How is he riding through snow without fat tires? Non cyclist here
>>1262121Skinny tires cut through the snow. But that only work up to a few cm of snow.
>>1262121>Non cyclist hereYou should fix that.
>>1262141I'm moving to Chicago next month and may start bike committing since I hear the infrastructure is pretty good (for North America)
>that saddlebar drop>skinny slicks>cages>no brakesDoes he actively wish to die?
>leave for ride at 9:40pm>cold night, like single digits F>hour or two into ride, get a flat>of course it has to be when I'm passing through the high-crime melain-enriched part of the city, concerned a little bit but it went fine>manage to change it without fingers going cold despite taking my mittens off, and without being approached by any questionable people, and one passing cyclist even asked if I needed help>continue riding>exploring trails I haven't ridden before>signs say there is a gap in the trail, have to take roads instead>take the roads, then it turns out the trail did go through so backtrack the whole way cause I want to see the whole stretch of trail, kind of annoying, waste of 30-40 minutes>sections of trail are covered in snow and ice>see the brightest or second brightest shooting star of my life>super tired by end of ride>don't get home til 7am>got to explore areas I had been wanting to check out for a really long time thoughMixed feelings, was good to finally do that ride but it was super tiring
decided to extend my commute the other day and ride around randall's island, nyc. took a cute ped bridge over, and rode the perimeter, which included a short gravel section, a bikeway under a viaduct, passing the water processing plant and asylum, over an observation platform/bridge crossing an endangered bird habitat, then back over the ped bridge. was comfy as fuck.
First snow of the year on my commute home.
>>1262038that picture was taken three seconds before he hit snow-covered ice and broke his collarbone
>>1262835Looks comfy as fuck
>>1262835mystery animal tracks on the left
>>1262510wasn't randall's island where they used to quarantine their TB cases back in the day?
>>1262912It was a kot but I didn't manage to get the phone out and my hand out of the glove to take a good picture.
>>1262856Keep your hands on the bars until you hit the ground and you'll be fine.
>>1262986Last time I found a patch of ice I couldn't even move my arms if I wanted to. I went from vertical to horizontal in approximately .25 seconds, still sliding forward.
I can across some odd snow conditions today on the creek. We had freezing rain about a week and a half ago, then some more snow after that. Earlier in the week I was out and this spot was snowy. Then wind blew most of the snow off the layer of freezing rain. The ice is perfectly clear and you can see the textured snow underneath it. It was actually nice to ride on though my studs made a hell of a noise punching holes in it.>>1262990Yeah, front wheel washouts happen really fast on ice. You are practically on the ground before you realize you are falling.
Since my heated insole pads were a much simpler build than my heated gloves I decided to take another crack at the gloves. Using techniques similar to the insole pads I got rid of the gluing, external heating material, siliconing and external wires. A few more steps are required but overall a faster build since there is no need to wait while stuff dries. I used double sided fabric tape, and a thin layer of fabric on the inside to keep everything hidden. The extra fabric makes the gloves a little smaller, so it would be best to start with a glove liner that is slightly loose.
Had a break in the weather. 39 and windy. Was able to do 26 miles but came back with windburn all over my face except my glasses area- so now I look like roadie Kenny Powers.
>>1262121if the ground underneath isnt icy its no issue
>>1262038i ride through denver.nothing pretty to share :(
>>1262038Montreal on ste catherine in front of the old forum
I found a perfect 5 mile loop that runs through one of the neighborhoods in my suburb. Now it's a lot easier to count miles in my head. The lake is frozen over but only with a thin layer of ice. Now is the time of year for dumb/bad dogs and children to fall through to the depths below.
Temperatures are drifting back above freezing during the day, so I'm back to riding at night again when the roads start freezing over and get less wet. Decided to wander around looking at Christmas lights last night. This place is done up the same as last year and was the best I came across, though my camera sucks in the dark.I'll probably keep doing those kinds of rides the next few days. I need to see if I can find an area with a good concentration of nice displays. Areas with high % of rental housing seems to be the worst.
>>1264461>Temperatures are drifting back above freezing during the day, so I'm back to riding at night againhaha wat
>>1264461>This place is done up the same as last year and was the best I came across, though my camera sucks in the dark.looks like it came out pretty good to me. /drt/ needs more xmas light pics to prove we aren't all zwift faggotis
>>1264471what's that 80s SI models' name again? In exchange here's a rare Brooke from a Vogue shoot.
>>1264612i think it's a schwinn of some kind
>>1264616he was talking about the babe on top of the steel. her name is kathy ireland. she's now 55 and is a billionaire. her husband is one of the luckiest motherfuckers in history
I went to add the distance from tonight's ride into my Excel log and noticed it was 100 meters different from last night. Look at the moving times, 4 seconds different. Totally different routes, weird.
Just picked up a Surly Krampus, very excited to make that my winter commuter. Hopefully it will be good for midwest!
>throw out underbiker's manifesto and get first fully modern mtb >picked up today>ride it about 20 miles >bomb it down a hill with tarmac so fucked up it's almost unridable on my road bikes regardless of tire width>oh that's why cushy tubeless tires and shocks are nice>did some fun singletrack>oh that's why dropper posts are nice>bike is fast as shit through corners that used to be sphincter clenchers on my rigid 26erchristmas came early lads
I rode in the snow for the first time in years today. Was easier than I expected. I guess once you've grown accostumed to riding in any weather, you just never unlearn it. My shitty unreliable city bike did a very good job today. That made me happy. >>1263959>>1264276>>1264910Beautiful >>1262938Nice >>1263110Outlandish. I bet this would have made for some quality ASMR.
>>1264995I only had sunglasses on me to keep the snow out of my eyes. My sight was still so bad, I never even noticed this huge fence next to me.
Its 50 degrees in KC. I rode out to the President Harry Truman family farm and back approx 26 miles. Most of the 80 acre farm was developed in the 60s but the Dept of Interior cares for the farmhouse and remaining acres. Posting pics now
Harry lived here until Ww1. Quit a bank job to care for the farm. This is his garage.
Special for BaconRider: Holsmann horse farm on the way to Truman Farm.
