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    the dog ate my earbuds KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
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    Winter blues ... tell me the cure!

    It's 41 degrees, sunny but windy here at the beautiful Jersey Shore.
    My cycling this winter has been limited to turning the wheels on my bikes as I walk by them in my house and spin classes that only have me dreaming of actually riding again.
    Always a project at my new (old) house and it's very interesting pub has no shortage of beer drinking friends but, it seems but I'm missing that free wheeling energy that comes with gearing up and clipping in.

    And for those that say I could or should be out there riding, I agree. But I'm not.
    It's an OPC thing, I can't seem to find cold weather gear that looks HOT with my bike...
    Yeah I know, the commuters do it daily, I have no excuse.

    What is everyone else doing this winter?
    Is it just me or do you feel antsy come March?
    Any suggestions on where to escape to? I feel like running away this week!
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    good party in e-ville next weekend! Mardi Gras style skiing!! Good adult fun downtown after the sun goes down.http://www.holidayvalley.com/winter.cfm

    The snow bar has been formed...

    Just needs a little work to dig it out.
    sigless at the moment....

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    Oh boo hoo, I can't find pretty riding gear for cold weather. Please. I got news for you...41 degress is not cold weather. How long have you lived at the jersey shore and you can't ride below 65 degrees?! Or is it you're afraid to get a little sand or salt residue on your precious machine?

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    I'd bundle up and go for a slow ride. Better than nuthin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick burns View Post
    Oh boo hoo, I can't find pretty riding gear for cold weather. Please. I got news for you...41 degress is not cold weather. How long have you lived at the jersey shore and you can't ride below 65 degrees?! Or is it you're afraid to get a little sand or salt residue on your precious machine?


    WHO IS THIS LOSER?
    is he messing with me?
    Does he know who he's sparring with? Someone please tell him!
    (Kirke... the girl he could only DREAM about???!! )

    Insensitive clod is the understatement... this guy is clueless.

    Hey dude, crawl back into the P&R forum where you belong so you can bash someone for their political views too. Or maybe you could post about how numb your male anatomy gets in the cold because it's too small to pump enough blood to keep it warm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
    WHO IS THIS LOSER?
    I'd look to his user tag for an indication.

    Maybe he's an ex b/f?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
    WHO IS THIS LOSER?
    is he messing with me?
    Does he know who he's sparring with? Someone please tell him!
    (Kirke... the girl he could only DREAM about???!! )

    Insensitive clod is the understatement... this guy is clueless.

    Hey dude, crawl back into the P&R forum where you belong so you can bash someone for their political views too. Or maybe you could post about how numb your male anatomy gets in the cold because it's too small to pump enough blood to keep it warm!
    Loser huh? that's rich. And who are you? I'm probably supposed to believe that's really you in the avatar too, right? I'm sure you would love to read about my male anatomy!

    Sparring? Bring it on!

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    This post is being brought to you by the letter "H".

    You already have the answer.

    And for those that say I could or should be out there riding, I agree. But I'm not.
    It's an OPC thing, I can't seem to find cold weather gear that looks HOT with my bike...
    Yeah I know, the commuters do it daily, I have no excuse.


    We had a high of 48 F yesterday... I rode.

    When it was -46, I still rode.

    You have no excuse and here's a news flash... commuters are HOT with a capital H.

    H is also the first letter in "HTFU".

    Go ride your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick burns View Post
    I'm probably supposed to believe that's really you in the avatar too, right?
    I hope not, that avatar kind of looks like a linebacker with a blonde wig on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick burns View Post
    Loser huh? that's rich. And who are you? I'm probably supposed to believe that's really you in the avatar too, right? I'm sure you would love to read about my male anatomy!

    Sparring? Bring it on!
    Take it outside.

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    I find the notion of 41 being too cold to be rather amusing, that's when the riding is just starting to get good.

    Now of you want a harsh ride just go here and read: http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/

    Snotsicles will be the least of your worries there.

    If the linebacker in a wig thinks 41 is cold, she can't possibly be a NJ native... probably came from one of those thin-blooded states like texas or florida.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
    What is everyone else doing this winter?

    Unless you are in 10 foot tall snow drifts, everyone else is out riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick burns View Post
    Oh boo hoo, I can't find pretty riding gear for cold weather. Please. I got news for you...41 degress is not cold weather. How long have you lived at the jersey shore and you can't ride below 65 degrees?! Or is it you're afraid to get a little sand or salt residue on your precious machine?
    Well actually, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Well actually, yes.
    When did you start riding on the beach? Are you taking me to the beach? Ack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
    Any suggestions on where to escape to? I feel like running away this week!
    Here's one easy trip: 3 hours and you're right outside DC with some nice MUPs in Arlington, VA. It will be 65 degrees there tomorrow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Well actually, yes.
    Siu, the Moots Ti is nearly indestructible!!! Betcha the decals wear out before you have a single surface scratch on that bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    I hope not, that avatar kind of looks like a linebacker with a blonde wig on.
    The girl in the avatar pic looks good to me. I just ain't buyin it's the op.

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    It is cold somewhere in the world? Couldn't tell it here - been just a tad warm lately. The high has been about 82, which is a little uncomfortable, but hey, to have perfect mornings and evenings, you have to make sacrifices I always say. Besides - when it gets a little warm, well the cure is a hammock in a tropical breeze with a frozen fruit smoothie.

    So, what is this Winter Blues you are talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesurf View Post
    Here's one easy trip:

    Siu, the Moots Ti is nearly indestructible!!! Betcha the decals wear out before you have a single surface scratch on that bike
    I've seen a bike that had all kinds of sand in the bb and the headset. And everywhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    I hope not, that avatar kind of looks like a linebacker with a blonde wig on.
    Funny, I keep expecting Willie Nelson to turn around in that avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aprilm View Post
    Funny, I keep expecting Willie Nelson to turn around in that avatar.
    I was thinking something toothless and crosseyed, but willie nelson works...
    " The love you withhold is the pain you carry, lifetime after lifetime."

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    Quote Originally Posted by aprilm View Post
    Funny, I keep expecting Willie Nelson to turn around in that avatar.
    I think Willie's hair is greyer, and braided .

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    If you want a real answer to a cure for the winter blues then take some cod liver oil/halibut liver oil. Its rich in vit D which is the "sunshine" vitamin.

    Regards, Anthony

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    Wasn't this kirke person the chick with the toe thing a while ago?

    Those weren't the toes of a linebacker.

    or Willie Nelson

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    If you want a real answer to a cure for the winter blues then take some cod liver oil/halibut liver oil. Its rich in vit D which is the "sunshine" vitamin.

    Regards, Anthony
    Absolutely. Even my endocrinologist (who is a very mainstream allopathic physician) believes most people who live in the northern latitudes suffer from vitamin D deficiency to varying degrees. At the very least, most people should ask their doctor to have the bloodwork done. It's very interesting that vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder share many of the same symptoms - including depression and irritability. Between my vitamin D prescription, my cod liver oil supplement, and my winter riding, my lifetime tendency towards the "winter blues" has virtually disappeared.

    As for riding in the winter - since cycling is inherently sexy, we really don't need to concern ourselves with HOT clothes. Just get on the bike.

    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Holy cow Donna - are you meaning I have been sexy all along and didn't know it? Well, I guess the rest of the world was the ones who were wrong.

    I always thought I was a geek...


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