pics or it didn't happen.previous >>1843680
blue skies, calm wind, and comfy temperatures.
>cerveloshitbulls confirmed worst dogs ever
>>1862148Soft mouth Retrievers would be more delicate than the LBS
ran some errands today
Slipped on a patch of ice and scratched up my right brifter, twisted the stem out of alignment, ripped holes in my right trouser knee and palm of my glove, and my right wrist feels a bit tender. Not sure if the derailleur hanger managed to avoid getting bent or not.Not a great day. Could have been worse I guess though.
>>1862224i was riding home in an ice storm that just started last year, going maybe 7mph since i was aware of the ice..still hit that one patch where it felt like someone drop kicked my front wheel and went down. hurt but at least i landed on grass and didnt break anything on the bike. i ran my tires under the recommended psi after that
>>1862086>not one but TWO dogs in different neighborhoods just standing in the middle of the roadthe fuckin' black lab tried to run me down
>>1862258I've started to dislike dogs after years of riding. Some of them are pretty calm but the majority in my experience ignore their people and wildly chase anything that moves.
>>1862262there wasn't even anyone around. it was just dogs chilling in the middle of the road. one of them was obstructing traffic.
I finally broke 12mph average speed today
>>1862224heckin ice. i got rekt one time where the path was all black ice because of automatic sprinklers. getting caught off guard and going down is very tilting.
>>1862267Congrats on being a little less slow
Prolly my fav thing to happen on a ride as of late, saw like 5 or 6 deer cross the trail
Yesterday I was thinking about getting a heated vest for this winter, so I decided to make one. I cut the sleeves off an old faded full zip jersey and attached carbon heat rope. I was aiming for around 15.5 watts power, but it came in a little low at 13.4W. Not instantly hot but heat starts to build after a few minutes. But I did want to stay within the output capability of a single USB-C power bank.When I was making 9V USB-C heated gloves last winter I also picked up a few 12V USB-C modules one of which I used for this. The higher voltage allows for longer heating loops.
>>1862308The most annoying time consuming part is simply attaching the heating loop and wiring to the jersey. Lots of double sided fabric tape, and attaching fabric from worn out cycling shorts to make a channel.Total heat loop length is 2 meters. I'm glad I drew myself a picture as I was going to wire it as 3 loops. But I realized I could do it as a single piece and attach a positive wire to both ends and negative in the middle for much less work.
>>1862308>>1862309That's pretty neat, though frankly I don't understand why you'd want extra heat coming from a vest. Heated gloves make total sense, and heated shoes could be really nice, but after your legs your core is the easiest part of the body to overheat when riding in the cold... at least that was always my experience.
>>1862324For the most part overheating is a bigger issue for me, especially on the fat bike. Many winter rides I'll have my jacket open 1/3 much of the ride down to -15C. On longer winter rides my core temp often starts to fade towards the end of the ride. I'd probably turn it on after an hour or more. Part of the reason I used a jersey is that I didn't want to add more insulation. Also I dress to be comfortable while moving and get cold if I have to stop for prolonged periods like getting stuck at a long train.
>>1862267On what distance and elevation gain?
Pulled a roofing nail out of my flat tire today. While patching the tube I finally managed to find the very slow leak that required me to top up pressure every 2-3 days. Even with soap on the tube there was barely any bubbling at the leak.
I've been feeling low motivation to go out riding, or to do anything for that matter, lately
I wasn't the only one out enjoying the sunny day. Snow on the path bridges, but most of the asphalt was clear and dry.
>>1862488had to force myself today but i'm glad i did, leaves are falling fast the last 2 days making for extra comfy rides. i would be mad at myself if i missed it.
What your favorite part of your ride?>decent descent near the end of my ride>speed limit is 25 going down the descent>regular blast down that shit between 40-47 (goal to hit 50)>cops sometimes sit at the bottom where you don't see them>feels amazing going all out and passing trafficIt's kind of a hope one day that there's a cop at that bottom of the hill and I get pulled over for speeding while on the bike. Sure the ticket will suck but I can proudly boast that I got pulled over for going 4X in a 25 while on a fucking road bike.
