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Just got this, looks like it could be a good time:
Winter is Coming! Prepare by cleaning off the autumn leaves, pumping those tires, and lubing up that chain so you’re ready for the frost season with a finely tuned machine. We’ll cover the basics of bike cleaning and preventative maintenance, and we’ll cover a wide range of topics; from what tires work best in the snow to the best types of home-made fenders to keep that slush off your back. You really can be an all-season rider with the right tips.
Workshop is FREE and OPEN TO ALL, at the Harvard Ed Portal. 175 N Harvard St in North Allston. from 5:30-7pm.
See you there! Bring your bikes, we’re going to get hands-on!
Tags: bikes, common wheels, winter
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I guess my earlier bedtime story to Hubway was premature. Like a kid who has gotten into the red bull and pixi sticks Hubway’s in Cambridge are going to rock steady all winter long!
See below for all the details!
|Hello from Hubway!
We’re excited to announce that part of the Hubway system will remain open throughout the winter for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard, while most Hubway stations will be closed by Thanksgiving and removed until Spring 2014, the City of Cambridge will run a pilot program during which almost all of the Cambridge-based stations will remain open and operational year-round. Read the full City of Cambridge press release here.
With winter approaching, read below for cold-weather riding tips, and also read about specific winter station closures for the rest of the Hubway system.
The Team at Hubway
WINTER RIDING TIPS
To prepare for cold-weather bicycling, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
But remember that riding will warm you up. If you get hot as you ride, pull over and remove a layer, but always keep your ears and hands shielded.
FIND BIKE-APPROPRIATE GLOVES & EARMUFFS
Local bike shops offer products that do not obstruct the use of your helmet.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Have your route set ahead of time.
PLAN FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Always make sure you have an option in case a blizzard hits or if you simply decide that riding is no longer comfortable for you.
MAKE THE SMART DECISION IF YOU’RE COLD
Each rider has a different comfort level in inclement weather. If you are uncomfortable for any reason while biking, stop riding and walk your bike to the nearest docking station. If you are cold, make your way indoors to warm up.
Be aware that visibility is particularly limited during the winter, with fewer daylight hours, glare, and foggy conditions. Hubway bikes have 24-hour lights, but it is also a good idea to wear light colored clothing and reflective materials if possible.
USE EXTRA CAUTION
Under wintry conditions, roads may not be completely cleared of snow and ice. You are always permitted to ride in the general travel lane (not only the bike lane) and should do so if the bike lane is snowy or icy.
SEASONAL STATION CLOSURE SCHEDULE
As we wrote last week, the Hubway system began its seasonal phased station closures on Monday, November 18th. With the exception of the Cambridge stations, the final day of 2013 regular season operations will be Wednesday, November 27th. The station closure schedule has been published for removals through this weekend. The schedule is subject to change, so please make sure to check Hubway’s news site, facebook page, and twitter feed for the latest updates.
Tags: awesome, hubway, trans siberian hubway, winter
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Its cold, you’re cold, but the riding continues!
Tags: awesome, riding, winter
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Free Winter Riding Clinic
Don’t let winter weather knock you out of your saddle. Come talk to seasoned bike commuters to hear how you, too, can keep riding year-round! Join us at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop (66 South Street, JP) on Thursday, November 29, at 7:00pm.
Staff with decades of experience riding year-round will lead this interactive clinic. Come with questions!
Trainer Nights Return
Break out your road bike and join us for a fun evening group “ride” in the shop, Tuesday nights starting after Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 27, 7:00-9:00pm. Check our calendar for upcoming dates or give us a call.
Feb. 2011 trainer ride at Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
This is a free trainer ride with training videos and movies. Bring your own trainer or try one of ours.
SPACE IS LIMITED! PLEASE RSVP for each week to [email protected] or call the shop at 617-524-BIKE (2453). Let us know if you need to borrow a trainer.
Shop Local in JP with Boston Beans
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop and Fresh Copy are participating in the JP NET’s experiment to encourage holiday shopping at locally-owned Jamaica Plain businesses.
JP NET hosts a potluck on Tuesday, November 27, 6:30-9:00pm at the Nate Smith House (155 Lamartine St, JP) to kick off the Boston Beans program. Click here for the facebook event.
