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02-13-24, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By gecho

I find I'm better on the narrow paths if I keep...

I find I'm better on the narrow paths if I keep the bike in a higher gear with a low cadence. Of course that leaves me at risk of immediately bogging down should I encounter a soft spot. A lot of...
02-04-24, 03:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,447
Posted By gecho

I use my Trek touring bike a lot, when I switch...

I use my Trek touring bike a lot, when I switch to my road bike I'll instinctively reach for bar end shifters even though that bike has STIs. It can happen on my flat bar bikes too as I have a mix of...
01-21-24, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,516
Posted By gecho

An extended arctic blast has finally ended. 16...

An extended arctic blast has finally ended. 16 days in a row with no riding and temperatures as low as -30C with a -50C wind chill, yesterday was warmer but the 60 km/h wind kept me inside. Today was...
12-31-23, 05:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,516
Posted By gecho

Towards the end of next week we are supposed to...

Towards the end of next week we are supposed to start getting normal winter temperatures. Still no snow in the forecast. I find -15C less tolerable when there isn't any snow.
12-08-23, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,138
Posted By gecho

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Pricey but given the price of studded fat bike tires it has probably saved me...
12-07-23, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,138
Posted By gecho

The rubber wears much faster than the studs. With...

The rubber wears much faster than the studs. With my Ice Spiker Pros when the rubber is too worn the studs will snap off, and if you replace them those will snap off too. The center row of studs on...
11-29-23, 05:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,673
Posted By gecho

I opted for a different kind of chemical toe...

I opted for a different kind of chemical toe warmer. I ditched the individual 7.4V battery packs for each boot and run both off a single higher voltage battery now. The controller with the "In Out"...
11-21-23, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,453
Posted By gecho

It has been staying very mild lately. Combined...

It has been staying very mild lately. Combined with 2 large snowfalls earlier in the month the ground is wet, and won't dry out. So early morning cold means firm dirt, and afternoon warmth means mud....
11-04-23, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,075
Posted By gecho

I looked at my front studded tire and its in...

I looked at my front studded tire and its in pretty rough shape. Once the rubber wears down the studs start snapping off. The center row of studs on my Ice Spiker are all gone, the two inners rows...
10-29-23, 12:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By gecho

My hands are really bad in the cold. The DIY...

My hands are really bad in the cold. The DIY heated gloves that I've been using the past 2 seasons have made riding so much more enjoyable. They keep my hands warm enough I skipped pogies last year....
10-25-23, 12:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By gecho

Whew, 4 inches of snow we got yesterday, the wet...

Whew, 4 inches of snow we got yesterday, the wet stuff. Then it dropped to -10C overnight so it is icy everywhere. I'm still getting my winter stuff ready so I might not go for a ride until tomorrow....
10-19-23, 05:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By gecho

The forecast has some below freezing daytime...

The forecast has some below freezing daytime highs next week. One forecast even shows snow. Time to dig out my warmer gloves.
10-16-23, 08:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By gecho

I've been wearing some of my winter gear for the...

I've been wearing some of my winter gear for the past week, with temperatures below 10C. Without the extra exertion from snow I need to dress warmer than I would normally in the winter. Warmer this...
09-28-23, 08:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,327
Posted By gecho

I'd put it on the front since loss of traction in...

I'd put it on the front since loss of traction in the front much more dangerous than in the rear. In practice both tires probably perform very similarly. Even with studs I try not to lean much when...
04-26-23, 07:46 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

Removed a few pounds of rotational mass ... from...

Removed a few pounds of rotational mass ... from my feet. Switching from boots back to my summer shoes tomorrow. Going to start planting the cold tolerant stuff in the vegetable garden next week, so...
04-21-23, 01:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,769
Posted By gecho

Had to push a few times today. It's melting...

Had to push a few times today. It's melting quickly on the roads now. Maybe 2 days before I can switch back to the mountain bike.
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04-19-23, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,647
Posted By gecho

It was definitely studded tire conditions this...

It was definitely studded tire conditions this evening when the snow stopped. As the temperature dropped the slush quickly became a soft ice. I was going to ride in the park to avoid the slush, but...
04-18-23, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,769
Posted By gecho

Storm coming in tonight that could drop as much...

Storm coming in tonight that could drop as much as 8 - 10" of snow by Thursday. But we have a weather shield so there is an off chance the system will split in two and go around the city which...
04-16-23, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,647
Posted By gecho

Snow forecast for Wednesday has been bumped up to...

Snow forecast for Wednesday has been bumped up to 4"+ . I may have to schedule that as a rest day, though my fat bike is still in the garage ready to go, but I did clean the drivetrain in...
04-09-23, 11:12 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

It was windy all day yesterday so I went for an...

