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06-09-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 4,248
Posted By gecho

The only features that caught my eye were the...

The only features that caught my eye were the GNSS gps, faster cpu, improved fonts and USB-C. I do a lot of OSM mapping with my Garmin so I like a nice clean gps trace.
06-07-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By gecho

I wish they'd get rid of update nags. 3x every...

I wish they'd get rid of update nags. 3x every ride I have to tell my 830, "no I don't want to update to a new firmware that will break features I use on a daily basis". Reverting firmware is enough...
05-27-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,225
Posted By gecho

As many as 10 in the winter. 12 if I rode my...

As many as 10 in the winter. 12 if I rode my touring bike which I don't generally do in the cold anymore, my mountain bike / fat bike don't have wireless sensors. I don't bother with an HR monitor...
05-19-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,958
Posted By gecho

Collection agency / failure to pay strike on your...

Collection agency / failure to pay strike on your credit rating.


This thread turned into much more of a fecal show than I would have ever expected and for a totally unexpected reason. Has...
05-18-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,958
Posted By gecho

When it comes to international ordering to Canada...

When it comes to international ordering to Canada I pay very close attention to who they use as a shipper. The tax free threshold here is only $40 vs $800 in the US, I really wish the USMCA trade...
05-15-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,460
Posted By gecho

I've been doing rides starting between 4:30 and...

I've been doing rides starting between 4:30 and 6:00 am for most of the past 2 weeks. Quiet roads, enough light to see, temperatures around 4C to start and I can finish before the notorious daily...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 283,133
Posted By gecho

Today I found another mobile phone on the...

Today I found another mobile phone on the shoulder that fell off a vehicle, amazingly undamaged. Dropped it off at a phone shop and they got it back to the owner. If they don't use icloud I bet they...
04-30-22, 05:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

I went from studded tires last week to planting...

I went from studded tires last week to planting the early season seeds in the garden yesterday. Next Friday is forecast to get up to 27C. Last May we had a 2 week cold spell, looking through my...
04-24-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

Studded tires are off for the second time. Ended...

Studded tires are off for the second time. Ended up doing some other maintenance at the same time. Worn out change, rear wheel bearing adjustment an of course the mechanical disc brake pads that need...
04-22-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,035
Posted By gecho

A few times I've looked for another source of the...

A few times I've looked for another source of the carbon fiber heat rope but never found one. With the supplier in Russia they can't accept paypal for the foreseeable future. So I made another effort...
04-17-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

2 pictures from today's ride. Side roads all snow...

2 pictures from today's ride. Side roads all snow packed, arterial roads bone dry. The Sun is very intense now, once the snow is gone from an unshaded road, it will dry out in a few hours.
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04-16-22, 09:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

My resolve to wait until the roads cleared up...

My resolve to wait until the roads cleared up lasted a day and I put the studded tires back on tonight so I can ride tomorrow. More snow in the middle of next week so ice will be around for a while...
04-15-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

We didn't get as much snow as forecast, but it...

We didn't get as much snow as forecast, but it blew around a lot. The wind died down today so I decided to go for a ride, but it was a real slog. The combination of heavy deep snow, warm temperatures...
04-11-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

Storm track is changing, so we might get a foot...

Storm track is changing, so we might get a foot of snow mid-week. And that's still on the outer band, the center could see 2.5x as much along with 90 km/h wind.
04-10-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,035
Posted By gecho

They work pretty good when they are damp. My...

They work pretty good when they are damp. My hands often end up sweating during a long winter ride no matter what I do. Which likely contributes a lot to my hands being cold on the way home. The...
04-09-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

Snow in the forecast for next week, so my fat...

Snow in the forecast for next week, so my fat bike might get a little more action this year as its the only bike with studded tires at the moment. Once it starts getting warm you really hate to see a...
04-07-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

The weather just tries to beat me down this time...