>>1862220Based Minho resident.
>>1862607arent you riding a little too close to that horse
Wish the snow would hurry up and melt so I don't have to worry about ice for a while. No more snow in the forecast and the roads are mostly dry so I don't want to put studded tires on yet.
>72F out today>6-10mph breeze>was actually cold on the rideI'm going to fucking die this winter.
Damp, windy and miserable today. Most of my unpaved shortcuts have been muddy since it snowed. The ground dries out so slowly this time of year. But at some point wet or not it will just freeze solid.
>>1862814You'll be fine after you get out in the 50s a few times.
>>1863170Same temp as yesterday, about 8C, but it was sunny so it felt much nicer. I think sunny days tend to be less damp too. Starting next Sunday there are no more above freezing days in the forecast which will take care of the mud.
>>1862814I ordered gloves and toe covers today, be straight chilly on the bike. time for me to put my bar bag on so I can stuff a jacket in it
probably the last long ride for now
pretty soon there will be no more leaves to break the wind. it's been warm enough to ride in a t-shirt though.
The chamois stitching on my bibs is coming loose causing the chamois to chaff. So I optimistically pulled out an old pair of shorts I haven't used in a few years because they would cause me to breakout in hives. And surprise surprise I'm still allergic to them. Its not an immediate thing, it takes several rides for it to gradually get worse and worse.I had used that exact model of shorts through 3 pairs and it was only 6 months into the 3rd pair where the started bothering me.
Nice thing about last weeks rain / snow is that it turned the gravel roads into pack clay speedways. A little washboard on the right side but still smooth and fast.
I'm always behind a new project or idea, I just seem to not be able to be at ease with what I have. I've completed the fixed gear project and it's now as I want it, at least that's finished. I recently bought a classic roadie that needs some love, or at least new rubber. Now I'm searching the local classifieds for a nice cro-mo frame or complete atb/mtb bike to make a single speed bike.My wife's bf doesn't let me have three bikes, we don't have the space to store them but I'm still searching used bikes.
Freehub on my unlabeled rear hub is crapping out. Its probably a Formula, but my LBS doesn't have a replacement for it. Its for my bike with 2 rear wheels, so I'll just swap the front / rear wheels for now. The bike is made of random parts and the front rim is tubeless ready which makes it a bastard to mount / dismount tires so I generally prefer to keep up front where I'm less likely to get a flat.
Spotted the whitest jackrabbit of the season. Most of them just have partially white butts so far. Early ride today and it only got up to 1C.
How many miles have you done this year? Are you going to meet your goal if you set it? My goal was 5k miles this year but I've kind of fallen off, I think I can still easily hit it.
-2C and a 30 gusting to 50 km/h wind. Not pleasant but I wasn't miserable.>>18650499100 km so far. My distance this year is well under my average, but time on the bike might be about the same. I mostly rode in the city on my rigid mtb. Hardly any road rides.
>>1865049about 700 for commuting.
>>18650493200 km so farPlus commuting which is just 3.3km round trip, not every day so I don't know
I was looking at my Strava total. My total cycling time adds up to 247 days. Maybe another 5 years to achieve 1 year of on-bike time. I also have another 18,400 km pre-Strava and if I divide that by my all time average speed from Garmin Connect that would be another 920 hours bringing me up to 285 days of riding time and knock a bit under 2 years off the time to get to 365.
Went out for a ride before it rained this morning. Freezing rain started just as I got home so I'm glad I kept the ride short.
today's ride was just some laps around the freshly paved cemetery to bed in my new brake pads. i upgraded from the stock 1 piston calipers to 2 piston and i finally have brakes that don't squeal. having a quiet bike really makes riding more enjoyable.
fuck lads it's dark as fuck how the fuck am i supposed to ride
Today a semi apparently confused the bike lane for a driving lane and nailed 6 parked cars.
