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    Default Trail Conditions -- January 2014

    This evening, 1/2/14, between 5 and 7 p.m.:

    The overpass on the Custis over the Glebe Road exit from I-66 was already getting glassy. Proceed with caution.

    The wooden bridges on the W&OD (by the fire stations and Citizens Bridge): snow covered, slick. Proceed with caution.

    The bridges over I-66 and I-395 near Dunn Loring were okay. The Idylwood Park hill was slick but passable.

    Beyond Gallows, the snow is getting quite deep. The rim brakes got totally caked with snow.

    Liz

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    There's snow everywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    There's snow everywhere!
    Including on my helmet.
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    (Don't ask me why that's sideways.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    Including on my helmet.
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    (Don't ask me why that's sideways.)
    Obviously it's to show how sticky the snow is.

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    Great riding with you dkel! Glad you made it home in one piece. A minivan honked at me going down Westmoreland. I gave the finger, but I don't think should could tell with my SUPER ELITE lobster gloves (just kidding, I was white knuckling for dear life).

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    Default MVT AM 3 Jan

    Trail was packed (windblown) snow with occasional patches of ice.

    Depth between DCA and 14th Street Bridge was about an inch.

    I rode (cautiously) with studded tires and had no problems (other than the cold).

    Winds are brutal. Yes to that extra layer you were considering.
    Last edited by dbb; 01-03-2014 at 07:38 AM.

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    News sent from your reporter at the Java Shack. Friday morning, January 3, and the side roads are covered with about an inch of smooth packed snow. Main roads are mostly clear and wet with a little slush. I stayed off the trails so I can't say about them. The coffee is hot!

    Last edited by Fast Friendly Guy; 01-03-2014 at 10:32 AM. Reason: corrected: Jan 3

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    Side roads were bad in Ffx, paths are covered in a crispy powder. I didn't wipe down my bike before putting it in the shed last night. Got on the bike and realized that my brakes were frozen! Flintstoned to stop the bike and microwaved some water to try to unseize the brakes. It worked for just long enough to put the hot mug back in the house. Then they really froze up good. I walked down to the corner to catch the bus, saw that I had a little time and attempted to ride on the side path to the gas station to buy a can of de-iced. The 17g bus swung through about 20 min late. I flagged him down and found the bike rack on the front to be frozen too. After a few tries, I unstuck it and got on the bus. 0.1 mi for today so far!

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    Rode in on my 26x1.5" schwalbe marathons, could have used bit more grip, but no spills and a few fun slides.

    W&OD from Falls Church: Crispy and bumpy, look out for icy footprints and previous tire tracks.
    Custis: Pretty much the same, take it slow on two sisters
    Key Bridge was covered in salt and slush
    M St: a few icy patches near 30th st. take the lane
    Back side of the white house is a little icy on the smooth stones
    Penn ave bike lanes were too icy and frozen to be safe
    Dirt path on the mall was REALLY FUN!!! Particularly with the wind at my back and snowdrifts blowing just a few mph than i was traveling, it made for a really nice morning





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