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dcv
01-21-2012, 04:42 PM
I know it wasn't much but have been waiting...

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/motobecane/IMG_20120121_143845-1.jpg

MCL1981
01-21-2012, 05:07 PM
I've been anxious for something to test the studded snow tires out on too. I think I'll go for a ride tomorrow.

dcv
01-22-2012, 01:20 PM
Today I mounted the studded tires, just in time for tomorrow's mid-50 degree rain which will undoubtedly wash away the snow & ice.

MCL1981
01-22-2012, 08:08 PM
Today I mounted the studded tires, just in time for tomorrow's mid-50 degree rain which will undoubtedly wash away the snow & ice.

Gahhhhhh! I can no describe how much this pisses me off. I was really looking forward to
1) Riding to work in the ice and snow.
2) Answering coworkers question about my apparent insanity.
3) Making a video of the ride.

dcv
01-24-2013, 04:53 AM
First snow of 2013, this time we'll have a chance to ride in it. Hip, hip, hoorah!

5555624
01-24-2013, 04:58 AM
First snow of 2013, this time we'll have a chance to ride in it. Hip, hip, hoorah!

Hold it down! Enough with the cheering. The best thing about riding in the snow is the quiet.

ShawnoftheDread
01-24-2013, 05:34 AM
To stud or not to stud? That is the question.

OneEighth
01-24-2013, 05:39 AM
CX tires today. Why take away the adventure prematurely?
Save the studs for ice.

5555624
01-24-2013, 05:42 AM
CX tires today. Why take away the adventure prematurely?

Exactly. Well, that and I was too lazy to swap out the wheels this morning.

Rod Smith
01-24-2013, 07:08 AM
20F means refreezing of melted snow and ice patches. I don't know when you'll get better conditions for studded tires. Usually our snow falls during temps closer to 32F and stays pretty slushy.

26x1.5 Schwalbe Marathons for me. They are slippery when wet, so probably not too grippy on ice. I let some air out, to 60psi.. The rear is kinda smooth and I can see a little of the green flat protection layer peeking though. :p

vvill
01-24-2013, 07:27 AM
Wonderful ride in this morning. Riding to work is always more fun than alternatives but cruising in barely trodden snow with just a little more falling for extra aesthetic effect? Wheeeeeeeeeeee! Ooooooh!

I ran my 26" Nokian W240 front and W160 rear around 40psi. Overkill for sure but I'd rather not crash.

Nicholas
01-24-2013, 07:44 AM
I admire you all for riding in that weather, as I am riding my recumbent indoor bike.

Nicholas

ShawnoftheDread
01-24-2013, 07:59 AM
I had to take it really slow. I have 35s on my bike with a decent tread, but slipped a bit coming up the pedestrian bridge out of Wakefield Park and then again in Banneker Park. It took me an extra 35 minutes to get in today. Maybe I'll try the studs for tomorrow.

Subby
01-24-2013, 08:04 AM
I hemmed and hawed this morning but whimped out in the end. I'm just not confident enough in the "all weather" stock tires on my Trek FX 7.3. They seem kinda slick to be considered all weather. First car commute of the year.

Signed,

Depressed in DC

Steve
01-24-2013, 08:11 AM
700x23s just didn't seem smart to ride on for me today. I've never wanted a CX bike more than I did today. Especially when the shuttle from Metro to work was late because of a wreck, and I had to stand outside on a sidewalk for 35 minutes. I'm starting to get the feeling back in my toes, it's only been 3 hours.

Hope all those who rode had a safe trip in. Congrats for the impressive effort!

DismalScientist
01-24-2013, 08:15 AM
Had the mountain bike with studded tires. Not a slip all day, but I wasn't taking corners too hard. I think I got ice buildup on the brakes (or maybe it was the headwind northbound on the MVT).

jrenaut
01-24-2013, 08:31 AM
700X23s for me and I had no trouble, but my commute is entirely on roads heavily trafficked by cars. I guess there are good and bad things to that. I think I have salt in my teeth, though.

dcv
01-24-2013, 08:35 AM
Giddy like a schoolboy this morning, swapped to studded tires and hit the trails. Rode with eminva from EFC to Georgetown.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/IMG_20130124_082547.jpg

Liz descended like a pro at the S curve of death. Me, on the otherhand, white-knuckling and going slow enough to auto-pause the Garmin (hang head in shame)

Amalitza
01-24-2013, 08:41 AM
I wimped out Tuesday due to the combination of cold and wind. My 10:30 meeting lasted through most of my lunch hour yesterday, ruining yesterdays planned ride. Im going a little stir crazy. ButI only have bikes with slick tires. Exactly how bad of an idea would it be to ride today? Slightly nuts, or monumentally stupid?

