Chilly Calgary Sunday Ride

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  1. SPEEDSMITH

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    Although it was right around freezing, Kev, Roxy, and I decided to go for a spin around Calgary today.
    It wasn't too bad in the sunshine, but, some of the roads were pretty icy.

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    We had coffee & hot chocolate to warm us up, and then continued riding for a while.

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    Eventually, it was time to go back up the luge run (as we like to call our alley), and call it a day.
    I hope some of you guys managed to get out for a bit as well.

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    Yo Speedsmith..

    Glad to see you guys got out today....looks good!:thumb
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    Cool write-up, SPEEDSMITH! Wish WE had some coffee and hot chocolate on OUR frosty ride! Oh well, the price we pay for most the area not being very developed, yet!

    Hey, we could have a "battle of the frosty photos!" :lol3

    Take care, Mark H.
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    Glad to see others getting out and enjoying the snow.:D Great pics!!!:clap
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    It's nice to hear from you guys in Alaska, thanks for the comments.
    I've been looking at akphotog's photos for quite a while now, they are great.
    I've actually got a few questions for you AK guys, I see that you guys use car type studs in you tires.
    Once winter hits, do the roads stay icy?
    I only have experience with the screw in ice-racing studs that we use on frozen lakes.
    They really suck on anything but ice, plus they get dull just rolling them around on any hard surface.
    We usually wrap them with old inner tubes when they're not on the ice.
    With the Chinooks we get here, the roads are bare and dry quite a bit in the winter.
    I would think that even the car type studs would get worn down pretty fast on dry pavement, correct?
    Thanks, Paul.
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    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Hi Paul...

    I think car studs will last much longer...I have about 750 miles on my TKC's with studs and they look spankin' new. We have lots of ice now...but, the same for us...we can get weeks of cold weather, and the main highways are bone dry. So, as long as it is legal for you in Calgary I would highly recommend the hack.

    -Robert
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    Hi Robert, thanks for the advice, it's just something I'm considering at the moment.
    You guys may not have many places to stop for coffee, but, at least you don't have many people around.
    We now have 1,000,000 people in Calgary, so there's always someone looking to run us over.:eek1
    Remember Ewan & Charley in LWR? They both got hit in Calgary!:huh
    I think I'll stick to the warmer days to ride on the street, and blow the dust off the XT500 and play on the lakes when it's colder.
    Plus, I've been threatening to build a sidecar ice-racer for a while now, that could be fun.:D
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    I'm also in Calgary and went for a quick ride last tuesday when it was nice and sunny out. Then on Wednesday I was sliding sideways down elbow drive in my car. Friday I had snow tires installed on it.
    I'm hoping the weather holds out this weekend so I can go for another rip. My girl has been politely hounding me that she wants to go for a ride. I'd hate to disappoint...
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    Hey Paul, I know my bosses husband has a hack rig set up for racing and it's for sale.
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    Hi dwayne,
    Thanks for the heads-up, but, I think part of the fun will be the trial and error of building it.
    A friend has already donated a KZ550 with a bent frame to the cause, so at least I have a starting point.
    It will be interesting to see how good my rarely used welding skills are!:eek1
    Oh well, what's the worst that could happen?:lol3
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    you probably won't get road rash sliding down the ice!:lol3

    I kinda figured you were the type to enjoy to build.
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    I may not get road rash, but, getting run over by tires studded with hundreds of ice-racing screws isn't much of a picnic either.:huh
    Oh well, last time that happened, I had so many layers on that I didn't feel much anyway.:D
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    We're gonna try to put together a bike for the Numb Bum this year, thinkin about an early XR, luckily one of our crew works in Aircraft structures, so he can help with the full fenders.
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    The last time I was at the Numb Bum was in 2001.
    I went with my buddy Mark, he was doing a story for some bike mags, it was the year that the "Dream Team" was there.
    Getting to hang out in the motorhome with Kevin Schwantz, Jeff Freddette, Mike Bell, Scott Parker, & Dick Burleson was very cool.
    It was interesting to see their whole way of thinking change, once it looked like they could win it.
    Mike Bell had never even ridden on ice before the race, and was pretty nervous.
    It was really impressive to see how fast he adapted, and how good he looked after a few laps.
    It shouldn't be too surprising I guess, those guys are all legends!:D
    See Ya, Paul.
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    THAT'S a cool story! Thanks.
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