I was very close to give up my ride due to laziness but thankfully I forced myself
>>1867846nice going anon, motivation is always the hardest partI don't think I've ever regretted going on a ride that I was hesitating on
>>1867831>>1867822>>1864622>>1862282cute animalsfirst real ride in a long time (old bike got stolen) and my stamina is totally fucked. chest burning, legs shaking. need to build it back up, hope the dry weather holds up a little longer. 8°C and windy though, should have worn a proper jacket.
>>1868179Do you take that thing offroad? Aren't you afraid of hitting a bump and being carbon-impaled?
>>1868189no way, this is barely 10 m off the road where I stopped to rest a bit. wouldn't dare actually ride this thing on a trail
>>1868202Hope that when it finally fails it does so non-catastrophically so you can hang it on a wall. Or maybe not, and you can hang as many pieces one by the other.
>>1868179Gorgeous bike. Saddle bag ruins the photo though. And the pedals. buy a pair of cream wall gp5000s for her.
>>1868181nice, is that a little ferry?>>1868208I'm pretty sure the integrated seat tube clamp will go first, which shouldn't be too bad. definitely a wall hanger after that>>1868213bag and pedals are definitely goofy, just what I had lying around for now. got reccs?>cream wall gp5000soh neat, I didn't know those came in tan wall. was gonna get gp four seasons which I'm used to, but those are tempting
First ride of the season on snow today. I saw my colder weather balaclava around the house in the past week but of course can't remember where. It was only -10C so a lighter one was good enough, but I like to carry a backup. The fat bike trails were in decent shape already.
>>1862274>automatic sprinklers What retard keeps them on when temperatures reach freezing? Also aren't a majority of them now designed to shut off if the temp is too low?Was it one of those days where it suddenly became summer for no reason the day before?
>>1868257For a bag, don't use any if possible. If not, get a toll roll. Think castelli makes a good one. Get clipless pedals, Shimano. There is no debate regarding flats Vs clipless, only amongst autistic Freds on this site who don't actually ride.
>>1868405tool roll sounds good, I'd prefer nobag too but need a place for my spare tube and tools. still deciding on clipless, I'm used to fixie flats + straps so not scared, just awkward for daily commuting.
>>1868257No idea, but if it's a ferry it's certainly not for any kind of public use. There's that rail yard next to it in the pic, and there's another rail yard up the river about a mile (opposite direction from the photo), but they're for servicing different kinds of trains (commuter vs subway) so while it's tempting to think they use it to move people and light equipment back and forth, if I was a real foamer I would probably find the idea preposterous.
Dogs won't even leave you along in a mural.Getting a bit too warm this week. Lots of brown slush / sugar snow just a mess. When the roads are like that I don't feel at all bad about riding my fat bike on the sidewalk. I try my best to stay on the least driven roads where the snow stays pure and packed hard.
wanderer.earth is getting pretty addictive really fast. I'm now considering go riding just to complete some zones of the map I would've never ridden to otherwise. I like it, I get to know the city and avoid potholes in places I'm not familiar with.
no ride today because they "pretreated" the roads with whatever chemicals they use these days. fucking boomers. it's only supposed to be freezing for a couple hours, then rain. and temps above freezing all next week. let's pollute the river and make it miserable to walk or cycle for the rest of the season because some dumb faggots will drive too fast in the 2 hour window that it's actually slippery.
>>1868798The first year a new privately operated motorway opened here they sprayed a shitload of calcium chloride on the road ahead of a snow storm that didn't happen. For the next few weeks the road was always wet in the morning from the salt pulling moisture out of the air. Messed up the v-brakes on my touring bike and seized the chain.
