Winter Biking!

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alright it's not even officially winter yet, but let's have a discussion on the finer points of bicycling in the season which ends and begins the year. i was surprised by how scary it is to cross a bridge with those metal grates, thought i was going to eat shit like 3X, but rode it out.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 10 December 2009 22:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

yesterday i was like "aw man!" cuz my back gate lock was frozen. but being the handy guy that i fancy myself to be i took my trusty propane torch and melted the fucker out so i could get my key in, open it and get out of my yard with my bike. thinking ahead i put the torch in my backpack b/c i would need it to get the lock open later upon returning. and sure enough when i went out to unlock my bike so i could accompany some mates to the pub, it was frozen. No Problem! i just busted out the ol' propane torch and melted that lock too. and then after riding to the pub the lock was again frozen and again with the torch. and again upon depubbing. and finally again with the gate lock. and then this morning again.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 10 December 2009 23:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh dude the bridges in the loop are the WORST

being being kiss-ass fake nice (gbx), Monday, 14 December 2009 00:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

jd that cannot be good for the lock, surely!

ted mulry gang gang dance (haitch), Monday, 14 December 2009 01:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

brutally awesome ride into school today. three-four inches of fresh, yeehaw. love my "new" commuter

being being kiss-ass fake nice (gbx), Monday, 14 December 2009 15:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

the bridges that are the metal grate type are so "whoa dude."
i was shitting bricks going north on halsted in crazy cabby traffic and shimmying on the frozen bridges. so glad i didn't eat shit and die.

i don't think the torch affected the lock at all haitch. just the little rubber jacket thingy is a bit burnt. was sure to wd40 that mofo so it wont freeze up as easy tho.

also gbx do you have a picture of yr "new" commuter?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 14 December 2009 22:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

WDYBLL

being being kiss-ass fake nice (gbx), Monday, 14 December 2009 23:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Fallen off once so far this winter.

Jarlrmai, Tuesday, 15 December 2009 22:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got off the train the other night, hop on my bike, think "oh, it only rained a bit", get up to speed, about 50 feet, and the bike and I just... part ways.

Everything was covered in black ice.

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 22:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

3° F here today, yow!

being being kiss-ass fake nice (gbx), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 22:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

gbx you in mpls, amirite?
about 20 for the high in chi. but windy and stingy. i was surprised this morning when i was riding at how choppy my gear sounded. i haven't had time to inspect the cog, but it must have some shmutz on there. only the one i was riding in the wetness yesterday tho. gotta lube it up now!

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 23:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

nah fuck it, use the torch dude

should i lol or ;_; (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 15 December 2009 23:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

yea i was thinking that this morning: this thread should've been called how to eek more use from yr propane torch . . .

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

also the other day riding in snow, my gear was skipping. was that b/c of the derailer, or the cogs getting snow between teeth or the chain getting snow or what? anybody know?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

probably some general road gunk mixed up with the snow in the cogs - had chain slip troubles recently that were solved by the d00d at the shop taking off the casette and putting it in solvent to clean the build-up off.

mississippi butt hurt (haitch), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

its always ice buildup in the cogs ime- this is why single speeds are key for real inclement winters. water spraying off the road hits your cogs and freezes.

should i lol or ;_; (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

but single speeds have cogs too. it's only one instead of a cassette of them. why aren't they susceptible to this malady? or did i miss something?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

more crevices for stuff to build up, i guess!

mississippi butt hurt (haitch), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

i took 6 weeks off (riding not commuting) due to cracked rib (worst sneezes ever)

got in an hour of laps on my old fixed gear around the polo fields. averaged 18mph with a brisk wind. ass and back are sore as to be expected.

winter in SF = partly cloudy, 58F

quiet and secretively we will always be together (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

When I did my rib in February I managed to find a way to prevent sneezes from happening. Saved my life.

Mark C, Wednesday, 16 December 2009 11:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

No work today so I rode 23 miles this morning. It was very cold (apparently -4C when I set off) and there was some ice about. With 5 miles to go I turned right at a junction with traffic lights and my back wheel just skidded out from under me. I hit the deck right in the middle of the junction with traffic potentially coming at me from three directions. Cuts to my knee, road rash on my hip, ripped tights*, sliced up bar tape, rear mudguard bent onto tyre, and shiny new frame and gear levers scratched up. While I was gathering myself at the side of the road it started snowing. I had to ride back with the mudguard rubbing the tyre and going 'screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee' all the way.

