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Old 12-12-09, 09:50 AM   #1
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I hate this time of year.

It never fails to rain on the weekend.
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Old 12-12-09, 10:02 AM   #2
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Try living over here. We got 10" of snow last week, lows as low as -11 and highs in the single digits for several days. It is snowing again right now and unlike rain, when it stops it won't just go away and it is still cold. So what we do is come over your way and ride in the rain if necessary. Hoping for a few dry days in the 40's or 50's next week to ride in Sacto/Folsom/Auburn/Foothils.

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It never fails to rain on the weekend.
Add to that the holidays and accompanying feasting, plus i don't know about anyone else, but cold weather seems to trigger an overwhelming craving for starchy foods in me.

Oh, yeah - and there's like 2 hours of daylight, it feels like.

On the plus side, I love looking at the Christmas lights.
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'Tis the season...

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I looked outside, and it's not raining. Then I looked at the radar map and saw the massive blob of green, orange and red moving in. No matter which option I choose it is going to suck. At least with trainer I can catch up on all the programs accumulated on my DVR.
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'Tis the season...

My wife is on the trainer right now. My turn comes later.
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If I may be so bold to ask, how does one maintain balance while on a set of rollers? I understand with a trainer it's easy since it's holding you up, but the rollers don't seem to show any signs of holding your bike up...?

And yes I also hate this time of the year, was planning on going on my group ride today and Joel's training ride tomorrow... but today the weather is looking too iffy (Weather.com says 100% chance of rain, but it isn't raining, but there's still a considerable amount of gloomy clouds above and the pavement is still quite wet...)

Oh well
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I'm fortunate to have a bike with fenders. I'll layer on the wool, throw on a rain jacket and be good to go.

Er, once I get my motivation up.
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I'm fortunate to have a bike with fenders. I'll layer on the wool, throw on a rain jacket and be good to go.

Er, once I get my motivation up.

Do you have studs for it too? I mean aside from Leebob.
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wizeazz. Nope, no studs on Pokey's tires. Unless goathead thorns count.
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If I may be so bold to ask, how does one maintain balance while on a set of rollers? I understand with a trainer it's easy since it's holding you up, but the rollers don't seem to show any signs of holding your bike up...?(
Magic? I'm not sure. I think you're basically just constantly falling over one way or the other, but correcting the fall by steering/leaning (hips). The higher the cadence, the easier it is. It takes a few minutes to get it, then a few sessions to be totally comfortable. I like to ride mine when I'm watching football or something on TV. When it goes to commercial, I hammer as hard as I can and then recover and repeat next commercial break!

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I looked outside, and it's not raining. Then I looked at the radar map and saw the massive blob of green, orange and red moving in. No matter which option I choose it is going to suck. At least with trainer I can catch up on all the programs accumulated on my DVR.
Yup, I thought there was going to be a break in the rain this morning and I could at least get a short ride in... but NOPE, its already sprinkling... bummer. I hate the trainer but maybe I can do 30 minutes... ugh!
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Californians are so spoiled. This is one of the few states where most cyclists do not own rain jackets.
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I just need to get some fenders.
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I'm willing to bike commute in the rain and cold, all bundled up in the pre-dawn cold. I even sort of enjoy it. But for some reason i just can't get motivated to ride for fun in the rain.
Maybe the trainer later today... Maybe a nap..
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I'm willing to bike commute in the rain and cold, all bundled up in the pre-dawn cold. I even sort of enjoy it. But for some reason i just can't get motivated to ride for fun in the rain.
Maybe the trainer later today... Maybe a nap..
Well said. I'm toying with the idea of taking the commuter out and just tooling around in puddles for fun, but forget a full ride.
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I just need to get some fenders.
I think you saw them on my bike during Mt. Hamilton ride, but can't say enough good things about crud racers. If they fit. I wish the rear one could fit, the front one is damn awesome! The best part they go under the brakes so no crud accumulating on them.

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Californians are so spoiled. This is one of the few states where most cyclists do not own rain jackets.
I own one. Have for years. I've just never used it.
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Unfortunately, they've been out of stock for a month now! I might have to break down and get the SKS ones.
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Have checked PBK?
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Joel, I think you should post this thread on the Pacific Northwest discussion group. Should get a lot of laughs. I posted on one PNW thread asking how could they ride in the rain all the time. Someone shot back an answer, " same way that you ride in the heat. Don't know how you do that". Gotta feel sorry for the PNW guys. If they have three consecutive days of clear, weather in June, July, or August, they consider that their entire summer. It it gets over 85 they are dying.
However, having said all that, I'm with you. I hate to ride in the rain.
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They're out too.
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wow they are really popular. If you were in the area I could have given my rear one since it doesn't fit my bike.
Oh and I recommend against SKS, what a POS fenders. The Planet Bike are somewhat better.
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