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Posted By gecho

I mapped out our upcoming 600 and the climbing is...

I mapped out our upcoming 600 and the climbing is just 929 meters, which is less than our 400. The wind has been gusting to 50+ km/h most days the past month and a half, but the forecast is looking...
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Posted By gecho

My legs and knees feel better after this...

My legs and knees feel better after this weekend's 400 then probably any of my 200/300s, so I think I finally found the perfect saddle position. But my neck was very sore at least half the ride,...
04-13-19, 04:44 PM
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Views: 22,038
Posted By gecho

I see a lot of positives for this V2V technology....

I see a lot of positives for this V2V technology.

Traffic lights would be aware that a cyclist is approaching so no more dealing with faulty inductive loops or poorly aligned camera detectors. In...
04-11-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,012
Posted By gecho

Its been cooler this week, but I'm not letting...

Its been cooler this week, but I'm not letting low single digit C temps keep me from riding. Far better weather than other parts of the continent are getting. When its cooler I've been riding my...
04-07-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,012
Posted By gecho

We were just off the podium for consecutive days...

We were just off the podium for consecutive days where the minimum temperature was at or below 0C. 4th place with 191 days spanning Sept 25 to April 3. The weather last fall was the worst I can...
03-25-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 455
Posted By gecho

The roads are getting mostly dry after last...

The roads are getting mostly dry after last week's heat. Alleys still have a bunch of ice on the north side where they stay in shade all day. Sunday / Monday was much cooler, there was light snow...
03-16-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,259
Posted By gecho

The second marathon winter on my bike is finally...

The second marathon winter on my bike is finally starting to wear down enough to give me flats. The front one has about 5,122 km on it. I'll have to keep an eye open for spring sales.
02-11-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,706
Posted By gecho

I really enjoy towards the end of the season...

I really enjoy towards the end of the season where there is some melting during the day and all the slush turns to ice as the sun goes down. Riding around with my studded fat bike tires making loud...
12-12-18, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By gecho

I took another crack at the glove design and made...

I took another crack at the glove design and made it a much easier project. Double sided fabric tape instead of glue / silicone, everything is inside the glove under a few pieces of polyester /...
12-10-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 772
Posted By gecho

No they absolutely not slip proof, some types of...

No they absolutely not slip proof, some types of ice is just so hard studs can't bite into it.

Freezing rain that occurs just before a drop in temperature sets up incredibly smooth and hard....
12-04-18, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By gecho

I made a second Instructable for toe warmers...

I made a second Instructable for toe warmers using the same material. https://www.instructables.com/id/Insole-Electric-Heating-Pads/
It is considerably easier to make than the gloves, no glue, no...
11-28-18, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By gecho

I haven't been out with them yet, but the current...

I haven't been out with them yet, but the current draw is about the same as my other heated gloves set to high. So I'd say about 2.5 hours on 7.4v 1500 mah lipo pack, maybe around 4 hours on a 2...
11-27-18, 11:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By gecho

I found the heating material worked best when...

I found the heating material worked best when pressed against my skin. As I'd grasp the handlebars my hands would be pulled away from the heating loop creating a gap, and the loop didn't seem to...
11-27-18, 04:25 PM
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Views: 820
Posted By gecho

DIY Heated Liner Gloves

I made a heated glove liner to address the 3 minor gripes I have with the heated gloves I bought last year. Battery placement on the wrist interfering with glove fit, the heating elements being on...
11-12-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Posted By gecho

The 2018 version of the XML-3 doesn't get very...

The 2018 version of the XML-3 doesn't get very warm, compared to my old one from around 2012. I don't think the elastomer would be affected by the amount of heat a light would generate. The o-rings...
11-11-18, 06:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Posted By gecho

I have something similar on my Dinotte XML-3. A...

I have something similar on my Dinotte XML-3. A plastic bottle lined with foil tape to keep from blinding oncoming people. The XML-3 throws light everywhere, but I like its long runtime compared to...
11-10-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Posted By gecho

I have the Fired Up X Liners and used them a lot...

I have the Fired Up X Liners and used them a lot last winter. I also have Raynauds, and in my experience active heat is a must, no amount of insulation will keep hands or feet warm when circulation...
11-07-18, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,573
Posted By gecho

I choose from one of several depending on the...