Giant white elephant mansion that has been 15 years in the building. Everytime someone new buys it and restarts construction a bubble bursts.If it ever gets finished it'll be one of the biggest houses in the metro. IF it gets finished...
>>1264995What kind of bike are we talking about exactly? I want to get a bike which is useable in most situations, including snow, and I'm looking for ideas.
>>1265138At least it's tasteful and not a mcmansion
>>1265251It's fucking hideous
>>1264920This post makes me happy to read, have fun shredding dog
>>1265138>>1265251Lol that's the very definition of a McMansion. >>1265240It's a Grecos, either a Nizza Diamant or something very similar. I definitely can't recommend the bike for anyone or anything though, it's a piece of shit. I spent more time repairing it than riding it. So far, I didn't even get to do regular maintenance, because one thing or another breaks once or twice a month. The only things I didn't have to repair so far were the gear shift and the dynamo, so that's pretty good.
I finally got the drive side square taper crank off a bike where I fucked up the crank remover threads. I tried a 3 arm puller with no effect aside from bending the steel chainrings. Even getting the puller in a place where it would pull was a challenge. The crank has a 4 plate spider and the arms wouldn't line up with the crank arm in the way, so I had to hacksaw it off. If it was a proper crank with removable rings / alloy spider the puller probably would have worked.I ended up having to use a 3" air cutoff tool which was a huge pain in the ass. The garage was cold so the tool kept icing up requiring repeated thawing. I tried weakening the arm and using the puller again, nope. Tried wedging a claw hammer into the but with another hammer, nope. To cut a notch all the way to the spindle to get it off I first had to cut the chainrings off.
Nice 50 km evening ride in the dark. Started at -2C and rose to +1 by the time I was finished. The unopened motorway is getting blocked off a little better than it had been as work winds down. Concrete barriers full width of the asphalt, some are still easy to get around others are bit trickier. Still well worth it to have all that fresh pavement to myself.
>>1265390EEK,,,frozenuckles!,,,,fingerpain fills awider aura.,,CHOPON!,itslike movie'300,,,victory isure,if youwillit!
Fun ride home today. 21km of this shit...
>>1265676Looks annoying. And slow.
>>1265676I share your pain.
post more christmas lights on houses
Almost time for my annual tradition of entering the Festive 500 and not getting remotely close to finishing it.
>>1265713Is that this year's roundel? Fucking noiceIt's not that hard anon cmon, it's like 60km a day for 8 days
>>1265716I found doing even length rides like that sucked, severely limited where I could actually go and got a bit bored. Definitely going to throw in some longer ones this year.That said doing it in the southern hemisphere is easy mode, aside from the fact that it's going to be hot as balls next week...
>>1265720Below the Equator here too, and indeed it's hot as shit but I like it like that. I try to spread out the rides throughout the week but every year I end up doing a couple of sporadic short rides and one big ass ride the final day.
you like of my tyre? thanks
>>1265684More scary than annoying. Almost bit it twice. Fun though. But yeah, slow. It took 60 min. Decided to call in to work today and take a break.>>1265695We do it for the pain though, amirite? I swear, all of us were deeply emotionally wounded as children.
Drafted some guy today on my way back from work. We did ~10 km on snow&ice covered MUPs at well over 30 km/h average speed. I was all sweaty and slightly out of breath even when I was drafting and my ftp is well over 300 W. The absolute fucking madman passed me and I hopped on his tail and he kept going when I peeled off. Been enjoying riding in the cold dark mornings now that everything is covered in snow desu.
>>1265676Fucking nice. But can you really do that with a road bike?
>>1265815It's not ideal... CX with Marathon Winters. Excellent on ice and packed snow, but useless in this stuff. The plows had only hit a couple of the main roads by the time I started for home, so it was pretty sketchy.
It was a bit cooler tonight than I was expecting, -7C with a 16 km/h wind. I was just barely adequately dressed as long as I didn't stop too long. Every winter I forget that when I take my touring bike out I need to dress a little warmer since I'm going faster with less effort than my mountain / fat bikes.>>1265704>post more christmas lights on housesI'll try to take some more pictures tomorrow night. Most of my recent rides were in unlit areas with no houses.
The laser star projectors are a great lazy man's way to decorate. They are quite dim so they work best if your house is dark.
This guy went all out, and was dressed as Santa greeting people. Most of the pictures I took tonight were kind of blurry. The camera's so called night mode just takes 5 pictures and keeps the least blurry one.
Someone left one of their Halloween decorations out.
Another laser projector, house was so dark auto focus didn't even want to lock on.
>out riding for 8 hours last night>fall cause stupid fucks left ice on the trail>few minutes later kinda crash again, manage not to fall but bike falls and I have to jump off my bikeFUCKING FAGGOTS NOT GETTING THE ICE OFF THE TRAILS REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEI have no problem riding on snow, I do it all the time, but FUCKING ICE AND FUCKING FAGGOTS NOT SCRAPING ICE OFF THE TRAILS
gonna be real sweaty lads>>1266394is it uhh, usual for someone to de-ice the trails?
>>1265713>not doing it in one gostep it up senpai
>>1266507Whew boy I'd take your current climate over my 24 hours per day downpour at 5°C any day though
>>1266361Had,,afreakout,saw "SOS" signal,,calledhelp!,,,Christmas lites.
>>1266507>is it uhh, usual for someone to de-ice the trails?It's usual for someone to plow the snow off the trails so it doesn't melt then freeze into ice
>12 days off for Christmas vacation>feel kinda depressed that my commute is gonna be put on holdI can ride anywhere I want, but I know I'm just gonna get lazy.
>>1266726Then stop being a lazy faggot, faggot.
>>1266729I haven't been, you commie thought-crime cop.
