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01-27-23, 06:22 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,579
Posted By gecho

Yesterday we got 5 cm of wet snow after which it...

Yesterday we got 5 cm of wet snow after which it got up to +4C making a huge wet mess, then it got cold last night. I was pleasantly surprised when I went out today, lots of ice but the stud friendly...
01-19-23, 08:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,579
Posted By gecho

It has been foggy and misty here a lot lately....

It has been foggy and misty here a lot lately. Two rides this week where the mist kept landing on my glasses, one where the mist instantly froze into an icy layer which was very annoying. The trees...
01-11-23, 04:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,579
Posted By gecho

Someone asked me what model the chain was so I...

Someone asked me what model the chain was so I went to my Amazon order history. Clicking on the listing I looked at the reviews: counterfeit, fake, counterfeit, .... Mystery solved. Yet Amazon...
01-11-23, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1,376
Views: 505,531
Posted By gecho

It conveniently warmed up to 0C on the day I...

It conveniently warmed up to 0C on the day I needed to replace my chain and bottom bracket. All the snow melted off while I was working.

The plastic sleeves in Shimano MT800 bottom brackets are...
01-09-23, 05:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,579
Posted By gecho

I broke the chain on a fat bike group ride last...

I broke the chain on a fat bike group ride last fall and an LBS mechanic showed me the quick way to engage a stubborn quick link. Hold the rear brake and give the pedal a kick.

While I was riding...
01-02-23, 10:16 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,579
Posted By gecho

We got enough snow that the side streets aren't...

We got enough snow that the side streets aren't packing down anywhere there is a moderate amount of traffic. Lots of loose snow in the intersections which makes changing directions a challenge. I've...
12-23-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,056
Posted By gecho

I'm sitting at 3 rides in all of December. It...

I'm sitting at 3 rides in all of December. It will have been 2 week since I rode by the time the weather is decent enough to ride again. Way too much -30C in December, January better be nice to make...
12-01-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,056
Posted By gecho

We just repacked the fat bike trails last night...

We just repacked the fat bike trails last night and now they are calling for up to 8 inches of snow overnight. I might be able to squeeze in a ride today before everything get buried.
11-28-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 949
Posted By gecho

I love night riding and winter gives me a lot...

I love night riding and winter gives me a lot more opportunities to do it. With snow I find I rarely need to run my lights on anything but low (though low is 800 lumens). Definitely need a helmet...
11-25-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,056
Posted By gecho

When the weather looks awful, I look at the...

When the weather looks awful, I look at the hourly forecast. Got out early today to beat the heat / wind. Over the past few days most of the brown slushy snow just sort of vanished. I think it melted...
11-15-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,056
Posted By gecho

The local fat bike crew got our trail loop...

The local fat bike crew got our trail loop snowshoed out last week. Its broken into 8 segments and we throw about 20 people at it in parallel and get it groomed in about an hour. We had enough snow...
10-25-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By gecho

I find the worst is when you have a prolonged...

I find the worst is when you have a prolonged cold period before it snows. Snow slows you down and increases your exertion, so you have more heat and less wind chill. Rolling resistance is one factor...
10-24-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,026
Posted By gecho

Slushy mess from yesterday's snow, so I'll give...

Slushy mess from yesterday's snow, so I'll give it a day or two to melt before I go ride again.

With wintery weather returning I'm contemplating my clothing options. I'm found myself wanting a...
10-16-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,026
Posted By gecho

The switch to cold is about a week out for us....

The switch to cold is about a week out for us. Decent the upcoming week, then just above freezing after that, maybe even a little wet snow. Pulled the fat bike out of hibernation and did some...
09-18-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,026
Posted By gecho

I like weather where I don't need to wear a...

I like weather where I don't need to wear a balaclava. Fall can be difficult to dress for. I mostly do evening rides which start off warm, then the temperature can crash as soon as the sun goes down....
09-09-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,278
Posted By gecho

I'm probably going to have to wear tights and a...

I'm probably going to have to wear tights and a jacket for tonight's ride. Also have to cover over the tomato plants due to a frost warning.
08-10-22, 12:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 919
Posted By gecho

These are the ones I ordered....

These are the ones I ordered. https://www.mec.ca/en/product/6007-321/attack-bib-shorts

I ordered them in 2020, then didn't start using them until last year. My apprehension over the chamois had me...
08-08-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 919
Posted By gecho

I was leery when I got a pair of the new style PI...

I was leery when I got a pair of the new style PI bibs. The chamois is flat instead of shaped and is much lighter overall. But I found them to be just as good as the old ones. I didn't notice any...
05-19-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,108
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...
04-30-22, 05:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
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: 1,786
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...
04-17-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
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.
...
04-16-22, 09:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
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: 1,786
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...
04-07-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
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...
03-31-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,737
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: 1,857
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...
03-25-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,786
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....
03-22-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
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: 3,377
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: 1,290
Posted By gecho

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

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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: 3,377
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: 3,377
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: 3,377
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: 1,290
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: 1,290
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: 3,377
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: 1,228
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: 62
Views: 5,278
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...
02-26-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,613
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: 62
Views: 5,278
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: 62
Views: 5,278
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: 62
Views: 5,278
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: 62
Views: 5,278
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: 4,806
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, 12:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 10,080
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: 6,374
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....
12-31-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,865
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: 1,585
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...
12-23-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,865
Posted By gecho

I usually charge them well before the next ride....

I usually charge them well before the next ride. If the packs are really cold I'll let them warm up first.
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