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Old 02-03-2008, 05:53 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:25 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Hey Landon. If your bicycle needs any repair, you can do-it-yourself at "The Bike Dump" www.bike-dump.ca - It's a great place to tune up the 'ol ride. I've been there a few times myself. Use their tools and parts, and then donate some money or time (or both).
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Old 02-04-2008, 11:41 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Wow, they're right in Winnipeg too. Nice.

The part of my bike that's not working properly is the selector for the 7 rear gears. They worked fine for the first couple days, but the cold caused the plastic insulation over the cable to break, and now the cable itself is frayed.

Thanks for the information tip .

EDIT, after closer look at the website: this place looks like total fun! They even have complete recycled parts and movie nights for crying out loud! The place looks like a freaking toy store!!! I gotta check this out for sure.

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Hey Landon. If your bicycle needs any repair, you can do-it-yourself at "The Bike Dump" www.bike-dump.ca - It's a great place to tune up the 'ol ride. I've been there a few times myself. Use their tools and parts, and then donate some money or time (or both).
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I am so jealous this place isn't near me! It looks amazing. I wonder if I can start one...
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I just came back from my first grocery store trip with my bike... in -25*C weather . I forgot that when I'm moving at about 15-20km/h, it's a lot colder outside than just walking. I didn't wear my big mittens and man, my fingers were numb! I made it though, which is a good thing (2.4 kilometres, round trip).

It's so strange viewing Winnipeg traffic without being in a car myself. Just looking at the expressions on driver's faces while at a stoplight gives the sense they're in a big hurry to go somewhere, and any people outside their car are insignificant to them (yeah, I got ran off a narrow road by a speeding Fusion ).

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Peakster,

Props to you for becoming a year-round bicycle commuter in Winnipeg. I'm a bit of a wimp and only commute spring/summer/fall.

Here's a few more online resources for bicycle commuting:
MTBR.com Commuting Forum

and I don't know if you saw this on the Ken Kifer website -
Bike Commuting and Transportation

Also, I think that The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power is one of the more entertaining / thought provoking books on cycling and modern car culture.

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Thanks for the information Tim. I've been learning a lot about cycling lately. I'm starting to take interest in those cool Human Powered Vehicles (Google HPV and you get something WAY different) as they look like they'd be great in different types of weather.

The proposed deadline of 'end of May' is coming soon, I'm pretty excited!

Oh and by the way BarrysWorld: I went to the bikedump you found and it was amazing! They helped me fix a few things and now my bike SO much easier to pedal.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:59 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I now have the utmost respect for you peakster! I have started doing the same thing as you but in a different climate zone (southest U.S.) and lately I've been riding in weather ranging from 23*F - 35*F and with a windchill it feels even colder, I'm impressed that you're doing it in weather as low -50*F! I can only imagine how painful that has to be if you're not wearing proper clothing. I had to ride home the other day after the weather dropped an unexpected 20*F between the time I left for work and the time I left work...I didn't enjoy riding home in 30*F weather with open finger gloves.
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Well not quite -50*F , but I rode in -30*F... once. I highly recommend an insulated skidoo helmet for temps that low.

I actually prefer riding in sub-freezing weather than when it's melting and slushy. The pants, jacket, and bike get wet, cold, and dirty on those days.
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