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What do you do during the winter?

Old 09-29-10, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
WTF? One of you is paying off these noobies to aggravate the crap out of me with these stupid questions, aren't you?

Let's see, shorts with leg warmers, no gloves, no balaclava. That isn't even a New York winter jacket. You're totally FOS.

BTW, how are Lake winter boots? The MXZ301s had some previous complaints about seam breakdown. Are 302s durable?
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Originally Posted by MitchL View Post
Go running. Its alot easier to stay warm running because you don't have all the extra wind from cycling making you even colder.
unless you live in a snow heavy place, it ain't worth the start up cost. i used to run 7-8 miles/day 5-6 days a week, and my aerobic capacity has only increased since then. But as of now, i'd be lucky to trudge out a 9 min mile for 3 miles as my muscles would become too sore...

I'd think for the first week, i'd be basically doing three runs of three miles in order to ease into it.
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Old 09-29-10, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by kaNUK View Post
Wait, what? Orange County? Cold? Really?



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I think there are three Orange Counties is the US. I am from one of the warm Orange Counties where it doesn't snow.
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Old 09-29-10, 09:14 PM
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Elliptical and weights.
Elliptical? Time to hand in the man card.
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Old 09-29-10, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by kaNUK View Post
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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Only if you live where snow isn't considered a freak of nature that many children have never seen. Where I live, skiing is done on thoroughly melted snow while being towed by a boat with a big motor.
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Old 09-29-10, 09:42 PM
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I ride. Break out the snow tires and ride. I hit the trainer, because I just can't get intensity outside in the winter. I usually ride less, about half. Which makes it an optimal time for weight loss if I need it.
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Old 09-29-10, 10:04 PM
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I guess I will be cycling.......no snow in Socal!!!!!
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Old 09-29-10, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
actually, i ride in humidity when i can't wiggle out of it.
You talking about riding in humidity sounds about like me talking about riding in snow.
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I ride through the winter unless there's a lot of snow/ice on the ground, the cold doesn't bother me.
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Old 09-29-10, 11:00 PM
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I have a cyclocross bike with disc brakes and grippy 28 mm tires. So, I dress for the weather, and then I go out and ride. Or, if I'm not feeling up to that and it's not terribly windy, I go kayaking. I like to head out into the mountains and hike, although there are more avalanches here than any state except Alaska, so that stops around January.

I picked up a set of rollers last night, and kind of like them. They're nice for high-cadence drills. But they definitely don't take the place of the road, and they're boring as hell.
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Old 09-29-10, 11:03 PM
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Seeing as it was 113 in Los Angeles this weekend, I ride more.
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Sorry, I don't care how badass you think you are, there are just some days (often many where I live) that road cycling is just out of the question. When there is 1+ foot on the ground and roads are two ruts of ice per lane, it just isn't worth it. Especially if it's under ~20 degrees f.
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Old 09-29-10, 11:13 PM
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Hey, those of you living in warm climates aren't really addressing the question that those of us in Boston (OP) or Minneapolis face. Nice that you live in such great places, and if I could move there, I would. But....

There are lots of winter choices, but none of them are great. Cross train, go to the gym, ride your trainer, sit on the couch, or ride in the snow and the cold. To each their own. But whichever you choose, try to schedule a winter riding vacation in Texas, Arizona, someplace like that......it will give your spirits a lift and help shorten that wait until spring....
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Old 09-29-10, 11:20 PM
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My routine never changes. The most I have to face is a slight drizzle.
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Old 09-29-10, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Eclectus View Post
Let's see, shorts with leg warmers, no gloves, no balaclava. That isn't even a New York winter jacket. You're totally FOS.

BTW, how are Lake winter boots? The MXZ301s had some previous complaints about seam breakdown. Are 302s durable?
I only go to the head sock when it's below 20F.

Lake Winter boots look like something Herman Munster would wear. I wear the Sidis. I don't know what a '302' is. Sounds like a firearm.
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You could all just STFU and ride your bikes, but I realize that's out of the question here @ Fred Central.
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Old 09-29-10, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
You could all just STFU and ride your bikes, but I realize that's out of the question here @ Fred Central.
Sure. Whatever. You live in the tropics of downstate NY. Come to Minnesota in January and ride.

Or not.
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Originally Posted by Quel View Post
Elliptical? Time to hand in the man card.
We shave our legs and ride around in tight spandex. That card was handed in long ago.. :-D
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
That riding on 15F mornings through beautiful winter landscapes with nobody else around is one of the sublime pleasures of road cycling.
15F is a warm spring day in Wisconsin. Perfect cycling weather.
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I'm as HTFU a cyclist as you'll find here, but that's crazy talk.
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I just got a fluid trainer. Wanted to get the rollers badly, but I live in an apt building, and the last thing I want is to wake up my neighbors with 2 newborns that live right under me. Hope the performancebike.com travel trak is ok. Couldn't splurge on the kinetic fluid yet.
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velodrome (indoor), warm clothes and a trainer. A nice mix of all three.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
unless you live in a snow heavy place, it ain't worth the start up cost. i used to run 7-8 miles/day 5-6 days a week, and my aerobic capacity has only increased since then. But as of now, i'd be lucky to trudge out a 9 min mile for 3 miles as my muscles would become too sore...

I'd think for the first week, i'd be basically doing three runs of three miles in order to ease into it.
I started running again this year. The DOMS is real, no doubt about it, but it's gone after a couple of weeks. I know it doesn't do much for the cycling-specific muscles, but I feel stronger for it, so I'm going to keep it up, irrespective of the weather.
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Sure. Whatever. You live in the tropics of downstate NY. Come to Minnesota in January and ride.

Or not.
If I lived in Minneapolis I would kill myself by Feb. 1.
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Old 09-30-10, 03:22 AM
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You know what I hate most about winter riding? Putting on a woolly hat under the helmet. It feels like the helmet is perched on top.
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Old 09-30-10, 03:50 AM
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dont know if this has been said but run sprints (treadmill or indoor track, or outside), and run hills (apartment stairs, treadmill, or out side). this will strengthen you lets and help your VO2 max.
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