It was windy all day yesterday so I went for an evening ride. Which reminded me of why I prefer morning rides this time of year. Big puddles everywhere, what packed snow that remains softened up...
04-05-23, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,487
Posted By gecho

One of my favorite thin ice videos. ...

One of my favorite thin ice videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3O9vNi-dkA

Lucas might have a few tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fb34bkXRG8 ...
04-04-23, 04:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,487
Posted By gecho

I went through here yesterday. The ice started...

I went through here yesterday. The ice started breaking on the far side so I decided to get off and walk. The ice was much thinner on this side, but I hugged the wall and make it through dragging my...
04-03-23, 05:29 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

Really wet and sloppy the past 2 days. We got...

Really wet and sloppy the past 2 days. We got just enough fresh snow to make a mess, so I had to spray down my bike after the last 2 rides. It was colder when I was cleaning today so when I switched...
03-25-23, 03:47 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

A rolling bike gathers much ice. Sub-freezing...

A rolling bike gathers much ice. Sub-freezing temperatures and wet roads from solar heating causes the spray to freeze when it hits the bike. RD cage encased in ice and several big icicles. FD cable...
03-24-23, 04:13 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

One nice thing about the cold time of year is...

One nice thing about the cold time of year is being able to go for a 3 hour ride without sweating or needing to drink water. Nearly every ride lately I'll not even touch my water. I usually leave the...
03-19-23, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,769
Posted By gecho

It hasn't snowed much here since Christmas but we...

It hasn't snowed much here since Christmas but we still have tons of snow because that's the way winter works on the prairie. Its been staying well below freezing but at least its been nice and...
03-14-23, 03:38 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

Winter just doesn't want to let go here. Well...

Winter just doesn't want to let go here. Well below freezing and strong winds the past few days. Yesterday most of the front of my balaclava went stiff from icing up. I got out early today before the...
03-11-23, 10:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,285
Posted By gecho

We only got about 1/4 of what was forecast with...

We only got about 1/4 of what was forecast with last night's snow. I'm happy about that since I'll be able to keep on riding my mountain bike instead of switching back to the fat bike. Though I might...
03-11-23, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,684
Posted By gecho

It doesn't take much snow on top of ice before...

It doesn't take much snow on top of ice before the studs no longer make contact with the ice. I found Marathon Winter tires really bad for that. The Ice Spikers I'm using now have much deeper lugs so...
03-06-23, 07:26 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

There is so much ice around at the moment. Most...

There is so much ice around at the moment. Most of the side streets and alleys are 100% ice. Though condition of the ice varies considerably, some of it being even and grippy, others with deep ruts,...
03-02-23, 04:13 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,463
Posted By gecho

I took my mountain bike out for the first time...

I took my mountain bike out for the first time since November 5th. So much bare pavement around there's not much call for the fat bike at the moment. Now I can go faster and further again which is...
02-27-23, 03:10 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 15,880
Posted By gecho

I find shoulders on bridges are typically...

I find shoulders on bridges are typically unrideable spaces. On a highway debris gets kicked on into the grass by vehicle tires. On bridges the debris bounces off the wall and collects in the...
02-24-23, 05:37 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 16,661
Posted By gecho

Strange to start a troll thread just to let...

Strange to start a troll thread just to let people know you prefer flat bars.
02-24-23, 03:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,777
Posted By gecho

I went to put the studded tires on my mountain...

I went to put the studded tires on my mountain bike today and noticed the one I had been using in the rear is in rough shape. The rubber has worn down enough that the studs take a real beating from...
02-16-23, 03:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,933
Posted By gecho

I'll probably end up riding this evening. It's...

I'll probably end up riding this evening. It's one of those days where it is going to warm up overnight. It was -22C this morning and should be -8C or warmer this evening, though the wind is going to...
02-11-23, 08:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,042
Posted By gecho

We continue to have well above normal...

We continue to have well above normal temperatures, but the huge dump of snow we got before Christmas continues to hang on. Most of the arterial streets are melted down to bare pavement. Side streets...
02-07-23, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,777
Posted By gecho

I bought my Bontrager Gnarwhal tire studless and...

I bought my Bontrager Gnarwhal tire studless and fully populated the pockets with studs salvaged from worn out marathon winter tires. Hard on the hands.
01-27-23, 06:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,042
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: 78
Views: 5,042
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: 78
Views: 5,042
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: 1,384
Views: 533,327
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: 78
Views: 5,042
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: 78
Views: 5,042
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: 22
Views: 3,397
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: 22
Views: 3,397
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: 50
Views: 3,933
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: 22
Views: 3,397
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: 22
Views: 3,397
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: 668
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: 2,055
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...
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