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    Jeff,
    As a former runner myself, I thought that maybe you might be interested in my recent post in the "Winter Cycling" posts in this forum. It is little lengthly, but maybe it'll inspire you to try cycling this winter. Be sure to check out IceBike.com.
    Alfie

    "I am a former runner (knee replacement) who ran everyday, including the winter, for over 30 years. Needing an alternate exercise, I bought a stationary recumbent exercise bike. However, I soon got bored staring at the wall in the basement; no wheels, no fresh air and an instrument panel. This past May, I decide to try real bicycling. I bought a Specialized Crossroads Elite. I now think that this 700c x 38c hybrid is not the bike that I should have bought. However, it will do for now as my winter ride and I will buy a road bike next spring.

    I am currently riding 10-12 miles every day and only on concrete or asphalt. I ride hard; strictly for fitness by maintaining a specific heart rate. What a thrill it is to get out of the basement and get outside again. Why didn’t somebody tell me it was going to be this much fun?

    With my newly found love of two wheeled aerobics, I was soon asking myself, can I ride through the winter? Sure I can! As a runner who ran everyday through 33 Michigan winters, I have no doubt I can ride December though March. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about dressing for cold weather running and I already have a lot of the required gear. I only need to tap into the expertise of people who ride in the winter. That's when I discovered this forum and http://www.icebike.com . I have learned so much here and on IceBike.

    To prepare for winter, I am doing the necessary modifications to the bike, i.e., fenders and winter tires with studs. I will ride on plowed concrete and asphalt roads 80%-90% of the time. For the other 10%-20%, those same roads will be snow covered with an occasional patch of black ice. As I indicated above, I already have the poly base layers, wool secondary layers and windproof outer shells. As a runner, my feet and legs were never cold, but I am told that my feet will get cold cycling in the winter. I will learn to deal with that as well as learn how to protect my hands and face. Obviously, the winter wind conditions when cycling are going to be more challenging than what I experienced as a runner.

    In conclusion, I will be posting often this fall and winter to report on my progress and to seek additional advice. To all that have contributed to the wealth of knowledge (and a few laughs) on this forum, I thank you.

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    Not sure, found it at a yard sale. it is old and the guy at the bike store was able to put new rubber and tubes on it and new grears. When I asked him what brand it was he asked which part was I asking about. He did say it was the right size for me
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    Fred, Springport is due south of Lansing on M-99 about 11 miles north of I-94.

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    Not sure, found it at a yard sale. it is old and the guy at the bike store was able to put new rubber and tubes on it and new grears. When I asked him what brand it was he asked which part was I asking about. He did say it was the right size for me
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    Alfie,
    Thanks for the Winter Bike info and web site. I am not that brave yet. I live out where the snow plows don't dare tread. I will be trying a little cross country skiing this winter (yep another new sport and swimming at a local school)
    I stopped in to a sporting goods store and saw a stand to make a road bike into a stationary bike for the winter. I agree with what you said about being in the basement will su*% but I have a TV down there so why not give it a try?
    Does anyone know anything about them, what I should be looking for in one or am I wasting my money?
    Jeff

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    ..."a stationary bike for the winter...why not give it a try? Does anyone know anything about them, what I should be looking for in one or am I wasting my money?"

    Jeff, I wouldn't consider myself the most experienced user of stationary trainers, but about 10 years ago I used one daily for about a month while nursing a runners injury. For cardio workouts, I was very impressed on how effective it was.

    There are many excellent units out there, and clearly, the benefits of using one is undeniable. As you will note in the links that I have provided below, one can spend a lot of money on the professional units. It seems that the $200-$300 range will give you the best buy for the dollar and you will get a very good trainer. Cycle-Ops is a brand that comes up often in my searching on the net and in my visits to the local shops in the Metro-Detroit area. There are two major design types; magnetic and fluid resistance units.
    Good luck, Alfie

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    Hello from Dearborn, MI. Most of my riding consists of my three-mile commute to work, and the remainder are the trips to the store or the neighborhood public pool in the summer. I've never ridden with a bike club, or any of those long-distance rides.
    Schwinn - World's Finest Bicycles.

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    Eric from Milwaukee, Wi reporting in. I ride solo on as many MTB trails as I can find, most of my friends are too busy drinking / building cars to ride. The hell with them I say. If anyone wants to ride some trails, I'm always looking for new spots to ride.

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    Hello from Chicago! I've gotten more serious about biking in the past six months, now I try to put in at least a 15mi solo ride every day. I bike for just about any errand or visit I need to do, though now that brutal weather is gonna kick in I might reconsider. Currently I'm riding a '74 Schwinn Varsity, though I'm still looking for something I'll enjoy more.

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    Checking in Kenosha, WI. 60 yo x-runner biking daily and hoping to ride through the winter. trying to maintain my base of 120-150 miles/week. We'll see when the winds howl and the snow blows. Icebike.com is a great source for clothing and equipment tips. I'm currently riding a LeMond steel bike with 25 mm michelin gatorskins with a Fuji touring bike w 32 mm Kenda tires as a foul weather back-up.
    Keep riding,

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    Not sure, found it at a yard sale. it is old and the guy at the bike store was able to put new rubber and tubes on it and new grears. When I asked him what brand it was he asked which part was I asking about. He did say it was the right size for me
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    Alfie,
    I am looking at ridding this winter. I blame you for this crazy ideal.
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    Blamin' me?


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    Napoleon, Ohio (about 40 miles SW of Toledo).

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    Signing in!
    I just moved back here from South Texas. ' wasn't a bicycling enthusiast when I was here before, but that will not be the case this time.
    Midwest has a lot of great cycling destinations, from what I've gathered . I can't wait for spring!

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    Checking in from Wauwatosa. It's too icy to ride my bike today.

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    hello, from maumee ohio, suburb of Toledo, anyone ride today???? rain, sleet, = fun!!!!

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    Not sure, found it at a yard sale. it is old and the guy at the bike store was able to put new rubber and tubes on it and new grears. When I asked him what brand it was he asked which part was I asking about. He did say it was the right size for me
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    Alfie,
    Looks like I am on the side lines for a little while. They pulled 50ccs fof fluid off my right knee and said to rest it and keep it elevated. I did not damage the knee from riding bike in the snow it was from a Gout attack. I love getting older!

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    Checking in for Isanti MN!! Woke up this morning and had 1-1/2" of ice on the roads!!!

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    Checking in from Minneapolis . . . a couple of inches of snow today. I saw quite a few cyclists out this morning near my office although most are U of M college students that are hanging around during Xmas break.

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    Welcome, 52 and st croix! Hasn't it been hitting brutal negatives for about a week up there?

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    Thanks for the welcome . . .

    You bet it has. We've had several frigid mornings in the Twin City area in the -15F zone. Most bothersome has been the piddly, daily snowfalls of a couple inches. You'd think people up here would know how to drive in it but they don't. Commutes are long and slow.

    Chicago has had some pretty brutal weather too the last few weeks, correct?

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    Hey everyone! Located in Yellow Springs, OH. Kinda in between Columbus and Dayton.
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    Hello and happy new year to everyone from Gates Mills, Ohio!

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    Hailing from good ol' Naptown.....Indy baby.....

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    Hi, Kalkaska, MI here. Just outside of Traverse City. 9 to 18 miles of commuting a day. All year long. Including the inch or two of compacted snow and ice covered by "car snot." Running a Specialized Sirrus and, in the winter, full fenders, and 35C Innova studded tires and more lights than the casino.

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    Hi IR Baboon

    Great place you have up there, stop by the Cherry Street market for me!

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