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Do you bike in the winter?

Old 12-04-10, 07:24 PM
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Do you bike in the winter?

I'm wondering if people actually do bike in the winter. Where I live it becomes extremely cold and even snows often. Do you man it out or hook your bike up to a trainer and catch up on some tv shows. If you do bike, what do you wear?
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Old 12-04-10, 07:30 PM
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Here is a picture of me during my ride today.



Temps right around 30, wore bib shorts with tights, under armor, long sleeve jersey, jacket. I was wearing regular cycling socks, shoes, insulated booties, also wearing a balaclava, helmet, and helmet cover. Oh...and gloves.
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there is an entire subforum and several active threads about winter riding and training
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I hibernate during the winter.

That reminds me...
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I ride on the weekends when it's not snowing or wet. Today was low 30s and kind of windy. My eyes were watering and it was hard to see. By the time I get home from work during the week it's dark so I ride the trainer a few nights a week as well. For outside riding, I wear a base layer, a winter jersey and then a windproof jacket. Not sure how low I can go but my mid 20s I may need a different solution. On the lower half I wear shorts and winter tights. My feet sometimes get cold even with warm socks so I may need to invest in booties but so far I haven't.
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I ride on the weekends when it's not snowing or wet. Today was low 30s and kind of windy. My eyes were watering and it was hard to see. By the time I get home from work during the week it's dark so I ride the trainer a few nights a week as well. For outside riding, I wear a base layer, a winter jersey and then a windproof jacket. Not sure how low I can go but my mid 20s I may need a different solution. On the lower half I wear shorts and winter tights. My feet sometimes get cold even with warm socks so I may need to invest in booties but so far I haven't.
Pick up some good lights for during the week. It's amazing how fun and relaxing night riding can be.
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Winter? What is this winter you speak of?

It was cloudy and cool today though.
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Every day. No matter the temperature or conditions.
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Originally Posted by mattdog02 View Post
I'm wondering if people actually do bike in the winter.
Why not?
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Every day. No matter the temperature or conditions.
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no snow, I go. insulated pants and shirt (under armor {ripoff** cold weather gear), jersey, wind vest, hat (headsweats), full fingered gloves (nashbar), smartwool socks. thats good to about 20, if Its colder I do have a neopreene face mask and jacket but there is usually snow on the roads in vermont by then.
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I do. It helps if you're live in the Dallas area and not in Frostbite Falls or something. But there's people that ride in the frozen northlands, too. If it gets too bad, you get a Pugsley and those Large Marge tires and have at it that way.

By the way- if you can't bike- I found in the past that hiking uphill and snowshoeing are both good exercise, and I think they work a lot of the same muscles. And I think cross-country skiing would as well. If you can't bike but you do something else instead, great. If you can't bike and sit around the house waiting for spring, that's when it's a problem.

From today's ride- 125 miles:
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
Pick up some good lights for during the week. It's amazing how fun and relaxing night riding can be.
Yeah, winter nights can be pretty cool (not the temp kind) but the extra effort to ride at night and my fear of idiot drivers has won out so far. Plus, I'm not ready to invest a $200 set of lights. I may give it a try though with my cheap clip on light sometime.
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Originally Posted by mattdog02 View Post
I'm wondering if people actually do bike in the winter. Where I live it becomes extremely cold and even snows often. Do you man it out or hook your bike up to a trainer and catch up on some tv shows. If you do bike, what do you wear?
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Yes, but snow is very rare (and never lasts) and it typically doesn't stay cold in south Louisiana.
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Yup, keys to riding in the winter are layers, lights and the ability to "steer" your bike rather than lean it.
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Trainer ?

TV ?

I do not know of these things you speak of... and where do you live so that we might know if we should mock you or tell you to htfu.


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Winter brings less road riding as I MT Bike mostly. This Winter I will get some road miles in though. Tomorrow will be low 30s, with winds gusting to 35 mph. Gonna be a great day in the woods. Especially if we get a dusting of snow.
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Here's my bike this morning. Fresh snow and the trail wasn't too badly rutted by pedestrians except in a few stretches. Three inches of fresh snow made for a good workout - kind of like climbing constantly for a couple of hours.

Tomorrow will be much colder so I'm going to ride easier indoors, then I start the CTS Progressive Power series this week.
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Winter in Socal is perfect bicycling weather. Partly cloudy temps High 60s to High 70s.
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When it is below freezing or wet, it is time for the trainer.

A nice dry and sunny 20 degree day is fine but it get to risky (with cars) when it is wet and slippery.
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I've biked in the winter with a snow mobile helmet and ski pants. I've used many brands found here in Canada and I find the Canadian Tire bicycles can last two winters even if they're kept outside and you only oil the chain.

Thinking about it now. I think the more realistic thing to do would have been to build a bike with a sealed bottom bracket, sealed hubs, sealed headset and pedals. That way I could have oiled the chain and cables and replace noodles once in a while and the bikes could have lasted for years instead of going through a lot of cheap bikes.

I used a sort of wind-proof biking jacket with a warm Nike jacket inside and a sort of tube thing that I suppose was designed to go over your ears but instead I put it around my neck. And I could shove this tube thing inside the front opening of the helmet to keep air from coming in. Of course, when you're breathing the same hot air it can get pretty warm in there.

Actually, once you get used to slip sliding in the snow, you start to gain a better sense of balance in the snow. Then it becomes fun.
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I sure am planning on it. Spent the last 2 weeks being quite lazy as I really have a hard time getting on the trainer. Put some studded snow tires on an old mountain bike today and hit the road again. As luck would have it the FD broke but I'll get that sorted out. I'm planning on riding every day I can outside. I'll have to stay off the main roads though as there snow really piles up and the shoulders tend to disappear. But I'd still rather ride several 5 mile loops on the side roads than sit on the trainer for an hour or so. Today with warm temps around 36 degrees and a bit of a drizzle I wore two pair of sock and regular running shoes, tights, thin coolmax base, fleece pullover, gortex shell, and lightweight mittens. This was actually a bit too warm but I'm still working out the proper clothing. As a runner I ran outside year round and plan to do pretty much the same as a biker.

Of course once my front sidewalk reaches this level it may be hard to find places to safely ride,

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I do- it takes some experimenting to find out when and how. I use my road bike- probably not the smartest thing to do but I like the ride, If the snow is accumulating on the road I hold off until the roads are fairly clear. Layers, wool, balaclava etc are all needed. It is fun and is no different than skiing, in fact it is easier to stay warm cycling than skiing.
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I don't ride my road bikes much in the winter here but will take out the touring bike and ride some more epic distances and we have a few 100km rides in the works... winter is a time when I can ride and gain weight back after a summer of knocking down bigger mileage as winter cycling can be very hard work here.
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