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Old 12-16-2018, 04:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Funny how things change when you grow up. As a kid i was always thrilled when snow&ice came, instantly took my bike and went sliding around streets
Nowadays, "meh, it's cold. I could slip and brake my bones"

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Old 12-16-2018, 05:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:06 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I personally think winter cycling is OK but you have to know your route well and certainly pick it well.
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Old 12-16-2018, 12:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'd love to ride a bike to work, but work needs to be within biking distance.
My company does have one office nearby, but not a department that supports my line of work there. I can use it if I want to, but with none of the people I communicate with about I could as well work at home then.

But who knows. Things are in flux and we might end up there. Then I do have the following commute options:
- Car (obviously)
- Bike
- Tram (plus 2 x 600 m walking)
- Canoe (err... Not keen as a sailor and windsurfer, but it would be possible!)
- Inline skates (haven't touched them for 18 years after hurting my ***... but there's a dedicated pedestrian route for most of the way, with some interesting detours as well).

As for my current commute: no dice. One of my colleagues has a pedelec (electric support up to 45 km/h) and frequently uses it for his 18 km commute. But my commute is double that and my physical condition is half his
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've always wanted to build an enclosed quadracycle with some sort of heating/cooling.

Anyhow, back to Earth.

The plan is:
  1. Get a mountain bike.
  2. Attach fenders if not already on it.
  3. Put on lots of lights. I might splurge and get a SON dynamo like on my Wife's bike.
  4. Do they make heated handle bars for bicycles?
  5. Maybe add real snow tires.
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I have little problem biking in the winter, other than avoiding the rain. I rode 60 miles today. Of course, I live in Florida.
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I have little problem biking in the winter, other than avoiding the rain. I rode 60 miles today. Of course, I live in Florida.
So it's not -5°F right now there?
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It's a little cooler today, about 61 degrees F at 7:46 pm.
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I just went through a terrible ground blizzard last night and had to get a hotel. The highways closed around me in both directions. Good thing I use my car for long distance trips.
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Like sendler I like to ride year round. Tires, fenders, lights on a mountain bike are common here. I use a full face Bell motorcycle helmet with a flip up visor. I have tried various wind screens and now I make my own from 4 mm Coroplast. I cut a sheet 24 in. X 44 in. I make cuts in a radial pattern from a point just below the center then overlap the segments. I poke holes through the overlapped material 3/4 in apart and secure the segments with zip ties. Most adhesive do not work well on this plastic. I mount the shell to the base of the head tube. I cut slits to an opening for the head tube and front brake cable. If I need to stabilize the shell more I make a hoop from white PVC tubing or tie two cords between the the upper part of the shell and the center of the handlebars. The fact that the shell mounts to the frame rather than the steering greatly reduces instability from cross winds. Other materials could be used.

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