So about that Snow…

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gimpPAC
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I was all gung-ho about riding in it today after successfully installing my studded tires, but when even my supportive house mates looked at me like a crazy kook this morning, I’m having second-doubts!

Anyone riding today? Ugh, I have exactly 5 minutes to decide… It’s not so much the riding I’m scared of, it’s other people sliding into me and such.


reddan
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It’s not that bad out there.

Keep it steady, take the lane, and favor nominally plowed streets over trails that are icy ruts with 2 inches of powder on top.


Bikelove2010
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seems i missed your 5 min timeline, but I just drove my husband to Duquesne University because my BFF just had a baby and I need to go see her after work (everyone together now….awwwwwwww). Anyway, biking would have been better, for my drive at least, than driving and a ton better than walking.


gimpPAC
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You guys were all the encouragement I needed! Thanks!!!

(5 min x’s 6….)


gimpPAC
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I made it! It really wasn’t that bad. I know there will be more snow this afternoon, but if it’s REALLY bad I can always throw my bike on a bus.


quizbot
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Rule #9: If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.


floggingdavy
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studded tires make a world of difference. i went pleasure riding yesterday in schenley around 5 and it was awesome. todays commute from polish hill to east liberty was a breeze. ive gotten to the point now that when i see it snowing pretty good i get excited to ride. goggles are a must for me, though.


bikeygirl
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I rode my bike today with semi-slick tires (though I only have roads to commute on). It wasn’t bad just muddy!

If you need more encouragement, 3 other co-workers rode their bikes to work today too. And on my way to work, I ran into 2 other cyclists on their way to Downtown as well.

So that makes… 6 “badass” cyclists :)


reddan
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So, perhaps we’ve found another collective noun. A badass of commuters…


HiddenVariable
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anyone else use goggles? i’ve been thinking about getting some, since i wear glasses and they fog up, and my eyes start to water in the wind and i begin to have trouble seeing the road or maintaining my usual high level of situational awareness. are they awesome? what makes a good pair? do they restrict your peripheral vision overmuch? other thoughts?


floggingdavy
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they restrict my vision a bit, but i feel that being able to look up at the road vs slightly down to avoid snow is a big plus. my only problem is that my goggles are wearing out and the anti-fog coating is almost gone so i cant wear my ninja mask any more. also my bern helmet kinda sucks for holding the goggles in place. the strap wants to slide too far up or down.


superletour
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Made it to Forest Hills just fine today. Studded tires rule! Nothing compared to last year. Definitely a cup-of-coffee-in-one-hand day.

HAVE to have goggles when it’s snowing like this. I remember before I used them, all my co-workers thought I was ultra-stoned all the time because my eyes would be so red from the stinging ice.

Only bad part about today: I don’t use a front fender, so I had a massive chunk of salty, gritty black ice flung into my mouth while I was climbing a hill.

Trying to make this winter a “flawless victory” in terms of not falling… knock on wood.


salty
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I rode today, as did several of my coworkers. Although I made the dumb decision to try riding in the snow-covered bike lane down the hill. When I came across some deep snow mixed with tire tracks @15-20mph, it definitely got pretty hairy for a few seconds.

Although, I was motivated to go in the bike lane after I had two assholes pass me WAY too close. The jackass in the Jaguar with some stupid vanity plate was the worst – first she nearly hit me trying to force her way past me on the downhill part of Wilkins between Shady and Beechwood, then when we made the left on Beechwood, she did barely force her way past despite all the muck.


netviln
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I biked.. on the north shore trail some, on the road behind all the industrial buildings some. I do like that the casino keeps their stretch of the trail immaculate. The were running the snowblower in fron of the science center, and the trails from the science center to downtown had been plowed during the night but had an inch or two reaccumulated. From the casino to the penitentiary hadnt been touched except for the other two sets of bike tracks I saw.

Snow was 4-8 in deep on the trail, just put in a low gear and spin it like going uphill. I do love my studs in the snow, they are slow tires in the dry tho.


brian j
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Since I have the option of working from home, I’ve found I am now soft about riding in the snow. I enjoy riding in the _snow_, but I do not enjoy riding in the muck that covers the city streets. I am blissfully watching the white stuff swirl outside my bedroom window.

I also figure, after 10 years of year ’round commuting, I’ve got nothing left to prove :-)


gimpPAC
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A badass of commuters…

I like it!

