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04-03-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,693
Posted By parkbrav

Nothing like a Nor'Easter to brighten your...

Nothing like a Nor'Easter to brighten your quarantine, is there Boston? :lol: :notamused:
04-03-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By parkbrav

Great suggestion! I have some work gloves for...

Great suggestion! I have some work gloves for doing the "Grease work" on the bicycle. I didn't even think that I could use them for riding! Question: how much padding on palms do you get with the...
03-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By parkbrav

Jim I used your assembly strategy, and it worked!...

Jim I used your assembly strategy, and it worked! Thanks to everyone for bearing with me
03-25-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By parkbrav

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look...

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look website https://takealookactive.com/instructions/ and got it to work. Agree, it will need some duct or electrical tape as my safety glasses don't support...
03-24-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By parkbrav

I got a Take-A-Look mirror but I have no idea how...

I got a Take-A-Look mirror but I have no idea how to work the clamp or attach it to my pair of safety glasses. Can someone please help me out?
03-22-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 10,971
Posted By parkbrav

Also, beware any precipitation, because it could...

Also, beware any precipitation, because it could always freeze over night or at least make the road slick. Example: We're getting 2-5 inches here in Massachusetts Monday night into Tuesday, that can...
03-22-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 10,971
Posted By parkbrav

Good luck. The rule I follow is at least two...

Good luck. The rule I follow is at least two consecutive weeks, maybe three, of the daily low temperature above 32F - 0C - so that the risk of black ice is diminished, if not extinguished for the...
03-20-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By parkbrav

As we celebrate the first few hours of...

As we celebrate the first few hours of astronomical spring, we look back and appreciate that low snow total and mild temperatures. We never want to "jinx" it, but that really WAS it!

And now that...
03-16-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By parkbrav

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in...

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in Metro North Boston - expected snow showers tomorrow morning but will warm up to the 50s tomorrow afternoon
03-10-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By parkbrav

I had in mind something like this:...

I had in mind something like this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/3M-Multi-Purpose-Plastic-Anti-Fog-Safety-Glasses/1000040195

I got my pair of safety glasses for about $9, maybe tomorrow I might even...
03-08-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,529
Posted By parkbrav

Jim's Famous Trick for Rear-view Mirror Goggles

Now that spring is upon us, I am considering creating a "rear-view mirror" using (Jim's idea) a dental mirror and safety glasses purchased from Lowes.

Are there any special instructions for...
03-05-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a...

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a 12-month-a-year commuting cyclist (until I get a car), we were spared! :thumb: I think St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, who is technically NOT a...
02-28-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Dates to Note March 1 - First day of...

Dates to Note

March 1 - First day of "Meteorological Spring" (Defined as: March, April, May)
March 8 - Daylight Savings (Spring Ahead)
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 18 - "Last Full...
02-26-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By parkbrav

To your point, Tyrion, there was a day last week...

To your point, Tyrion, there was a day last week in which there was almost no precipitation for the entire lower 48...such a thing almost never happens, especially this time of year
02-26-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 881
Posted By parkbrav

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the...

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the second lowest snow fall totals ever - 15.1 inches all winter
...
02-26-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 881
Posted By parkbrav

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm...

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm sure that rain could have been snow...;) Weather Channel predicted quite a lot of "snow shower" events that turned out to be rain
02-25-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By parkbrav

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got...

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got lucky this year. But the warm winters can be dangerous because they can increase the prevalence of ice storms. The ice storms often start as rain (or...
02-21-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

28 (or 29, depending on how you might count the...

28 (or 29, depending on how you might count the days) days left in the official "astronomical winter" season....:)
02-20-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Weather Channel is predicting an abbreviated...

Weather Channel is predicting an abbreviated Polar Vortex for the last week of February (Thursday into Saturday) for much of the country
02-19-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston...

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston forecast, other than some lower temperatures, and the "10 day" now extends all the way into March 3
02-17-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,458
Posted By parkbrav

I got the gardening sprayer out yesterday...

I got the gardening sprayer out yesterday afternoon in the mild temperatures and I'm happy to report that the bike is much cleaner (and also well-lubed). It's a clean machine, and it's running like...
02-14-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

:rolleyes: I can speak for myself here, winter...

:rolleyes: I can speak for myself here, winter cycling was thrust upon me when my car died four years ago. I will take a mild winter or two any year, over Snow-Meggedon, until I can "dig out" my...
02-13-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

They did say parts of the country were going to...

They did say parts of the country were going to "buck the trend." Another example was Northeast Maine.

We're lucky to get into the 40s here in the Metro Boston area, although 50s are not out of...
02-13-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Very interesting article from the Weather Channel...

Very interesting article from the Weather Channel about:

* Warm rest of the winter predicted for most of the country

* Warm spring predicted for most of the country

* The weather science...
02-10-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,458
Posted By parkbrav

I'm on my third or fourth new chain at this...

I'm on my third or fourth new chain at this point. I just swap it out at the annual tune-up and move on. Lasts about one year due to heavy usage and environmental factors.

I think the weather has...
02-04-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

heh, looks like this time for New England, "Below...

heh, looks like this time for New England, "Below Average" doesn't mean "Polar Vortex" (although in concept it appears similar)
01-31-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Posted By parkbrav

Hope you get better soon Zipp, in time for all...

