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What happens know?(11 posts)

What happens know?rubendc19
Aug 25, 2003 12:51 PM
Well I have a question, I'm a somewhat of a newbie to this, I started riding my road bike in the beginning of this summer,(and I really enjoy it) My question is now that the winter is coming (here in the east coast) what do you guys do? Do you still ride. Or do you own indoor trainers, I can't see myself on a trainer, seems to boring. Am I supposed to stop riding until it gets hot again, Please share what you guys do for these upcoming months?
re: What happens know?No_sprint
Aug 25, 2003 12:55 PM
I ride all year around, I'm in SoCal. If it's too windy or cold or raining I bail. That's ultra rare here though. If you're serious about cycling and maybe racin', this is base building time. Lower intensity increase mileage. If you're a rec rider, ride as much as you please.
what's winter?mohair_chair
Aug 25, 2003 12:59 PM
So it gets cold. So what? Buy some decent winter gear and keep riding. It's all about clothing. If you have the right gear, it's no big deal. Unless there's ice and snow outside, you ride. Of course, I live in California!

The biggest problem isn't temperature, it's light. The days are short. Ride in the morning, ride at lunch time, or get some decent lights and ride at night. We do a lot of night riding on mountain bikes during winter. With HID lights, it's just like riding in daylight.

Finally, get some rollers.
Yeah, just go get some winter gearKristin
Aug 25, 2003 1:13 PM
No problemo. On a 30 degree day I don $300 worth of riding gear and ride to work. Once I get to the office, I take off all $300 worth of gear and put on an $100 suit. Criminy, I wear $400 worth of clothes in one day. My little-old, German great grandmother, who survived the depression as an immigrant, is rolling in her grave right now. She'd box my ears for sure.
Aug 25, 2003 1:04 PM
are not quite as boring as stationary. I like to think of the winter months as cross training. Swimming, lifting, etc. Sometimes shorter rides work. Just don't let the bottom fall out.
re: What happens know?rubendc19
Aug 25, 2003 1:35 PM
Ok, thats good to hear that I don't have to stop riding (Just a little less) I will definately continue weightlifting (and my favorite winter activity, playing some Playstation 2). But as far as winter riding gear, what are the essentials, I imagine I just can't put my oversized coat on and ride?
Just don't get your coat caught in the drive train. nmKristin
Aug 25, 2003 1:47 PM
re: What happens know?mohair_chair
Aug 25, 2003 3:25 PM
The trick with clothing is finding the right mix, and that you'll have to do on a daily basis. You'll need a wide range of stuff to find the right gear for the right temperature and distance. Here's my advice:

1. Full-finger gloves. I must have at least 12 different types of full-fingered gloves I've collected over the years, and I'm always looking for better ones. I have heavy duty neoprene gloves that are great when it's really cold, and all kinds of other types, materials, and thicknesses. I have a very light pair of Windstopper gloves that work great in cold because no wind chill gets through. Without any wind, your hands will get soaking wet, so those don't work on long rides. Mostly I wear lighter weight Pearl Izumi pittards or Specialized Ridge.

2. Tights. I have three types. I have pull over tights I can remove during a ride if it warms up. I have light tights that work in moderately cold temps, and I have heavier tights that have fleece on the inside for the coldest temps.

3. Shoe covers. I have two types. I have light Windstopper covers and heavy duty neoprene covers. The best neoprene ones zip up in the back.

4. Jerseys. I like the Pearl Izumi Kodiak Light jerseys for cold days. They are fairly heavy, so you might want to have some lighter weight long sleeve jerseys. For really cold days, you'll want another layer, too. You can buy undershirts, but a lot of times, I just pull on a second, short sleeve jersey instead.

5. Jackets and vests. I have a heavy jacket that I never wear. Jackets are tough, because if they are too heavy, you'll overheat. I tend to put most of the burden on my jersey/undershirt and wear the same light jacket/windbreaker I wear the rest of the year. If it's really cold and we're doing some long descents, I'll add a vest under the jacket as a third or fourth layer.

6. Depending on where you live, you might want skullcaps or ear flaps. I tried that stuff but I don't like it.

I've been riding seriously for almost 10 years now, so I've collected all this stuff over that time. You certainly don't have to buy it all at once, because it really adds up.
Make a temperature/clothing spreadsheetheckman
Aug 25, 2003 5:38 PM
Mohair covers all the bases for clothing types. Last winter was my first winter riding, and one of the shop owners gave me this advice, which worked well.

Across the top of your spreadsheet, put the temperature in 5 degree increments, down to the lowest temperature/wind chill you think that you'll ride in. Down the left side, put the various clothings that you could wear, grouped by body part. Mine has Head (headsweats, balaclava), Hands (1/2 finger, full finger, insulated gloves), Arm warmers, Torso (base layer, sleeveless shell, sleeved shell, insulated shell), Legs (tights, insulated tights), and shoe covers.

Every time you ride, note the temperature (or wind chill) and when you find a clothing combination that works, put x's in the spreadsheet for that temp/clothing combination. Over time, you'll fill in all the blanks and then wearing the right clothing is really a no-brainer. Check the temp/wind chill and the chart tells you what to wear.

Last year, it took me about 2 1/2 months to get all of the combinations down for all of the conditions that I ride in, and now I'm set for the winter.

Hope that this helps.
re: What happens now?MShaw
Aug 25, 2003 3:47 PM
You can 1. buy a trainer, some videos, and while away the long winter inside. Helps to have a weekly trainer ride with the buds you're riding with now.

2. Buy a mtn bike and stay outside

3. Buy a 'cross bike and stay outside AND get to go be slightly psychotic all winter

4. Buy some running shoes and cross train through the winter. (One of my favorites for staving off the mid-season burnout)

5. Hibernate till spring

It don't take much in the way of cold weather gear to stay comfy. I've ridden when the wind-chill was 20 below (in the DC area!), and even in the snow. Once you get to mid-winter, you'll want some lights to be able to ride at night too.

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Aug 25, 2003 7:27 PM
Thank You for all your help guys, BTW I don't live in DC I'm in Jersey, so gets it does pretty cold and snowy