It was 45 degrees and a bit windy but this time of the year you have to jump on anything over 40 deg F.26 miles in the suburbs travelling around a couple of lakes. Highlights:>Got in a yelling match with a cagie who long horned me and then got a red light ahead and wasn't so tough. I said he was an old fart who needed to share the lane and that younger him would be embarrassed at how pathetic he's acting. My best line: "when you are impotently retetelling this story to your wife to look macho, be sure to include me laughing in your face just now." I also called him a retard when he said I should ride my road bike on the sidewalk but that's not as eloquent.>passed only 2 bikes and zero joggers over 26 miles: 1 guy in a full skinsuit, with local sponsor patches, who just flew by me on a hill (he waived). 1 guy with an old hippie beard in a tricycle recumbent who gave me the peace sign. No full face helmet: Confirmed not BaconRider>witnessed and egged on a fight between children. There were 2 boys, probably about 8 yelling at each other and locked in battle when I passed. They had a greco-roman hold on each others shoulders and were trying to SPIT ON EACH OTHERS SHOES while trying to toss the other to the ground. I yelled "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT" from the bike, which actually caused them to stop. Then yelled "TAKE HIM DOWN, NOOOOO MERCY" and they started again but not with the same fury as before they were discovered.>asshole canadian geese are everywhere. hundreds of them and not just chillin' by ponds they are just straight up in people's yards. shitting and eating everything they see>you can't go past a stubblefield without seeing at least one hungry peering hawk on a telephone wire.
>>1266726>I can ride anywhere I want, but I know I'm just gonna get lazyLARP as a Fred. (Go on a group/club/shop ride).I bet there's a XMAS light ride today or tomorrow too somewhere.
Found a bit of snow last sunday around Dresden. Streets were mostly dry, some had saltwater on them. Also some deer were standing by the road and noticed me only as I was really close, they ran away in panic. Could have been a nice family dinner. Last ride of the year, hope to see some more snow in january when I ride my mtb. Happy holidays everyone!
Sure is nice to have 4 different seasons. T. Someone that lives on the equator.
>>1262038Let's confess embarrassing road bike shit>on concrete bike trail>try to pass other cyclists>don't realize there's an oncoming biker>"WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING FUCKIN MOOOOOVE">barely get out of his way and pass other bikersI felt like such an idiot, even a year later I still cringe almost every time I get on my bike.
>>1267139>light turns red>start slowing>car beside me does something fucky>distracts me>stop>forget to clip out>freeze>fall over at standstill, still clipped in>get my shit together, keep waiting for lightAt least 30 people witnessed this, and it was a long light. I also keep a pretty tight schedule so the same people have been seeing me for years, and continue to do so. Every now and then I notice someone smirking / smiling at me and I assume it's because they remember me.INB4 don't commute with clipless. Fuck you, it's great.
>>1267141I'm pretty sure every single person has gone through that when they start riding clipless. I know I have. Almost happened when I got new cleats too.>>1267139Similar thing happened to me some days ago>riding down bike path next to road>cager driving next to me accelerates and cuts across the bike path>brake hard, barely manage not to crash against him>keep riding while looking to where he is, too busy yelling insults>don't realize I moved to the opposite lane and there's a cyclist coming right at me>barely swerve back to my lane, get called a retard, yell back apologiesAnd that's why I don't engage
>>1267144It's just fucked because I had been riding for years. Brain fart, I guess. I pay more attention now.
>>1267141yeah i've done this lol
I was all geared up for a below freezing ride tonight when I saw my fat bike had a flat. So instead of riding I spent a few hours screwing with that. I was only able to find a really tiny hole so I hope I got it fixed. To remove the rear wheel the rear brake caliper needs to come off. When I put it back on I couldn't get the brakes to stop rubbing. When I finally looked at the pads I saw they were worn out at it was rubbing against the brake caliper not the pad. I had some spare pads so I should be good for tomorrow as long as the tire holds air.
it was gud
went out and found some ice to ride this weekend, yew
>>1267613Merry Christmas Bacon keep posting those pics
>>1267743Looks like Rachel Nichols
>>1267755it's from better living through chemistry in 2014>>1267755not chubby enough and no jewbs. the NFL sideline chick?
I only get to see a college friend 1-2 times a year. This was the 2nd Christmas we went riding. We did 25 miles, and he got to let off some steam about his /r9k/ level GF who hates bikes. Told him to delete the GF, Tinder up, and hit the trails some more. >>1266360Jack Skeleton is good from October through January
>>1267613Merry Christmas Bacon
>>1262038Anybody ever used the stop a flat innertubes? I've read that it's good, but also a lot of bad ones. Just bought one because I'm sick of my rear tire blowing out on me, eventually will replace the front with one too.
>>1268015get a tube with removable valve core and put some tubeless sealant in there
>>1267613Merry Christmas, bacon >>1267824>/r9k/ level GFLiterally what
>>1267613I swear your area looks the same all year round
I was out riding the other night and saw what looked like fast food garbage in the middle of the road, so I ignored it. As I was about 3 feet away from it I look down again, and its a bird staring at me, at which point it decides to take off in my general direction. Fucking prairie chickens! They run around on the ground in groups, or sit dead still until you are a few feet from them, then fly away as a group. There are a lot more of them in the city during the winter.
I came across this run-flat tire today. Steel i beam in the middle of a concrete filled tire. The end of the beam had a hole in it so I think they used it at the entrance to a work site for running cables over head. Lots of cracks in the rubber so I think its starting to disintegrate which is probably why they didn't bother hauling it away, and will likely break it apart on site.
>>1268063>Literally what/r9k/ in female form. He is a great guy. Mad scientist type engineer doing what he loves making bank, riding to work everyday. He is working on his pilot's license, has several nice bikes, and drives stick. Shame he lives over 1000 miles away.
>don't ride because I'm depressed>Depressed because I don't rideI'm a massive faggot when winter rolls around
>>1268217Looks about as fast as Schwalbe's new airless.
>>1268676Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
>>1268678Me being a faggot
Saw a pair of wild puppers while out riding on the creek today. We are in a series of temperature swings lately. -24 yesterday, - 5 today, -28 tomorrow night, back to -3 by Wednesday.
Big tailwinds on this one.
>>1262038new ride i got with xmas cash
went for a spin up to van cortlandt park in the bronx. played in the mud a lil bit, then down the riverside greenway to central park, for a people watching lap. saw some tourists on rented bikes bump into each other and eat shit. giggled a lil bit.
Stopped posting here since I started riding
Was -29C last night, now at 6 pm it has warmed up to -5C, so I'm going to squeeze in a new years ride this evening.
