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Avoiding the Cold Weather Road Cycling?

Old 10-16-19, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by trekmogul View Post
Dan what I want to say to some one like you, I will refrain from here on this forum that I have been a part of for quite sometime. There is always one like you no matter what forums it is if its cameras, Audio headphones, Watches etc etc etc..you get the idea. Why not if you can not play nice just pass on by..? You are incorrect on the model of my watch so before you start chirping model numbers, you might want to get all your ducks in a row buddy..
My apologies, the COLD WEATHER is getting to me. I'll get with my watch guy so that we can review the latest catalogue from Patek before making outlandish and insulting claims about your particular watch model in the future!
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
...and the idiot drivers in a rush to get...anywhere

But, yes, the 13(!) months of cycling-compatible weather here is great. Of course, if you're not already living here, there is a very serious price (as in $$$$$$) to pay, unfortunately.
I have family living in Silicon Valley. Their garage has room for one of my bikes, and their house has room for me. This winter, I'm going to see if I can head out there for a week (including the two weekends). Working east-coast hours, I can hopefully be in the saddle by 2:30 and get some warm outdoor riding in before returning to the dreck that constitutes NYC Jan-Mar.
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Originally Posted by trekmogul View Post
So how long do you stay in Thailand..? Sounds really nice but i usually ride about 430am due to humidity and crazy drivers....!
Usually about three months. Lots of crazy drivers in Thailand as well which is why I cycle over to some areas that are car free. I'm only on the main road for a short distance. Sometimes go outside of Bangkok where there is a lot less traffic. I don't like cycling in the dark whether in the USA or Thailand or pretty much anywhere else so that's why I wait until it's light outside before I go.
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My apologies, the COLD WEATHER is getting to me. I'll get with my watch guy so that we can review the latest catalogue from Patek before making outlandish and insulting claims about your particular watch model in the future!
My Casio F-91W is the best bang for the buck watch. And it’s BOMBPROOF!
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My Casio F-91W is the best bang for the buck watch. And it’s BOMBPROOF!
I will not dispute that at all..! I know that this thread is about leaving the cold weather cycling however nothing will give you more correct time that your iPhone. Watches are more about a form of jewelry then something you grab the time from.. I will not even take one of my watches with me on the trip but my Garmin Fenix5.. I have all these fancy watches but hardly wear them worrying about scratching them..
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I have family living in Silicon Valley. Their garage has room for one of my bikes, and their house has room for me. This winter, I'm going to see if I can head out there for a week (including the two weekends). Working east-coast hours, I can hopefully be in the saddle by 2:30 and get some warm outdoor riding in before returning to the dreck that constitutes NYC Jan-Mar.
There are a lot of really nice options for road biking (I'm on an mtb). Lots of hills with minimally used roads and great challenges. Check out a ride along Calaveras Blvd. that goes past the reservoir. Lots of nice twists and turns and very much "out in the country. Depending on where your family is, might be bale to ride out of the garage and get there on bike

The bay is only a short ride away from almost anywhere in the valley. I ride out to it once a week. If you're really ambitious, you could prob'ly make the ride from the valley over to Santa Cruz (like, whoa, dude, ~23 miles) for lunch.

A few weeks ago I took CalTrain (local transport that runs between south bay/Gilroy to San Francisco) to SF. Rode from the train station past the SF Giants ballpark along The Embarcadero past the Ferry Building and Pier 39 (big tourist spot, but great for clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl Cycled up to the GG Bridge and on over to Sausalito (say that with a slight, nasal twinge and sat in a small park eating pizza by the bay enjoying views of the SF skyline, Angel Island and Alcatraz. And then took a ferry ride back to SF. Very nice. Also, fall/winter is a good time in the Bay Area. Temps are a bit cool (by our standards) but the marine layer that covers up SF (and the bay and GG Bridge) during the summer is pretty much gone.

We do get an average of 29"/year of rain but we also get a bunch of sunny days during the winter. In the past, I've been able to hike in shorts @ 65F on Xmas day! We have our "cool" days, but if you're used to east coast winters, you'll find our weather very temperate.

Nice that you have that option. Hope it works out for you. Careful, tho. Once you come out and experience things here, you may find it hard to go back.

Cheers.....
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Originally Posted by trekmogul View Post
I will not dispute that at all..! I know that this thread is about leaving the cold weather cycling however nothing will give you more correct time that your iPhone. Watches are more about a form of jewelry then something you grab the time from.. I will not even take one of my watches with me on the trip but my Garmin Fenix5.. I have all these fancy watches but hardly wear them worrying about scratching them..
The 6X is a really nice upgrade.
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
There are a lot of really nice options for road biking (I'm on an mtb). Lots of hills with minimally used roads and great challenges. Check out a ride along Calaveras Blvd. that goes past the reservoir. Lots of nice twists and turns and very much "out in the country. Depending on where your family is, might be bale to ride out of the garage and get there on bike

The bay is only a short ride away from almost anywhere in the valley. I ride out to it once a week. If you're really ambitious, you could prob'ly make the ride from the valley over to Santa Cruz (like, whoa, dude, ~23 miles) for lunch.

