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Old 02-15-2010, 07:08 PM   #13531
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Here in the winterfest southeast, have not riden in 3 weeks .I'm thinking tomorrow.

No seriously pretty nice riding.

Feh. I wrote off January as it was below average for 21 days in a row. 32 is my cutoff point, and the few days we managed to hit that, it was either snowing/drizzling or so grey you thought it would any minute. Now feb. has come in and we have not seen 32 degrees yet this month either, and just to make it even more fun, we have had our yearly average of snowfall in the last ten days.
I'm just waiting for good news on that long range forecast. I'm tired of riding in the basement.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:20 PM   #13532
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It's the global warming. The polar bears may not have ice but we sure do.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:34 PM   #13533
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It's the global warming. The polar bears may not have ice but we sure do.
there's a drought on the big island of Hawaii. the California central coast here is still below season normal. we've had a few intense storms but not the sustained rain we get here. you gotta look at the global picture.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:16 PM   #13534
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nice. SLO guy has 2 expensive bikes stolen. finds one for sale on the santa cruz craigslist (thats like 150 miles north of SLO), s'cruz PD sets up a sting and catches the fence

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_14406137
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:42 PM   #13535
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Our seasons are definitely reversed.

Too bad no one wants to do a winter race series (that I'm aware of). They wanna do it same same as the rest of the country: summer. Too farging hot here in the summer to race outside at noon!

I get fat and lazy thru the summer, then trim down thru the winter again as I can go back outside before dark.

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I did the six race winter cross series that hit Flag, Tempe, Mesa, & Gilbert. This last weekend was the Valley of the Sun Stage Race...TT on Friday in Buckeye, RR in Casa Grande, and a Crit around the state cap. The weather was great. There is a winter through spring Crit series in Tucson & Phx on tues evenings. So Cal Cross has a cool series too. The Tucson Bike classic is next month, followed by the Vuelta de Bisbee. There are a bunch of races on the Phx Tucson area in the winter spring.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:07 AM   #13536
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Ducnut's report prompted me to take my camera on my next ride and take a few photos.
I find ride reports motivating. We don't exactly have a RR sub-forum for bicycles. So, I figured "what the heck".

Nice area and ride. I'm definitely jealous.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:16 AM   #13537
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there's a drought on the big island of Hawaii. the California central coast here is still below season normal. we've had a few intense storms but not the sustained rain we get here. you gotta look at the global picture.
The global picture is very cold.

Global warming is total bullshit to steal your money!!!

But hey.... some global warming sure would be nice right now for a good old bicycle ride!!
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Old 02-16-2010, 07:34 AM   #13538
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The global picture is very cold.

Global warming is total bullshit to steal your money!!!

But hey.... some global warming sure would be nice right now for a good old bicycle ride!!

dude its a bicycle thread in the sports forum, lets keep our political opinions to ourselves ok?
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:04 AM   #13539
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The global picture is very cold.

Global warming is total bullshit to steal your money!!!

But hey.... some global warming sure would be nice right now for a good old bicycle ride!!

Please shut the fucking politics up, thanks.

Try CSM next time.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:12 AM   #13540
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Please shut the fucking politics up, thanks.

Try CSM next time.

no kidding.

besides global warming is a fact and due to people using carbon, aluminum and titanium instead of steel framed road bikes. DUH!



ok seriously, it will cost too much to change my bianchi over to 105 from the awesome 10yo veloce 9 speed groupo that i have now.

so ill start saving for a nice new bike. id love to have an 853 frame and 105 components. i should have gotten shimano to begin with, but that was akin to sacrilege. the euro bottom bracket seems to have jumped the shark.
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:17 PM   #13541
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Sumbitch, only about 75 miles on it!
Ran over a little piece of metal debris.

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Old 02-16-2010, 05:37 PM   #13542
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Ever get shocked by your bicycle?

30 years ago, I remember parking under the hi-voltage lines that come out of Plant Hatch - a nuclear power plant down in Baxley GA. If my bicycle was on top of the car, I could hold my keys close to the rack and draw a small arc when the plant was making power.

Yesterday, as I rode parallel to some power lines, I felt a mild shock on my left hand. I thought maybe a bee was stuck in my gloves but I realized I was touching part of the handlebar down near the front brake handle that isn't quite covered by tape.

I could easily repeat the effect by moving my hand close and then back away. Interesting. Maybe I'll dig out my Fluke, bicycle back to the same area and see if I can get a reading on the voltage.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:52 AM   #13543
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30 years ago, I remember parking under the hi-voltage lines that come out of Plant Hatch - a nuclear power plant down in Baxley GA. If my bicycle was on top of the car, I could hold my keys close to the rack and draw a small arc when the plant was making power.

Yesterday, as I rode parallel to some power lines, I felt a mild shock on my left hand. I thought maybe a bee was stuck in my gloves but I realized I was touching part of the handlebar down near the front brake handle that isn't quite covered by tape.

I could easily repeat the effect by moving my hand close and then back away. Interesting. Maybe I'll dig out my Fluke, bicycle back to the same area and see if I can get a reading on the voltage.
Let us know what it shows. I'm curious. I ride under powerlines adjacent to a coal-fired plant all the time, but, have never been shocked. My Trinity is an Alliance (carbon/aluminum hybrid). I wonder why I don't get zapped. Hmmm.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:58 AM   #13544
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Friend of mine up here won 1st place with this movie "Fat Bike" at the Boston Bike Film Festival this last Fall.

His name is Carl Battreall and here's an intro to the movie. Have fun, Mark H.
Got my DVD, yesterday. I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the origins of the fat bike. IDK that I could handle living there with the extremes.

What do you guy wear for gear? What the video shows is awfully lightweight looking. I need to gear up with different stuff, as layers of cycle clothing isn't quite getting it. I don't have a ski shop anywhere close, so I'll have to internet order if that's what you guys use.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:04 AM   #13545
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I've found that a few lighter layers is mo bettah than a few big ones.

No matter what the synthetic folks say, I like Merino wool mo bettah than most of my synthetic base layers.

Lightweight LS base
Midweight insul layer
Mid- to Heavyweight jersey
Windbreaker jacket
(+ tights, etc)

Was all I needed down into the teens to 20s regardless of the windchill once I got warmed up. Iffen I was goin mtn biking, I'd need less.

I can't think that you'd need much more riding wherever else in the country 'cause well, riding = heat.



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