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post #21 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 05:09 PM
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If it's cold outside your tires won't ever get as warm as they can in the Summer months. You have to adjust accordingly. And of course be careful of the sand & salt those nasty plow trucks put down. There's a build up over the Winter season of Gak on the roads.

I think Colorado at least still uses MagChloride to de-ice the roads since it melts ice at lower temps than just salt. There's been problems with that stuff too. Like damaging certain custom wheels and percolating up after rain storms in the Spring making roads slicker.

Bottom line is you should be a bit more modest in your riding habits during the Winter months.
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Thank you. More good advice, greatly appreciated!
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Is your morning weather as cold as mine has been? It was in the high 20s here this morning with a heavy frost? If so, you won't fully warm your tires no matter what in that, not riding street. You have to take the turns slower and more upright and that's the way it is. My understanding is you need to start taking care below 50 degrees.

And if the roads are wet, you need to take turns like a granny IMO, lol!

I'm glad you're ok.
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Anyway, hope the damage isn't too bad.

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Is your morning weather as cold as mine has been? It was in the high 20s here this morning with a heavy frost? If so, you won't fully warm your tires no matter what in that, not riding street. You have to take the turns slower and more upright and that's the way it is. My understanding is you need to start taking care below 50 degrees.

And if the roads are wet, you need to take turns like a granny IMO, lol!

I'm glad you're ok.
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Thank you for the kind wishes. It was 37 degrees when I finally made it to work. Probably closer to freezing when I started my commute. Wasn't wet, but it was really cold.

And I appreciate the advice, thank you.

Just for kicks, today it's snowing here...

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Anyway, hope the damage isn't too bad.
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Yes, and for me it always seems to be the first turn I make that day and then I want to slap myself and say, "Stupid! It's not summer anymore!" I'm just lucky I haven't done it yet.

But, yeah, under 50F, take things easier. And if you're down to freezing or below, take even more care. Tell yourself you're on a big cruiser and ride corners like you would on one of those.
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Is your morning weather as cold as mine has been? It was in the high 20s here this morning with a heavy frost? If so, you won't fully warm your tires no matter what in that, not riding street. You have to take the turns slower and more upright and that's the way it is. My understanding is you need to start taking care below 50 degrees.

And if the roads are wet, you need to take turns like a granny IMO, lol!

I'm glad you're ok.
Thanks for another good reason to not ride when it gets cold.

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If you were leaning far enough to drag the pegs at 15mph you are riding too aggressively ...
Dunno, I reckon that is about the correct method of cornering.
"Ride it like you stole it!"


But then again I did this using that method...
Cut my drinking in half it did.
Gotta win them to wear them.





Meh, chalk this one up to experience.
Get back on it and punish it.

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Dunno, I reckon that is about the correct method of cornering.
"Ride it like you stole it!"

But then again I did this using that method...
Cut my drinking in half it did.
Gotta win them to wear them.

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Meh, chalk this one up to experience.
Get back on it and punish it.
DogTired,

Awesome arm decoration. Well earned. And thanks for the advice, and the great positive attitude behind it. I am definitely chalking this one up to experience.

No riding today -- wet snow. blech.

But it's supposed to climb back up into the 60s this weekend. (15-20 C for everyone else.) the Speedmaster won't be fixed by then, but I've got this great, new-to-me Sprint RS... Friday and Saturday are looking good.

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