>Ride bicycle>See dog walker with a few dogs>Ring bicycle bell right before passing>One dog starts gets hyped up and barks>The rest of the dogs get hyped up too>Keep riding away>Dogs barking but don't look backI hate dogs and dog walkers taking up the entire path and sometimes part of even the street so this is the least that I can do. I'm sure the dog walkers hate it, but it is so funny.
went to a new pumptrack today, good times
>>1868829They're often in the bike lane. I get the urge to kill the fluffy bag of shit and its retarded owner
>got dumped by gf>got filtered by climbawful fucking day
saw goats tho
>>1869751It's not an awful day you rode a bike
>>1868179I love your baiku. Based pic too
>>1869755aw, unironically made me feel better>>1869757thanks anon, it's a lovely ride indeed
>wake up at 7am>check outside>huge gusts of wind, meaning large branches are falling on the roadOk fine I guess I won't go out today
Several above freezing days next week and overnight lows around -5C. A little early but that's perfect night ride Christmas light viewing weather.
Night rides 2 days in a row. The fat bike trails are not great at the moment. They ran the motorized groomer over the snowshoe packed trails. Since the groomer is wider there are invisible soft spots everywhere. With my helmet light I was able to see the firm part of the trail for the most part. I might just avoid the trails until they run the groomer over it one more time.Tonight was really nice, -3C with light wind. Disgusting brown crap on the roads though, but I can avoid most of it by sticking to alleys and side roads.
>>1868181nice pic. just needs to be rotated a couple degrees. >>1869754looks like some good climbing.>>1869852i like the shadow self portrait!>night ride Christmas light viewingyeah i'll pass on riding near extra distracted drivers on snowy roads.
>>1862086Hate getting anywhere near these dogs. On bike or foot.
>>1868795I'm almost at 10% completion of my city. Today I had a technical issue where the rear wheel slipped and the chain got stuck, no biggie. It was a sketchy part of town, but the local villagers saw me almost crashing and asked if I needed any tools.
heard a small annoying noise today that im pretty sure is my front fender vibrating. will check it tomorrow and maybe grease those bolts, retighten. im mad that fall basically turned straight into winter within 2 weeks. it shouldnt be in the teens at night yet
The fat bike trails were a lot firmer tonight for a group ride. I thought I gave myself plenty of time to ride the 11 km to the start, but I got there just after the ride started, but they happened to be riding past where I was approaching from. Took 48 minutes elapsed time to get there including a wait at a traffic light, and waiting to cross a few roads. Fat bikes are so slow.With snow on the ground running my headlights on low is usually more then enough light. Still doesn't help my crappy camera take pictures while moving.
All the streetlights are now LED. That conversion was handled by the power utility. The main park that falls under provincial jurisdiction has LED light on both the roads and MUP. But the city itself is happy to stick with LPS lights. Though only a handful of parks in the city have path lighting at all.
>>1870748Soul vs soulless.
I've been thinking of getting a dropper post for my fat bike. But for that to work I'd have to stop using my trunk bag. I suppose I could use one my small panniers.Getting started from a stop when the trails aren't packed it really helps to be sitting. Otherwise the rear wheel spins out as you try to kick off and get up on the saddle. Often that can throw your balance off just enough that you end up veering off the singletrack.
>>1871008I'm pretty sure activities warranting a trunk bag are mutually exclusive with activities warranting a dropper post.I know what you're talking about with the kicking off thing. Sometimes you find pieces of trail where you have to maintain momentum. If you come to a stop it's impossible to get going again. Then you just have to plod on foot until you find firmer ground. I've never thought of a dropper post when that happens. I doubt it will work though. I could be wrong though, so try it and report back. You won't be riding any great distances in conditions like that so you won't need the trunk bag.If you encounter loose sections out on a longer adventure then just walk it.Fatbikes really aren't that great on loose terrain like snow or sand as one would like to believe. Pretty good in mud though, in my experience, but I hate having my bike and myself being caked in mud.
Tried to ride in Central Park but the pedestrian crowds from parade were swarming southern bike path, so I audibled to do some Randall's Island laps. Beautiful weather for late November NYC.
