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How was your ride today? Mine was very challenging
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>>1133493
Nonexistant. It was very icy today and I didn't have a reason to go outside. I'll get my chance to slide under a bus tomorrow though.
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>>1133493
2 hours in the gym in the morning, 3 hours on the bike in the afternoon, got home just after the sun went down. During the week I ride before work, and this week it got all the way down to 32 degrees. Couldn't feel my thumbs or forefingers until I'd been home for a while (need better gloves).
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>>1133493
Nice try OP, next time post in >>>/n/drt/
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Surprisingly grippy
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Hot and slow
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I was looking in to one of these for winter rides here in Canada.
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>>1133528
vasquezfaggetdetected
goingbackinbus? lols
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>>1133528
Tell me about your bike & metro area, senpai
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>>1133573
6 speed gaspipe steel beater, pic was taken in Reñaca, Chile
>>1133539
Yep
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>>1133528
Know anyone with an anglegrinder? You could take the teeth off that outer ring to make an actual bashguard that won't catch trousers
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>>1133583
Yeah I've considered it
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>>1133528
Very aesthetic. Where is this?
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>>1133602
>>1133576
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>>1133493
Sunny and with lots of dust
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was sick for 2 weeks, taking it easy, turns out there were some roadfags having a racing competition on one of the spots i go to, so made very clear i wasnt even trying while i passed through it
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Temperature around -1 °C. Last time we had a warm spell there was lots of ice in the morning from the melting snow. This time there is just lots of that brown sugar snow which is awful to ride on. It just sort of smears around which bad for control and slows me down a lot. There aren't deep patches of it yet, but it is spread all over the side streets in little clumps. I'd rather be riding on ice.
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No ride today, only watching others ride
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>>1133653
Forgot pic
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>>1133624
How many miles on that rear tire. Looks fun!

Is it just me or is it freaking awesome to ride dusty hard pack? I few like it has less rolling resi than asphalt, and I can almost go faster if it werent for bumps. Like think about it, rubber sticks to asphalt awesomely, but dusty dirt? No way
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Comfy, sipping coffee, browsing insta. Passed on riding today
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I can't ride, California is on fire and the air quality is shit where I live. Just kill me now famalam
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>>1133678
>Just kill me now famalam
don't worry, the fires floods and earthquakes will take care of that pretty soon
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>>1133678
california is shithole with or without fires
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>>1133719
Not Santa Barbara, my dude. Fucking beautiful place to ride with tons of flats and climbs of all types.
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>install new chain
>go for a ride
>tktktktktktktk-SLIP-tktktktktktk-SLIP-tktktktktktktk-SLIP-SLIP

Well I wanted a new cassette anyway...
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>>1133856
inb4 new chainrings
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>>1133868
1x fortunately
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It was cold and slippy. It was raining and snowing at the same time. The snowflakes were very tiny and hard on the face, razorlike.

8/10 ride, next time I'll put warmer gloves. Rest of the body was toasty warm.
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>>1133916
nice to have a soft fall onto the razor wire were you to slip on that snowy path
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>>1133919
Yeah I was pretty paranoid around barbed or electrified wires. I just fell once tho, on a large uneven path.
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>>1133892
chainring*
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>>1133493
got a cold so i cant ride
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Bout to go out in a hour, we have a pretty hot but calm day here today, so will be very easy
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All the minor roads are very icy now, making riding less fun. Going to need some snow to bury that shit. Back to the -10 to -20C range starting mid week.

When it was colder I started putting green tea in my thermos or drinking some to warm up when I got home. But it turns out green tea upsets my stomach a bit. Not enough to feel it, but causes intermittent burps for hours.
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On and off I'll get this song from the Simpsons stuck in my head while riding despite having not watched the Simpsons in over a decade.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwUQWamRNiY
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Fuuuuuug .. temperature drops to -30 °C Sunday night and won't get warmer than -22 for a week. It will give me a chance to try out the UA 4.0 base layer I reserve for below -20.

