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Old 12-08-16, 09:46 AM
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Winter Sucks!

Time to hang the bikes up in the garage - winter is here to stay!

Looks like the Beast in the basement will get some work for awhile.
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Old 12-08-16, 09:53 AM
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Not so bad here in the South.

Yaw come down.


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Old 12-08-16, 10:04 AM
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Yeh-up, granted it's down to the 30s, but the roads are clear and the sun may come out today!


You can go visit the snow at Christmas, if you miss it.
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Old 12-08-16, 10:13 AM
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While I live in Florida and can ride year round, I can't ride after work and don't want to ride when it is cold by our standards and windy. I have learned about Zwift and have bought a smart trainer to use with it. Just got my trainer a couple of days ago and can tell you its a workout!! Zwift makes it interesting.
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Old 12-08-16, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Time to hang the bikes up in the garage - winter is here to stay!

Looks like the Beast in the basement will get some work for awhile.
I'm trying studded tires for the first time, so I can keep bike commuting through the Harrisburg PA winter. No need to hang the bike up for the winter, my friend.
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Old 12-08-16, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Time to hang the bikes up in the garage - winter is here to stay!

Looks like the Beast in the basement will get some work for awhile.
Huh ... in Minneapolis, we don't have winter, we have fat-bike season. I've been looking forward to fat-bike season for months!

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Old 12-08-16, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Jaxjag View Post
While I live in Florida and can ride year round, I can't ride after work and don't want to ride when it is cold by our standards and windy. I have learned about Zwift and have bought a smart trainer to use with it. Just got my trainer a couple of days ago and can tell you its a workout!! Zwift makes it interesting.
+1 to this! My work schedule blows up in Dec & Jan, so it's great to have Zwift set up get miles while I don't have time to leave the house (my office is in the house).

BTW - what qualifies as "cold" for you.... I just want to make myself feel superior (I'm kidding, kinda)
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Cross country skying would be more appropriate than MTBiking?
It is not much fun riding in the snow, unfortunately it is a period of rain for the next few days--don't like winter--besides it is gloomy.
Yesterday we were riding in high 30s weather with no sun and it was sure cold going down hill!
Can't wait for spring!
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Old 12-08-16, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by motorapido View Post
I'm trying studded tires for the first time, so I can keep bike commuting through the Harrisburg PA winter. No need to hang the bike up for the winter, my friend.
lol, a couple years ago, 17 stitches in my face convinced me that I really don't need to ride in the ice and snow. Shoveling is bad enough.

Even though I hate the Beast, it's better than nothing.

On the other hand, both my wife, and my girlfriend, say I have a sexy scar!
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Badass threshold

Last weekend I did a 32 mile ride at 40 degrees. Which got me thinking that there is a crossover point where you could ride more miles than it is degrees Fahrenheit. So that's my new goal. Call it "crossing the badass threshold". I think there may be a sweet-spot around 35 degrees. Hoping to find it this weekend.
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Old 12-08-16, 11:19 AM
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Snow birds, It's why people own Motor homes , or 2nd Houses in the southern climates..
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Originally Posted by Old Dutchman View Post
Last weekend I did a 32 mile ride at 40 degrees. Which got me thinking that there is a crossover point where you could ride more miles than it is degrees Fahrenheit. So that's my new goal. Call it "crossing the badass threshold". I think there may be a sweet-spot around 35 degrees. Hoping to find it this weekend.
I found 34.5 is perfectly legitimate to get a ride in. 32, I don't want to ride. I have more heavier clothing to try out, but I don't think it will make a difference and make it enjoyable. Just maybe a little less cold. That 34.5 though, would have been enjoyable had I had the better clothing on. I survived with what I had, just a bit better and it would be enjoyable.

