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    Touring the city on new-fangled wheel thingies.

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  1. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    https://www.npr.org/2018/04/13/602143823/how-often-do-people-use-guns-in-self-defense
  2. winterwheel

    How do you survive the winter?

    It is my commute, and any other way of commuting for me takes at least twice as long so I'm kind of stuck with it even on the bad days. I think of it as a good thing though, because I am much more stable on the wheel from learning to handle all of the slippery conditions. Plus the rep you get around town for being brave enough to ride around on one wheel in the winter is off the charts.
  3. winterwheel

    Edmonton Canada

    Our next winter training session for those who don't check the other site will be at 6pm on Tuesday (not Wednesday... most of the guys couldn't make it that day).
  4. winterwheel

    In the news...

    The graphics in this story are awesome.
  5. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    That sounds exactly like the jacket I wear. It has three layers, in summer sun I just wear the shell, when it rains I wear the rain layer as well, and in winter the three layers together are plenty even on the coldest days.
  6. winterwheel

    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Edmonton seems soooo far behind when I see videos like this one.
  7. winterwheel

    How do you survive the winter?

    ALERTS IN EFFECT Freezing Rain Warning Issued at 14:29 Monday 10 December 2018 Freezing rain is expected or occurring. Patchy freezing rain continues in Edmonton and regions to the east. Rain and freezing rain will taper off to flurries later this afternoon. Rain may produce icy and slippery surfaces even where air temperatures are above zero. ### Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. ------------------- In a about an hour I'll be riding home from work in this. Never experienced this rain-in-winter before; this year it's a regular occurrence. ------------------- Most treacherous ride yet, truly terrifying for long stretches, but no four point dismounts today.
  8. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    The motorcycle gear is nice too because the outer shell with the pads can be worn by itself. It still looks like a full jacket and has the protection, but it is basically just mesh in the non-padded areas so it allows the wind through and is cool to wear even on the hottest days.
  9. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    I like the motorcycle jacket and jeans as they have the elbow and knee protection built in and concealed.
  10. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    I always hide my injuries as best I can so the better half won't be suggesting I should cut back on my wheel activity.
  11. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    You know what's best for your situation of course, but the swelling for me would be a sign that it needs to get it checked out.
  12. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    Another thing that would be really helpful is larger pedals. On occasion the wheel hits a hole or obstacle or something and you lose contact with the wheel briefly; when you land again on the pedals your feet can be either forward or behind where they were before you took off. With feet already hanging off the ends of the pedals, this can be enough so that you can't recover. I had one crash like this; hit an unseen root, landed on the wheel with my left foot way off the front pedal, wobbled for another ten metres or so before another bump took me down. Had the pedals been even just a bit bigger I would been able to maintain control. It would be nice to see an aftermarket where one could pick up pedals appropriately sized for one's feet.
  13. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    The problem generally comes when the wheel goes offline (i.e. twists a bit) because of how it hits the divot. A bigger wheel would make no difference; it only means the divot that takes it down might have to be a bit larger. I'm finding that poorly maintained paved paths are the most hazardous places to ride. On gravel paths you drive slower and more cautiously, while newer paved paths are smooth and awesome. But older paved paths let you get some speed, relax a bit, and then a crack or a (series of) buckled ridges(s) or rough area takes you down because you are travelling too fast to recover when the wheel goes sideways. I wonder if its something we winter city people are more aware of since winter is super damaging to roads and bike paths alike.
  14. winterwheel

    Faceplant at 18-mph, on the Tesla

    My better half enjoys riding in controlled spaces - skating rink, parking lot etc., but has no interest in going outside onto bike paths and whatnot where there is a risk of unexpected bumps, dogs, bicycles etc.
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