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What do you do during the winter?

Old 09-30-10, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
You know what I hate most about winter riding?
The brutal sub 50F UK cold?
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Old 09-30-10, 04:44 AM
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I put studded tires on the mountain bike and hit the single track. If you've got a 'cross bike or a touring bike you can also put studs on and ride on the road. Unfortunately I don't think studded tires will fit my (or most) road bikes.

BTW, the cold isn't a problem because you put out so much heat when you ride. You just need to dress appropriately. The coldest I've ridden is 6F, and it was comfy. Hard to keep my water supply ice free though...
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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.
Is this why I generally stay away from the road forum?
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I've really got to HTFU.
I'm heading to Finland for a year starting in January. I plan on bringing the bike & getting a trainer.
I'll ride on cold days provided the roads are clear and will also be giving XC skiing a shot.
Sooo looking forward to the Finnish summer where the days top out at less than 80F and there's plenty of daylight
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Old 09-30-10, 08:35 AM
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I run more. I ride.
Same thing as usual but the trainer gets used a tad more. As does the mountain bike and the fixed gear.
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Originally Posted by Chris_F View Post
I put studded tires on the mountain bike and hit the single track. If you've got a 'cross bike or a touring bike you can also put studs on and ride on the road. Unfortunately I don't think studded tires will fit my (or most) road bikes.

BTW, the cold isn't a problem because you put out so much heat when you ride. You just need to dress appropriately. The coldest I've ridden is 6F, and it was comfy.
Hard to keep my water supply ice free though...
Beer in the bidon is your friend in the winter. My best winter rides are when I consume one bottle of water early in the ride before it freezes and then switch to a nice porter or stout for the second bottle.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Is this why I generally stay away from the road forum?
Obviously it's not working.







I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 09-30-10, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ciocc_cat View Post
I live in south Louisiana, so "winter" here usually just means cooler, more pleasant temperatures for cycling. Cold days (below 40F) are infrequent and sustained below freezing temperatures are rare.

^^This^^

Being down here, I put lights on the bike and ride in the cooler temps.
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Old 09-30-10, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
The brutal sub 50F UK cold?

Hey now!
50 is COLD!

At least it is down here!
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Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
Hey now!
50 is COLD!

At least it is down here!

you got that right, bud.
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I mostly HTFU during winter. You know...Holiday Times Fattening Up
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Speedskating, weights, running, and ride the roads on the weekend.
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Originally Posted by Chris_F View Post
I put studded tires on the mountain bike and hit the single track. If you've got a 'cross bike or a touring bike you can also put studs on and ride on the road. Unfortunately I don't think studded tires will fit my (or most) road bikes.
Back in the good ol' days, before freeriding was even a term (we just called it downhill), I used to spend hours in the winter screwing little spikes into my tread pattern to help on snow and ice. It actually helped, although you couldn't get over the feeling that it was more controlled skidding than riding. Anyone try this on a road bike (or at least CX) when there's some packed snow on the ground?
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Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
Hey now!
50 is COLD!
People swim in the lakes at 50 F.
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What's a 'winter' (hope I pronounced that right) and what are they used for?

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Originally Posted by jmsmke View Post
Beer in the bidon is your friend in the winter. My best winter rides are when I consume one bottle of water early in the ride before it freezes and then switch to a nice porter or stout for the second bottle.
You brilliant man. Frozen water bottles were the bane of my existence. I say "were" because clearly this will no longer be the case.
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My biggest complaint is the short days.

Down here in Low Country Crackerland some of the best weather is in December and January. For the two or three days when it's below 40F I'll just curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate. Got to take a break sometime.
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I ride all year, and I'd say it's <50F for at least 4-5 months of that.
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I ride all year, and I'd say it's <50F for at least 4-5 months of that.
It's no use, those who don't get the fun of riding in the winter stay indoors on trainers.

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I ride outside when the ground is clear. Indoors if not.
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It's no use, those who don't get the fun of riding in the winter stay indoors on trainers.

Clear mornings and 5 hour cruises rock in the winter. Beats the crap out of being couped up inside!
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I have ridden down to about 20deg F (-7deg C). Starting about 65deg C (18deg C), I start with the arm warmers, then a little cooler comes knee warmers, and so on. So far I only have the clothes to comfortably ride at about 20deg F. With the days getting shorter, ride in the dark during the weekdays since it is really the only time I can ride after work. I have bright lights and blinkies for that. I do not however have studded tires so if it snows or is icy, I ride my rollers.
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Originally Posted by jmsmke View Post
Beer in the bidon is your friend in the winter. My best winter rides are when I consume one bottle of water early in the ride before it freezes and then switch to a nice porter or stout for the second bottle.
I will try that. My current setup is a camelback. Since it sits on the back and gets body heat it doesn't freeze. But the tube can, so every time you drink you have to hold the tube above your head and open the nozzle to let the water drain back in to the bladder, then you have to blow it out to make sure. And then sometimes the mouth piece still freezes so you have to stick it in your shirt for a few minutes to thaw it.
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I'm good down to about 15F. Happily we get very few days around here mid-winter where it's not warmer than that by noon.
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