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Old 11-05-14, 09:11 PM
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I'm determined NOT to become the guy I saw who was shoveling his driveway wearing shorts.
What's wrong with shoveling the driveway in shorts?
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Old 11-05-14, 09:24 PM
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What's wrong with shoveling the driveway in shorts?
Nothing, I guess....if you're shoveling leaves or dirt. But 3' of snow?

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Old 11-05-14, 09:31 PM
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Nothing, I guess....if you're shoveling leaves or dirt. But 3' of snow?

ya, shoveling without a shirt is definitely crazy. Must be a Packer fan.
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Old 11-06-14, 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Not as warm as Tucson (winter high temperatures are typically in the 60s), but check this out ... this is in my backyard:

http://www.cyclingescapes.com/bicycl...p/roadbike.pdf

Trust me ... if you love to climb, you'd love the Santa Monicas.
Used to live in Oxnard. I'm not really a climber but would head up on the Ventura Cty side now and then. Deer Creek was a killer. I would on occasion take my road bike up the main trail in Sycamore Cyn from the PCH/State Park up to Thousand Oaks and back via Potrero. There's also interesting terrain in the hills north of Ventura, mostly unpaved but you really aren't supposed to be there and I had to sort of sneak in.

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Old 11-06-14, 04:45 AM
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Out my garage then down the driveway and turning left or right since 1987. Another SW FL. based bicycle rider living where others journey to from around the globe for winter fun.
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Old 11-06-14, 07:24 AM
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Vegas, Santa Barbara, San Diego , Most places in Arizona , I would Imagine most places in the south also. If you Mountain Bike Vegas for sure.
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Old 11-06-14, 07:58 AM
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Phoenix is a bit warmer than Tucson in winter, but the cycling is better there. Kind of a toss up .
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Old 11-06-14, 08:32 AM
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Two days ago had a beautiful Fall ride here in Western WI. Now the temps are dropping, rain is coming down and wind is howling. I am SO thankful that either right before or right after Thanksgiving we'll head to Clearwater FL for the winter. Last year was our first winter of being warm and I am really looking forward to this next one . . .
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Old 11-06-14, 10:00 AM
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Yuze guys kill me. Put on another layer. Snow on the ground? Ski or snowshoe.
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Old 11-06-14, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by scott967 View Post
Used to live in Oxnard. I'm not really a climber but would head up on the Ventura Cty side now and then. Deer Creek was a killer. I would on occasion take my road bike up the main trail in Sycamore Cyn from the PCH/State Park up to Thousand Oaks and back via Potrero. There's also interesting terrain in the hills north of Ventura, mostly unpaved but you really aren't supposed to be there and I had to sort of sneak in.

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I hear that.

I've gotten to the top of Potrero and thought ... hell ... that wasn't that bad.
I've gotten to the top of the Baldy ski lifts and thought ... well, that wasn't terrible.
I've gotten to the top of the Palm Spring Tram and thought the same thing.

But I've never got to the top of Deer without feeling like I was going to stroke out. It's relentless!
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Old 11-06-14, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Timtruro View Post
Renting a house on Manasota Key in Florida for January through the first week in March. Then a few days in Fort Lauderdale and several in New Orleans, hope to get a jump on 2015 miles!
Manasota key.... hidden quiet gem, we usually go to St west Fla, Sanibel / Ft Myers for a couple of weeks, 1 more Year of full time work , then ............more cycling in warm winter weather!! January to March, damn, sound sweet!
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Old 11-06-14, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
Yuze guys kill me. Put on another layer. Snow on the ground? Ski or snowshoe.
Yup. Yup. Yup and yup. Indoor trainer, too. Just nice to be able to go someplace warm midwinter for a week or two.
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Old 11-06-14, 07:28 PM
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We just firmed up arrangements today to spend the third week in March on Sanibel Island on the gulf coast of Florida near Fort Meyers.Lots of bike trails, but not much, or anything in the way of climbs. That's just fine. Going to take a couple of upright cruiser bikes and act like old people.
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Old 11-06-14, 08:33 PM
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I walk outside and ride in New England sub freezing weather. I dress correctly and am very comfortable. I'm not cold and have a great ride. In snow less than about 4 inches deep, and on ice. It's cheap, fun, and convenient. I do have a lot of cold weather gear, and a garage to
clean the bike off, and heat to get the ice and snow off the bikes.
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Old 11-06-14, 08:51 PM
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Unfortunately the basement.
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Old 11-06-14, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Not as warm as Tucson (winter high temperatures are typically in the 60s), but check this out ... this is in my backyard:

