
My bike has a little sun fade but it looks kinda cool in a weird way.
sparkly sunlight,,,Sneaker snow, blowing off the tops of the Sierras., dark clouds and fresh snow push me hoome!
You'll probably wear through the seat of the pants quite quickly like that. Plus denim is thick, heavy and slow drying. Terrible material for cycling.
I'd recommend some thermal bib tights depending on how cold it gets for you, and how well you handle cold.
a night of freshsnow,, get on 3/4 cold gear and ride into the,,,, WHAT!??oooooOOOH CRAP!,,melting snow, mixed with fresh SHEEPOOP!,, like a slurpee, of CRAP!.
Drove out to the mountain bike trails before sunrise for my last ride of the year. Still not much snow, non-fatbikes wouldn't have any trouble riding the trails.
My final distance for the year is 11,302 km.
The only time I've used a trainer is when having a bike fit done. It felt too unnatural both in the resistance and how the bike was locked upright.
I have a cheap set of rollers with plastic drums that I bought used. I love how they feel, and in the bottom half of the cassette there is plenty of resistance (for seated pedaling) even without a resistance unit.
Rollers do require constant focus though. I've never gotten comfortable enough with them to drink while riding. Even shifting around on the saddle or adjusting hand positions can introduce a good wobble. I've chosen not to tempt fate by even trying to stand.
I have a midrange one and I hate it.
Trainers are noisy and feel unnatural, and put wear on your parts.
I'd only consider a trainer if you are retiring your training bike, so you have a race bike, a training bike, and a trainer bike, and you got one of those new direct drive trainers which should be much quieter and don't put wear on tires. You also really should not need lots of gear ratios unless you buy a virtual trainer, so just go with cheap components on a bike that fits right.
Since that costs lots of money, I just bought a stationary spin bike instead.
New Years morning , very little traffic, and perfect weather, 32c, low humidity. 39 km, with average moving speed of 22kph.
San Francisco reporting in.
It's getting chilly but I just bought some new warm cycling pants and full fingered gloves, but I accidentally sliced off a chunk of my thumb the other day and it's all wrapped up so one hand had open fingered gloves.
still a nice ride though
2.5 hour ride today. I was expecting it to be warmer and warm up faster, but it didn't. I was just warm enough, but waiting until the afternoon to ride would have been a better idea. By the time I got around to having a drink, my water bottle valve was plugged with ice.
A bunch of the geese too stupid to fly south were huddled around a hole in the ice. After the lake was deepen years back, aerators were added to help more fish survive the winter to help control algae during the summer. The aerators help keep a few spots on the lake open all winter.
nice work anon, where are you at?
I got a 2 hour ride in today and it was much the same. I think it got to 35F but didnt feel like it. I should have started off with my shoe covers on instead of putting them on mid way on my ride. I could have gotten by with my road bike with the way the paths were maintained but took the cx still just in case.
the tights I have from pearl izumi are rated as thermal but I wouldnt want to wear them under 35F ish alone. Maybe if you had an actual thermal layer under them they would be fine. Really in the winter its more about controlling the wind chill factor as you should be able to produce enough heat to keep warm. I also wear the shoe covers to keep my toes warmer.
Did 140km at -8° today, seriously screw this shit, never again. Everything hurts, feet were okayish with double socks and shoe covers but there doesn't exist a glove that will keep my hands warm enough on a bike in this kind of weather. My fingers still hurt as I'm typing this hours later.
Worst thing: You can fucking forget about hydration unless you brought a thermos bottle, pic related. At least you get the satistfaction of being the only road biker stupid enough to leave the house.
It's gonna snow quite a bit next week so if anything I'll do a short ride on the CX bike
you could buy an actual camel back so it stays closer to your body and in the inside layers, should stay warm enough to not freeze. Also with hands I use a cheap gas station mittens and then the thermal gloves overtop to stay warmer... I wont do stupid long rides in the cold.
Stop riding after the first 10km, make a fist inside your glove focusing on warming your thumbs and wait for a few minutes until it warms up. Then do it again after 20 minutes and you'll have warm hands for the remainder of the ride. I have 6 pairs of gloves that never worked, tried that and it works for me. Your fingers just need a little help to get warm. I tried riding hard without doing that and my fingers stayed cold the whole ride.
