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Old 10-03-07, 05:22 PM   #1
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Winter Riding Concerns

Hey there, I just started riding this summer and as the days have begun cooling down (I live in Maryland), I've begun to wonder about what I am going to do during the winter. I've made so much progress and I'd really like to keep it up. What can I do to keep riding, whether it be outdoors or indoors? I've already looked a bit into rollers and resistance trainers but I'd like to hear from people's experiences with them. Thanks!
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Old 10-03-07, 07:12 PM   #2
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hi, personally I put on the studded tires and ride all winter, and I live in Wisconsin. If you don't want to ride outside, do a lot of cardio stuff to keep the heart in shape, and the rest will follow when the season restarts.
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Hello aquateen, it is possible to ride during the winter! Check out the Winter Riding forum for more tips.

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Welcome to BF.

Have you considered bike commuting thru the winter? As East Hill suggested, check the Winter Cycling forum and also the Commuting forum for lots of good information.
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Get some cool-weather gear (a layering system of fleece and windblock gloves, tops, pants, maybe a balaclava or other head covering), alter your expectations a bit, and simply keep riding.

Besides the Winter Cycling forum, there are other discussions. Here's one going on now in Road Cycling: Best winter time apparel?.

I live in the Philadelphia area and ride all winter unless the roads are too snow-covered or icy. With that restriction, and because I ride recreationally and not to commute, I don't even need things as studded tires. Because of the cold, my rides tend to be shorter, slower and flatter than during the other three seasons; this is what I meant by changing expectations--I'm just out to get the air, exercise and pleasure. Incidentally, I used to ignore the temperature entirely, but now I have a 15 degree cut-off, but folks all have their own limits.
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What can I do to keep riding, whether it be outdoors or indoors?
I live in Maine, I started riding again after a heart attack alerted me to the fact that I had to change my lifestyle. and for the first few years I rode outside, for exercise, and when the winter got cold I rode indoors on a trainer. A couple of years ago, I stopped riding for exercise, and started to ride to work and back (30 mile RT). When winter came, I just took it one day at a time, and as my wardrobe and equipment changed, I found that I was riding through more and more of the winter. I now find that there are very few days when I drive to work, and I imagine that the climate up here is Maine is no worse than Maryland!

A few brief tips:
Fenders!
I ride on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, which seem to work well in a variety of different conditions.
Lights.
Layers of clothing.
I wear Ski gloves when it gets cold, much better than cycling gloves.
I have a pair of winter cycling boots which are 1/2 size bigger than my normal shoes, which allows me to wear thick wool socks under them.

My personal limits are that I ride unless:
There is thick ice or packed snow on the road outside my house (they are pretty good at clearing it, so this is only a few days per year).
The temperature is below 0F.
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