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Ice River Biking No More…

The Red River Ice Skating trail is now officially closed. We have had an incredible warm spell here in Winnipeg.  Trust me, no one is complaining!

I was riding the trail to work only two days ago, now with the +10C  temps, the melt water has already pooled and break up is imminent.

Being able to take the ice road to work everyday has allowed me to shave about 5 minutes off my commute. There is truly no smoother road in all of Winnipeg.

For now I’ll have to get back into traffic every morning until the trails dry up. It was just awesome to have the ice rink down through my end of the woods this year. Very scenic every morning and evening, and best of all, the only car that even came near me was a Zamboni!

Winter bike ride on the Red River Skating Trail

I took the Red River ice skating trail to work to day. What a beautiful ride in. Traction was decent with the light dusting of snow on the ice. The hoar frost on the trees is still lingering from days past.

The Human Rights museum being built in Winnipeg looks like some kind of Death Star, tower of Oz at the end of the yellow brick road.

Satisfying ride to say the least.

Here some pics from the previous day.

 

Winter Bike Commute With The Looxcie Bluetooth Camera

 

Decided to test out the Looxcie cam in cold weather. I think it’s a success. I zipped tied the Looxcie to my goggles, and the video still looks pretty balanced. There was no way to get the fit right whilst mounted to my ear.  Was not sure how the plastic would hold up in -20 C.

 

 

The Looxcie offers up to 480p recording in a continuous loop. This way you can simply set the Looxcie on record and forget about it. If something interesting happens on your way to work, for example:  a unicorn crosses your path you can easily share the last 30 seconds of video instantly to your YouTube, WordPress Blog, or other pre-set service by pressing ONE button.

The Looxcie uses a Bluetooth connection  to your smartphone so that you can use your Android or Apple phone as a viewfinder. This is very handy for ensuring that the cam is on straight and actually recording. One you are satisfied with the placement and image quality, you can put your phone away and let Looxcie take care of the rest.

Once I’ve had a chance to test the Looxcie under different light conditions and mounting points, I’ll do a follow up post the give you the scoup!

New winter bike!

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The latest arrow in my quiver. Diamond Back hybrid of some early nineties vintage.
I’ve swapped a set of Ritchie riser bars, my ooh do comfortable seat, and if course some anti theft tape to ward off thieves.
The skinny chromo frame is light to shoulder when hike a biking and just whips down snow packed trails and streets alike.

It’s a really fun bike to ride so far, but could use new rubber. Considering studs, but so far the conditions this winter have been completely unnatural for as long as i can remember.

Today it was +7 C. January 6th… Normally I would have already broken out the windchill snorkel for the -45C cold. Unnerving to say the least, but so awesome for Winnipeg winter bike commuters.