Today I killed my baby, I was feeling lazy so I decided to stay in the city (mexico wey!) to ride in this big ass campus (i´ts kinda public) called Ciudad Universitaria evrything was going gr8 found some sweet spots lots of staircases drops, etc etc, when i encountered this staircase of about 5 steps, not too high (right?) - Hell yeah! im about to this drop, dropping... ouch that was harder than i expected, anyway it was only a bad landing i´ll do it again until i nail it- FUCK ME the moment i thought it was a good idea to do it again since the landing felt pretty rough the first time, second time and the moment i land i hear this cracking noise (fuck) the rear derailleur gets stuck in the wheel so it end up breaking a couple of spokes, the freaking rim (the one that hurts the most) and the hanger, the cassette was pretty damaged and the chain snapped.
It wasn´t a good day but the way I see it is a chance to upgrade my bike (thats what I say myself to not cry and kill my self)
What rear derailleur do you recommend? I had this piece of shit shimano alivio, but im not putting that shit back so I need a safe rear derailleur that wont fuck my bike the time i do a drop
Because it´s suposed to stand that kind of drops or thats what i thought, aparently dirt and pavement are totally different and i had to learn it the hard way, and i blame the freaking shimano alivio for all of this, i was about to change the whole transmition since it´s not that good, to a 1x11 sram xx1 anyway, what do you ride?
maybe, but i rather call myself inexperienced
what ive learned so far is:
>better wheel centers(?)
(axles, whatever theyrecalled) nice 15 mm are gold, this same bike had this shitty shimano(again) maza (inspanish) that simply broke apart a big crack in the zone of the lever of the quickrelease i made it just hoping off the bike while my rear wheel kept rolling like 30yards
do they even have quality range?
>fuck shimano alivio killed ma rim
Climbed the Mont Royal to l'oratoire St-Joseph yesterday, from Atwater passing by Westmount with about 2cm of snow on some ~10 grades. Good thing I have electric assist on front wheel because I don't think I'd have enough traction on rear wheel alone.
Slipped once onto a car, thankfully didn't get run over.
It's supposed to take those kind of drops if you don't fuck up the landing. If you drop and land like a sack of potatoes it's going to break any bike. This is nobodys fault but your own, just don't do high drops like that if you're not confident you can get the landing right. That's why you start with SMALL drops until you've perfected them and then move on.
Either way it sounds like you're using a mountainbike for stuff that a BMX/Trial Bike would be better suited for but in the end it is a matter of technique, as people mentioned in this thread this shit can be done with a carbon road bike without destroying it if you know how to.
There's youtube vids that can help but I think for most people it's just a lot of practice. As said, practice small jumps first and learn how to catch you own weight smoothly when landing, then slowly increase the height of drops.
It sounds like what you're doing is closer to trial biking than mountain biking, watch stuff like this and pay attention to how the rider is moving:
its getting thicker,, but i see Beaver athe flowing edges, sneeky,, under the ice!,
, chicken wire, saves trees.
I had to ride to and from work in 18 degree weather (it's about a half hour ride) and I had to keep stopping at places just to warm up, how the hell do you fuckers manage to cycle in this shit weather
Dress in layers. Wool or polypropylene base, insulation layer over top of that, then windproof layer over all of that. Wear a neck warmer. Get good gloves and socks. Wear a wool cap under helmet. Wear winter boots or at least cover up the vent holes in your shoes.
Accept that for the first fifteen minutes of your ride you will lose sensation in your fingers until you get properly warmed up and get used to that tingly, stinging sensation as you regain warmth and feeling. Flex and wiggle your toes to keep them warm before your core temp gets going. Ride fast
Embrace the winter
Two winters ago i cycled in -25C, 20 m/s wind, only wearing jeans and a windbreaker jacket, no cold protection, no head wear and only thin gloves. Around 5km from home thought i would die, the cold was so intense, extreme and painful.
Then i got really really angry, goddamn i totally exploded, no fucking way am i going die here on an icy path on a field.
The anger gave me the strength to get home alive. Now i always check the weather forecasts and pack extra clothes like superunderwear, thicker gloves and head wear in my backpack if there's a danger of strong wind and low temperatures.
A school bus hit me today, and then they took off.
Cops don't want to do shit.
School DOT says they'll look into it.
Bike is fine, I ended up on someones over-grown lawn.
My jersey, shorts, and left shoe is all kinds of fucked up though. Bet I'll have some nice bruises tomorrow.
did a sportive with winds over 100KM/h, organizers did not call it off. It was alright riding into the wind other than the suffering and fucked up steering. Going back was absolutely nuts, wind carried me across gravel pushing me out of the shoulder and lasted for 30kMs
Whether or not they don't want to do anything you should file a police report. If they don't even want to let you do that, write down the desk officer's name and badge number. That will probably change their mind.
