Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

What do you do during the winter?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

What do you do during the winter?

Old 09-30-10, 05:49 PM
  #101  
roadiejorge 
stole your bike
 
roadiejorge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North Bergen, NJ
Posts: 6,907

Bikes: Orbea Orca, Ridley Compact

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4201 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by miwoodar View Post
Clear mornings and 5 hour cruises rock in the winter. Beats the crap out of being couped up inside!
Indeed. The cold isn't an issue for me because I keep myself warm by wearing the right attire and put in a good effort so I'm nice and toasty.
__________________
I like pie
roadiejorge is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 05:53 PM
  #102  
skijor
on by
 
skijor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 957

Bikes: Waterford RS-33, Salsa Vaya, Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 926 Post(s)
Liked 689 Times in 436 Posts
Snowshoeing, skate-skiing, and studded tires for the commuter...and lots of walking with the poochies
skijor is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 06:02 PM
  #103  
sounds7
Senior Member
 
sounds7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 97

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Carbon Record SI Compact

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Best time of the year to ride here as well. Cant wait for the cooler temps!
sounds7 is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 06:06 PM
  #104  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,208

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7037 Post(s)
Liked 1,829 Times in 1,125 Posts
Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
Indeed. The cold isn't an issue for me because I keep myself warm by wearing the right attire and put in a good effort so I'm nice and toasty.
I hear that Minnesotans have this proverb: There's no bad weather, only bad clothing.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 06:37 PM
  #105  
awesomejack
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 589
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What do I do in the winter?

Ride my bike.... duh.


Oh, and go snowboarding at Hood
awesomejack is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:02 PM
  #106  
Blackdays
Boom.
 
Blackdays's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pittsburgh -> Cleveland -> San Francisco
Posts: 2,523
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Clearly none of you have to spend winter in Cleveland: https://www.forbes.com/2010/02/05/wea..._slide_11.html
Blackdays is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:28 PM
  #107  
Gorden Gekko
White Bags + Red eggs
 
Gorden Gekko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Goshen NY
Posts: 348
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I'm good down to about 15ºF. Happily we get very few days around here mid-winter where it's not warmer than that by noon.
Unfortunately we all don't have our own businesses and cant ride at noon everyday
Gorden Gekko is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:38 PM
  #108  
2manybikes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,128

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1264 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 163 Posts
Originally Posted by eyeclan View Post
So the colder seasons are coming up, and I was wondering what most of you do to keep up your fitness. I've tried trainers and am wary of rollers, simply because the greatest joy of cycling for me is to feel the road and get out there. Running could help with cardiovascular performance, but what I'm really worried about is maintaining the strength in my legs (which I have only really started to get).

PS, I'm pretty cheap and paranoid, and I don't really want to use my entry level road bike when the salt and slush hits the road. Any ideas?
I'm 52 miles south of you by bike. I ride my MTB with studded tires on snow, hard pack and ice. It's easy on the ice with the studs, lakes are a blast. It improves your bike handling skills and in spring you are even stronger. Pedaling in 5" of snow makes strong legs fast. The reduced speed and increased effort make the MTB warmer than a road bike, and hot and sweaty in snow in the woods. Similar to cross country skiing. It will make you a faster, better, roadie. And it's not boring.
The last photo is my friend holding our two bikes without studs on a lake. When the day is warm the top of the ice can have better traction.





2manybikes is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:41 PM
  #109  
SBRDude
Godfather of Soul
 
SBRDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,517

Bikes: 2002 Litespeed Vortex, 2010 Specialized Tricross Expert,2008 Gary Fischer Hi Fi Carbon, 2002 Specialized S-Works hard tail, 1990 Kestrel KM 40

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by pdedes View Post
fixed gear cyclocross, ski, skate, trainer, sex.
Easy for you to say. I'm married, so if I started having sex, my wife would divorce me for infidelity.
SBRDude is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:44 PM
  #110  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1140 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by Gorden Gekko View Post
Unfortunately we all don't have our own businesses and cant ride at noon everyday
Suffer like the Johnny Lunchpail dog you are then.
patentcad is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 07:52 PM
  #111  
2manybikes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,128

