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as winter nears... how will your cycling regimen change?

Old 10-03-11, 09:15 AM
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Winter = more miles
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I cut out weekday rides and my weekend rides start later in the day in order to get the warmest temps possible. It'll never rain in Texas again so I don't have to worry about precipitation.

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Is this the start of the "Which trainer should I buy??" wave of threads?

I live in Texas, so nothing changes except my clothing. I heard someone say somewhere there there's not such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. I'm taking that to heart this winter.
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Originally Posted by Toadster
given this is my first 'seasonal' change - what should I plan for? I live in Northern CA - so we get rain and cold, but where I live - not freezing. We've seen a day or two of snow in the past 10 years.

it's the wet that I'm cautious of to be honest...
Your climate is mild. Just get used to the wet -- it's really no big deal. It's cooler and wetter up here in OR than in CA and the riding is fine year 'round. Today I'll put in more than 40 miles in the rain.
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Originally Posted by fishymamba
No change!! The awesomeness of living in SoCal.
Except for that odd winter where you wish you had an ice scraper for that 1 day you need it....
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Main difference for me is that I'll take my Brompton off the shelf in the garage and commute during the week as opposed to getting on my road bike before sunrise to squeeze in a ride before work.
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Problem is daylight, if you don't want to ride in the dark.

So for me it's outdoors Saturday and Sunday.

Cyclocross Thursday nights.

And then trainer Tuesday and Wednesday ( or occassionally a lunch time ride one of those days).

The trainer once or twice a week really isn't that bad.

Just do shorter, structured work outs on the trainer during the week and longer rides outdoors on the weekend.
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I have to start my rides earlier since it's dusk by 7 PM. I'll get fewer riding days due to rain. We had a week in September where it rained hard all day, every day, for a week. The last three days have been washouts here as well with rain and temps down in the '40's (very unusual for this area). The weather is supposed to rebound tomorrow (back in the '70's), and other than rain and having to ride earlier, I should be able to get in just about as many miles in October and November as I did in July and August (when I did some traveling).

I really don't enjoy riding in temperatures much below 50 degrees, so December - February are iffy months for riding, not to mention it's dark by 5 PM.
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Rochester ny! Land of the "winter beater" car! Lived there for three years. Loved the people, but hated the snow!!!!!...Live in St. Louis MO now. Our wintwers aren't too bad when its too cold and snowing I plan on using the trainer. Otherwise I will be layerd up and ridding outdoors. But I also ride my motorcycle up untill the snows fall.
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CX instead of road. Fewer kms, but harder ones.
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more riding here... just get to ride when the sun is out without melting into a puddle of fat
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Originally Posted by Commodus
CX instead of road. Fewer kms, but harder ones.
First good storm of the season tonight. I'm going to take the CX bike out tomorrow. It'll be nice to not have so much dust.
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Going to ride a lot more...

I'm in AZ... finally the 105 avg temps are going away... weather forecast says today was the last day of 90 degree weather and next week starts 70's...

I live in a very bike friendly area (they even have a path for little kids to the middle school and high school here). Wake up every morning and see 2-3 group rides going on...

Going to be a good winter...
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Started last night on the Turbo Trainer already. Will be on it a few times each week with a long ride on Sunday mornings.
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i'll be lifting heavy, eating lots trying to gain some weight. i'll park the bike and ride my snowboard as much as i can. during snowboard season, i don't even care about anything else in the world. i live in KY so i always have to travel to do so but it's worth it.
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For me, it's a matter of finding time to ride during the warmer part of the day, while still leaving enough time to get in a decent ride before dark. In the dead of winter, this involves departing at around 1:00 p.m., which means that I can only do it on days when I "work" at home. Sometimes I make up for it by working late into the evening. Other times, I'll have a glass of wine after my ride.....and that's that.
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I'll keep commuting as long as the roads are clear of snow and ice. It can get REALLY nasty for short periods around here. And despite the fact that it snows here several times EVERY winter, drivers seem to be completely clueless about dealing with it. Weekends will be cycling until there's enough snow "up the hill" for skate skiing. Weights and trainer/spin class during the week. I actually LIKE not being able to ride year-round: I HAVE to cross-train, and when the roads open up again, I'm rarin' to go on the bike!

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Northeast here. I'll dress heavier and ride shorter loops. I'll do this until the snow/sand/salt gets to be dangerous. I also play basketball a few times a week and I'll do that as cardio with hitting the gym every so often.
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Generally, if I can't ride, I can XC ski. Some weeks I can do both.

As others have noted, road conditions more than temps are the limiting factor in my case, though I won't go out (riding) if it's colder than 15 F.
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