Christmasnow,,rain,leaked thru cover,,,seat ofice!!,3 daysthaw,,then blowout elbow.,,shower freezes.,,,struggle intospacesuit,,coldseeps thru as airlock opens.,,5 minutes preping,backinside,,just a quick warmup,,,,LUNGS warmed!,,,,MOUNTUP!,,or,downin mycase.,itsall so,,,cold.,,,whats thepoint?,,whyyyyy?,turnback nowhile the turning iseasy,,its pointless,,,why fightit?,,my turning radius is 30 feets(360inchs for euros),,first posible turnaround is quarter mile soooo,,,just do That,,coward,,,,Bwaaak!Bwaaawk!,,,Chicken.,,,bushs,,trees,,icecrystalshine.,,pasturnaround,,Out!,,,,,Eatcold ,,fattenup!,gather a big load of pinecones,,,gofast and Feaston Freeze!!,,,,victory,,GLORY!
5C and heavy rain. I'll take that over riding in freezing temps any day.Also horse fuckers ruining the trails for everyone as usual.>>1262835Well ackshyually factually it snowed in january-march 2018 so I should have said first snow of the season.
>when you get harassed by a methhead on your way to work>thinks you work for the government and spy on him because of how early you bikewow, I love this city
>>1270122>turning radius is 30 feets(360inchs for euros),,I love you bacon
new year's day ride ~40 miles. it was warm for awhile, then clouds rolled in and the wind became much colder.
>>1270259Do you have to constantly stop at intersections on a ride like that?
4th day with a bicycle. It was dark, freezing and windy when I got home from work but I told myself I was gonna do it so I did it. Was only out for about 15 minutes but my lungs were on fire and my legs felt like they were gonna pop so I consider it a success. Its not easy when you still get DOMS. Man some of you guys ride crazy far, I can't wait to get to the point where dozens of miles is just another ride. But for now I'll keep pushing my fat ass around the block.
>>1270414that's the JOKE
>>1270122Happy New Year, Bacon.
Was above freezing for my ride this evening and my legs were too warm. I was out for 3 hours / 45 km.This house was on a corner lot and their light display wrapped around both sides.
The giant metal grasshopper gets decorated every year. There are vines planted around it so it goes leafy during the summer.
Guys any tip for a good(but cheap) cyclometer?I thought it would be a nice Idea to start tracking the distance driven in 2019.
>>1270122who da man? YOU da man!
>>1270494You can get decent GPS ones for $100-200 probably. https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/11/sports-technology-buyers-guide-recommendations.html#cycling-gps-unitsDunno if the budget ones this guy suggests are too rich, but he knows his shit.Or a basic wired/wireless simple speed sensor one, under $100.
>>1270495I'm a man!
>>1270494Just use a smartphone and Strava it my dude.
too much north hemisphered thread, time to fix that.about 60 km ride in 3:20 hrs, started at 9:15 am in rurals, tarmac and offroad. i bought this bike for 25 bucks about 1 year ago and it weights about 22 kgs. this pic is from "baños del parrón" catholic temple, lvl 4 climb, 5.6 km with arround 350 mts of elevation.about 11 am there was 35°C. when i checked strava i got suprised: 39/80 placed on that climb, and 40/120 on another climb in that ride. i think i get top ten with my regular bike but it would be a pain in the ass transport that bike in bus to that location.
I thought "5G" wasafe,, so,,So,verywrong.
>>1270679a close up.
>>1270685another close up from rear in the "cementerio de carretas" (the other climb 100 mts of elevation in 1 km) steel donkey with steel walmart-like bike. it's a good bike anyway, just too heavy and with squishy cheap vbrakes.
Another 48 km tonight. The temperature was between -6 and -8C, but there was no wind so I was more comfortable than last night.Bonus points if your Christmas display requires a boom lift to install.
Mesh lights wrapped around a tree trunk is another nice setup.
I keep forgetting this stegosaurus is there. Its in between lanes on a road near a set of lights and from the path there is a fence and bunch of trees in the way so I never see it.
nice pics, looking forward to riding tomorrow and keeping the /drt/ up on page 1
>>1270780I noticed something in the picture so I took another one during the day. Then I realized it was back lit so I had to ride around to the other side. No clear shot, then I noticed someone had conveniently cut open the chain link fence.Some thoughtful person gave the dino an earflap hat.
>>1271020Socozy!,,earstay warmis crucial!,Pic>southfacing rabbithole heat.
>first sunny mild day since start of winter>been riding everyday but actually looking forward to it this time.>less than a km from home>try to accelerate before light turns red>go flying through air >my shit is all over the road>few hours later at urgent care>broken collarbone>very separated, will need surgerytwo spokes from the same side of the hub are broken on the front wheel. mostly bummed because i have been focusing on shoulder and arm stuff at the gym lately.
Got barked at by a dog sticking his head out the window while his owner passed me. STFU dog you can't even get in a proper aero position and you have no ability to operate the STI shifters.
So I'm looking at saddle bags and bikepacking gearFuck it's so expensive. What are some cheaper options that aren't fucked?The ''best'' saddlebag of 2018 costs $250 AUD; no fucking way
>>1271241If you don't mind waiting for two months, aliexpress that shit
>>1271344is that harry potter
>>1270396Rode way farther today. Told myself I was just going to enjoy myself and ride at a comfortable pace. Ended up doing 5 miles with uphill, downhill and flats. Man I was going slowww, other cyclists were flying by me. But I had fun and I feel really good right now. Maybe by next week I'll be able to double that distance. If the weather holds up, we had an unseasonable beautiful day today in the midwest.
>>1271364Fitness builds up pretty quick, but can fall off fast too. Every winter we get a few prolonged cold snaps for a week straight where the temp doesn't go above -25C, so I decided to run on the treadmill. The first few runs leave my legs destroyed (cycling muscles don't translate to running).
>>1271377>Fitness builds up pretty quick, but can fall off fast too.Yeah I know. I wrestled competitively for 8 years. I came pretty close to peak conditioning. But I haven't really worked out for the past 5 years since starting a real job. Big mistake, years of work in the gym literally vanished. But I hope that old strength comes back quick, I can already feel my CNS starting to condition. During my whole ride I was just thinking "this is gonna make me so much stronger!" so I was pretty pumped. I just hope we don't enter a deep freeze so I can keep training. Once it gets nice, I'm going to split my time between cycling and kayaking for a balanced fitness routine.
