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Traffic 'round these parts dropped off pretty dramatically a few weeks ago... hard to tell from the "I rode today" thread who's still riding, as one would have to conclude that Gene is the only one out there most days by reading it....

Who's sticking it out and plans to continue to ride pretty much every day regardless of weather?

(Was winter 2013;   2014 starts on p. 36;   2015 starts on p. 61)

 

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I'll be riding home.... or is there a special ride of some sort happening?

Wind chill advisory tonight:

WIND CHILLS...TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS THIS   AFTERNOON AND BELOW ZERO THIS EVENING. MODERATE NORTHWEST WINDS   WILL RESULT IN WIND CHILLS OF 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO THIS AFTERNOON   FALLING TO 15 TO 25 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT

I was a bit disappointed.  Threw the studded tires on expecting more snow.  Granted, Forest Glen didn't disappoint.  Completely unplowed in places, so slow going.  But the rest of the ride was uneventful, except for my Lake winter boots aren't worth the money.  Toes still cold, and colder ride home.

I rode today to set my personal cold record.  11 F was the previous, I should smash it tonight.

According to Ukranian friend, Russian word that means "to harden oneself like steel with the cold" is "zakalyatsya".

I saw your similar post on the "I rode today. Did you?" thread.  Made me think: can we merge these discussions somehow?  I like reading both, but they seem to overlap on content a lot, especially during winter.

Madopal (5.8 mi) said:

I was a bit disappointed.  Threw the studded tires on expecting more snow.  Granted, Forest Glen didn't disappoint.  Completely unplowed in places, so slow going.  But the rest of the ride was uneventful, except for my Lake winter boots aren't worth the money.  Toes still cold, and colder ride home.

I rode today to set my personal cold record.  11 F was the previous, I should smash it tonight.

According to Ukranian friend, Russian word that means "to harden oneself like steel with the cold" is "zakalyatsya".

Good idea.  Wasn't sure who was reading what.  Sorry for the cross duplication.  Left the wintery term here.

JeffB (7+ miles) said:

I saw your similar post on the "I rode today. Did you?" thread.  Made me think: can we merge these discussions somehow?  I like reading both, but they seem to overlap on content a lot, especially during winter.

Madopal (5.8 mi) said:

I was a bit disappointed.  Threw the studded tires on expecting more snow.  Granted, Forest Glen didn't disappoint.  Completely unplowed in places, so slow going.  But the rest of the ride was uneventful, except for my Lake winter boots aren't worth the money.  Toes still cold, and colder ride home.

I rode today to set my personal cold record.  11 F was the previous, I should smash it tonight.

According to Ukranian friend, Russian word that means "to harden oneself like steel with the cold" is "zakalyatsya".

Maybe check out a Walgreens or CVS for the disposable, chemical hand/toe warmers for the ride home.  They do work and you could avoid frozen feet!
 
Madopal (5.8 mi) said:

I was a bit disappointed.  Threw the studded tires on expecting more snow.  Granted, Forest Glen didn't disappoint.  Completely unplowed in places, so slow going.  But the rest of the ride was uneventful, except for my Lake winter boots aren't worth the money.  Toes still cold, and colder ride home.

I rode today to set my personal cold record.  11 F was the previous, I should smash it tonight.

According to Ukranian friend, Russian word that means "to harden oneself like steel with the cold" is "zakalyatsya".

Does anyone have advice on goggles? It seems I have to choose between covering my face and mouth without goggles or having goggles but not covering my face because they fog up so quickly. 

The lake front path has been pretty quiet these past few days which is nice. But it sets me up for a lot of frustration come April when riding on the path is like playing a video game....swerving to avoid many obstacles!

Last year I bought some Smith snow goggles from Sierra Trading Post. What I bought was a closeout, which is typical for Sierra, but you get good prices from them.  This link is to a different model, but they are similar in design:  http://www.sierratradingpost.com/smith-optics-virtue-snowsport-gogg...

They are vented, and although they have fogged up when I have the scarf all of the way up to the bottom of the goggles, they clear easily by just pulling the scarf down a teeny bit.  I am perfectly happy riding in the bitter cold with my goggles and a scarf covering the tip of my nose down to my neck.  And for the bitter cold I like my Bern helmet with winter kit, too.

my problem with snow goggles is that I feel like my peripheral vision get impaired when use them. They stick so far out of my face that I have a hard time seeing to my sides.  I'm pretty sure I didn't buy cheap ones but I know I didn't buy top-of-the-line ones either, are there better options?

Jeff B., if we do merge 'em, let's call the new thread "Zakalyatsya!"

And Teresa, I think I remember some good goggle talk in previous winters in the Bike Winter group. Can't link cuz I haven't figured it out yet on mobile.
Jockey goggles work well - they are light weight, provide good peripheral fields of vision, don't fog up and are affordable. I particularly like Kroops brand. For me it's all about eye protection from the wind.
Too bad I can't edit after hitting reply anymore -

Just checked their website and they now carry a form vented goggle which is much pricier. I just use the original racing goggle. For less than $15 you can't go wrong. I also appreciate that you can get in tinted or clear.

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