I choose from one of several depending on the temperature. I like 1/4 to 1/2 zip base shirts with a high neck.
* HH Lifa Active for the fall and winter days warmer than -10C
* UA Base 2.0 1/4 zip...
11-04-18, 10:40 PM
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Views: 523
Posted By gecho

2018 Winter Arrival

Looks like winter arrives tomorrow here in Saskatchewan. Snow accompanied by a swift and prolonged drop in temperature to ensure it won't melt. Also 70 km/h winds. Its going to be a "hide from the...
11-04-18, 07:26 PM
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Posted By gecho

I mostly fall on the left side. I think I feel...

I mostly fall on the left side. I think I feel more comfortable falling that way. I always mount the bike from the left, maybe that has something to do with it.
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Posted By gecho

I finished a 200 and two 400s this spring and...

I finished a 200 and two 400s this spring and have my first 600 scheduled for this weekend. For the 600 the wind might pose a problem into Sunday depending how quickly it ramps up to 60 km/h.

The...
05-10-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,675
Posted By gecho

After the big security fuss Strava implemented...

After the big security fuss Strava implemented some new rules in their heatmap generation. One of them was that nothing will appear on the heatmap if only one user rode in that area. That change...
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Posted By gecho

Edge 800, replaced the battery myself last year...

Edge 800, replaced the battery myself last year to bring it back to close to its original runtime. I do a lot of cold riding so I like that it doesn't have a capacitive touch screen. The map screen...
04-07-18, 07:24 PM
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Views: 1,131
Posted By gecho

Yup, -20 to -25C here every night for the past...

Yup, -20 to -25C here every night for the past week, nothing higher than -7C during the day. All the parks and fields are still completely blanketed in snow. The roads are pretty good / mostly dry,...
03-11-18, 08:41 PM
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Views: 1,317
Posted By gecho

We had over a foot too. All the residential side...

We had over a foot too. All the residential side streets are reduced to a single rutted lane. Its been great for fat biking, but the soft rutted paths / snowmobile tracks I've taken the past 2 days...
03-01-18, 10:01 PM
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Posted By gecho

Here in Regina the wind can be really bad in the...

Here in Regina the wind can be really bad in the spring and fall. We can go weeks at a time with the wind 40 gusting to 60 km/h during the day. Last year was unusually windy in the spring, 40+ km/h...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-13-18, 12:09 PM
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Views: 1,064
Posted By gecho

Half fat refers to a fat bike fork on a regular...

Half fat refers to a fat bike fork on a regular mountain bike. I don't think anyone markets a bike like that, its just a modification of a bike. I built my Surly Troll to able to run that way. I...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-02-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,017
Posted By gecho

By bounce I mean the rim moving up and down as...

By bounce I mean the rim moving up and down as the sidewalls flex, not the tire leaving the ground. At low pressure the rim moving up and down creates a point at which very little weight is on the...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-02-18, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,017
Posted By gecho

I tried lower rear tire pressure on black ice,...

I tried lower rear tire pressure on black ice, but tire bounce negated the benefit of more studs making contact because the contact became intermittent. Front tire doesn't bounce much under pedaling...
01-24-18, 10:58 AM
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Views: 3,617
Posted By gecho

The weather has been alternating between being...

The weather has been alternating between being too warm to need the liners and too cold to go out at all, but I finally got a few rides in with the liners.

The liners put out a good amount of heat...
01-16-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 753
Posted By gecho

If you really want a backup try posting on a...

If you really want a backup try posting on a local facebook group asking if anyone has one they want to sell. Probably a lot of them around without sensors from when people switched to a gps unit,...
01-07-18, 09:33 AM
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Views: 766
Posted By gecho

Carbide is pretty hard. My studs have been used...

Carbide is pretty hard. My studs have been used for 6,000 km with the rounding being the only sign of wear. I'll have to keep an eye on it to see how long until they start rounding again.

With...
01-06-18, 07:43 PM
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Posted By gecho

It turns out you can sharpen carbide studs

The rows of studs in my fat bike tires that are always in contact with the road were starting to get rounded on top, particularly on the rear tire. Running a finger across the studs I could feel...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-05-18, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 660
Posted By gecho

Nope. Due to the volume of the tire 1 psi is a...