Had to take a few hours off of working at home for about 30 miles and my first ride of 2019. >>127136450s in January definitely qualifies as unreasonably beautiful
-4C with little wind today so I did a 62 km loop out on the unopened highway and back through the city. About half of the highway just had a thin layer of frost on it, where you could still see the seam at the road crown. Then the rest had intermittent snow buildup.
>>1264471>fork installed backwards>brake cables worn>bar tape worn>brake levers mounted incorrectlyShe surely wasn't a cyclist.
>>1271485>bar tape worn>not a cyclistK fgt
>>1271344>>1271241I've done that and the kit was crap. Best middle ground was getting gear off Planet X or Ebay which does much better value stuff than the big name brands. Anything that is 'best' comes at a branded premium.
>>12620381/3The weather was nice today, went for a nice Sunday ride with a fellow /n/ user.
>>12717322/3Stopped by a bike themed cafe for lunch.
The wind was 50 to 70 km/h all day. I checked the hourly forecast after supper and it showed a 5 hour window where it would drop to 20 before picking back up for another 2 days. So I got a nice 3 hour ride at a fairly pleasant -5C.
>>1271733>the chad serrotta>the virgin bianchi
>>1271873Why are they riding all over the road?Is there a reason except that they are a squad and have to be all over the place?Has bike riding become the new skateboarding when it comes being in the way just to feel superior?I'm a roadbiker and have never understood the new norm of wanting to die. There's these huge metal cages on the road with you, some of them are looking at their phones.
>>1271873is this somewhere in brooklyn?>>1271915bc SQUUUUUAAAAAD. but for real, if there's no traffic coming, why not ride up the middle? it amplifies the feeling that being on 2 wheels brings. i do this all the time, whether is a quiet residential block, or a 5 lane avenue. if no one is around, i'm not in the way.
>>1271916Sure, I agree as long as the road is empty.I've been in situations where cars are trying to push me off the road and scream at me for being on the side of the road so I guess I'm just extra sensitive.
>>1271873Why do they all look so awkward? Improper gear ratio? DH bars + track saddle-bar drop?
>>1271915>riding become the new skateboardingI hate to admit it since I'm at least 10 years older than everyone in DA SQUAAAD but this is what it's become with today's goons. They think it's fun to put streets on lock down, I just join cause it's fun to feel like a young hooligan again but yeah, some cars were angry, one kid got hit that day but it wasn't a serious or intentional collision.>>1271916>is this somewhere in brooklyn?Negatron ghost rider, you could say it's the Brooklyn of the Midwest though.>>1271938It's the thing these days among urban youth to try to emulate CDNYC, the lower gear ratio and wide bars are for poppin wheelies.
>>1264153came to post this. he's riding down a one way though.
I had a fat bike slow flat a few weeks ago, then another slow flat Sunday so I pulled the tire off again. I think the issue might be that the tire casing is starting to break down at regular intervals along the outside knobs on one side of the tire. I patched the cracked spots to see if I can stretch some more life out of the tire. Plenty of height left on the tire knobs, but the rubber has flaked off the casing in a lot of spots along the sidewalls.
Big ups to everybody in mpls who didn't ded yesterday
>>1272705what happened yesterday?
>>1272706Gusting wind that made biking in traffic a little sketchy. I was being a little melodramatic.
>>1272709midwestern winds can get sketchy though. 60mph sidewinds on the serious days is no joke
>40km of daily commutingStill going, lads. My first time biking straight through winter no matter what. I'm finding the more of a struggle it is, the more fun I have.
>>1273334I did 16 km each way in winter on a touring bike. The skinny tires help keep the speed up, but you really have to be on your toes for when the front wheel hits something soft and suddenly turns 90 degrees. Always exciting bombing along a car tire track in the dark when you suddenly encounter a section of road blown in with snow.
>>1273334ride on, anon. This is my 3rd winter in a row and there is a masochistic type of fun to winter riding. My winter has been relatively mild though, I don't think we've seen a -10F day yet when by now it should be like that everyday. The crazy thing though, I find myself overheating more winter riding than summer riding due to over layering sometimes.
>>1262146He is clearly a professional bike messenger and you are clearly not worthy. He obviously rides like this every single day and has done so for quite sometime, and obviously not dead. Enjoy being a weak pansy.
>>1262121skinny tires cut through snow and make contact with the asphalt, giving more traction in a wider range of conditions than wider tires. As long as there's no ice, skinny tires make a great winter bike>>1262146>using front brakes with sketchy traction>>1262145as long as you aren't in the suburban part of "Chicago," or commuting to/from the suburbs, you can get around the city proper much faster than by car. You do have to game the traffic though, it's normal and cops don't care if you pass reds and stop signs. Just be careful with the reckless drivers we have here. Stick to bike lane roads until you're confident to take the non bike lane roads and then move onto the roads with two lanes per direction (although I still avoid those roads)
>>1273461>>1273463Agreed, I'm finding everything about it a lot of fun and it mixes up the commute a bit. Nothing like getting to know all the varieties of road conditions up close and personal. I'm still riding SPD. Just have them opened right up, and clip out for the sketchy parts.>overheatingYeah, for sure. I'm one of those people who doesn't feel the cold apart from fingers/toes, so often have just the one t-shirt layer on down to as low as 14F and a summer windbreaker over top of that any lower. Still sweat like a bitch until about -5F, especially hands and feet... but warm fingers and toes are the most important thing in order to enjoy yourself, I've found out; Last year I rode off and on with shitty gloves and no toe covers and it hurt just enough to make it miserable.
>>1273492>warm fingers and toes are the most important thing in order to enjoy yourselfCouldn't have said it any better, I also learned that the hard way my first winter. Something to keep your ears and nose from freezing helps moral a lot too. On the coldest days I wear my balaclava and winter riding becomes super comfy. It's almost like a winter wasteland with no one outside and the world a little quieter. Nothing but the sound of your thoughts and the crunching snow beneath your tires.
