Winter Biking

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    Jan 30, 2015 10:30 PM GMT
    Is there anybody in here who lives in cold winter climates and rides their bike in the winter? I love riding my bike and with my winter biking gear I biked 18 miles round trip to work today when it was only 19 and a windchill of -2. Winter biking is becoming quite popular here with those really fat tire bikes. I just have a road bike, so I don't ride when roads are snow covered and icy. But we have been having a really dry winter this year and other then that one week in early January when we had a polar vortex, temps have been mostly in the 20's this winter and its been so dry.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 31, 2015 1:07 PM GMT
    I ride year-round, and while we do have wintry weather here in NC, it's rarely below 20F, even on the coldest mornings. It's just a matter of knowing what kind of gear to wear, something that you fine tune according to the temps and whether or not it's windy/sunny/cloudy/damp. Once you've got that dialed in, you can ride pretty comfortably, regardless of the conditions.

  • OHCanon

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    Jan 31, 2015 2:18 PM GMT
    Brave soul to be out in the 'teens and minus WC! I have the gear to comfortably ride at least down to freezing but the thought of all the melt and anti-skid materials also keeps me pedaling indoors (not my preference....).
  • mrk100

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    Jan 31, 2015 3:27 PM GMT
    I'm in NY and Richmond and still riding. The roads in VA have been good so far and I've had some great rides despite the cold and wind. Having the right winter gear has made the difference with my motivation to be out there when it starts dropping below freezing. Also, having some cycling buds suffering with you helps. A winter riding group is a good thing.
  • mrwritenow

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    Jan 31, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
    When I lived in NYC and Seattle I biked daily. The only days I didnt bike was the first day Imediate lay after a new snow fall. But once a few cars and trucks had made a path, I was back in business. I had a waterproof jacket and pants that I slipped over my pants and shirt. Gloves and balaclava were also part of my bike gear.
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    Jan 31, 2015 9:08 PM GMT
    DanOmatic saidI ride year-round, and while we do have wintry weather here in NC, it's rarely below 20F, even on the coldest mornings. It's just a matter of knowing what kind of gear to wear, something that you fine tune according to the temps and whether or not it's windy/sunny/cloudy/damp. Once you've got that dialed in, you can ride pretty comfortably, regardless of the conditions.



    Yeah, I've pretty much figured out what I need to wear in winter with winds and temps etc.
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    Jan 31, 2015 9:16 PM GMT
    We do have winter group rides here, usually every Friday night. They are just short 8-10 mile rides and usually include a stop for supper for a fish fry at a bar or restaurant. It's more social and slow paced and definitely not a training ride. It's been a monthly tradition the last few years to have moonlight rides every month when the moon is full. These are a lot of fun. In December we had a ride to view all the Christmas lights. When temps are below 0 I prefer indoor riding either on my bike trainer or RPM classes at the fitness club. I just can't get myself to want a ride outdoors when it is below 0. I never use to ride at all in the winter, but now that I have some good winter bike clothing, I am much more comfortable in the cold.
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    Feb 18, 2015 6:26 AM GMT
    I hate it. Oh, I do it sometimes. Used to bike to work every day, when I worked for The Man. It's like putting on armor - all the neoprene booties and greaves and gauntlets and shit. It takes more time to suit up than to just go to the gym. And you still get frostbite. icon_cry.gif

    There are a few guys who do go year round, even when there is ice and snow on the road... I live on one of the 2000-ft climbs on one of the popular loops, so I see these lunatics going past.

    I prefer to wait until the temperature hits 50 and it's not raining. icon_smile.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 20, 2015 12:15 AM GMT
    Winter biking, in upstate New York "the Antarctica of the north " are you serious icon_question.gif
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    Feb 20, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    Winter biking is awesome in South Florida. icon_biggrin.gif