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Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes: Bianchi San Remo - set up as a utility bike, Peter Mooney Road bike, Peter Mooney commute bike,Dahon Folder,Schwinn Paramount Tandem
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Originally Posted by aquateen
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:
I ride on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, which seem to work well in a variety of different conditions.
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.