*that sounds plain wrong for a man to say

FIFA Brutish & Short (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 15:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

-5˚C this morning and my rear derailleur and break seem to freeze when it's subzero.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

brake even

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

get well soon nbs, that sucks.

i think the reason geared bikes fare poorly w ice is that the chain tension is not sufficient to keep the teeth engaged as the ice builds up, plus ice builds up between cogs. w fixed gear, the chain has nowhere to go, and can only get more taut. also dont ss/fixed cogs have a slightly taller profile sometimes?

should i lol or ;_; (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 16:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

think, too, it's that a FG cog is the only game in town, and always moving, so build can only really occur if the bike is stationary and exposed to the elements. once it's moving, there's nothing else but for the chain to eventually wear down any icing by friction alone. whereas on a cassette you've got gears you're not using all the time, and that are still getting all of the exposure

being being kiss-ass fake nice (gbx), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 17:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah consistent w my experience- if you dont shift gears, youll go much farther w/out skipping

nostragaaaawddamnus (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 16 December 2009 18:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

that's wierd cuz i was in only the one gear when it was skipping. the chain tension and taller teeth things make sense to me tho.

do y'all lube yr bikes differently in winter?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 17 December 2009 19:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

there's this to read:
http://practicalpedal.com/winter2008/feature2.php

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 17 December 2009 21:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

holy shit @ tire packed snow dudes!
my bike was snaking all over the place and i finally ate shit next to a parked dump truck the driver of which had a hearty chuckle for me. no biggie i got up with a shit eating grin, laughing it off.

does this still happen with knobby tyres?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 22 December 2009 18:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

there's this spot that's like a cul-de-sac but there's a gap twixt the curbs that i usually squeeze through on my commute, and both on the way home last night and the way back in this morning i ate shit there. kinda scary to see a curb coming at your face . . . next time i will go around.

also super big ups to ski goggles! i broke down and bought some last night and oh-my-god what an eye opening experience! hahahahahaha! no seriously guys if you're sick of getting hit in the eyeballs with frozen water then get ya some goggles.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

seems like nobody else is hitting this thread anymore. whatever

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

too busy biking

deej--nuts, butthurt, and yelly (gbx), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 21:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

GET READY

deej--nuts, butthurt, and yelly (gbx), Thursday, 24 December 2009 20:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

IT IS GETTING REAL

deej--nuts, butthurt, and yelly (gbx), Thursday, 24 December 2009 20:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

finally got a flat yesterday after almost 9 months on the same tire/tube
i was lucky it was a nice day
any of you guys ever get a flat cuz yr tube just gave up? i couldn't find any debris in my tire and the hole in the tube appeared to be where it would face the rim.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 30 December 2009 23:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Check your rim tape, it may have got pushed into a spoke hole or rucked up somewhere and caused the flat.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 31 December 2009 12:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Despite the weather, I've made the most of the Christmas break and managed to get in 120 miles over the last week. It was icy again this morning so I didn't fancy trying my luck on the country lanes and rode into the centre of London instead:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2705/4234903740_450d093c99_m.jpg
I tailed / was tailed by some bloke for the last five miles or so who was wearing shorts. Insanity. My rear mudguard still rubs on the tyre - the only way I can stop it is by ripping it free from two of the rods that are supposed to secure it, so now I cycle around with a couple of bits of disconnected metal wobbling around.

