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Cold in Florida (MB1)(10 posts)

Cold in Florida (MB1)netso
Jan 23, 2003 7:04 AM
It will be 25 - 30 degrees this Saturday. This is cold for Florida!!!
Should we ride? I say yes, my wife say's Hell no! What should I do MB1?
Do what I do-don't mess with the wife.MB1
Jan 23, 2003 7:11 AM
In my dreams Miss M says don't ride, in reality we ride. Gotta keep the wife happy.
re: Cold in Florida (MB1)gdtrfb24
Jan 23, 2003 8:29 AM
and have you noticed for the past two months, the coldest days are always saturday and sunday!!!!! this past tuesday was great, but they're forcasting in the teens for g'ville this weekend.
re: Cold in Florida (MB1)netso
Jan 23, 2003 9:56 AM
Teens in Gainesville - wow! I went to Med School in Gville in the 60's. Great place to ride! My wife actually taught in Newberry in the 60's. Some of the students were older than she was.
stay indoors......african
Jan 23, 2003 9:18 AM
cook for the wife and watch the bucs.
I just got back ...Humma Hah
Jan 23, 2003 11:04 AM
We just got back from a week in Orlando. There were freezing temps the night we arrived and again for three nights in a row when we left. During the day the temps were typically hitting 50-60, and I was wishing I had my bike. I know you could handle the temps, even at dawn when they're coldest.

It is SO pathetically flat, tho! I could probably gear the cruiser up to 46:16 and go for a 200-mile PR.

On the other hand, you have not taken a week off from cycling in HOW long? It might be an interesting experience. A few days off the bike result in a really great performance when I get back on.
No, it is not...Ian
Jan 23, 2003 6:43 PM
...pathetically flat. You needed to go just outside Orlando to Clermont, we do have some hills there. Nothing longer than 1/2 mile, but we do have one 13% grade, a few 10-11% grades and plenty of 6-7% grades. I can get over 5,000 feet of climbing in a century. It was enough to give me good training for Six Gap last year.

Ian
No, it is not...netso
Jan 24, 2003 3:40 AM
Hurrah!!!! I am glad you said it!!!!
Hope I get to see that sometime ...Humma Hah
Jan 24, 2003 6:59 AM
My wife's from Perry, and I've visited various tourist destinations from Desdin to Miami and don't recall much terrain. I'll have to check Topo USA to see what's there, for now.

From what I've been exposed to so far, I'll stick by my statement that I could at least find a route in central FL that would be sufficiently flat to allow a double-century attempt on a singlespeed cruiser. I've not found any place in Virginia where I could do that, even in Tidewater. Flat areas in VA usually have more elevation than FL, so develop significant valleys for every stream, and a century is likely to involve at least 3000 ft of climbing with significant short grades. I think I could pick a route around Orlando with under 1000 ft per 100 miles.
Around Orlando?Ian
Jan 24, 2003 7:42 AM
With under 1000 feet of climbing in 100 miles? I do not know about that. You could come close, but it would be tough. The west of orlando would be out, that is Clermont and I guarantee you couldn't do it out there. North of Orlando, in Lake Mary and Sanford, maybe, if you pick your route very carefully. Further north, Mount Dora, maybe, if you once again choose very carefully. South of Orlando, down towards Disney, much more likely, but there are still some small rollers, and they could add up to 1000 before you know it. East of Orlando, out near UCF and farther, no problem. It isn't much but swamp land all the way to the ocean.

Actually, if you really want a flat ride, you should check out the Frank Starke century in Boca Raton in July. It goes up and down A1A and has breathtaking views of the Atlantic for much of the ride.

Ian