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Discussion in 'Free Fire Zone' started by Biak, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Lovely, isn't it? Ground colder than 32F, air warm enough for it to rain. It takes years for the trees to recover after losing all those branches.
     
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  2. KodiakBeer

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    I'll tell everybody a secret. Most of you will ignore this and die in a horrible crash by sliding across the center lane and hitting a dynamite truck head-on to be buried in a matchbox because the largest piece they will find of your body is a charred earlobe or something.

    There are several ways to avoid winter accidents. One is to stay home and drink heavily. Or you can go out and buy snow tires, but the truth is that most people who live in only marginally bad winter areas don't want to spend that kind of money, so they stay home and drink, or drive/slide/skid to work looking for a dynamite (or fuel) truck to crash into.

    The best solution is to simply go out and deflate your tires to 22 pounds in November and leave them that way until all chance of ice and snow is clear, then inflate them back to 32 pounds (or whatever the recommended pressure is for your model of car). Deflated tires put about double the amount of rubber in contact with the road, which doubles the stability of your car on icy or snowy roads. I learned this in coastal Alaska which is the worst place in the North America for black ice, snow, sleet, crazy cliffs and ravines on both sides of the road, not to mention insane blacktail deer jumping in front of your car at all hours of the day and night, which is mostly night because it's winter in Alaska.

    Now, some pedant is going to exclaim that deflating your tires will increase wear and create the need to buy new ones more often, but my own scientific calculations (which I just pulled out of my ass) indicate that it only increases wear by 0.76 percent. Considering the alternative of crashing into a ravine to have your mangled body eaten by wolves, or crashing into a fuel truck to be nothing but charred lipids shoveled off the road by some guy named Ole, which would you choose?

    It's winter. Deflate your tires to 22 pounds, drive safely (as conditions indicate), and listen to something like Rockabilly to stay alert.

    That is all.

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  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I keep a winter set and a everything else set of tires. Under the principle of "everything gets more expensive" I saved money by buying two sets.
     
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    Even your winter set will be more "grippy" if under-inflated a bit. In Alaska I kept winter tires also, but I still kept the pressure low to give me just that much more grip on the road.


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  5. Biak

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    For some reason, air doesn't stay in tires up here. You have to constantly check tire pressure as they can lose a pound a day. Old timer told me he adds air at least once a week to keep the tires from going too low. So we get help from Mother Nature maintaining lower than recommended psi. Wife's explorer sport couldn't make it up the drive until we replaced the regular road radials with four season tires. You need that little bit of spacing to 'fling' out the snow. Other wise it packs in the grooves and turns the tread into slicks. Our snow is very dry, I plowed the other day and it had the consistency of fine sugar. Looks like micro-small Styrofoam beads. Couldn't make a snowball if your life depended on it. Think white dust and you'll have an idea of how it is.
    We got lucky last night, temp dropped from 34 to the teens before the latest round of Winter hit. It's that darn thin layer of ice under the snow that's a pain in the arse. Another 5" snow and minus zero today.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Air doesn't leak out of tires by magic.
     
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    Bit of weird trivia. Due to the way it's defined most people know that the coldest temperature on the Kelvin scale is 0. What hey don't know is that the hottest temperature is -0!
     
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    No, it's those damned kids with their too-low pants and backwards ball hats.

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  9. Biak

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    Actually it does, for every ten degree drop psi inside the tire goes down about one pound. When we go from say 24 above to minus 30 over night it doesn't recover as fast. After a few rounds of highs and lows you've got lower pressure.

    Another thing I like about Up North, we very rarely see those aberrations. Freezes their cheeks closed I guess.
     
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    Getting away from weather related.
    Picked up a after Christmas Christmas present to me. Wandering around the local wallymart somehow ended up in the sporting goods section all by myself. Noticed a nice looking Savage .22 with a price tag dangling from it reading $99.00. It just happened I'd read an article about this very gun only a few days before. My old Remington Nylon 77 has serve me well but the plastic magazine and 'nylon' parts weren't made to last forever and seeing a Savage semi-auto at a hundred bucks ? This will be perfect for beaver busting or strapping on the four-wheeler during forays through the forest.
     
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    The air becomes more dense, yes. Reduced volume isn't magic, it's just PV/t or something like that. You pump up the tires with hot air, the air loses energy, the colder air takes up less space, the tires look under inflated. Clarke's Third Law is not violated.
     
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    I think I also have rim problems. Not sure how extreme cold effects the seal. Aluminum rims aren't especially great for holding a tight bead I'm told.
     
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    The day started out interesting. Heading into town about an hour ago and got ran off the road by an F16 ! Okay maybe not actually ran off the road but I did end up on the shoulder. Saw a speck up ahead growing larger coming at me and once I realised what was going on slowed down to watch. The local guard have been burning up the sky over the lake and surrounding area the past month and this guy brought it down to about a thousand feet directly in line with the highway. Opened the moon-roof and he flew straight above the truck.
    A few years ago I fired off an email letting them know I'd be more than willing to let them kick up some spray on the lake if they had the inclination. A few weeks later heard the thunder and watched em' cross the lake at treetop level. Going to take the snowmobile out this afternoon and put a thousand foot bullseye in the middle of the lake. We'll see what happens.
     
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    Got even better. Out on the lake later, (21" of ice) heard the boys coming from the north and was able to give full attention this time. Two plane formation with one over the north-south highway 1/2 mile East, the other a few hundred yards from us. Been a while but I think they've got a spot picked out to 'strafe' on our side of the lake. Anyway left to right diving pass pulling up at under 1000' into a steep climb with a roll thrown in just for fun.

    Be still my heart.
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    It was 82F here in Baton Rouge today. Rode my motorbike with just jeans and a t-shirt. Helmet too of course. Nice weather for a ride. Won't be long before the weeds start growing and I can crank up my new lawnmower and knock them out.
     
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    Taking a ride tomorrow. It's a bit cooler here, high of 22F Saturday. Should be perfect for the 70-80 mile cruise through the forest. We'll be using a tracked vehicle rather than a motorscooter due to about a foot of packed snow. Wearing a helmet also and just bought a new modular helmet with a heated visor. Be nice to be able to keep the frost off the spectacles. Easier to see the tree you almost hit.

    I've got at least three months before I'll need the mower but will be getting busy in a couple weeks, as the maple trees will start their Spring wakeup and the sap will be flowing. Few things better than your own Maple syrup.
     
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    Just normal weather. 60 today, snow tomorrow, 70 by Tuesday. o_O
     
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    81F today. Another nice day for a ride. Looks like spring has sprung here, for at least for the next 10 days or so. I’ll be on my motorbike a lot in case y’all don’t hear from me for awhile.
     
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    Strange weather up here. We've had about 2ft of snow the past 2 weeks, with some freezing rain mixed in, but now we're receiving a heat wave that will last through next weekend. Most of the white stuff is gone, but before the ground thawed out I did go for a short drive. Getting right into the romantic spirit for February 14th and all that...

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    The sight of those tracks is gratifying to no end.
     

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