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Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?(29 posts)

Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 26, 2001 7:41 AM
For all the folks out there who don't live in San Diego - do you enjoy the time off that winter forces on you?

There are a couple of posts below that got me thinking. Personally, I look forward to this time of year. Around here, serious road riding starts toward the end of February, and by Labor Day I'm ready to hang 'em up for a while. The cold and darkness make me feel good about relaxing a bit, and the variety you have to toss into your routine this time of year kind of rejuvenates me. I get the jogging shoes out, start weights, get off road more, hit the rail trails with my lights after work. It's fun. I'll still ride 50-80 a week from Nov. - Feb., but it's all fun stuff like fixed gear or cross trails, bundled to the nines.

Anyway, that's my take on the seasonal changes - I look forward to them.


We can and do. I really enjoy riding in the snow and cold.MB1
Sep 26, 2001 7:45 AM
I could skip the ice storms though.
ride all yearDog
Sep 26, 2001 7:51 AM
I enjoy riding all year. The winters here in Fresno, Ca., are pretty mild, 50-60 degree days at worst, sometimes in the 30's at night and early morning. Get some fog, but then you can go up into the foothills of the mountains and get above it. For most Saturday rides, I'm wearing full arm and leg warmers in the morning, and then peel everything off by noon.

My biggest gripes about "winter" is fewer daylight hours. I don't feel safe riding at night.

I like staying in shape year round, and not having to start from scratch every spring. Heck, around here, racing starts in January, and centuries and doubles soon follow.

Heck, no!Stampertje
Sep 26, 2001 7:54 AM
Evanston, IL? They have a speedskating team there... best winter fun to be had! Really, other sports take over in winter. Change is good.

That said, when I lived in Amsterdam I would still do a ~40 mile training ride every Sunday, mostly for cardio fitness and social contacts. Around Chicago, I hardly ever rode in winter but I did ride my MTB in the snow in Michigan last fall... that was cool.
I ride all year round...DINOSAUR
Sep 26, 2001 8:07 AM
I live in the foothills, the temperature is mild compared to the eastern states. Our winters probably resemble spring weather. I was talking to a person who live in Minn. the other day explaining our winters, and she waited until I got finished and said that instead of having 30o temperatures, theirs was -30o. The only thing that stops me is rain. I get my rides in between the storms. The only difference is my ride times stretch out to late morning because I wait until the temperature rises, as opposed to the summer months when I have to get out early to avoid the heat. I do take a couple of weeks off during the year, to rest and get away from the sport, it seems to help.
re: Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?fishwheel
Sep 26, 2001 8:21 AM
I ride all year. The winters are not exactly mild here in Michigan, but once you get out there it's really not that bad. I ride to work every day year round ( 7 miles each way). I do however ride a lot more in the winter months, but long for the warmer weather in the winter so I can get out on those long road rides. I really look forward to being able to change gears, derailleurs don't work to well when covered with ice and frozen road grime.

Riding is definitely different in the winter, but satisfying in its own way.
Colorado has too many other sports to do in winterChris Zeller
Sep 26, 2001 8:45 AM
I have too much fun with other winter sports here--ice climbing, bacountry skiing, snowshoing, telemark sking, randonee skiing. I'll have pleanty to do to keep me fit year-round. Then how much sweeter it will be to returnt to biking when spring comes around.

You can bike in the winter here if you want, but is it as much fun as it is in the summer? Is it as much fun biking in thw winter as the things listed above are in the winter? You can ski and iceclimb all summer too but I wouldn't recommed it.
you bet I would!dano
Sep 26, 2001 8:50 AM
I'd love to ride year round...especially if I could just wear shorts & short sleeve jersey year round. I admit to being a bit of a fair weather rider. I tried riding through the wet & cold English winters when I first arrived here. All I managed to do was to take the fun out of riding by constantly dealing with cold wet feet, a runny nose, numb fingers, and a rapidly deterioriating bike. The salt, water and sand that just gets into every possible place on my bike during winter riding (the roads in England never dry out between November and March) wears the components out very quickly. I ruined the Bianchi that brought with me from Italy in short order. I don't like to have to wash and lube my bike after every single ride and still lose the race against rapid deterioration. So, now instead of fighting the winter weather, I just do other things like swim, lift weights, run, and ride rollers. I have the clothing and the fender-equipped bike to deal with winter riding, but I found after 3 winters that it just wasn't that much fun. So now I take it out only on those rare nice winter days. If I could ride in reasonably warm and dry weather year round, I certainly would.
Sep 26, 2001 8:57 AM
Last year, I planned to ride straight through. Then mother nature dumped 44" of snow onto Chicago in December. Shortly after, the Trek was abducted, forcing me into a 4 month sabaticle. I hope to ride longer this year, but am not sure how long the skinny tires will hold out.

Alex...did you ever get a kayak? I totally forgot to email you and now can't b/c of the new format. Anywho, I was told that Rudabeggers in Madison, WI is the place to shop.
Sep 26, 2001 9:26 AM
Actually, the shop is Rutabaga. Good place. They actually used to brag about not carrying a single natural fiber in their store! Bought my last kayak their.

Andy - Wannabe
Kayak no, wetsuit yes.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 26, 2001 10:09 AM
I really wanted to take advantage of the lake but didn't have the cash for a kayak. Wetsuit will hopefully keep me swimming in the lake til mid Oct.

