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1/24/14 6:48 P

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Thank you for the article. My budget is super tight right now, but I will keep them in mind.
I haven't ridden to the bus yet, I have been catching a ride with my sister because the temp has been running around 30 below with the wind chill.
Since I am off work tomorrow, I am planning a test ride up to the bus stop to see how it goes.
I am still leery of the roads, but it is only 2 miles, no curves in the road and it is a road with less traffic. I also need to see if I can even ride all bundled up and with a back pack.
The roads are reasonably clear so I will just continue praying for little to no snowfall...yeah, right, that will work I am sure!!!!

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1/23/14 10:23 P

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Studded tires were my best buy for this winter season. I'm using Nokian/Suomi Mount and Grounds for a 3.5 mile commute. The Peter White article I linked to is a good explanation about what one experiences out there, specifically the comparison to walking on ice that someone has spread sand on. As long as you don't carve, lean into turns, and set up your turns properly, it's fine.

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1/19/14 12:23 P

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Cold blast heading our way too...and it looks like it's going to last...won't climb above 20 F for the rest of January...ugh!

Stay warm everybody!

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1/19/14 11:41 A

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Hillslug...I never have made it much faster than 5-6 mph anyways!

I appreciate the feedback from everyone and apologize that I had not posted back sooner. I want to say that I was busy working or biking around outside, but in all honesty, I have been off work since last Tuesday and have had my butt glued to the sofa watching Netflix and hiding out from all the new snow.

We are supposed to get another big drop in temps this week and I am still on the fence about braving the cold or just having my sister drop me off at the bus early and picking me up late (around her work schedule), since there are stores near the bus stops that I can wait in.


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1/15/14 8:36 P

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play with the bike away from much traffic to get used to how they handle. i rode motorcycle on road and dirt for years and a bike handles like a motorcycle where as the back tire can kick out on you. practice and learn how to handle, take it on a trail for no traffic issues to train

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1/15/14 2:38 P

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The fundamental difference is a car has four points of contact and a bike only has two. Where four wheels may have no trouble, two may. If your front wheel hits ice, it will start moving more slowly than the back wheel, meaning a skid. If the rear wheel slides out, you skid.

The advantage of two wheels is that you have these wonderful non-mechanical outriggers called your feet. If you feel yourself slipping, you can dab. Clearly, my advice involves keeping your pedals lose (if you're riding clipless). And the same advice EVERYONE should heed when it's icy: slow down.

The advantage of slowing down is that you're not going to work up a sweat, which is also important riding in the cold. You're best off if you maintain an even speed, even if that speed is only 5-6 miles an hour. That's still faster than walking, and as Don said, it gives you some serious respect from those of us who wimp out this time of year. (I'm good down to the mid-20s, but cold and wind and dark is just too much for me!)

If your route is flat, you should do just fine. And I think it's great that you're sticking with it.

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1/15/14 9:24 A

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Sorry not to be able to offer any help beyond a tip 'o the hat of respect to you for tackling cold weather riding...that just isn't my cup of tea, but I am nonetheless impressed when I see folks out there with all sorts of gear, including one local fellow who has his Surly with the big fat tires for snow.

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1/14/14 9:54 P

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I just started a new job and after a lot of thinking about transportation (I don't have a car), I remembered that there is a bike rack at the library...right where there happens to be a bus stop.
Hooray for me, except that its wintertime in Chicagoland.

As of right now, the sidewalks (where I usually ride my bike) are mostly impassable for walking, much less riding, and I am not sure about riding in the street...which is where I am walking lately.

It is only 2 miles to the library and what I am worried about are any icy patches. Our temps have been all over lately...it was 40 degrees yesterday, 30 degrees today and we have so much melted snow and ice, everything that was wet is starting to ice over.
I am still trying to get used to standing for so many hours on end that walking to and from the bus is a problem. Biking is easier on my joints but I don't want to skid out into traffic.

My question is, does a bike handle on wet/icy roads the same way that a car does?

I have seen a few people out on bikes here they seem to be necessity bikers, not commuters or exercisers, I just don't know if its safe or if they are especially desperate or just foolhardy.

Tracy, Illinois, CST

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
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