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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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Depending on how much winter riding you do, it might be worthwhile getting a bike with wheels that will accept available studded tires. A mountain bike (26") would be perfect.

Steve

David crZven 10.6 said:

I'd love to have studded tires.  They don't make them in size 27 and I just don't see how I can convert my current bicycle to 700's.    The brakes don't have a long enough reach.

I would rather have root canal than ride on studded tires more than the 2-3 days out of the entire winter that they may be beneficial, but maybe that's just me.

Steve Weeks, DDS said:

Depending on how much winter riding you do, it might be worthwhile getting a bike with wheels that will accept available studded tires. A mountain bike (26") would be perfect.

Steve

David crZven 10.6 said:

I'd love to have studded tires.  They don't make them in size 27 and I just don't see how I can convert my current bicycle to 700's.    The brakes don't have a long enough reach.

Thanks Chi. Good advice. The roads were pretty clear by the time I left work. The lake front path was the worst stretch. Am going to get up early tomorrow and see how white the ground. :)

Chi Lowe 12.5+ mi said:

Teresa - it's my first winter too.  

Seems like there's a huge amount of salt out there now, but as a person who has hit the deck hard a couple times already, three pieces of advice if you decide not to hitch a ride on the CTA:

  1. Be careful turning corners (go *very* slowly)
  2. Be careful on bridges, and especially on steel manhole / service covers.  These get very slippery even if they're not icy.
  3. If it's feasible price-wise for you, call around to some LBS' and find out if they have any studded tires in stock (or post to this thread).

Good luck and be safe!


Teresa said:

I biked today. It's my first winter and as I sit here looking out my window I'm a little worried about getting home in the snow. Any advice? Do all CTA buses have bike racks in case I chicken out?

I rode today. I fell, hard. My whole right side feels crunchy, and I am pretty sure I am building a perma-bruise on my right elbow. Oh well. I also walked today... it felt weird... I didn't like it much.

This could be arranged! (See below!)

h' 1.0 said:

I would rather have root canal...
Actually, a root canal would be a lot less of a bother than a broken hip. The studs *are* noisy, I will admit... but when you run into that slab of black ice, they sure give you a nice, warm feeling!

Steve

EDIT: Sorry to hear, Ed. Studded tires may not be sexy, but they prevent that sort of thing quite effectively.

There is snow out there covering the streets.  I am breaking my streak and taking the subway. :-(

Me too. Darn snow!

I rode home in the snow on Wed evening and it was very slick and kind of scary. This is the first winter on my Linus bike and the skinnier tires are definitely not as stable. So, no riding for me again until the streets are drier. :(

Yup, rode in. 

Go slow, strap on your patience, be extra alert for those little "wheel slips" that you can correct quickly.  Get up if you fall.

I'm too old to get up when I fall. :)  As I walked to the subway along Milwaukee, traffic was a mess and the street was a slushy mess.  The side streets were really snow covered and slick.  I miss my bike, but I don't regret not riding in that.

It is more important to stay alive and in one piece than to have some bragging rights, so you made a wise decision, IMO

I fishtailed my bike the 1.5 mile or so to the Metra. The side streets that I usually take to the train were slick and slow going. Should have dtayed on the main roads, which seemed in decent shape this morning.

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

I'm too old to get up when I fall. :)  As I walked to the subway along Milwaukee, traffic was a mess and the street was a slushy mess.  The side streets were really snow covered and slick.  I miss my bike, but I don't regret not riding in that.

Word. I admit to not biking this past week because of the temps and the snow. But I hope to be back on the bike next week!

Lisa Curcio 4.0 mi said:

I'm too old to get up when I fall. :)  As I walked to the subway along Milwaukee, traffic was a mess and the street was a slushy mess.  The side streets were really snow covered and slick.  I miss my bike, but I don't regret not riding in that.

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