At this potluck, JP NET will be handing out $5-equivalent Boston Bean slips. You can pick up one per person and spend them at local participating businesses. Read more about Boston Beans on JP Patch.
Tags: Ferris Wheels, fun, winter
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From the email:
The low-hanging sun on the horizon and leafless trees throughout town are both indicators that the Hubway 2012 season is coming to a close. As we did last year, our pack-up plan consists initially of a phased drawdown of our on-street stations and those stations with expiring permits. This will begin on Monday, November 19th and continue through our last day of operation on Wednesday, November 28th. The system shuts down completely at 11:59pm that day, and we then collect the rest of the stations and bicycles as quickly as we can to beat the arrival of old man winter.
Hubway will provide 48 hours notice preceding the take down of each station. This information will be posted to our News page, Facebook page and Twitter feed to allow you time to make alternate transit plans. Please visit us often and stay informed on our system shut-down progress.
Between now and then there is still plenty of time to ride, so get out there and log those last few trips of the season and help us get to 700,000 rides! (As of today, we’re up to 654,971 rides!)
Thanks to you, Hubway has emerged in its second year of operations as a critical piece of the transit network here in metro-Boston and one of the most successful bikeshare systems in the world. We are #realtransportation, we are Hubway.
Tags: closing, hubway, winter
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From the email.
Free and open to all cyclists – Winterize with the Boston Cyclists Union and Giant Cycling World at 11 Kilmarnock Street across from the Landmark Center in Boston. Sunday Dec. 4th from 5-7pm. Learn how to extend your riding season with a collection of great tips for year-round cyclists. We’ll teach you the basics of: how to maintain your bicycle through the sleet and snow, how to ride safely on icy & slush-filled roads, how to stay visible in the dark, and how to stay warm and toasty. Hosted by Giant Cycling World with free snacks and beer for those of age.
Tags: bcu, beer, class, free, winter
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I closed my eyes for a moment just now and was overcome by the feeling you get when you ride your bike at high speed through a warm summer night. That perfect wind through your hair feeling, that lighter than air nothing can stop you feeling, that cricket filled placid feeling. The kind of night that feels alive with possibility, bikes and adventure, sitting on the docks near the river, hill climbs and night races, of secret spots and hide and seek.
I can’t wait for that first nice summer night, I am going to ride every mile of Boston’s streets to celebrate the end to the cold weather.
I think I can only handle winter until Jan 31st, the month of February always destroys my love of snow and chill air. Every year as soon as March rolls around I start to feel better. How do the rest of you deal with the long dark winters?
Tags: arg!, ramblings, winter
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Jay left this comment:
“Any advice for a fool that left his bike in the snow? (Cleaning wise, anyways)”
In an effort to answer Jay’s questions I present my own bicycle as an example…the shame burns.
I have become one of those people with a rusty creaking chain…I hang my head.
So last night I gathered up my pride and a damp towel and started in on the beast. After 10 minutes and the removal of both wheels (more on that in a later post) My bike looked like this.
Damp towel + elbow grease + liberal amounts of chain lube = clean bike.
I wipe down the entire frame, wipe down the rims, the hubs, the cranks etc. Then I apply a lot of lube to the chain, and wipe the chain down, apply more lube, wipe, repeat till chain looks like metal again, then lube liberally and wipe once more.
What I Do Not Do:
Spray water on my bike. Spraying water can drive it into places you do not want it, especially in the winter where it will freeze/rust things you care about.
Work outside. Its just too damn cold, the damp rag method seems to work just fine cleaning it inside.
Worry about getting it perfect. If you look you will see plenty of dirty left on the bike, I just try to knock off most of it. Its just going to snow again next week, so I am not getting out the tooth brush.
In a perfect world I would do this wipe down every day, but as well know the world is not perfect, and often when you come home from a hairy snow day commute the last thing you want to do is wipe down your bike. So I try to knock back the horrible at least once or twice a month. Having an aluminum bike helps.
I hope these tips help you reduce your own shame at having a filthy bike in the winter.
Feel free to leave any tips for winter bike cleaning in the comments.
Tags: cleaning, salt, shame, winter
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