Hope you get better soon Zipp, in time for all the fun we're going to have (what's left of) this winter!
01-31-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,458
Posted By parkbrav

There's another thread here on the topic of...

There's another thread here on the topic of washing bikes. My idea was to get a $20 pressurized water spray and hose it off outdoors.

Another idea I just had was to go to a car wash and borrow...
01-30-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,571
Posted By parkbrav

I understand, I will look in to the pressurized...

I understand, I will look in to the pressurized water spray. There's no garden hose at the apartment, and even if there was, chances are the water hose would be shut down for the winter (preventing...
01-29-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,571
Posted By parkbrav

ridelikeaturtle is making think, are there...

ridelikeaturtle is making think, are there pressurized water-spray bottles that might be convenient to store in an apartment and convenient to use, and at the same time not damage a bicycle paint...
01-28-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By parkbrav

Hey, we're about 52 days until the official start...

Hey, we're about 52 days until the official start of spring (note leap year on February 29 this year), and here on Route 38 North (Metro-North Boston) we've gotten about 13 inches of snow, most of...
01-28-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By parkbrav

I also have a Columbia rain jacket. I rave about...

I also have a Columbia rain jacket. I rave about it. It is light-weight and also does a very good job of keeping me dry
01-27-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,650
Posted By parkbrav

Those Pearl Izumi gloves are real nice, and if...

Those Pearl Izumi gloves are real nice, and if you shop around you can get 25% or more off. I wear nothing extra beneath them and they seem to work just fine to around 0F
01-27-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

Try this link about the snow in St. John's ...

Try this link about the snow in St. John's
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/soldiers-trade-rifles-for-snow-shovels-to-help-dig-out-st-johns/ar-BBZ97mI?li=AAggNb9
01-27-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

I'm seeing that the American Elm and Red Oak are...

I'm seeing that the American Elm and Red Oak are starting to "baby-bud" a week or two early. I also noticed some crocus sprouts on my outdoor run yesterday
01-24-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By parkbrav

Let me just back up to re-iterate something ...

Let me just back up to re-iterate something

Winter: Scott anti-fogg ski goggles :thumb: ...
01-23-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By parkbrav

I still have the Scott anti-fog downhill skiing...

I still have the Scott anti-fog downhill skiing goggles, and they still work great. I bought these at my local ski & bike store

This spring, I will be trying jim_From_Boston's idea of using...
01-22-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By parkbrav

You're in luck, Perl Izumi is having a Clearance...

You're in luck, Perl Izumi is having a Clearance sale on everything. If buying P-I, I suggest buying the next size up because they run a bit small...
01-21-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,590
Posted By parkbrav

The other day I mentioned the Red and White Reese...

The other day I mentioned the Red and White Reese Reflective Strips from Lowes:

Reese Reflective Strips https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reese-Refle...trips/50437674...
01-20-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

14F with about a 13 knot NNW wind chill,...

14F with about a 13 knot NNW wind chill, real-feel of about 2F :eek: and chance of hard ice on the ground after the slush storm on Sunday
01-20-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

Just not another "snow-meggedon." The sidewalks...

Just not another "snow-meggedon." The sidewalks can't take much more of this. :p

I can take the snow and the dark, but this year I'm starting to lose my patience with the cold, and it hasn't even...
01-20-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,571
Posted By parkbrav

Every week or every two weeks, depending on the...

Every week or every two weeks, depending on the weather, I take my bicycle outside and wipe the whole thing down, first with a PARC tool and then clean the chain with solvent and then wipe down with...
01-20-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

The weather man on Ch. 4 (Eric) said that on...

The weather man on Ch. 4 (Eric) said that on average January 18 is the coldest day in Boston.

The other weather man on Ch. 4 (Barry) says that on average February 1-4 is the coldest week in...
01-20-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, well, we're getting a bit of an Arctic...

Yeah, well, we're getting a bit of an Arctic blast this week. The weather report suggests we may be getting a bit of a warming trend, although we are expecting another "slush storm" next weekend, as...
01-20-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,227
Posted By parkbrav

Sorry to hear that, rumrunn6! I hope it was just...

Sorry to hear that, rumrunn6! I hope it was just a "bruised ego" and nothing more! I hope you continue riding this winter, and posting your rides!
01-16-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,212
Posted By parkbrav

I tried out the dry-guy boot covers in "light...

I tried out the dry-guy boot covers in "light rain" this morning. They kept my Waterproof hiking boots bone-dry for the course of the 15 minute commute. I am planning to use them again this winter.
...
01-14-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

According to the Weather Channel, North-East...

According to the Weather Channel, North-East blizzards on average start "peaking" now (January 14-31), and reach an apex around Feb 1-14
...
01-14-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,590
Posted By parkbrav

Good idea re: the spoke tape. I have...

Good idea re: the spoke tape. I have Monkey-electric on the spokes and I find they are sufficient illumination on the spokes

My yellow reflective tape is already peeling off the fabric although it...
01-14-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
Posted By parkbrav

Still waiting for winter to arrive. It's supposed...

Still waiting for winter to arrive. It's supposed to get real cold next week

Love the zebras!
01-13-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
Posted By parkbrav

Snow showers this morning with no accumulation -...

Snow showers this morning with no accumulation - so far that's about it. Yesterday was sunny and in the upper 60s here in Boston
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