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Old 09-15-09, 11:22 PM   #1
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The Last Rays of Summer

Getting dark at 7:45pm where I live. pretty soon it will be dark at 7pm.

I was just wondering what everyone does in the winter for weekday riding.
Do you ride in the AM?
Do you goto the gym?
Do you ride a trainer at home?
Ride in the dark?

None of those are really good options for me but I need to get my fix.

Just wanting to see what everyone else does.
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Old 09-15-09, 11:27 PM   #2
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When I first got here in June, sunset was about 5:10 pm. There was practically no daylight!! Now sunset is about 6:10 pm ... it's great!! That extra hour makes quite a difference.

In the winter, however, I usually opt to ride outside with lights on my bicycle, or inside on the trainer.
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Hey, surfengine - you live in Laguna Hills? California? There's maybe two weeks of winter light to contend with.

What's wrong with your options? You have macular degeneration and can't see in the dark? Your mom doesn't want you riding a noisy trainer on the wood floors (how 'bout rollers)? You have to go to school in the a.m?
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Old 09-15-09, 11:50 PM   #4
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ya man...its getting dark. soon there will be that stupid time change thing and it will be dark at 4:30pm.

i cannot ride at night because I dont want to take off my sunglasses
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ride in the dark. spend $90 on the right light, feel like a new man
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Ride rollers in your basement like Eddy did.
Don't you wanna as fast as Eddy?
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Getting dark at 7:45pm where I live. pretty soon it will be dark at 7pm.

I was just wondering what everyone does in the winter for weekday riding.
Do you ride in the AM?
Do you goto the gym?
Do you ride a trainer at home?
Ride in the dark?

None of those are really good options for me but I need to get my fix.

Just wanting to see what everyone else does.
I switch to morning rides and show up to work a couple of hours late.
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Lights and reflective clothing and ride!
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The 4 or so mile stretch on the main road I have to take to get to my "usual" loop with no traffic is a little too nutso to even consider riding on in the dark. Two lanes, no shoulders, crappy pavement and too many cars.

I'll be relegated to the trainer and rollers once the time changes (dark at 6~ish until March). I joined my local YMCA and signed up for swimming lessons last week. Hopefully it will be something different to mix things up.
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Dunno. I bike commute to work 25 miles each way so I get mine in regardless. I have a light on the bike. If it's dark I turn it on
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Trainer or lights.
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Getting dark at 7:45pm where I live. pretty soon it will be dark at 7pm.

I was just wondering what everyone does in the winter for weekday riding.
Do you ride in the AM?
Do you goto the gym?
Do you ride a trainer at home?
Ride in the dark?

None of those are really good options for me but I need to get my fix.

Just wanting to see what everyone else does.
Winter commuting, and only commuting, about 80 miles per week. From May to October I go up to almost 200 miles per week, and one of my motivations is to enjoy the nice weather while it's here. I think of it as canning the sunshine to last me through the winter.
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I ride in the dark much of the year. Prefer to leave work after 7PM when rush hour traffic eases off anyway, but a lot of people don't have an option like that.
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I'll be riding in the am.
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Switching from Afternoon to morning riding shortly. It was a little depressing the other day when I pull the lights out of cold storage.
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When I was working, I travelled a lot and stayed at hotels with fitness centers; they usually had some kind of exercise bike. I could put in an hour on one of those maybe 3 times a week, then ride my bike when I returned on the weekends.

Now, while looking for work, I try to get out on the bike at least every other day; usually midday to avoid traffic.
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