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Old 11-11-15, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Maybe a Fat bike is easier than a MTB.
YES! A fatbike is GREAT on these conditions ^^^. I've uses a 26er MTB for winter riding for years and just got my fatbike last December. The fatbike is SO much more fun on fresh snow!

Still not 'easy' but you'll be grinning ear-to-ear.
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Old 11-11-15, 04:33 PM
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I have a 2013 Surly Pug. Night I picked it up it was early December but still fall weather here, had been sunny and close to 60 that day, after dark fell into the 30s. Decided to take it out, thought I would go 20 miles - wrong, on dry pavement the rolling resistance of the tread is high. Tough ride.

Whole 'nother beast in fresh snow - ride smooths right out, almost glides in the right snow conditions. Truly a fun ride indeed - but still a pretty good workout.
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Old 11-11-15, 04:36 PM
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Old 11-14-15, 06:49 PM
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Riding my new cx bike all winter long
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Old 11-14-15, 07:52 PM
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I live uphill about 300yds from work and I choose to ride the Trek 820. That calc's to about 1200yds a day with lunch trips. Fun and a great wakeup but not much of a workout. The Criterium Series is on the trainer for a 3xweek spin sessions. Shorter rides, less miles but much better than nothing and really hating myself for the first month of spring riding.

Up here is N Michigan (LP) we expect a milder winter. That would be nice.
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Old 11-15-15, 12:02 AM
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Wahoo kicker snap + trainer road + 65 mile tour of battenkill to train for in the spring..... My winter is planed.
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Old 11-15-15, 12:30 AM
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Still commuting with just a wind breaker, a vest and gloves. Mostly below 0 C / 32 F. When I get work, I am sweating. See how this goes when it gets down to -40 C which is -40 F. If I was cycling in the southern states in the "winter", I could be naked with out any discomfort. On the other hand, 100 F is really uncomfortable even naked.
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Old 11-15-15, 10:27 AM
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Although I'm in So Cal and it probably never really gets as cold as some of you are used to... I'm a wussy when it get's cold so the bike usually gets a lot less of a workout in the winter.
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Old 11-15-15, 06:26 PM
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Just the usual - switch to winter studded tires in the middle of December, and keep them on until mid-March. Started winter cycling in 1960.
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Old 11-15-15, 07:44 PM
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Just the usual - switch to winter studded tires in the middle of December, and keep them on until mid-March. Started winter cycling in 1960.
1960, was that on your tricycle???

Seriously, though, that is very impressive!
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Old 11-15-15, 07:57 PM
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For me, the new Underarmour with the heat reflective interior is working great in the 30's.
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Old 11-15-15, 08:34 PM
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Here in the Willamette valley of Oregon, we don't usually get super cold weather most of the time. The 30's is about the worst we see with a few exceptions. What we do get is rain, so good rain gear is a must. I had good gear, but it was baggy and felt like riding with a parachute on. So, I went ahead and invested in some of the tighter fitting options which so far seem to be working out. Also, riding during the week is hard to most of the time with my work schedule. Therefore I also invested in a good trainer, and am trying the Traineroad program during the week. My plan is to get in at least 50 miles a week between the trainer and weekend rides. Hopefully, I can do more!
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I rode the winters in Eastern, WA comfortably down into the teens. It feels colder in the thirties here in Western, WA when there is 80+ humidity or raining. Plus, anything 37 or below is black ice time. There is something about going down a steep, long hill in these conditions that make for a pucker factor. Now, if I can find my warmest shirt for the morning all will be good.
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Old 11-20-15, 01:24 PM
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I switched to my fatbike a few weeks ago, we got our first bit of snow two days ago and it was 14F this morning on my ride to work. I put almost as many miles on in the winter as the summer months.
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I haven't though too much about winter riding plans since it's still in the upper 80's down here. I think I wore my arm warmers once, so far, and they only stayed on for about 20 minutes.
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Old 11-20-15, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
With the temps dropping I'm riding less outside....................


What's your plans?


And the guys in the south should not rub it in.


Looks as if some just can't resist.


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I haven't though too much about winter riding plans since it's still in the upper 80's down here. I think I wore my arm warmers once, so far, and they only stayed on for about 20 minutes.
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Old 11-20-15, 04:47 PM
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Ridden pretty much daily every Winter for the last five or so years. I live along the shoreline of Lake Erie, and snow and salt are routine.

Three things are changing this year:

1. The touring rig and the Italian steel are staying in the garage. I've rebuilt too many drivetrains and cables from salt/cinder damage. I'm lucky to have a couple o' beaters to use.

2. A couple of falls from frozen ruts beneath fresh snow (even with carbide studs) have made me more wary. Just put the studs on this rig for the Winter:
Oh, the one on the right, although the other one could be useful in some of our conditions.

3. Gonna limit exposure this year. A couple of bouts with frostbite in the last two years haven't been pleasant. Maybe 20-30 minutes when it dips below zero from here on.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
Here in the Willamette valley of Oregon, we don't usually get super cold weather most of the time. The 30's is about the worst we see with a few exceptions. What we do get is rain, so good rain gear is a must. I had good gear, but it was baggy and felt like riding with a parachute on. So, I went ahead and invested in some of the tighter fitting options which so far seem to be working out. Also, riding during the week is hard to most of the time with my work schedule. Therefore I also invested in a good trainer, and am trying the Traineroad program during the week. My plan is to get in at least 50 miles a week between the trainer and weekend rides. Hopefully, I can do more!
My friends in Oregon have told me to forget staying dry in the rain ... go with staying warm. I bought some PI Amfib tights on their recommendation.

Haven't had occasion to use them yet!
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I commute in northern Virginia. So, I'll keep riding no matter what the weather throws at me.
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Old 01-16-16, 09:41 AM
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1. Temperature above 40.
2. No rain.
3. Not working.
4. No other conflicting activity.

Other than that, I'm not riding.
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Old 01-16-16, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
I live uphill about 300yds from work and I choose to ride the Trek 820. That calc's to about 1200yds a day with lunch trips. Fun and a great wakeup but not much of a workout. The Criterium Series is on the trainer for a 3xweek spin sessions. Shorter rides, less miles but much better than nothing and really hating myself for the first month of spring riding.

Up here is N Michigan (LP) we expect a milder winter. That would be nice.
***UPDATE***

No longer working that location, having more time to ride and a so-far mild winter. I have found riding the snowy hills in town much better than the Iron Maiden. Legs are getting much stronger, BP is down, HR is down, and in a solid training program for the next 6wks.
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Old 01-17-16, 07:59 AM
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We're way behind our normal snowfall and way above average temps thanks to the El Nino pattern. Not that that makes any difference. I do less recreational riding but still use my bikes around town. I don't track my bike mileage but my auto mileage for the year is still at 0.



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Old 12-23-16, 03:42 PM
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I just ride. Not my 600-700 miles a month but still manage 400-500. Got the right gear, keeps me warm enough and I don't have to look at the couch and tv flipping me the bird and listen to them making plans to kill me. Bad couch, bad tv
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Old 12-23-16, 04:52 PM
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These past couple of weeks I started several of my rides in the mid to upper 20s and quickly warmed up to mid 40s--but the beginning is a wake up call at 8:30 a.m. ultimately invigorating if dressed correctly!
But by far I prefer the 60s and 70s--one more month of "cold" before it warms up to the 60s and 70s!
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