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07-03-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,776
Posted By parkbrav

Quiet Morning with low traffic, so I decided to...

Quiet Morning with low traffic, so I decided to take advantage with a 18 mile fun ride for exercise.

I decided to visit the world famous Wilmington Apple Monument, dedicated to the first butter...
04-02-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,336
Posted By parkbrav

I just took the studs off. Only took 45 minutes....

I just took the studs off. Only took 45 minutes. The rear winter tire needed a visit with Professor WD-40. Other than that, they slid right on. Very Psyched for some summer riding!
03-26-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,776
Posted By parkbrav

3rd fun ride of the week, trying to lose some...

3rd fun ride of the week, trying to lose some weight so I thought I'd grab some exercise.

At a straightway in a rural area, an area in which I clearly had right-of-way, car #1 comes accelerating...
03-26-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,776
Posted By parkbrav

I was out for another "fun ride" last night and I...

I was out for another "fun ride" last night and I noticed that some baby trees and shrubs are already sprouting green leaves up here in NW Boston. Not to brag or anything. March 25th. Early Spring!
03-23-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,776
Posted By parkbrav

Yesterday, I took your advice and went for a "fun...

Yesterday, I took your advice and went for a "fun ride" after work, to enjoy the nice weather and extra daylight.

When cycling on Route 38 area, I came across a small "rafter" (flock) of 4 female...
03-02-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,248
Posted By parkbrav

The meteorological seasons are defined by the...

The meteorological seasons are defined by the calendar months. So, literally, the passage of time defines the meteorological seasons.

Meteorological Winter: defined as December, January and...
03-01-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,696
Posted By parkbrav

Well it's a winter cycling thread in the sense...

Well it's a winter cycling thread in the sense that the traffic cones were set up to protect winter cyclists especially during the unique winter darkness.

And the vandalism resulted in the...
03-01-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,248
Posted By parkbrav

Well, Mr. Zip, the calendar said so. Today is the...

Well, Mr. Zip, the calendar said so. Today is the first day of Meteorological Spring. But it sure does seem a lot like Winter still!

cue Pat Metheny's track "Spring Ain't Here" - and yes I did...
02-16-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,246
Posted By parkbrav

we have the melodious love song of the chickadee...

we have the melodious love song of the chickadee this morning up here in Route 38
02-16-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,348
Posted By parkbrav

It's so cold the North Wind has gone South for...

It's so cold the North Wind has gone South for the winter!
02-13-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 862
Posted By parkbrav

Brief Editorial on Car Ownership

Soap box moment: any one check out the current price of gasoline in your city and then remember that you bike all year?
02-12-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,348
Posted By parkbrav

I love the comment about thinner ice this year. I...

I love the comment about thinner ice this year. I heard the same to be true here in the northeast.

I did see one weekend of pond hockey after a particularly cold "cold-snap." But one weekend is...
02-06-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,246
Posted By parkbrav

Gotta "love" those ice/sleet/slush storms, RR....

Gotta "love" those ice/sleet/slush storms, RR. And we're getting at least one more on Monday, possibly another on Tuesday.

But these rest of the week will be in the 40s and Wednesday will be sunny
02-06-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,246
Posted By parkbrav

Yep, we currently have about 10 hours of daylight...

Yep, we currently have about 10 hours of daylight here in the northeast. Since the birds like 10 hours of daylight minimum, it may be just a matter of time until the birds start returning. I mean...
02-01-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,881
Posted By parkbrav

I sure do, RumRun! I was watching Channel 5 when...

I sure do, RumRun! I was watching Channel 5 when one of the reporters stationed out in Brockton had so much sleet and wind that she had to put the snow goggles on!

And Brockton/Stoughton ended up...
01-28-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,881
Posted By parkbrav

Winter Storm Kenan - New England

We're expecting a historic snowfall this evening into tomorrow. Predictions of 12+ inches of snow with high winds from the Northeast.

