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    How many of you winter ride?

    How many of you ride in the winter? This will be my first winter as a rider and i want to continue to ride, but i was wondering how many of you ride in the cold and the snow? In my area the temps average in the 30's and snow is steady. Am i crazy for considering winter riding?

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    I ride in the winter and it can get/usually is colder than 30s here. I wouldn't say that you are crazy, but I would say that those that don't get to experience riding in the snow are missing out.

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    oh geez, if it was that warm here I would ride through the winter no problem. Thats my riding temp right now and I have been riding rather constantly.

    I am no winter rider either, once the pow hits, I don't bring the bike out. I think you are crazy for considering that temp winter riding, not the fact that you want to ride

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    Under 45 (7C) the cold hurts my lungs so much that I can't do any training or climbing. I can only go for easy rides. I wonder if everyone has similar problem.

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    I dont like the wind burn on my face. But I still do it

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    I ride until;

    1. There is too much snow on the trails

    2. There is ice on the trails


    Some winters you get little snow and make out allright. The past couple in the northeast have been terrible. Thats when its time to break out the Snow shoes and the XC skis

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    I will be riding but I will spend most of my time on the road bike. When on the mountain bike I will primarily stay on the fire roads. I would rather have relatively boring rides than to do permanent damage to the trails.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Last mornings ride started at -4C, it was great. Was nice and warm after a couple minutes on the bike. I wish I could ride trails after the snow falls, but it would be next to impossible here, snow too deep, not enough riders to keep the trails packed.

    Regarding real winter riding, I stay on my bike year round for transportation to and from work, through snow drifts, -30C (and below), dodging cars sliding on the ice, sometimes it gets the addrenaline flowing more than mountain biking!

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    Well, when mid December rolls around and the skies are clear and the temps are in the high 60's to low 70's I think of ya'll and laugh

    Actually, I prefer to ride in extream temps weather hot or cold. riding in the snow is a blast and if I had to do it all winter I would if it was not more then 1' or 2' deep. Makes it tough when your cranks are under the surface of the snow

    Just go out and enjoy the weather. Have fun.

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    No, you aren't crazy for considering winter riding. I ride all year long and have for a very long time. There are adjustments to be made however. (For lots more comprehensive information look at the Winter forum)

    Clothing: You will need warm clothes. It's a fact. How much you need depends on how cold it is and how long you are going to be out. Be aware that you will not need as many extra layers as you might think you need. If you are warm when you step out of the house, you will be too warm when you get going. Start cold, end warm.

    The clothing that you need is different from what I, or anyone else, needs. The deal ender for me is when my feet get cold. I have a friend who can't ride if his hands get cold. Some people can't stand having a cold head. It all depends on the individual.

    Temperature is also a factor. I can comfortably ride down to around 15F. At that point it just becomes too painful. There are lots of other crazy people out there who don't stop at -15F. Maybe they have lungs of steel or maybe it's that their air has more moisture in it (Colorado is pretty dry and dry air is damned cold!)

    Wet: Depending on where you live, you may be riding in wet conditions. Don't ride trails when they are wet! Especially if there is a chance they might freeze because ruts are forever! Where I live, I'll still be kicking up a dust cloud even in January so I don't have to worry as much about it as other people do but I still stay off the trails if it has snowed and started to melt.

    Snow and ice are slippery. Be careful about riding on them unless you like to crash. Snow and ice also clog your drivetrain. Cables get balky and derailers won't shift. Leaving your bike in a cold garage rather than a warm house can help because the bike is the same temperature as outside.

    Also, if you are wet, you risk hypothermia. If you ride in the wet use fenders and clothing to keep from freezing.

    Light: The sun goes down early in the winter. Really early. Pay attention to time and be off the bike by dark or get good lights...not some cheap little flashlight ... but good lights! And keep them charged! I ride both mornings and evenings (commuting to work) and I've observed a little known fact - it gets dark when the sun goes down

    Go. Have fun. Be warm (but not too warm). Watch the clock. Stay dry.
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    Nope, I wouldn't consider you crazy, since I was planning my winter riding yesterday while on late afternoon ride.

    I rode 3-4 times a week until Jan 22 of this past winter, as long as the temp allow the trails to remain clear of ice, I will ride. Too much ice makes it way to dangerous to ride, zero traction is a condition to be experiecned.

    I have ridden at temps down to 18 degrees, many of those rides after dark with full lighting. It is a really unique experiece to ride at night, snow falling and the lights reflecting of the snow already on the ground, I can hardly wait.
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    I will ride in the winter as long as the temp. is in the 20's F. or above. There is plenty of cold weather gear avalable to keep you comfortable if you choose to venture out during the cold weather months.

