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snow in south carolina!!!!!!!(11 posts)

snow in south carolina!!!!!!!merckx56
Jan 2, 2002 1:32 PM
it's freaking snowing here in the buckle of the bible belt!
i just rode my 'cross bike for an hour in four inches of snow and 26 degrees! shifting quit working about 20 minutes into the ride. the cables are covered in a thin sheet of ice. brakes worked at maybe 30 percent effectiveness. i know of you live in wisconsin, this isn't a big deal, but this is columbia, south carolina!
i had more fun than you should be allowed to have with your clothes on! it's supposed to snow tomorrow too! i feel like i'm 31 going on 9! my wife merely shakes her head!
This is a riotMcAndrus
Jan 2, 2002 1:43 PM
As a transplanted Yankee I get a kick out of watching the locals deal with this. There was a line of stop-and-go cars outside my office window for two hours.

Now the government offices have let all workers off as have most of the businesses.

As one southern lady once told me "You Yankees know how to drive in this stuff and we don't. So when you see snow in South Carolina, stay off the roads!"
re: snow in south carolina!!!!!!!Rik
Jan 2, 2002 2:10 PM
While here in central Iowa, on the heels of last winter's record snowfall, we've had no measurable snow at all. Go figure!
go buy milk, bread, and beer!!!!nm
Jan 2, 2002 2:30 PM
Mostly beer!McAndrus
Jan 2, 2002 3:42 PM
go buy milk, bread, and beer!!!!merckx56
Jan 2, 2002 4:15 PM
went to the bi-lo for the sister-in-law...
it looks like london during ww2! we've got 3" of snow/sleet
and people are losing their collective minds! i grew up in ohio. if we would have had this amount of weather, it would barely get a mention! you'd think it was nuclear winter fer chrissakes! can't wait to ride the 'cross bike again tomorrow!
Yeah!!bigdave
Jan 2, 2002 6:56 PM
Sounds like you're having fun!! Watch out for the folks who can't drive in it...

But here's my winter beater than avoids the frozen shifting (no shifting!) and even some of the braking problems... and yes, I live in Wisconsin, although like the guy from Iowa said, there's just a dusting on the ground here.

Glad you got a chance to get in on the fun!

--Dave
Nice looking bike BDAhimsa
Jan 2, 2002 7:17 PM
What's the spec sheet on her? I'm a huge fan of practical rides.

Are those Planet Bike fenders? No decals...good call. What tires are those?

Jeesh....I get all goofy over other people's "rain bikes". It's the messenger in me I guess.

Cheers!

A.
Thanksbigdave
Jan 2, 2002 8:11 PM
for the compliments... :-)

As for the frame, it's a 70s Schwinn with semi-vertical dropouts. I don't even know what model it was, because I think it was rescued from the junk heap (dime-sized ding in the middle of the headtube). But, the lack of decals was a natural after one of its previous caretakers (it's been passed around our bike team) had it powder-coated. I highly recommend powdercoating for anyone refinishing a frame... it's really durable stuff and looks nice too.

Good call on the fenders. :-)

Tires, they are Vittoria Mastercross 700x28. Not the best, but I got a good deal on them, and they fit well in the Schwinn's relatively narrow chainstays... I don't think anything much over 30 mm in width would fit.

Um, what else... I removed the stock fork because I couldn't get used to the old sidepulls interferring with the fender. So I got a $25 cross fork from Nashbar and threw on some castoff Coda cantis from my wife's MTB that were left over when we upgraded to V-brakes. This gives me good fender/brake clearance. The fork is slightly taller (where the extra clearance comes from) so geometry is probably off, but it's a beater... I don't plan on cornering hard at 30 mph.

And yeah, the fixed-gear, bad weather bike is a thing of beauty in it's own way, isn't it?

Beers and Cheers!

--Dave
Rednecks suckRedneckhata
Jan 3, 2002 12:59 PM
I can just picture those yokels crashing into each other because of 1" of snow. Ha ha!
Rednecks suckmerckx56
Jan 3, 2002 3:04 PM
the news said there have been 1500 accidents since it started snowing! it's quite amusing! why didn't i take auto body in high school?