markreimer Keep your eyes peeled for the next issue of @bunyanvelo in the next few weeks. I'm working on an article about my experience getting into winter camping. I'm hoping what I've learned will inspire a few others to go try it! #s24o #bunyanvelo 22h
  •   charlieich Can't wait! 22h
  •   dannyboycrump I'd be stoked to read it. Winter camping is on my to do list for this year but I'm very green and fear freezing to death 21h
  •   giffordgravel @markreimer looking forward to the next issue of @bunyanvelo 21h
  •   markreimer @dannyboycrump it's definitely worth trying. I usually camp close to a cross country skiing hut which gives you a bailout option if you're too cold. They usually have a wood stove and firewood. After doing that a bunch of times I've only just started camping away from them this winter. I'm happy to to -15, can tolerate -20, but below that I'm still pretty green. And cold. Very cold. 11h

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markreimer This is @cindytitus #cb350f. We've been working on it together on and off since September. It hasn't run since 1978, was crashed and the wiring harness caught fire. We've been going through it piece by piece and today it really started to come together.
I got a sweet 400f header from a local guy, which really makes the bike sweet. It's smoking like crazy because it's burning off all the penetrating oil I sprayed on it while pulling the header apart to replace the gaskets. (Never smoked when we ran it with the stock 4-4 pipes). All I need are some foot pegs and a new brake line and it's ready to go to safety.
I've gotten an immense amount of satisfaction working on the bike. The feeling of bringing a machine back to service after nearly 40 years is fantastic. But also I think about Cindy and how this is her first bike and how I felt when I first started riding. The feeling of accomplishment, freedom and excitement that comes with riding a motorcycle you repaired yourself is entirely unique in my opinion. I'm so excited that she's taken an interest in riding herself and looking forward to sharing many trips together, as well as hearing about the ones she'll do on her own.
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  •   markreimer @masontroy that's actually where all my parts for this bike are from! Sadly now the CDN dollars is in a total tail spin and buying from the US isn't really an option. That said, the only thing I still need are foot pegs. So, if you know anyone... 1w
  •   markreimer @dwmachen I agree! I've got a 750 and this bike seems so much more fun hah 1w
  •   masontroy That's awesome! Sorry to hear that though. I'll keep an eye out for foot pegs though! Are you looking for the original ones or something else? 1w
  •   markreimer @masontroy yup, original 75/76 pegs 1w
  •   jonnyfgbc You guys are the best. @cindytitus you rock. That bike is super sweet. 1w
  •   cyorke You must have read Shop Class as Soulcraft 1w
  •   lukeab So fantastic 1w

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markreimer Here's another look at Hal's Hotel (that's Hal back there in the tree). His logic behind selecting this fine downed tree as our resting place was sound - less chance of being mowed down by drunk snowmobilers. In the end there were no snow mobiles, and we all got drunk. #s24o 2w
  •   moosehands Seriously making me want to invest in winter camp gear with all the snowy sleep spots 2w
  •   markreimer @moosehands highly recommended! Doesn't take much. I bought a winter bag second hand and added a $30 foam pad. That's it for investment. It's quite different from summer camping, I love em both 2w

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markreimer Welcome to national your bike hates you week. With temperatures flopping back and forth between freezing and thawing, it's like riding in a giant Coke slurpee. Don't be a dummy, use fenders! 2w

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markreimer 4am - I woke up to this cool and very bright moon light after dreaming everyone packed up and left me behind in the morning while I slept. I'm discovering new insecurities I didn't know I had haha. Fell asleep and had pretty much the same dream again. What's the deal! #exploremb 2w
  •   powellstreetcinema Insecurities are weird like that. I'm not sure we ever really escape the process of finding hidden new ones inside us, no matter how minuscule. I think it's okay though. 2w
  •   charles_venzon Sweet ambience. 2w
  •   monicameng__ This is Epic 2w
  •   ewigee Werewolves, that would have been my insecurity! 2w
  •   reverend_dick Dude. 2w

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markreimer Had a real nice time sleeping under a fallen tree on the LaSalle. The weather only dropped to -10C and we were treated to the brightest full moon I've ever seen around 4am. Each time I go out in winter I learn a few new things, making it a bit easier and more fun. This time I decided to sleep with my @45nrth boots on rather than just stash them in my bag. I had warm feet all night and didn't have to mess around with getting them back on in the morning. I tied some plastic bags around them to keep any moisture from getting into the sleeping bag. #protip #nocharge #exploremb 2w
  •   cindytitus I'll stick with you in an apocalypse! 2w
  •   andrea.mclaren so cool. 2w
  •   handcraft What are those boots rated for? 2w
  •   markreimer @handcraft I'm not sure. The new ones say -18C but they're a different design. I think maybe -12 to -15ish, but I've used them in -30 for hours and felt great. Size up and some good socks rally extended the range. The only time I've had cold feet was after a 100km ride in -35. Big surprise. 2w

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markreimer Current status: 😴😴😴😴 #exploremb 2w

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markreimer Current status: gone winter camping

#exploremb
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markreimer Looking up we were treated to a moon halo, which I just learned is caused by the moon's light refracting through ice crystals blowing in the air. It's also the moon's way of saying "hey dummy, it's cold as ballz out here so put yer mittz on lol." Sage advice if there ever was. 3w

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markreimer It got down to -40C last night with the wind chill, but we kept warm next to a fire on the lake and kept things steamy inside the quinzee 3w

