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Old 11-30-04, 08:26 PM   #1
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Are any of you guys going to try Winter Cycling?

I think I'm going to take my old bike and give winter cycling a spin. Should be fun with the snow up here in Canuckleville.

What about you guys? Anyone fancy giving it a try?
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Old 11-30-04, 08:28 PM   #2
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No. I barely like to leave the house in the winter
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Also, how can I hook myself up with a trendy avatar and user title?

Or am I just not cool enough?

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Also, how can I hook myself up with a trendy avatar and user title?

Or am I just not cool enough?

I'll ride all winter down here in North Carolina, sorry I'm just being a smarta@#. You heve to be really really really cool.
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Also, how can I hook myself up with a trendy avatar and user title?

Or am I just not cool enough?

See user control panel click on that and the rest is childs play.

I ride all year round.
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Old 11-30-04, 09:18 PM   #6
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I ride all year round, but I live in southern Cali so "winter" is a light drizzle every couple of days and maybe a drop in temp to 40degrees.

In other words we have wimpy winters.
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The only time I quit riding is when my wheel won't spin. I went out mountain biking in about a foot of powder last year, but it didn't work out too well. This year, I have much grippier tires and stronger legs, so we'll see how it goes.
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I pretty much ride anytime of year... its fun in the snow if you have warm gear. Its slow, you fall, but it doesn't hurt and people think you are insane.
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I ride year round, and we have gotten over 21 inches total this month, 17 last month.
I suit up and just go for it, riding in snow is a blast, I usually ride later in the day when the snow has started to freeze back up, (frozen snow has better traction that slush), so I get to use my lights, night snow riding is a blast. My trail of choice is a 7.5 mile loop, with a 3 mile, 900ft climb.
too busy with work this week, no ride so far, but I am shooting for tomorrow!
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I pretty much ride anytime of year... its fun in the snow if you have warm gear. Its slow, you fall, but it doesn't hurt and people think you are insane.
Exactly. Last year I came across some XC skiers who just couldn't believe what was doing. The going is slow, it is very hard on the lungs and legs, and a blast.
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I am definately the only wuss. I can't handle deep powder, same reason I can't bother pedalling up hill. If I am slowed to the point where walking briskly is faster, I hop off 100% of the time
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Yeah, Here in So Cal..Why not.I know, we will loose maybe 10 days to rain.
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Winter is our preferred riding season. Summer is too hot and humid.

Mid 80's today and not a cloud in the sky!
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Yeah I think I'll do some winter rides, not like I'm going to miss any hockey games this month.
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Usually around this time of the year i would focus on snowboarding, but things change.

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In Kentucky I ride all winter. If it is above 20 and the roads are clear I am on however I do not put in the miles (or as often) I do in better weather. For instance last January I was only out 4 times and then in February I was out 15 times.
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Its cold, very often wet, occasionally windy, but what the hell. Winter riding is no different to summer. Just wrap up and put the extra layer on. Advantages-- fewer walkers, fewer dogs, fewer horses, but those you do see are the friendly ones. Unfortunately, also a lot less bikers, so fewer excuses to stop and talk to them.
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Winter around here is also wet and rainy. This means that it's not a good idea to hit the singletracks as that would cause tremendous amounts of trail erosion. I do however maintain road riding throughout the winter and will also hit the tame gravel doubletracks and fireroads to occasionally liven things up. It also gets dark early which puts a bit of a cramp on my weekday riding.
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every year. i've trail ridden in temps as low as 10 degrees, though not for more than aobut two hours. in colorado and around boston. i'll go out on my road bike intot he high teens/low twenties, but again only for about two hours. around town errands/commuting, i'll go down into the single digits, as it's quick stop/start riding that keeps me pretty warm, plus i'm going inside whenever i get somewhere.......

the girlyfriend and i did a trail run the other day, in 6" of fresh snow, with it dumping more down the whole time. it was about 20 degrees.........

biggest challenge is keeping hands/feet/face warm. after that, it's all cake. waterproof/windproof gloves and socks are your friends.
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Mid 80's today and not a cloud in the sky!
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Oh one thing to be careful of is hunters!!! I have a bright orange longsleeve jersey that I wear all winter... a lot of the trails/state parks here and elsewhere are open to hunters during the mtb/hiking off-season, though now they are still open to mtb use. Its a little unnerving to hear gunshots but hunters are not allowed to hunt anywhere near the main trail anyways. Just be sure to leave your helmet with the deer antlers at home
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I have run into way too many hunters this fall for my liking. Most of them seem to be mindful, I just don't like the idea that someone with a gun is looking for something moving through the woods. Most, and likely all of the hunters will not cause a problem, it is just a little scary.
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I am definately the only wuss. I can't handle deep powder, same reason I can't bother pedalling up hill. If I am slowed to the point where walking briskly is faster, I hop off 100% of the time

I've been on a bunch of rides that are uphill and my speedometer doesn't even read, or it flips between "1" and "0".

walking would be about the same speed, on steep gravel uphills. but what fun would that be?

as for winter riding, yep. but we stay below the snow level, so it's really just some ice sometimes, and lots of mud/water.
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Last year I brought my bike to the local sledding hill and went down. This isn't a whoosy hill either. You usually can't make it all the way down on a sled. It was awesome. People there thought I was insane, but it doesn't hurt anymore than wrecking a sled.
Last year I hurt my knee pretty bad snow riding. I was really weak and I sucked at riding then. I still suck, and I'm still pretty whoosy, but I'm going to try it again.

I think the worst thing about snow riding is that it takes a lot more cleaning and stuff to keep your bike in good shape.
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