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'tis the Season
 

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6329
Location: Maine

11/24/12 5:19 PM

'tis the Season

to put on the studded Hakkas. Black ice abundant today, even though it was mostly above freezing. So I just put the industrial strength Hakkas on my commuting bike. For riding poorly lit, poorly plowed rural roads at night, I'll take the studs, thanks. And Rick's fall and my fall last year have me thinking that going down on ice in a turn puts you right down on your side, imperiling clavicle, ribs, lung and hip.

I'm getting more adept at the wheel changes on this bike, which has a Rohloff hub, Schmidt generator and hydraulic disks. Today I did the change without missing any steps AND without looking at the manual! (the Rohloff manual is a paperback book).

Now for dinner of turkey breast (went to friends' for Thanksgiving, so the dogs and I have no leftovers). My Christmas present to myself is getting my Gunnar Crosshairs painted (it needs it badly and is a noble bike which deserves it).

Nothing like studded tires to get me in the Holiday spirit.

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Andy M-S
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 3201
Location: Hamden (greater New Haven) CT

11/24/12 5:53 PM

They plow up there?

Connecticut does the worst of any state I've lived in in terms of clearing adequate space for bicycles, so I tend to hang it up once we hit black ice season. I am replete with envy. On the other hand, it was in the high 40s here today, so no need to hang it up just yet...

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 3304
Location: Springfield

11/24/12 6:32 PM

I got a Shimano 8 hub this fall. Practicing wheel changes is more serious than when I was racing. The cable routing the last six inches could become a real pain after dark and below freezing I bet.

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 3655
Location: Brooklyn, NY

11/24/12 7:39 PM

Hm-m-m, where I'm headed for vacation, studded tires might come in handy . . .

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 3655
Location: Brooklyn, NY

12/11/12 12:06 PM

Studded tires

Yep, studded tires would definitely help here:

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6329
Location: Maine

12/11/12 1:48 PM

hmmm

Parkin, you look like you've gained weight...

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17598
Location: Portland, OR

12/11/12 1:52 PM

I LOLed at the pic, but spit my coffee out on the following post...

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