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Forum: Commuting
04-02-14, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

The weather is finally nice now but I can't...

The weather is finally nice now but I can't commute yet because of projects out of town. My commute has changed again due to moving the office to another part of the city. It is much better for me...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-14, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

The roads are starting to get a little better and...

The roads are starting to get a little better and cleared of snow etc. I don't mind the ice but this winter has been very unusual to say the least with all the frequent snow storms and ice storms....
Forum: Commuting
02-06-14, 07:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,958
Posted By droy45

I have the Topeak QR beam rack and use regular...

I have the Topeak QR beam rack and use regular panniers on it to keep the center of gravity lower. Any good quality rack will give you great service and you will never want to use a backpack again...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,303
Posted By droy45

I'm ok with the single digits too but it's the...

I'm ok with the single digits too but it's the below 0degF stuff that makes it hard. If I could use my snowmobile helmet, I could go much colder than that. But that would be pushing the limits and...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 09:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,940
Posted By droy45

I have had to surrender more often than I care to...

I have had to surrender more often than I care to this winter not only due to the weather though. If at all possible, I always commute by bike. Its only when I have to haul computer equipment etc. or...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

Not much to report up here, another snow event is...

Not much to report up here, another snow event is upon us and I have not commuted by bike at all as I have had project work out of town. At least its the middle of winter and not so great riding...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 08:23 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,214
Posted By droy45

Wow, scary. I can't say I've ever experienced...

Wow, scary. I can't say I've ever experienced anything like that. Be careful out there, glad your ok.
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 08:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,183
Posted By droy45

I drive the one car my bride and I share when the...

I drive the one car my bride and I share when the weather is bad which has been the case for most of this winter.
Forum: Commuting
01-28-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By droy45

I wish the weather was that nice over here. I'd...

I wish the weather was that nice over here. I'd be riding too.
Forum: Commuting
01-16-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,468
Posted By droy45

^I find this is a really good way to look at. It...

^I find this is a really good way to look at. It makes a lot of sense. I share the lane all the time and filter up to the front in straight ahead lanes only if possible. Even if I stop at a light and...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 02:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,664
Posted By droy45

Absolutely. I have the PB Cascadias too and they...

Absolutely. I have the PB Cascadias too and they have lived through a few Maine winters. Tough, no rattles, stay in place and best of all keeps me dry and clean.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,543
Posted By droy45

I don't like riding crappy bikes so I use full...

I don't like riding crappy bikes so I use full coverage fenders which helps keep most of the crud off my winter commuter. If I ride in slush then it gets all over the bike anyway. I rinse it off with...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

The January thaw continues. Black ice in places...

The January thaw continues. Black ice in places but mostly just wet. The shoulders of the road have returned to almost normal and the MUP section is clean of snow. 33degF and a very pleasant commute...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-14, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

Your doing better than I am. With either hard...

Your doing better than I am. With either hard rain or well below 0degF and having to drive to remote sites for job assignments, I haven't commuted much yet this year. Planning on it tomorrow morning...
Forum: Commuting
01-09-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

Same thing for me. We are so close that our...

Same thing for me. We are so close that our weather is exactly the same. I think I can try it again tomorrow also as it looks like another decent day. Salut' my friend.
Forum: Commuting
01-03-14, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

The shoulder of the roadways and bike lanes are...

The shoulder of the roadways and bike lanes are now covered by large snow banks and the MUP and sidewalks in the city are closed or in very bad shape. No more commuting for now. I can only ride in...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-14, 07:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 943
Posted By droy45

I never have felt the drag in the morning...

I never have felt the drag in the morning commute. I arrive in good shape almost every time except if I had to ride in snow. The trip home at night is all together a different thing. I start to feel...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3,798
Views: 153,137
Posted By droy45

Oh, not so good. Still not riding, wind chill is...

Oh, not so good. Still not riding, wind chill is 29 deg. below 0 right now and more snow again. I am not kidding around, more snow again, really?. We are knee deep in it now. I thought I left that...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-14, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 769
Posted By droy45

The fastest rolling tires I found are the Nokian...

The fastest rolling tires I found are the Nokian W106 studded tires. As far as studded tires goes, these are about the best for ice and feature minimal rolling resistance as compared to other more...
Forum: Commuting
01-02-14, 06:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,290
Posted By droy45

I also have gone in as low as 0F but its not much...

I also have gone in as low as 0F but its not much fun anymore below that. I haven't taken the bike out for over 2 weeks now.
Forum: Commuting
12-30-13, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

Thanks and good to hear you didn't lose power....

Thanks and good to hear you didn't lose power. Can you remember back in 98 how bad that was? I think in your area it was devastating. Very bad here too. Doesn't look good here for the rest of this...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

Ever since the 23rd its been a nightmare here....

Ever since the 23rd its been a nightmare here. Lost power due to ice storm and spent the whole week tending a portable generator just to keep the house from freezing and we stayed comfortable for the...
12-22-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,917
Posted By droy45

I use the Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 in 26in on a...

I use the Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 in 26in on a rigid MTB for winter use. I love them so far, used 2 seasons, and still perform like new.
Forum: Commuting
12-20-13, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

Last nights commute took on a slightly different...

Last nights commute took on a slightly different route. The MUP/sidewalk I generally use for a 2 mile stretch in a high traffic area was not passable with the bike. The city ran the snowblower over...
12-19-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 20,458
Posted By droy45

I fully understand your perspective. I experience...

I fully understand your perspective. I experience that on occasion also. The 10pm ride through small town streets with all the Christmas lights, a light fresh snow and not a car in sight comes to...
Forum: Commuting
12-19-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

Finally a decent ride in today. 15F and calm....