>Recently built some wind guards for my hands out of 2L drink bottles.
>mfw i just came from /o/
>mfw this is the norm on /n/
>usually ride with mudguards, rack, and bits and bobs like extra water food and a lock etc
>took the rack off and got rid of all the other stuff, kept the mudguards on
>went for a quick ride
Fuck me it was weird, the bike was crazy light and felt so twitchy, weird how you get used to the weight.
I can definitely see how practising with a heavy bike before going on a tour is beneficial.
Damn. It's -22 °C out there and I just managed to ride to work for nightshift. The rolling resistance of my Minion tires, sluggish grease in hubs and three layers of clothing helped to keep everything warm for the first 10 km. After that I started to feel little cold in feet and for the last 5 km the feet were pretty much numb. I've got oversized winter boots, thick sport socks and thick wooly socks but still feet were freaking freezed and one of my toes even looked completely white. Now it's fine though.
Does /n/ have any super tips for keeping feet warm? I want to get home while all my toes are still intact. Core, legs, hands and head all are perfectly fine so overall tempereature balance of my body seems to be fine.
Love the winter.
When going with extra socks its important for it not to make your boots fit tight as that will reduce circulation and circulation is heat. I like using a thin liner sock for wicking in addition to a wool sock.
I also used to wear shoe covers over my old pair of winter boots that were too small to allow for thicker socks. You might try adding some foam over the toe area for external insulation.
For me the only thing that works beyond an hour of winter riding is electric heat, even when its just below freezing. But I think I'm in the minority needing that.
I must apologise. I have been doing my utmost to foster the correct use of SI prefixes, units and unit symbols as prescribed by the SI Brochure on this board, but as you noticed, full compliance is as yet unachieved.
Oh god -43.5C today or -46,3F damn its cold. I think even we in north Sweden think its really cold today. I guess we could take at most -60C before some of the houses in the north needs to be evacuated.
Longago,,,, in a season, Far,,FAR away.
,Nevada,, means= Landofsnow.
,, wasnow early today, changed to rain,,, and cattle ran the road yesterday?, im sittin tight!,, theresome things i cant HTFU.
I rode up a mountain today to ride the trails but when I got there they were too icy to ride : (
637m elevation gain on my trail bike, definitely one of the hardest rides I've ever done, even though it was only 48km
I did 65 km in 34C weather today. I had to go to a store, and the 31 km there were fine , but on the way back, I feel I might have bonked. Around km 61 I have to walk over a pedestrian overpass, so I carry my bike up 20 stairs or something. At the top I'm breathing hard and all dizzy. But while riding I was fine. I sat for a bit, and rode home. In the shower I felt light headed again, and just had to sit on the floor and feel dizzy.
I kind of think it was that. I've noticed many times where I feel fine cycling, but when I have to carry my bike up stairs, even not that many, that it just destroys me. And the heat doesn't help.
About half-way to my 2009 annual distance. My annual distances did ramp up quickly after that first year. Got my first "he's friendly" of the year when a dog started running after me.
Aside from a brutal wind forecast for tomorrow, the coming week looks decent with highs of -15 °C or warmer.
You for sure look like a professor I had in MI.
I'm going out tonight to test my new lamp. Expecting single digits and piercing wind around the lake.
Wasn't very cold today but I felt cold. Some fresh snow which was fun to ride in. I rode out on a creek for a bit which was kind of weird. The fresh snow made for a uniform whiteness completely encompassing my vision messing with my depth perception in some spots and making me feel like I wasn't even moving in others. Got a bit of a balaclava tan, so it looks like I need to start putting on sunscreen for sunny days until the snow melts.
Back to the -20 to -30 °C range for the next 4 days.
Got a couple hours in on the road today, windy but a nice ride anyhow. Any day in January where the roads are clear enough for skinny tires is a blessing.
At the end of the ride I stopped to pick up my mail and witnessed some neighbors in my apartment complex literally copy the 20-ft-mailbox-drive from the opening scene of The Gods Must be Crazy.
what do you wear when you ride?
It was about -10C a few days ago and I had on
>small set of gloves
>larger set of gloves over them
>thermal underwear (bottoms only)
>construction worker's hoodie (so only blind cunts couldn't see me)
>warm hat (thin enough to fit under helmet)
The first hood was stuffed inside my shirt while the second is big enough to fit over my helmet. I was pretty comfy but actually think I need even thicker gloves. Anybody have recs on brands or styles of gloves to repel cold air?
