Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NE IL
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Giant Cypress DX
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I was diagnosed with RA in '89. For me, the day to day variation in how I feel is greater than a general summer vs winter variation.
As far the effect of RA on riding in general, you learn to adapt. The disease develops differently in different people. Joint damage in my wrists and hands made it impossible for me to use standard drop bars, brake levers, and shifters. I changed to flat bars with MTB levers and bar end shifters mounted on the handle bars. I know one guy who can no longer swing his leg over the seat, so he lays the bike on it's side, steps over the frame and picks the bike back up.
As long as your doc says it's ok to ride, just keep riding.
I hope you have many many years or good riding ahead of you.