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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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Yes that is me! Thanks for all of your tips Gin. I wish I could make it to the kidical mass rides but they always fall on days when I have something I can't reschedule.

 

On another note, I got some goggles recently at the Army/Navy store on Lincoln and they were under $20. They work fine so far but it is annoying to have to put in my contact lenses to wear them. Yet another thing I have to put on to ride!

 

 

I rode yesterday morning around 10 am and then headed home around 1PM. I was riding in the rain on my way home, but drivers were pretty considerate.

 

I definitely need a cycling cap with a visor to wear under my helmet - the rain dripped right on to my glasses. I'm now madly in love with the shell I got at REI, it was great yesterday and dried off fast after I got home. 


Next up? waterproof pants to go over my jeans.

Impressive array of data that you get from that thingamajig.  Now I want one. 

Michael A said:

OK, so it was above freezing and mostly dry this morning, but it was still nice to get in a training ride outdoors in the middle of December

 

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/59373581

Barbra Mann said:

Buy some goggles!  They are sooo cool!  I feel like my eyes are indoors no matter what.  Usually my eyes water a lot in the cold without them.  I get mine from Oakley...only the ones that are at least marked down to half price you can find some for 25.00  :-)  I just bought my BF some.

garrett said:

I made it through the whole week. Last night it started to snow a bunch just as I was making the 4 mile trek home. I was on my road bike and could definitely feel some slippage but nothing that made me think i would lose control.

 

it was really cool riding in the fresh snow but the lack of googles or some sort of eye protection made it interesting. I also learned why people suggest hosing the bike off when you get home, it was totally covered in sludge.

 

cars were being particularly nice to me as well last night, maybe it was the blizzardy conditions



Leah Jone said:

I rode yesterday morning around 10 am and then headed home around 1PM. I was riding in the rain on my way home, but drivers were pretty considerate.

 

I definitely need a cycling cap with a visor to wear under my helmet - the rain dripped right on to my glasses. I'm now madly in love with the shell I got at REI, it was great yesterday and dried off fast after I got home. 


Next up? waterproof pants to go over my jeans.

 

I have some water resistant pants but unlke my rain coat they make my legs sweat and I end up with wet clothes anyway?

I was out yesterday but I did the bike-n-bus traffic on Damen was heavy.

Got a few hundreds burning a hole in your pocket?

Joe TV said:

Impressive array of data that you get from that thingamajig.  Now I want one. 

Michael A said:

OK, so it was above freezing and mostly dry this morning, but it was still nice to get in a training ride outdoors in the middle of December

 

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/59373581

Barbra Mann said:

Buy some goggles!  They are sooo cool!  I feel like my eyes are indoors no matter what.  Usually my eyes water a lot in the cold without them.  I get mine from Oakley...only the ones that are at least marked down to half price you can find some for 25.00  :-)  I just bought my BF some.

garrett said:

I made it through the whole week. Last night it started to snow a bunch just as I was making the 4 mile trek home. I was on my road bike and could definitely feel some slippage but nothing that made me think i would lose control.

 

it was really cool riding in the fresh snow but the lack of googles or some sort of eye protection made it interesting. I also learned why people suggest hosing the bike off when you get home, it was totally covered in sludge.

 

cars were being particularly nice to me as well last night, maybe it was the blizzardy conditions

Clear shower cap from CVS/Walgreens to go over your helmet. Best 50 cents you will spend. I bought a pack of 3 for a buck or so and have used only one so far about a dozen times.

Didn't ride today but did walk out to Montrose Harbor and it was pretty awesome- see photos. The jetty was at times almost half submerged by waves. Lots of birds and snow-encrusted squirrels scampering around. Hats off to anyone who managed to ride today...even walking was pretty challenging. I really need to get some googles. 

I rode tonight in the blizzard. The 45mph gusts were a bit much but I did it anyway. I went about 15 miles. Anyone else ride tonight?

rode tonight quite difficult not to get pushed to the side a couple of times.  think i showed the wind who was stronger. yesterday on the other hand had to show a driver that i will give myself 2 feet of room from parked cars. then possible take up the lane if need be to keep myself visible and safe. sadly he figured because he sometimes rides has the right to yell at me.  oh well some people are just always going to be in a bad mood. at least im enjoying this weather  while riding :). anyone else have problems with drivings  yelling about  taking up the lane when the weather is bad? 

I love those "I ride a bike too." drivers, especially in winter.  I remember a couple years ago riding after a massive snowfall in the lane on Morse up in Rogers Park, and most important person in the world started honking at me when it was totally obvious that the curbs were full of snow and parked cars.  As he passed me after we were under the Red Line tracks, he said, "I ride too, but not like that."  Ummm....ok.  Not like what?  Not safely on snow-covered streets? 

 

Funny that I would've blocked his way for all of a block until I turned north at the next street, and he turned south.


Amanda Olbrys said:

rode tonight quite difficult not to get pushed to the side a couple of times.  think i showed the wind who was stronger. yesterday on the other hand had to show a driver that i will give myself 2 feet of room from parked cars. then possible take up the lane if need be to keep myself visible and safe. sadly he figured because he sometimes rides has the right to yell at me.  oh well some people are just always going to be in a bad mood. at least im enjoying this weather  while riding :). anyone else have problems with drivings  yelling about  taking up the lane when the weather is bad? 

I did the snow ride, about 15 miles round trip, played some in the snow at a park and then fought the wind north. This is the first time ever I had to pedal HARD to go down the grade on damen at diversey. You never needed to use your brakes while going north, just stop pedaling for a few seconds and you were actually going backwards (slight exhageration)  all in all a good time. cyclocross tires made for mud do not work well for the snow even at low low pressure, but it is still better IMO then road tires.

 

 

Ya--going south was much easier than the return trip north and then west. The wind was a mighty foe. Not many cars on the road, which was nice. Did see one other person on a bike.

Minh said:

I rode tonight in the blizzard. The 45mph gusts were a bit much but I did it anyway. I went about 15 miles. Anyone else ride tonight?

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