>look at gps trace for today's ride>shows me riding through rows of housesI just added a Garmin / gopro combo mount and had my sj4000 camera running during the ride. Turns out most action cams severely degrade gps signal when in close proximity. I noticed a few times while I was riding the Garmin wasn't able to lock onto the path I was riding on. Since this has been known for at least 8 years why the hell is any company making these mounts? It has been responsible for numerous drone crashes, but at least on a bike it won't cause any safety problems.
>>1262038Winter weather and bikes, remember kids:
>>1264920What's an "underbiker"?
>>1274222using a bike on terrain beyond its intended purpose or comfortable use, for example bombing a cx/gravel bike down singletrack, that sort of thing.
>>1274185Don’t worry we all hate flatbar road bikes
>>1274222It's when you don't have money and compensate with skill
>flat on the way to work today>still 10K left, going to be late>call wife, she picks me up on her way in>drops me off at work>take rear tire off at lunch>realize forgot spare tube and patch kit>got busy, forgot about tire>end of work day, she just picks me up>throw bike and tire in car, head homeForgot my wheel.
>>1262038First date with someone new yesterday went extremely well and it ended with a bike date after dinner so I'm extremely happy. I'm faster but she has more bikes than me. Stay strong, everything'll be alright lads. If I can make it, so can you. Just keep riding.
>>1274813Oh, you lurk too? Imagine that!You know I'm a dude, right?
>>1274807You should start planning an advantageous exit strategy now. Or... like.... five years ago.
>>1274814What's the name of that train game that you play? If you can prove that it's you, so you know, I like traps...
5G,,,gaveme CamerAIDS.,,,cameras fine,,untill i rollout 100 yards(300feets), thenits"I'm sorry Bacon, I can't do that. I think we both know why.",,,damnyou!!5G!?,,,, owell.,,,rides.
>>12748805Ge? That shit isn't real 5g manThat aside real 5g is going to suck ass
>>1274880We can never escape The Corporation, Bacon.
>>1274880I want to ride there.
>>1271174Update. I have barely left my house and have been feeling like shit. I miss my bike and the gym. Ride safe boys.
>>1271174But why did you go flying?
>>1274997since my post wasn't very clear, i believe the spokes snapped and that's what caused me to go over the handlebars. i know there was a few that were kind of loose, but i've never had a spoke break on me before. it was very sudden and unexpected.
>>1274982Its ok breh, youll get back to it. Atleast you didnt fuck up so bad you needed to stay away for 8 months.... been there done that. Just focus on lower body for now.
>>1273334There's something nice about getting deep into the shit and just going with it like "fuck it be a wild animal out in the elements"Only thing is my gloves suck.
If there's enough snow to require a fatbike, you're better off with skis.
>>1275007I've had spokes snap on the front wheel a couple of times and there's no way that would send you OTB. Sounds to me something got stuck on your front wheel, or you panicked and slammed the front brake
>>1274891 #hada,,chat,,camera works fine now.
Probably gonna be riding in the snow for the first time over the weekend or next week. My bike isn't really made for winter. I commute 10 miles to work and some of it is in streets shared with cars. Should I just say fuck it and ride on the sidewalk for those stretches?
>>1275078They were both broken on same side of hub so when I tried walking my bike after wards it was way out of true, and pressing so hard against the breaks that I had to release it from the dropouts. I was riding on flat pavement on the road so I don't know how something could have got caught in the wheel. I didn't have time to touch the break it happened extremely quickly.
>>1275094Wow I typed breaks twice. these percocets have been fucking me up. Oof.
>>1275082That's a big truck, Bacon. It looks like you sit a little higher in the cockpit than your recumbent.
>>1275089The problem with riding on sidewalks is that it makes you unpredictable and unexpected at every intersection, which greatly increases your changes of having accidents and collisions. Also, it won't help you at all during winter, because a sidewalk is more likely to have more snow and ice accumulation than the road.
>>1275089The kind of weather in your area will determine how much of a challenge it will be. If you are in a warm area where it will be wet, slushy and melt fast it shouldn't be too bad to ride in, just messy.If you are going to have to deal with ice that will be more challenging. The front wheel slips out really easily on ice, and happens so fast you'll be on the ground before you realize its happening. For ice keep the bike upright, even when cornering (which feels really weird). If the road / path slopes sideways you'll be pulled towards the low spot, and attempt to fight it will make the front wheel slip out, so try to avoid getting into spots like that, or just ride off into the grass if you can. On ice avoid using the front brake.Your ride could take much longer in the snow. If its slippery expect it to take at least 50% more time. If you are going slow and there aren't a lot of intersections, you should be fine on the sidewalk. Just be ready to stop at every intersection. Preferably just pick a quieter side road if possible.A mirror is a huge help riding in the snow, because when riding in the shit the last thing you want to do is turn your head back.
>plan to cycle when weather is done role-playing Siberia>dry but cold day, take bike with me on train to test ride the last 1.2 km I currently walk>5-9% incline>make it (duh), but feels like 180 heart rate at the topI'm so fucked, that was just one fifth of the climbs for the whole ride kekTime to hit that McFitness for cardio
>>1275094V-brakes? Yeah sounds possible. Scary stuff, good luck with your recovery bruh
There isn't going to be a day over 40 degrees F until February. That means short little rides and working out in the Gym with the blue hairs and the people with axillar stretch marks.Has anyone done a G-cycle class? I'll sometimes go in there and use the magnetic Keiser cycles they use because the other stationary bikes at the gym are terrible. What will I encounter? Gym bunnies? Oldies? People who don't ride bikes IRL?
>>1267139>biking down bike path>light turns yellow>fuck it I'm going>this is right at sherbrooke and university in Montreal>huge wall of students start crossing before light changes>ohfuck.mp3>slam the brakes>go over handle bars>stick the landing>slam into woman crossing the street>"s-sorry"my inner ear saved me from fucking myself up hard but this was in front of probably 100 people.
>>1267139> First month commuting on CAAD> Old man on filthy red steel touring bike with cantilever brakes, jacked stem, and 3x7 stopped at light> turns green, pass him and start pedalling hard as usual (I'm fast)> Old man drops me in full upright French fit dominance> Try to keep up> He becomes a spot in the distanceI was humbled that day. Punked. Y masculinity destroyed In an act of submission, I became a retrogrouch.