Same thing happened last Christmas. I was hoping to bomb around a partially constructed freeway over the next week while the work crews are off.
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>>1133493

Well I slipped 3 times just getting off the deck and had 40 km of extremely icy roads to commute on, so take a guess!

>walked up 3 hills along the median because no traction at all on the road
>slid down 2 hills with rear wheel locked and both feet down
>dozen or so epic saves on corners
>still made it to work on time

Wheeeee!!!
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Did my longest ride ever today, 78 miles. Feels good, and with 7k elevation gain to boot. Best weather for December you could ask for.
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>>1137871
On ice back wheel always wants to spin out unless butt is on the saddle. Makes getting started from a stop a challenge, panniers help a bit. When coming to a stop I always assume that my foot is going to slide when I put it down, so I always put it down lightly to test traction before shifting weight onto it. Often I'll be sliding on the foot while still braking to a stop.

On ice you never want to stick an arm out when falling (or probably any other time). Just take the hit with side of upper arm and shoulder. If you got an hand out it would probably slip out upon contact with the ground hyper extending or dislocating the shoulder.

The thing I hate most about ice is that you pretty much have to go where gravity is pulling you if the ice is off camber. Try to fight it and the bike will slip out sideways. So you end up taking weird lines and ending up on a part of the road / path you don't want to be. Or running off the path in order to safely make a course correction.
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Too bad its going to get really cold otherwise I'd do a longer night ride checking out Christmas lights. This was the best one I came across so far.

This time of year I'm reminded of the name of the local Christmas light tour was used by the police when they used to drop drunk indians outside of town rather than dealing the paper work at the station. All fun and games until one of them freezes to death in the winter.
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>>1137871
>>1137889
get studded tires u fuckin melons
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>>1137872
congrats on breaking your record anon!
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Op here. Did 28 miles on Thursday. Lots of snow melted, but the trail still had some, along with lots of ice and mud. I took many spills. Here is my bike after the warmup
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New 6 cell battery I ordered for my flashlight 2 months ago finally arrived today. Magicshine really cheaps out on their battery packs hoping people (apparently like me) don't look at the specs before ordering. The 6 cell battery is rated at 7800 mah, which translates to 1300 mah cells. The latest cells have 2.6x that capacity, even cheap cells are 2x.

Price was ok, and I should be fine with that capacity. But the old 4 cell pack I'm rebuilding with Panasonic cells is going to end up being 13000 mah.
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With cold on the way I made a quick trip over to the LBS to pick up a new helmet that would work better with ski goggles. Ended up with a Bern FL-1 Trail which has a lip around the top to keep the goggle strap from slipping up. I tried a couple Giro winter helmets but neither M nor L fit.

>>1138113
I dun goofed on the cell capacity. The battery is 7.4v series / parallel and mah is only added for the cells in parallel which makes 2600 mah cells, pretty standard fare. My rebuilt 4 cell battery will be 6800 mah.
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Rolled this incredible BRAND NEW bike across my carpet today.
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>>1137871
Hell yeah
Hardman
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>>1137872
That ride would kill me. I must toughen up
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>>1138108
Beautiful
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>>1137908

I ordered some, then canceled. Wished I had them that one day, but it was an unusual mix of weather that we never get.

I'm well outside of town, and work on the edge of town. It's all about snow and not ice for me (nothing is ever cleared) so studs are useless. I need lots of tread and nothing more.
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>>1133493
suntour, acera, clincher tires

lulz
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2nd day of extreme cold. Running on treadmill for first time since mid-March to keep in shape. Legs pretty stiff, but at least my hip wasn't sore like last winter. I put the Chromecast on that tv so I can watch Netflix or stuff from my Plex server.
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>>1138195
thanksowarm!
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No riding since last Friday and probably none until Tuesday or Wednesday. Starts warming up Tuesday but the system change will be accompanied by massive winds. Low for tonight is -38 before adding the windchill.

