Biking in the cold

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kerf, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. kerf

    kerf Guest


  2. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    I was going to winterize my MB, but I figured I would keep it ready to use. You never know when someone wants to take a "test drive"!


    In the 70's (when I was a kid) we were supposed to go into the next ice age. Millions would starve as many areas would become unfit for farming. Then , it was "global warming" from so called "greenhouse gasses". (one of which we exhale - so maybe we should eliminate ourselves) Because they cannot prove the "warming" theory (with glaciers growing around the globe), the new label is "climate change". It's all hogwash. It's a way to generate revenue by taxing "carbon emissions". If its that bad, ban "carbon emissions" altogether. When "dangerous pollution" becomes a revenue source for government, I become highly suspicious.
     
  3. kerf

    kerf Guest

    It's like tobacco, why not just outlaw it altogether, it's obviously dangerous. Because there is too much tax money involved.
     
  4. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    But in this case, the evil greenhouse gas CO2 is what we exhale, and what plants need to produce O2. (which is quite necessary) But I do agree that taxing tobacco and alcohol are a "money grab" by the government, and has absolutely nothing to do with protecting the public.
     
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Excessive alcohol and tobacco taxes (excessive casino taxes, too) are not just a money grab. They're even more insidious than that; they're an effort to place the largest tax burden possible on an unpopular minority.

    I don't suppose our society was ever entirely free of such garbage. But we've gotten worse about it in the last few decades, it seems.
     
  6. terrence

    terrence Member

    Ok, im the 6th post here and mark my words... here comes another political thread. It will be within the next 5 posts. Then watch out. The title sucked me in "Biking in the cold" But certain members will turn the topic around soon. Watch. Im bailing early.
     
  7. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Yeah, I know what you mean Terrence. I was misled by the title as well. I'm keeping an eye on it.
     
  8. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Not political, purely scientific. Sunspot activity increases the suns magnetic field and it expands to surround the earth. This magnetic field act like a "Star Trek" shield and blocks some of the cosmic rays striking the earth. Within the last two years, Swedish researchers have found that cosmic rays are important in cloud formation, more rays, more clouds. Water vapor is the most significant green house gas in the atmosphere, many times greater than CO2 but clouds have the opposite effect by reflecting the suns radiant energy back into space. The 11 year sunspot cycle and global temperatures are linked and we are moving out of the greatest sunspot activity, gonna get cold this winter. Better get ready to ride bundled up.
     
  9. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Where is the science in talking of money grabbing and taxes?
     
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  10. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Just idle chit chat. I read much on the cloud formation / temperature issue from Dr. Roy Spencer, Professor of Climatology Research, University of Alabama, Huntsville. Smart guy.
     
  11. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    I think here in NJ, our gasoline formulation changes in the winter months (to appease the enviro-weenie tree huggers), but the reformulated gas can be more harmful to the gaskets and seals in small utility engines. (like the ones used in our motorized bikes)

    Might be a good idea to buy a few gallons of the "summer blend" and treat it with some sta-bil so you have some of the "good stuff" to burn in the winter.
     
  12. I hate it when it gets cold. I have to put long pants on to go riding..........
     
  13. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Down here in the deep south, we too have reformulated gas but it has to be in the ground in the spring. Never thought about it mess'n up my bike, great, now I can worry about the economy and that. Time for a little Crown or Jack or whatever I got in the cabinet.
     
  14. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Shorts, t-shirt, sneakers and sun glasses, my kind of rid'n. Don't tell anyone, I've had to break out the long handles last weekend. 35 mph @ mid forties is hard on old bones.
     
  15. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    Ha - laugh now, but according to Gore, in not-so-distant the future you'll be living in a desert wasteland and I will be wearing shorts in December. ;)
    or under water......

    One important thing to remember is that the jetting needs to be changed on small engines for cold weather use. (Winterized engines are already jetted for cold weather) I toasted a gas leaf blower a long time ago when I used it blow light snow off of my porch and walkway. I noticed that in 45F weather, my HT engine runs lean. Enough so that it bogs slightly at WOT, and has more power at 3/4 throttle. Once I noticed this, I just cruised home at 1/4 throttle so I wouldn't blow it up.
     
  16. BSA

    BSA Guest

    I'm glad I'm not the only one whos aware of Dr. Roy Spencers work ;)
    There is no such thing as CO2 induced global warming and a scientist called Sherwood Idso proved it via a number of natural experiments. The global warming theory relies on computer model evidence which is purely speculative.

    meanwhile I'm more worried about the next ice age, which is undoubtedly near.

    BSA
     
  17. kerf

    kerf Guest

    For real, especially with heating and food cost already going through the roof.
     
  18. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    It's supposed to get in the upper 30s here in four more nights (Monday night).

    My personal belief is that global warming and global cooling are *both* real... summers will be hotter, while winters will be colder. More EXTREME temperatures... not just constantly increasing or constantly decreasing; constantly expanding temperatures.
     
  19. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    P.S. - I love some of the facts from that website kerf posted. Here's a couple of my favorites...

    *Polar Bears mate on land. Their favorite food besides seal meat is blueberries.

    *"To get to the truth of what drives global climate one must first seperate politics from the science."
     
  20. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Please explain the mechanism causing this phenomenon. Summers are usually hot and winters usually cold, what would cause these seasons to exceed the normal range of expected temperatures. Keep in mind that the normal range would not be the average temp, but outside extremes predicted by statistical models.
     
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