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11-28-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 722
Posted By gecho

Breaking that kind of ice is satisfying, but you...

Breaking that kind of ice is satisfying, but you need to do it with caution. After you break through, the ice pushes against both sides of the rim affecting handling. If the ice is somewhat thick...
11-26-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 722
Posted By gecho

A side benefit of switching to my Edge 800 is...

A side benefit of switching to my Edge 800 is accurate gps traces. I can't believe how much worse the accuracy is of current generation Garmins compared to one 3 generations old. I'll do multiple...
11-22-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 722
Posted By gecho

One of my Ice Spiker Pro tires has a folding bead...

One of my Ice Spiker Pro tires has a folding bead BUT its also tubeless ready which negates the folding being easier to mount thing.
11-22-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By gecho

I found there seems to be no benefit to running...

I found there seems to be no benefit to running marathon winter tires at a lower pressure. The sidewalls are quite thick and stiff so running them lower seems to just rob you of power rather than...
11-21-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 722
Posted By gecho

I put the studded tires back on my mountain bike...

I put the studded tires back on my mountain bike last weekend. I broke a tire lever while removing the super tight cheap Kenda tires I had on it. Those tires are awful and will not be going back on,...
11-14-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 710
Posted By gecho

Adding to the list of things I forget every year....

Adding to the list of things I forget every year.

First snow = Fun!
Second snow = OMG I can't tell where the ice is anymore!

Today was icy while I was out on the mountain bike. As I was...
11-05-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 710
Posted By gecho

I have a way of forgetting how to dress for the...

I have a way of forgetting how to dress for the cold during the summer. I should consolidate the notes I've made. They are strewn throughout my Excel ride log over multiple years.

For clothing...
11-04-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,357
Posted By gecho

I improved and simplified the design of my heated...

I improved and simplified the design of my heated glove tutorial. The wire to carbon connection was the weak point in the old design. I came up with a method to make the connection much stronger and...
11-02-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,249
Posted By gecho

When it gets below freezing I switch to boots,...

When it gets below freezing I switch to boots, but in 0 - 5C I layer up over my shoes. 5 - 10C I'll wear my Gore-Tex shoe covers. I try to maintain space inside my shoes, any time I double sock...
10-30-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By gecho

My shells aren't big enough for a middle layer,...

My shells aren't big enough for a middle layer, though I have a wide scarf I wrap around my stomach. Last year I had the scarf shortened and added velcro so I don't need to knot it anymore. An extra...
10-10-21, 10:59 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,209
Posted By gecho

Some pre-season maintenance on the fat bike...

Some pre-season maintenance on the fat bike today. Put a saddle on it that gets shared with a summer bike. Lowered the seatpost to summer shoe height as I don't need my boots yet. Unseized the front...
09-18-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,390
Posted By gecho

I leave my Garmin on the map display most of the...

I leave my Garmin on the map display most of the time when riding in the city. I found having segments displayed was distracting / cluttering so I turned that off right away. I really wish the Garmin...
09-16-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,390
Posted By gecho

Hating Strava is a kind of virtue signaling. Like...

Hating Strava is a kind of virtue signaling. Like the people that say they never shop at Walmart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=repxFQXVsHc
09-16-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,390
Posted By gecho

For a while Wandrer.earth which pulls its data...

For a while Wandrer.earth which pulls its data from Strava was a big motivation for me. But then I finished riding every road an unreasonable distance from home.

Filling in a heatmap each year...
06-20-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,869
Posted By gecho

I carry a chain tool. I've let other people use...

I carry a chain tool. I've let other people use it but have never needed to use it myself on a ride. When my chains have decided to break it has always been at a quick link.
06-20-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 783
Posted By gecho

It looks like the frame uses rivnuts, definitely...

It looks like the frame uses rivnuts, definitely doesn't look like a welled on fitting. Might be able to just get a new one squeezed in once the hole is cleared.
06-08-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,879
Posted By gecho

I've unintentionally chased clouds only because...

I've unintentionally chased clouds only because they were going the same direction I was. Last week I was chasing a rain cloud and hoped I wasn't going to catch up.