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1264 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 163 Posts
Originally Posted by Chris_F View Post
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.
Vacuum insulated stainless bottles keep the water from freezing all day. If the drinking spout freezes, just put it in your mouth for a few seconds to thaw it.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 08:01 PM
  #112  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1140 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
If your water freezes it's God telling to to HTFFFFFFFFFFFU.
patentcad is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 08:19 PM
  #113  
2manybikes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,128

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1264 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 163 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
If your water freezes it's God telling to to HTFFFFFFFFFFFU.
If you use stainless insulated bottles, it's God telling you you're smarter.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 08:21 PM
  #114  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1140 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
If you use stainless insulated bottles, it's God telling you you're smarter.
If you talk back to me again, no more treats for Bailey.
patentcad is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 08:30 PM
  #115  
Nachoman
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,382

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 492 Post(s)
Liked 292 Times in 182 Posts
Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
What's a 'winter' (hope I pronounced that right) and what are they used for?

Did you do your rain ride today in shorts and short sleeve jersey?
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 08:34 PM
  #116  
Gluteus
Maximus
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,846
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
If your water freezes it's God telling to to HTFFFFFFFFFFFU.
Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
If you use stainless insulated bottles, it's God telling you you're smarter.

If you lose part of your penis to frostbite, it's God telling you, you should have stayed on the trainer.
Gluteus is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 09:24 PM
  #117  
petalpower
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Italy
Posts: 492

Bikes: 2014 Specialized Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I live in western Colorado - the winter is usually pretty mild with abundant sunshine. This will be my first winter, so I'll probably just ride through most of it.

I am going to be in Italy for at least 6 weeks, so I'm currently trying to find/buy a bike there to ride. I'll probably just do a ton of base miles while there. Buying a bike unseen is proving to be a real PITA.
petalpower is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 10:13 PM
  #118  
Blackdays
Boom.
 
Blackdays's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pittsburgh -> Cleveland -> San Francisco
Posts: 2,523
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kbbpll View Post
Does that sign say "A Community of Enchiladas"? Sorry, I got too much frostbite on my corneas. What's a "LANE BIKE"?
Encinitas
Blackdays is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 11:48 PM
  #119  
digibud
Senior Member
 
digibud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Further North than U
Posts: 2,000

Bikes: Spec Roubaix, three Fisher Montare, two Pugs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
What do I do in the winter? Put on my studded tires.
digibud is offline  
Old 09-30-10, 11:52 PM
  #120  
wrr1020
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: So Cal
Posts: 1,153
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks to Los Angeles weather i can ride year round so nothing changes for me.
wrr1020 is offline  
Old 10-01-10, 02:44 AM
  #121  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
I say we ban all BFers over winter if they live in toasty California or Florida etc.
__________________
coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

No @coasting, you should stay 100% as you are right now, don't change a thing....quote Heathpack
coasting is offline  
Old 10-01-10, 03:18 AM
  #122  
Chris_F
World's slowest cyclist.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Londonderry, NH
Posts: 1,353

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD5 and Cannondale Rush

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by kbbpll View Post
what's a "lane bike"?
backwards
read
you
think
engineers
highway
Chris_F is offline  
Old 10-01-10, 04:20 AM
  #123  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1140 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
I say we ban all BFers
Fixed.
patentcad is offline  
Old 10-01-10, 04:21 AM
  #124  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1140 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
If you lose part of your penis to frostbite
I'm over 50. I'm married. I don't see this as a big problem.
patentcad is offline  
Old 10-01-10, 07:14 AM
  #125  
2manybikes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,128

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1264 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 163 Posts
.

Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
If you talk back to me again, no more treats for Bailey.
Say that again to my buddy Cujo..... go ahead, make my day.

Bailey ^..^

2manybikes is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.