I got 3 runs in before taking a day off due to a minor calf pull, then 1 more yesterday. By yesterday my legs adjusted so they weren't sore the next day, the first 3 days were brutal.
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Weather still sucks so might as well post my ride stats for 2017. 14,658 km , 699.5 hours riding.

Covered lots of ground exploring gravel roads outside town.
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I rode by a couple in love. They were on his and hers tallbikes.
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Ordered some more Continental Cyclocross Speed tires for the upcoming season. Worked well on gravel and pavement for me this year. I was thinking about trying Schwalbe G-One, but they were more expensive, also out of stock.
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>>1133493
It was about 0F by the lakeside yesterday with brutal windchill and I didn't wear proper shoes. I believed my toes were going to fall off by the end of my ride
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Temperature jumped to above -10C overnight after 12 days of -30. But the wind is going to be up to 60 kph during the day so I'll have to ride this evening.
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Exploring orange county. Massive suburban sprawl.

cozy bike paths, bike lanes on 55mph roads, mountains if you go far enough

1/
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>>1141391

Here a view of Irvine, I think. Where the coastal mountains start to divide it from Laguna Beach. Inside the mountain walls it's sort of dessert climate. Very dry, little variation in temperature

2/
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>>1141392

Cageway overpass. The smoke will choke you up during rush hour. "Freeway Trail" follows it on both sides, absurdly. Very loud. The freeway divides the nature preserve from the sprawl

3/
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>>1141393

4/4
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Full moon looked amazing low in the sky tonight while I was riding around in the snow. I forgot to take my camera but a photo probably would have looked like crap anyway. Much less icy than it had been prior to the start of the cold spell. The ice has been covered with a thin layer of packed snow, which while slippery in a car, is soft enough for studs to grab well. The temperature dropped to -15C quickly so I kept the ride short.

The benefit of a week and a half of -30C temperatures is that all bodies of water are sure to be safe to ride on now.
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>>1141558
At 2am last night the moon was so bright I had to go outside and make sure I wasn't going crazy. It hit some hazy air and lit up my yard in near full visibility. Very strange start for the year
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>>1135180
>got a cold
>so i cant ride
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Out again last night, had my camera, took picture of moon and it was crap. I'm less inclined to fiddle around with camera setting when its -14C and windy.

I couldn't get the Magicshine 6 cell battery I bought for my Dinotte light to charge before using it. So I took it with me last night to run it down a bit. It charged when I came back so I guess I'm good. The MS connector is almost the same as the Dinotte one, but I had trim off some excess rubber.
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Found where the railway line used to run into Wodonga yesterday. Railway station is now nice and out of the road so cagers don't get mad about level crossings and can safely ignore the terrible quality of service on the Albury Line.
Tip: Bicycles are not good for riding over railway ballast.

1/2
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>>1142046
2/2
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>>1142046
>Tip: Bicycles are not good for riding over railway ballast.

False:
http://i.4cdn.org/n/1513840262611.jpg
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Has anybody gone long distance on an abandoned rail line? I briefly considered a fat bike for some ebin post apocalypse riding
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>riding on my comfy wide tires bike at leisure pace
>green light
>start moving
>notice road is wet, no big deal
>suddenly some cunt steps out in the middle of the road
>slow down (I was going slow already)
>she looks at me and gets deer-tier paralyzed
>go around her
>suddenly my bike isn't under me anymore
>wet road was actually full of oil
>eat shit
At least I slipped around after I fell so it wasn't so bad, but my clothes were ruined
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>>1142247
That sucks..I had a similar thing happen to me, but I was drunk and didn't understand that there was oil on the road. I fell on my Cannondale 3 times, going 5 mph. I was laughing like a madman. That was a bad year to be ho/n/est with you
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I am becoming one with the cold.

