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Old 02-08-07, 04:51 PM   #1
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Sick of Winter

I am officially sick of winter.
Sick of the cold, the slush, the snow piles, the dark, the black ice and not being able to ride when I want.

Thank you for listening.
That is all.
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Old 02-08-07, 05:31 PM   #2
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I am officially sick of winter.
Sick of the cold, the slush, the snow piles, the dark, the black ice and not being able to ride when I want.

Thank you for listening.
That is all.
Quit your bellyachin'! Just yesterday I saw black under the glacier in front of my house for the first time since the great Chanukah Blizzard of 2006. Followed by the New Years Eve Blizzard of 2006, followed by other 5 storms since then. Supposed to have another one tomorrow...just in time for the 9th weekend storm in a row. Ain't El Nino grand?
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Old 02-08-07, 06:33 PM   #3
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What winter? It's been wicked cold here for the last week or two, but we haven't had any snow to speak of. I've got the Nokians on the mtb, but no frozen roads or trails. Hopefully we get a good snow before the Crocus' come up...
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Old 02-08-07, 07:00 PM   #5
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I'm not going to complain because i know others to the north have it worse. This has been the worst winter of my winter cycling career so far however. I'm just grateful that the roads have dried up and i don't have to ride studs every day now.
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Some of the people here (where I live) keep saying that this winter is really not all that bad. If that is the case ... I'd hate to see a bad winter here!!! We've had blizzards, bitterly cold temps, roads so covered in snow and ice I can't ride outside at all ... I can barely drive my car!

But maybe I'm looking at it from a different perspective than the people who are saying that the winter isn't bad ...

1) My last two winters were gorgeous! Last winter (here as well) there was no snow till sometime in January, and even then not much ... and I don't recall it ever getting really cold. The worst part of last winter was the fact that we got dumped on in March ... just when I thought it was about to be spring. That was a little disheartening. The winter before I was in Queensland, Australia (40+C) until the end of December, so I missed most of the winter. So by comparison ... this is a bad winter.

2) I think a lot of people spend their winters indoors sitting in front of the TV ... they don't have a deep burning desire to be outside riding their bicycles!! So they don't know what the winter is really like.

3) Those who do want to be outside enjoy winter sports ... so they moan and groan all summer, and are as happy as can be when the snow starts falling.


Personally ... I can hardly wait for spring!!!
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Old 02-08-07, 08:28 PM   #7
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1) My last two winters were gorgeous! Last winter (here as well) there was no snow till sometime in January, and even then not much ... and I don't recall it ever getting really cold. The worst part of last winter was the fact that we got dumped on in March ... just when I thought it was about to be spring. That was a little disheartening. The winter before I was in Queensland, Australia (40+C) until the end of December, so I missed most of the winter. So by comparison ... this is a bad winter.
You are right about that, last winter 2005/2006 was ridiculous, warm and pretty much no snow
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Old 02-08-07, 08:32 PM   #8
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So far winter has lasted all of three weeks here. It feels like it just started. .
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Old 02-09-07, 02:30 AM   #9
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Whine, whine , whine

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ied_under.html

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"EPIC LAKE SNOWS WILL CONTINUE EAST OF LAKE ONTARIO..." pretty dramatic stuff.

Here the snow is not quite that tall, but they still struggled to keep the roads clean yesterday and today. I just don't think I can cycle in 20 cm or fresh snow. It's not going to happen.
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When life gives you lemons?
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Old 02-09-07, 08:40 AM   #11
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When life gives you lemons...
....go buy a trainer.

Count me in. Sick of winter. I suppose I could purchase better equipment but I would rather save for a new bike. When I can't ride my touring bike I am at the gym. *snore*
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Old 02-09-07, 09:35 AM   #12
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Don't mind the cold so much except that it makes me feel like I'm riding through six inches of molasses. When 20 km/h is a struggle you know it's just too dang cold. I think next year I escape to the Caribbean for a week.
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I think next year I escape to the Caribbean for a week.
<Homer Simpson voice> mmmmmhh... Carribean! </Homer Simpson voice>

By the way, when the best you can muster is 10 Km/h, you know the snow's just too deep.

Scrap that.

When you're shoveling snow with the pedals, that's when you know the snow's too deep.
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I also am sick of winter, though it hasn't been that bad here (Calgary). Only two really cold snaps and I think about three big snow falls. But... I want to ride my road bike. I want to go out far and forever where you mainly just worry about food and water!

Actually two funny things that I noticed. 1) The road biking forum got really really grumpy about November, I had to stop reading it. 2) I had this picture of Lance Armstrong on my wall that I got as a Christmas gift, and when I took it down and replaced it with a MTB calendar, my overall mental health noticably improved.

So the secret to not hating winter is not to focus on what/where/how you can't ride, but where you can!

I'm still really sick of winter! Two more months... I can make it...
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I am officially sick of winter.
Sick of the cold, the slush, the snow piles, the dark, the black ice and not being able to ride when I want.

Thank you for listening.
That is all.
They say February is the shortest month of the year, but it feels like the longest to me.
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I am officially sick of winter.
Sick of the cold, the slush, the snow piles, the dark, the black ice and not being able to ride when I want.

Thank you for listening.
That is all.
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-30C today (-42C with windchill) for my daily commute to work. I'm not sick of winter, but I'm darn glad the fresh snow we had the other day has packed down to be a road of Hardpacked ice and snow again. It makes riding in the winter much more enjoyable.

That said, I am looking forward to my weekly club rides in warm weather, though I'm not sick of winter.
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Sick of winter/ go up and ring the bell, they will let you go back to cook school! hahahah! i want my mommy!
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sorry to disagree-
but winter is just getting good.
solid stable cold weather pattern,
predictable snow covering,
& sunny days.
this is one of the best times of the year.
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There is no such thing as a stable weather pattern in denver.
It hit 60F today.
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Winter is the best because there are no crowds.
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No crowds??? The roads are jammed with idiots who think they can drive on 2 feet of snow over a layer of ice like they were driving on a dry road in the middle of summer. I'm terrified every time I set foot outside the house!!
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I am officially sick of winter.
Sick of the cold, the slush, the snow piles, the dark, the black ice and not being able to ride when I want.

Thank you for listening.
That is all.
+1000 -- it's taken a toll on me as well, I've been b*tchier than my normal b*tchin' self
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