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Old Posted Mar 7, 2021, 10:54 PM
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Mad respect to the guys biking the icy lanes in the freezing cold.
Excuse my French, but those are no wimps. They are serious.
I can tell.

I complain whenever there's a bit of rain and mild wind over Paris... Holy shit, I should meditate on those pictures showing guys literally biking on ice.
It is hilarious. Are they on cocaine, acid or something? Tell me they're on marijuana, to the least.
Ils ne savaient pas que c'était impossible, alors ils l'ont fait.
They didn't know it was impossible, so they did it.
That's partly what the Lord teaches about.
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Old Posted Mar 7, 2021, 11:46 PM
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It's actually not bad at all! You need studded tires so you don't slip on ice, but generally the streets are clear and you aren't riding on too much ice or snow. And the cold is less of a problem than you might think. You need gloves, but you build up so much body heat from cycling that a heavy winter coat is too much.

The biggest problem is that subzero temperatures can make gear and brake cables freeze if there's any kind of hole in the casing. For that reason a lot of people use single-speed bikes in the winter. It's also necessary to clean and oil your bike very frequently because road salt can wreak havoc.

Personally, I can't be bothered with changing my tires or doing extra maintenance, so I leave my bike at home from mid-December to mid-March. But I just bought a Dutch-style omafiet, a very simple but sturdy bike with coaster no gears and coaster brakes, which I hope will be a reliable low-maintenance option for next winter.
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Old Posted Mar 8, 2021, 1:44 AM
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Gorgeous thread! Looks like copious amounts of snow around but that makes it all the more exotic.
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