I had thunder cell run a nearly...
04-26-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

April was a real dud weather-wise, we had more...

April was a real dud weather-wise, we had more warm days in March. At least the forecast is double digit Celsius going forward with tonight the last below freezing low, with some no-jacket days...
04-20-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

Its depressing that the temperature is just above...

Its depressing that the temperature is just above freezing, yet I need to wear sunscreen if I ride during the day. I can't get away without sunscreen very long when the UV index is over 4.
04-14-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

We ended up with a fairly good dump of snow. I...

We ended up with a fairly good dump of snow. I was going to take the fat bike out, but there would likely have been a lot of slush and there is no point destroying another bottom bracket for one last...
04-10-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

It got up to 20C twice in the past week, 15C for...

It got up to 20C twice in the past week, 15C for today. Now there is snow in the forecast for the next 3 days, upwards of 20 cm. After today, below freezing until next Thursday. I may need to pull...
03-29-21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,017
Posted By gecho

Dang near everything is out of stock at MEC in...

Dang near everything is out of stock at MEC in the leadup and aftermath of their bankruptcy / takeover.
03-29-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

After 18C yesterday we are in for one last blast...

After 18C yesterday we are in for one last blast of winter tonight. Up to 10 cm of snow and 100 km/h winds. Tomorrow looks miserable. Warm Wednesday onwards. Maybe I'll get one more fat bike ride in...
03-23-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,492
Posted By gecho

A few weeks back I had a 17 km/h crash on packed...

A few weeks back I had a 17 km/h crash on packed snow, definitely the fastest crash I've ever had. The snow had been super grippy with studs so I'm not quite sure what caused it. My guess is that...
03-20-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

We had a surprise 70F day yesterday. Back to just...

We had a surprise 70F day yesterday. Back to just above freezing highs most of next week. Took the studded tires off my mtb yesterday since most of the ice is gone. Bought some cheap tires since 26"...
03-10-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

Most of the snow missed us, which is good because...

Most of the snow missed us, which is good because the forecast had bumped the total up to 15 cm. It was the fast melting type of snow, I shoveled the driveway after the first wave, and even though...
03-07-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

Sudden forecast change. 8C tomorrow, then upwards...

Sudden forecast change. 8C tomorrow, then upwards of 10cm of snow tomorrow night through Tuesday. Will keep things wet for a while. 14 day forecast shows more next week, but that forecast is never...
03-06-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

Just 41 here today and it was enough to be very...

Just 41 here today and it was enough to be very sloppy. The bike gets so dirty and sandy during the melting days that it needs more cleaning after every ride than I care for.

I load a pump up...
03-04-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 730
Posted By gecho

Lucas Brunelle isn't your average cyclist. He...

Lucas Brunelle isn't your average cyclist. He has videos on his channel of hanging onto car wheel wells at highway speeds.
03-04-21, 02:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,632
Posted By gecho

Some warm weather this week so I'm going to do my...

Some warm weather this week so I'm going to do my first non-fat bike ride since November 7th. Studded mtb tomorrow, and gravel on the non-studded cross bike Friday / Saturday. Main streets are...
01-26-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,732
Posted By gecho

Its made by Helly Hansen and I got it several...

Its made by Helly Hansen and I got it several years ago. I looked on their website and I don't see it. When I do a search on google I get HH LIFA Active Mesh but when I click through there are no...
01-23-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,732
Posted By gecho

One of my favorite baselayer shirts for down to...

One of my favorite baselayer shirts for down to around -8C is mesh on the back.

One of these years someone will invent super materials where the properties can change on the fly. Fabric where the...
01-21-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,581
Posted By gecho

I discovered the Pro was discontinued right...

I discovered the Pro was discontinued right around the time I realized it was the only saddle I've ever really liked. The two of mine have been fantastic, and I wanted to get a few more. The B17 is...
01-21-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,231
Posted By gecho

This season has been unusually warm so far, with...

