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Autumn Riding Poll: I hate it when...(16 posts)

Autumn Riding Poll: I hate it when...Kristin
Oct 20, 2003 12:29 PM
I hate it when...

I ride through a pile of chestnuts at 17 MPH.
An acorn hits my helmet and screws up my HRM reading.
I have to pick pumpkin guts out of road rash. (didn't actually happen, but I was musing as I passed a smashed pumpkin the other day.)
I can't see the road for the leaves -nmfiltersweep
Oct 20, 2003 12:40 PM
re: Autumn Riding Poll: I hate it when...Dave Hickey
Oct 20, 2003 12:42 PM
I hate it when:

1. I put on arm warmers for the first time 7 months
2. I can only ride 20 miles after work instead of 40.
3. Drivers are blinded by the setting/rising sun.
4. My weekly mileage goes from 200 to 100
...it's dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home-nmColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 12:49 PM
when the local cross series is cancelled.....TNSquared
Oct 20, 2003 12:54 PM
but i love it when someone (like J) jumps in to save it.

I love Autumn riding. I hate it when I can't ride - period.
I hate it when...4bykn
Oct 20, 2003 12:56 PM
I haul my bike back from a ride and the head tube and handlebars are covered with bug guts.

The front of my truck looks even worse and will require about two hours to clean!
...my consumption of heavy metals (aka road spray) spikes - nmmdehner
Oct 20, 2003 12:58 PM
My weight starts going up (nm)spluti
Oct 20, 2003 1:03 PM
The only people that I can beat in races.....MR_GRUMPY
Oct 20, 2003 1:04 PM
are the people whom I don't care that I can beat.
Smashing pumpkins? Hmmm........nmKG 361
Oct 20, 2003 1:48 PM
Squirrels drop walnuts on the path - it's a plot you knowbimini
Oct 20, 2003 3:17 PM
The squirrels areout to get us bikers.

Always running at the bike instead of away from it. One made it's way through my rear spokes a couple of months ago.

Almost killed me since I was just finishing a down hiller at 40+MPH.

Now they are up in the trees dropping baseball size walnuts down on the bike path. Boy do those knock you around when you hit them with skinny high pressure tires.

They are also recruiting snakes, just yesterday there was a big snake laying in the middle of the bike path sunning itself. Almost crashed swerving around it.
...folks complain about the best time of the year to ride. nmMB1
Oct 20, 2003 3:45 PM
My thoughts, too.KG 361
Oct 20, 2003 4:54 PM
I was just thinking today as I went out for a 32 miler on my fixie. It's my favorite time of year to ride. No pressure to train for anything, just riding because I enjoy it. Cloudless sky, crisp temps, tailwind on the way home, leaves changing color, I get to wear some of my favorite stuff (Castelli LS jersey or DeFeet armwarmers). What's not to love?
...the ninjas returncommuterguy
Oct 21, 2003 7:07 AM
MB1 has a point--there is a lot to like about riding in autumn. But riding in the dark, I have to contend again with the all-black clad, zero-reflective material wearing joggers/walkers. Even with my awesome new HID light, I still find them literally imperceptible until it is almost too late.
...when people quit riding because of words on a calendar...JS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2003 8:23 AM
sure some of you guys are buried in snow through the winter, but us southerners don't have that excuse. come oct 1, 80% of the local "hardcore roadies" become "devoted sportsfans" and spend otherwise dedicated cycling time to afternoons with the NFL (or some other televised ball sport) and pork rinds.

it's almost time to break out the fixie. wish i felt more comfy riding it year 'round, but i just can't keep up yet, and i've come to realize my group ride needs.

in related news, i'm a bit burned out on all-day grinds and ready for some 'cross racing and weekend mtb rides. not sure i ever mentally recovered from the brevets. trail running sure is fun, especially when it's not 98*F and 90% humidity.

-J (welcoming fall and winter, buying chemical warmers by the gross)
re: Autumn Riding Poll: I hate it when...Eric_H
Oct 21, 2003 9:18 AM
....My winter bike is in pieces and the "Storm of the Century" arrives. Check out http://www.canada.com/vancouver

To be honest, only a fool would attempt riding in some of the downpours we have had in the past 5 days. Although, the weekend turned out surprisingly nice and I managed 3-4 hours each day.