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Old 10-10-19, 01:47 PM
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@Tundra_Man maybe it's time for carbon fiber winter bikes with stainless steel chain rings
One of the criteria I had for my winter bike was an aluminum frame. Carbon would probably hold up well too, but I didn't want to pay the premium for it.

All the steel components like chains, rings and cogs rust in a heartbeat as soon as the road salt hits it. You can also tell immediately which fasteners are stainless steel and which ones are regular.
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Old 10-10-19, 03:11 PM
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Visiting northern cities from CA, it's always funny to see how all the cars are cheap, small, and new. People down here can put more money into a car because it's not going to dissolve
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It's not bad enough they poisoned people to the extent they made a movie about them starring Julia Roberts as Erin Brokovich, but they can't be bothered to take care of their **** so as to not burn down the state which is home to their customers? BRILLIANT
Heck, it might be a long plotted revenge for the 2001 bankruptcy... which was mostly due to Enron, but surely was not helped by the film in Y2K. Who knows?
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Visiting northern climes from CA, it's always funny to see how all the cars are cheap, small, and new. People down here can put more money into a car because it's not going to dissolve
The model with the highest number of new car registrations in Spokane County each year = Subaru Impreza
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I drove today due to some off-site meetings - which is a shame because it's sunny mid 40s here today.

It reminded me what I think all of us who drive a car should be reminded of: driving is a privilege and a luxury - it should feel like that. I can remember when I used to drive every day it felt like a chore, and I got a sense of entitlement behind the wheel. Now that I ride 95% of the days I am in the office, it feels like a treat to drive in a warm car and listen to the radio. As it should. I am glad bike commuting gave me this perspective. Life is too short to have a stressful commute.

I am sure most of you also drive a car occasionally, is this your sense as well?
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I am sure most of you also drive a car occasionally, is this your sense as well?
I drove yesterday because I had to drop my daughter of at her driver's ed class. My thoughts while driving in are along the lines of, "I'm glad I don't have to deal with this traffic every morning," and, "Which route is the least backed up?" However, at the end of the day when I'm more tired, I definitely have a bit of relief knowing I don't have to change clothes and bike home. But then I'm bummed I didn't get the miles in and will have a lower than average week for mileage.

Cool enough for lightweight gloves this morning. About 52F. Supposed to be a nice afternoon and weekend though.

Happy Friday!
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Consecutive bicycle work commute number 820:

32F, snow flurries, 20 mph headwind with 40 mph gusts, and a fat tired bicycle.

No speed records were harmed in the making of this commute.
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Old 10-11-19, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
It reminded me what I think all of us who drive a car should be reminded of: driving is a privilege and a luxury - it should feel like that. I can remember when I used to drive every day it felt like a chore, and I got a sense of entitlement behind the wheel. Now that I ride 95% of the days I am in the office, it feels like a treat to drive in a warm car and listen to the radio. As it should. I am glad bike commuting gave me this perspective. Life is too short to have a stressful commute.

I am sure most of you also drive a car occasionally, is this your sense as well?
It's got to be miserable weather before I enjoy driving a car to or from work. And even then it's a mixed "blessing" because there's a mix of idiots who can't drive in the rain and the fools who won't slow down for rain or traffic. Most of the time I end up wishing I'd ridden the bike.

This morning, for instance, I did a broad swerve on an early turn that left me grinning like a kid. I noticed a yellow billed cuckoo calling (late in the year for that one), and a bright red cardinal I concluded had to be young of this year to be so bright in the fall. If I'd driven the car, I'd have noticed how long it took a traffic light to turn, and how long the guy in front of me took to turn. The car would have been a chore, or a duty, rather than the pleasure I got from the bike this morning.
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I've put away my bike, probably til the 21st. This week of riding was done on Weds due to extracurricular need for the truck, next week I'm on work travel
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Lost a fender strut bolt yesterday morning - was happy I'd stocked some zip-ties for a quick-fix.

Nice and cool in the mornings now, which adds some entertainment from watching the locals riding around bundled up in thermal gear.
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This morning was about 64°F and overcast. This evening 70°F with light rain.
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