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Old 09-12-09, 12:46 PM
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Nooo! Getting lazy about biking already!

I have a confession...

After months of taking road trips every single day after work of at least 10 miles, this week I biked straight home once (only 2 1/2) miles and yesterday got a ride home. One time it was in the high 50s and windy outside and the other day it was in the high 50s, drizzling, and windy.

We'll likely have a few more sunny 70 degree days which I will take advantage of but I can slowly feel the season coming to a close . I will still be commuting by bike directly back and forth to work for the most part (until the frigid winter months) but I just don't enjoy doing the longer road trips when the air temp starts to really drop (and when it's dark outside).

*Sigh* I guess it's almost time for that gym membership...
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Old 09-12-09, 01:02 PM
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Pucker up. 50's are not so bad, as long as it's not too drizzly..They do produce High tech. winter fabrics that keep you amazingly comfortable. .. Colder temps await.. you could be in Minnesota.. Does your area have an velodrome for when Winter actually hits.might that be a solution.?
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Old 09-12-09, 02:27 PM
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I just moved to a place that has four seasons. For the last 4 years I've been in Okinawa and before that for almost 3 years in the High Desert of Southern CA.

I really really DON'T want to stop riding and I probably won't completely but I'm not looking forward to it.

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Old 09-12-09, 03:12 PM
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I think it happens, you can't be gung-ho about a hobby or activity 24/7. Don't let it stop you from riding entirely though.
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Old 09-12-09, 03:55 PM
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Don't worry about feeling a bit burned out every know and then. Just take time off when appropriate or find another activity. No one is making you do anything here, but we will usually encourage you to ride.
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When I first started biking, I would skip all the time based on rain, cold, heat, wind, whatever. Not anymore.

Put fenders on your bike, set up a system where you carry your work clothes with you and wear weather-appropriate clothes while biking. "Weather-appropriate" means:

Raining and > 70 degrees: shorts and T-shirt
Raining and > 60 degrees: shorts and T-shirt under rain coat (bought from a bike store)
< 50 degrees: Bike jacket; long pants
< 40 degrees: Add a skull cap under your helmet
< 30 degrees: Add a balaclava
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Old 09-12-09, 04:06 PM
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+1 fenders. If I refused to ride based on rain I'd rarely ride up here.
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Originally Posted by bmt074 View Post
After months of taking road trips every single day after work of at least 10 miles, this week I biked straight home once (only 2 1/2) miles and yesterday got a ride home. One time it was in the high 50s and windy outside and the other day it was in the high 50s, drizzling, and windy.
sigh...Slummerville residents...

Seriously though, if you keep up with the cycling you'll acclimate to the cold and it won't bother you nearly so much.
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Old 09-12-09, 07:06 PM
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+1 on acclimating. I ride in a jacket, beanie, light gloves, and *shorts* until 32F. I don't even get really excited until below 10F. Stick with it, there isn't a "season." If you get snow and ice, get some studded tires. I'd be happy to share my thoughts on layering, etc if you want to e-mail me, or you could ask the good people in the winter forum.

Hang in there, it actually gets more fun!
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Old 09-12-09, 07:46 PM
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I'm almost never stoked before the ride, which is a problem. Every single time I leave, I'm feeling good within 10 minutes, and then I feel great for a few hours. The problem is, if I get started with something like watching football, it's hard to get started, but I'm glad when I do.
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Gym membership?!?!?! Check out the treadmill bike in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2EqYP4IFdo and listen to the dude's comments on it.

I've taken breaks due to rain, cold, illness at times. But I find that I miss the bike even after one or two days. I'll still take the breaks now and then, but I'm not worried that they'll lead to more excuses or laziness, since I'm too addicted to cycling at this point.

That's just me, but it sounds like you're more dedicated I am, so I wouldn't worry too much...But just for good measure, check out the fine print on a few gym membership contracts. That'll scare some sense into you.
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Old 09-13-09, 07:22 PM
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Haha those bikes are awesome... Point taken on the treadmill bike

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Gym membership?!?!?! Check out the treadmill bike in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2EqYP4IFdo and listen to the dude's comments on it.

I've taken breaks due to rain, cold, illness at times. But I find that I miss the bike even after one or two days. I'll still take the breaks now and then, but I'm not worried that they'll lead to more excuses or laziness, since I'm too addicted to cycling at this point.

That's just me, but it sounds like you're more dedicated I am, so I wouldn't worry too much...But just for good measure, check out the fine print on a few gym membership contracts. That'll scare some sense into you.
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Old 09-13-09, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cod.peace View Post
sigh...Slummerville residents...

Seriously though, if you keep up with the cycling you'll acclimate to the cold and it won't bother you nearly so much.
I know... Wusses all of us!

True I admit that when I get past the initial brr factor I am usually fine for the ride and glad I did it.

I take it you maybe live on or near the Cape? The Cape Cod rail trail is awesome.
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Old 09-13-09, 08:55 PM
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If you don't want to do it, then don't do it.
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Originally Posted by bmt074 View Post
I take it you maybe live on or near the Cape? The Cape Cod rail trail is awesome.
Not that far east! Western 'burbs, Sudbury to be exact. I haven't been on the Cape Cod trail yet, but next summer's trip to CC should include a whole bunch of family bikes so that's something I definitely plan on looking into.
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Old 09-13-09, 09:09 PM
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I burn out from time to time and winter is a time to shake things up to alleviate the monotony.
If you don't want to ride do something else.
I am going to mountain bike this winter, take up snowshoeing, take a spin class or two, and continue strength training at a higher intensity. I still ride a fair amount but it does decrease.
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