>temps did not make it out of the single digits
>15mph winds made some nasty windchills
>gear is on point. Comfy commute
>co-workers want to 302 me for commuting in the winter

Pic are my trusty windsocks.
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About 21 km of today's ride was on ice. The sections of ice without any snow cover were faster than riding on pavement. The snow covered parts had very little snow so I could still fly along at a good clip. I might drive to the start of the ice tomorrow and go further. Just to get there was a 33 km round trip making for a long fat bike ride.
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>>1142648
Went further down the creek today, but 10 km down from a different starting point the creek completely dried up making for a rougher ride.
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>>1142839
Those rides sound amazing. Fat bikes are really cool. Im do you have a pic of the bike?
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>>1142866
Took this one on same creek 2 years ago. There was only 1/2 a cm of snow on the ice today so any bike with studs would have been fine, and probably quicker.
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>>1142912
Awesome. Looks like a lot of fun regardless of overkill tires. I need to move back to the snow
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Fug. There is a weekly Tuesday night fat bike group ride. And for nearly every one of them the weather ends up being too shitty to ride from home, a 24 km round trip. Tomorrow is shaping up to be no exception. Wind forecast to be 60 km/h for the return trip along with some freezing rain.

I'll just ride early instead and do the ride I was planning to do today before I got distracted and followed a trail I spotted out of the corner of my eye.
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>>1137871

Update:

Got 50 feet from my driveway this morning, went down hard. Bruised elbow and hip, 5 stitches in left forearm.

Lovely.
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>>1143202

It's been between +3 and +9C for 3 days, too... must have had a cold snap last night. Let my guard down.
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Went for a spin on a lake today, a lot more slick than it was on the weekend. Even though the ice is really thick the look of it is disconcerting. There was a warm spell prior to a prolonged deep freeze. The warm spell created round holes and spider web cracks all over the ice and since it didn't snow since then the cracks are mostly clear compared to the ice around them. So it looks like you are riding across ice that is breaking up.
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>>1143117
Riding early was a good call. The forecast changed pushing the wind back so I was planning to do the group as well. Then 45 minutes before I was going to head out a solid 20 minutes of freezing rain covered everything in ice. If I were to step onto the driveway now I'd slide to the street and would have to walk on the lawn to get back inside.

Temp is dropping to -15C by morning to set up the ice good and hard.
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>>1143117

Dude, I commute 40 km every day, and the wind here is never below 20 km/h, windchill is usually -15 minimum. Last week, I rode in 90 km/h gusts.

Just fucking do it. You may be miserable during the ride, but will be glad you did it after.
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>>1143202
Jesus Christ. Well, good job going for it.. Gonna go studded tires next year?
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>>1143433

Funnily enough, I actually bought some on Ebay in late November, but they won't be here until next week.

I really should have just bought some locally.
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LBS posted videos of guys in the shop trying to ride rollers, then quickly deleted it. I guess they didn't want to scare off potential customers. I bought my used locally and the guy who came to the door was in a wheelchair which worried me for a second, but it turned out to be the guy's room mate.

Amazingly icy here and the temp dropped back to the -20 to -30C range. Lots of people posting videos online of them ice skating on the roads. I'll make an effort to hit some of the super slick MUP tomorrow to see what kind of pressure gives the best grip with my studded fat bike tires. Might need to go to 4 or 5 psi to get my outer row of studs to make continuous contact.
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>>1143679
>I really should have just bought some locally.
I've felt that before. But then I buy locally and get fucked anyways... Dug
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>>1143988
Yep, I always end up getting cucked by performance bikes if I don't want to wait, the local shops are more expensive and have a worse selection. most things under $5-10 are cheaper than buying online with shipping, but other things are fucking overpriced (went to buy lights, cheapest headlight / taillight combo was fucking $40 for shitty lights.
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Today was a tale of 2 rides.

commute in

>dry in the upper 50s
>quick and easy 30 minute ride
>felt a cold gust on the last mile
>packed winter gear for what was to come

In 10 hours the weather went from nice to utter shit. Temp dropped 40 degrees. Went from rain, to freezing rain, to sleet, to 2 inches of snow.

