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Old 12-29-07, 11:27 PM   #1
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Utahns--who's out there enjoying the snow and ice?

Now, I've been reading here in this forum and marvelling at how those of you in the Canuckistans, Chicago, Minneapolis, upstate NY, etc., have been making it through those huge snow piles and ice storms without incident.

However, I've heard, that incredibly enough, there are people in Utah, who although they have a perfectly good winter bike, are not availing themselves of every riding opportunity .

Is it possible to convince these people that winter riding is not only possible, but FUN?

Let's hear some suggestions!

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Old 12-30-07, 08:44 AM   #2
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I'm waiting for it to get above the 20s. My new bike sits on a trainer (looking forlorn) only a few feet from my desk.
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I'm waiting for it to get above the 20s. My new bike sits on a trainer (looking forlorn) only a few feet from my desk.
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I visited my family in Salt Lake for the holidays last week and ended up riding my dad's road bike from Cottonwood Heights to the Aves. Not a huge feat by any means, but it was at night-time, snowy, and about 18 degrees. Either way it was fun, I just wish I didnt leave my gloves there, gettin' cold here in Chicago!
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I'd love to have a day when there's enough snow to ride in it! It's just one of those personally satisfying things to do, to get out when the air is crisp and clean, to go crunching along when virtually no one else is out there. We haven't really had a good solid snow here yet this year, though.

I remember a few years ago riding on fire roads on some timberland down by the town of Rainier, in Washington State, and seeing turkey tracks in the snow. We'd never even known that turkeys were in that particular spot. Cool and fun thing for the day .

Yeah, gloves are highly recommended!

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Old 12-31-07, 11:12 AM   #6
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Here in the inversion prone frozen north of Cache Valley and I'm still out riding here and there. I have gear to get me down to 15F if it's dry but such conditions are now hit and miss. Most roads have enough snow on the shoulder that it forces me out into the holiday traffic and that's outside of my comfort zone. I might get in another work commute before Friday's storm if enough snow melts by Thursday, the forecast continues to call for a morning low above 25F, and it isn't a "red air" day.

I've even set up my bike with Christmas lights but Christmas Eve came and we were got 6-8 inches of snow that the unstudded tires weren't up to. I left the lights on for New Years Eve but the forecast calls for it to drop below zero at midnight tonight. I guess the 1-2 rides around the neighborhood showing them off will have to be it for this year.
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I'd forgotten about that inversion thing--on really bad days here I am just barely above the layer of bad air, so I can go riding without breathing in too much junk. But I can sure see it stretch across the valley floor .

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