How was your ride today? Month of OCTOBER

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    Well well well…. looks like http://WWW.WX.CA might actually be back from the dead? Some current data in there, and not as much info as a year or so back but its something!!

    Otherwise folks… lights lights lights versus ninjas.

    October usually has a few surprise weather events to treat us…. what’s your story today?


    No pathway clearing on my route…the studded tires went on the bike last night, which I appreciated while dealing with the frozen ruts this morning! The weather carrot being offered later this week will cure the worst of the woes!

    And please dig out your LIGHTS and check the batteries.


    Today was a breeze, yesterday was tough.

    Riding in, the wet spray was freezing on my cassette. As I pedals water was hitting the chain, and then freezing on the cassette, so that one at a time my gears became inoperable. By the time I got downtown I was down to my four slowest gears.

    For the ride home, I was stuck on the biggest gear because somehow I disconneted the shifter cable inside the brifter thanks to a hunk of solid ice that had accumulated under the bottom bracket. Took some tinkering last night at home to figure out what had happened.

    So I’m not a fan of the freezing water temps, give me -10 anytime over what we had yesterday….


    That sounds like a good example of why you should keep things well-lubed. I’m just as bad, I had a sticky FD (couldn’t drop onto the small chain ring for that last killer hill on my way home) and RB cable. And for extra inconvenience, I musta’ got some lube on my rear brake rotor when I dealt with it last night because I had no brakes on the back this morning, or, well maybe about 35% of the normal stopping power EL CRAPPOLA 🙁

    Time to “brake out” the isopropyl alcohol!! Here’s some other tips for dealing with Old Man Winter

    1) I actually have a small bottle of isopropyl alcohol in my desk at work for occasions as noted above and/or the occasional cut. I found that using it on a piece of coffee filter (that I pilfer from the coffee room) works quite well as it leaves no residue.
    2) Cooking oil spray can work on other parts of the bike that you don’t want to get ice on such as the BB, the downtube (especially if you have exposed cables) or even the pedals. Not suitable for use as a proper lubricant on your chain, cassette, FD/RD or cables.
    3) I wrap hockey tape on my brake levers as a small layer of insulation in an attempt to provide some warmth. I often leave it on in the summer as well as it does make everything a little bit more “grippier.”
    4) Here’s another weird thing for your cockpit that works well in summer or winter. I have a couple of one inch pieces of old inner tube that I pusn up to the lever mount (out of the way) that I use to “lock” my brake levers if I ever leave my bike standing up against a tree or a wall or something. I call it my parking brake.
    5) I always make sure that I always have enough life left in my tires, chainrings, chain, cassette and 4 cables to get me through the winter because I don’t have a heated garage and there’s no more Community bike shop and I hate freezing my hands off working on the bike in -20C. Especially when friggin’ around with shifters and derauillers!! Currently, I hafta’ get some air out of the hydraulic brakes on one of my bikes and I’m waiting for some +7 or +8 or better to do that.


    Good ride today. I worked from home Tuesday because I’m a wuss. And my balloon tires slide sideways at the slightest hiccup. Definitely misjudged that wind though. Jeans were not the play. Put on my pogies once I got in the door too. Will probably be too warm for them the rest of the week but I’d rather be too warm and take my mitts off than have sad fingers. Guess it’s time to order those tires.


    What a great run of nice weather!! No bugs today either. yeesssssss
    Anyone know if the ped bridge under NW Stoney Trail by Bowness is now open? I want to ride that route then north up the new Tuscany path.


    Bridge under Stoney not open yet. Or rather, the bridge might be, but there are no connections to the paths on the other side. I hit this a couple weeks ago and rather than riding back through Bowness Park to the 85th St Bridge, I walked along the grass slope on the east side of Stoney around whatever construction project they have going there that has blocked the path detour that was put in for Stoney Expnasion construction.

    If you want to ride the new path by 12 Mile Coulee, I would cross the river on 85th St, then either ride through Baker Park which still has access to the path detour on the north side of the river by Stoney, or you can ride up to Nose Hill Drive, then follow the path by Nose Hill Drive which eventually goes underneath Stoney and connects to the new path.


    I ride each and every day.