On goggles, I used my ski mask today combined with a tossle cap (under the helmet) and a scarf wrapped around my neck/mouth. It didn’t fog up really and kept my face warm. Took out a little of my peripherals but it wasn’t too bad. Plus it cast everything in a warm orange-y glow…

I also figure, after 10 years of year ’round commuting, I’ve got nothing left to prove :-)

bjanaszek, you are “badass” official! Nothing to prove for sure.


edmonds59
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At motorcycle stores I’ve seen sunglasses with a foam seal like a goggle, that might be something to try. Might be easier to deal with than strap goggles, with the helmet and whatnot. just a thought.

http://www.amazon.com/Powersports-Motorcycle-Padded-Sunglasses-Goggles/dp/B001TNU994/ref=pd_sbs_a_2


Kayla
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I rode to work at 6:30 with a cross tire in the front and a 23c in the back (cross tire won’t fit with the fender I have)–I would have been fine with a 23 up front, too. It was fun, minus forgetting my goggles.


RoadKillen
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I had a blast riding home from work last night. The only problem areas I had was where the snow was compacted by car tracks. My fat mt. bike tires wanted to float on top of the snow. Whereas the snow that was not touched was easy as pie to plow right through.

I’ve only used goggles for skiing, never occurred to me to use them while riding the bike. thats a damn great idea!

Yellow lenses are probably a best bet. They seem to increase contrast in cloudy/dark conditions. And if you’re wearing goggles it is usually because snow is falling (cloudy) and winter = less daylight hours (dark).


brian j
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bjanaszek, you are “badass” official! Nothing to prove for sure.

Ah, shucks.


chefjohn
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I had a pair of those goggles that had a seperate lens for each eye and foam seals between the lenses and the face (picture sunglasses with foam seals and a strap instead of ear peices) and they were no good at all! they were o.k. as long as I was moving and cool air was streaming over them but as soon as I slowed down they would fog up completely and I couldn’t take them off while riding because the strap was under my helmet. Got rid of ’em.

I now ride with lightly tinted sunglasses (even at night)almost exclusively or good ‘ol ski goggles when the snow is really flying.


netviln
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I just wear my standard interchangable lens tifosis, just something to keep most of the wind and snow out.. normal I ride with the reddish lenes for contrast and glare except at night when I just the clear ones.


bikeygirl
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Maybe I don’t ride too fast, but I only use my balaclava when temperature drops down to the 10’s. For 20’s and above my face gets too hot with it, so just wear a knit hat under my helmet, a scarf, and that’s it -let the wind & mud in.

One thing I do when I go outside to ride, I rub my eyes vigorously. That helps making the transition between interior warm to exterior cold & wind. I do wear glasses too (presciption, that is).


Kayla
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I have a pair of Smith goggles with a strap that has a clasp in the back–makes it really easy to wear with a helmet. I have a blueish kind of mirrored lens in it now. It’s great for daytime, works for night too (I can’t find my yellow lens…).


netviln
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I use a smartwool neck gaiter for riding below 25.. works nice at the beginning of your ride covering your lower face.. then once you get warmed up.. just pull it down below your chin.


RoadKillen
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I wear a t-shirt over my head (think cornholio). It keeps the snow from going down the front of my jacket and the wind off my face. The elastic in the neck of the shirt lets me pull it up over my nose and when I get too hot I can pull it down to my chin.


BradQ
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“I wear a t-shirt over my head (think cornholio). “

This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen on this board.


WillB
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I rode in today too, on what I guess is a cross tire, down Butler/Penn and it wasn’t too bad. All I can say is hooray for full fenders. The roads were covered in gray slush, and I still managed to say clean and dry.

Also, Rule #9 is the best – it keeps me going in the worst of weather. Period.


Kordite
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I muscled my way down the unplowed Eliza Furnace Trail. Ugh. Even more tricky on the slicks on my bike. I have some tires with a bit of tread in my car that I haven’t switched out yet. Should have done that last night.

Don’t have fenders so on my ride home I had about a half an inch of snow and slush on my shins before the weight of the road detritus overcame the frozen stickiness of the ice and fell off.

“I wear a t-shirt over my head”

T-Shirt Ninja!

http://www.instructables.com/id/ninja-mask-with-t-shirt/


sloaps
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There was a sweet picture by Darrell Sapp on the mainpage of the Post Gazette this morning of a cyclist commuting past the fountain by the frick fine arts building. I’d post it if I could find it…


Mick
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I rode.

