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What do you do during the winter?

Old 09-29-10, 06:25 PM
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ride through the winter. I'm in putnam county NY and most of our winter days are cold but dry. The wet slushy days only last 3 days before the roads dry up again. 80% of the winter is rideable with the exception of heavy snow days. The salt does less than you think it does, I got a buddy who has been riding for 5 winters straight and his bike is fine. You just should wash and dry your bike if it get's any wet or slush on it after a ride.
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Old 09-29-10, 06:30 PM
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Winter is the best riding here.

Typhoon season is over, the humidity is gone and it doesn't usually go over 30C for the daytime high. It's pretty much sunny and 20~25C for the next 4 months.
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Old 09-29-10, 06:39 PM
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i got a trainer last winter and i got bored with it. i have a jump rope now.
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Old 09-29-10, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad
WTF? One of you is paying off these noobies to aggravate the crap out of me with these stupid questions, aren't you?

Do you suppose to look like this in the winter?
But...
What if you are not gay?
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Old 09-29-10, 06:57 PM
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fixed gear cyclocross, ski, skate, trainer, sex.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich
pcad, you should offer courses on the following topic at HTFU

HTFU 101: ride in the rain
HTFU 102: ride in the cold
HTFU 103: ride in humidity
HTFU 104: ride in a rainy, cold day.

I have taken the first three courses and will gladly take an F for HTFU 104, though with newer winter booties & fenders, i'm hoping to get a C in that class.
There's always the more-advanced HTFU 201: "Move to a Warmer Climate". Note that HTFU 101 and/or HTFU 103 may be a prerequisite.
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Old 09-29-10, 07:37 PM
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Ride.
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Old 09-29-10, 07:39 PM
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I get on my winter gear and enjoy riding. No, I won't post a picture of me in tights like some of these cads on here. Sheesh!

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run. i love running in the winter. HIIT wieght training, and a trainer
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Old 09-29-10, 07:47 PM
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I ride more in the winter. The weather here is better in the winter because it isn't so damned hot. It was a 113 degrees on Monday. The only down side to winter is that it gets dark earlier so no riding after work without lights.
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Old 09-29-10, 07:57 PM
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What if you are not gay?
Your lack of hipness is beyond my control. As is my own.
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Old 09-29-10, 07:59 PM
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Startling news just off the presses. Bikes function in the winter months also. If it's that bad where you live there's always off road riding.

"There is no such thing as offseason"

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When you've had cycling taken from you by some injury or illness and you get it back, you realize that cycling is a gift. That riding on 15ºF mornings through beautiful winter landscapes with nobody else around is one of the sublime pleasures of road cycling. That having your neighbors think you are insane is a profound advantage.

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I can't stand exercising for the sake of exercise. Gym workouts are boring. I ride 1. because it's fun and 2. because it's useful. So if it's too cold or wet or windy outside to take a ride for fun, I'll do as many errands as I can by bike. Most errands are four miles or shorter. I get my exercise this way, have a bit of fun, save money, and save the planet. I also save time! How, you ask? Yes, cycling an errand takes longer than driving it, but cycling takes less time than driving plus exercise, if I did them separately.
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Winter = Ski Season
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich
HTFU 101: ride in the rain
HTFU 102: ride in the cold
HTFU 103: ride in humidity
HTFU 104: ride in a rainy, cold day.
Two out of four isn't bad.
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People here don't get it.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
That riding on 15ºF mornings through beautiful winter landscapes with nobody else around is one of the sublime pleasures of road cycling.
I'm as HTFU a cyclist as you'll find here, but that's crazy talk.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
but that's crazy talk.
That's road cycling Gomer.





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Originally Posted by rushbikes
Winter = Ski Season
Truth, this man speaks it. I ski at least 4 times a week (XC) and race about once a week. During the ski season I'm convinced that cycling is my off season activity. I'll ride to work all year, and hit the rollers in the fall and spring.

XC skiing is a family thing for us:


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Old 09-29-10, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Two out of four isn't bad.
actually, i ride in humidity when i can't wiggle out of it


Originally Posted by patentcad
When you've had cycling taken from you by some injury or illness and you get it back, you realize that cycling is a gift. That riding on 15ºF mornings through beautiful winter landscapes with nobody else around is one of the sublime pleasures of road cycling. That having your neighbors think you are insane is a profound advantage.

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only when there's no wind.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich


only when there's no wind.
This is Orange County. Between December and April there is a persistent 15-30mph gale blowing out of the West or NW.

That makes the wind chill on 15º days about -100ºF.
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Wait, what? Orange County? Cold? Really?



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Originally Posted by mrbUSA
Chiming in from South Florida, must agree. The spirit crushing heat and humidity is coming to an end
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Go running. Its alot easier to stay warm running because you don't have all the extra wind from cycling making you even colder.
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