I'm fine everywhere but the hands desu, the tips of my fingers in particular get chilly. Weird cuz I have a really strong circulatory system. Though I do have big spider hands. I'll just get some more cheap gloves and pile 'em on, see how it goes.
92°F today with decent humidity. I didn't eat before riding this morning, and 15 km or so, I felt like I bonked. I did 38 km, carrying a pannier to simulate actual touring conditions. The pannier is packed with everything but toiletries and was at 3.4 kg today. I had to climb a set of stairs and only got a little bit dizzy.
Rode up vid related ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6L2wtNDj_o )and a few other climbs around the place, was pretty enjoyable but got burnt beetroot red.
Got to meet/get dropped by some of the Lotto-Soudal lads and will be visiting the tour village when it opens tomorrow.
Aslo met a grouchy old bastard who yelled at us as he passed us on his motorised 'bent; good times had by all.
Man, fuck the corkscrew. 39/28 is not enough for that monster.
Remember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI unless you're going out after like, 5:30.
How long are you in Adelaide for?
Corkscrew is pretty imtimidating, but if you have good strength/ FTP/ steroid fueled veganism it's not too heartbreaking. We were pretty fresh going up there, only had done about 40km by that time so it could have been much worse,
I normally run 39-27 as my lowest but my bike is in the shop so I have this arse-heavy commuter flatbar that has a triple and a 32 on the back so it really wasn't that bad at all.
I live in adelaide lel, used to live at the bottom of the gorge but not for some years, although I'm still on that side of the city; what about you laddy?
Northwest is where some of the best fishing is going on at the moment at least, it being crab, whiting, tommy and gar season so at least there's that.
Not on strava etc, I just ride and am getting back into lifting as I've noticed some strength loss from last year.
Definitely want to start doing more to track my times on the bike though, but for now I'm far more concerned with upping my FTP by supplementing with off-bike strength and CNS adaptation.
>tfw sprinting the same finish as the 3rd stage on maryvale road for keks today.
Also, who's the "only other person" from SA? I think there's a few lurking...
Sure sign of cold weather.
-18 °C , I rode for an hour and 20 minutes. I could have gone longer if I had used my thicker long underwear and put arm warms under my base layer. I should go buy a new pair of heavy long underwear, my current ones don't stretch much and sap some of my power while riding.
FUCKING SHIT BIKE
FUCKING SHIT WHEEL TO BE EXACT.
picture taken a few months ago, but my freehub keeps freezing below -20. I was riding to the bike shop, about 10km away when it froze at 2km. I had to walk the rest of the way to the shop, then took the train home. I took apart the freehub the last time for an overhaul after it froze but it still freezes. Someone kill me.
I use white lithium grease and there's a shit ton of it in there. I made sure it was dry when I serviced it. Highly doubt regular riding in salt and snow would penetrate that quickly? Could it be that the grease itself is freezing?
for my normal commute of about 40mins I'd wear my windbreaker, full gloves, jogger sweats or jeans, warm socks, probably a t-shirt underneath but I'd consider something thermal. oh and a bandanna or scarf and cycling cap.
-10 is the threshold at which I would consider dressing warmer it would also depend on the windchill
signs,, of the coming Spring!,
,, its only 3 inchs deep (1/4feets),, butits WATER!, glory be!
The temperature was good today, but the humidity high. I started riding on a lake, but then my glasses started fogging up so I couldn't see shit against an all white background. That made it impossible to stay in the 4.5" wide track left by other bikes, so I had to stick to undisturbed snow making me work harder and glasses fog up more. Then on the way back I was going against a light wind which normally would keep the glasses clear, except for the freezing mist that had to be wiped off every few minutes.
Over the past few weeks the city has been flooding a section of creek beneath a bridge to make it thick enough to get equipment on the ice. Today they knocked down the concrete span. Then they jack hammered the side to expose the wooden forms, doused them in gasoline and lit it on fire. Can't say I've seen that technique used before.
Hit the trails today. We had heavy rain the day before yesterday and a chunk of the jumps and narrower trails have been washed away, the guys who maintain the area will hopefully be out to fix the damage on the weekend.
Really fucking good. This is my first "fat" bike and at lowish pressures the ride comfort is fantastic even without rear shocks. There's a tonne of grip too, more than I've ever needed. The sheer thickness of the tyres also really helps with fording creeks, which there are bunch of in my area.
