Through The Winter -3

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by RLK, Dec 15, 2008.

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  1. RLK

    RLK Guest

    I'm going to keep riding. Yes its -3 right now at 9 am. I'll be at work by 9:30 after riding my crazy machine. It snowed about 2 inches yesterday. THe studded tires will return the investment ($40 each) before lunchtime, and tomorrow and throuout the winter. There is money to be made. I don't want to walk to work or ride the bus. Time to put on 8 layers of fleece and my snowsuit.

    Through the winter, tell you stories here if you want to.

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Good for you RLK.

    I'd be particularly interested in hearing how those snow tires perform and wear and all that. I'm considering some.
  3. RLK

    RLK Guest

    Its kind of hard to wear out studded tires. Not a lot of joy-riding when its like this, only necessary trips. I only ride to work, to the grocery and to the bank; sometimes to a restaurant but its all within 8 miles of home. I'm re-using the one skinny little 26x1.75x1.9 Innova tire I used last year up front on my electric front hub. It spit out a few studs but there is no noticible tread wear.

    This year i'm using a Klon**** studded 26x2.10 on the rear as well. I looked in all of the bike shops and asked around. The parts clerks in the shops say they can special order Continential brand studded tires for $90 EACH!!. No thanks. I found this new Klon**** tire at Wal*Mart for $35.

    These are the shortest days of the year so it gets dark long before quitting time. There's black ice everywhere but the tires work really well. I can slide and save a fall. I can make emergency stops that would otherwise be a crash. On dry ground the studs are LOUD! But that's a good thing sometimes, people can hear me coming.

    Ride safe everybody! How low can you go?
  4. RLK

    RLK Guest

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  5. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    hahahaha it won't let you say the vice president's name

    **** Cheney
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I rode my Trek around a bit yesterday, but I did have a little trouble starting it. At -5F, I couldn't get the clutch to grab, even with the cable disconnected. I ended up taking the bike inside and warming it up a bit. Shouldn't be a problem tomorrow. It's warmed up to 15F outside, and the bike is warming itself by the fire.
  7. RLK

    RLK Guest

    Wow. -5 in Haines AK has got to hurt. Its not just cold, its a wet cold. Hats off to, er, on to you Alaskavan. How do you suit up for that?

    FWIW, my bike lives in the livingroom on so much newspaper spread across the floor to catch the dripping melting ice and snow. I hope you have a garage for the 3 MBs you list in your sig.

    I don't go near oceans, but the rare times I have, my first thought was, "The wind is salty."
  8. MyPC8MyBrain

    MyPC8MyBrain New Member

    Been riding those Klon d i ke studs here in Colorado. They work really well and you can't beat the price.

    Haven't ridden -5f yet, but it was -2f on Monday. Suprisingly, the HT fires right up with a touch of choke.

    It's fun passing the lines of traffic trying to get somewhere, but gridlocked on the snow and ice.
  9. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    I had to dig myself out of this mess when I left work today! Yes I am completely INSANE! It is a complete white out today.

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  10. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    We've had an ice storm. No riding for me today.

    But it's also one of my days off. So it didn't work out so badly. We'll see what tomorrow brings, but I'll likely have to drive.
  11. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    My winter ride hasn't been bad here in Alabama at all I wore pants and short sleeves yesterday.:)
  12. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Some folks have all the luck.

    You have good weather. And for us space buffs, you've got an actual Saturn 5 rocket in your neighborhood.

    I gotta tell you, man, Huntsville is sounding pretty good right now.
  13. rkbonds

    rkbonds Member

    lol yeah, it's nice if we could only get it to stop raining long enough to get some good riding in. The high today was 68 and rainy :) :( The space center is about 5 mins. from my house.
  14. nsideus

    nsideus Guest

    I ride everyday to work on homemade studded tires. The other day/night it was -7 and snowing who knows what the windchill was when I left for work at 2:30 am to plow snow. I thought about buying studded tires but went with homemade and have zero regrets. Total cost 1 $15 kevlar tire, 1 used tire $5 worth of screws and 2 hours. I passed at last count 100+ cars on a hill the other day.

    Ride till your nose falls off.
  15. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    What length of screws did you use?
  16. RLK

    RLK Guest

    Please tell us more about your setup. :D If you have done a write up please point lazy dummies like me to it. How do you suit up? What part of CO? I'm in CSprings. That's some serious MBing man, hats on to you. :jester:

    MyPC8MyBrain, what's your altitude in CO? Did you have to lean out the carb on the HT? I don't know if you can adjust the carb on those things. Like I said, i'm a dummy. Hats on to you. :jester:

    Simonator, That's also some serious MBing! You are a truly dedicated rider. Do they salt or mag.chloride the streets you ride? Hats on to you! :jester:

    rkbonds, Your situation dosen't count as winter. You get to wear a different hat :dunce: (kidding) Enjoy the ride.

    ANd all you others Do your thang! :jester:
  17. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Just old fashion salt! I'm still riding on bald tires because I haven't been able to afford new ones. It sure is an adventure! There is about a foot of snow outside right now!
  18. does any one have a hard time starting theres in freezing weather?
  19. nsideus

    nsideus Guest

    The screws I used are #8x1/2" lath. Drill 1/8" hole from the top through each lug you want a stud in then insert screw from the bottom. The amount of and placement of studs can vary depending on your needs, I have 80 in the rear and 120 in the front.
    After all the studs are in the tire, take and old tube cut out the valve stem and cut the tube along the inside so it will wrap around a your inner tube (use a heavy duty tube with slime). Use a tire linner, I am using pond linner cut to fit.

    My winter wear consists of ski bibs, down coat with outter coat, ear flap hat, neoprene face mask, goggles and,ski gloves all water and wind proof.

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  20. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    Interesting topic, possibly because I cracked a couple of ribs three days ago. For me it's always my front wheel that slides out so fast that I hit the ground and always seem to land on my shoulder. On my last wipeout I had to lie in the wet snow in the middle of the road because I knocked the wind out of my lungs. There I was with my bike laying on top of me, fighting for breath, thinking about the sound my ribs made as I landed.
    Thank God for Tylenol 3, it hurts so bad I can't even cough without hurting.