Finally a decent ride in today. 15F and calm. That time of year has arrived where I have to ride in the traveled lane as there is snow on the shoulder. The traffic was fairly forgiving allowing me...
12-17-13, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By droy45

Vanilla Ice has gone Amish. Heh Heh

Vanilla Ice has gone Amish. Heh Heh
12-17-13, 08:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,133
Posted By droy45

A light dry snow is manageable up to an inch or...

A light dry snow is manageable up to an inch or so. Any more than that if tracked down by cars etc. gets very treacherous. You can be going along and your front wheel darts all over and floats then...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,862
Posted By droy45

The winter cycling boots are very expensive. If...

The winter cycling boots are very expensive. If you have a long commute 10+ miles one way and you plan to go all winter in very cold temps then they are worth it. I broke down and got some this year...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 09:33 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

I hear ya. I really do not go below 0F. I'm...

I hear ya. I really do not go below 0F. I'm impressed you even attempted it. I tried that once last winter when it was that cold and I never made it. If I had all my snowmobiling gear on, it would...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-13, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

This is the longest and coldest and snowiest...

This is the longest and coldest and snowiest stretch of weather I have seen in these parts in over 5 years. Global Warming, (Only on the polar cap I guess). Anyway, enough complaining, No commuting...
Forum: Commuting
12-16-13, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By droy45

Yes, it is and a brutal one to say the least....

Yes, it is and a brutal one to say the least. 12in of fresh snow and -4degF, much lower wind chill to boot. Terrible if not outright dangerous commuting weather today. Put the bike away for now....
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By droy45

Its not your tires. Those are very good with the...

Its not your tires. Those are very good with the Kevlar and the extra Kevlar strip. So, the area your in is the problem, I don't really have an answer for that but I would hate to ride in an area...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,677
Posted By droy45

For me its just more fun and beneficial to my...

For me its just more fun and beneficial to my health. Another plus is I only have to own 1 car for my bride when she needs one and then we use it together for everything else. I have not been able to...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 474
Posted By droy45

The road biker could very well have studded tires...

The road biker could very well have studded tires on too. They make some for 700c if that's what he was riding and the frame is wide enough to fit them. I use my 27in road bike when the roads are...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-13, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

A good ride in this morning, 9F and slight wind....

A good ride in this morning, 9F and slight wind. It felt slow this morning for some reason. I left a little later and the traffic was much worse so maybe that's it. Snow storm coming so could be off...
Forum: Commuting
12-12-13, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By droy45

[QUOTE=balto charlie;16323522]Can opener, like...

[QUOTE=balto charlie;16323522]Can opener, like the idea, small ultralite.
Tennis ball< can't picture it working. My locker has a key/tumbler in a handle. When closed the handle is pushed in and is...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-13, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By droy45

Once you get thawed out, if you can cover it...

Once you get thawed out, if you can cover it somehow that would help. A good trick is to take a tennis ball and cut a hole in it to make a slip cover that is weather proof.
Forum: Commuting
12-11-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,807
Posted By droy45

I would suggest ski goggles for starters. If they...

I would suggest ski goggles for starters. If they fog up, just open the vents on top of the frames. These should help you out the most. Also, what I use is regular clear safety glasses for the winter...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By droy45

A small propane torch or a spray can of...

A small propane torch or a spray can of windshield deicer.
Forum: Commuting
12-11-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

The key is using the proper gear. After so many...

The key is using the proper gear. After so many years of doing it, I have acquired quite an arsenal of specialty clothing mostly all high tech stuff and then a few articles of regular old smart wool...
Forum: Commuting
12-11-13, 07:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By droy45

I would call it quits for the day when you start...

I would call it quits for the day when you start to feel uncomfortable and not enjoying it anymore. I have ridden in very cold wind chills down to -15F but that high wind your talking about is almost...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 08:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,693
Posted By droy45

You did the right thing. Congratulations on the...

You did the right thing. Congratulations on the record breaking streak. I don't think there is anyone else here on the forum that has had that many consecutive days. Even on your Ribble it would have...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,087
Posted By droy45

Welcome to my world. Hey, good job and congrats....

Welcome to my world. Hey, good job and congrats. I'm sure it has been an eye opener for you.
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 128,686
Posted By droy45

Kudos, you still got the accent after being...

Kudos, you still got the accent after being abroad for awhile.:thumb:
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 10:21 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 128,686
Posted By droy45

Come On!! that is a cool bike. I would cry if I...

Come On!! that is a cool bike. I would cry if I scratched it. :cry: OK Acidfast, help me out here, tell him off :lol:
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 128,686
Posted By droy45

Its not really something to be overly concerned...

Its not really something to be overly concerned about as its only surface rust. With a cool bike like yours though, I think its worth preserving its looks and appeal by cleaning and protecting...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 08:46 AM
Replies: 1,305
Views: 128,686
Posted By droy45

I use a corrosion inhibiter oil in a spray can...

I use a corrosion inhibiter oil in a spray can available at most auto parts stores. It leaves a layer of protection that is kind of oily and won't come off unless you rub it off. It worked great on...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-13, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 120,022
Posted By droy45

There was about an inch of fresh snow and the...

There was about an inch of fresh snow and the roads looked plowed and treated so I saddled up and went. It took me almost 2 hours to get into my office. It was slow going on the shoulder of the road...
12-09-13, 02:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,378
Posted By droy45

I hear ya. If hind sight was 20/20 you probably...

I hear ya. If hind sight was 20/20 you probably would have left the bike parked for that day. It was that kind of day here today. I left it parked anticipating a terrible ride home tonight. Not sure...
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