I think I'm about done motoring for the winter..

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by bluegoatwoods, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It's a drag. But it's getting too cold. It's hard to stay warm and it's hard to start the engine. (particularly about dawn or so)

    But I'm gonna keep on two-wheeling. I drove to work all last week and my back hurt so bad I could hardly stand it. I had a nice Schwinn pedal bike. I had been thinking about motorizing it, but I didn't want to lose it as a pedaller. But about a month ago my daughter took it without telling me and it got stolen. So I spent the last couple of days rebuilding an old, cheap mountain bike that we had laying around. Built my own saddlebags out of aluminum strips from the hardware store and two of those cheap fabric, insulation and plastic-inside coolers from wal-mart. Now I've got a nice, wide platform over the back wheel that I can bungee my duffel bag onto. This gives me the cargo space I need without a trailer.

    I've been an ice-biker before and I'm gonna do it again. I'm actually looking forward to it. It makes this time of year less bleak if you can spend some time out there without being uncomfortable. Though I've (almost) never been a hunter, I've always enjoyed camping out this time of year with my hunting friends for pretty much the same reason.

    Another example of how people can be weird toward us; commuting to work as the cold weather came on I, naturally, dressed heavier. Heavy boots, coveralls, etc. I also carried a small folding chair. Makes it much easier to change shoes and such. A few times, while sitting in this chair with my boots, coveralls, hats, gloves, etc. kinda spread around me, security would come up and say, "What are you doing?". Now their job, of course, is to be suspicious. But these guys were agressive, sort of angry and overly suspicious about it. I really think they were jumping to the (ridiculous) conclusion that I was trying to set up some kind of squatter's camp. I remember thinking, "C'mon Barney Fife..I know it's unusual. But it shouldn't be that hard to figure out." Of course they recognize me now and don't give any trouble. And most of the people at work are admiring. But even at this (moderately) grown-up stage of life, you'll still rung into that third-grade mentality that says, "You're not like the rest of us. You're a dork."

    Oh well, I don't want to end on a sad note. I'm looking forward to riding in the winter. I'm gonna have to consult with AlaskaVan and get a good notion on how he makes his studded tires.

    see y'all around.

  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    aint no shame in pedaling a bike! (I should pedal more, especially in the winter...ya stay a lot warmer)

    you're still gonna hang out with us, aren't ya?

    I plan to ride every day... as long as the roads aren't snowy/icy.
    hmmmm..studded tires on my trike?:idea3:

    great...another unfinished project! :banghead:
  3. Saddletramp

    Saddletramp Member

    Dude, don't abuse your back! Ice & slippry stuff can be quite a painful day. Windy Rocks!
    Wish I was there for the Xmas Lights. From here I can see Bikni's & Ice cold Beers, S. Texas Rocks too. :)
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Just had the first pedal commute in upper 20s weather. It was just fine. Yesterday evening when I went to work (6;00 PM) it was about 35, light snow and sleet. I stopped at McDonalds for a burger and fries and I was so warm that I sat outside on their picnic tables cooling off while a dusting of snow built up. It was great; people passing by would look at me like I came from Mars. They just don't understand that it's possible to be in weather like that all sweaty and digging on the feeling of cooling down.

    this morning I left work right at sun-up. temp in the high 20s. might have been as low as 25. I had to stop half-way home and sit in the grass for a bit and take off my heavy clothing down to almost shirt sleeves, no hat (for a while, anyway) It felt like a September morning to me. Life is good.

    I imagine I'll be checking in here about as much as I have since joining. I'll want to read the winter riding stories and pick up on any rough weather tips that are going around.
    And when spring comes, I'll be getting the motor bike up and running again. I've had enough of pedalling in that hot, muggy stuff.

    And even though I'm singing the praises of winter riding, there's always a part of me that thinks that places like Los Angeles, Miami and South Texas sound mighty good this tiem of year. Wouldn't it be great if we all weren't so busy making our livings that we could form a time share co-op? Then we could switch around from climate to climate, never getting too much of one particular good thing.
  5. djase10

    djase10 Guest

    OOh a little under 4deg C -- thats fridge weather,
    Stay warm BGW.
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    It's about 5deg F here this morning. I think I'll strip the cables off the trike today to thaw them out and get them lubed so they won't freeze up again this winter.I might also work on changing my throttle. I've been using a brake lever, but with the cold, the arthritis in my fingers is giving me some trouble. Might be okay if I switch to a thumb lever. Dang, getting old is a hassel. I'll probly get around to studding some tires during the week.
  7. My gloves and ninja hat is in the wash right now.
    Oh yes this winter will be fun.
  8. sjackson

    sjackson Member

    I hear ya man... I love ice biking. I love the feeling of it. It makes you almost invincible to the cold it feels like. I would come inside from a solid hour of biking in a blizzard, damp from either sweat or snow, and just have the moisture steaming off of me. It's invigorating, and you can't get the same effect biking in the summer. I plan on riding my motor bike this winter (when I finish it) when it's dry, but before the 4 stroke kits were available, I bought a bike that I am in the process of converting to a hard core winterized ride. 700c hybrid upright frame with suspension front fork... The plan is to put an nexus internal 7 speed hub with a roller brake on the rear, and internal drum brake on the front. I can't get 700c wheels with these hubs, so I still have to get them built.
  9. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It is a good feeling, isn't it?

