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Old 12-29-14, 11:33 AM
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January 1 bike ride

The new year is still a few days away but it's not too early to think about doing a ride on Jan. 1. Some of us will have great weather to ride in, some of us will have less great weather but it's all a state of mind, right?

If the weatherman is right, it will be sunny and a balmy 30 degrees in Des Moines on Jan. 1. There is not much snow on the ground so the paths are very rideable. I'm thinking around 20 miles and a pub stop sounds about right for the New Year.

Anyone else have plans for Jan. 1? If you live in the area and want to do a ride, PM me! I'm hoping to see some ride reports posted as well.
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Old 12-29-14, 12:04 PM
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Ex-Iowan shout-out... don't miss the snow at all.

January 1 is a ride up Mount Diablo of course... supposed to be 31F Thursday morning, but no snow, rain, or wind... I'll wear booties and my best gloves... maybe an ear jock.

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Jan 1 is a ride up Mount Wilson, around 65 miles with around 7000 feet of climbing, if the road isn't icy near the top.
Sometimes 200 riders from all over the city but I usually go early with my group to avoid the madness.
Done it 14 times but skipped last year due to illness. Can be freezing, windy, rainy, snowy, or nice.
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You are better men than I. Hopefully, following a very late night with friends, I shall be having a very long lie-in.

There will be another 364 days in 2015 to choose from.

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We have a ride planned, but there is some rain in the forecast. Rain and sub-40 temps dont bode well for a club ride.
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I usually ride on Jan. 1, weather and wife permitting. The weather is looking good here for this year but still not sure if my wife will have other plans for me.
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Did a ride on Christmas Morning and again on St Stephens day (both 20 miles) and hope to do the same on Jan 1st but with West of Scotland weather expecting it to be cold ....
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Our bike club has an annual New Year's Day ride. Coastal Rhode Island and nearby coast Mass. is warm enough to r ide year round so we do. For most of us, distances are much less than warmer months.
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Well, since I'm almost over my Christmas Cold, I should be good to ride on the 1st. Seems like a great way to start the year. And if the weather is bad it's a chance to thumb your nose at the weather gods.
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Definitely going to ride on NYD, supposed to be good weather according to the long range forecast. Hoping for 30-45 miles to bring in the New Year the correct way.

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Looks like we'll have great weather around here for the New Year's day ride. We usually go to bed well before midnight on New Year's eve so I'll be up early and plan on riding.

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At the moment, the forecast for the Boston area is for Sunny, with temps in the low 30s, on New Year's day, when all is quiet.
I plan on a ride. Hey, take it while we got it. You never know what the winter weather will bring.

So, who in Boston is going to sit back on New Year's eve and take in the annual Three Stooges Marathon?
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Here's where I was last year:
New Years Day Climb of Mt. Diablo - TripTrack
and I expect to be at the same place again this year. As Scott mentioned above, the forecast is for it to be chillier this year with the temperature a bit below freezing at the start.
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We have a New Year's Day 200k brevet. If weather is too icky, it may be postponed, to be determined.
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Not sure if I'll ride locally or drive a couple of hours to ride with friends in Atlanta, but I'll ride somewhere.
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Forecasts are indicating freezing rain on Jan 1.
There is a marathon of Criminal Minds reruns at 10am CST.
Miserable bike ride or slounge in front of the TV? Tough decision.
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Jan 1st is for watching Oregon kick Florida St. to the curb and Bama to destroy Ohio St., Whereas Jan 3rd will hopefully be testing out my new wheels, even if it is low 30's.
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Originally Posted by big john
Jan 1 is a ride up Mount Wilson, around 65 miles with around 7000 feet of climbing, if the road isn't icy near the top.
Sometimes 200 riders from all over the city but I usually go early with my group to avoid the madness.
Done it 14 times but skipped last year due to illness. Can be freezing, windy, rainy, snowy, or nice.
I did Mt. Wilson a few times when I lived in Los Angeles, although usually in the spring or fall -- highly recommended. On a Double Century training ride my cycling mentor and I encountered a small group of boy scouts. When the scout master said, "I am glad I am not with you guys! Where did you start, Glendale?" my friend repiied, "No, Santa Monica," which drew a response of "I am REALLY glad I am not with you guys!"
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
I usually ride on Jan. 1, weather and wife permitting. The weather is looking good here for this year but still not sure if my wife will have other plans for me.
Agreed -- major holiday mornings are generally prime riding time for me. I leave just after dawn, and this year I need to return by 10:30 am, when Kirk Van Allen, one of the senior members of my wife's art guild, will start his annual labyrinth on Grand View beach.
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There's the 40th-something annual Icicle Bicycle ride in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen club. I've ridden it 2 out of the last 3 times. I'm just about over the nasty cold that nailed me just before Christmas, so I'll probably get out for it again. It's an easy 10 miles around the city, on street and on trail. National Weather Service predicts 23 degrees with a wind chill of 12 for the start of the ride. That will be a new personal best for cold weather riding.
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It's minus 2F today with the windchill, so unless there's a 30 degree upward swing in temp over the next 48hrs, which is unlikely, I'll be limiting myself to a brief 90 minute blast around the park trails.

If I've learned one thing in this, my first winter of cycling, it's that road-riding in the cold is as miserable as sin, whereas trail riding in the cold and snow on a Fat Bike is a lot of fun. Makes the choice so much easier for me...

HNY!
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I'm still waiting to take my last ride of the year! That will be today once the temps get into the double digit range. New Years day my neighbor and I traditionally go out for a short ride depending on the weather which looks promising this year. Last year it was 5(f) with snow and ice. It was a really short ride, I believe 2 miles. At the very least, I'm hoping to double that this year.
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow
Jan 1st is for watching Oregon kick Florida St. to the curb and Bama to destroy Ohio St., Whereas Jan 3rd will hopefully be testing out my new wheels, even if it is low 30's.
Plenty of time for a long ride before that starts at 5pm here on the east coast.
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Usually get out for a short ride on New Years Day, 10 - 15 miles tops, just a cruise to start the year off right.
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