Commute home
>asked a co-worker to grab me a 40
>on the road at midnight with precious cargo
>roads are snow over ice
>hit a cycling path, see a tire track
>oh hell no I need to lay down a track in fresh snow
>pass the guy(brave soul on a BSO, mad props) right as we get hit with a nasty cross wind
>find out city centers can be wind tunnels with 1 block blizzards
>I finally find it. fresh snow with no tracks(pic related)
>get a start on making that path hell frozen over
>end up leading a plow truck for a few blocks.

Back home and the 40 is almost gone.
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Tiring. Was going to head out at like 3pm but stuff took longer than I expected so didn't leave til 9:30pm. Nice night though.
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>>1140511
Nice
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>>1144408
Pretty
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>>1141395
stormdrain,,, with lights,, lines?,bike path?
,,Jeenus!
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I did babby's first hill climb today. The few hundred meters with a 10% gradient almost killed me.
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>>1144578
The important thing is you actually rode
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>>1144611
southern California drainage canals! A refuge from the insane and dangerous traffic around here
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>>1145007
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>>1145014
We have some of these in Brisbane that are fun to ride. The only problem is the low points often have a cm layer of sand
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>>1145254
It's nice to get your heart rate up on them. Sand sounds terrible though
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>riding my SS at a comfy pace of 30km\h
> a roadie with a really fancy bike passes me by
>"lets test this guy"
>put the power down and pass him at some 45+km\h
>he cant keep up and i stay in front for like 8 kms
>some pedestirans make me slow down on a crossing and i relax
>he passes me by again a little later, obviously pushing it with pain on his face
>"nope"
>pass him again and never see him again

What a fred
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>>1145269
No, Anon, you are the freds
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>>1145269
You made an old man feel sad by racing in a level, shared party --- so that you could pretend SS isn't shit

You're worse than any Fred, you're a hipster pathalete. You are a loser at any speed
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>>1145269
just a reminder that if you see someone in kit they're probably riding 80+ km
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>>1145296
What do you mean by "kit", I wear lycra and my commute is only 15 miles each way. I have to change anyway so why not be comfy
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>>1145308
good, if some fuckwit on a singlespeed tries to cat 6 you then you'll be fresh to teach him not to fuck wit roadies
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>>1145277
>>1145290
>>1145296
triggered Freds
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>>1140511
What did you use to make this image?
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>>1145379
I used a program called QGIS which is used for mapping. It can also display the traces over a map, though the background map gets redrawn every time you move the map which can get annoying. I have all my rides in a Spatialite database which QGIS can load quickly / filter based on date. I started using it last year when I didn't want to pay for Strava premium, but still wanted something like Strava's heatmap to keep track of the roads I'd visited.

The program can be a pain in the ass to use. I had to watch a video on youtube just to figure out how to save an image of an area of the map. Even the map itself can look goofy if you don't have the right map projection selected.

Getting the database setup is a bit of work. It is populated using a Python script I found on github. It only works with Python 2 not 3.
https://github.com/ptrv/gpx2spatialite

QGIS has a plugin called Batch GPS Importer that might let you skip screwing around with that script. When importing you'd just need the tracks, not the points. Importing a lot of files is slow, but once imported the layer can be saved so there would be no need to re-import. One of the supported formats is spatialite which is probably the way to go since its just a single file.
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>>1145269
>riding my road bike at a comfy pace of 32km/h
>slow down for a while behind a SS guy since we're going similar speeds
>eventually pass him since he's started to slow down
>suddenly see him sprint past me
>let him ride away so I don't have to pass him once again
>some kilometers ahead he's again slowed down
>since I'm still riding at my same pace, I pass him again
>see how frustrated he gets, huffs 'n' puffs past me again
Some people think every ride is a race
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laughing at the triggered roadie freds
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Its been a week since the freezing rain and any part of the MUP that hasn't been sanded is perfectly smooth black ice. And the parts of the MUP that were sanded was like beach riding.