As far south as Rhode Island and as far north as Maine.

I...
01-07-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,058
Posted By parkbrav

* Summer * Tires

I'm already in the market for new summer tires. I'm looking at the Schwalbe Marathon, anti-puncture, reflective stripe.

More about me: Boston suburbs, on-road cyclist, Trek FX commuter hybrid.
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01-07-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,507
Posted By parkbrav

I have 3 AA batteries/each for the...

I have 3 AA batteries/each for the Monkey-Electric bike lights. I use the lithium strength batteries and I only need to replace them once a year.

Almost everything else I have - front light, rear...
01-01-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,935
Posted By parkbrav

Thanks everyone! I took your advice, I put the...

Thanks everyone! I took your advice, I put the studs on ... myself this year :eek: !!! with a $$$ ton of savings. If it works, it's a Christmas miracle.

So I just wanted to say thanks to...
04-16-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,879
Posted By parkbrav

9:15am April 16 here, Boston got .75 inches of...

9:15am April 16 here, Boston got .75 inches of rain over night and now my area NW of Boston is getting heavy wet snow showers (that ARE accumulating)!

This is why I keep those winter tires on well...
03-23-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 652
Posted By parkbrav

early spring riding, meh? 2021 style

50s and 60s out here in Boston. I see no snow and I see bulbs poking through!

Anyone else see a few signs of an early spring?
11-27-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 16,203
Posted By parkbrav

Studs and keep your feet parallel to the ground...

Studs and keep your feet parallel to the ground when anticipating the ice. I tend to keep my feet moving most of the time in anticipation of ice
11-16-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,904
Posted By parkbrav

The Weather channel is predicting La Nina weather...

The Weather channel is predicting La Nina weather patterns this winter - cold and wet for the north.

It's also predicting "much warmer than normal" temperatures for much of the east and north east...
11-15-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,904
Posted By parkbrav

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So This was the third consecutive weekend that I went cycling for...
11-06-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,391
Posted By parkbrav

I can't say for sure. But I know that my limit is...

I can't say for sure. But I know that my limit is 1 hour in 15F/-10C temperatures with goggles on. At that point, my eyes start freezing shut even wearing the goggles
11-02-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,904
Posted By parkbrav

great video Zip!!! I checked out the local...

great video Zip!!!

I checked out the local bike path yesterday. Most of the snow melted, except there was a small section of frozen slush near the highway overpass. I had the studs on but I still...
10-30-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,904
Posted By parkbrav

Early Winter in New England

Boston is getting clipped by Tropical Storm Zeta, which of course collided with the cold Canadian air that's besetting us this week. So, we got an inch of rain yesterday and now today we're getting...
05-09-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,095
Posted By parkbrav

May 9th and what can only be described as a freak...

May 9th and what can only be described as a freak round of cold Arctic air and non-accumulating snow showers up here in Rt 38 Boston. With a "cold snap" into the mid 40s by day, low 30s by night.
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04-18-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,095
Posted By parkbrav

April 18th here, Boston is getting a "coating to...

April 18th here, Boston is getting a "coating to 6 inches" of heavy wet snow flakes. Here in my neck of the woods, it is accumulating (slightly) on the grass and melting on contact with the pavement....
03-25-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,849
Posted By parkbrav

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look...

yeah, thanks dude. I went to the Take-A-Look website https://takealookactive.com/instructions/ and got it to work. Agree, it will need some duct or electrical tape as my safety glasses don't support...
03-16-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,774
Posted By parkbrav

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in...

We have blossoming American Elm trees here in Metro North Boston - expected snow showers tomorrow morning but will warm up to the 50s tomorrow afternoon
03-05-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,493
Posted By parkbrav

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a...

Hahahaha, In my opinion, coming from a 12-month-a-year commuting cyclist (until I get a car), we were spared! :thumb: I think St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, who is technically NOT a...
02-28-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,493
Posted By parkbrav

Dates to Note March 1 - First day of...