>>1275771it's the ENGINE not the BIKE you are just WEAK and he is STRONG
>>1275530spinner classes? roadies, thots, and fucking obnoxious music unless you really like rhianna or something>>1275771there's a couple of dudes like that here. one is an old dude on a custom who blazes by everyone without breaking a sweat, the other is an ancient hobo on a 90s mtb w/slix. they're both fucking fast but the latter is like some kind of force of nature.
Its been too cold most of this week. I was out of 75 mins in -13C on Wed evening to try out some new glove shells, but the temperatures dropped from there. Was between -28C and -20C yesterday and today. Even just going out walking gives you that dry cold throat burning feeling. Windy and cold tomorrow, but Sunday is looking good.I finally found a glove shell that fits perfectly over my wool gloves. When you remove the liner from Black Diamond Soloist gloves all that is left is the outer fabric / leather shell which is super flexible. I wish there were more gloves like that to make it easier to layer. I've yet to find a 1 piece glove that I'd consider adequate for me. The liners that came with these gloves are no exception, practically no insulation on the palm side.
>>1275775>>1275793One day I hope I can be that homeless man. If I keep spending money on eBay vintage fucking section surely I roll be based and penniless retrogrouch soon. My wife is going to leave me for sure so that should help
WOOOOOHO!,,7,,Female!, roomys!!,,moveinsoon!,,,,,sure ,their pregnant,,,real heffers.,,drooling bovines.,,im sure well hititoff!,Pic>no floride,,passive solar,,,abundant organics.,
I had kind of a near death experience yesterday.On my townbike, going for a lunch break from work, I was hit by a van yesterday, he came from the flank, I thought as he was approaching that he must have seen me, but then too late I realised he hadnt. I managed to sprint almost in front of him but he smacked into my rear wheel at high speed, and magically I somehow managed to stay up right, I still cant recollect how I recovered that knock. Of course the cunt drove off. My rear wheel was totally fucked, half of the spokes were broken and the rim itself was torn, and the wheel was barely a wheel, so I took it to the local bike shop to see what they could do with it. Because I had an expensive gear hub, the only option was to replace the rim. They made a glorious steel rim with shiny spokes too. The rim (with the gearhub and rollerbrake), without the tyre it weighed 8(!!) kilograms, which is more than my racing bikes weigh.I love my townbike, its such a fucking tank. If I got hit like that on my roadbike I would have flown straight off the bike and hurt myself badly.
>>1275872Did you report that shit? That's a hit and run, at the very least you could get yourself a "new bike"
>>1275872glad to hear that you're ok anon. that shit sounds scary.
>>1275912Well the van stopped at first, and the driver looked at me and saw I was okay too, before he drove off. I like to think that they learn simply from it happening, that guy wont forget nearly smacking a guy.
>>1275935Describe the guy...
>>1275935I know you don't think straight in those situations, but man, you have to learn from this too. Stand up for yourself. His insurance should have been paying for your new wheel. You shouldn't be fucking paying for that shit if it's his fault. Don't pick a fight but you gotta be assertive in the moment. I've let people drive off too, but last time i got $1000 from their insurance when a guy hit me, because i stood up for myself. main thing though, i'm glad you're ok.
>>1275935I hate to say this but people like that don't learn shit until they understand that irresponsible actions have consequences, you know? It's just the nature of reckless people. In the end, I'm glad you weren't seriously injured. Just know that some collisions don't show their bodily damage until a day or two later and if you let them go, it'll be all on you if you need to deal with medical expenses. A rim, some spokes, and labor to relace a wheel I bet isn't that much in the grand scheme of things but if you find out you have underlying bodily injury that surfaces a week from now, you just let some asshole get away with fucking with your shit.
I had a dream last night that as I was riding my rigid mtb the bars kept rotating in the stem clamp. I even dreamed that I tightened the bolts but it didn't help which pissed me off enough to wake me up.The weather is back to tolerable tomorrow, so I'm moving the studs from my old fat bike tire to the new one.
>>1275872she looks rock steady.like a true cowboy, you get thrown and you get back on that horse and ride.done it many times myself, so hats off to you.
It is currently 8 degrees F, and if I go for a ride now, it will be down to about 2 degrees by the time I get home. Should I go /n/?
>>12761988F is baby shit. Rode in -31F earlier and wanted to kill myself.
Same pic being used for Montreal weather.
>>1276221fuuuuuuuuck that shit
>>1276221POLAR VORTEX!!!!!!aka: typical prairie weather
>>1276223we gettin' dabbed on by bacon
>>1274819Wut>>1275041Yeah man, it's great.
>>1276218god fuck that, yesterday I did 50 miles in around 38F with 100% humidity and heat-sucking deathfog and my goddamn hands and feet were going numb even with three layers of glove and nice thick wool socks and booties over my shoes. but when I got in to my nice warm apartment and took a nice hot shower it was better than sex. well, bad sex. definitely not better than good sex. >>1276223lies I tell you lies all of it lies
>>1276660Different but also a northern anon here. The reason you froze is cause you overdressed and sweated your insulation into uselessness. Well, the humidity doesn't help, I'll give you that. There's a beauty to being in environments so cold, all moisture in the air gets frozen dry.
>>1276666Yeah, it's really tough to dial in a good outfit for the combo of chilly weather and high humidity. Better than sitting on a fucking trainer tho.
>>1276417Kumon, the most unfortunately named chain Tutor place for dumb kids who also want to be teased.
>>1277170I like how their logo even incorporates a tard looking upwards, presumably at all the Ds the kid gets at school
>>1277193"Come On" you dumb fuck and learn your times tables.How many extra good boy tutor stickers did Mongoose poster >>1276417 get
Cowmethane,,,nota.joke!,Pic> The Cowfart orchestra.
onbike,,lasthing,,reachelmet,,,??,,oooooya,itswarm by thefire!,,,,,,,,cant fast without magichat!,,nomirror and windnoise mean trusthe cage.,,,trust,,acage,,, naaaaa., lotsof twisting peeking,,swervy.,,juststick to Slowdirt.
Turned into a walrus today.