A few weeks ago I took CalTrain (local transport that runs between south bay/Gilroy to San Francisco) to SF. Rode from the train station past the SF Giants ballpark along The Embarcadero past the Ferry Building and Pier 39 (big tourist spot, but great for clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl Cycled up to the GG Bridge and on over to Sausalito (say that with a slight, nasal twinge and sat in a small park eating pizza by the bay enjoying views of the SF skyline, Angel Island and Alcatraz. And then took a ferry ride back to SF. Very nice. Also, fall/winter is a good time in the Bay Area. Temps are a bit cool (by our standards) but the marine layer that covers up SF (and the bay and GG Bridge) during the summer is pretty much gone.

We do get an average of 29"/year of rain but we also get a bunch of sunny days during the winter. In the past, I've been able to hike in shorts @ 65F on Xmas day! We have our "cool" days, but if you're used to east coast winters, you'll find our weather very temperate.

Nice that you have that option. Hope it works out for you. Careful, tho. Once you come out and experience things here, you may find it hard to go back.

Cheers.....
Oh trust me, I know how beautiful it can be. Just got married out there two weeks ago! The food and nightlife are awesome in NYC, but pleasant weather days and good roads are few and far between - at least, on days where I have time to ride.

As for riding in the Bay Area, I've done Jefferson Ave to Cañada Rd, the Pescadero Creek loop, and the medio route on Levi's Gran Fondo in Sonoma - which is the most picturesque riding I've ever done. The Bianchi's been out there for two months, and I've already flown out there twice. Already have two trips where I can cycle planned (next May and Oct), but will definitely try to sneak in an extra week earlier in the year when it's 20F in NYC for weeks on end...

I'm just glad the bike I have in the Bay Area is the one with a triple!
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Old 10-16-19, 05:25 PM
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Oh trust me, I know how beautiful it can be. Just got married out there two weeks ago! The food and nightlife are awesome in NYC, but pleasant weather days and good roads are few and far between - at least, on days where I have time to ride.

As for riding in the Bay Area, I've done Jefferson Ave to Cañada Rd, the Pescadero Creek loop, and the medio route on Levi's Gran Fondo in Sonoma - which is the most picturesque riding I've ever done. The Bianchi's been out there for two months, and I've already flown out there twice. Already have two trips where I can cycle planned (next May and Oct), but will definitely try to sneak in an extra week earlier in the year when it's 20F in NYC for weeks on end...

I'm just glad the bike I have in the Bay Area is the one with a triple!
Congrats on the marriage!!

My humblest apologies for making an assumption obviously not true. You already know your way around the Bay Area and don't need me to tell you anything that you already know.

Hint: If you were thinking about hiring me as your local tour guide, don't waste your money or time. I could never match your obvious stellar knowledge

Cheers and enjoy.....
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Congrats on the marriage!!

My humblest apologies for making an assumption obviously not true. You already know your way around the Bay Area and don't need me to tell you anything that you already know.

Hint: If you were thinking about hiring me as your local tour guide, don't waste your money or time. I could never match your obvious stellar knowledge

Cheers and enjoy.....
Oh no worries - you're welcome to rub in the fact that weather is quite reasonable out there something like 11 months out of the year, and that you have better donuts than us (for a lot less money), and that you have In-n-Out. And you have the PCH and all the mountains next to it, and fewer people look at you funny when you say you're going out for a 3-5 hour bike ride.

Of course, NYC has the best pizza, 24 hour pierogies, and the cute little 5-Boro Bike Tour, so not all is lost. Oh yeah, our two jobs are here too...
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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
Me too. I'd never spend the winter in a warm place.

As for riding in the winter issue? There is no bad weather just inappropriate clothing.
I love my winter clothes. Silky base layers, down puffies that give you instant warmth when you need it, a few cashmere mid layers, hansom jackets, and fresh snow looks like a coat of magic over the world.
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I love my winter clothes. Silky base layers, down puffies that give you instant warmth when you need it, a few cashmere mid layers, hansom jackets, and fresh snow looks like a coat of magic over the world.
Sure wish my 150lb carcass could be ok with that. When I was a big fat guy, I could deal with any weather conditions but not anymore. I have the opportunity of a life time to live this dream come true lifestyle and can not be any happier. I am from NW ohio and have had lots of nasty ugly and cold weather and do not miss it and if it was not for our 2 sons and families, my rear would be in Sri Lanka 12 months out of the year. We all like something different and that would include me... In just about 4 days I will be back on my most favorite island in the world..
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Oh no worries - you're welcome to rub in the fact that weather is quite reasonable out there something like 11 months out of the year, and that you have better donuts than us (for a lot less money), and that you have In-n-Out. And you have the PCH and all the mountains next to it, and fewer people look at you funny when you say you're going out for a 3-5 hour bike ride.

