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    Last winter, south central alaska got a record amount of snow, a winter that came early and went away late. Apparently this coming winter is going to arrive even earlier than usual, and presumably be as intense as the last one. Thank goodness for global warming.



    Today I did the Level 1 Ice Screw install, sufficient for the icy early morning roads on the commute to work. Once road conditions get more serious I will double up on the install and go for Level 2 . Level 2 has more direct contact with the road and wear out on dry pavement faster. Some people use regular car studs , but I find the ice screws work well for me. They need to be refreshed occasionally, but they also can be easily removed in the spring. I don't use the TW much in the summer, but I do ride it some. When the roads get icy, I put the other bikes away and it becomes my exclusive winter ride. I ride pretty much the entire winter to and from work. to the grocery etc. Since I still have not procured a winter helmet, I will likely not ride if it is less than (-) 10F , which seems to be the lower limit of reasonable comfort for my ride distance and the fact I am wearing work clothes under my outer clothes.



    Sometimes it seems a double insulated astronaut suit would be appropriate.



    So off to the winter regime, it shows up here much earlier than where most of you live, but it will be there at some point.



    EMBRACE WINTER!!



    I will admit I am going to miss the head light on my Honda. rw

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    Quote Originally Posted by springbok View Post
    So off to the winter regime, it shows up here much earlier than where most of you live, but it will be there at some point.



    EMBRACE WINTER!!


    When I was a staff officer in the 82nd Airborne, I "sprained" my ankle during a morning volleyball game but I continued to run each morning's 4-mile run for a couple of weeks before it was clear it wasn't getting better. I went to sick-call and they found I'd broken my ankle. When I came back, my CO saw the cast and asked what was up. After I told him he said, "Captain, I respect your gumption but I question your judgement." As a former resident of Anchorage and Fairbanks, I give you my admiration and my sympathy for your questionable mental health.

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