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Old 08-28-11, 09:08 AM
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Columbus, Ohio - Newer Cyclist - Riding in Fall and Winter?

Hi all,
I just got into cycling this summer and am so happy I did!

There is so much for me to learn, and I don't want lack of daylight and cold weather to put too big a dent in my progress.

What do you do to keep your miles up as we lose light earlier?

If the answer is, ride in the dark, how do I become comfortable with that?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-28-11, 10:20 PM
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I live in Chicago, for me to become comfortable I had to log some miles. I tried to plan routes at first that kept me off major, busy streets. As I became more comfortable riding I moved to the busier streets. Not to mention the more well trafficked streets also safer late at night in some ways. In the city there's not a big need for a bright light to light the road (street lights do that pretty well), but I do, as should everyone, use some flasher lights front and rear.

If you're riding in the snow, don't stand up, if it's slippery out, use the rear break instead of the front.

Try taking a ride early morning, 30 minutes before the sunrise. This way it's still a bit light and it's going to get brighter, not darker.

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There's a high probability that I'll be in a similar situation soon and I was wondering if there are any reference sites or books out there that cover how to set things up (clothes/bike/etc.) for biking in the winter time.

If anyone is familiar with the lake effect in Cleveland, I'd appreciate some pointers on that too.

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Note that my current location is "Southern California" so I need all the help I can get.

Quick list of other places I've lived:
-Los Angeles, California
-Orange County, California
-San Diego, California
-Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (has snow & cold but not much)

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Old 09-18-11, 08:21 AM
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For riding year round in Columbus, visit the local cycling forum at https://yaybikes.com/forums. Along with right here at Bike Forums, go to the winter cycling forum for lots of good advice on how to ride and what to wear. Interested in lighting ? Visit the Electronics, Lighting and Gadgets forum for advice on that.
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I don't ride as much in the winter, but I do ride when I can. As far as riding at night, I don't really mind as long as I have proper lighting. The above recommendations, as well as the Commuting forum, should provide lots of guidance.
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Trainer!

I'll second the importance of flasher lights, that was the most important step I took to make me feel comfortable riding after dark. Depending on your budget there is a lot of great bike specific cold weather gear you can buy, if you are on the cheap like me a set of under armour cold gear under your regular cycling shorts and wind breaker work pretty well down to about 20 - 25 degrees. Other than that get a cycling trainer, not only will it probobly having you increasing your workout intensity with intervals etc, but it keeps your skin from turning into a cracked mess from sweating in sub-freezing temps.
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Old 11-12-11, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Zian View Post
There's a high probability that I'll be in a similar situation soon Cleveland
Quick list of other places I've lived:
-Los Angeles, California
-Orange County, California
-San Diego, California
-Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (has snow & cold but not much)
This makes me sad for you. I cannot imagine having to move to the Midwest from California especially Cleveland.
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cinegirl, look up columbus outdoor puruits (a club in columbus) they have a cycling side that you could get involved with and they could point out some things for you
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