FIFA Brutish & Short (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 1 January 2010 20:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

fuckin flat again today exactly halfway on my commute. no busses had to walk it in.
wont be so hasty on the fix tonight. bah!
also 18F or -7C which didn't feel that bad to me

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 4 January 2010 21:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

just wait

dome plow (gbx), Monday, 4 January 2010 21:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

yea this week is 'posed to bring the supa-chill

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 4 January 2010 22:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

as i posted in the daily log: -9F this morning

dome plow (gbx), Monday, 4 January 2010 22:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

The cold is not bothering me nearly as much as Pittsburgh DPW's lax attitude to gritting the roads, I'm seriously considering studded tyres.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 03:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

how about this dudes
my toes get cold so i do this "toe claw technique"
as my foot goes through the down stroke pedaling i curl my toes inward
doing this every rotation gets my tootsies toasty
and i have been having good results with just tube socks and a thin dressy sock over them inside my regular shoes

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 20:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

snow ride! take it easy!
'bout 2-3" on the ground and still coming down. had a great commute in it. my gaiters worked perfectly.
just after the halfway point this other bike commuter dude and i played tag until i got stuck at a traffic light. he said, "it's a bit thick this morning." i agreed

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Thursday, 7 January 2010 17:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Note to self, do't leave lights on the bike because cold kills the batteries.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

doing early bird crits every sunday... should be cat 4 by the end of the month!

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

winter has made me a cat 3 layabout

cozwn, Friday, 8 January 2010 13:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Note to self, do't leave lights on the bike because cold kills the batteries.

― American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, January 7, 2010 1:11 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yea, why does this happen? i have always wondered about it.

that picture is great

was wow'd by how nice it is to go through an inch or two of snow that *hasn't* been packed down by car tires. this was after swerving all over on a road with tons of tire tracks.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Given that I work in a battery company I should remember this. It's a chemical thing, essentially you get a slower chemical reaction at lower temperatures and in aqueous chemistries the battery can freeze so their is no conductivity at all.

The not ploughing in pittsburgh has meant my bike has been in the office for the last few days, I can't actually get up the the hill in the brown sludge.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 9 January 2010 00:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

ALL AMERICAN WINTERTIME FUNZONE

into the young coconuts (gbx), Saturday, 9 January 2010 01:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

GET INVOLVED

(RIP DDB ;_;)

into the young coconuts (gbx), Saturday, 9 January 2010 01:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

o man my bike is so damn dirty, and i was so late this morning. gonna give that baby some soap and water tonite tho! and then lube! and it's fuckin snowing again in chicago! woo hoo

on another note there seems to be more of a camaraderie of the bicyclists in winter. i get waved at or whistled at by other bikers alot more over the last month or so. and in turn i am waving and whistling at other bikers more myself.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ this is true

probably already mentioned on this thread (not gonna check) but i remember biking to school at 0530 in a fukkin snowstorm last winter and getting and giving the most exuberant wave ever from the only other moron dumb enough to be biking that early and in that kinda weather

everybody's into weirdness right now (gbx), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

So pleased work just bought a pressure washer, might come in at the weekend and degack the bike.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

finest quality beater

the lyin' and cheatin' of flanders (haitch), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ed i just put some soapy water in a spray bottle and use a dirty towel; it's surprisingly effective

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

xpost: pfft
that bike's barely dirty, haitch!
i'll take a pic of mine before i clean it up tonight
but i don't have a photo studio and shit

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Monday, 11 January 2010 23:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

haw, i'll take a pic of mine when i get home tonight, that shit is baby times

everybody's into weirdness right now (gbx), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

haw. tbh i was more bemused that someone would use an IF frame to such grotty work!

i await ur grime-caked commuter pix with interest, the last time i saw snow in this city was 1986.

the lyin' and cheatin' of flanders (haitch), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

lolstralia

everybody's into weirdness right now (gbx), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

actually i took a couple of pics of my 'dirty ass bike' and was like
aw it's not that dirty. i guess the camera lies abt how dirty stuff can be . . . or the wet conditions kinda cleaned it up on the way home last night.