Nope. Due to the volume of the tire 1 psi is a heck of a lot more pump strokes than it is on a road bike so it takes a long time to lose enough air for it to make a difference. I haven't check my...
01-03-18, 09:33 AM
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Views: 1,816
Posted By gecho

Regina. Thankfully its much warmer now.

Regina. Thankfully its much warmer now.
12-31-17, 08:29 PM
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Views: 1,816
Posted By gecho

Single digit negative celsius temperatures...

Single digit negative celsius temperatures starting Tuesday. It will be great to get back out after nearly 2 weeks without riding. I've been slowly ramping up my treadmill speed and distance during...
12-29-17, 09:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,816
Posted By gecho

Definitely can't have any exposed skin for that...

Definitely can't have any exposed skin for that temperature. I wear glasses which makes bundling up for extreme temperature a challenge, doing the paint respirator thing to prevent fogging. A...
12-27-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,617
Posted By gecho

After my size post I contacted the company about...

After my size post I contacted the company about an exchange for the XS size. Less than 20 minutes after sending my address I had a tracking # for the shipment. Very responsive customer service. ...
12-26-17, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,617
Posted By gecho

Based on the size guide I'm just into the Large...

Based on the size guide I'm just into the Large size, so ordered those. The large are huge, definitely much to large for me with an inch of extra material at the end of each finger. They do heat up...
12-23-17, 05:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,617
Posted By gecho

No they are just liners meant to be worn inside...

No they are just liners meant to be worn inside an insulated glove. Since I already have some decent gloves I figure this would be the best option rather than buying a more expensive heated glove...
12-21-17, 01:04 PM
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Posted By gecho

My warmest base layer shirts are crew neck which...

My warmest base layer shirts are crew neck which can leave some skin exposed on the back of my neck. So I added an acrylic turtle neck dickie to my pile of gear.
12-20-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,617
Posted By gecho

Do you have a picture of what the heating...

Do you have a picture of what the heating elements in the sock look like? I thought the large squares were the heating pads, but reading closer I saw they were pockets for the heating pads.
12-20-17, 10:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,161
Posted By gecho

I can see them wanting a deposit on a bike that...

I can see them wanting a deposit on a bike that expensive as they wouldn't want to be stuck with it if you changed your mind.

But if they want you to pay up front there is no way they should...
12-18-17, 09:53 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,037
Posted By gecho

Looks like that here in Regina now. Every side...

Looks like that here in Regina now. Every side street and back alley is a skating rink. Now that the cold is settling in we need a good snow to bury all that ice for the winter.
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Views: 3,343
Posted By gecho

My pre-aged B17 has the thickest leather of my 3...

My pre-aged B17 has the thickest leather of my 3 B17 saddles, and is holding up the best. I need to keep it laced to stop the sides from flaring out, but can't recall if I've ever needed to make a...
12-14-17, 10:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 699
Posted By gecho

Compression sleeves are great for sore muscles. ...

Compression sleeves are great for sore muscles. People debate whether they work, but they certainly feel good. I can wear my calf sleeves for extended periods including riding, but my quad sleeves...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-14-17, 08:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,821
Posted By gecho

The cold temperatures here on the prairie seem to...

The cold temperatures here on the prairie seem to quickly turn car packed snow into a super slick material just as slick as ice but nowhere near as hard. Regular tires have little traction but with...
12-10-17, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 880
Posted By gecho

I wouldn't worry about chain lubricant getting...

I wouldn't worry about chain lubricant getting thick since between the moving parts on the chain its just a thin film. I haven't noticed my chain being any more stiff at temperatures as low as -30 C.
12-09-17, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 880
Posted By gecho

The loop of cable housing going into the rear...

The loop of cable housing going into the rear derailleur can get water in it and when it freezes makes for very sluggish down shifts. I would usually take it off and clean it out with some wd40.
...
12-07-17, 05:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,092
Posted By gecho

They probably use aluminized mylar, the material...

They probably use aluminized mylar, the material emergency blankets are made of. A better option might be to one of those blankets and make a boot liner out of it. The idea is to reflect the...
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