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Old 12-05-10, 12:40 PM   #1
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Went on my first winter group ride today

I've been commuting during the winter for years but this was my first group ride. A little more challenging clothing wise since they go for a longer distance than my commute but they stop for coffee/hot chocolate half way through.

It was 8 degrees F when I left my house. We'd just gotten a snow storm that ended early yesterday but the roads and the trails were mostly plowed. It was a nice size group, - around 10. We hung around the LBS afterwards for waffles and conversation. I guess they're going to try and have them every Sunday morning. All in all it was a very pleasant way to spend the morning.

Anybody in the Minneapolis area who's interested: Leaves around 9:00 from the Midtown Freewheel Bike shop. The one on the Greenway. The shop is open at 9:00 on Sundays so you can stay warm until everyone arrives and is ready to go. It's a recreational ride, -no drops.

Oh, and Freewheel had a deal on studded tires, buy one, get the 2nd one at half price.

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Old 12-07-10, 12:44 PM   #2
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I had no idea that Freewheel did this, thanks for the information. What was the distance on the ride? Was it mostly trails, or were there lots of roads too?

I have been to this shop before but only after riding the on Greenway. Where can someone park if they were forced to drive?
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There's one here in Rochester, NY that's been running for over a decade.

The Tuesday Night Urban Assault meets at the Adams St Rec Center in Corn Hill at 6pm every week from October through March. Plan on 2-3 hours of no-drop fun.
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I had no idea that Freewheel did this, thanks for the information. What was the distance on the ride? Was it mostly trails, or were there lots of roads too?

I have been to this shop before but only after riding the on Greenway. Where can someone park if they were forced to drive?
I don't currently have a computer on my bike so I don't know the distance for sure. I'm guessing it was about 15 miles. Pretty much all trails. Somebody said 20 miles but being familiar with the trail we were on I doubt it.

Normally the Sunday route varies quite a bit. For the winter they may stick to trails mostly. Distance will probably be tailored to conditions and to who shows up. They generally try to go for a couple of hours but an extra long stay at a coffee shop might stretch the time or shorten the distance.

Below are a couple of pics distorted by the "hipstamatic" app the photographer used.




You'll have to get in touch with Freewheel regarding parking. I only live a few miles from there and never had reason to drive to that store.

They do have a facebook presence and they'll usually post something about the ride either Friday or Saturday.

Even though it was chilly for early December, it was nice to do some riding in daylight and not during rush hour. I think it's a good way for people to get introduced to winter riding.

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