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Anyone start the year off with a ride ?(30 posts)

Anyone start the year off with a ride ?zipp2001
Jan 1, 2002 12:15 PM
I started the year off with a very tough ride, with a very good rider I meet on roadbikereview about a year and a half ago. We did 31 miles in 24 degree temp. with wind gusts up to 30 mph. What a great way to start the new season.
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?MVN
Jan 1, 2002 12:30 PM
I'm about to go out in 36 deg. temperature. I don't have any tights, just leg-warmers so we'll see how long this ride lasts. Gotta get out though, been stuck inside too long.
Yep...straight to workAhimsa
Jan 1, 2002 12:39 PM
Holiday pay, so it's worth it I suppose.

Cold as hell now though. Low 20's and teens.

Although I still ride in the winter, I sure miss summer.



O' yeahHigh Gear
Jan 1, 2002 1:14 PM
A few of us in our club always do a New Years day ride. I road to the ride and was 5 minutes late due to last minute cleat adjustments on my new Northwave Huskys (Winter road shoe). Well, they were gone. It was in the low 30's, wind around 15 and I road for a little over 2 hours. Luckily not everyone reads their free newspaper that come in the plastic bag because I was glad to find on on the side of the road. I put the paper under my jersey and bag covered up the "boy's" , for they were getting a little COLD.

Happy New Year!!
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?STEELYeyed
Jan 1, 2002 1:16 PM
Went out for a couple hours this afternoon,it was 12 degrees with a about an inch of fresh snow,the roads were a little slick,average speed was 7.
VT vs.FSU at Gatorbowl had priority ...Humma Hah
Jan 1, 2002 1:19 PM
... I'm not normally much of a football fan, would rather ride than watch. However, I went to Virginia Tech, and my wife went to Florida State, and so our marriage was at stake here.

Durned swamp-indians whupped us, same as last time.

Shoulda gone for the ride.

I'll be back to riding tomorrow. For now, I need to find the computer manual, so I can reset that thing for a new year.
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?Dave Hickey
Jan 1, 2002 1:27 PM
I did 22 miles in 35 degree temps with a north wind at 15mph. It really wasn't that bad. I saw alot of runners but no other cyclists.
Your ride sounds exactly like mine..aka Cartman
Jan 1, 2002 1:39 PM
See below, or click:aka Cartman "Icicle Bicycle Ride" 1/1/02 12:12pm
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?walter
Jan 1, 2002 1:41 PM
Yes indeed. Short but sweet. Can't complain about Fla weather this time of year though there is a pretty stiff wind coming off the ocean out of the NE. Many more to come.
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?morey
Jan 1, 2002 2:33 PM
I rode at about 1 pm, cool and crisp in Florida right now.
Rode about 20 miles.
33 miles with intermittent strong language,12x23
Jan 1, 2002 2:58 PM
because I locked myself out of the house. It was 29 degrees with 10 mph North wind, according to TWC, when I went out the door. Luckily I had all my stuff (except the keys) outside. I just decided the heck with it, door will still be locked when I get back. By the way, it costs $30 in Albertville, Al to get back in your house.
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?SingleThreaded
Jan 1, 2002 5:12 PM
Out at 7am in Rhode Island, 19 degrees with standing wind chill at 11. Only thing cold were the eyeballs until the body cavity got heated up. At that point, all the body heat apparently exhausts through the eyes and everything felt fine.

Saw two other riders, who were bundled up so tightly they couldn't look left or right and apparently didn't notice me.

Twenty three miles and noticeably 1 mph slower than normal.
50 miles today.Ian
Jan 1, 2002 5:32 PM
This is the one time of the year I can say I have more miles than most other people. About 20 of us got together for a nice loop, started at 9:30. Just above 40 degrees in Orlando when we left, in the mid-50's when we were done. Then a brunch of coffee cake, bagels, cheese and crackers, orange juice and champange for our post-ride meal to ring in the New Year. Good riding, good friends and good food, what a wonderful start on 02'.
feet are still frozen!David Ho
Jan 1, 2002 6:07 PM
Did an MTB ride today and was great for the first hour,but for the last 30 minutes my feet felt as if they were detached from my body!I still have to figure the feet thing out, because they dont get cold all the time.
I have a 5 week old at home so Im glad to be out anyway!
I went for a nice 35 degree, 32 mile ride.Mike P
Jan 1, 2002 6:10 PM
It was a bit breezy too but not terrible. Wind in the face on the way back made it seem much colder than on the way out.