>>1277406>>1277696I love cows
>>1262159Nice view. I can almost smell that fresh air from here through the monitor.
Nice little 3 day camping trip with a buddy, me on my alu road bike with 10spd compact (50/34, 11-28) and 32mm tires, him on his weird ass gravel thing with a hardtail frame, 3x7 gears and 45mm tires on 27.5 wheels. Both ~15kg of cargo each. Thought it was gonna be mostly paved roads and a bit of dirt at the end, but we ended up riding something like 50km through gnarly and steep as hell double track. Needless to say I was way overgeared and in the steepest climbs my rear wheel simply spun in place (plus I could hardly even push the lightest gear). My friend just spun2wun to the top, but he bonked hard at the end so I guess we even out. Downhills were sketchy as shit, especially on a road carbon fork and rather skinny tires.All in all great fun, next month we're going on a longer trip, looking forward to it. Probably gonna get some front end storage.
>>1277937Sounds bad ass... Your friends bike is very weird but cool
There is a fat bike ride I wanted to do on Sunday a few hours from here, but it looks like there will be blizzard conditions so its not worth the risk of driving in whiteout conditions.On the plus side I a got a replacement for my cold weather balaclava ready for use. I needed to remove stitches in one area to get enough slack to pull the lower part below my mouth. And I added velcro strips so I can attach the face mask from a different balaclava.
I can't wait till tomorrow , it's raining here in egypt , and i just fixed the bike
What’s everyone’s cold weather gear like? I really need to upgrade my shit. My only boots are heavy ass timberlands so I have been wearing sneakers. With thick wool socks it’s not too bad.
>>1278626You see riding a lot>>1278374What bike do you ride in eygpt?I have done two sub-2-mile rides with my kids and wife. I have started riding my bike to the grocery store. I am building a fixed gear basket bike. It might not sound like much but building up to a big lifestyle change. We dropped cycling when moving to the burbs and both are suffering without it. She is riding in to work once a week now and very happy about it
i did a group ride with a local shop. we followed the path of an aquaduct, starting at it's source. the path is preserved as a park, with varying levels of infrastructure. a few sections were paved, but mostly, it was 30+ miles of slogging through mud.
Just came back from a midnight ride. I forgot how much fun it is riding at night. It's 41 degrees right now I couldn't waste it! I do need some brighter lights, but the LED triple flash setting works pretty well.
>>1278924cool pics. So it was a trail just not paved?>>1278872Bacon always gives the best Horse.>>1278871>>1278627based suburban boomerman town cruiser>>1278530Sneakers on pin flats with 2 pairs of socks>>1278365balaclavamurderous operator/10 (Jesus how cold is it where you live?!)>>1277992rides on a horse fire truck>>1277937Cool Norco. AL 6061-T6 Master Race. Proof you don't need an adventure bike to take an adventure. Canadian Rockies?
>>1278955ty. yes, it's a legal/marked trail, but not at all built up like rail-to-trail usually is. it was narrow, and literally ran through people's backyards in some places. there were portions that weren't even halfway graded - it was like drifting in mud, pointed halfway uphill just to keep going straight. it was cool to ramble through towns/neighborhoods, but it was work to keep from wiping out the whole time.
>>12789557005 actually but thanks
Looks like I'll be forced to use the treadmill this week. I only got 2 rides in last week and more really cold days this week.It was -17C with a -30C windchill while I was shoveling the driveway today when young woman with no gloves wanders up and asks which way to downtown. Since downtown is about 9 km away I figured she wasn't planning on walking so I let her wait inside until a bus came. I checked the bus app and the next one for that route was 4 hours away, I didn't realize that route had a 5 hour service gap in the middle of the day. The closest bus stop for a route that was currently active was a 15 minute walk, so I drove her to the mall so she could wait for a bus inside.
>>1279044>whew!Friggin -30 weather keeping me off my bike. House has been making really loud pops during the temperature swings. Plumbing stack exhaust pipe freezing over so the shower makes a gurgling noise when I flush the toilet.
>>1279466nice tits Polar Vortex
Just picked this bitch up. going for a quick ride.
>>1279639OOhMyDoge!!,,,your house mustbe Soclean!,,,,,also,,Crazysweet Ride!,, itso,,,Formed.,,fillthem bottles and,,breakaleg!,,,,thats justa saying,,cageskillife,,hyperfocused lazy forthewin.
>>1279466>House has been making really loud pops during the temperature swingsthat's normal and nothing to worry about.the pipes are more of a problem.
>>1279639what do you keep in that triathlete purse?
>>1262121by his sheer willpower he directs his anger forward, melting a new path for him
>>1262038>tfw I rode an hour and a half in the polar vortex
>>1279669-15 Fahrenheit. That's -26 for my Celsius friends. Wind chill down to -40, which is the point when -40 is the same in Fahrenheit and Celsius.
Alright boys.I'm officially tapping out for the winter.Some asshole cut across the street infront of me, wasn't able to brake in time and I slammed into his rear third. Tried to chase him but the street clearing in Montreal is so shit I couldn't pick up any speed.Left with only a bruise on my leg and incredible rage against cagers.I'll see you boys in April. Be safe.
Several digits below zero on my way home from work in Mpls, fuck everybody alive right now.
>>1279654this, pipes bursting is no joke. Happened to us several times but it'll only come through when it's warm enough to melt>>1279675glad to hear it wasn't worse and you're alright, good luck out there>>1279765as much as I can handle the cold, it sucked and that's coming from someone with possible Ainu blood>>1279907I hear you but it's a bit worse up there
Requesting someone pour out a can of beans on the sidewalk and then tell us how long it takes to freeze solid.
It's actually going to be 47 I'm so excited laid out all my freddy lycra and put juice in my bottle and pumped my tires up last night. I just got a tune, new chain and new wraps. Since I'm the king of bad ideas, what should I name my Strava ride this afternoon?
>>1275943A man in a van rushing to his next job. He looked very young too, probably about 20 years old. He looked quite shaken as well so I have hope that he learned from the experience.
>>1274982Just a warm message anon: don't be depressed if you cant ride, i've been trough this shit several times : i've broken my legs 2 times and my right hand once. Keep up take your meds and do reeducation and youll be back pretty quickly !