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Pros/Cons of frigid weather riding(6 posts)

Pros/Cons of frigid weather ridingfunknuggets
Dec 11, 2002 12:39 PM
Man, I dont know what I hate worse, hours on the trainer in the basement sweating all over the place, or losing the feeling in my fingers and toes. In order to keep this winter training in a positive light, I wanted to get some feedback as to what you see as the benefits and drawbacks of outdoor training in the arctic.

Water stays cold
Accelerade popsicles

The painful itchy feeling you get on your thighs when you begin to thaw out after your ride (what causes this???)

foggy glasses

Inability to play x-box for hours after... (kidding)
Con - getting sickUncleMoe
Dec 11, 2002 12:53 PM
I seem to get 3-5 colds every winter, which with a good 10 days after first symptoms to feel 100% again, I am prety much under the weather for a good portion of the winter. This never happened until I started biking year round.

I used to have asthma as a kid and my lungs and sinuses still aren't the greatest at clearing stuff out.
Yeah, but: Cold weather doesn't cause coldsretro
Dec 11, 2002 5:18 PM
It just doesn't. There have been many studies, one large one released just last week, that don't show any connection. Colds are caused by viruses; the temperature has nothing to do with it.
So why do we think so? One likely reason the study suggested is that we're indoors more in winter and in closer contact with people, so we have more exposure. The viruses may live longer indoors than outside, so transmission is easier. Also, many people get runny noses in cold weather and call it a cold; it's actually just a physiological reaction. And if you're riding from coffeehouse to coffeehouse, like I am, instead of sitting home watching football, you're going to come in contact with more people.
re: Pros/Cons of frigid weather ridingeyebob
Dec 11, 2002 1:54 PM
You're seen as sincerely deranged by your neighbors (keeps them from getting too close)
Enables you to accurately write product reviews on some of the cold weather clothing using terms like "knumb nuts and shriveled dick" (How often do you get to use those terms?)

Makes you realize what you're missing when you don't live in a warmer climate.
Makes you want to uproot your whole life to relocate to said warmer climate just so that you don't have to ever do this again!
Makes those closest to you seriously think that you're deranged for wanted to uproot said life just to accommodate said "hobby."

An AlternativeLone Gunman
Dec 11, 2002 5:12 PM
If the weather outside is really too crappy to ride, (I don't get out much in the winter unless it is relatively dry roads and sunny) I set up my rollers in the garage with the door open and wear cold weather clothes and watch the snow fly while I ride rollers. Gives it a whole different feel.
re: Cons = AustraliaNoam
Dec 11, 2002 10:38 PM