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Old 03-16-08, 11:35 AM
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Would you rather.....

ride in the cold temps
ride in extremley hot temps
ride in spring and fall temps

I can't seem to get going in this cold weather. I have been out the last 2 days after being on the trainer all winter and I would rather be sweating in 100deg heat than riding in 32-40deg temps. i go fatser in the hot weather, wonder if this holds true for anyone else?

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Originally Posted by skinnyguy
ride in the cold temps
ride in extremley hot temps
ride in spring and fall temps
You will find 99% of us prefer spring and fall. I personally prefer extreme hot over extreme cold but mid 70's to mid 80's are always my favorite.
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Spring and fall are great, but I definitely prefer hot temps over cold temps.
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Would you rather

watch the view

or

kill yourself.

i love this game.
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spring/ autumn (fall) for me
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Originally Posted by photonick
Would you rather

watch the view

or

kill yourself.

i love this game.

if i was caught watching the view i would kill myself.
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Old 03-16-08, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by skinnyguy
if i was caught watching the view i would kill myself.
I watch the view on my trainer. In an attempt to get away from the constant bickering it makes me pedal harder.
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Spring/Fall then Summer/Hot, cold least favorite. The cold causes me asthma problems.
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would you rather

eat a pile of horse manure

or

chew on a urinal salt cake for 15 minutes
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I prefer it a little on the cold side than the hot side
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I hate the cold.

I sweat like no one I've ever seen and would rather ride in 100deg temps than ride below 35deg. As long as I've got water, I'm ok.

I've just about had it with this winter. It is an absolutely beautiful day today and I just finished 65min on the trainer. Why? We just made it above freezing today. Black ice everywhere. Yuk!
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I got a which would you rather that would shut this convo down...but i don't feel like getting exiled from these forums just yet.
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I'd rather 100* than anything under 50*... But then, I'm cold when it's 65*... Poor circulation sucks...
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I find sub-freezing temps challenging and difficult ... especially when they get down below -20C. I ache in the cold in general which makes cold temps uncomfortable. Riding in the cold is also time consuming ... it takes me a good half hour to dress for it, and then I ride slower in the cold. It's more work.

I find temps that hover around the freezing point (spring/fall weather) to be depressing. According to the weather channel here, I'm faced with at least two more week of weather hovering between -5C and +5C. It's easier to ride in those temps than it is to ride in cold temps, and takes less time to dress for it, but the ice factor increases. Also ... it stays at those temps for so long each year. Most years it sits in that range from about the beginning of March to the beginning of May, and then it goes back there again around the mid to end of September until sometime in November.

Once summer comes and the temp cracks the double digits (+10C and up), that's when things start looking up .... that's when I start enjoying cycling!!

I used to do well in temps up in the +30C and up range, when I lived in Manitoba and we got temps like that quite frequently each summer, but since I've been living in Alberta where temps just don't go that high, I've lost the ability to ride well in hot temps. I have to be very careful when the temps go above +30 ... rest more, drink more, etc.
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I don't mind riding in any weather...
as long as it's not hurricane force winds, thunderstorms, or the snow is higher than my hubs.
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I'll take what I can get.
Any day above ground is a good day.
Especially in Michigan in the Fall.
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I like it cold. cold around here is 40`s to 50`s most of the time. Spring is short, in a month and a half it will be 80 to 95 plus until late November.
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I like to ride in the cold. (as cold as it gets here -- teens in the winter). For some reason, I hate biking with shorts only and I stil wear my tights all the way into May or June. I raced X-C ski 9 years ago BUT with kids and current financial situation and living in New Mexcio, I could not to that anymore so I resort to winter riding and remember how skiing feels like.

The main reason I like winter riding is ego. By the time spring comes all these strong slim riders come out and drop me even if it was their first day riding. Doesn't make sense -- oh it does - I am slow.
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Spring and fall are great for me. 60's are great for riding. I don't mind wearing long sleeves on top. I don't mind riding in the cold either actually. You can always put more layers on, but you can only take so many off.

Balaclava, jacket, tights, and booties are great for cold weather riding. When it goes below the teens though, I start to want to ride the trainer more. Road salt, on the other hand, sucks.

I'll take any good riding weather I can get, but spring and fall are nice.
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For some reason, I hate biking with shorts only and I stil wear my tights all the way into May or June.
I take it your knees don't hurt when you wear tights.
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1. Spring/fall
2. Cold (because I can dress to combat the cold, but not to combat the heat - even naked wouldn't be enough!)
3. Hot
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Your forum ID is "skinnyguy". I think that's half the issue. If you were "strongfatguy", you'd be complaining about the heat when it hit 65. It's not thin blood or poor circulation, it's insulation and heat generation that makes the difference.

I'm here in the Dallas area and of course we don't have too much cold weather problems here. But bicycling does accentuate it. The day can be pretty pleasant, and then you start moving at 20mph and all the sudden your hands are cold for some reason. No matter how you dress, you'll be a little too cold when you're stopped or a little too hot when you're riding, or you'll be sweating while your hands are freezing or something.

Anyway, one thing you might look at is doing something besides cycling when it gets too cold- running or hiking or snowshoeing or whatever you come up with. Maybe visit a skating rink on occasion. Maybe change your style of cycling- cruise about on a cruiser instead of zipping about on a road bike.
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You guys need to HTFU.

Anything above freezing is acceptable, but I've found that I thrive in the cooler spring/fall classics weather. 40*-60* and I'm able to put people in the hurt box. I do ok in the heat and humidity, but come July and August I'm dreaming of the fast approaching cooler autumn days.

EDIT: Belgian Knee Warmers are your friend in the cooler weather.
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Originally Posted by carlfreddy
You guys need to HTFU.

Anything above freezing is acceptable, but I've found that I thrive in the cooler spring/fall classics weather. 40*-60* and I'm able to put people in the hurt box. I do ok in the heat and humidity, but come July and August I'm dreaming of the fast approaching cooler autumn days.
As someone who rides no matter how cold it gets, I smile when I see someone saying to "HTFU" and then saying "anything above freezing is acceptable".

My preferred range is upper 50s thru lower 70s but I'll ride in temps Ohio can come up with: from -10F to 110F.
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Originally Posted by carlfreddy
You guys need to HTFU.

Anything above freezing is acceptable ...
Ummm ... pardon me?? Some of us ride in sub-freezing temps. We might not be thrilled about it, but when the temps are sub-freezing half the year, we do it anyway.
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