    I built a new ebike now, front hub motor that is quite weak because I need a better controller with higher amps discharge and a temp probe in the motor windings. It forces me to pedal now.

    Pathways in Fishcreek are in good condition. They are building new structures by Macleod Trail so I took a ride around the fence and looked. Not sure why they decided to demolish and build new as the old structures were just fine. What they really need to do is redo the pathway from the underpass of Macleod Trail to the gate of the parking lot. Also cracks by the water treatment by Sikome need to be fixed, they only fixed one or two of the major cracks at the restaraunt parking lot. Was thinking it wouldnt cost them that much to grind out every crack and fill with asphalt. Should be what our Carbon Taxes pay for! Also I am still disappointed in our bus system as every bus should have a bicycle rack, again Carbon Tax should pay for that but its not. I would let the exception go for the smaller buses.

    The pathway from 22X, east side of the river up the ridge needs to have proper drainage as the water melts and freezes all along the zig zag pathway up the ridge.

    There should also be a pathway on 22X about 5′ from the side of the road following the merge into the community and the strip mall.

    The other side has spots where the asphalt has collapsed into the sluegh.

    The new construction at the end of the pathway, has the pathway closed from the river to the roundabout at the bottom of the hill. Not that easy to get around as the dirt pile is quite steep. Lots of dog walkers in the area.

    The water treatment plant down the road from that, basically at Deerfoot is always busy. No complaints other then the parking stall outlets do not work with my ebike battery charger, so its quite a trek up the ridge to the little strip mall which has zero 120V outlets. But lots of showhomes to draw power from.

    So the zig zag pathway, goes from McKenzie down to Deerrun, by the golf course, likes to have standing water between the bridge and the zig zag pathway.

    Some of the rich home owners are doing their own laying of gravel on top of the ridge on the ice.

    I took a ride by the other side of Deerfoot and Anderson, used to be a gravel site there. There is new habitat and rerouting of a water channel for the bow. Someone has placed a non standard bench on the north side. Kinda cool, must be someones relaxation spot. Not good for fishing however.

    Southland dog park seems to be in decent shape, aside from the speed bumps that are useless as there are tracks around the bumps. Further north, they took out the benches, seems like some bums been camping there. The half fences have been opened up in spots.

    Glenmore over the Bow, the habitat area is not marked off as it is on the pathway following Deerfoot.

    There needs to be a pathway from the Automall up to Costco, have to go down to strip mall and open field by the McD’s up to Walmart and double back to Costco. The pathway up the hill is in good shape. Up past the Lambo/Porsche/RangeRover stealerships. Should be a pathway at the light, north side as its just grass.

    The Chinook Mall overpass is quite strange, I mean I understand it, but they should have kept the actual crosswalk and not block it off with some artistic blockages with no signs. I ran into a mall security guy taking a rest in the +15, he said bicycles are not allowed. They also closed the underpass, but the Home Depot pedestrian overpass is still there.


    Goodbye October.
    Tires are finally on and 100% overkill. Hopefully that means no excuses from me getting to work on time all season, and the city leaving some compact layers around for me. Seems random which contractors go to bare pavement and which do hardpack.

    Lots of info there matt. Have you left any suggestions at 311 under Community Traffic – Cycling Inquiries?


    Some nice riding over the last week. On the way home after dark this evening, I was chugging up a hill and could hear someone yelling ‘Get out of the way! Get out of the way! I got no brakes!!” Then this fool comes zipping past without any lights, making for the express line at the Darwin Awards counter. From the glimpse I got, It looked like a bike that could use an owner, and a rider who needs some common sense.


    I think they’ve adjusted the timing of the lights along 12th Ave. Everytime I use that cycle track (from 15th St SW to Center St.), I’ve always had to stop 4 to 5 times for red lights. Since they finished the extension of the cycle track, it seemed like it was even worse.

    And suddenly this morning, no stops (well 1, but it felt like none). I found myself braking for green lights that I have instinctively come to know should be red.

    In fact the only thing impeding me today were the 3 bicycle cops who stopped to have a chat in the middle of the cycle track (who stops in the middle of a cycle track at an intersection just blocking everything!). Hopefully the loud “on your left” they got will make them pick a better spot to stop next time.

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