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It's a Winter Wonderland!(9 posts)

It's a Winter Wonderland!triangleforge
Dec 5, 2002 9:28 AM
Not directly cyclocross related, but I thought you might enjoy a shot of the Single Life here in Washington DC's snowy Thursday...

I can't wait!adventurefind
Dec 5, 2002 11:09 AM
I can't wait until we move back to Wisconsin. I really enjoy biking on the snow. Although I think the perfect setup would be a Gunnar Ruffian single speed bike and turn it into a snow machine.

I would make it fixed gear (slush and the cold would freeze a cassette and make it trouble some when shifting and a freewheel can also freeze), and add on my moustache bars. Maybe go with a disc brake on front so I can stop. Oh, and studded tires too...regular toe clips for heavy duty boots. WHALAH! a mtn cross bastard bike
Wisconsin's Great!triangleforge
Dec 5, 2002 11:29 AM
I love the way many folks in the upper Midwest turn snow & sub-zero temperatures into an opportunity for fun, rather than something to dread.

I used to travel to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa & thereabouts fairly frequently, and a couple of years ago I woke up in Madison to muse out the window about a bracing five-below, snowy morning, only to see a rider go by on the nearby bike trail (another reason to love Madison, but I digress). No sooner had I started to marvel to myself about what a truly insane hardcore the guy must be, than two more bikers rode by. What a place!

It sure isadventurefind
Dec 5, 2002 12:00 PM
I have slipped on ice and chipped teeth because of. Shredded tires from sharp ice, and I fell through the ice while crossing a creek on my bike. Yeah, we're all insane.

But there's noting like 4 am bike rides in the snow. Man! I miss those days.
I hear ya.TWD
Dec 5, 2002 1:31 PM
I grew up in WI, went to school in upper Michigan, now living out in Oregon.

I miss the days when all you need to have a good time was an old set of tires, about 300 sheet metal screws, and a pair of Mr Tuffy tire liners.

I used to go out and ride on the bare ice of the local frozen lakes and rivers. Never fell through though.

Now that I think about it, those were my first experiences with single speeding too (both derailluers frozen into a big ice ball). I can still remember the rides where the cables on my down tube were about an inch in diameter from all the ice cased on them. And the icecycles hanging from the bottom bracket shells.

There was a back road up to the top of the local ski resort, so we would sneak out there at night on our mountianbikes and do downhill runs on the hardpack snow in the dark. What a blast.

Out here, all I get is a couple of snow rides a year up in the hills when the snow level drops, but its just wet slush and not that cold. Doesn't compare.
sniff sniffatpjunkie
Dec 5, 2002 3:21 PM
well I'm sitting here at my desk in shorts, tee shirt and sandals and I feel like I'm missing something. Oh well I guess my ride to the beach will help ease the pain. I'll have to wait a month and some change and then drive about an hour to get my snow riding in. Then again when I'm done I can drive back downhill and warm up.
I can't complainTWD
Dec 5, 2002 5:06 PM
I miss riding in the snow, but it was 50 degrees and sunny here today. That's almost unheard of this time of year, but we've had a really dry fall by Oregon standards.

I'm sure we'll be back to our endless months of 40 degree rain soon enough. But hey, we have a ton of singetrack and fire roads that start about a mile from where I work, and you can ride most of it year round, although it's kinda sloppy. Don't have to worry about crowded trails in the winter that's for sure.
Wisconsin's Great!shawniemc
Dec 5, 2002 12:01 PM
I'm in MN and now I've got the bug. 4 degrees this moring and the only problem I had was my eyelashes freezing together, I guess they'll just have to go!
re: It's a Winter Wonderland!Manicmtbr
Dec 6, 2002 5:57 AM
Triangle Force,

Work you way over to Fair Hill, MD on Sunday so you can race that rig on the snow!