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View Poll Results: What months of the year do you stop commuting
Nov-Feb 3 21.43%
Oct-March 1 7.14%
Oct-April 2 14.29%
Nov-March 2 14.29%
Dec-Jan 2 14.29%
Dec-Feb 4 28.57%
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Old 06-24-09, 08:24 AM   #1
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year around or just seasonal

For those nice folks on the board that know what snow is, and experience foilage in the fall, I wanted to see how many go year around, and how many will stop commuting in Oct/Nov and take it up again in Feb/March/April. I live in Chicago, and - this being my first year - think I need to stop sometime in November, or do I?
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Old 06-24-09, 08:41 AM   #2
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How about a: September thru January category? :-)

At first I thought I was supposed to pick the months I did commute.
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Where's the option for never stopping. It is possible to commute through the winter, even in areas much colder than Chicago. Plenty of people do, but you left no option in the poll for them.
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Good point, I tried to go back and fix it, but I couldn't :-(
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I'm a full-time, year-round rider. I'll skip if it's a blizzard outside, but I'll also skip if it's a hurricane. Normal rain, cold, wind, etc. aren't a problem. I'm in the Pacific Northwest, so we don't often get snow, but I'll ride in that if the roads are reasonably clear. I don't put studs on my tires.
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Where's the option for never stopping. It is possible to commute through the winter, even in areas much colder than Chicago. Plenty of people do, but you left no option in the poll for them.
Year round. Couple days at the most I'll take off. There comes a time when there is just too much snow to ride in. Last year I wasn't prepared for a few days of -40F temperatures because my gloves and footwear weren't up to snuff. Bummed me out not riding those days.
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I'm in Chicago too. I ride all year round as long as the roads are somewhat clear. Cold temperatures do not hinder me. Lots of snow and ice on the road does.
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+1 for needing a never-stop option.
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Year round here, too.

I call poll foul
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I only stopped for a couple weeks, when the snow piles were so high on the roadside and middle of the street that there was literally just enough room for a wide car, no spare space to ride a bike. My city sux for clearing the roads on those rare times when we get enough snow to plow.
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Year round. Even last winter when we actually had snow that lasted for more than a day. Made myself some wood screw studded tires for it.

Fingers crossed that next winter is more normal.
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All year here too.
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Year round. Plan A is: I go to work, which involves riding a bike. If I can't ride the bike, Plan B is: I take the day off.
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Year round but not an option in your poll. Start over.
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Year rounder here in west central Maine
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Also year rounder in the milder climate of NOVA.
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Year round, but I live in Northern California, so our version of weather is pretty tame.
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Year round here also.
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This poll is full of fail.
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year round - I get rides an average of 7-10 days/yr because of weather
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Well, there's clearly no need for "HTFU" comments around here.
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Well, there's clearly no need for "HTFU" comments around here.


Actually, I'm pretty tired of people being impressed by what we do. It's not impressive. Anyone can do it; we just do.
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Well, there's clearly no need for "HTFU" comments around here.

I'm sure we'll make them anyways.
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actually, i'm pretty tired of people being impressed by what we do.
htfu
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