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 20:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

how to enjoy winter biking from the good folks at wls channel 7 in chicago

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

here is (perhaps not very) dirty bike
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd210/jdchurchil/bike%20stuff/DSC_0006.jpg?t=1263605014
so i cleaned it with soapy water in a spray bottle and a dirty towel

i should rectify that (jdchurchill), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

was sorta wondering why this wasn't ever done. i just assumed it was already against the rules.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-bans-studded-tires-for-cyclo-cross

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 20:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

yea i was riding along and i hear this whirring noise, and it's this dude cruising along on his cruiser. he passes me and i see that he has those tires with the spikes in 'em. and i thought "oh those are those tires with the spikes in 'em. i guess it makes sense that they make noise."

thatwillultimatelyresultingalaxy-galaxymergersonacosmictimescale (jdchurchill), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

mine sound exactly like a studded car tire, kinda crunchy noise

u b ilxin' (Hunt3r), Friday, 29 January 2010 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

another morning commute of 'whoa-dude-those*car-packed-snow-tracks*r-really-making-my-bike-swerve'
had to ditch once but didn't eat it. kinda jumped off at the last second and landed it.
neighbor newfoundland barked, dude shoveling giggled a tiny

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 9 February 2010 18:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I fitted snow tyres to my bike yesterday as I'm bore of the vagueries of city ploughing dictating whether I can ride to work or not. I also took off the eggbeaters and put on regular pedals. It's now accumulated about an inch over the course of the afternoon so I feel vindicated by this decision.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 15 February 2010 22:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

yo ed can put some pics of these tyres?

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Monday, 15 February 2010 22:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://bicyclewarehouse.com/merchant/328/images/large/tire_scwalbe_snow_studs.gif

I'll do a WDYBLL tomorrow when its light. The studs are probably overkill but they were on sale and plain knobby schwalbes weren't.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 15 February 2010 23:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

~swoon~

we've been getting hammered with snow, so it's sorels and the mtb lately. it's a slow pig but I am INVINCIBLE

werewolf bar mitzvah of the xx (gbx), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

I have only one bike, but my hall cupboard is now full of tyres for every occasion.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 13:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Horrible sleet in the air and slush on the ground. Glad I brought a change of clothes and down slipper into work.

I really need to get some waterproof trousers, the jeans and wellingtons combo only works so well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 14:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

I had the least pleasant commute of my life tonight. I'd decided that +5 degrees C this morning meant I could wear my lighter winter gloves and no buff/skullcap. I also haven't had my front guard fixed so heavy rain/standing water goes all over my shoes. It started raining on the way in, but there was a decent tailwind and it was pretty mild.

This evening, the rain had picked up, the temperature had fallen, the wind was now 10mph in my face, and traffic was appalling. I had to keep slowing down because wet freezing bald head was giving me one hell of an ice cream-style headache, but I couldn't slow too much otherwise the rest of me would freeze. Not that I had much option, with filthy traffic - I saw a car hit a van and a bus hit another bus (they make a hell of a noise when they scrape up each other's side), and for some reason tonight was the night the usually considerate motorcycling community went mental. Other cyclists were there usual idiotic selves - though peds kept out of my way for a change, apart from the woman how stuck her hand straight out into the road as I was passing by (one hundreth of a second later and she'd have punched me hard in the side of the head).

Anyway, I was so relieved to get home I didn't care that everything was saturated, that I couldn't feel my hands and feet. I wasn't riding any more.

Mark C, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 22:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

you poor little shit, how's that for fat tuesday?

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 16 February 2010 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

that is the worst weather imo
when it's around freezing but raining.

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://video.wttw.com/video/1414545458/

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

is maybe over for this year

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Thursday, 4 March 2010 22:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

SHUT UP

nitzer ebbebe (gbx), Thursday, 4 March 2010 22:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

yr gonna ruin it

nitzer ebbebe (gbx), Thursday, 4 March 2010 22:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

yea it will be *my fault*
fuckin superstitionismz

Anton Levain (jdchurchill), Thursday, 4 March 2010 22:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

oh brother, riding last night perchance on some railroad tracks and whoopsidaisy i went over and totally fucked up my back wheel. mad frustration

coughed @ "j. walter bongstein" (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 23:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

fugly!

e.g. delete via naivete (ledge), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 11:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

zim zam

er like duh (jdchurchill), Thursday, 13 January 2011 06:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

biked to work in shorts and t-shirt this morning ( via london 13 degrees) this is like summer.

Crackle Box, Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

it ain't pitch black at 8am in the summer iirc

nanoflymo (ledge), Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

-11ºF wind chill

let's do this

the maybe of bâcon (clouds), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Bugger me, it was cold coming into work this morning.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 13:02 (five years ago) Permalink


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