No flats today. . . I flatted Saturday and learned how much of a pain in the @55 it is to change a tube and cover a cut in the tire when the fingers are cold.

re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?werdna
Jan 1, 2002 6:21 PM
I did a 3 hour trainer ride. I watched all of the South Park DVD and the action scenes in Braveheart. It wasn't so bad. Hopefully I can get outside this week.

28 miles and 28 degrees. (nm)Steve Davis
Jan 1, 2002 6:41 PM
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?Sharky
Jan 1, 2002 7:09 PM
78 degrees & Intervals in S. Fla . . nm
11 miles of pure frustrationmickey-mac
Jan 1, 2002 8:34 PM
I was going to skip riding today, but got a little antsy in the afternoon. Intending to do about 35 miles, I had two flats in 5.5 miles. Out of tubes and patches at that point, I had to turn around rather than risking another flat even farther from home. I love the way Vittoria Open Corsas ride, but when they go they go IN A HURRY. I've had five flats in the last week on them after only one flat on them in the previous two months. I'm going in search of something more puncture resistant (and cheaper) for winter riding. The year can only get better after this start.
17 milesdave woof
Jan 1, 2002 10:27 PM
Did 17 miles with new girlfriend.... 65 degrees :-)
avg 13 miles / hour
65 degrees... hehe
Tempe - Az..
35 miles fixed gear 44x16Straightblock
Jan 1, 2002 10:25 PM
Temp around 50°, a little rain. Now if I could keep up this kind of mileage all year, I'd get about 12K for the year.

No chance!
Couldn't do it.pmf1
Jan 2, 2002 5:37 AM
I get a call from a friend on Sunday night wanting to know if I want to end the year with an "arctic century". At first I declined, then I called back and said yeah, what the hell. We started out at 8:00 on the 31-st, it was 20 degrees out. I don't think it got above 32 the entire day. Kinda fun, but I was frozen when I got home and asleep by midnight.

Did a nice little hike on the 1-st. Bike didn't look too appealing.
wowDuane Gran
Jan 2, 2002 6:28 AM
Did you actually ride 100 miles on Sunday? I know you live in the DC area. I barely squeezed ~50 miles in because it was *so* windy and cold. I can't imagine doing another 50.

However, I did manage to do a pretty hard ride with the team on 1/1 and rode ~60 miles. Not as cold, but still a little windy. I'm dreaming of summer.
Hey dude ...pmf1
Jan 2, 2002 6:36 AM
Nah, I did 97 miles on Monday. Not nearly as windy as it was on Sunday, but a bit colder. This friend of mine was 94 miles short of a 7500 mile year. We started out at 8:00 on the 31-st in Manassas. God it was cold. I think no wamer than 20. For the first hour, I seriously questioned my sanity. My wife has never stopped questioning it.

I'm dreaming of warmer weather too. November and early December was so nice here. This sudden blast of reality the last few weeks sure has been hard to swallow.
re: Anyone start the year off with a ride ?BikingViking
Jan 2, 2002 6:53 AM
I live in Yorktown, VA and it has been rather nippy lately. I went out to Harwood Mills and did 40 minutes on my MTB (sorry, but it ain't as cold as road riding). Being somewhat new to cold weather riding, I did discover I am in need of some neoprene booties. The only reason I quit at 40 minutes was that my feet were cold and hurting. However, the PI gloves I bought worked pretty well.

Happy New Year!!!
46 miles on fixed gearDog
Jan 2, 2002 7:05 AM
Did some rolling terrain on the fixie. About 55 degrees and overcast here. With a 42x16 gear, actually hit 32 mph down a couple of hills (that's getting the rpms really high). It was work getting it up some of those hills, too.

Here's the bike, btw:
Is that steam coming from the saddle nmJohn-d
Jan 2, 2002 7:37 AM
re:GimbelsSteve A
Jan 2, 2002 7:52 AM
Did Gimbels on Monday about 30 to 50 riders temp around 24 to 30. Did about 50 miles. This ride is in metro New York the ride goes upstate then in Ct. state then back into New York, there can be up to 100 hammer heads on this ride at times.
re: ahhh Gimbels...5ive
Jan 2, 2002 3:03 PM
Although I've only done this ride a handful of times, I really miss this ride. I'm currently semi-sidelined with achillis injury and rehabing with some light spin workouts. On the new year's day morning, I intentionally rode past the bagel shop in New Rochelle hoping to see some of you guys but I think I was there tad too early. Hoepfully I'll get better soon so I can ride the Gimbels again.
54 miles...42x18...14.8 mph avg...22*F...nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 2, 2002 8:27 AM