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View Poll Results: How do you feel about winter?
Love it
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How Do You Feel About Winter?

Old 10-25-18, 08:15 PM
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I can't say I hate it, but I would prefer if winter was a bit shorter/milder than it is here in Chicagoland.

Having said that, there are still plenty of acceptable riding days every month of the year... even if one wants to avoid riding in snow, ice, or the extreme coldest of days. Snow removal is quick and efficient around here. It's rare that I miss an entire week. Hanging up the bike for 4 or 5 months or riding indoors just isn't an appealing option for me.

Plus, shoveling snow is a great full body workout!
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Old 10-25-18, 08:30 PM
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I live in Tucson.....Bring it on!

Or, it's about time it started cooling off.

I almost ran over a rattler today, so it's still warm enough for the snakes to be out and about.
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Old 10-25-18, 08:41 PM
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Winter is coming.

Winter is always coming.

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Old 10-25-18, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Discuss!!!
There are already 'Love winter' and 'Hate winter' topics to discuss.

I haven't answered the poll because there isn't an option for my opinion on it, which is why i've used the afore mentioned topics.
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Old 10-25-18, 09:35 PM
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I'm not yet even thinking about winter, I'm still pretending it's summer!
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Old 10-25-18, 11:18 PM
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I hate it



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Old 10-26-18, 02:05 AM
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Ambivalent.

Pros: - Less people on the paths
- Cyclings makes me avoid public tranportation and thus a lot of the winter illness bugs

Cons: - Have to wear more clothes
- Spike tires convert some of my energy into noise instead of propulsion
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Old 10-26-18, 06:32 PM
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Winter is nice. I genuinely missed it during the three years I lived in places without any real winter (one year in southern California, followed by two on the Alabama Gulf Coast.)

I still ride outside, just with different clothing and equipment. I like to think that it puts the H in HTFU.
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Old 10-26-18, 06:37 PM
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My ideal year would be summer for 11 months, and then 1 month of proper winter where I could cross-country ski, snowshoe, etc.
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Old 10-26-18, 07:47 PM
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Nov Dec Jan and Feb should be cancelled do to lack of interest.
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Old 10-26-18, 08:31 PM
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Love winter. Wish it were longer, and snowier.

Wait you guys do know there's a sport called skiing that you do on the snow right?
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Old 10-26-18, 09:16 PM
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What's all this talk of winter? There are still two months of fall!

But winter is great. It kills the bugs and weeds. There is nothing like a good freeze to reset nature.

I do wish it snowed more and stayed reliably cold for longer where I live. That's one thing I loved about the Twin Cities (once I figured out how to dress). Winter can suck at times if it's a lot of cold/wet, but cold/frozen is so much easier to deal with.
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Old 10-26-18, 10:43 PM
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Winter is subjective.

July and August are the months I despise most.

Definitely not Winter, for me.
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Old 10-27-18, 07:18 AM
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I voted 'love it'.
In southern california, rain or even a slight drizzle, means that all the super lightweights won't show up.
So average mph on all my group rides increases pretty dramatically.
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Old 10-27-18, 07:28 AM
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Iowa used to be good for XC sking but the last few years have seen extended dry riding seasons and little snow.
Tired of that I'm going to Montana for ski season this year and leaving the bike home.
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Old 10-27-18, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I voted 'love it'.
In southern california, rain or even a slight drizzle, means that all the super lightweights won't show up.
So average mph on all my group rides increases pretty dramatically.

You know how you can tell "winter is coming" in SoCal? I ride onto the north end of the SART, and every cyclist I pass is in full-tactical configuration-- arm warmers, gilets (or full-on windbreakers,) leg warmers or tights, full-fingered gloves, maybe even a balaclava or two. Then I look down at the thermometer and it's 62. How do these people live? First drop of rain hits the ground, forget it. I've done 50 miles on a Saturday morning in sporadic drizzle, and had zero FlyBys on Strava. Not only did I not see anyone, there literally wasn't anyone out there to see. It's a fairly soft crowd out here.
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A nice chilly end to a great day on the slopes....


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Old 10-27-18, 10:53 AM
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I've lived long enough to see my 71st winter , so that's good
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Old 10-29-18, 12:01 PM
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Love it!

Gotta get outside in the Winter to avoid cabin fever. XC and downhill skiing are fun, but fat biking in the snow is even better. Groomed single track is a blast to ride, way more fun than I ever expected. It's never too cold to ride, you just need the appropriate attire!
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Old 10-29-18, 12:11 PM
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Just another season. I find it more tolerable if I get out in it more.. such as cycling, kayaking, hiking etc. Just like the days growing up on the farm.
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Old 10-29-18, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
Love winter. Wish it were longer, and snowier.

Wait you guys do know there's a sport called skiing that you do on the snow right?
Yeah, we do that in the summer in my town. On real snow. Then go for a beer in the hot sun. We have things how we want them. Winter is just rude.
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Old 10-30-18, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
My ideal year would be summer for 11 months, and then 1 month of proper winter where I could cross-country ski, snowshoe, etc.
Make the ratio more like 10 months to 2, and make the 8 week winter Russian-level cold.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe View Post
Make the ratio more like 10 months to 2, and make the 8 week winter Russian-level cold.

I'd prefer Canadian-level cold.

And for me, 2 months would be too long. After 40+ years of 6-8 month Canadian winters each year, I'm over them.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Love it?
Hate it?
Ambivalent?
Not Applicable (live in Hawaii)?
It just is. Might as well ask how people feel about the sun rising or setting. Theres nothing you can do about it so just deal with it.
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The things I like about long, cold winters:

1 - It's worth spending the money on good winter gear, instead of just hiding indoors until it passes
2 - Deep cold is more tolerable than wet cold. I mean, I'm happier in 20F and snow than 35F and rain. We get that wet cold in autumn and spring, but in between we have some nice long streaks of cold
3 - With a long winter, that first sunny and 60F day feels like heaven!
4 - Ego-boosting braggin' rights with everybody, except those Arrowhead 135 riders ... they are far more bad@$$!
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