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    In california, it wont ever get below 60f at most.

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    Winter riding is great. You're not crazy.
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    i would love to ride in the winter. i think i am going to try it a couple time. but i snowboard on weekends, most of them since there are only several solid months of good snowboarding weather.(i cant wait) and it gets dark too early to get any time of riding in. plus the extra money to buy non bulky jackets and all that other cycling stuff.

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    Your not crazy, you just wanna ride. I dont ride in the winter for many reasons-

    -We usually have too much snow to ride
    -If its not snowing, we are having an ice storm, (not on my top 10 times to ride)
    -The weather is very unpredictable here, just 2 weeks ago it was close to 80 degrees and sunny, then the next day it was raining and about 40 degrees out, imagine what winters are like
    -When its so cold that when you try to wipe the snow off your ATV plastics and the plastics snap, you dont feel like riding much.
    -Towards spring we dont have snow on the ground, we have black mush
    -Im too busy skiing, hunting, ATVing, sugaring and snowmobiling

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    Studded tires work great on ice. A couple people on here mentioned that it is too dangerous, but with properly studded tires you will be amazed at how and where you can ride with no trouble. I used to have a rule that I wouldn't go out below 20F. Then one day it got below that and i rode. Found out that it was not big deal.

    I have ridden many times below 0F with no troubles. Usually the only limitation is frozen water bottles. AFter about 1 hour in below zero temps, the water simply freezes despite precautions against it. Don't psych yourself out before you even try it. Of course it sounds bad, but it isn't. I am a whimp and i ride daily clear through the winter. I am usually on the bike for an hour and one a half or two hours depending on conditions.

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    I ride year round, no matter the temp. 17F w/ 20mph winds is the coldest so far for me. The snow (which we don't get too much of) is the deciding factor. I can only ride in "up to" about 4" of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    I dont like the wind burn on my face. But I still do it
    I live 1 hour north of you. You have warmer winters there. What windburn? From your 5 days of cold weather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbikedude
    Well, when mid December rolls around and the skies are clear and the temps are in the high 60's to low 70's I think of ya'll and laugh

    Actually, I prefer to ride in extream temps weather hot or cold. riding in the snow is a blast and if I had to do it all winter I would if it was not more then 1' or 2' deep. Makes it tough when your cranks are under the surface of the snow

    Just go out and enjoy the weather. Have fun.

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    I will ride in any temp. on the MTB but when it hits the 20s I won't take the road bike.
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    When we get winter precipitation here, it's usually sleet. Not exactly a bike friendly precip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Leaving your bike in a cold garage rather than a warm house can help because the bike is the same temperature as outside.
    Awe darnit. I wanted to bring it in everyday...

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    I ride all year. the only thing that stops me is illness, injury or poor trail condition. the coldest I rode last year was 19 deg. F when we set out and thats only because that was the coldest it got in the day last year, but that was the high for the day and we rode till sundown. the wind was blowing very hard , we were in an open field riding on a military base, I had a sinus infection and my water froze in my deuter hydro pak. that is the only time I can think of where I wish Id have stayed home. I wasnt cold, just miserable from the sinus infection and no way to get a drink of water.
    when it gets below 25 the trails freeze here so you can ride even normally wet trails and are SUPER fast and fun but beware of sudden warm ups as they make the trails super sloppy.
    if you want to ride in winter, go for it. dress in layers that wick moisture , get some toe booties($20 or more depending on brand),wool socks($5 and up), a headgator($10 at A&N), and some good thin insulated gloves( $25 and up) or glove liners($3 at A&N) for your regular gloves. these are all dependent on how well you acclimate to the cold. I work in it so unless its below 30F I dont wear most of the affore mentioned, I dont even break out the long riding pants and long sleeve jerseys until it gets down in the 40s, then I wear a pair of tights( $17 Target) on top of my riding shorts, and a long sleeve jersey( $10 Old Navy) on top of a base layer T ( $ 12 at Kohls for Reebok)
    all the prices are there to give you an idea of how much winter riding can cost and are regular prices I have found. if you look on the discount rack you can save A LOT more
    hope this helps
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    Luckily for me I live in a place where the temp does indeed drop to about -20C in January but there is almost no snow in winter. Awesome trails and almost no riders. They're too scared. I love it. Break out the windstopper and insulated jerseys, no problem. Wahoooo!!!
    Well so much for proliferation.

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