The weather just tries to beat me down this time of year. Temperature is ok, but a good day is when the wind is only gusting to 40 km/h. If I'm lucky the hourly forecast will show the wind not...
04-03-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

Had a half crash this morning, bike ended up on...

Had a half crash this morning, bike ended up on the ground but me somehow on my feet. Very slick patch of black ice before a puddle with broken ice. I was expecting the puddle might give me a problem...
04-02-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

Studs came off my mtb last night. So much more...

Studs came off my mtb last night. So much more peaceful riding around without a constant buzz. Buying tires locally is quite frustrating as the selection is terrible, its like all the LBS' abandoned...
03-31-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,019
Posted By gecho

I always ride with a trunk bag, so I've taken to...

I always ride with a trunk bag, so I've taken to leaving my bottle in there during winter for at least the first half of a ride. I don't care for ice cold water even when it hasn't iced over yet. I...
03-29-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,336
Posted By gecho

That was everyone's favorite cycling hooligan,...

That was everyone's favorite cycling hooligan, Lucas Brunelle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9aOG53ZIV8

I didn't get out on any of the creeks or ponds in the city at all this year. The snow...
03-28-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

A little snow in the forecast for tomorrow, but...

A little snow in the forecast for tomorrow, but it will probably be too windy to bother going out. I already had my fill of high winds today.
03-28-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,035
Posted By gecho

After making the 3rd version of my heated gloves...

After making the 3rd version of my heated gloves I kind of regretted using a heavier glove, so around Christmas I made another pair that would fit inside my wool gloves. These ones are a bit...
03-25-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,187
Posted By gecho

This week I suddenly remembered I don't have...

This week I suddenly remembered I don't have summer tires for my mountain bike and had to order a pair. Last year I bought big box tier Kendas that don't even have a name, just a model number....
03-23-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By gecho

Some of the changes they made for how maps are...

Some of the changes they made for how maps are display in 8.xx and beyond annoyed me, so I reverted to 7.10 and am leaving my 830 like that for the foreseeable future. I use a custom OSM based map...
03-23-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By gecho

Meltdown is progressing. Even the worst roads...

Meltdown is progressing. Even the worst roads have ruts melted all the way to pavement. I got out early while things were still mostly frozen.

Traditionally we still have plenty of time for...
03-22-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

Apparently around here "shoulder season" = Zwift...

Apparently around here "shoulder season" = Zwift Season. I only see around 3 outdoor rides on the local Strava clubs per day.
03-19-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

Ah, early spring rides. The city repoured the...

Ah, early spring rides. The city repoured the concrete for this underpass during the winter and it opened this week so I went to check it out. Didn't occur to me that the pavement on both ends...
03-19-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By gecho

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1277x958/bimg_7180_ba9c681ae804b98a4231f6938953e6ac52b7e343.jpg
Bottom of the ruts were getting to be slick ice, so I needed to take extra care...
03-18-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

One annoying thing about early spring rides is...

One annoying thing about early spring rides is having to clean the drive train and disc brakes after every ride. Now that I'll be back on the mtb and encountering more "clear roads" ie: wet and full...
03-18-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

The side roads were a lot worse when I was out...

The side roads were a lot worse when I was out this morning. Less frozen slush and more ice, plus deep ruts filled with water. It will only get icier until the melt down is complete, so I'll park the...
03-17-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

Frozen slush is so much fun on a fat bike. I'm...

Frozen slush is so much fun on a fat bike. I'm using my heated gloves more since I took my bar mitts off. Well I've been "using" them all winter, but turning them on more. Easier to have them on and...
03-14-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By gecho

The only down side is when you go to push...

The only down side is when you go to push yourself back up but your arm isn't long enough to raise you at all. You have to wiggle around to disentangle yourself from the bike, then get your legs into...
03-13-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By gecho

Lots of snow left here, but much of it should...

Lots of snow left here, but much of it should vanish in the next week. Around +7C highs much of the next 2 weeks. But with the sun intensity this time of year snow on the streets easily melts at -8C...
03-09-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,598
Posted By gecho

This thread reminded me that I don't have any...

