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post #1 of 109 Old 10-22-2014, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Keep Tabs on "WHO IS STILL ON TWO WHEELS" in Canada

With winter on the horizon, I don't see many bikes on the road these days. So, I thought it would be nice to log your ride...Give us the details...location, date, time, temperature, gear you're wearing to stay warm.... road conditions, snow plow sightings ?
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post #2 of 109 Old 10-22-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Ok....I'll go first !

Wed. Oct. 22... 7:00am. Midland to Barrie Ontario, temp on the speedo said +1C, dressed warm and had to wimp-out by using the grip heaters! No sign of any other bikes.
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Thursday, Oct. 23rd. 1.30am. 3 of us on the way home (from work). About +6C. I used a heated grips, but there was no need to hook up heated liner.
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Just riding almost every day.. it's not really cold out yet. The bike is still my default set of wheels. If it is raining and much less than 5c I may take the car but really right now isn't any big deal.

One nice thing about this time of year is the lack of bugs!

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-2 at 630 am this morning. A bit chilly but the ride home at five made it worthwhile 😃

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With winter on the horizon, I don't see many bikes on the road these days. So, I thought it would be nice to log your ride...Give us the details...location, date, time, temperature, gear you're wearing to stay warm.... road conditions, snow plow sightings ?
Have fun and stay safe!
I'm putting mine away this weekend, though there is still some acceptable riding weather left.

Why so early? The bike needs a new rear tire, badly. The brakes are close to the dreaded metal-to-metal stage. The chain is on it's last legs. (All to be taken care of at the start of the next riding season, with more time and money available. hopefully.) Also, the bike's off to be stored elsewhere as of this weekend, as I need the garage now. We will, this year, finally rebuild my brother-in-law's '73 Guzzi V7 Sports in my garage. Last year's plan to do this was OBEd (local MilSpeak for Overcome By Events).

The transformation from garage to shop begins tomorrow with the delivery of two cubic yards of stone-dust (some 5000 pounds or so) to level the floor of the garage/shop prior to laying down some extruded foam insulation, t&g OSB and some old laminate flooring I removed from an apartment. Closing in and insulating the ceiling is next. Then some electrical outlets. Comfort is the aim, cheap is the means. Moving work bench, tools, storage cabinets, shelving and a whole slew of stuff, storing it in the corners of the house and under tarp in the back yard, and then replacing it ship shape and Bristol Fashion into the new shop, will be as much work as any other stage in this process. Well, other than fixing the old bike, maybe.

A short ride is planned for tomorrow (after the stone-dust is delivered) before preparing the bike for its hibernation. I'm not likely to encounter snow, 15 deg. C called for, which is hardly roughing it. I will enjoy this last ride of the year, and will miss riding on the nice days left.

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Edmonton to Drayton Valley to Mayerthorpe to Edmonton. About 400 km. Trees are pretty barren, as well as everything is brown. Green is gone for the year.

About 8 degrees with sunshine. Wind about 60 to 70 km.

Had an electric jacket with insulated gloves. Needed the heated grips on for about an hour. Overpants.

Saw 5 other bikes out on the highway.

Temperature due to drop tomorrow so may be the last longish ride for this year.

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Saw 5 other bikes out on the highway.
Well, I took my second-to-last ride today. The last will be Sunday across town to put the bike away.

Beautiful day, 12 to 15 deg C and mostly sunny. I rode South from Ottawa to Kemptville, just past the Rideau River. I headed up River Road to return to Ottawa via Manotick. As I approached the overpass over Hwy 416 my way was blocked. A fire truck was on the overpass with it's long ladder up. Firemen were in gear. Cars were stopped and parked to the side, a hundred people there. Police cars blocked the way, yet there was easy rapport with the police - this was not an accident scene.

Within a half hour, easily 250 to 300 people ended up on the overpass, looking North towards Ottawa. Many Canadian flags were draped over the side of the overpass, and a large one hung from the fire truck's ladder. We (I included, at this point) were gathered there on the overpass to witness a procession of police cars, a few limos and a hearse. A half-hour wait, then it was all over as the procession passed by below at highway speed. It was pretty moving, made me proud to be there with all the others, honouring in this small way the soldier shot in Ottawa and now on his way home for the last time.

I made it back home, changed the bike's oil and filter in preparation for the winter storage - but that is no more than turning a page, a simple nothing following something of more importance.

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Rode around town in Calgary today. About 13 C. Standard jacket, pants and glove. The only added item was a neck buff to keep the wind out.

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riding almost every day. I live 1 hr east of ottawa. Its been down to 5 degrees. 45 km trip each way to work. Using a cee baileys big windshield, acebris hand guards, aerostitch 1 piece suit with heated jeacket and gloves. On the coldest days i might use another layer to keep the heat in.
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