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I just cant htfu for winter

Old 11-25-08, 04:45 PM
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I just cant htfu for winter

It was 2degC out there a couple of nights ago. My wife saw me in my cycling gear and told me I'm crazy, I better not go, it's too cold. I told her I'm wearing my Gore Wind Stopper jacket, I'll be fine. I went out. It felt a touch cold but no worries, I'll warm up. THEN I realized I had a flat <--- blessing in disguise.

I just cant take the cold, the rain, the dark, and the flats all in one hit. I especially hate rain and night together. So I guess I'm just gonna have to put on some weight during winter. It sucks but I just cant htfu for this dumb weather.

Solutions: indoor trainer - meh I dont wanna buy more stuff to clog up the house.
mtb bike (less likely to flat, more workout in less time (coz those tires are damn huge)) - meh, I dont wanna clog up the house (though I do deserve a present).

BTW 2degC=35degF. I dont know what the wind chill is when you're doing 20mph though.
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Old 11-25-08, 05:34 PM
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I can ride down to about 28 degrees (F) but it has to be dry and I prefer sunny...

I have shifted to training indoors until I get used to the cold. I will be good to go by X-mas but right now it seems pretty cold...

It got pretty cold, pretty fast around here. Today was the first day above freezing in 3 days or so...

My pond is ready for skating...

My body is not ready for the cold...
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Yeah, the only thing I've been doing outside lately is running and with my bike on the trainer in the basement.
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Old 11-25-08, 05:43 PM
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Nah, I'm still going out. Putting weight on sucks more than fixing a flat in the cold/wet every now and again for me.
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I understand the rain and the flat part but riding in cold is a piece of cake. You just have to prepare. I was on a 19 F ride at 4:30 this morning and comfy as can be. It helps to ride hard of course.
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Originally Posted by Matt Gaunt View Post
Nah, I'm still going out. Putting weight on sucks more than fixing a flat in the cold/wet every now and again for me.

+1000

I did 39 and cloudy the other day. Sucked bad.
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Old 11-25-08, 06:02 PM
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if there was ever a time to HTFU, this is it.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
if there was ever a time to HTFU, this is it.
i for one embrace fat season. it's a good time to relax and be merry. the work can wait until spring.
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Old 11-25-08, 06:07 PM
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I was up in them there hills cracking through icy puddles today for 4 hours on the MTB
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Only one really cold day so far. 20F when we rolled out, 28F when we returned, 20+ mph winds all morning.

God, what a Wussyfest this stupid place is.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Only one really cold day so far. 20F when we rolled out, 28F when we returned, 20+ mph winds all morning.

God, what a Wussyfest this stupid place is.
Some wussies don't like their only bike dissolving from all the salt...
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Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
Some wussies don't like their only bike dissolving from all the salt...
if you can dissolve a bike with road salt, the BF Brain Trust will buy you a new one!
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Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
Some wussies don't like their only bike dissolving from all the salt...
There's no road salt here yet pal. Just some colder weather. Besides if your only bike disintegrates, what a perfect excuse to buy a new one. What's the problem?
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Actually, you can pretty much ruin a bike and it's componets if you ride to much in the salt and cinders...

I know...

And we got our first application today...





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I'm with ya on this one mustang, I cant stand the cold. I've made my peace that I'm on the trainer until march 1st. Although it does help that after swimming in H.S. your mental ability to HTFU for indoor training is pretty high. spending last winter seeing wall, black line, other wall black line wall...is much worse then watching TV and doing intervals :-p
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
It was 2degC out there a couple of nights ago. My wife saw me in my cycling gear and told me I'm crazy, I better not go, it's too cold. I told her I'm wearing my Gore Wind Stopper jacket, I'll be fine. I went out. It felt a touch cold but no worries, I'll warm up. THEN I realized I had a flat <--- blessing in disguise.

I just cant take the cold, the rain, the dark, and the flats all in one hit. I especially hate rain and night together. So I guess I'm just gonna have to put on some weight during winter. It sucks but I just cant htfu for this dumb weather.