    I remember the last time I did any serious winter riding (ten, twelve years ago now) I had reached the point that the thermometer reading would tell me at a glance exactly which clothes to wear for max comfort. And that was a good feeling, too. I'm a little rusty on that now, but I'll get it back quick. I also had the notion that I was more "in tune" with the weather (summer and winter). The feeling that I could tell from the feel of the air what sort of weather was coming. That might have been largely illusion, but I'll bet there was at least some truth in it.

    I also had the feeling that if I just carried, say, a pup tent, then I could blunder into a horrible blizzard and still be just fine. Just sleep til morning and then drag my stuff home through the snow. I never bothered to carry one because such a thing was pretty unlikely. But it felt great to think that it wouldn't be any big deal; kind of a neat adventure.

    Large Filipino used to have a signature line that talked about how we had found the fountain of youth. I thought it was perfectly true. In fact, I might have to steal it since it seems to not be used anymore :)
    And bikes also make winter a whole lot more bearable, too.

    I've always maintained that the bike is mankind's greatest invention. I still think so. that'll probably never change.

    Now it's about time to get ready for work. If anything happens on the ride that's worthy of reprting, then I'll do so in the morning.
  10. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    man u guys are inspiring me to dig the bike out lol. last winter, this 20 degree weather was the usual, and id be on the mb riding on solid ice roads. (see sig lol) and when it got up around 40 i was in a t-shirt. now, im looking at carheartt overalls lol. id really love to ride through the winter this year, but with my messed up ankle, i really doubt it'll happen.

    thats the main reason i got a scooter. i need surgery on my ankle, and presently they cant do it, so i have to wear an air cast. so i cant pedal :(

    anyway, ill hope to report on my 45mph scooter rides in the 20 degrees! lol
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  11. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Well, that's cool tater. It's too bad you can't pedal. But it looks like you know how to have fun in the winter, anyway. And there's always hope for the future. Just don't injure yourself any further, okay?

    Nothing too big to report on the bicycle commute last night and this morning. I did get overheated pretty badly going into work and I was half-sick part of the night and exhausted all of the night. Made it kinda hard. So this morning I rode partway home, then caught a bus for the one bad uphill that's on my way and then rode the rest of the way home. That wasn't bad at all.

    I've definitely got to work out the proper clothing for particular temperatures. but it won't take long. I've already learned a bit. It seems that I don't need my heavy winter coat yet. A cotton spring/fall jacket (with some layers underneath) will do until it gets colder.
  12. How to stud your tires

    1) Go to Wal Marts

    2) Bring money.

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  13. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    :party: :punk: :clap:

    woohoo 4 walmart!
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  14. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    you guys are inspirational! ive had hypothermia from rideing several times & the older ya get the more days it takes to thaw & get back to normal, i was more adventureous as a younger rider regarding the weather now like you all ive learned to be more prepared! our big thing here on the coast is the winter rains for 8 months, its a toss up scuba suit or rain gear!
  15. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    It's probly not gonna rain here again 'til May, so I'll be riding again. I can gear up for the cold, but it's really a bummer to have the rain finally find it's way through your gear about 20 miles into a 33 mile ride. And it casts a bit of a pall on the day, knowing that I'll be wet, and therefore cold, for the whole 33 miles back home. And then I have to get a fire going to start warming up again. I'm glad the rain is done. Let it snow.
  16. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    personally id prefer the snow also. but not coupled with the ice. around here we have crappy plow services so there is alot of white compacted roads, and the roads that are plowed usually have tons of black ice. i end up riding with both legs out so as not to fall over. by the way, i rode today in the 25 degrees and i was actually comfortable! thanks to my early christmas present. artic carheartts!
  17. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I never knew that worm-mart actually carried studded tires. good for them.

    And thanks for pointing it out LF.

    Now I've got to find out if they stock them in my location.
  18. MyPC8MyBrain

    MyPC8MyBrain New Member

    yeah, i've always bike commuted through the winter here in Colorado Springs. It's colder riding the motorbike instead of a pedal bike.

    Yesterday I ordered a
    mx helmet,
    Motocross Helmet
    leather thinsulate gloves
    and a neoprene face cover off of ebay.
    Neoprene Mask

    Did not know that walmart had studded tires. I've paid dearly for them over the internet before for my 700c wheels.

    It's fun in the winter when the cars are in gridlock and you can just zip past them all....laughing up a storm.

    Dress warm!
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008
  19. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the links, PC8

    I use a similar face mask. it's neoprene, wrap around velcro back. I haven't used it yet, though, 'cause it's not that cold yet. but using that and wide safety glasses seems to give better face protection than any face shield I've found yet.

    I've been pondering something for years. Picture a cheap rubber hose. Maybe 5/8 in ID.
    Drill holes in it every few inches or so. Now wrap it under your armpits and around your back or your upper belly with the two ends sticking up out of your collar. While you're riding air ought to flow through this and it ought to cool us down a bit. It would be a crude radiator. When you start getting chilly, then you just poke the ends down under your collar.

    It would be very inexpensive. I'm gonna have to give it a try.
  20. MyPC8MyBrain

    MyPC8MyBrain New Member

    anybody happen to know how much those studded tires cost at wal-mart?