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Snow Day!!!(34 posts)

Snow Day!!!MB1
Dec 5, 2002 8:18 AM
For the last week the forecasters were promising us a big snow storm. Last winter there was very little snow here in DC, looks like this year might make up for it.

Have I mentioned that I love to ride in snow-well I do. Growing up in Samoa and Hawaii and living in SoCal until I was 45 never gave me a good snow fix. Every time it snows is a treat, I got a real big treat today.

The Nokian studded tires really help.
Not much traffic.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 8:21 AM
Miss M grew up in the hills of Western Pennsylvania and doesn't enjoy the snow the way I do. Still we both had 9am meetings so off we went (we made it with time to spare but no one else showed up-imagine that!).

Not much traffic on Ohio Drive so we rode in the middle of the street.
I should have known.....Dave Hickey
Dec 5, 2002 8:21 AM
I was watching "Good Morning America" this a.m. and saw the weather in DC. I said to myself "I wonder if MB1 is riding today". I should have known better!
Brush Off.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 8:23 AM
The going was pretty tough Miss M stopped once ina while to clear her brakes, I didn't bother.
Dec 5, 2002 8:26 AM
What a mess, cars and trucks were slipping and sliding all over the place. I guess we were the only ones on the road with studded tires.
Beware studded tires are illegal in DC,MD,VAcyclopathic
Dec 6, 2002 6:28 AM
you may get fined 8-P
One happy camper.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 8:28 AM
Boy was I having fun.
Snow rides sound differentTig
Dec 5, 2002 5:06 PM
Even through hats and ear warmers, you can still hear the wonderful sound of tires squeeking through the snow. Riding during a snowfall, the absence of normal outside sound is nice as well.
Ice BikeMB1
Dec 5, 2002 8:30 AM
At no charge snow gives your bike that full aero look that folks spend so much money for. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. ;-)
MB1 (and Mrs. M) .....eyebob
Dec 5, 2002 8:54 AM
Do you bike commute every day?

How far is your commute?

We rarely take the shortest route.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 9:04 AM
I get about 30 miles a day during the week, Miss M maybe 35 miles. My shortest possible commute would be 6 miles straight through town, Miss M's about 14 miles. We go a bit out of our way to avoid traffic and often go to the local Safeway or Whole Foods Market on our way home.

About the only time we drive is on weekends to meet our friends for a ride.
I'm with Miss MScot_Gore
Dec 5, 2002 8:54 AM

Having grown up with snow like you got being pretty routine, it has lost most of it's fascination. Glad you're enjoying it and thanks for giving me a perspective to try and regain the joy of SNOW.

MB1 (and Mrs. M) .....eyebob
Dec 5, 2002 10:20 AM
Do you bike commute every day?

How far is your commute?

What does it take for you NOT to ride?Fez
Dec 5, 2002 8:55 AM
I've seen your pictures over the past few months and enjoyed them.

From memory, I can say you ride thru heat waves, rain, World Bank demonstrations, Sniper scares, frigid cold weather, and now snow.

What does it take for you NOT to ride?
I took a day off this year just because I hadn't done it in a while. nmMB1
Dec 5, 2002 9:07 AM
I took a day off this year just because I hadn't done it in a while. nmFez
Dec 5, 2002 9:29 AM
OK, but this past winter was real mild. If it gets below 20F and/or there is a blizzard this winter, I take it you'll still be riding?
Dec 5, 2002 9:51 AM
I have never ridden in temps below 0(f). Looking forward to doing it some day.

Blizzards and/or ice storms? Probably not.

In my opnion really hot weather is the hardest to ride in, you can dress for cold but there is not much you can do about heat. I rode the LA Wheelmen Grand Tour (double century) on a day that hit 120 degrees in the canyons-now that was really tough.
guess I've got an excuse ...tarwheel
Dec 5, 2002 10:17 AM
We had sleet changing to an ice storm in central North Carolina. Trees are down all over the place, and the power is out nearly everywhere. I drove in to work a little while ago because I heard on the radio that power was back on in that part of town. I figured it would be better at work -- with coffee and heat and lights -- than sitting in a cold, dark house. It was 50 degrees in my house when I left, with the fireplace going all morning long. The roads actually are pretty passable but hardly any of the traffic signals are working and drivers are doing some crazy stuff. I got to my office and I am the only one here -- in a building where several thousand people normally are working. But it's warm and I've got some hot coffee now ... Did I mention that?
I'll second that one.No_sprint
Dec 5, 2002 10:21 AM
Super hot is tougher than cold. I don't like either. There are some days here in the summer when I ride with a group called the Renegades. They're mostly upper cats and we go from the valley to Venice and back. The last 10/15 miles can be absolutely brutal with that valley hot pavement just eating you alive.
Dec 5, 2002 10:30 AM
The difference to me is that in extremely cold and windy weather, I have to focus on never stopping in order to stay warm. But usually my hands and dogs get cold before the rest of me.