A little bird tells me...Kristin
Sep 26, 2001 10:38 AM
...that Rudabega's has a blowout clearance every August. That could be a good time to strike.
A little bird tells me...Turtleherder
Sep 26, 2001 1:38 PM
My wife and I bought our kayaks at Rutabaga's in Madison, Wisconsin. They have the most knowledgable and friendly staff of any shop I have ever visited. They have a finger of the lake right behind the shop. You can try out any boat you want and as many as you want. In March of every year they have a show called canoeacopia. They bring in all the major suppliers and have a huge show at the convention center. They cut great deals during this time. At the same time, across the parking lot in another building (at least last year) they also had a bike show. Can't beat it, bikes and boats. Also, the shop got it's name from a Frank Zappa song, how cool is that?
I remember that stormfishwheel
Sep 27, 2001 9:13 AM
I had to take the bus for three days after that storm. I was too scared to ride, not of cars but of my wife, she's relaxed quite a bit about the icebike commute thing though, so this year I hope too miss zero days. By the way, Nokian makes winter tires for road bikes.
re: Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?raboboy
Sep 26, 2001 9:01 AM
I would and I am. This is my first year on a road bike and I am going to try to ride all winter. It may be tough with New England winters, but i'll give it my best shot.
Yup...In Washington DC it ain't that hardGreg Taylor
Sep 26, 2001 9:13 AM
The weather here is reasonably mild, and I commute to work by bike, so there are darn few days that I won't ride. Washingtonians are true wimps about snow, so if the weather is above-average bad then work will shut down.

I also like the challenge of riding year round. Battling the elements adds spice to my ride. You can also have some awesome rides -- I remember last year riding home at night through the woods along the GW Parkway during a snow-shower. Very pretty. I have a decent light set up for the dark, fenders, water proof bag, and jacket for the rain and sleet, and my Celtic ancestry to fall back on for mentally dealing with the cold, dark season. I do get a little worried about a mechanical or a flat when the weather dips below 20 degrees -- changing a tire in the cold can be a bear...
I can and I doterry_b
Sep 26, 2001 9:15 AM
Living in New Mexico allows it, although it can be cold during January and February. I shoot for at least 250 miles a month outside during the peak of the winter, exclusively on the weekends (balanced with 3 nights a week indoors.)
I'm gonna try like hell. (nm)Roxy
Sep 26, 2001 9:33 AM
re: Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?Birddog
Sep 26, 2001 9:35 AM
I live in central Oklahoma and winters here can be very fickle. I have ridden year round for 6 or 7 seasons now and don't regret it one bit. I usually take off from mid Dec to 2nd week in Jan when I am out in NM skiing. My old rule of thumb was to ride anytime it was 32 or above and sunny. or 35/36 above and overcast. This past winter the small group that I ride with who now ride year round in part because of me, took that rule to a new level. We rode 4 times when it was below 20 and several when it was 20 to 30. It was always interesting to hear the comments and see the looks when we showed up at our meeting place. None of us could believe that we were that addicted to show on some of those days. We even went out one day when there were patches of pure ice. We had been shut out for a couple of weekends and had to get a fix.
Seved with ice or piping hot: Adrenaline is AdrenalineDelia
Sep 26, 2001 10:47 AM
First Night ride tommorow....can't wait.

A few people from the group I rode with this Summer do a night ride on Tuesdays and Thursdays all winter long. I hear it's a good 30 miles on MTB or fat tire hybrid. Aside from that, there are the treadmills at the gym, as a well as a good indoor lap pool nearby. All in all, I'm looking forward to the coming Cold...
You can ride all year probably up and down the wholeMrockwell
Sep 26, 2001 12:50 PM
CA coast. Atleast past San Fransisco. The ocean keeps the temps moderate. Its not just San Diego.
In fact where Im at (well north of San Diego) winterMrockwell
Sep 26, 2001 12:52 PM
has better conditions. Its just that durn sun dont stay out as much. THe lights have to come out.
usually do if >32deg, and plan to this winter. more mtb, thoughSpiritual Haiku
Sep 26, 2001 12:59 PM
and less road. end of DST is beginning of weight lifting/gym season, and back to my friend the treadmill. difference this late fall/early winter is the new trainer i bought in early 2001.

contrary to popular belief, we do get some nasty winters here in elvisville. nothing northern-illinois caliber, though!
I at least get on the road bike 1-2x a month.look271
Sep 26, 2001 1:02 PM
Eastern Pa winters can be bad, but lately there hasn't been much snow, so I try to get out on the road a couple of times a month (Dec-Feb). This is when I usually get on the mtb and have some fun in the woods. Skiing is another pastime as well as training with weights. Makes me "hungrier" when it starts to warm in late March and early April. Makes me WANT to get on the Look.Change is good.
probably notDaveG
Sep 26, 2001 3:13 PM
While I don't completely stop riding in the winter, I seriously curtial my riding and don't set any winter riding goals. I don't normally ride below 40deg(F). While I get depressed at the end of the season (as in now) I think I need the break to get up for the next season. I'm not sure I could cycle with the same motivation year-round
definitely (I do)Duane Gran
Sep 26, 2001 3:28 PM
I regard the winter as an excellent opportunity to gain fitness and work on specific technique issues. Daylight is the biggest limitation, but I'm getting a good lighting system and hope that will settle the issue. When weather won't permit riding, the trainer and the rollers provide a very controlled workout environment. Yeah, they are boring, but I just start to wonder if my competitors (I race) are training or taking the day off and it motivates me.

I certainly prefer riding in the Summer, however the cold weather isn't bad if you have the right gear. In some ways it is nice to not worry about being overheated. Just unzip a little and you can cool off very quickly. You also don't need as much water, which is handy for long rides.
That's why I moved to Florida! (nm)Elefantino
Sep 26, 2001 3:28 PM
And that's why I stay in Texas! -NMTig
Sep 27, 2001 7:09 AM
re: Would you ride a 12 month season if you could?mackgoo
Sep 27, 2001 5:19 AM
I'd rather be on the left coast riding every day year round.