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    Senior Member rideorglide's Avatar
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    Riding through Winter, outdoors, post the stoke!

    It may be cold, prematurely dark, and road conditions might blow, but every now and then you get to escape from the basement or the gym.

    Post 'em up! Stories, pics, winter riding stoke (except from down under, c'mon Ozzers you know it's summer down there! )

    Jan 1 — day turns to night on the bike, but I'll take it — a holiday that was rideable

    Some words: "flow with the slow"

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    Here's a picture of me after a winter ride in El Paso
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    Needless to say we don't have much of a winter here
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    I go looking for rain at times but this is SoCal. I can start in rain then be dry by the end.


    Riding my MTB in the rain the other day was a reminder of why we wait till the "next day" and ride when it isn't wet. Cleaning the bikes after the ride isn't worth the hassle of riding in the rain. Waiting is an option for us SoCal riders.






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    Senior Member rideorglide's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    Here's a picture of me after a winter ride in El Paso
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    Needless to say we don't have much of a winter here
    T-Shirt weather! Zoots!
    You get up into them thar hills on the northwest side of town much? Mountain lions or armadillos?
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    Senior Member rideorglide's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I go looking for rain at times but this is SoCal. I can start in rain then be dry by the end.


    Riding my MTB in the rain the other day was a reminder of why we wait till the "next day" and ride when it isn't wet. Cleaning the bikes after the ride isn't worth the hassle of riding in the rain. Waiting is an option for us SoCal riders.
    yes i have a buddy who's copasetic with MTBing on the rain, but for me, the cleanup is off the charts aggro and not worth it. But with the MTB's some mud is hard to avoid, as in: "It hasn't rained in four days ... how come there's still mud?"

    As for the road bike, it's pampered, if it ever sees a drop of rain, it's either a mistake or I was desperate, or both: a desperate mistake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideorglide View Post
    T-Shirt weather! Zoots!
    You get up into them thar hills on the northwest side of town much? Mountain lions or armadillos?
    Yes I occasionally ride Trans Mountain road from the Northwest start - Yes to Mountain Lions, but we're out of Armadillo range
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    I decided not to ride today. Then found myself getting ready to go out on The Old Gentleman. We did 16 miles together. Gawd, I love the ride of this bike.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    I decided not to ride today. Then found myself getting ready to go out on The Old Gentleman. We did 16 miles together. Gawd, I love the ride of this bike.
    "The Old Gentleman". I love the top picture
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    First ride of the new year. I got home from work with 30 mins of light left. I jumped on the MTB and rode 5.3 miles around the neighborhood. Avg speed of 8 mph as the frost/ice covered 80% of the road. Glad I had a little daylight to navigate by.

    5 miles down - 2495 miles to go!

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    Christmas eve ride with my nephew. A chilly and drizzly ride. I topped it off with a flat. At least it wasn't windy.

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    December 28th & 29th, short rides of around 6 miles, chewing through sand-like surfaces on all the roads thanks to kinda plowed, car-tire churned snow.

    Dec 30th, rode through 35 F, rain and 10 miles of ice. Hard frozen wet ice with a slick of water on it makes for hard, if slow going. I was skidding all over the place even with studded tires. Only the fact I was on a recumbent trike saved me from going down and staying down on some of those roads. An ice rink would have had better traction.

    Dec 31st I went out for 4 miles in spite of a migraine to finish the year with 803 miles.

    Two days of recovery with short walks and stretching. Jan 3rd I did a 12.3 mile ride through a heavy, barely frozen snow-fall with 33 F temps.

    Yesterday, the sun came out so I ran out the door for a 14.3 mile ride. 38 F, blue skies, mild winds. Gorgeous day and a great ride. I'm sure these mild, above-freezing temps won't last much longer. Proper winter is bound to return to this part of Sweden at some point.

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    Got talked into a 64 mile ride this morning. It is 28f here right now. Need to get out but am turning into a wuss. Don't want to freeze my ass off. Bought some shoe covers yesterday and plan on wearing my leather ski gloves. This should take care two parts of body that were cold on last ride.

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