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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
It was 7º this morning. I prefer sitting at my desk at work without having to thaw my nuts.
Oh I wouldn't spend that either, like I said I was waiting for the consumer grade product to show up. It might also be a bit like a DR790, having not ridden one I am quite happy to scoff at the costs. I will probably (although not certainly) resist any opportunity to ride one for fear that I won't be happy with my DR650 after having seen the potential. I went into the drill demo blissfully unaware of the consequences.
I wanted to try out the new regulator running both the heated jacket and heated gloves. Bike was fine but all this freaking gears sucks azz. The gloves keep my hands warm but all the bulk is horrible, I wouldn't want to do any jarring unpaved riding.
I need hippo hands I think. Then getting to work and removing overpants etc. More work than it's worth I think.
A windshield would help but I don't like em.
I rock these: https://obradvgear.com/enduro-grip-mitt/
Totally worth it. Great company too. They're here on ADV as well. Would recommend to anyone.
Kickback control on high torque tools is worth shopping for. I once exploded the metal gearbox housing of a Milwaukee corded 1/2" drill using a 4" hole saw. Better the housing than me as I was on a ladder. Replaced drill with a Dewalt with the kickback control - it's saved me several times since. New hole-hawgs have a clutch in them. I'm indifferent my big old Black & Decker 1/2" drill got stolt. That thing was a merry-go-round when it hooked up. A buddy drilling over-head once got saved when his hole-hawg finally spun to a stop when it came unplugged after jamming and spinning him off the ladder, winding the cord around him as he hung on. Lots of busted fingers, teeth etc from high torque hand tools.
They look nice. I'm thinking I'm better off with something that comes up the wrist a little more. Dunno
Probably depends on your glove style. If you're running gauntlets over your coat cuff those would probably be good to go. short gloves under your jacket cuff you might still get a breeze.
My heated gloves are gauntlet. My regular winter gloves are not but they're comfortable off road and down to 40* or so. My winter riding coat on or off the bike is my Carhartt 3/4 length. Extremely warm but the sleeves are very bulky at the cuff and the gauntlets don't go over them well very well, but they do make it. This morning was in a t-shirt , heated jacket liner and Carhartt. Longer rides I do a Marino 250 long sleeve base layer up top. I don't want heated grips as great as they are.
I wear some simple JoeRocket gloves with no gauntlets and it covers just fine. My big concern about the larger mitts was getting my hands stuck in them. These OBR ones have worked flawlessly.
While you're crawling around on the floor, wouldja look for my 10mm socket?
I commute on my bike through most anything except temps below freezing. Probably in large part because my entire 58 mile morning commute is in darkness, and I'm constantly encountering ice across the road at various places from rain run-off, etc.
Do you guys who ride in that weather have some anti-ice riding secret, or do you keep your fingers crossed the whole time that the entire road will be 100% dry? I can deal with the low temps, but ice and two wheels has never worked out well for me.
My primary riding buddy made some hippo hands as seen in this post: https://advrider.com/f/threads/the-sewing-thread-show-us-your-home-made-gear.1406286/#post-38393002. Lots of admirable work there, both in his post and by others.
No, fingers crossed is not a good strategy.
Colorado air is dry - black ice formed from moisture in the air is rare - and I can safely ride in below freezing temps, but not until the roads are dried out from snow melt.
I know where the trouble spots are and I scope them out day by day until I'm sure it's okay to ride. I'm with you, 2 wheels and ice is not a good mix.
I live pretty close to you so similar situations.
If I know the roads are dry I don't worry so much. As winter sets in and it snows, then melts some during the day and run off freezes at night, that creates a bad situation. Also the wonderful brine and salt they put on the roads. If they call for frost MD puts an inch of salt down. Not only the horrible corrosion to the bike but the salt can collect and is like sand in the turns.
My riding slows down once the snow and salt starts, then I'll ride after a heavy rain washes ( or warshes as we say ) things off.
Where can I buy this drill? I just decided I need two of them!
Most of my commute is through MD, and there is no doubt when crossing the PA/MD border because the MD roads are much more free of snow/ice due to that inch of salt (thanks, BTW ).
Like you, I always look forward to a heavy rain following a period of salt to flush the roads but I also try and rinse the bikes after a ride when possible. I've noticed some adverse effects over the last couple of years though, presumably from the salt brine that has seen increased use, and I think this year I'll try a spray coating of Fluid Film around the engines ahead of the salt.
And to everyone shaking their heads and saying we're nuts, I still love living where it snows! Nothing like hiking on the Appalachian Trail, et al, with my wife and my Lab through a fresh blanket of the white stuff.
And a different kind of fun on the state forest roads sometimes (No, I didn't quite make it up this hill even with knobbies ):
I keep an eye out for spares at recycle shops.
Very common here in the northwest close to the ocean. We even have clip-on studs for our walking boots. Not even liking cages on that stuff.
I spray the bikes down with S100 corrosion inhibitor. It's ok. Spray silicone dry lube does OK too. Have tried many industrial type sprays. Helps spokes from corroding. Yes watch the brakes and tires.
This year I'm going to pick up some CRC Salt Terminator and give it a try for wash and protection. I'll get a gallon jug and mix it up in a spray bottle.
Anyone try it? It's mostly a boat thing I guess.
Please doG, make it stop. There’s nothing quick about a bonus loop, 10 minits seem like hours.
Yeah, I don’t drink and ride but apparently I’ll ride b!tch with no gear.