This thread reminded me that I don't have any slicks for my touring bike. When I wore the last set out late in the summer I switched to gravel tires. Too big gravel tires that cause problems any time...
03-06-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 709
Posted By gecho

We got about 8" of snow on Friday. I figured it...

We got about 8" of snow on Friday. I figured it would be packed down nicely and went for a ride this evening. Nope, loose snow and deep ruts everywhere off the main roads. To make matters worse the...
03-03-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,205
Posted By gecho

I had to wait at a train on the way home and...

I had to wait at a train on the way home and needed to keep my mask up even with a partial tailwind. Also had to zip my jacket all the way up for the first time during the ride, its quite rare for me...
03-01-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,761
Posted By gecho

No matter what I do I usually end up cold later...

No matter what I do I usually end up cold later in a ride. I think a big contributor is that my base layer and gloves get wet accelerating heat transfer. For my hands I can turn on my heated gloves....
02-26-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,099
Posted By gecho

We are entering the balaclava and sunscreen phase...

We are entering the balaclava and sunscreen phase of winter. I got the beginnings of a balaclava tan line on today's sunny ride.
02-16-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,205
Posted By gecho

The snow can disappear surprisingly fast in the...

The snow can disappear surprisingly fast in the spring. Warm sunny days with above freezing nights most can be gone in a week. The drifts take a bit longer to go.

Mid to late March the Sun...
02-12-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,205
Posted By gecho

Windy, then warm, then cold means I was able to...

Windy, then warm, then cold means I was able to ride on top of snowdrifts today. In several spots I could have ridden into people's back yards. They usually don't set up like this until late March....
02-08-22, 10:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,205
Posted By gecho

Yes we get that a lot here. The garbage bin makes...

Yes we get that a lot here. The garbage bin makes a horrid noise when rolled out across the snow in those temperatures. The nylon shell of my down jacket makes a loud crinkling noise too.
01-30-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,205
Posted By gecho

Not cold enough. My chain had a rust slurry on it...

Not cold enough. My chain had a rust slurry on it when I went to clean it after today's ride. Probably rust from the previous ride along with the generous helping of Triflow I use whenever its wet...
01-17-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,222
Posted By gecho

Most of the times I have got dangerously cold,...

Most of the times I have got dangerously cold, the temperate wasn't actually very cold at all. When it is extremely cold I'm more likely to increase my margin for safety by limiting time outside and...
01-07-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,378
Posted By gecho

The heating rope is 3 mm carbon fiber, that I got...

The heating rope is 3 mm carbon fiber, that I got from https://www.carbonheater.us/ . The minimum order size / cost definitely makes it more expensive that a premade heating pad.

The rope is made...
01-07-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,282
Posted By gecho

Ponded water that freezes is super hard studs...

Ponded water that freezes is super hard studs will scratch it but not get much grip. I encounter that mostly when riding on a creek and going under a bridge that keeps the ice clear of snow. Also a...
01-01-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,460
Posted By gecho

I was out in misty fog several years back, but...

I was out in misty fog several years back, but wasn't too cold. Frost builds up on the leading edge of anything that moves, or the fog blows against. Makes for great looking frosty trees....
01-01-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,460
Posted By gecho

There are 3 ponds in town that I haven't ridden...

There are 3 ponds in town that I haven't ridden across, I'll have to try to get that in this winter. There are close together but far from here so I may load up the fat bike and do all 3 at once.
...
12-31-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,378
Posted By gecho

The one's I'm using are a bit of a hack. I...

The one's I'm using are a bit of a hack. I originally bought them as heated socks which came with 2 removable pads in each sock. The pads didn't go under the toes so I just taped them to my insoles...
12-23-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,470
Posted By gecho

I actively try not to look at anyone's face or...

I actively try not to look at anyone's face or even in their direction while using my helmet light. It feels awkward, so I can see how people not giving it a second though constantly blind everyone...
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