How was your ride today? Week of October 11th

I didn't ride today, but I did go to see Life Cycles at the Plaza. Sooper Kewl.

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nice west wind pushing me in this morning

but not looking forward to fighting it on the way home tonight. Although having temps of +15 and the sun shining makes up for the wind ;-) And it cleans the path of all the tire popping twigs.

We don't seem to have had the wind as in past years. I seem to remember last fall that there was about a full week where every day a strong west wind was blowing.

Been off the bike all week but..

Back on it today. I ride through fish creek park down between deer run and douglas dale and notice they have the pathway all torn up down there and signs saying no access. Doesnt affect me as I just ride past it and through back into the residential but I see many commuters following that path and I also know that north further on its washed out and difficult so I cant help but wonder how many super annoyed commuters from down south exist this week?

Other than that observation... a beauty of a day for riding. Beauty.

Great ride, except...

...had a close call with a moped on the MUP! The driver rounded a blind curve too fast so that he was on the wrong side of the pathway. I wasn't expecting that! The spot is a few metres south of 64th Ave NE on the pathway that leads south from the intersection with Hunterhorn Rd NE, right where it curves around a 6 ft high fence. Dude: uncool!

I was on the one of the paths

I was on the one of the paths leading up to nose hill in beddington on Saturday when I got passed by two D-bags on those little minature crotch rockets gas powered motorbikes.... They had the nerve to tell me to get out of the way... My brother made a call to Bylaw and he is waiting to hear back.

I'd report it

I'm not a big law and order guy, but riding too fast on a bike path really agitates me (I consider too fast around 50 km/h and up). Seriously though, at least two people have died in the last couple of years in exactly the circumstances you describe (someone going too fast around a blind cornes). It should not be treated lightly, especially as there was a motor to boot.

u-locks

u-locks are not only good for locking bikes......Lets just say my australian mates know how to use them as boomarangs!

Not that I am advocating that kind of thing.

Lights

Hey guys... It is now dark enough until past 8:00 am where front and rear lights will prevent a collision on the pathway... You can get outfitted at MEC or any other bike shop for about $20.... so why don't you?

While you're at it...

Don't get a head light that's too bright, and if you do, then for all our sakes point it down. And don't forget, white on the front, red on the rear. Don't mix it up!

I passed too riders in succession this morning going the other way, the first one with red lights on the front (in addition to white, very confusing), and second the brightest headlight I've seen on a bike in a while. I was squinting a bit even though the sun was already up!

Remember, you'll end up in a crash anyway if the person coming toward you is blinded.

Nothings too bright

I've gone over the hood of a police car with a freshly charged 12v 10w Halogen.

Cop in the car said it wasn't bright enough.

Almost got another this morning going past 2 District Office, this time with a "Magic Shine" on full.

They're pushing me toward a full brightness strobe.

It is too bright on the path

I have no problem with super bright lights on bikes while they're on the road. But once on the path they pose a hazard. The problem is that since we pass oncoming cyclists with only a foot between us, the glare is much worse, not to mention that given how dark some of the paths are it only amplifies the effect.

I would suggest having two front lights, one can be as bright as you like, but should be reserved for road use only. Have another one for the paths. When I have two lights I also usually set the dimmer one to blinking while on the road, adds a little extra attention grabbing power without being too annoying.

can't win

Too much:
'Tis true the MS light is quite bright - works awesome when riding on the roads and MTB trails (Silver Spring MTB trails are super fun at 7am). Sometimes, I confess, I forget to change it to "low" setting and rotate it downwards once on the paths. Sorry folks... will try to remember.

Since I also have a helmet light I'm not really inclined to add a 3rd blinky to my setup as there's enough jewelry on the handlebars already.

I'd rather see and be seen.

Too little:
That said, last week commuting into work I was merging onto Home Road from the church.. started to go.. then barely, just barely, saw some dude come flying down. Of course wearing all black, and had the most pathetic single-led blinky on the front. Worse yet he had several all-white blinkys on the back. At the lights, once I caught up, I tried to suggest politely that 1) he was almost impossible to see from the front so that might be a safety issue and 2) white light in front, red in back. He got p*ssed off at me and said he didn't have any problem with it. The attitude was enough for me and there was no point in a "debate". So much for trying constructive advise. Hope he figures it out before he becomes a "hood-ornament".

Don't let the attitude get to you

Most peoples reaction's in that case is immediately to go on the defensive, but I know in my case I'll often times reevaluate what someone has said later on.

Obviously this guy either doesn't know the law, or doesn't care. If its the first case, then hey, you've just educated him, and once he know's perhaps he'll change.

If it's the second case, that he doesn't care about the law, it may well be that peer pressure (such as from fellow cyclists) will cause a change in attitude. You may not be there to see it, but it will happen if enough people point it out (I do when I get the chance).

First chinook of the year? I

First chinook of the year? I could feel the west wind warming up as I got closer to the core... I was cold when I left the house with full leg warmers, shorts and a hoody. I was over dressed by the time I got downtown.

How about this...

I don't know if it was 9 degrees at COP, but I live right below COP at the bottom of the hill and it was still -1 when I hit the road at 7:45. Maybe I should ride up the hill instead of heading in along the river.

