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Cycling in Waterloo Region
(11-29-2017, 02:39 PM)chutten Wrote: My bicycle is a bog-standard hybrid (tyres are wider than a city bike, narrower than a mountain bike) with no special equipment. Cables run under the frame, and I've had to have them replaced once because they'd stretched so far one snapped. My chain is somewhat angry with my decision to winter-bike, so I ply it with lubricant and frequent cleanings. I have a bright headlight on the handlebars and a red blinker under the seat.

For my own self, a balaclava keeps my ears and neck warm as well as keeping my breath moist so my lungs don't hurt, an old ski mask keeps the wind from blowing in my eyes, and I double-layer my gloves since my fingers are stuck way out there in the cold. I only have to survive a 25min bike, so it's not too bad. I'm often too warm in my torso and rather cold in the fingers, though, and I wonder if I should invest in some sort of battery-powered heated gloves or something.

Love all of this and it's the same for me!

I put away my bike last November and thought "Well, that's it I guess" and then after about 3 weeks I thought "Wait, why am I not riding again?" and gave it a shot. Realized that there was absolutely no reason to not ride in the winter, and absolutely fell in love with those perfectly clear -10C days with the sun bright in the sky and the crisp snow crunching under my tires! It's bliss, it really is.

Many of the trails are ploughed here, too - which is just wonderful.

One of my coworkers said that biking the Cambridge to Paris trail in the winter is an unforgettable experience - I look forward to giving it a try on one of those perfect winter days!
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Canard, you'd like this gear-calculator.com it'll work out all the math for your entire gear system. In the display drop-down there is a selection for "gear-inches" that will put the number above each gear on the chart. It's handy to compare changes on a drivetrain, or to compare a double to a triple, or whatever.
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Ha, that’s awesome! Thanks! That’s essentially what I was trying to do with my (very limited) spreadsheet math skillz. Big Grin
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An additional advantage to spinning at a high cadence is that it puts much less strain on your knees.
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(11-29-2017, 03:33 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: Maybe... the bike maintenance is the one bit I've never done myself, sheepishly, tune-ups always been in a shop before summer cycling.

I started doing simple maintenance - cleaning the chain, making sure cables are tightened and such - myself a couple of years ago. It is gratifying work and not especially time consuming. I still bring my bike to a shop every year for a bigger review and to make sure I haven't messed anything up and so far what ends up happening is a decent chat with the mechanic and me learning more. 

I recommend King St Cycles and Black Arrow Cycles for informative mechanics from personal experience, but I suspect the same is true for most any LBS.
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The latest P&W agenda is out with some information about the Separated Bike Lane Pilot Project. Public consultations are scheduled for December 12 and 14:

December 12, 2017, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Albert McCormick Community Centre (Community Room),
500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo

December 14, 2017, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Waterloo Public Library (Main Library)
35 Albert Street, Waterloo

For those wondering why both PCCs for this regional project are in Waterloo:

Quote:The Project Team has selected Uptown Waterloo as the Preferred Study Area and is now introducing the project to the public.

Edit: The info can be found in this pdf
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OMG. Go look at what is happening right now in uptown Waterloo. I tweeted about it with some very coarse language, so I’d best not link to it here.
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What's happening?
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The new King Street bike lanes, lacking any clear signage, have been completely occupied by parked cars...
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People are parked solid on the bike lanes the whole way.

https://twitter.com/canardiain/status/93...5774143489
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