Denver winter commute

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dysco, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    Being the night guy has its advantages, the biggest being the complete lack of traffic on the freeways home. Last night was no exception. Of course most nights it isn't snowing. Basically the storm came out of nowhere and dumped on us all night. The trouble was that at 30F, it wasn't cold enough out to beat CDOT and stick to the roads so I got to ride home in a genuine slushfest. Given that I have a new rear studder (front coming soon, Wayne) I kept my speed as close to the limit as I could stand (which is usually not close enough for people with RADAR and ticketbooks.

    After 20 miles I started getting chills which is unusual unless the temps are close to 0. After 30 miles I exited the freeway and pulled the front brake lever back to the handle..... nuthin'. Since my studded rear tire hadn't been properly broken in yet, the rear brake clicked away on the ABS and I started to think about soft landing spots before coming to my senses, releasing the brakes, slamming the Battle-Thumper into first gear, and dropping the clutch. After the knife-on-toast skid of studs on slick concrete and a little wiggle of the tail, I pulled my best Fred Flintstone stop job. The cager next to me stared while I leaned over for a brief visual inspection of my stopping apparatus and I discovered why he looked so worried- my front end was a block of ice... and so was I! Apparently my front brake wanted to stop me but couldn't. Whether it was the ice encasing the caliper or the ice on the disc I still don't know but it worked fine on the way to work this afternoon. As I sat up, I felt the popping of my frozen jacket- 3/4 inch thick in places and realized why I was feeling a bit chilly. After 5 more red lights with little conventional braking ability I was home and decided to document the occasion:

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  2. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    brrrrrrrrrrr

    Glad you got home safe.
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  3. Rider

    Rider In Your Heart, You Know I'm Right

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    Jeebus, that looks miserable! :huh
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  4. KL5A

    KL5A Bugs are the new black

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    Where do you get your studded tires?
    It's obvious that they work quite well-there's an ice covered bike that doesn't look like it's fallen over a lot. I figure that if you can wheel a F around, I should be able to run the Peg year round.
    Cool pix, too. I'd rather ride in cold and dry than 30F-40F and wet, that area around freezing just plain sucks. Onya :thumb
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  5. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    I Make 'em. info HERE, but it needs to be updated since I'm on my third set and I pretty much have the system down now. PM me if you have any questions and I'll get ya ridin' snow in a hurry.
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  6. porterfish

    porterfish Debaser

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    you sir, are a badass.
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  7. JED

    JED Been here awhile

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    I don't think there are any soft landing spots. At my age they all seem to hurt. Glad you landed at home ok.
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  8. Stevil

    Stevil Envoy to Strongbadia

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    "Studding motorcycle tires is a BAD IDEA. Do not install studded tires on a motorcycle unless you are prepared to crash. Prepare or update your last will and testament and tape or otherwise securely fasten a waterproof copy of your emergency contact information to your bike AND your helmet before rolling an inch on studded tires. This is no joke." (quoted from Dysco)
    A friend asked me why I refer to Advrider as 'the asylum'. Next time I will just direct them to this post. You rock Dysco, you rock!
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  9. fish

    fish Banned

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    :clap

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  10. Wayne Weber

    Wayne Weber why are we stopping?

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    Cool. Hey, I only need the front, I was dumb and thinkin the Buff had a 17 rear but it's 18", so that won't work. I walked friday (wanted to bar hop on the way home) :1drink so riding wasn't happening. Nice Ice Block, Dysco. Frozen brakes, that's a new one! haha! you must have laughed when you looked down and saw that much ice on the front end.

    How long was your commute?
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  11. GregInBoulder

    GregInBoulder Jerry rules. Get over it.

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    WOW Dysco. I drove my 4X4 PU from DTC to Boulder about 8 that nite. A very spooky 90 minutes on the rode. On a bike? No f'ing way!!!!
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  12. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    Fish- that's one of my favorites, too. It's hard to get a photographer when it's cold out.

    Weber- 32 miles, Broomfield to Aurora. Front tire ought to be off before the weekend but you're gonna want traction in the rear. If'n ya order the right sized Kenda Trackmaster II 760, (~$50 at Performance) I'll show you the process firsthand- takes about 2 hours if the tire shop is quick. And, yes, I was laughing my ass off.

    Greg- the difference is you can go up in the canyons and dice with a Duschmatti- I have 2 rear-use studded knobbies. There is no dicing in winter for Dysco.
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  13. knary

    knary sunshine and puppies

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    is right.
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  14. Ostrich

    Ostrich Jaded and Happy

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    Beats shoveling the driveway. :nod
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  15. Pawk

    Pawk .

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    um, :huh

    Glad you made it home.

    And today it was 70, the weather sucks here. :deal
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  16. Steve Glenn

    Steve Glenn Been here awhile

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    You Sir are an ADVENTURE RIDER for sure
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  17. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    You the MAN.

    I have some experience making up studded tires for both Ice racing cars and bikes.
    I prefer to use a high speed drill-die grinder works- and cut off the drill bit and resharpen to correct length. That way the chuck stops you at the correct depth. Tape balls up and soon your drilling too deep.

    Its important to get a pattern that never puts two studs in a line at the contact patch. If you do, one stud is just digging a hole for the one behind it as the tire rotates.

    If you really get a need for studs look up some of the sites that cover ice racing. Depending on the rules people have some nasty looking tires.

    If you get a chance speedway bikes on ice really put on a great show.

    As for driving my GS on studded tires in the winter......Im too brittle for that much excitement.

    Did I mention that Dysco is one tough SOB? Is the seat modified for ball clearance?
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  18. sfarson

    sfarson On a Ride

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    Great adventure. I take the XX Blackbird to the Denver airport when forecasts are favorable. Wellllll, more than once forecasters couldn't predict more than two days out and I returned at night to heavy, heavy snow.... and I'm in Park County at 8800ft. Wish I had my camera with me when getting gas (and really, warming up and taking a wizzzz). The bike looks totally cool as the snow melts on it. Literally, can only faintly see the XX outline as it is enveloped in snow melt steam.

    Take a bow for the evening rides year round.
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  19. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

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    Dysco's got balls big enough for us ALL to dine on.

    :dg
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  20. Dysco

    Dysco Diaper slinger

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    For my 2,000th post I'm bumping my first thread ever on Advrider...


    ...The one that made me feel completely welcome, but a bit nervous for my manhood. :lol3
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