I cleaned off my racing bike last night and will probably put it in the garage tonight and lock it up. That started me thinking about the winter. I'm going to start using road bikes with fenders or mountain bikes more now. I remember how much fun it is to ride in undisturbed fresh powder in the woods. I miss riding on the lake, and on the big sheets of remelted ice on the bike path that have the frozen foot prints in them and require first gear most of the time.
Just exploring in the woods in the snow and when all the leaves are down so you can see much farther away. The swamp that is normally almost impassible becomes a paved parking lot when it finally freezes. Some of the sand on the beach gets harder too, making a ride down the beach possible. That feeling of being in the 'zone" on the mtb and blasting down paths and using the berms as much as possible. Something about my old Giant mtb just feels perfect when you get going fast. Kind of like skiing when everything is "right".
I think I finally accepted the fact that winter is coming. Are you looking forward to riding in snow and ice?