How was your ride today? Month of MARCH 2019

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  • #8003

    Gary Millard
    Keymaster

    The start of winter was so mild, and then we got hit with all of winter through the entirety of February. March didn’t have a very nice start, but hopefully it will become more like a normal late winter. At least the consistent cold means the pathways haven’t gotten icy! And, now -10 C feel balmy.

    #8015

    JoDonovan
    Participant

    Auuughhh! I hope real spring will come soon. It’s just so uneasy to ride the bike on such streets. Thanks God there are some effective and simple techniques that can help you keep riding in any extreme weather conditions http://bestadviser.net/how-to/how-to-keep-riding-in-wet-and-cold-conditions/ Be careful and hope we’ll have an ooportunity to enjoy good weather soon.

    #8067

    crivak
    Participant

    Ask and ye shall receive! The warm weather is coming!

    #8068

    winterrider
    Participant

    Icy in spots….

    Even with studded tires, I thought I might go down in one spot, and I had the rear wheel spinning freely on the ice for another moment.

    Hopefully the big melt is over by Monday morning. If not then, then looking at the 7 day forecast it should definitely be done by mid week.

    Bring on the sunshine!!!

    #8075

    gyrospanner
    Participant

    Marine Weather Forecast –

    There was a HUGE flooded section on the pathway in lower Bowmont Park because the new stormwater settling pond overflowed. Conditions after the temperature rises probably won’t improve, so I’m taking the high road through Varsity on the way home tonight, and probably for the rest of the week.

    #8076

    WestClimbs
    Participant

    Anyone been up Quarry trail by Shaganappi golf course recently? I see a bit of strava traffic kicking back up there again. Wondering whether it’s fit for a cyclocross bike even if I have to walk a few sections.

    #8077

    uphill-both-ways
    Participant

    I tried it last week, but it was too mushy for my liking; turned around and headed up to 24th street.

    With the paved path up to 12th Ave doing reasonable imitation of a set of class 1 water rapids this afternoon, it will be full ‘glacier mode’ in the morning if it freezes!

    #8078

    WestClimbs
    Participant

    My first commute this year, the paved pathway downhill by the golf course was pretty dicey this morning, even on foot. Hopefully another few days of this weather and we’ll have bare pavement and Quarry will be back in action.

    #8079

    uphill-both-ways
    Participant

    from this morning …

    icy path near Shag Golf course, N of 24th St SW

    #8080

    crivak
    Participant

    Oof! Surprised it’s freezing when even during the night we’re not below 0… Where is that one at? Image is small to tell.

    Gyrospanner, are there photo’s of the Bowmont pond somewhere? That’s an important area to keep an eye on and provide feedback for since it was recently redone. The way the pond affects the pathway at various times of the year is something we should comment on.

    Maybe some photos from someone on twitter or strava? Will take a look later.

    #8081

    uphill-both-ways
    Participant

    this is the paved pathway (looking N-downhill) along the E side of Shag golf course, connecting 24 ST SW to the railway crossing (200 m W of Crowchild trail).

    Sorry about the image size; seems to default to this. Hints welcomed to provide a better consumer experience . thx.

    #8084

    gyrospanner
    Participant

    Bowmont can be interesting in the spring, sort of like the picture above, in that it provides both water hazards and luge tracks!!!

    The water hazard I mentioned earlier is gone now, just a short 15 foot puddle, not too deep, so No Picture….

    Thinking about using the summer bike tomorrow.

    #8086

    gyrospanner
    Participant

    I did it, I let the summer bike out of the stable. ANNDD, was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of the ice and puddles had disappeared even since last night, WOOHOO! Too bad I’m going skiing next week, I think I might be missing a lot of nice riding…..

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  gyrospanner.
    #8088

    gyrospanner
    Participant

    With the good comes the bad.

    They finally turned on the new traffic lights at Sien Lok Park (Riverbend Ave. and 1st Street SW) yesterday. Going home (heading north) last night was good, and I was actually kinda’ pleased that they were there, even though I had to stop and wait, because I felt safer as I didn’t have to contend with the usual traffic BS that occurs there. Things like people blocking the crosswalk & intersection and people passing on the right (IN A PLAYGROUND ZONE!!!). However, coming in (heading south) this morning was not as pleasant, I got squeezed into the middle of the road by a guy who was heading east then turned south, YIKES! Not really sure what the answer is here? Maybe there should be a “no right turn on red” sign there to protect the high number of cyclists that use that ingress point?

    #8089

    2wheeler
    Participant

    Agreed about the “no right on Red”. Cars are in wayyyy too much of a hurry and don’t bother looking.

    Does anyone dare changing out winter for summer tires?

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  2wheeler.
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