It was ZEROish in Bowmont Park!!

When I rode through around 9am, there was still frost on the grass in places.....

When I got to the office downtown, I felt a couple of really warm downdrafts as the chinook hit the top of the buildings.

I'm really enjoying the sunshine....

wx

www.wx.ca

best local weather site... gives wind speed, direction, trends, etc etc... I *always* check this before leaving work - don't want to be that dude dressed for -10C when it's +15C... or vice versa.

I use WX daily

Actually twice a day or more!

The difference in temps at the different locations some days is quite amusing! The Strathcona "home base" and COP temp was +8 or so, the airport was near zero, and as I mentioned it was zero down by the river in Bowmont.

The Almanac page is handy also, if you watch the sunrise and sunset times so you know when to bring out the lights. For example, sunrise and sunset are at 8:00 and 18:46 today. The day before the clock change, they will occur around 8:15 and 18:30. After the switch, that means they will occur at about 07:15 and 17:30. Enjoy riding home in the dark?

Clear skies today

It was nice to see some stars shining in the sky this morning.

All the light debate is interesting. It wasn't long ago we were all either riding without lights, with barely visible blinkies or with big heavy batteries that lasted 1/2 hour! The technology has come along way and the cost has come way down. It's just good to know that most of us are quite visible now.

Time to dig out some warmer clothes and think about swapping the 700C's for 26-ers with knobs.

finally fessing up

time to spill the beans, I turned 60 on Monday Oct 11....unlike someone else on this forum I did NOT ride 60K to celebrate the day....instead for at least 4 days I ate several pieces of pumpkin pie, lots of turkey and ham, and many other "deeelish" trimmings. I have cycled to work everyday this week feeling like the great pumpkin astride my bike! The weather has been balmy and lovely, the crunch of leaves under my tires sounds so neat....and as soon as I stop feeling fat and can get my breath back I'm sure I'll enjoy it a whole lot more!! Enjoy the 22C plus temps this afternoon everyone.

Me Too

Yup, turned 60 this fall (September). Didn't celebrate much that day and just had ACL Surgery done so I'm sitting here with my leg up, icing it on a regular (every hour or so) basis.

Not sure how long it'll be until I get back on the bike outdoors.

Rode an 80

Rode an 80 last weekend if that helps. That'll the last ride outside for awhile as it'll be a bit of time before I can ride outside again (especially in slippery conditions).

BUT, I did purchase a CompuTrainer for the house so once I get the OK to be on a Stationary bike I'll be on that and when I can start to put more pressure on the pedals I'll get some decent miles in.

Windy

My only rant for this morning was the wind. No matter which direction I was riding it felt like the wind was in my face. Felt very sluggish. At least I beat the rain/snow.

Wind was good for me

I was flying in from the west this morning. Every time the wind dropped off it felt like I was in a windstorm, but that was just the normal amount of headwind made to feel worse as I was going so fast.

Great ride except for the wet bum I got since I bravely brought the good bike today (without a rear fender), and the resulting wet chair when I forgot about my wet bum and sat down as soon as I got into the office. Good thing I have a towel handy.

wore these for the first time

I got them as a cold weather/rain road shoe. Anyways so far so good. There is an MTB version out there as well. I will keep using my Exustar Winter Mtb shoes for one more winter and then I might get a better winter Mtb shoe...

I only paid $209 CAD ... new with tags/no box (some poor dude in the US was selling his life away on ebay (looked like a lost job situation to me)

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=16956

May be breaking out my winter shoes sooner

Bought the Pearl Izumi Barrier GTX a few weeks back but haven't needed them yet. Haven't even had to put the shoe covers on yet with my regular shoes (I use alpaca wool insoles in my cycling shoes and I wear wool socks so my feet stay toasty warm usually till about freezing or just below). I'm looking forward to trying out the PIs.

Have you tried shoe covers? I

Have you tried shoe covers? I use one or two layers of neoprene shoe cover with an optional wind/water proof shell overtop (all from MEC). I put on as many as I need in the morning to keep my feet warm, and take of as many as necessary and shove them in my saddlebag for the ride home.

Bonus is the cheap covers take all the weather abuse all winter. I bought brand new white shoes last fall, rode all winter in them (every work day), and this spring when I showed up for my first group ride everyone was making fun of me for not having even used them. Little did they know... :)

I like

neoprene toe covers for certain sitations but winter shoes are nice... I am looking forward to seeing how these perform in the wet.

Hard to climb out of the

Hard to climb out of the cacoon this morning, with the cold air coming in thru' the open window and the rain/snow pelting against the pane.....once I got going not so bad, had a wet butt....whatever, I'm here now and the home time ride should be dry (I think)

Dry... maybe not

So I was not expecting to see a snowstorm this morning. If anyone hasn't noticed you should look out the window.... or on second though, maybe best you wait until it's blown through.

In any case, I think we'll be lucky to have dry roads for the ride home, here's hoping!

Noted as well

I thought it was going to be raining this morning when I woke up. To my surprise I could still see the stars and there were two small ominous looking clouds. I say ominous because, coupled with the wind, they had that look that they were the leading edge of something bigger. It's just one of those things I think one can tell when they've lived in Calgary for a while. When I looked out at around 8am I was glad to have been in early!