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    ^ True that. During last winter I often felt like the only bicycler in the city. Come spring I was like, "Wow, where'd all these bicyclers come from? A lot of them are fit even!" Hiding out in spinning classes probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    ^ True that. During last winter I often felt like the only bicycler in the city. Come spring I was like, "Wow, where'd all these bicyclers come from? A lot of them are fit even!" Hiding out in spinning classes probably.
    Some might have been hiding out in spinning classes. Lots of others were probably riding their trainers at home. Even here in Australia where I can ride most of the time, I have a trainer for the cool, rainy days.

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    I'm kinda thinking about getting a trainer, but I'd probably just prefer to bike out in the real world, frozen that it may be. I have a treadmill, but still preferred to bike outside in the winter. Hmm, maybe it's running itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    I'm kinda thinking about getting a trainer, but I'd probably just prefer to bike out in the real world, frozen that it may be. I have a treadmill, but still preferred to bike outside in the winter. Hmm, maybe it's running itself.
    Get a trainer, put one bicycle on it.

    And have a second bicycle ready to go to ride outside.

    Then, if it happens that you really don't feel like going out in the snow and cold one evening after work, you can hop on the trainer and do 30-60 minutes while watching your favourite show on TV.

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    Jeez, I have to buy another bike, too??
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    I year round, every day. My mileage does drop in the winter though.
    For my insurance company, we get added benefits if we check in regularly with a health advisor via telephone. During our last call, my advisor was very impressed that I was averaging so many miles, then she asked if I wanted to make that my continued goal. Um, no, I told her, I'd be happy just to keep commuting by bike, forget the miles!

    Now, the restaurant trip you mentioned, that does sound like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    Jeez, I have to buy another bike, too??
    Well, you do have at least 2 bicycles already, don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezmellors View Post
    "There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing"

    I forget who said it.
    Some old Norwegian, I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
    Some old Norwegian, I think...

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    There are bad weathers. I can think of three: tornado, severe thunderstorm and hurricane. Riding in any of those are down freaking scary.

    On a separate question, how do you all keep your water from freezing solid? Insulated bottle? Any brands to recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    On a separate question, how do you all keep your water from freezing solid? Insulated bottle? Any brands to recommend.
    Yeah, I use insulated bottles, Polar I think. I fill with room-temp water but my second bottle usually starts freezing during rides. Have also had problems with ice freezing on/in the spout and clogging the bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    There are bad weathers. I can think of three: tornado, severe thunderstorm and hurricane. Riding in any of those are down freaking scary.

    On a separate question, how do you all keep your water from freezing solid? Insulated bottle? Any brands to recommend.
    Add blizzard to your list.

    As for freezing bottles, I use the same method as I do in the summer ... I put a sock on it. This was a little trick Rowan recommended to me. In the summer, you put a thinnish cotton sock on your bottle and soak the sock to keep the water cool ... in the winter you do the same thing, but don't soak the sock. That helps delay the freezing.

    But in really cold temps, you're not going to stop your bottle freezing, so there have been lots of rides I haven't bothered taking it at all. I drink lots before going out. Then I stop at shops or back at home or wherever, and drink more there.

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    I'm a newbie commuter and haven't ridden in a winter yet. I won't ride if it isn't fun and safe. Still weighing the pros and cons. Don't mind the cold as much as the ice. We get a fair amount of it laying thick on the streets with deep furrows left by car tires. I doubt the MUP that I take to work will be plowed, so I'd have to take a busy highway with no shoulder. So far I kinda doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Add blizzard to your list.

    As for freezing bottles, I use the same method as I do in the summer ... I put a sock on it. This was a little trick Rowan recommended to me. In the summer, you put a thinnish cotton sock on your bottle and soak the sock to keep the water cool ... in the winter you do the same thing, but don't soak the sock. That helps delay the freezing.

    But in really cold temps, you're not going to stop your bottle freezing, so there have been lots of rides I haven't bothered taking it at all. I drink lots before going out. Then I stop at shops or back at home or wherever, and drink more there.
    Thanks for the tip. My commute is 30 miles each way so I definitely need to drink while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    HTFU, for me it beats sitting in the car stuck in snow/ice/slush traffic jams with all the other cagers.
    hah, I love it!

    This is my first winter for riding. Michigan can throw long and tough winters at you. Today I'm looking at cold, rainy and windy temps in the low 40's....but I'm jonesin for a workout. I've got my cheapy hardtail MTB ready for fun. The MTB trail (very popular and well used) is only a mile up the street. Wet butt and cold hands here we come!
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    Well this will be my first winter that I am going to attempt to ride in the snow. But last year I just ran outside the whole winter. I will still run a little this year as well but really hope to cycle more.

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    The more I think about it the more I think I'll get x country skis

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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph.1 View Post
    The more I think about it the more I think I'll get x country skis
    If there was a trail that passed by my work, you'd better believe I would be commuting on skis. x-country > winter cycling any day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
    …On a separate question, how do you all keep your water from freezing solid? Insulated bottle? Any brands to recommend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    …But in really cold temps, you're not going to stop your bottle freezing, so there have been lots of rides I haven't bothered taking it at all. I drink lots before going out. Then I stop at shops or back at home or wherever, and drink more there.
    On my 14 mile commute, in really cold weather, I don’t drink at all. Here’s why I even bother to carry a water bottle:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    ...One interesting standardized definition of a cold ride is when your water bottle freezes solid. That's a function of temperature and time (distance). For me that occurs at about 15 degrees or lower on my 1+ hour commute.

    Quote Originally Posted by wanders View Post
    ["What's the minimum qualifying distance for a cold-temperature ride?"]
    The time it takes for your water bottles to freeze...

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    I just got a new winter trainer...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    HTFU, for me it beats sitting in the car stuck in snow/ice/slush traffic jams with all the other cagers.
    And while your car rots away from all the salt they dump on the roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I just got a new winter trainer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbiker View Post
    I biked all last winter and can't say I'm looking forward to it again. I was really glad when spring came around and I didn't have to spend all that time dressing/undressing for rides. I biked every 2-3 days, thru 20F and even 0F, thru snow, and on ice (had some wipeouts).
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    I picked up some cross country skis last year. I went out nearly every day because it was so fun. Try it.

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    I wouldn't pressure yourself to ride in the winter. I plan on doing it again this winter, but if its below 0 or freshly blizzarded I'll have no qualms taking a day off. That being said, I haven't (would love to) tried cross country skiing, but snowshoeing is amazing. First time I went last year we were down in a forest in the Mississippi River Valley. It was like 10 degrees with a nice brisk wind. We hiked in the forest and walked out onto the Mississippi under a beating sun. Not only was the moment beautiful, but I took my coat off for a while to cool off =).

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    I am intrigued by this snowshoeing thing?????? On another note I did get a pair of showers pass roadie pants in the mail today ad I have to say they are very nice. I think they will be super nice in cold temps.

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