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Forum: Commuting
06-03-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 397
Posted By parkbrav

Perfect, thanks guys. You all just helped me...

Perfect, thanks guys. You all just helped me avoid making a costly mistake.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,770
Posted By parkbrav

15F or below motorists in my suburban Boston area...

15F or below motorists in my suburban Boston area will slow down next to me a shout discouragement e.g "it's too cold out for biking!"
Forum: Commuting
06-03-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 397
Posted By parkbrav

Bike Racks

Hi, I'm an experienced winter cyclist and I am active on the winter thread.

I'm just wondering, how easy would it be to remove a rear tire (to install winter/summer tires) once a bike rack is...
05-31-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By parkbrav

Wondering About the Implications of a Bike Rack

I'm considering installing a rear rack on the winter warrior.

I'm just wondering about the potential ramifications. For instance, does that limit my ability to remove & replace the rear tire in...
05-04-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By parkbrav

Fabric Softener can work but too much fabric...

Fabric Softener can work but too much fabric softener over time can destroy denim fibers, leading to ripped jeans in inconvenient places...;-)

Is the OP asking because he's riding a bicycle in...
04-04-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By parkbrav

Glad you're ok dude!

Glad you're ok dude!
04-02-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
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!
03-28-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,457
Posted By parkbrav

vroom vroom thump thump crunch crunch I saw...

vroom vroom thump thump crunch crunch

I saw that guy coming about 300 feet away and just knew he was going to blow past that stop sign.

I also pulled up that intersection on Google Maps - yep,...
03-26-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,457
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: 49
Views: 2,457
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: 49
Views: 2,457
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...
03-15-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 955
Posted By parkbrav

My doctor tells me, if you have an appointment,...

My doctor tells me, if you have an appointment, you should take the entire day.
03-15-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 955
Posted By parkbrav

Great thread, great idea. I am not "calling out...

Great thread, great idea. I am not "calling out sick" but I am using my "flex time" next week to go for a long ride
03-03-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,073
Posted By parkbrav

Hah true Daniel :) I think Meteorological...

Hah true Daniel :)

I think Meteorological seasons were just invented by weather forecasters for shorthand purposes.

Also, note that southern climates and northern climates will never agree as...
03-02-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,073
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, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,801
Posted By parkbrav

I only have one bike and I keep resolving to get...

I only have one bike and I keep resolving to get a second bike and dedicate "the tank" to winter cycling. but so far one is all I need
03-01-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
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: 1,073
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...
02-21-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Posted By parkbrav

When it goes through the city approval process,...

When it goes through the city approval process, random people don't just get to decide themselves. That's called vigilantism

It's one thing just to ignore a law; it's then another to take the law...
02-21-22, 05:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Posted By parkbrav

Prank or Vandalism? MassDOT Bike Lane Cones

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has released video of pranksters? or vandals? throwing over a bridge (the Harvard Bridge) traffic cones meant to protect a winter bike lane.
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02-16-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,055
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: 4,156
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: 700
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: 4,156
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...
02-12-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,055
Posted By parkbrav

I'm hearing about the lower temperatures up...

I'm hearing about the lower temperatures up north. We are getting re-freeze and water ponding over ice.

I can report that I see several flocks of Canada goose flying in from the south. But I have...
02-06-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,055
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: 3,055
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: 1,722
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...
01-31-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By parkbrav

Boston received some visitors over the weekend,...

Boston received some visitors over the weekend, including The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore and Good Morning America's Rob Marciano
01-31-22, 07:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
Posted By parkbrav

IDK why the Weather Channel names some storms but...

IDK why the Weather Channel names some storms but not others.

But this storm started in Winnipeg. It got blown by the jet stream down to Jacksonville FL. It then got squeezed by the cold air all...
01-28-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,722
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...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,362
Posted By parkbrav

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 12...

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a 12 month cyclist up here in Boston until I make that down payment on a car.

anyway, I just installed the winter tires. And I'm bargain hunting on new...
01-07-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,427
Posted By parkbrav

I have a pair of Adidas jogging pants that fit...

I have a pair of Adidas jogging pants that fit well. If it gets too cold, I go with the rain pants over the jogging pants. The rain pants don't vent well, but they do keep my lower core warm.
01-07-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 891
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.
...
01-07-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,332
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, 05:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,667
Posted By parkbrav

The first thing I was asked after I told my...

The first thing I was asked after I told my mechanic that I'm winter commuter was "where are your fenders?" Yes, it is possible to have fenders. You want to be careful not let the studs rub against...
01-01-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By parkbrav

Try the "Dry Guy" booties. They have adjustable...

Try the "Dry Guy" booties. They have adjustable velcro so you literally cannot break them just because of your boot size. And you can re-use them.

they are made for X-country skiing, but, same...
01-01-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,906
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...
11-14-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,906
Posted By parkbrav

Thanks Dan! :) Whenever I try to change a tube, a...

Thanks Dan! :) Whenever I try to change a tube, a get a flat almost immediately. :wtf:That's about when I give up and call the mechanic. is there a source you can point me to in terms of how to...
11-14-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,906
Posted By parkbrav

So. New England Winter Cycling Question

I'm feeling lazy about putting on the winter tires this winter. Do I really need to put them (Cost: $50 for labor plus a possible tune up costing $$$)

More Detail

* These past 5 winters have...
08-28-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,230
Posted By parkbrav

I got a Garneau cycling jacket for this autumn....

I got a Garneau cycling jacket for this autumn. It has a hoodie and ventilation. I'm very much looking forward to trying it out. I hope it might be good for temps down to 0C which should be all I...
08-21-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,522
Posted By parkbrav

Up here in New England, the road crews spray a...

Up here in New England, the road crews spray a saline "slurry" to treat the roads during snow storms. It helps melt the ice and snow but man does it accelerate vehicle corrosion, and I'd bet that's...
08-03-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,387
Posted By parkbrav

The coldest temperature I've endured was -12C -...

The coldest temperature I've endured was -12C - there's nothing like a brisk morning like that to get the eyelids frozen shut on your way to work. Several cars pulled over to lecture me that "it's...
07-31-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,664
Posted By parkbrav

Just a friendly on-topic bump, I saw a 50% off...

Just a friendly on-topic bump, I saw a 50% off deal on studded tires just now, this may be roughly the time of year to start looking around for deals on winter tires while they last
06-21-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,686
Posted By parkbrav

Bike Cleaning - Vinegar

Can Vinegar hurt a bicycle frame if a very low amount gets sprayed onto it?

My dad's house has vinyl siding. part of the siding needed routine cleaning with water and vinegar. I brought my water...
04-16-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,871
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, 11:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,871
Posted By parkbrav

I leave the studs on for 14 consecutive days...

I leave the studs on for 14 consecutive days after the first day the low is above 32F so as to counteract black ice.

If the low dips below 32F, I start the count over.
03-23-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 651
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?
03-23-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,637
Posted By parkbrav

Sorry for the late reply. Glad to hear you're ok!

Sorry for the late reply. Glad to hear you're ok!
02-28-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 784
Posted By parkbrav

Thin Ice - Boston

Boston Cyclist Falls Through the ice on the Charles River - it's 50F out people
https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2021/02/24/biking-frozen-charles-river-lucas-brunelle
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