In extremely hot weather, I can ease up a bit if I start to fatigue, but riding in the hot is no picnic. The hottest I've done is 100F during our DC heatwaves (real humid). How does that compare to a dry 120F out west?
They both suck....MB1
Dec 5, 2002 10:41 AM
Around here (DC) in the heat I like to fill my jersey pockets with ice. That lasts for up to a half hour. In the real heat out west it is dry enough so you can just wet yourself down to cool off.

I'd say air quality is better here in the DC area than it is in the LA basin. Bad air is harder to ride in than bad heat-combine them and you are really going to feel sick if you go very far.
MB1, it just started snowing here in.....mlester
Dec 5, 2002 9:24 AM
New London, CT. I am actually motivated to go home and take out the Specialized for a spin. I haven't ridden in the snow before...maybe I'll just hop on the rollers for a wee bit.

Great pics as always!!

That's my old stomping groundsKristin
Dec 5, 2002 9:29 AM
I grew up in Groton--home of the best fireworks show. What roads do you like to ride?
Grucci Brothers (sp?) are still running the fireworks......mlester
Dec 6, 2002 7:06 AM
Holy Cow!! Quite the coincidence.....

I live in N.L. so when I ride solo, I usually ride out to Waterford via Great Neck Rd and Boston Post Rd eventually ending up somewhere in E. Lyme (short rides).

Riding with my buddies in Groton though...Rte. 184, Rte 12 up into Ledyard (my hometown) and back and about once a month we'll pull a 65+ mile ride from Mystic to Narragansett RI via Rte 1.

So, did you ride while you were here? Where are your new stomping grounds?

I sure did, but that was in 1985. My sister was nearly killed on 184Kristin
Dec 6, 2002 7:25 AM
You may pass my childhood home on your Groton rides. I grew up on Rte 184 accross from Grey Rock (the picnic area with the big rock). Great little chunk of land to be raised on. There is tons of watershed land back there that's full of trails and streams and cool places to build forts. We raised the horses back there too...don't tell the city, okay.

My parents owned some Schwinn road bikes that I used to ride all over town. When your 14 years old, a bike is your only means of escape and freedom. We used to ride everywhere! I haven't been back for quite a while, but I think that Rte 184 wouldn't be bad riding...wide shoulder. Do you ever ride on Tollgate? Also, Ledyard road would be fun to ride on--it goes for quite a ways.

In 1984, my sister was riding home from tollgate at dust and didn't see a car, as she attempted to cross the 184 into our driveway. She hit the front quarter panel of the car that was traveling 50MPH and went airborn. Landed on her head (no helmet) and hip on the highway. Miraculously, no broken bones. She received 22 stiches in her noggin and had a severely bruised hip bone. I actually saw my sister skullbone. Bones really are white.

Do be careful on Route 184. That section by Grey Rock has claimed a number of lives to traffic accidents.
I know exactly where you are talking about....mlester
Dec 6, 2002 7:39 AM
and 184 is great riding. It is full of rollers (up and down) the whole way from 117 to rt. 2 I haven't been on Tollgate at all. And actually I have fallen off the wagon...I haven't ridden at all in three months. Too damn cold here, and no winter gear. So, I may ride my mtb today after work. If you're ever back in the area, look me up for a ride.

Will doKristin
Dec 6, 2002 7:45 AM
I'll be back for Christmas...but that's an in & out deal. I won't be in town for more than 24 hours.
Whenever you have more time than that....mlester
Dec 6, 2002 8:13 AM
I have my son for Christmas I wont be riding at all...
I have GOT to get me a set of those!Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 9:29 AM
Man, I was forced into taking the Explorer this morning. Think they make those in 26 x 1 3/4?

On the other hand, no matter how well I can ride in the snow, I gotta worry about the %$#@! drivers! I hope to get a ride in this evening around the neighborhood. Haven't had a good snow ride on the cruiser in a couple of decades, but I used to enjoy the challenge, and it's a good bike in the snow.
I'm humbled and bow to the king of "real cyclists" nmDougSloan
Dec 5, 2002 11:45 AM
I apologize, Doug ...Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 12:07 PM
You and Kerry were pretty much our gods until I ran into MB1 at one of his fixte centuries and told him about this site.

Having met you both, I wish you could ride together sometime. You'd definitely be kindred spirits.
To the Queen, I am just her consort. nmMB1
Dec 5, 2002 12:12 PM
Miss M saw my pix and liked this.MB1
Dec 5, 2002 3:53 PM
We rode in some pretty thick stuff where the going was much harder. We were working so hard there were no problems staying warm.
Along the PotomacMB1
Dec 5, 2002 3:57 PM
Let me tell you what, today was one of the harder 26 mile rides I have ever done. We only averaged 8mph what with all the plowing through drifts and walking over bad stretches.

Fun, fun, fun.