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Old 12-11-15, 06:40 PM
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This weather is freaky

It's December in Canada. This time last year we had almost a foot of snow, and the bike was firmly locked in the basement with no reprieve expected until the spring.

Today it was 14C (57F), and sunny and I took the borrowed hybrid out for 17km along the trails, the longest ride since my argument with a pothole early in the summer (three fractures in one arm, scary slow recovery). Yes, my arm hurt midway through the ride, and at the end, but it was wonderful.

Must admit I wonder if my road bike would actually be more comfortable. I might be a little more stretched out (bad for the shoulder), but I wouldn't be twisting my wrists inward to hold straight bars (bad for wrist and elbow).

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Something like this? May not be your taste in bikes.
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Old 12-11-15, 07:09 PM
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These handlebars allow a multiple hand positions and can provide a more upright posture.

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Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
It's December in Canada. This time last year we had almost a foot of snow, and the bike was firmly locked in the basement with no reprieve expected until the spring.

Today it was 14C (57F), and sunny and I took the borrowed hybrid out for 17km along the trails, the longest ride since my argument with a pothole early in the summer (three fractures in one arm, scary slow recovery). Yes, my arm hurt midway through the ride, and at the end, but it was wonderful.

Must admit I wonder if my road bike would actually be more comfortable. I might be a little more stretched out (bad for the shoulder), but I wouldn't be twisting my wrists inward to hold straight bars (bad for wrist and elbow).

Thoughts?
I'm just down the road from you. As I was heading out on my bike on a grocery shopping errand, two of my neighbours were out in their driveways, wearing shorts and washing their cars. Freaky is right, but I'm liking it.
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Old 12-11-15, 08:08 PM
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Loving this "El Nino" year. I'm in MA, and went for 30 today with minimal clothing. I'll be out every day I can. Love it.
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Old 12-11-15, 08:34 PM
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It was 60F in NYC and I rode in shorts and a short sleeve Jersey.
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So, this is global warming? Can we have more please? Got all my Christmas shopping done today, so tomorrow I can spend all day on the bike, Yes!!
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Old 12-11-15, 11:30 PM
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El Nino ROCKS!!
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Old 12-12-15, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
El Nino ROCKS!!

One mans pleasure, is another mans pain. El Nino has caused 13 counties here in Oregon to be declared as disaster areas due to flooding. We needed the rain because of the drought this year, but not this much at once. That said, I'll try not to let it get me down. Sundays forecast looks like normal amounts of rain only, so I'll put on the rain gear, and try to go out for a ride.
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Old 12-12-15, 08:52 AM
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One mans pleasure, is another mans pain. El Nino has caused 13 counties here in Oregon to be declared as disaster areas due to flooding. We needed the rain because of the drought this year, but not this much at once. That said, I'll try not to let it get me down. Sundays forecast looks like normal amounts of rain only, so I'll put on the rain gear, and try to go out for a ride.
Y'all make our local news programs. I cant imagine losing a house or loved ones. Makes our long stretches of -20 seem a bit nicer, though it still wreaks havoc with pipes, vehicles, high heat bills and freezing to death.
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Old 12-12-15, 09:28 AM
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In northeastern CT 61 F. Thank God there's no Global Warming or we'd really be in trouble.
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Old 12-12-15, 10:25 AM
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Middle of December and I'm thinking of buying more weed killer, and my dogwood has buds.We will skip the winter beers and go back to Corona and lime.Heading out to cut down ye old Christmas tree with bottles of water and sun screen.I guess we will stop for ice cream on the way home.
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Old 12-12-15, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Y'all make our local news programs. I cant imagine losing a house or loved ones. Makes our long stretches of -20 seem a bit nicer, though it still wreaks havoc with pipes, vehicles, high heat bills and freezing to death.
This is not going to turn into a thread of one upmanship is it?

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Old 12-12-15, 10:42 AM
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In northeastern CT 61 F. Thank God there's no Global Warming or we'd really be in trouble.
That's what I always say. Sigh.
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Old 12-12-15, 11:34 AM
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Well, in Oregon we're making up for the hot dry summer with a vengeance. Here in the lowlands (metro Portland) we've had > a month's worth of rain in the past few days and they're calling for 1-2 feet of new snow in the mountains by tomorrow!

Suffice it to say I've been getting a lot of "miles" on the trainer.

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Old 12-12-15, 11:34 AM
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I will be the grumblist and recall that Illinois had no snow on the ground thru December, 2014, and then we were whacked with storms the first week of 2015. However, I have golfed twice this week and biked twice too. Let's go for another 20 miles today.
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Old 12-12-15, 11:47 AM
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I went for a ride around town on my Trek 760 the day after Christmas last year. It was about 45-50f but hey, I did it. Tomorrow we are back in the 50s.

I'll take all of this we can get. We've had winters like this and they are well remembered along with years of massive snowbanks.
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Old 12-12-15, 12:07 PM
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Yes, it was nice to stop after work last night and walk into the stores without my suit coat, just shirtsleeves. Saw forsythias blooming in someone's yard yesterday too.
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Old 12-12-15, 12:14 PM
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I'm kinda bumming over having bought that fat bike.
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I'm kinda bumming over having bought that fat bike.
Winter will be back eventually ... It will pay off. Until then, find some rough trails and do some mountain biking with it!
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Old 12-12-15, 12:51 PM
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The Weather is different day to day , the changing Climate is bound to be different from day to day too ,

but trending in taking more from 1 area and dumping it on another..

Here the Wet areas have gotten Wetter.
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Old 12-12-15, 02:22 PM
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Last month, we had three day out of the entire month that were at average temperature for those days. The rest of the month was above average. This month, every day has been above average. We are still in the mid 80's here in Central Florida. We never had a fall this year, it's still a continuation of summer except that the humidity is much lower now.
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Old 12-12-15, 03:52 PM
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Supposed to hit 65F in central IN Sunday.
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I got out today on my 17.4 mi. TT. Was just interested in doing a moderate pace and get some miles in. This is a ride w/855 ft. elevation that I did last year at 17.5 mph. Today was just a "get some miles in" kind of day. A lovely day and a mellow ride at 14.1mph. Just really nice to ride in mid December.
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68f near St louis. 80 miles this week. :-)
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