Left pedal clapped out on me on the way to the post office to pick up the spare pedals I ordered. I'm too lazy to clean up my bike and mount the new pedals until Saturday. I can still ride on the clapped out pedal tomorrow, it'll be fine right?
>>1871025It's a term from American football, means to change plans on the fly. Comes from term when quarterback changes play before the snap by calling out (audible).
>>1871038Interesting. I had no idea.
>>1871044I'm amerilard and I've never heard that term but I'm not a handegg fan, either.
>>1871044>>1871055I learnt it from Dr. Dre
Went out for 3 hours just before 5am to beat wind and too warm temperatures forecast for later. It was a steady +1 the entire ride. Its great being out early when there is hardly any traffic, several red lights were ignored. Saw a deer over by the fat bike trails for about a km, it would repeatedly run for a bit then stop until I started getting closer.
Steady around 2C for my ride. The fat bike trails survived the +7 yesterday. More snow tomorrow night which should add to a good packed base, assuming we don't get so much snow we can't find the existing trail. One way to find a buried trail is look for rabbit tracks, they always run on the most packed snow. Often if you come across a rabbit while riding the trail, they just start running down the trail to get away from you.You see groups of partridges running around together here all winter. Sometimes if you don't notice them, they'll wait until you are a few feet away to fly off. I almost ran over one sitting in the middle of the road at night because it looked like a fast food bag.
Nighttime rides just aren't for me
>>1870507Really nice neighborhood I completed today. I love the no exit streets that end in the train tracks. Kinda scared of slipping on them when crossing though.
The side roads have reached the icy stage after a week of warm weather. But its still the kind of ice studs work on. The ruts are more of an annoyance. More snow tonight which should smooth everything out again.
>>1862086Vet said he needs more fiber in his diet. carbon fiber will do.
almost got t-boned by a cager rager today
Weather turned cold, and loose snow would have made riding miserable the past few days. Off to do some fat bike trail snow shoeing tonight. Loading up one of those plastic scoop shovels in the car along with a few concrete blocks to act as a trail smoother / packer. Should go fairly quick as the motorized groomer already did a pass last night.
>riding on four lane road with not much traffic>area several cyclists have been killed under trucks >not in a real industrial district i'd stay out of, just down by the port, right next to super nice park and the waterfront, place you should be able to ride. No good other route where i'm going>18 wheeler rock truck that would have seen me about 5 mins ago at the lights passes me in the same fucking lane less than a meter away
>>1872375I almost got chopped in half this morning and it was completely my fault. Put the fear of god in me. I've gotten too cocky, no crashes or near-misses in several years. I don't know what came over me but I tried to squeeze where only an idiot would try to squeeze, the driver who clearly was distracted hit the gas right where he would have killed me, and then hit the brake a split second later. If he hadn't had such good reflexes it would have been bad.
>>1869751cables should be under the tape
>>1872548>>1872502>>1872375stay safe senpai>>1871640looks comfy, would explore>>1871413cute birds. your posts make me wish for a snow-ready bike>>1872617slovenia>>1872618I tried, they were cut way too short for that by the previous ownerI'll rewrap them under once I get around to redoing the cabling, it's shot anyway
could be worse
Local bike club got a second Snow Dog for fat bike trail grooming. The city provided most of the money for this one, and half for the first one a few years back.
>>1866695Ears, lights, laughing like a gremlin for safety purposes.
>>1872874how many more years of construction do you think?tell me about paris. are you native or did you escape the provinces for the big city, or just there for school or work?
>>1872915I think the plan is to have it finished by 2024 and it looks like it'll be done by then, but I can only see the façade when I bike by, so hard to sayparisians are shitty, but so are most people from big cities: car drivers, scooter riders, pedestrians, bicyclists, they all don't give a shit about anything but themselves. paradoxically, it is extremely bike friendly. and seeing the tower, the grand/petit palais, obelisk, cathedral everything never gets oldim here for work, doing a phd here since late 2020, done by the end of next year