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View Poll Results: Do you bike in bad weather?
No, I only ride when it's warm and dry. 16 17.58%
I'm used to riding in the rain. 10 10.99%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not raining. 13 14.29%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not freezing. 8 8.79%
Temperatures below freezing aren't bad, it's snow that I avoid. 10 10.99%
A little bit of snow never hurt anybody. 12 13.19%
Bad weather? What's that? 22 24.18%
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Old 03-06-2015, 06:17 PM   #121 (permalink)
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That is insane stretch! I wonder if it was the original chain? Maybe time to look for wear on the cogs and chainring now too. If it's a $50 special probably not worth the trouble though.

Isn't it a new chain the best feeling? Everything just runs smoooooother.

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Old 03-07-2015, 03:40 PM   #122 (permalink)
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That is insane stretch! I wonder if it was the original chain? Maybe time to look for wear on the cogs and chainring now too.
If it was the original chain, it'd be twice as long! The bike is 19 years old and has well over 20k km on it. Rear cogs replaced 6000-8000km ago, not sure if I've switched chains since then. But the front rings are still original, and worn
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:58 PM   #123 (permalink)
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My chain lube of choice is Liquid Wrench Chain and Cable spray. Chain saw bar oil works well too. Anybody else have a favorite?
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Old 03-13-2015, 04:36 AM   #124 (permalink)
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Triflow is my personal favorite. I like it cause it`s good on cables, derailleurs, or just about anything else that needs to move, doesn't tend to build up gunk. It doesn`t last long in wet conditions though. One good side effect of a major drought? Silver lining behind blue skies?
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:41 PM   #125 (permalink)
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I've been using White Lightning Wet Ride this past year. Seems to do alright. Bought the bike in mid December and I'm on my second chain, but that's just Michigan salt for you... hell on chains.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:41 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Nope!

It is absolutely wayyy too cold during prairie winters, I reserve my cycling days to summer and pedal to my hearts content. I usually walk, bus or soon drive. The sidewalks around here are heaped with snow or shoveled clear with ice from the most recent thaw and the drivers are terrible, cycling is dangerous at best and frustrating at worst. My earth-hugging stops when the danger outweighs the love of clean air, I will leave the year round cycling to warmer, more densely populated areas of the planet. I am a passionate cyclist with a Kona, Masi and Norco in the stables, the urge to move somewhere warmer is creeping up on me though. I should have made my screen name Longwinded.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:43 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Traction is a matter of the right tires. A clear spray for marine fittings protects against salt corrosion. My fairing works well keeping the chill at bay as does a full faced Bell motorcycle helmet. This year I want to add side panels and a tail box to the mountain bike.
My father was an officer on an icebreaker ship off Greenland in the '50s and my son served in the Army in Irag so I don't get to complain about weather. Still minus 40F wind chill is no fun.

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Old 10-20-2015, 01:58 PM   #128 (permalink)
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My fairing works well keeping the chill at bay as does a full faced Bell motorcycle helmet. This year I want to add side panels and a tail box to the mountain bike.
Grant, have you started a thread about the fairing? Can you post a link? I am curious to see how it is working out. When I used to commute by motorcycle I was much warmer with a fairing installed.
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When I finish the tail box I will post more data and offer detailed plans for sale. This piece is a 24 x 44 inch sheet of 4 mm Coroplast that is cut in a radial pattern and zip tied. It is based on the Vetter Windjammer concept. Since it is attached to the frame instead of the handle bars it is very stable in cross winds

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Old 11-01-2015, 06:03 PM   #130 (permalink)
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I like the fairing. Simple, frame mounted. Thanks for the photos.

Adding to what others are saying, studded bike tires made all the difference for me in Colorado winters. I don't mind the snow, or cold, but ice has put me is a world of hurt a few times. Studded tires by Kenda solved that completely. May have to order them on-line since very few bike shops carry them.

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