Of course, NYC has the best pizza, 24 hour pierogies, and the cute little 5-Boro Bike Tour, so not all is lost. Oh yeah, our two jobs are here too...
Can't comment about the donuts...cut as much sugar out of my diet as possible, and I'm certainly not a pizza aficionado (tho, I do know better than to argue with a New Yorker on that

I am a proud native Golden Stater (as much as a genetic eastern European can be). Born in Los Angeles, raised in the shadows, and Mickey Mouse is my "uncle" Altho, my roots back to eastern Europe go thru Brooklyn and the Bronx and Ellis Island. However, I am not so arrogant as to believe CA is the only great place to live. And I certainly wouldn't rub that in anyone's face if it were true.

Yeah, CA has a lot going for it (Quora postings have done a great job of highlighting that fact, so I don't need to do it). However, I've been to other places in both the US and the world and have been mesmerized by the beauty, sophistication and friendliness of the people of those places located in a state or province not named California.

I will, however, give you props for knowing more than just a bit about CA and, in particular, the SF Bay Area.

I hope the jobs and where you live allow you to enjoy both a great professional life and a gratifying personal one with it.

Cheers.....

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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
bring on the snow. Time to pull out the splitboard
Backcountry, or places like Snoq and Stevens? If BC, there's 8 inches of powder on the S side of Ingalls Pass, more than a foot on the N. As of hours ago; it's still coming down. Telemetry shows 30-35" on Baker at 5k and 24+" at Paradise. I hope your splitboard is waxed up and ready to go. 🙂
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Backcountry, or places like Snoq and Stevens? If BC, there's 8 inches of powder on the S side of Ingalls Pass, more than a foot on the N. As of hours ago; it's still coming down. Telemetry shows 30-35" on Baker at 5k and 24+" at Paradise. I hope your splitboard is waxed up and ready to go. 🙂
wow - nice. Down here in NCal not a hint of snow yet. I’m not quite ready to trade the bike for skis but my mind definitely starting to wander in that direction.
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My interests now are leaning towards high end wrist watches like my new Patek Phillipe I bought this summer while in Dubai..

That is a beautiful watch indeed. Wear it in good health!
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If it gets too cold I go to the gym and ride a stationary bike or do a spin class. The scenery is always good there.

I also wear a TomTom Spark 3 watch. It does what it is supposed to.

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No.

I have a job I have to go to every day so I can support myself, and I'm expected to show up every day.
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I love mogul threads. They are just such entertainment.

Some people watch scripted drama reality shows, but my guilty pleasure is a multi-page mogul thread.
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If it gets too cold I go to the gym and ride a stationary bike or do a spin class. The scenery is always good there.

I also wear a TomTom Spark 3 watch. It does what it is supposed to.
Ha!
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If it gets too cold I go to the gym and ride a stationary bike or do a spin class. The scenery is always good there.

I also wear a TomTom Spark 3 watch. It does what it is supposed to.
I can't think of anything in there to capitalize. How about TOMTOM SPARK 3?
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My interests now are leaning towards high end wrist watches like my new Patek Phillipe I bought this summer while in Dubai..




I'm disappointed. A Stella?
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I love mogul threads. They are just such entertainment.

Some people watch scripted drama reality shows, but my guilty pleasure is a multi-page mogul thread.
Not complete without sideways pics, amiright?
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Anyone else plan on escaping the cold weather for the winter so that they can cycle in the nice warm sun and heat..? Yup you guessed it's its just about that time to be heading off to Sunny Sri lanka for the fall and winter months. Staying a bit longer this year to the tune of 6 months..Back mid April..! Taking my Pinarello Dogma F8 along this time and that should make me good on bikes in Sri Lanka.... Looking forward to some tough brutal humid rides this trip. Great to be in decent shape and able to do these kind of things..



Yep, I've already moved on to Sri Lanka, aka, my local YMCA. Warn, not so sunny though. Water is warm too. Nice scenery too at my local spin class. So, what else could you want? All just 10 minutes from my house. Ohh, no sand in my shorts either.

Really though, could you just will me your bike? I almost bought a Pinarello and would have opted for that same color scheme. Nice ride there. I will have to suffer though at the local Sri Lanka I am afraid.

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Yep, I've already moved on to Sri Lanka, aka, my local YMCA. Warn, not so sunny though. Water is warm too. Nice scenery too at my local spin class. So, what else could you want? All just 10 minutes from my house. Ohh, no sand in my shorts either.

Really though, could you just will me your bike? I almost bought a Pinarello and would have opted for that same color scheme. Nice ride there. I will have to suffer though at the local Sri Lanka I am afraid.

john
We are now settled into our place here in Sri lanka for the last 2 weeks and the rains are finally letting up giving to very warm and humid conditions. Where are you in Sri lanka..? We are just a few miles south of Colombo right on the Indian Ocean..here is the Pinarello in its new home here as it made it with no issues or damage at all..




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