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Forum: Commuting
11-02-05, 06:47 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,789
Posted By VermontRides

I replied 30-45 as 45 is about what a...

I replied 30-45 as 45 is about what a summer,spring,autumn commute has. In the winter the times vary by temperature and road conditions, but I imagine they jump to about 60 minutes average. I only...
10-16-05, 04:56 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 10,358
Posted By VermontRides

My solution to cold hands is two parts 1)...

My solution to cold hands is two parts
1) replace aluminum brakes levers with resin (ie Campy Mirage Ergo shifters)
2) use CliMitts on the bars, blocks wind and allows me to wear thinner gloves...
10-16-05, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,151
Posted By VermontRides

My advice is to think about the whole body and...

My advice is to think about the whole body and not just your legs or chest. I have found (after much experimentation) that wool has a wider comfort range than does technical polyester. Thin merino...
Forum: Commuting
09-02-05, 09:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,383
Posted By VermontRides

I have a 26 mile roundtrip with 2500 feet of...

I have a 26 mile roundtrip with 2500 feet of climbing, steepest sections about 11%, time to work 35 to 45 minutes, home 45 to 60 minutes, did the whole thing fixed once (never again, the downhill was...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-05, 09:06 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,383
Posted By VermontRides

gorgeous sunny 35F on the way to work; and for...

gorgeous sunny 35F on the way to work; and for the ride home.....got to wear SHORT sleeves (fresh air touching arms) for the first time since october, put some warmer stuff on at the top of the...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-05, 09:15 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,383
Posted By VermontRides

This morning: 9F with a 15 to 50 mph breeze,...

This morning: 9F with a 15 to 50 mph breeze, rained and snowed and blowed yesterday and last night so the road was mostly packed snow over iced asphalt, walked one little section because of road...
03-01-05, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 927
Posted By VermontRides

Drum brakes or disc brakes solve the rim icing...

Drum brakes or disc brakes solve the rim icing problem (I've also had my pads coat with ice). Otherwise, apply your brakes often throughout the ride to test for icing (and especially before and...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-05, 09:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,153
Posted By VermontRides

I've tried mtb knobbies, homemade studs using...

I've tried mtb knobbies, homemade studs using carbide car studs in mtb tires, homemade studs using steel screws in mtb tires, mtb tires with tire chains, commercial studded mtb tires, 700 x 35 kenda...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-05, 07:56 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,383
Posted By VermontRides

It snowed about 4 or five inches last night,...

It snowed about 4 or five inches last night, looked like the plow guy for route 30 slept in late, so the first 7 miles was of one inch thick packed snow/ice all cut to pieces by the plow in the a.m.,...
02-10-05, 09:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,226
Posted By VermontRides

I have 2 pair of Ibex wool cycling shorts: They...

I have 2 pair of Ibex wool cycling shorts: They are cooler in the summer, especially very humid days, and they are warmer during cold descents in the winter. They do not bag, lycra in with the wool,...
02-10-05, 09:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,767
Posted By VermontRides

If you really, really have to part with all those...

If you really, really have to part with all those bikes, I would suggest a cross-bike, with two or three wheel sets (to quickly change the handling/function of the bike) you could get by on a fast...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-05, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,193
Posted By VermontRides

There was a guy in Killington Vermont who used to...

There was a guy in Killington Vermont who used to ride his unicycle (carrying his snowboard and backpack) about 4 or 5 miles up the Access Road to work everyday. He started riding the unicycle...
02-03-05, 03:05 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,859
Posted By VermontRides

Last year I got the chance to ride 380 miles from...

Last year I got the chance to ride 380 miles from Bondville, Vermont to Fryeburg, Maine and back during a Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (February 28, 29 and March 1). Carried a sleeping bag, gore-tex...
02-02-05, 09:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,459
Posted By VermontRides

Most hated aspect of a cold winter ride

I've been comtemplating this a lot during my commutes the last few weeks: What I hate most about a cold winter commute(or ride).

On my way home from work I start off with a 5 mile 1300 foot...
02-02-05, 08:52 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 116,468
Posted By VermontRides

[QUOTE=Daily Commute] So, northern...

[QUOTE=Daily Commute]

So, northern commuters, what do you use on to keep your fingers warm when it is 0F (-18C) or less? How much do they cost and where can I find them?

I use CliMitts (any...
01-29-05, 09:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 833
Posted By VermontRides

yes, slicks will sling less onto you and your...

yes, slicks will sling less onto you and your bike, but they still sling some, full fenders with good sized mud flaps will keep you cleaner than the slicks will, then only the passing cars will...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-05, 09:22 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,383
Posted By VermontRides

the morning started at -17F ended 13 miles later...

the morning started at -17F ended 13 miles later at -7F with a 5 to 15 mph breeze, roads clear in the travelled lane but not at the edges where I usually try to ride, my head was nicely warm, torso...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-05, 09:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,432
Posted By VermontRides

13 miles, one way, no lights, 2 stop signs which...

13 miles, one way, no lights, 2 stop signs which I only come to a complete put down the foot stop at if there is traffic (about once a month, more often in the winter, ski resort area), depending on...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-04, 09:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,195
Posted By VermontRides

I ride fendered most of the time. But, I have...

I ride fendered most of the time. But, I have ridden to work enough without to tell you how much they will affect you, speed wise (on a dry day). I have a 5 mile descent which with fenders I max out...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-04, 09:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,080
Posted By VermontRides

My experience has shown that spokes break at the...

My experience has shown that spokes break at the bend (most of the time - there will always be exceptions) for 2 main reasons: 1) undertensioning (lack of tension) 2) chain dropping off large cog and...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-04, 08:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 688
Posted By VermontRides

I currently have 4 bikes (with fenders) that get...

I currently have 4 bikes (with fenders) that get ridden regularly.
1) Eisentraut Limited, bought in 1977, has around 33,000 miles on it, about 30,000 were commuting in Los Angeles.
2) My Vermont...
12-13-04, 03:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,796
Posted By VermontRides

Batteries: Have used lead acid, ni-cad, and...

Batteries: Have used lead acid, ni-cad, and currently nimh, most of my light and therefore battery usage is during months when the temperature is consistently below 50F (for about 5 months a year it...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-04, 10:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 778
Posted By VermontRides

I would check the switch, and internal wire...

I would check the switch, and internal wire connections (at the head where the bulb is located), if your light uses a MR11 bulb it is sealed and mine (other light brands) have lasted well over 300...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-04, 09:14 PM
Replies: 555
Views: 28,796
Posted By VermontRides

A) Occupation Currently Bicycle Mechanic (for...

A) Occupation
Currently Bicycle Mechanic (for most of the last 13 years)
B) Commuting Distance
13 miles each way, to work about 1000 ft of gain and 1500 descent, reverse it on the way home
C)...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-04, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,475
Posted By VermontRides

They attach to the bike, so if/when your hands...

They attach to the bike, so if/when your hands get too warm you can stick them outside to cool back down.
Forum: Commuting
11-28-04, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,475
Posted By VermontRides

I solved my cold hands problems by using...

I solved my cold hands problems by using Climitts, which you whould be able to purchase through your LBS. My hands like to sweat and consequently my gloves or mitts would become damp. Both my...
10-23-04, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 826
Posted By VermontRides

Fenders, the wider the better for snow, and the...

Fenders, the wider the better for snow, and the more space between tire and fender the better. Try to keep the fender evenly spaced away from the tire so that any snow build-up will eventually slide...
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