I lowered the pressure on my fat bike to see if I could get more grip, and discovered the answer was yes and no. Lower pressure lets my outer row of studs make constant contact. but also vastly increases tire bounce. On the top of the bounce the rear end is unweighted and spins out easily often kicking the rear end to the side. The only way to avoid rear tire bounce is to pedal very smoothly, which is kind of boring.

Some sunny above freezing days ahead so that might take care of the ice. Or at least rough it up a bit for better grip.
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>>1145592
Beautiful
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>>1145269
>"lets test this guy"

This whole story is cringy, LARPers like you are the worst
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Did 55 miles with 3k ft of climbing.
My friend beat my PR on our local climb yesterday, so I had to crush his time today. Beat it by 2 minutes.
>feelsgoodman.jpg
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Almost all the ice on the MUP disappeared today. I added extra studs down the center of my rear tire. Much more grip much more noise. Not much louder on pavement, but on ice it sounds like someone wringing a sheet of bubble wrap enough to drown out vehicle noise. Tomorrow I'll take the tire off and reinforce the area behind the studs with patches otherwise its just a matter of time before I get a flat. The studs have an auger base with a sharp tip.
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>>1145954
Removing the rear wheel today I was reminded why its a good idea to avoid flats on that tire. The rear wheel can't be removed without taking the brake caliper off. The offset rear end of the Moonlander needs to be de-offset with spacers for my rear rack to fit. With the spacers and caliper in roughly the same locations it is impossible to remove the rear wheel with both in place.
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Insanely warm, dry January this year for Colorado. Denver mtn are has some great roads and brilliant climbs.
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>>1145954
How long will your diy tire last?
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>>1146288
Beautiful but that is stemcrime
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>>1146290

It fits me and I can't afford to replace it so gonna have to keep looking like a jackass for the time being.

What would you put on?
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>>1146289
Over 7,000 km on them so far with studs installed the entire time, mostly winter / non-paved road summer use.
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>>1146288
beautiful, what road is that?
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>>1146366

Lookout mountain road in Golden. Trick is to time yourself from the gateway pillars to Buffalo Bill's gravesite. Did it in 26 min flat today, averaged 10.3 mph or something. It's a steady climb the whole way up.
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>>1146434
You can kinda see the road better in this pic
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>>1145007
Train and bike. /n/ the post.

How many here like both? I know a lot of us are just here for one or the other.
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>>1138186
Looks Wal-marty. Look at those bulbous welds. What even is diamondback these days?
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>>1141618
> be me last year
> get sick, one of those winter mild ones but they last four weeks
> constant coughing
> basically hack up phlem 24/7
> when i ride it just oozes out of me
> literally blows off of my in he wind
> spatters my riding buds i barely know
> they tell me politely that this is happening
> super embarrassed, apologize and try my best to keep it from happening
> realize in this state I am just a gross person in general always oozing mucous
> nobody in my group rides near me anymore even after I got better
> I'm that gross guy

Feels bad my dudes
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About 38 km.
mixture of city with shitty asphalt, road, and bad quality gravel. Pic is from one of the best gravel sections. Not sure if this is gravel after all, i think it could be Clay after all.

Take a look on the lamppost in both backgrouds to make an idea about the path.

>from where i was pedal
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>>1146479
and what i have in front of me
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>>1146480
Looks nice. Where?
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>>1146513
Los Rulos, inside Limache city.
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>>1146548
Beautiful. I knew it was either Chile lr Argentina because the climate is very similar to the USA's southwest but there are few if any pine trees.
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Saturday at the park
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>>1147021
please install fenders for your childrens' sake
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>>1147077
gravel launched into their eye sockets makes them stronger




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