Only about 2 miles though.

Earlier this week there two other bikes takng the two prime rack ends (What are they? F**king crazy riding in this weather?), but today I had my choice of spots.

The road wa mainly OK, but there are some places with a an unpredictable treacherous 1 inch layer of ice/hardpack. A nice challenging mixture of ruts, breaks, ands smooth ice parts.

The cattle chute on Fifth should be approached with caution. No, really. Even more caution than than

I rode more slowly than normal for me. Hard to believe.

I told myself what a badddd assss I am and that helped considerably.


ejwme
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last night as I was driving away from the shuttle stop, I passed the only other bike-commuter I’ve seen at (W). We’ve talked in the past, he does about 1.5 miles (always either walking or biking). I was insanely jealous, until I saw he was walking his bike. When I paused to check he was ok, he said “I’m fine, just walking to stay dry” At which point I replied “Awe, man, you gotta get some fenders!!” We commiserated over our mutual lack of cycling at the moment, then I drove on, for in my car I was truly holding up traffic.

At the same time, Monroeville, Plum, and Penn Hills didn’t get to clearing the streets in time for my return home, there is no way I wuold have made it on my tires. I was moving at bicycle pace last night in my car and came very close to simply waiting it out several times.

I’m working from home today in an attempt to get things done – it’s working, mostly, when I stay away from here…


HiddenVariable
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the only thing i really dislike about riding in weather like this is the complete inability to read the streets. i have to go by memory to avoid potholes and such. and of course, they’re even bigger now.


quizbot
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found the photo @sloaps mentioned:


miasme
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awesome pic, indeed!

for those with goggle strap problems, i suggest using a ski/snowboard helmet as a winter helmet. less vents, usually with removable plugs, a clip to hold the goggle strap in place, and ear flaps which in some cases are removable. i <3 my giro g9! it even has pockets in the ear flaps for headphones.

boy did i get stuck in traffic on Second Ave last night on my way home. I only had road tires so the jail trail was a futile exercise. At least the lack of fenders didn’t matter when you’re going that slow.

this morning the hilly trails proved quite the workout, it took me 1h 15m to 9 miles. at least it was more fun in the powder than in the road muck.


Erica
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I gotta say, today must have confused the living daylights out of my boss…

(mini-rant coming up….)

my opening baker called him an hour after she was scheduled saying she couldn’t get her car out and her bus didn’t come, so he called me to see if I could get in – I said, yeah, give me 15 minutes to get dressed and 30 to get there. He says, “Oh, you’re walking, right, I forgot,” and I said, “No, I’m riding my bike.” He said, “……oh.”

I got ready in 15 minutes, left, rode down, bike lanes were terrible, I was at half my regular speed. On Spring way, I was moving slowly and fell over, then stopped and called 311 before continuing on penn ave. Still made it to work in better time than normal. 25 minutes.

I wanted to flip out on the girl who was supposed to open (“You have a CAR. I have a BICYCLE. WTF.”), but that’s another story.

Anyway, I gotta say, I expected more salt on my pantlegs – my rear rack works well as a fender, but I’ve got nothing in the front, and my legs are usually soaked by the time I arrive anywhere.

On the subject of goggles, I could use some. But I still do okay without. At least I don’t have to ride straight down Arlington/Josephine with shoddy brakes and limited visibility this year (How I survived last winter is beyond me).


KBrooks
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Someone shouted out a car window at me as we both were going up Baker St. toward Morningside: “You are a badass!” White car with a roof rack. Anyone who posted here? heh heh.

These goggles from Portland Design Works are actually really sweet for snowy weather.


ieverhart
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So, perhaps we’ve found another collective noun. A badass of commuters…

Excellent.

I use ski goggles (I was thinking, skiers also want to be able to see pretty well in fast-blowing wind and snow.) and I love the occasional double-takes they induce. I put them on over a balaclava and boom, I’m pretty warm most of the time. I ordinarily wear clear protective work glasses at night but they kept fogging up when it’s cold out. These fog up too, sometimes, but far less.


dwillen
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Someone with a little silver suv, maybe an older model honda crv gave me a few friendly beeps around 9:45 this morning inbound on Panther Hollow Rd. They had a nice hitch bike rack like a Saris T-Rax or similar, which is why I assumed it was friendly beeps, rather than get the f-out of my way beeps.


sloaps
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@quizbot Huzzah!!! Darrell Sapp is epic.

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