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Old 10-04-10, 05:55 PM   #1
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What a Bust of a Riding Season :(

Oh, well. Maybe next year will be a different story. I only hope bicycling doesn't go away the way my enthusiasm to learn Spanish did.

In the spring, I was pretty much unemployed and couldn't get my head together to ride. Then I got some summer work that involved pretty heavy labor and couldn't fit riding into my six days a week/16 hours a day work schedule. When that ended and fall kicked in, I was achy all over and once again scrounging around for work. Now it's October and every weekend is booked with some family obligation. Screw it...I may as well start loading my bikes into the basement for winter.

When the spring of 2011 comes around and I'm fully back in the workforce (it's starting to look good for me now), I'm sure gonna need you guys to motivate me to get back on the saddle. I hope you are all settled by then, too!
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Old 10-04-10, 07:35 PM   #2
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Hey, it's too early to write an obit for the season! I'll ride into the upper 20's if the road is dry. Now's the time to be motivated back onto the saddle and rebuild those base miles --or whatever the fancy trainer person calls them these days . . .
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I've been waiting for the weather to cool off so I can ride in to work more often. It was too hot most of the summer to do that. I'll keep on going until it gets into the low 40s, which is where I find it isn't worth it anymore. I'm not that much of a die hard but I do like to get out.
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Old 10-05-10, 08:30 AM   #4
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Hey, it's too early to write an obit for the season! I'll ride into the upper 20's if the road is dry. Now's the time to be motivated back onto the saddle and rebuild those base miles --or whatever the fancy trainer person calls them these days . . .
Totally agree.

Get on that bike and enjoy the cool air!
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Old 10-05-10, 12:19 PM   #5
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>>>>Get on that bike and enjoy the cool air!<<<<

I would, but I'm too busy making excuses. Tonight, I've got two meetings right here in town. I'd love to ride to them, but there just isn't enough time to charge my bike lights. I think I'm hopeless.
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People who want to ride find the time to do so. I wake up at 5-5:30am on most weekends to get in at least 4 hours of riding. If I'm really short on time, I'll go to prospect park and do laps. If I'm really, really short on time I'll just hook the bike up to the trainer and tell people not to bother me for 20-30mins. Just keep your kit/gear ready all the time so you can grab your stuff and go.

Not to mention picking up takeout dinner, going to the grocery or deli, etc. While a 15 minute round trip isn't ideal, any riding is better than not riding. Commuting is also great saddle time.

I'm with DSchlichting. As long as the roads are clear of nasty winter salt/sand/mush I suit up in cold weather gear and go. BTW, "cold weather gear" before I got into lycra and roadie clothes was long johns under my jeans, 2 pairs of socks, winter gloves, and an extra wool sweater under a windproof jacket. For the head, a winter beanie that covers ears and a wool scarf that you can wrap your face with works great.

You'll be surprised at how much cold you can take. Conversely I have a much lower tolerance for riding during the summer heat.
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The leaves haven't even changed yet. You really need to set aside at least one more ride to see the autumn colors. I love this cooler weather when I get to wear my knickers and long sleeved jerseys.
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