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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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My ride home was the worst ride ever!!

 I got on the Lakefront path at Oak and Michigan, no problem and got to about Fullerton before realizing I forgot my ID at work, so I turned around and rode back down the path to Michigan Ave to Erie.  It was actually pretty good having the tailwind take me back to work on a Friday evening.  Then things got bad.

I was biking down Michigan near watertower when a car just cut me off.  Needless to say I did not have enough time to brake in all that snow and ended up smashing into the trunk of the dude's car and almost got run over by a bus.  The crash knocked a few things out of alignment, but it looked rideable, so I continued on towards the path.  Unfortunately the crash moved my wheels out of place and I ended up dropping my chain twice. 

I finally got home about an hour later than I normally did all wet and cold.  What a ride.

The bike from Pilsen to Evanstan to Logan Square was brutal.

Witnessed some 'bros' in a  large pack wearing nothing but jeans and button up stripey dressed shirts with their hands in their pockets wandering around looking for a bar. I wonder what lucky ladies are going to be sleeping with all of them tonight.

I am so sorry for you. What a dreadful story. Few things worse than dropping a chain mid-ride. Twice. Peace.

pistola said:

My ride home was the worst ride ever!!

 I got on the Lakefront path at Oak and Michigan, no problem and got to about Fullerton before realizing I forgot my ID at work, so I turned around and rode back down the path to Michigan Ave to Erie.  It was actually pretty good having the tailwind take me back to work on a Friday evening.  Then things got bad.

I was biking down Michigan near watertower when a car just cut me off.  Needless to say I did not have enough time to brake in all that snow and ended up smashing into the trunk of the dude's car and almost got run over by a bus.  The crash knocked a few things out of alignment, but it looked rideable, so I continued on towards the path.  Unfortunately the crash moved my wheels out of place and I ended up dropping my chain twice. 

I finally got home about an hour later than I normally did all wet and cold.  What a ride.

I think this is the best comment of the night! It really made me laugh.



Minh said:

The bike from Pilsen to Evanstan to Logan Square was brutal.

Witnessed some 'bros' in a  large pack wearing nothing but jeans and button up stripey dressed shirts with their hands in their pockets wandering around looking for a bar. I wonder what lucky ladies are going to be sleeping with all of them tonight.

Hells yeah! I loves this sh*t. I means snow.

A hug for pistola.

Great image on chicagweathercenter.com right now:

Coldest ride I have ever done. Main roads were awesome. Kinzie was okay in some spots, the bridge just sucked. Milwaukee was fine and Division was fine. Not fine were the drivers. It's 15F water on the road and they [drivers] STILL speed. UGHHHH. 

The wind didn't make it any better. 

Otherwise though, I had one too many layers on my torso. Still having issues keeping my feet from freezing. But I guess I should have wore my warmer socks ;) I'll have to remember those next time. Without my shoecovers, it probably would have been even worse. It WAS a good ride anyway. 

Keep riding! :D

- Kevin

 Thanks for all the positive comments about my bikes!

Yep I rode to today,

Left for work around 1 o'clock big puffy flakes roads just wet.

Coming home around 10:30pm snow had stopped, took all surface streets

No traffic to speak of which is a big help.

17 degrees and a 25mph NW wind makes for hard work. Still having fun!

Some pics cutting through Winnemac park

Yeah it was pretty non-pleasant in the evening. I still took mostly side streets, but they were pretty bad. The worst bit was on the 18th St bridge - going west, just past the pretty slippery metal grate section there was an intense wind bouncing off the building that abuts the bridge - crazy hard wind that stopped me in my tracks for a moment.

But still, riding was better than taking the CTA.

But still, riding was better than taking the CTA.


you can say that again!

I'm sorry to say that I drove to work yesterday. As you may recall, I'm outside for about 4-6 hours a day walking dogs.  The idea of having wet clothes all day just doesn't do it for me. One nice thing--I was able to borrow my friend's very heavy large stew pot which would have been really hard to carry on my bike.  

The snow ride made up for most of those crabby feelings I had while driving yesterday. I test rode the Pugsley last night, too. That bike is AWESOME. Super fun. Riding home at whatever the hell time it was last night...oy vey. That wind was BAAAD. And it was awfully slippery. Pretty sure I was crying most of the time.  Yay! Bike Winter. 

As I was riding back from the snow ride last night, half past inebriated, I thought to myself that I was doing pretty well. I looked down and saw that I was riding on shiny road. Asked myself, "Could it be ice I'm riding on?" But thought that it couldn't be, because, again, I thought I was doIng well. I decided to test and see if it was really ice and see how slippery it was. I tapped on the front brake and sure enough, I started sliding, tilted over, and slid some more on my hips for a good few feet. Even trying to stand up was hard.
But of course I managed to get back on my bike, rode on snow and slowly got back on the shiny icy road, because I did manage to be on it pretty well before. BIG mistake! Yeah this all happened within a mile from home. I walked my bike the rest of the way home :)

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