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Old 11-13-2015, 12:34 AM
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agk is a great source of information.
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Old 11-13-2015, 01:31 AM
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worked on it for 8 hours XD
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:42 PM
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Got some new equipment for my handlebars, loving it so far...
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:25 PM
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Found a Nestle parody sticker, says "Nerdy". Died laughing when I saw it, put it on my rear fender. We'll see how long it lasts.

Oh, and cursed the snow! I wanna ride!
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:49 PM
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I swapped my crank for one that is an inch shorter. This'll give me the space I need to add "Vespa" style splash guards. But that's a project for another day. I'd better get cracking, though. Winter's coming pretty soon.

Then I added some weight to my front wheel by threading a chain through the spokes.

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What I'm trying to do here is increase the gyroscope effect of the wheel. It was getting dark and rainy. So I only got in one short test ride.

But the results seemed promising. I jiggled the handlebars a bit and my front end did seem to feel more weighty, or massive, than it had.

I'll know more about the success when I've been able to ride a bit more.

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Old 11-17-2015, 08:08 PM
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Blue, have you thought about automotive tire weights? The can be had in a variety of weights, and easily obtained from tire shops. The rim clip could be wrapped around your spokes quite securely. Could balance your wheels this way too. Just thinkin, weighty wheels may not be a bad idea in the snow.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:31 PM
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I looked at my bikes, then out the garage window at the 10" of snow and went back to polishing the paint and chrome. That's about it.

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Old 11-17-2015, 08:37 PM
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You know.....automotive tire weights are not a bad idea. You could pack more weight into a convenient package than you can with chain. Thanks. I'm gonna have to try that.

And, yes, stable wheels for the winter is what I've got in mind.

I've ridden motorized over hard packed snow and ice before. It's do-able. But I didn't feel entirely secure.

So I'm trying to adjust this bike. I swapped down to 24 inch wheels. Decided that I liked them, only to discover that studded 24 inch tires seem to be about as common as hen's teeth. So now I'm studding my own.

But, anyway, I'm now lower to the ground. And if I can make those wheels a bit more stable than they already are, then I don't think winter is going to be all that fearsome.
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:08 PM
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I looked at my bikes, then out the garage window at the 10" of snow and went back to polishing the paint and chrome. That's about it.

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Why, yes, Tom! I'd heard tell that there was a pretty good winter storm out your way.

I like rough weather. But if it stops you from riding your bike, in November no less, don't you feel kinda burned?

On the other hand, I get the impression that while you do get more snow and ice than we do in total it's more likely to melt off in between precip events.

So maybe it all balances out?
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Old 11-17-2015, 09:20 PM
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Blue,
You're right, our snow doesn't typically hang on for weeks like it does other places. I'm thankful for that. I've taken my bikes out for rides on Thanksgiving Day with temperatures in the high 60s. You just never know about Colorado weather. But then don't they say that about weather everywhere?

I know you're an all-weather rider and my hat is off to you. I've lived through a couple of Illinois winters and I know what they're like. You're a good ambassador for the hobby.

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