Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

The Annual "What Am I Gonna Do Until Fair Weather Comes Around Again" Thread

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

The Annual "What Am I Gonna Do Until Fair Weather Comes Around Again" Thread

Old 11-10-18, 08:24 AM
  #1  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,821

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 536 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
The Annual "What Am I Gonna Do Until Fair Weather Comes Around Again" Thread

Y'see? Some of you thought my "Put My Bike Away For Winter" thread was old hat, but now it has spawned two additional threads and some good discussion.

This particular thread is for those of us who DO put the bike away for winter. I've started it because I am hoping to find something better (bicycle-related) to do over the winter than hanging out in these forums posting useless responses and asking tired old questions just to pass the time. I do write local history books and articles and I enjoy adding new songs to my ukulele repertoire, but there always seems to be down-time - time that I am daydreaming about cycling.

Can anybody suggest some bicycle-related winter activity that I haven't thought of yet?
Papa Tom is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 09:23 AM
  #2  
mcours2006
Senior Member
 
mcours2006's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Toronto, CANADA
Posts: 5,675

Bikes: Giant Rapid, Bianchi Advantage, Specialized Roubaix, 1985 Gardin Quatro, Norco Threshold, Raleigh Serengheti MTB

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1720 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 22 Posts
Outdoor or indoor?
mcours2006 is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 09:25 AM
  #3  
wgscott
Occam's Rotor
 
wgscott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: The Timbers of Fennario (CL77)
Posts: 4,888

Bikes: Steel

Mentioned: 61 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2366 Post(s)
Liked 214 Times in 133 Posts
For us, it is "What Am I Gonna Do Until the Smoke Dissipates?" and "Is this Our Future?"

https://www.purpleair.com/map#9.51/36.565/-121.9355

As for the topic: Cross-country skiing is an almost ideal winter complement to bicycling.

Last edited by wgscott; 11-10-18 at 09:52 AM. Reason: guilt: strayed too far from the topic
wgscott is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 11:16 AM
  #4  
alan s 
Senior Member
 
alan s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 6,633
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1320 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 45 Times in 29 Posts
Work on getting your post count up on BF.
alan s is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 11:24 AM
  #5  
mr geeker
Day trip lover
 
mr geeker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: capital city of iowa
Posts: 815

Bikes: '16 Giant Escape 3 (fair weather ride), Giant Quasar (work in progress), 2002 saturn vue (crap weather ride)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
cry...

seriously though, I plan to hide from the cold & maybe try to turn the $3 road bike I bought into something ridable.
mr geeker is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 12:44 PM
  #6  
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
 
Darth Lefty's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 9,507

Bikes: '76 Paramount, Salsa Timberjack, Burley Samba, Terra Trike

Mentioned: 58 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1480 Post(s)
Liked 93 Times in 63 Posts
Build a manual machine.
Darth Lefty is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 08:41 PM
  #7  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,821

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 536 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
wgscott: I am watching those fires with sadness, as always. I have been right smack in the middle of them while on business and it was some scary stuff, but I know it's a whole different story when you have property and life to lose.

May the winds be with you and may it rain like heck soon.
Papa Tom is offline  
Old 11-10-18, 10:03 PM
  #8  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 7,529

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1545 Post(s)
Liked 53 Times in 49 Posts
Same as always, ride, unless Snowmageddon returns.
__________________

Marcia Brady rode a ROLLFAST!
Rollfast is offline  
Old 11-11-18, 07:45 AM
  #9  
steve0257
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Rochester MN
Posts: 922

Bikes: Raleigh Port Townsend, Raleigh Tourist

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
There are pedal powered snowmobiles available.
steve0257 is offline  
Old 11-12-18, 10:17 AM
  #10  
revcp 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 1,122

Bikes: 2015 Borealis Yampa, 1988 Miyata Twelve Hundred, 1985 Trek 720

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 204 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 15 Times in 12 Posts
Get a fat bike. On my way in to work this morning I stopped off with my dog to ride in the woods for an hour. When I bought a fat bike back in 2014 I sold my trainer. Haven't looked back.
__________________
Don't complain about the weather and cower in fear. It's all good weather. Just different.
revcp is offline  
Old 11-12-18, 12:00 PM
  #11  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Posts: 37,089

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1973 Raleigh Twenty, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 420 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5393 Post(s)
Liked 94 Times in 71 Posts
I like to hike. Yesterday my wife and friend and I took a short trail hike in Fahnestock State Park, NY. It's a good idea to get as much sunlight as possible during the dark months.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 11-12-18, 05:30 PM
  #12  
Papa Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Papa Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,821

Bikes: The same GT Outpost Mountain bike I've been riding since 1996, although I modify it throughout the year for commuting, touring, and recreational riding.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 536 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I like to hike. Yesterday my wife and friend and I took a short trail hike in Fahnestock State Park, NY. It's a good idea to get as much sunlight as possible during the dark months.
I like walking, too. However, it's dark by the time I get home during the winter and the cars fly through my neighborhood, drivers eyes fixed on their smart phones. Also, all the stores in town have gone out of business. I used to walk the whole retail strip and stop in to visit all the store owners that I knew from the Chamber of Commerce. Now there's just a Dunkin Donuts and a smoke shop open at night, and nobody inside speaks English.

As far as actual "hiking," I have a bad back, so climbing up and down hills wearing a backpack is not going to cut it for me.

Is that enough excuses for now?
Papa Tom is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.