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markreimer Here's one more from wapusk national park, shot in the early morning. A mother watches over her cub, who was oblivious to the danger he may have been in. When bears gather near Churchill, they are essentially starving while they wait for the sea ice to form. It's not that uncommon for bears to eat their cubs in desperation, or for other bears to try and steal a cub away. Whenever another bear came close, this mother would stand up in a clear 'don't mess with me' pose. I hope they're both still out there now. #exploremb 4w

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markreimer This moment stands out more than any in my memories from Churchill. While waiting on the tundra outside town for most of the day, this massive male polar bear appeared. Churchill has the highest concentration of polar bears in the world as that is where the ocean freezes first. Hungry bears congregate there in anticipation of hunting seal on the ice, passing time sparring with each other to build their strength. This bear walked toward me then stopped, staring intensely at me. Having one of the worlds greatest predators stare you down like a piece of lunch meat is a weird feeling indeed. #exploremb #churchill #polarbear 4w
  •   davidpulsipher please tell me you were in some sort of armored vehicle. 4w
  •   markreimer @davidpulsipher oh yeah. 99% of the time. Got out once for a lower perspective. Armored guard standing next to me 🤓 4w
  •   davidquiring May your shotgun always be loaded when hiking on the tundra. 4w
  •   markreimer @davidquiring haha yeah. Though I read an interesting article on bear attack stats in Alaska... Any time a firearm was involved, the degree of harm and likelihood of death went way up. The conclusion was essentially the bears are so massive and tough that only a direct shot to the brain could stop it. Anything else just makes it mad lol 4w
  •   davidquiring Hmm. Well, there goes my false sense of security @markreimer! Best stick to just respecting bears in their element methinks. 4w
  •   davidpulsipher What an amazing experience. Great pictures and thanks for sharing. 3w
  •   schersy I remember this day and this photo well! We use it often @frontiersnorth 20h
  •   markreimer @schersy I saw that! It was an unforgettable experience for me 9h

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markreimer I powered up and old photo hard drive the other day and found a pile of photos I haven't shared from the last couple years, so today's gonna be a huge TBT fest. This photo is from right here in Manitoba. I don't think I've seen any animal as awe inspiring as a polar bear in its natural habitat. They are SO big and so powerful, growing up to 1,200 pounds.
If you'd like to see some high res versions, I started a new Flickr account and will be uploading lots of fun stuff over the next while. Check out the link on my profile! #exploremb #churchill
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markreimer Feelin like this today 4w

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markreimer Worked 7 hours on the #cb350f today, @cindytitus discovered she loves power tools. 4w

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markreimer Nice day for a bike ride. 1mon
  •   davidpulsipher Nice 🏼 1mon
  •   jonnyfgbc Crunchy beard season is upon us. 1mon
  •   keythob Are fancy goggles the only solution to fogging/icing eyewear in cold weather riding? 1mon
  •   markreimer @jonnyfgbc in full force. Also, I miss you 1mon
  •   markreimer @keythob my glasses don't fog in the cold unless I walk indoors typically. I wear goggles maybe once or twice a year, on the coldest of cold days usually. And it's just because when it gets real cold, my tear glands freeze up. I end up with ice around my eyes. Eyelashes turn to ice too and get stuck. Thankfully this rarely happens. 1mon
  •   mark_reimer_ Canyou change you name please? 1mon
  •   keythob Ah, I guess I just breathe wrong 4w
  •   winnipeg_urbanist Great #frostymug. Love the winter photos. 3w

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markreimer My bike hates me right now. Sunday is frame-saver day. #rivbike 1mon
  •   thecowboyprince Well shoot! I think I might still even have some summer dirt from Oregon on my bike! Yesterday's mud is tomorrow's memory. 1mon
  •   margotpolllo Thanks for the push. My Miele is crying out for some TLC as well!! 1mon
  •   markreimer @thecowboyprince diets fine, but in this case yesterday's salty slop is tomorrow's rust hole trashed frame ☹️ 1mon
  •   markreimer @margotpolllo Cdn tire has FluidFilm in a spray can, $14. Spray the inside of your frame and all the salty winter road slush won't destroy that nice frame from the inside out. 1mon
  •   rustingmiller yeah seriously... my riv is saddly disassembled for this same purpose right now... frame-saver 1mon
  •   thecowboyprince @markreimer alas! That doesn't have the same ring to it does it? Scrub a dub will have to do haha 1mon

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markreimer Cold weather coming soon, better go and ride. #s24o 1mon

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markreimer Here it is for those who asked: the winter outdoor setup:
- north face synthetic -30C bag and a $5 superstore down jacket fills up the Wald basket. - @thermarest z-lite foam pad strapped to the Carradice, which is packed with a second air mattress, small GSI pot (with trangia stove, coffee stuff and all other kitchen junk inside), dry base layers and socks, tools, chemical warmers, camp pillow, chocolate, extra mitts, flask, rain jacket, tarp/tent fly and camera. - downtube bottle is filled with real chunky chickpea lentil soup from @raeofsunshinelife, which can be allowed to freeze on the ride and then heated on the stove. With stainless steel you can have your bottles working double duty as your pot! The other two @kleankanteen are insulated and have water and tea.
Ride on! 🌨#rivbike
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markreimer Things I'm a fan of: wald baskets, @randijofab bags, harlequin wrap, bells, bar-end shifters, still being in bed at 10:30am. 1mon

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