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SUGGESTIONS FOR WINTER RIDING/TRAINING?(4 posts)

SUGGESTIONS FOR WINTER RIDING/TRAINING?Large Cyclist
Jul 24, 2001 11:21 AM
I've been watching OLN a lot this past month or so... leading up to the tour, there were numerous broadcasts of "Road To Paris," the 47-minute documentary detailing the training and spring races of US Postal. I keep going back to those images of Lance riding in the cold weather... I think this year, rather than putting my bikes in the back bedroom about mid-October, I'd like to try and keep riding.

I live in northeast Kansas, the Flint Hills area. Not the Pyrenees, by any stretch, but they give you a little bit to chew on. And then there is the wind...

So what do I need to do? I'll obviously need to invest in some tights, a decent jacket, gloves. I have plenty of long-sleeved t-shirts already. Would I need to do anything different to the bike? Wider tires? I actually have both a road bike and a mountain bike to choose from, fwiw.

Any suggestions along the lines of gear & training for the winter ahead would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)

Large Cyclist

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re: SUGGESTIONS FOR WINTER RIDING/TRAINING?jschrotz
Jul 24, 2001 11:55 AM
First of all, you'll need to abandon the thought of using long sleeve t-shirts. Cotton is not anything you're going to want to use when riding. Once you start sweating, and even though it's cold, if you've got a decent jacket, you will sweat; the cotton will just stay wet and cold. Get a couple of long sleeved cycling jerseys that will wick the perspiration away from your body so that you stay dry. You'll be much happier. I'd also suggest getting fenders for your bike to keep the water coming off your wheels from soaking you. Get some highly flat resistant wide tires too. There aren't many things more miserable than trying to change a flat in cold rainy weather.
IN OTHER WORDS, RIDE THE MOUNTAIN BIKE... AND HOW ABOUT COOLMAX?Large Cyclist
Jul 24, 2001 1:08 PM
My road bike is an older model (bought it used for the mongo frame size!) with 27" wheels, so my tire options are a bit limited. But I have a set of drop bar-ends for my MTB, and Continental Town & Country tires that work wonderfully on pavement--and I already have fenders.

Wife will be able to sew some tights for me, I think. Good call on the jersey. For those not-so-cold days, arm and leg warmers might help.

I *do* have a couple of long-sleeved CoolMax (100% polyester) t-shirts. Think those'll work until I find a jersey to fit me??

Large
IN OTHER WORDS, RIDE THE MOUNTAIN BIKE... AND HOW ABOUT COOLMAX?jschrotz
Jul 25, 2001 10:08 AM
Cool-Max is perfect. Just stay away from anything that doesn't wick the sweat away. Different manufacturers have differing names for their wicking fabrics. As for tires, see if you can pick up some 700 x 25s. Most road frames should be able to accomodate that width. Arm and leg warmers are priceless. No one should be without them, IMO.