Solutions: indoor trainer - meh I dont wanna buy more stuff to clog up the house.
mtb bike (less likely to flat, more workout in less time (coz those tires are damn huge)) - meh, I dont wanna clog up the house (though I do deserve a present).

BTW 2degC=35degF. I dont know what the wind chill is when you're doing 20mph though.


So you're saying you never go outside at all ever for any reason when the temperature starts to drop??? Get outside! Go for a walk with your wife! Get used to the cold. You'll never acclimatize to it staying indoors all the time. And besides ... how boring.

Here's your info about windchill:
https://www.msc-smc.ec.gc.ca/educatio...ll/index_e.cfm
https://www.msc-smc.ec.gc.ca/educatio...rch2003_e.html
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Actually, you can pretty much ruin a bike and it's componets if you ride to much in the salt and cinders...

I know...

And we got our first application today...
I hose my bikes off after every salty ride, they don't seem to suffer. I think the salt gets to your gear primarily if you're not attentive about clearing it off the bike and components and re-lubing it after those rides, and that only takes about 5 minutes. I never let my bike sit for hours covered in road salt when my bike comes home looking like those photos.
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I find that getting kitted up and on the bike is 95% of the battle.... Once you're on the bike you're most likely going to do your miles.
That's how it is for me anyways.
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Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
I just cant take the cold, the rain, the dark, and the flats all in one hit. I especially hate rain and night together. So I guess I'm just gonna have to put on some weight during winter. It sucks but I just cant htfu for this dumb weather.
Agreed. I can take cold, or rain, or cold + dark, but rain + dark is a non-starter, mostly because of how it affects visibility.

Solutions: indoor trainer - meh I dont wanna buy more stuff to clog up the house.
mtb bike (less likely to flat, more workout in less time (coz those tires are damn huge)) - meh, I dont wanna clog up the house (though I do deserve a present).

BTW 2degC=35degF. I dont know what the wind chill is when you're doing 20mph though.
Definitely get a MTB, especially if you have some singletrack trails locally. I've been biking since I was a kid; yet I feel I never really knew how to ride a bike until I started mountain biking.
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I hose my bikes off after every salty ride, they don't seem to suffer. I think the salt gets to your gear primarily if you're not attentive about clearing it off the bike and components and re-lubing it after those rides, and that only takes about 5 minutes. I never let my bike sit for hours covered in road salt when my bike comes home looking like those photos.
That would be the easy solution...

If I could hose it off inside...

My hose is already frozen solid...

Soon to be buried in 3 feet of snow and the spigots will be under 12 feet (they are on the sides of the house where the snow slides off the roof)...

I brought the hose in last night and put it in the tub to thaw...

How do you keep your hose thawed in the winter...
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe View Post
That would be the easy solution...

If I could hose it off inside...

My hose is already frozen solid...

Soon to be buried in 3 feet of snow and the spigots will be under 12 feet (they are on the sides f the house where the snow slides off the roof)...

I brought it in last night and put it in the tub to thaw...

How do you keep your hose thawed in the winter...
I use a spray bottle. I fill it with hot water, and start spraying.
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Why not set up a trainer outside or in the garage? you're still getting a workout with less wind chill.
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I'm not sure what I'll do if/when they start salting the roads. I'm not big on washing or lubing, so I'll probably use the car whenever the roads seem messed up.
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe View Post
That would be the easy solution...

If I could hose it off inside...

My hose is already frozen solid...

Soon to be buried in 3 feet of snow and the spigots will be under 12 feet (they are on the sides of the house where the snow slides off the roof)...

I brought the hose in last night and put it in the tub to thaw...

How do you keep your hose thawed in the winter...
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe View Post
That would be the easy solution...

If I could hose it off inside...

My hose is already frozen solid...

Soon to be buried in 3 feet of snow and the spigots will be under 12 feet (they are on the sides of the house where the snow slides off the roof)...

I brought the hose in last night and put it in the tub to thaw...

How do you keep your hose thawed in the winter...
I don't really use a hose in the dead of winter, I'll douse my bike with a bucket of warm water that I fill in the kitchen (I carry the bucket out to the driveway), then I towel it off, then I bring it inside and thoroughly clean the bike with rags/windex, then I lube it. Takes about 5 mins.
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