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Old 11-05-19, 03:19 PM
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Snow Riders!

Its that time of year once again, dreaming of road riding on hot summer days while getting suited up for a ride in the snowy cold night. There is nothing like riding in a snowstorm with a 1000 lumen beaming through the cold night air while Stevie Ray Vaughn jams through the ear buds. Very surreal.

The payoff is in April when I put my leg over the top tube of my Cannondale Criterium Series and with a big grin and holler, head out for the Strava routes.

Here we go!
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Old 11-05-19, 06:27 PM
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Going to be 91 here on Saturday. When I lived in the mountains I loved riding my mountain bike in the snow. I should move back there.
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Old 11-05-19, 07:47 PM
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Apparently we are coming up on 4-5 days when the temps will be below freezing, day and night. No significant precipitation, aka snow. Normal highs are 52F about now. Guess I better check the snowblower.
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Old 11-06-19, 08:41 AM
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No thanks. I've ridden in snow. Don't particularly care for it for any length of time.

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Old 11-06-19, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
No thanks. I've ridden in snow. Don't particularly care for it for any length of time.

Yep. Riding in the snow is for people who don't know how to (XC) ski!
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Old 11-06-19, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
No thanks. I've ridden in snow. Don't particularly care for it for any length of time.

Yep. Riding in the snow is for people who don't know how to (XC) ski!

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Snow riding has begun! My 1000 lumen headlight froze a nice 8pt whitetail as I rode within 20 feet before it ran off. City deer, sheesh. Here is a quik pic of the 87 Trek 830 Antelope that handles the winter quite well.

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I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My brakes would melt the snow sticking to my rims which would then re-freeze to form a glaze of ice on the braking surfaces. I'd have to steer into piles of snow when I wanted to slow down. The other thing I remember is how quickly I could go from vertical to horizontal if I hit a patch of ice that I wasn't expecting.

I don't do that anymore.
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I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My brakes would melt the snow sticking to my rims which would then re-freeze to form a glaze of ice on the braking surfaces. I'd have to steer into piles of snow when I wanted to slow down. The other thing I remember is how quickly I could go from vertical to horizontal if I hit a patch of ice that I wasn't expecting.

I don't do that anymore.
I havent experienced the rim icing to this point. I ride the streets and neighborhoods in our small town. We have hills but I check brakes before they are needed. Sure beats cabin fever and spinning a trainer. This is my 5th winter riding.
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What is this stuff you all call snow?
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Dude, so funny. That song was playing the other day as I drove in the first snow. Station had a tribute dedicated to the first snowfall.
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Apparently we are coming up on 4-5 days when the temps will be below freezing, day and night. No significant precipitation, aka snow. Normal highs are 52F about now. Guess I better check the snowblower.
..minor forecast adjustment, expecting 3-6" Sunday night into Monday. Not enough to sweat and less than the possible 12" over along Lake Michigan.
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Bring on the snow !


Hey we even like a little ice !
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It was a brisk, calm and moonlit 18deg ride tonight. Just a hint of things to come.
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Good thread. Now I just need to build up my new winter bike!
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Yesterday we had -3deg and for tonight’s ride it was a balmy 30deg. What a difference a day makes. Even saw bugs buzzing around. Peaceful evening, light traffic up through the hills.
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As you've probably seen, OldsCool, I am finally biting the bullet and using my trainer a few times a week this winter. Starting all over from scratch in the spring was just getting too painful and it was taking all summer to get my conditioning back.

I'll do it inside, though.

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As you've probably seen, OldsCool, I am finally biting the bullet and using my trainer a few times a week this winter. Starting all over from scratch in the spring was just getting too painful and it was taking all summer to get my conditioning back.

I'll do it inside, though.
I noticed. All the cold weather folk on my Strava feed are posting rides in Watopia (etc). We are getting too old to start over every spring. Im not having much saddle time but the entire body workout on snowy streets, heavy clothes and MTB seems to keep me in the game. At least it feels like it, anyway.
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Back when I lived in town and commuted 2 miles to work and back every day, I always had a head start on everyone in the spring. It may have only been 10-15 minutes' workout, but it could be as hard or as easy as I wanted, and that usually meant "hard." Now I have a 10-minute walk to my car, and it's just not the same. Walking isn't fun like cycling is.
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