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    I'm turning into a wimp.

    Seemed like a warm enough day for a ride. I drove out to the Creve Coeur trailhead by the Missouri River bridge and started out. I must have ridden around 100 yards before encountering to snow on the pedestrian deck. Not so long ago that wouldn't have bothered me but I decided I've broken too many things to risk riding through stuff like that anymore. All-in-all, I think that I spent more time deciding what clothes to wear than I spent bicycling. I'm turning into a wimp. At least my intentions were good.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Live to ride another day....no shame in that.

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    If your avatar is accurate, I wouldn't ride my 'bent in snow either!

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    Bought a Wee house in town, so My riding for transport distances shrunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWMass View Post
    If your avatar is accurate, I wouldn't ride my 'bent in snow either!
    I had my beater bike - diamond frame, 26" wheels with 2" wide tires. It's not about the bike.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Seemed like a warm enough day for a ride. I drove out to the Creve Coeur trailhead by the Missouri River bridge and started out. I must have ridden around 100 yards before encountering to snow on the pedestrian deck. Not so long ago that wouldn't have bothered me but I decided I've broken too many things to risk riding through stuff like that anymore. All-in-all, I think that I spent more time deciding what clothes to wear than I spent bicycling. I'm turning into a wimp. At least my intentions were good.
    Sounds like you're getting wiser.

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    I must confess, I've wimped out so far this winter too. Last winter, my excuse was spending any free time at my dying father's bedside. This year, it's been non stop inclement weather coupled with a cold that just won't go away.
    I've been doing my riding indoors at the gym, but I am still hopeful of getting some use out of my winter riding gear.
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    Please be careful with a lingering cold or URI, Dan, my brother has a habit of getting these types and they tend to go into pneumonia many times. I'm sure you are careful, just don't let the macho thing get you all messed up with a serious lung scarring event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWMass View Post
    If your avatar is accurate, I wouldn't ride my 'bent in snow either!
    I think it depends on your bent. This 'bent just made it to the South Pole:




    At some point soon, I'm going to get a tadpole trike just so I can continue to ride in winter.
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    You can call me a wuss or a wimp or anything else you want to. I simply dont ride in temps below 50, and darn few times that low. OTOH I will ride when it is around 100.

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    It just means you have a learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    You can call me a wuss or a wimp or anything else you want to. I simply dont ride in temps below 50, and darn few times that low. OTOH I will ride when it is around 100.
    For me the cutoff is below 30 Fahrenheit. Up to that point, my layering keeps most of me toasty warm, with the exception being my eternally cold hands. Of course, snow defeats me at any temperature, since I don't have disc brakes, and even rain makes stopping an experience to remember. I'm just glad that the snow has finally melted off, so I can at least get in some errand riding. I can deal the the sloppy mess left by the snowmelt, but I was going stir-crazy from prolonged pedal-deprivation-syndrome, or PDS, as it is commonly called by me just now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Live to ride another day....no shame in that.
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    My ride to the train station is pretty short (2+ miles) so I can gut out just about anything --and claim I ride far below zero. If it were much longer, I'd definitely have other standards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    You can call me a wuss or a wimp or anything else you want to. I simply dont ride in temps below 50, and darn few times that low. OTOH I will ride when it is around 100.
    You're a wuss, a wimp, a twitpiffle and a brigand.

    Actually, I didn't really want to call you any of that, but you invited us to do so, and I thought it would be rude not to act on it.

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    But I was a twitpiffle only once. Just wanted to let everyone know that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    You're a wuss, a wimp, a twitpiffle and a brigand.

    Actually, I didn't really want to call you any of that, but you invited us to do so, and I thought it would be rude not to act on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    You can call me a wuss or a wimp or anything else you want to. I simply don't ride in temps below 50, and darn few times that low. OTOH I will ride when it is around 100.
    I really like 50 degrees this time of year, especially if it is sunny. Did my first ride of the year on Sunday, a sunny day and around 50 degrees, a nice 32 miles of rolling countryside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Please be careful with a lingering cold or URI, Dan, my brother has a habit of getting these types and they tend to go into pneumonia many times. I'm sure you are careful, just don't let the macho thing get you all messed up with a serious lung scarring event.

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    Tell me about it. I've had pneumonia twice, one time bad enough to land me in the hospital for a week.
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    Since this is the 50+ crowd, I might mention that you really should look into getting a pneumonia shot. Quite often it is actually pneumonia that causes the death of older people. And ------------- on the preventative note get a colonostomy too. I have a 60 year old nephew that has colon cancer. While not really the most fun thing to do, a colonostomy can pretty much eliminate death from colon cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    ... I drove out to the Creve Coeur trailhead by the Missouri River bridge and started out...
    I thought that it started out badly. We ride to our rides, so your tale should've begun, "I opened the door, rolled my beater bike down the walkway, and lazily warmed up during my 15-mile ride to the Creve Coeur trailhead..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
    I thought that it started out badly. We ride to our rides, so your tale should've begun, "I opened the door, rolled my beater bike down the walkway, and lazily warmed up during my 15-mile ride to the Creve Coeur trailhead..."
    Only a brigand would tell a lie like that. I'm merely a wimp and a twitpiffle.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    I think it depends on your bent. This 'bent just made it to the South Pole:




    At some point soon, I'm going to get a tadpole trike just so I can continue to ride in winter.
    With my Worksman front-loading tricycle, it is surprisingly stable on snow and ice. However, if the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, you get stuck. You just have one wheel driving, and three wheels that you have to push through the snow. IE, don't assume that any ol' trike can make it through the snow without some testing first. (On that South Pole jaunt, she may not have had a lot of fluff to ride through- I've seen it above treeline where everything was either frozen hard or blown away.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    With my Worksman front-loading tricycle, it is surprisingly stable on snow and ice. However, if the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, you get stuck. You just have one wheel driving, and three wheels that you have to push through the snow. IE, don't assume that any ol' trike can make it through the snow without some testing first. (On that South Pole jaunt, she may not have had a lot of fluff to ride through- I've seen it above treeline where everything was either frozen hard or blown away.)
    It's my understanding that she still did have a fair amount of loose snow to go through. Fat tires help a lot by radically increasing the surface area. All that being said, there are limits...
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