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Old 12-01-2011, 09:18 AM
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Default Ice on Mt. Tabor this a.m.

I crashed, my neighbor crashed, many other cyclists crashed this morning while descending the Harrison/Lincoln side of Mt. Tabor. The east side of the hill had no ice, so we were all unprepared for the moisture and black ice on the west side. We who had crashed managed to warn about 10 other cyclists, but I am sure many more went down. Thankfully, I had my helmet on - which is now cracked in 4 places.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:59 AM
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Going down is always a bummer. Thanks for the heads-up njwilken. A good reminder to always know what the temp is outside before you go for a ride. My commute starts in NE and ends up in Beaverton where it can be 4-5* colder. That's a problem right about now. 29* in Beaverton this am... brrrrr!
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:04 AM
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...or time to switch to a recumbent trike
Glad you were wearing that helmet... and you are okay.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:07 AM
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Hey - good idea - the trike can't slide out from under you - and if it does, you don't have far to fall!
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:24 PM
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...or time to switch to a recumbent trike
Glad you were wearing that helmet... and you are okay.
Black ice on a Midwest Air Force base made me find trikes.
Air Force bases are unique from other military installations in one major regard: an airstrip.
This means nothing until you learn that all roads go around the flight line. This means that one of the major traffic roads will be a hairpin turn around one end of the flight line.
At my posting this stretch of road was narrow, high speed and at the downhill side of about 50' of snow melt. The road salters could barely keep ice off the road let alone the sidewalk which was the only safe place to bicycle this road - any season.
Had my heart set on a Greenspeed GTO but I think I'll end up getting a Cattrike bare frame and building it up myself.

The Nokian studded tires were killer though
There is hardly a valid reason for owning them here other than they cost $80 a piece.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:42 PM
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I crashed, my neighbor crashed, many other cyclists crashed this morning while descending the Harrison/Lincoln side of Mt. Tabor.
I've set her down only once in the last 7 years... thank the stars - and the location you describe is exactly where I put her down 2 years ago at 6:30 a.m. in the morning - right about this time of the year!

Let's mark that spot in our minds from this point forward.

With the park, tree shade, garden, light auto traffic and moisture collecting it's a prime spot for black ice.
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