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    Who uses a trainer when jack frost blows into town for a few months?

    I use a cheap Vuelta mag trainer, what I find works best in training is mixing it up, sprints, slow riding, average cadence, a little bit of everything and at random intervals. What I normally do is to a movie on and have a couple key words when I hear the word I change up my speed to another random speed, it seems to give me the best feeling I can get to actual road riding, I know other trainers out there are way better are mimicking the road mine isn't but I keep changing it up and it works well. so I average about 90 minutes a day, unless I put on a long movie LOL I keep my bottles topped uo if I put in Lord of the Rings LOL Thankfully I never bought Titanic, still a little ticked about that movie, I spent 2 1/2 waiting for the damned ship to start sinking while they played out the sillly plot. if I wasn't in a theatre I would have been yelling at the TV to sink the damed boat already you spent $300 million to sink it and it I wanted to see what $300 million could buy these days. Yeah I sometimes go off on a tangent LOL
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    Sorry Geo. I just put on some more clothes and some studded tires. I commute five miles each way four times a week. Take care. Blues Frog

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    Wrong forum - winter or training please.
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    I admire anyone who spend that much time on a trainer. I've always found it hard to do more than 30 minutes at a time. I'd rather ride in the cold rain and dark.

    I haven't seen Titanic. Thanks for ruining the ending for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kip View Post
    I haven't seen Titanic. Thanks for ruining the ending for me.

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    Winter Cycling Forum: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Winter-Cycling


    But that said, I think it is a good idea for cycletourists to keep in shape throughout the winter. When I lived in Canada, I snowshoed, cross-country skied, did a lot of walking, rode my bicycle outside whenever I could, used my trainer, and took spinning and yoga classes. Here in Australia, I can ride outside more throughout the winter without having to deal with ice and snow, but Rowan and I bought a trainer last summer (in about February) and I have been using it this winter ... not as much as I should probably, but now and then.

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    Rollers. I have to keep in shape year 'round or I'm worthless.

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    I apologise for posting in the wrong section..

    I would have a tough time going for more than a half hour with a movie on to watch you don't quite get the beautiful landscapes in a bachelor apartment in the basement of a house LOL My landlord cranks the heat to so I will have my windows open when it is -30 out LOL. Though I am thinking of buying an air matress and a bigger tents and camping in Texas 4 months a year LOL one of those 2 rom tents LOL I have not even got 2 rooms now LOL
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    What are these trainer things you speak of?

    I ride. Too much snow I ride a MTB

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    It's the right section if you mean it relative to touring. Touring wise I believe in the idea "they practice beforehand which ruins the fun", to quote the bard.

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    I've got a second bike for winter use. It's been stripped down to single speed (but not fixed gear) and it does quite nicely for cold weather conditions, snow and ice. Riding that bike helps keep me in shape for when the snow clears and I put the good one on the road.
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    I'm in Oregon. We don't really have any winter in the Willamette Valley, just a bit of rain and shorter daylight hours. It has never stopped me from riding but it does seem to bring almost all other "cyclists" in my area to a standstill. I'll often go days at a time without seeing any if it is a bit wet out. Maybe they all prefer riding on their rollers or trainers to getting wet.

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    Frost?
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    I ride almost every day of the year and winter cycling keeps me in good shape... when spring hits and the roads clear I am usually way ahead of most other cyclists in the being in shape department and riding through the Canadian winter can be some serious work.

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    It is the right section for me too.

    The problem with trainers or even doing it with others in a gym is that it is so boring to do it for any length of time. I can ride my bike, by any weather but the most inhuman conditions, for hours and hours. I can't stand on a bike that goes nowhere for five minutes.

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    The only time I was on a trainer was when the doctor forced me...I was told I could not ride outside because it wasn't safe as part of rehabilitation for a work related injury. A lot those doctors DON'T know. I got my FP doc who knows me to override the orthopedist and let me ride outside. I ride year round no matter where I am in the country, but typically in the winter months I am in the middle part of the Carolinas.

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    I have an old set of rollers that I used to use with one of my road bikes that I sold off long ago. I find them to be pretty boring and have had a lot more fun since I invested in a pair of studded tires for winter riding. I still have the rollers and may use it this winter on days that I'm stuck at home with a sick kid and can't get outside, but the time I plan on spending on them will be very limited.

    I use a mismatch of biking, XC skiing, and downhill skiing clothes depending upon the weather. I don't consider myself to be particularly hardcore compared to other cyclists around here. I just bundle up, go for a ride, and wash the extra clothes when I'm done. I see other bikers wear less layers than I do in anticipation of warming up as they ride. I would rather be warm from the start and throw the extra layers in a pannier as I warm up.

    A single speed Pugsly or 29er would be great for riding in the snow around here, but neither one is anywhere close to being in my budget in the foreseeable future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freediver View Post
    A single speed Pugsly or 29er would be great for riding in the snow around here, but neither one is anywhere close to being in my budget in the foreseeable future.
    Look for an old mountain bike without any suspension system, or look for a hybrid that can accommodate wide tires. Check the classifieds and Craigslist and see if you can get a good deal on such a bike. The old mountain bikes could handle the demands of winter riding conditions.
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    these:



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    I ride some even in the winter, but... Mostly I just trail run until the snow gets too deep (somewhere between 10 and 18") and then run on the roads until the trails are runnable again. I keep threatening to get snowshoes, but have not yet made the plunge.

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    Shoot I was just greasing my bearings in my front hub and it is buckling, I am betting from being on a trainer all last winter and the front wheel never moving. So now I am going to buy a new wheel set and save this set for when it is on the trainer only. I an ticked off now LOL
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    Here the snow gets far too deep and I consider it too dangerous to ride through the winter, I will ride untill it gets too deep last year was an easy winter and I lucked out a bit, but that usually means this season will be rough LOLI use the movie to stave off the boredom of having no scenery.
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