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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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My skinny tires don't like this stuff.  CTA this morning.

:(

I wussed out today.  Wasn't so much the snow/slick that deterred me, as the enormous "idiot factor" on the streets.  First snowfall always freaks the cagers out, and today was no exception.  I saw even less patience/care, and even more really dangerous/stupid moves, by cars today.  Stay safe, everyone!

 

in it to win it 8.0 mi said:

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.

Sorry to hear about all you guys who can't ride because the streets are slick. ;-)

I rode in today, same as usual, with no falls or even close calls. I passed a car on a slight hill... the driver was spinning his tires on the slippery surface; I just zipped around him.

Where the studs don't help is where the snow is packed down by car tires so the studs can't contact the pavement. Under these conditions, the tires ride up over the packed snow, and if it's not actually frozen solid, the tire can "punch through" to the surface. During that momentary "free-fall", there is a noticeable loss of control... so even with studs you have to pay attention. Shifting your weight rear-ward to lighten the front wheel helps keep you going straight under these conditions. The best places to be in the lane are in the tracks of the car tires *if* the pavement is at least partially visible. The next-best place is to the side on snow that has not been packed by car tires; you have to be careful so as not to get "doored".

Oh, as a bonus... the studs don't make any noise on the snow. :-)

Steve

you mean brief the winter we had monday and tuesday?

yawn....

just for the extra calorie burn? i rode "la chuleta"

This was my first time riding in the snow with my bike.

Slow, but fun.

Agreed, Rich - Worse than the actual slush and snow are the drivers. As I've ridden this week, I've been buzzed by, honked at, and nearly hit numerous times by cars who can't figure out why I am riding on the clear (uh, safe - and legal) part of the road. I want to cock-punch them all, so I'm switching to cta this afternoon.



Rich Evans said:

I wussed out today.  Wasn't so much the snow/slick that deterred me, as the enormous "idiot factor" on the streets.  First snowfall always freaks the cagers out, and today was no exception.  I saw even less patience/care, and even more really dangerous/stupid moves, by cars today.  Stay safe, everyone!

STAY OFF THE STREET WITH A BIKE TODAY.   The idiot factor is at a near all time high.  I worked my kid's school drop off today and I saw some of the most dangerous and aggressive driving I have ever seen.  The worst was a guy in a "fast car" that was tailgating another car while honking his horn.    He was mad that the other car was going slower on the snow covered street.   The other car stopped to turn, he nearly ran into them.   Honked the ENTIRE time the other person was honking, then cut into the Sourthport bike lane and charged up to Irving where he turned left from the right hand lane.   That was only one of many.    Some drivers are going slow because of the snow while others are being more aggressive because of the slow traffic.  A very deadly mix and no one is looking at all for the bicycles.



Sarah D. 1-3.3 said:

Agreed, Rich - Worse than the actual slush and snow are the drivers. As I've ridden this week, I've been buzzed by, honked at, and nearly hit numerous times by cars who can't figure out why I am riding on the clear (uh, safe - and legal) part of the road. I want to cock-punch them all, so I'm switching to cta this afternoon.



Rich Evans said:

I wussed out today.  Wasn't so much the snow/slick that deterred me, as the enormous "idiot factor" on the streets.  First snowfall always freaks the cagers out, and today was no exception.  I saw even less patience/care, and even more really dangerous/stupid moves, by cars today.  Stay safe, everyone!

How is this different from any other day?

David crZven 10.6 said:

STAY OFF THE STREET WITH A BIKE TODAY.   The idiot factor is at a near all time high.  I worked my kid's school drop off today and I saw some of the most dangerous and aggressive driving I have ever seen.  The worst was a guy in a "fast car" that was tailgating another car while honking his horn.    He was mad that the other car was going slower on the snow covered street.   The other car stopped to turn, he nearly ran into them.   Honked the ENTIRE time the other person was honking, then cut into the Sourthport bike lane and charged up to Irving where he turned left from the right hand lane.   That was only one of many.    Some drivers are going slow because of the snow while others are being more aggressive because of the slow traffic.  A very deadly mix and no one is looking at all for the bicycles.

My China Trek Bicycle hates this weather. Dry and Sunny Only. Be safe cycling Friends.

David crZven 10.6 said:

STAY OFF THE STREET WITH A BIKE TODAY.   The idiot factor is at a near all time high.  I worked my kid's school drop off today and I saw some of the most dangerous and aggressive driving I have ever seen.  The worst was a guy in a "fast car" that was tailgating another car while honking his horn.    He was mad that the other car was going slower on the snow covered street.   The other car stopped to turn, he nearly ran into them.   Honked the ENTIRE time the other person was honking, then cut into the Sourthport bike lane and charged up to Irving where he turned left from the right hand lane.   That was only one of many.    Some drivers are going slow because of the snow while others are being more aggressive because of the slow traffic.  A very deadly mix and no one is looking at all for the bicycles.



Sarah D. 1-3.3 said:

Agreed, Rich - Worse than the actual slush and snow are the drivers. As I've ridden this week, I've been buzzed by, honked at, and nearly hit numerous times by cars who can't figure out why I am riding on the clear (uh, safe - and legal) part of the road. I want to cock-punch them all, so I'm switching to cta this afternoon.



Rich Evans said:

I wussed out today.  Wasn't so much the snow/slick that deterred me, as the enormous "idiot factor" on the streets.  First snowfall always freaks the cagers out, and today was no exception.  I saw even less patience/care, and even more really dangerous/stupid moves, by cars today.  Stay safe, everyone!

I agree that drivers are set to an idiocy setting of 11 today, but "stay off the street with a bike?"

That's how we get to the places we need to go, David.

David crZven 10.6 said:

STAY OFF THE STREET WITH A BIKE TODAY.   The idiot factor is at a near all time high.  I worked my kid's school drop off today and I saw some of the most dangerous and aggressive driving I have ever seen.  The worst was a guy in a "fast car" that was tailgating another car while honking his horn.    He was mad that the other car was going slower on the snow covered street.   The other car stopped to turn, he nearly ran into them.   Honked the ENTIRE time the other person was honking, then cut into the Sourthport bike lane and charged up to Irving where he turned left from the right hand lane.   That was only one of many.    Some drivers are going slow because of the snow while others are being more aggressive because of the slow traffic.  A very deadly mix and no one is looking at all for the bicycles.



Sarah D. 1-3.3 said:

Agreed, Rich - Worse than the actual slush and snow are the drivers. As I've ridden this week, I've been buzzed by, honked at, and nearly hit numerous times by cars who can't figure out why I am riding on the clear (uh, safe - and legal) part of the road. I want to cock-punch them all, so I'm switching to cta this afternoon.



Rich Evans said:

I wussed out today.  Wasn't so much the snow/slick that deterred me, as the enormous "idiot factor" on the streets.  First snowfall always freaks the cagers out, and today was no exception.  I saw even less patience/care, and even more really dangerous/stupid moves, by cars today.  Stay safe, everyone!

CTA, Walk or don't go.   A broken leg, or hip or bicycle or worse is not worth one day of riding in rather rotten conditions.  I wouldn't drive either today.  

h' 1.0 said:

I agree that drivers are set to an idiocy setting of 11 today, but "stay off the street with a bike?"

That's how we get to the places we need to go, David.

So I should leave my bike at work and walk or take CTA home? 

I certainly understand your feelings, but not everyone has a 10 mile commute on major arteries.

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