I don't think I'm going to attempt tonight. It's 26 out now and looking to drop to 23-24 when I'd be out in it. For some kind of event, I might tolerate that (a New Year's Day ride or something like that.) I think I'm just going to call it quits for any time it reaches freezing temperature for my daily riding.
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Old 12-08-16, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Even though I hate the Beast, it's better than nothing. both my wife, and my girlfriend, say I have a sexy scar!
wutz "the beast"? obviously not the wife or the girlfriend, so ... good on you
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Old 12-08-16, 12:09 PM
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Time to get out the snow shoes and xcountry skies and put a bike in the basement. Oh and get a very large bottle of Bailey's.
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Old 12-08-16, 12:30 PM
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"The Beast," is a 1990 Schwinn Airdyne..... I have already moved her upstairs to the Museum (Living room that never gets used!)
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Originally Posted by Old Dutchman View Post
Last weekend I did a 32 mile ride at 40 degrees. Which got me thinking that there is a crossover point where you could ride more miles than it is degrees Fahrenheit. So that's my new goal. Call it "crossing the badass threshold". I think there may be a sweet-spot around 35 degrees. Hoping to find it this weekend.
I punched my "badass card" last month - http://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...toad-does.html. Plan to do another metric century this month.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Yeh-up, granted it's down to the 30s, but the roads are clear and the sun may come out today!


You can go visit the snow at Christmas, if you miss it.
Where is the Northern Deep South?

Recon it's somewhere near Chattanooga, or maybe Greensville?
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Old 12-08-16, 01:24 PM
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I can relate. I rode last weekend, but will be riding the spinning bike at the gym tonight for the first time this season. Still hope to get out and ride if temps warm to the upper 30s. On a positive note, maybe time to take stock of the bikes and do some upgrades.
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I try to get out as much as possible. Last week did 5 rides, all in 32-38 degree weather. I don't ride as far or as fast in winter, and I've found an hour and a half or so is just right. After that the sweat turns cold, toes start to feel it etc., even in winter shoes and gloves. A lot depends on wind conditions as 30's can be miserable with a brisk north wind and clouds, but tropical in the sunshine and still air. I find 25 degrees to be the limit for my winter route which is around 23 miles. I'm recently retired and I need to get out of the house, so I'm riding as much as I can (preferred), or I'm doing brisk walks.
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Today I took my road bike down to the basement to be serviced and put away. But the CX bike can easily handle this weather.

20 miles and in the high 30s.
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Saturday's forecast in my area is 17-29F degrees w/ 10 mph wind. dunno how to calculate windchill for biking but if I got out at 17F degrees w/ 10 mph wind it would feel like 5 degrees just walking around, so on a bike it would feel colder? guess I'll wait till temps rise to 29 cuz then it will feel like a balmy 20 degrees. but then I'll add a cycling wind factor? should be interesting

fyi used this calculator
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
lol, a couple years ago, 17 stitches in my face convinced me that I really don't need to ride in the ice and snow. Shoveling is bad enough.

Even though I hate the Beast, it's better than nothing.

On the other hand, both my wife, and my girlfriend, say I have a sexy scar!
Studded tires?
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Originally Posted by Jaxjag View Post
While I live in Florida and can ride year round, I can't ride after work and don't want to ride when it is cold by our standards and windy. I have learned about Zwift and have bought a smart trainer to use with it. Just got my trainer a couple of days ago and can tell you its a workout!! Zwift makes it interesting.
Cold? My cold involves eyelids that have frozen shut and gatorade that is solid. Does your cold involve just one long sleeve shirt?
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I find my limit for road riding any distance beyond a few miles is about 40F. Need to upgrade footware beyond current level = thin toe covers + low-top plastic rain covers.

Our Seattle-ish weather has been overly rainy and damp with winter wet road grime. My saddle time is down. Yard and house maintenance exercise and some short hikes substitute, but nowhere near as much fun.
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This guy is going to ride from the South Pole to the Antarctic coast.

https://gearjunkie.com/4-wheel-bike-...49d02-22782825

So "man up"

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