http://www.cyclingescapes.com/bicycl...p/roadbike.pdf

Trust me ... if you love to climb, you'd love the Santa Monicas.
VERY interesting article. The Deer Creek ride (climb) is ridiculously steep. I had to look up some of my rides to compare ... wow! We have climbs around here that average in the 4 to 5 percent range with steeper pitches in the 12 to 13 percent range, but only for a half mile or so. 2 miles averaging 12 percent - yikes. Good on you for having ridden that!

Winter cycling for me will be the Phoenix / Scottsdale area later this month and hopefully again sometime in the spring for a week or two.
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Old 11-07-14, 12:39 AM
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I know nothing about riding in Texas but thus far I've not ridden in a better place than Tucson. Mt. Lemmon is a crazy fun climb and the hills surrounding Tucson make for a fantastic mixture of short climbs with good long rides that can be mixed up into short or long days. I've not done Kitt Peak yet but my next Tucson visit will include it. My vote is for Tucson.
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
VERY interesting article. The Deer Creek ride (climb) is ridiculously steep. I had to look up some of my rides to compare ... wow! We have climbs around here that average in the 4 to 5 percent range with steeper pitches in the 12 to 13 percent range, but only for a half mile or so. 2 miles averaging 12 percent - yikes. Good on you for having ridden that!

Winter cycling for me will be the Phoenix / Scottsdale area later this month and hopefully again sometime in the spring for a week or two.
Yea, Deer is in a class by itself. There are others that are steeper and lots of others that are longer, but Deer is unrelenting. I was looking for a photo, and all I could come up with was this low res version. This is the flatter section, going by a pad for a new home.

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Old 11-07-14, 11:13 AM
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I'm already where people go for a winter warm weather riding fix, although I wouldn't recommend coming here for a summer riding fix.

I'm going to head out in a couple of hours to do 40ish miles. I'm waiting for it to get around 70 and under 10 mph winds.
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Old 11-07-14, 11:26 AM
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Outside...although I did have to wear my microfiber jacket on the MTB the other evening...it got down to a very brisk 68 degrees...toss in a 15 kph wind chill?...felt like 60! LOL
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Old 11-11-14, 01:36 AM
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Thanks for posting this. I forwarded it to my brother, he's taken a winter trip to Tucson a few times and Malibu seems like it might be a nice alternative.

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Not as warm as Tucson (winter high temperatures are typically in the 60s), but check this out ... this is in my backyard:

http://www.cyclingescapes.com/bicycl...p/roadbike.pdf

Trust me ... if you love to climb, you'd love the Santa Monicas.
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Old 11-11-14, 03:55 PM
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Out my front door, but I'll wait until 10am for a warmer ride.
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Throughout the winter my warm weather fix means going for my rides in the early afternoon rather than early morning.
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Old 11-12-14, 10:33 AM
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Yeah Deer Creek is hard. The most fun I had on Deer creek was the time I had to wait at the top cuz they were shooting a
commercial with girls dressed up in cheerleader outfits. When I finally got to ride through one of them looked at me and said "Damn".
I can only hope she was talking about my legs and not my belly!

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Originally Posted by tcs View Post
There's a reason the South Texas Valley more than doubles its population every winter. Average daily high in Dec-Jan-Feb is low- to mid-70s, avg. daily low is low- to mid-50s. I loved the palm trees blowing in the breeze and the green parrots on the telephone poles. It's dead flat. I was not there long enough, however, to discover which of the myriad of small agricultural lanes linked into pleasant cycling routes.

Oh, one last thing! Take your passport, if you have one, because you will be stopped (in Texas) and questioned by the Border Patrol at some point and the better USA ID you have the less time it takes.
Planning a first time trip to South Texas (Alamo) for a month or so this year with our RV. Thanks for the tips on passports and we will try to find some of the cycling routes.

Our winter escape vehicle last year in Myrtle Beach SC. Chilly for riding last year.

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