Im sure the trail is not clear, and roads through town are questionable. Hwy 210 is clear, but the shoulders are not, (and I dont think Id enjoy getting splattered by salty road spray from the passing cars anyway) and neighborhood roads look mostly untouched, so riding around town on the roads I guess not the best idea, either. The roads on base, though, look pretty good. Treated and clear, at least the ones getting to my office were completely clear. Very very tempting. I suspect there are some spotty sections, but if I come across anything that looks bad, I could just turn around and go back, not like Id be trying to get somewhere just out for a ride. But its cold and partly cloudy out, should I be very worried about refreezing, even at noon? Or Ill be fine if Im careful?

KayakCyndi
01-24-2013, 08:50 AM
Some rides in are better than others and today's was simply awesome! DCV said Giddy, I had termed it Giggly by the time I got in. The Ogre proved a great tool for the job.

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txgoonie
01-24-2013, 08:50 AM
29er MTB. Little air outta the tires. It was a blast! Only thing I kinda sorta messed up was going with the snowboard ensemble with my sensitive skin I didn't anticipate Goggle Face.

consularrider
01-24-2013, 08:53 AM
Like DismalScientist, I was on my old mountain bike with 26 x 1.75 studded Schwalbe Marathon Winters. No slip or slide over the 13 mile ride. However, I did skip a couple of my uphill detours on the 4MRT in Glencarlyn Park and at Columbia Pike. It looked like someone may have wiped out at the west end of the GW overpass bridge from the Roosevelt Island parking lot leading up to the Lynn/Lee intersection of doom (a car had clearly skidded turning into that parking lot - you could see how it slid, hitting the curb near the curb cut we all use!). No evidence of troll activity on the Roosevelt wooden walkway.

ShawnoftheDread
01-24-2013, 08:58 AM
No cool trail pics (no one to document when I was on my stomach in Banneker Park), but my bike did get some snow buildup.2320

jrenaut
01-24-2013, 09:04 AM
No cool trail pics (no one to document when I was on my stomach in Banneker Park), but my bike did get some snow buildup.
My bike is definitely hopping in the shower with me tonight. I had to wash the outside of my water bottle when I got to work to get all the salt off so I could actually drink from it, I don't want to think about how much salt is on my bike.

KelOnWheels
01-24-2013, 09:04 AM
Augh, I so jealous! I want to ride in the snooooow!

Cold weather gear should be here tomorrow :D (except maybe gloves :( )

Dirt
01-24-2013, 09:07 AM
That was fun this morning.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8410312571_0af3134254_b.jpg

Dirt
01-24-2013, 09:11 AM
Like DismalScientist, I was on my old mountain bike with 26 x 1.75 studded Schwalbe Marathon Winters. No slip or slide over the 13 mile ride. However, I did skip a couple of my uphill detours on the 4MRT in Glencarlyn Park and at Columbia Pike. It looked like someone may have wiped out at the west end of the GW overpass bridge from the Roosevelt Island parking lot leading up to the Lynn/Lee intersection of doom (a car had clearly skidded turning into that parking lot - you could see how it slid, hitting the curb near the curb cut we all use!). No evidence of troll activity on the Roosevelt wooden walkway.
I saw the tracks of a poor soul near East Falls Church who wiped out three times in 200 yards before walking home. The tracks told the story well... straight line... little wobble... HUGE AREA where they wiped out and cleared away snow.... then back to straight line tracks before the next wobble and crash. There were footprints next to the tire prints walking back away from the last crash sight.

americancyclo
01-24-2013, 09:26 AM
The 25s on my metro beater were no match for the hidden chunks of ice or rocks buried under the fluffy blanket of snow on the sidewalk of the West Falls Church Parking lot. What do I get for deviating from my usual route? A ground level view of the snow and new perspective of what my bike looks like laying on the ground. Shoulda stuck to the roads on my normal route. Still fun though!

consularrider
01-24-2013, 09:41 AM
The 25s on my metro beater were no match for the hidden chunks of ice or rocks buried under the fluffy blanket of snow on the sidewalk of the West Falls Church Parking lot. What do I get for deviating from my usual route? A ground level view of the snow and new perspective of what my bike looks like laying on the ground. Shoulda stuck to the roads on my normal route. Still fun though!
The worst trail conditions of my ride were on the section of the W&OD next to the I-66 wall from Ohio St to Patrick Henry. The north (westbound) lane had clearly refrozen and had lumpy, crusty ice. For the most part the southern half of the trail was just the white fluffy stuff.

