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the one thing you hate the most about winter cycling

Old 02-02-09, 08:59 PM
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I'd like to change my final answer.

What's getting really old is listening to everyone in this lame town whine endlessly about how terrible winter is.

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Old 02-02-09, 09:52 PM
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Salt and sand. It's like I've been on the beach all day but with none of the fun.

Snow plows- love/hate relationship.

And today, when it finally went up above freezing for the first time in about 2 months, the smell of 2 months of frozen dog crap all melting at once.
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Old 02-02-09, 09:57 PM
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In the dead of winter i miss the sun. Arrive to work in the dark and leave from work in the dark. At least it's getting to the point where the sun is still out for the ride home.
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Old 02-02-09, 10:21 PM
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not being able to mountain bike legitimately. sure in winter the town turns to an off road playground... but its not the same. I WANNA HIT THE DIRT
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Old 02-04-09, 10:40 AM
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I hate the dark today. It's getting better gradually but today's sunset is scheduled for 5:02p.m. and in midwinter, it's an hour earlier.
Also being in a city on the South Coast of the UK which has it's worst snowfall for over 18 years and our total uincompetence in handling it. Coming off the bike turning a corner (thankfully only at 4mph) and having a sore back the rest of the day.
Having a run on the Students Union shop gloves when your only pair has two holes in the ends of the fingers and morning temperatures are in the upper 20's is quite nasty too.
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Old 02-07-09, 09:48 AM
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When the temperature rises above 0įC (32F) and there are big pools of water on the streets and when a bus hits that pool and Iím driving on the other side of the pool and next Iím spitting salty slush out of my mouth and all my clothes are covered with that salty water, which when it dries leaves gray spots on my clothes. And the taste of the filthy water stays for the rest of the drive. Itís not nice.
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Old 02-08-09, 10:28 PM
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+2 and slushy
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Old 02-09-09, 08:33 AM
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Ice on the trail forcing me to ride on the roads.
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Old 02-09-09, 10:15 AM
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Skate cops telling me to get off the ice.
 
Old 02-13-09, 06:41 PM
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1. glasses that fog up
2. The time it takes to change my clothes
3. stupid questions, i.e. "you are not biking in that weather." By the time she cleans off the car, warms it up I am halfway home. She has already invested four thusand dollars in a car that isn't worth spit.
4. riding in the dark.
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Old 02-14-09, 03:11 AM
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It rarely gets very cold up here near Seattle, having said that, ice is a problem at times. I find little else to complain about during a winter ride.
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Old 02-14-09, 02:36 PM
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Glasses fogging.
Goggles fogging.
Dirty bike. Dirty chain.
Face gear getting soaked from water vapor, wet fabric is like a plastic bag, suffocating.
Cycle tracks, and pedestrian tracks that freeze, making a horrible surface to ride on.
Trying not to sweat, gotta ride slow. I have nothing but a t-shirt and a windbreaker, so I freeze when I set off, and then start sweating half way to my destination.

Temps are 0- -10 c.
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Old 02-14-09, 05:51 PM
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Someone asked me the other day why I like to ride during the winter. I said I don't like to ride in the winter (not exactly true). I just like to ride and it happens to be winter right now.

I do like to ride down country roads in the winter after a few vehicles have packed the snow down. By this time of year, though, I'm looking forward to spring.

The thing I like the least is the slush and slop in near freezing weather.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:43 PM
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In England, Winter can often be the best time of year. I dislike clothing comments. Being full of testosterone and frustated with excess comments, I yelled at someone who tried to tell me off wearing shorts and a t shirt and not having a jumper in 49 degree weather.
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Old 02-16-09, 03:47 PM
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It's colder, it's darker, and the roads can get really bad. What's not to love?
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Old 02-17-09, 12:59 PM
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Hate is a powerful word...

The phenomenal speed at which bikes degrade is probably what I like the least, I've resorted to get beaters and try to not care about them, but they grow onto me anyways and as months go by I see them slowly bio-degrade and burst into rust, it hurts. Not being able to use nice bikes at all for same reason also rather sucks.

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Old 02-17-09, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by JeanCoutu View Post

....I see them slowly bio-degrade and burst into rust, it hurts. Not being able to use nice bikes at all for same reason also rather sucks.
I know what you mean. I have had my butt plopped down on my old MTB for many more rides this winter than I want to count. I am also sick of hearing those knobby tires roar, but I do not want to pull out the road bike just yet.

Only a few more weeks left to go.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by cachehiker View Post
+1.

The fog and the air pollution created by the inversions.
This is really my only complaint, the inversions in the valley, and people at work saying "I can't believe you are going to ride in this inversion", i just think "I can't believe you are going to get in your car and make it worse".
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Old 02-18-09, 04:39 PM
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Waiting for the 2 feet of snow on the trails to melt!!
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Old 02-18-09, 09:34 PM
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Aargh. New answer: Camera batteries going dead during beautiful evening snowfalls.
 
Old 02-19-09, 11:16 AM
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It's the runny nose for me.

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Old 02-19-09, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Cota View Post
It's the runny nose for me.

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You gotta learn the head tilted farmer blow then...
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Old 02-19-09, 11:39 AM
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I can't keep my hands and feet warm! After an hour, under 35F, it doesn't matter what I do-- multiple layers, chem hand/feet warmers. I still feel it.
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Old 02-19-09, 02:22 PM
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Cars that get so upset that I have the audacity to ride my bike !
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Old 02-20-09, 01:37 PM
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I want to change my answer.... After having three flats in the last two (two on my way home last night alone) days and having my pump break, I am going to go with flat tires in the snow is my least favorite thing....
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