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I’ve been going out early in the morning and riding up OBCR (which usually means I have to visit Eastlands as well) or to the top of Top Hill (behind the Y in Royal Oak) or even out to Burma Road and Bearspaw hills. All those are scratching at or over 1,300 meters, so I’m doing more climbing on these trips than what I was doing when commuting downtown. When I have been out in the afternoon, like to run an errand or something, I try to stick to the roads as there seems to be a high ratio of unpredictable riders on the Pathways (like everyday is Saturday? Or What?).
I like it in the morning when I can just “get out there,” its probably one of the biggest things that’s helping me keep my sanity these days, as the days just seem to blend together when you’re under lockdown ….
Didn’t Ride Yesterday because I figured that if they hadn’t cleared it by Tuesday night, it wouldn’t get done until sometime Wednesday, especially Bowmont Park.
As for this morning, YUCK! Icy patches, death cookies, rough & icy tire tracks – I had at least 3 squirrely moments, but never went down. Hopefully it warms up quick and the sun stays out all day and burns a lot of that crap off the MUP’s. I’m gonna try and leave a little earlier so that I can see all that crap before the sun goes down.
Homer says “D’Oh!” I forgot that it is a Provincial Road.
The scary thing is that the scope of work is kind of large. They are adding another bridge – REALLY?? It might be worth the ride over there to see how they’re doing that, even if you have to backtrack!
It still shows up as a closure on the Calgary.ca website under “Pathway Closures,” and disappointed to see that there isn’t really much mention on that website about the timing of the closure OR expected completion of the Stoney Trail widening project……
Yep! I still laugh when I see a person riding a high end fat bike that probably cost $3,000+ AND NO LIGHTS! Couldn’t spare $20 – $30 for lights after paying $600 for those studded tires I guess.
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.
My vote goes to the Schwalbe Ice Spikers, which is all I’ve ever run. They carve through most of the crap that winter throws at me.
Bad News: Somebody removed the station at the CO-OP liquor store on 10th & 11th. Why?? And I really needed to use it ….. Traffic was heavy that day so I didn’t bother to go to Two Wheel View, choosing instead to go to the repair station in Edworthy, where I found that the #@&~” pump had a hole in its hose! Mal Suerte!
OK, so here’s the plan. Get Edmonton to adopt it first, then it’s a no-brainer, we just have to wait. They got a new hockey arena and a Jollibees before we did, it just took a few years or a coupla’ months for Calgary to follow.
I forgot to post this. I like the new freedom to only have to yield when going from the MUP to the road!!!
Hmmmmm ….. That doesn’t seem right to me either. Especially since there are a lot of MUP’s that just connect “naturally” to those. By proper design!! On the other hand, they are not expressly noted in the bylaw.
So here’s something I saw that didn’t feel right as well. I saw 2 guys rip across one of the C-Train platforms on e-scooters at full speed. These platforms could be considered a “natural” extension of the sidewalk, right? So that would be OK?
Maybe there are some bylaw changes coming up soon …..
Well that’s a great list. Thanks for posting! I think Steamwhistle forgot that they had one on tenth (Oak Tree Tavern).
The funny thing is that I ride by Angel’s twice a day and quite often ride by Two Wheel View (maybe once a week) and never noticed those stations!
I have found that there are some places that really should have racks that don’t have them and then it’s a really weird exercise to find something to lock your bike to. It’s a nuisance. In the past I’ve locked my bike to emergency generators, trees, gas meters, stair railings, statues, sign posts and derelict equipment. Kinda’ difficult when you’re trying to do it with a small U-lock. One time, I was locking my bike to a Muster Point sign in the middle of a garden (really?) out in an industrial park and the manager of the business came running out while he was TOTALLY FREAKING OUT about it, like I was harming something? He told me I could take my bike into the foyer of their office but when I was rolling my bike through the door his staff began TOTALLY FREAKING OUT (The Haters! The Haters!).
The good news is that there is a spot at the bottom of the link that Crivak posted where you can request a bike rack. What I’d like to see is a few more bike repair stations installed around the city (like at the Co-op liquor store on 11th street or in front of the Oak Tree Tavern on 10th street). Anybody know of any others in the City? That would be useful info, maybe a map on this website would be useful.
Both of those last 2 comments make me laugh!