Dates to Note

March 1 - First day of "Meteorological Spring" (Defined as: March, April, May)
March 8 - Daylight Savings (Spring Ahead)
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March 18 - "Last Full...
02-26-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,850
Posted By parkbrav

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the...

It's being reported that "Boston, MA" had the second lowest snow fall totals ever - 15.1 inches all winter
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02-26-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,850
Posted By parkbrav

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm...

Yep. Good one. Well, it did rain quite a lot! I'm sure that rain could have been snow...;) Weather Channel predicted quite a lot of "snow shower" events that turned out to be rain
02-25-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,848
Posted By parkbrav

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got...

Echoing RumRunn, but adding the following. We got lucky this year. But the warm winters can be dangerous because they can increase the prevalence of ice storms. The ice storms often start as rain (or...
02-19-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,493
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston...

Yeah, I'm still not seeing anything in the Boston forecast, other than some lower temperatures, and the "10 day" now extends all the way into March 3
02-13-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,493
Posted By parkbrav

They did say parts of the country were going to...

They did say parts of the country were going to "buck the trend." Another example was Northeast Maine.

We're lucky to get into the 40s here in the Metro Boston area, although 50s are not out of...
01-31-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,015
Posted By parkbrav

Hope you get better soon Zipp, in time for all...

Hope you get better soon Zipp, in time for all the fun we're going to have (what's left of) this winter!
01-28-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,493
Posted By parkbrav

Hey, we're about 52 days until the official start...

Hey, we're about 52 days until the official start of spring (note leap year on February 29 this year), and here on Route 38 North (Metro-North Boston) we've gotten about 13 inches of snow, most of...
01-28-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,004
Posted By parkbrav

I also have a Columbia rain jacket. I rave about...

I also have a Columbia rain jacket. I rave about it. It is light-weight and also does a very good job of keeping me dry
01-22-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,004
Posted By parkbrav

You're in luck, Perl Izumi is having a Clearance...

You're in luck, Perl Izumi is having a Clearance sale on everything. If buying P-I, I suggest buying the next size up because they run a bit small...
01-21-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By parkbrav

The other day I mentioned the Red and White Reese...

The other day I mentioned the Red and White Reese Reflective Strips from Lowes:

Reese Reflective Strips https://www.lowes.com/pd/Reese-Refle...trips/50437674...
01-16-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 16,232
Posted By parkbrav

I tried out the dry-guy boot covers in "light...

I tried out the dry-guy boot covers in "light rain" this morning. They kept my Waterproof hiking boots bone-dry for the course of the 15 minute commute. I am planning to use them again this winter.
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01-14-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,654
Posted By parkbrav

According to the Weather Channel, North-East...

According to the Weather Channel, North-East blizzards on average start "peaking" now (January 14-31), and reach an apex around Feb 1-14
...
01-14-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,961
Posted By parkbrav

Still waiting for winter to arrive. It's supposed...

Still waiting for winter to arrive. It's supposed to get real cold next week

Love the zebras!
01-11-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By parkbrav

Yeah, actually, a few cars behind me slowed down...

Yeah, actually, a few cars behind me slowed down and a few cars ahead of me were waving me ahead, so I think they saw me at least.
01-10-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By parkbrav

I did quite a few searches and kept getting...

I did quite a few searches and kept getting directed to cheap-o products on Amazon.

I then perused the user comments of products available on Amazon. One didn't stick to metal. Another wasn't very...
01-10-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By parkbrav

We'll see! Well, it just has to stay on for the...

We'll see! Well, it just has to stay on for the winter, I'm short-term thinking about this winter, as I'm starting to save up for the next big automotive adventure

Wow, did you see how much the...
01-10-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,567
Posted By parkbrav

Reflective Tape

In addition to the boot covers, my reflective tape arrived the other day. Tonight will be the first evening ride with the tape on my helmet and backpack. It will be interesting to see the results, if...
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