Had a nice snow ride and I am very happy with my closed chainguard. I ride in every weather and haven't touched my chain in 6000 km (no lubrication, no cleaning, tightening just once, and its still doing well).
I would like to see your rig, too. been thinking about making a full chaincase for a while now. none of the ones for sale fit over my 52 ring. been considering corrugated plastic, like the stuff the US Mail makes their crates out of and also roadside ads/real estate signs are made from. good stiffness-to-weight. curious about your tarpaulin solution.
Coming up on a new January distance PR. Which is about the same as my annual distance back in 2009 when I starting riding again.
Single digit negative Celsius highs all next week. If I want to do all the Strava GFs this year, that'll be the last chance for me to get January's done.
Hi - I have a gearbox, so I can't help you with your setup. This is how it looks #1
1980's road bike with sleek tyres starts to be a little problematic.
The Pinion is very nice. Shifts beautifully and has every gear you could wish for.
The frame consists of aluminum u-profiles at the top and at the bottom. The gearbox has unused drillings with threads so I could attach the profiles there, making it super-sturdy. At the back I used a bolt with a flat piece of aluminum that I could put through one unused braze on. Its also super sturdy. I bent flat aluminum for the radiuses. The one in front is fixed the one in the back is held in place by a piece of tarpaulin that is itself fixed by Velcro.
I can pull of the tarpaulin cover, remove the radius and access everything I need to and remove the wheel. Its done in 5 seconds.
At the side I also have a "maintenance" opening that I can open to access the chain for inspection and lubrication.
It's been on the bike for 6000+ km and is perfectly quiet. I love it.
Whoever is in charge of placing manhole covers is a fucking moron.
Spend my life weaving in and out trying to avoid them. They're always in stupid places like junctions or in the middle of a fucking cycle path.
Fat bike group ride along a creek today. 3.5 hours with an average speed of 9.7 km/h. Less than half way in I had to ditch even my lightest balaclava and switch to just a thin smartwool beanie. I had 1300 calories worth of snacks along the way, but should have ate one more bar since I could feel my energy fading near the end. Strava showed 900 calories for the ride, but Garmin Connect 2500. Garmin seems to weigh HR more in their calculation.
haha you are so stupid, they put them where they put them because that is the best access point to get in and maintain the infrastructure. Building codes requirements being what they are dont really care if its a little bumping for you when you ride over them, they only care if it functions for them.
Little bit worried to ride to work tomorrow. I know my bike can handle it, with the winter tires and whatnot, but I'm super concerned about all the jackoffs that I saw today who were driving on snow covered roads like they were dry.
We just had a blizzard, and so many people were doing 45 mph, or acting like 4-wheel drive made them immune to the laws of physics.
Bonus dumbarton rail bridge pic.
They came with the bike and seem to work well enough on pavement.
Just road 20km or 12.5 miles on a heavy 10 year old mountain bike (more than twice the weight of high end road bikes) that's too small for me. My legs are fucked desu. The entire ride was gentle climbs and descents following a small river, nothing too steep.
I know you all can ride like 10x further, I'm gonna get there. Two months ago I couldn't have done what I did today. I want to get an actual road bike soon. Just going to wait till I can find something good second hand.
I'm in Northern Thailand. According to Google it was 8°C this morning when started. I'd planned to go up in the hills, but it was raining, and would be a mess. Went 64 km to Chiang Rai, all in my large chain ring, and all pushing myself, as I was freezing and just wanted to keep warm.
If you're from someplace that is really cold, 10 might not seem cold, but here its just brutally cold. I've scrapped my Europen dreams after today, I think I prefer warm.
Took me 3x longer than normal to reach the trailhead today due to cagers acting like idiots in the plowed snow.
Once I got there, it hadn't even been plowed because the DOT was focused on letting cagers cage. Walked the first 100 feet carrying my bike, and then gave up and turned around. I could have ridden on main roads but with lights and traffic it would have taken me 2 hours.
So it looks like I'm taking the train today. Tomorrow I leave for work 2 hours early.
From the top of my ride up Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, CA. Epic climb with some superb views. The decent was unreal... basically in the picture you go from the top of that summit all the way to the coast as one continuous downhill on some phenomenal roads. 5400' to 34' elevation in one shot. Highly recommend to anyone in the area.
>ride to university yesterday
>come back to it today
>huge cut on sidewall
I can vaguely remember running over a piece of metal strip hidden in the snow. Fuckin studded tires too, probably not gonna replace it with studded.