Bilsko
01-24-2013, 09:41 AM
Just a little cold this morning (also, sorry for the scary close up - my phone actually bi*%^ched at me about the cold temps so picture taking was not easy this morning.)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZRQ2U5-kDuY/UQFUOZZ3MlI/AAAAAAAAWS0/ehMoIwTtU0E/s1301/IMAG0586.jpg

eminva
01-24-2013, 10:03 AM
Liz descended like a pro at the S curve of death. Me, on the otherhand, white-knuckling and going slow enough to auto-pause the Garmin (hang head in shame)

I was braking, too, but I didn't want to brake any harder lest I start skidding. Well, we all made it down safely and that's the important thing. It doesn't have to be artistry!

Nice riding with dcv. And fun playing in the snow!

Liz

Subby
01-24-2013, 10:06 AM
Ok I pulled the trigger on some Nokian Hakkeplitta A10s. I feel like KelOnWheels, anxiously waiting for my new winter stuff. Also, not sure I am saving any money over car commuting. :D

Arlingtonrider
01-24-2013, 10:26 AM
Like Kel, so jealous! Just don't have the right bike or tires.

Wishing everyone a safe trip home, regardless of means of transportation used.

KelOnWheels
01-24-2013, 10:36 AM
Ok I pulled the trigger on some Nokian Hakkeplitta A10s. I feel like KelOnWheels, anxiously waiting for my new winter stuff. Also, not sure I am saving any money over car commuting. :D

Ugh, I haven't even THOUGHT about tires yet. $$$

I gotta see to those new brifters and get my derailleur working properly this weekend. One of these days I'll have time to go test ride new bikes :P

(Oh, very funny, Amazon. I do a search for "winter mountain bike tires" and one of the results is a CycleOps Mag trainer. :P)

ShawnoftheDread
01-24-2013, 01:08 PM
I got some Nokkian studded tires on CL last month and they came with this hard rubber bulb. Neither the seller nor I were sure what it is. Anyone?
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Subby
01-24-2013, 01:11 PM
I got some Nokkian studded tires on CL last month and they came with this hard rubber bulb. Neither the seller nor I were sure what it is. Anyone?
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Does it attach to a tool that you can use to replace missing studs?

DismalScientist
01-24-2013, 02:27 PM
I got some Nokkian studded tires on CL last month and they came with this hard rubber bulb. Neither the seller nor I were sure what it is. Anyone?


It is a Finnish winter helmet decoration. Screw it to the top of your helmet behind your headlight.

Dirt
01-24-2013, 02:28 PM
It is a Finnish winter helmet decoration.
Finish? I haven't even STARTED! ;)

(Sorry. I had to say that. Gonna get back to eating baklava.)

Tim Kelley
01-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Finish? I haven't even STARTED! ;)

(Sorry. I had to say that. Gonna get back to eating baklava.)

If you haven't started yet, you're gonna have to be Russian to get it all done!

Dirt
01-24-2013, 02:47 PM
If you haven't started yet, you're gonna have to be Russian to get it all done!
That makes me Hungary. Gotta go get a snack before my ride home.

KelOnWheels
01-24-2013, 02:53 PM
If you haven't started yet, you're gonna have to be Russian to get it all done!

Russian you say?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXKuwhhC1c

Rod Smith
01-24-2013, 04:12 PM
Met Branch Trail was plowed this morning. Kudos to NoMa BID!
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/DC_/DSC03471_zpsa8d0d864.jpg

jrenaut
01-24-2013, 04:45 PM
It was a bit salty on the roads out there today. My poor bike got a little bit dirty.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8411658149_bc272490ff.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8411658149/)
SALT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8411658149/) by thetejon (http://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

But nothing a quick shower can't fix!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8412757624_08e2a14a5e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8412757624/)
I'm trying to shower here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8412757624/) by thetejon (http://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

Let me know if these shower pics are too risque for the forum

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8412757512_35ecc9de97.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8412757512/)
Toweling off after a shower (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/8412757512/) by thetejon (http://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

KLizotte
01-24-2013, 04:54 PM
Gives new meaning to the term "bike porn".

Bilsko
01-24-2013, 08:43 PM
That makes me Hungary. Gotta go get a snack before my ride home.

OK, You and Tim have clearly been reading too many Reddit threads.

sjclaeys
01-25-2013, 10:28 AM
The Weather Channel has deemed to name the winter storm coming through today Khan. All cyclists must do their best William Shatner impersonations while out and about.

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KelOnWheels
01-25-2013, 12:24 PM
Saw this on WashPo and thought it might be useful for those of us who are out and about:


During this cold period of weather: If you see a homeless person sleeping or just cold with nowhere to go, please take note of the cross streets and what type of clothes they are wearing, and call 1-800-535-7252. The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness will pick them up and transport them to a free shelter.

Also: KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!