This season has been unusually warm so far, with many days around -5C. I've seen tons of people out riding fat bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, cross bikes in the snow. The amusing thing is that the...
12-20-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 31,106
Posted By gecho

Some of the carpet tape near the cuff came loose....

Some of the carpet tape near the cuff came loose. I'll have to drill some tiny holes in the plastic and sew it at that location instead. I'll probably also add attachment points at the inner bend to...
12-19-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,712
Posted By gecho

Ice Spiker Pro is available in 27.5 x 2.6. If I...

Ice Spiker Pro is available in 27.5 x 2.6. If I was forced to consolidate my fat / mountain bike I'd probably end up with a 27.5+ bike.
12-18-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 31,106
Posted By gecho

I was thinking of getting better bar mitts this...

I was thinking of getting better bar mitts this winter, but 2020 has been the year of "out of stock". So I set about addressing the main issue I have with my Rockbros handlebar mitts, specifically...
11-06-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,266
Posted By gecho

Personally I think you would be safer riding with...

Personally I think you would be safer riding with lower exertion in the cold (though I don't). I say low exertion rather than low speed because on my fat bike I can be riding hard and not going very...
11-03-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,836
Posted By gecho

If the forecast holds we could see the biggest...

If the forecast holds we could see the biggest snow dump in 7 years on Sunday, 30+ cm. It will be too much to break trail through. But it will give me a chance to go snowshoeing as there hasn't been...
10-20-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,667
Posted By gecho

We got some snow today but I waited too long and...

We got some snow today but I waited too long and it melted at which point I wasn't in the mood to go for a cold wet ride. Around here its like November showed up 3 weeks early. Well below seasonal...
09-28-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By gecho

I've had my Edge 830 a few months now and I'm...

I've had my Edge 830 a few months now and I'm always surprised how fast it starts. I usually hit the power button before punching the code into the garage door keypad to close it and the computer is...
09-27-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,130
Posted By gecho

I think you have to look at not just cadence but...

I think you have to look at not just cadence but wattage. When out with very slow riders I have to lower my cadence to around 70 or less (or handicap myself with a less efficient bike). High...
09-13-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,453
Posted By gecho

A guy I know bought a used steel fat bike. He...

A guy I know bought a used steel fat bike. He needed to use lye to dissolve the old seat post to get it out.
08-14-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,740
Posted By gecho

Tubeless ready Ice Spiker Pro on a tubeless rim,...

Tubeless ready Ice Spiker Pro on a tubeless rim, super tight, always a struggle. I don't use tubeless just happened to buy both separately on sale.
07-21-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,705
Posted By gecho

Heavy equipment like that can utterly destroy an...

Heavy equipment like that can utterly destroy an MUP. They generally weren't excavated deep enough, don't have as much road base or layers of asphalt as a regular road. Contractors doing work here...
07-15-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,843
Posted By gecho

I'd been using bibs only for about 5 years and...

I'd been using bibs only for about 5 years and recent went back to shorts. Late winter I suddenly developed a contact dermatitis reaction to the bibs I've been using the past few years.

What I...
07-03-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 20,037
Posted By gecho

My biggest Garmin problem at the moment doesn't...

My biggest Garmin problem at the moment doesn't even have anything to do with the Garmin itself.

The Garmin Express program causes my Windows 10 CPU usage to continuously alternate between 0 and...
06-27-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 20,037
Posted By gecho

After a few rides with the 830 I decided to tweak...

After a few rides with the 830 I decided to tweak my custom map style to improve visibility on the higher resolution screen. I bumped up all my road widths by 1, and increased the icon size for some...
06-26-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,455
Posted By gecho

You don't have to setup separate profiles to use...

You don't have to setup separate profiles to use sensors like on the old Garmin units. Just add all your sensors and the Garmin will connect to whatever ones are active. If you go into the Sensors...
06-23-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,101
Posted By gecho

I have a cavernous trunk bag, so I use a 2L...

I have a cavernous trunk bag, so I use a 2L Platypus Water Tank to refill my bottles. It holds nearly 3 bottles worth of extra water, though I often put less in it. Once its empty it folds flat. ...
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