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    How's Old Man Winter treating you?

    I got out for 2 and a half hours yesterday. I wouldn't have, but 2 of my buddies were in town and were riding, and I wouldn't have heard the end of it if I didn't get out for a while.

    We started at 10:45 AM. It was 12 degrees out. I called it quits at 1:15, at which point it had worked its way up all the way to 18 degrees. Most of the trails were pretty good; frozen ground and just a dusting of snow to make everything look cool. Some of the old-school, rake n ride trails were totall frost heaved, making for some tough going. I was on a loaned Specialized Epic Expert 29er (thanks to Ed at Otsego Bicycles for the loaner while I wait for my Stumpy EVO FSR) with race tires on it, so any bit of snow or frost heave made things tough going. Had a blast though.

    If the ground isn't frozen too deep I'll probably get a work crew out this weekend to do some digging on our new trail. If it is, I'll be out hiking with a GPS; my winter project (and internship) is creating a map of the 30+ miles of trail here in Oneonta.

    Let's hear what you're up to in the cold months.
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    Here on Long Island I have been getting out at the least once a week.

    There are a couple of trails that are not used much and another that drains well.

    Not much mud and I will not go out in the crazy cold. 18 is way to cold for me!

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    Western NC has not been too bad in my part of the mountains (near Asheville)
    I have seen snow a couple times but nothing that has stuck.
    Maybe one day in the 20's, a small handful in the 30's but most in the 40's-60's.
    Even a few in the 70's.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Typically winter is the time where I slow way down at work but not this year. When I'm not too tired to ride I'll go out when I can whether it's frigid or not. A pair of real winter shoes and the appropriate level of warm clothes for the conditions are all that's needed to ride year round. Buying myself a fatbike for Christmas keeps me motivated too

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    I just got my first bike in December and I'm totally new to riding, so the lousy, frigid weather is kind of disheartening. I've gotten out only a few times since I bought the bike, which is kind of a bummer, but this morning I purchased an indoor trainer just to work on my fitness so that when the weather starts to turn, I can hit the trails without having to worry too much about being unfit to ride.

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    Well..(chest scratch) the bagger rides in ALL seasons. There is NO off season. I have rollers set up in the basement with a stack of tour videos. Hit the the trails whenever possible. The road is never out of the question either. Cyclocross....sure do! Really anytime is ride time.

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    I get out around once a week between all the other stuff I am involved in. But the 30's is my limit, colder than that I am out.

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    What I hate about the cold is....breathing it in when i'm honking on it. Pretty uch I stay warm with my clothes. Most of the time i finish riding i am soaking wet.

    I have the trainer.......Spin class (with lots of motivation from chicks in spandex!!!)....Running and hitting the weights.

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    I have been going out a ton this winter and plan to keep it up. I've been staying nice and warm in my clothes so the temperature has never really been a problem (strong winds can be harsh though).

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    Been riding plenty. Not scared of the cold ...

    Might be shut down Friday though as they say a big storm's heading our way ... we'll see.

    Couple of local riders got fatbikes this year ... bet they've got their fingers crossed for some powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Been riding plenty. Not scared of the cold ...

    Might be shut down Friday though as they say a big storm's heading our way ... we'll see.

    Couple of local riders got fatbikes this year ... bet they've got their fingers crossed for some powder.

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    I hope the "storm" turns out to be nothing like it usually is just so I can ride. I don't have a fatbike so I guess I'm being a little biased.

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    Gonna be a big one the weekend. Bagger might try and ride anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowpokepete View Post
    been riding plenty.
    Couple of local riders got fatbikes this year ... Bet they've got their fingers crossed for some powder.

    Spp
    yup

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    Quote Originally Posted by TORQUE-29er View Post
    yup
    ..although they are calling for 12"+ on friday-Sat.,t
    oo deep?,may have to snowshoe the trails first.dragging a car tire behind me.who's in for some tire dragging Graham action?

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    I'm hoping the dump ends up as it's supposed to. If it does I'll get to XC ski 3 miles to and from work, which will consist of taking people's IDs as collateral for the snowshoes I'll be giving them at our College Camp.
    Go ride your bike.

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    like spp, ive been riding all winter as well,mainly on weekends. i go to the gym durung the week.with this dump of snow, i will be building snowmen and sledding with my son,and doing some good xc skiing

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    How's Old Man Winter treating you?

    Snowing pretty good out there now...

    Got a quickie at graham today anyway.

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    This sums up the weather today here in new Haven CT.
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    woke up to over a foot of snow here in Westchester county.
    going to try and see how far i can get on my fatbike later...

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    We ended up with 34" (without drifts). The snow on the road is level with car hoods.

    Pictures to follow.

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    How's Old Man Winter treating you?

    Winter is for cross training.


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    ...or tinkering. I'm planning to rip the Sram X5 front derailer off my Kahuna and try 1x10 gearing for a while.

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    Front derailer pulled. Now to order a BBG bashguard.

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    Haven't rode in a while due to the snow storm and now my plan to ride today as been ruined due to the rain.

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    First ride with 1x10 conversion was a success! For what I ride, I found all the gears I needed. Bash guard on order.



    ps - it was an icy, muddy, sloppy mess out in albany today.
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    First ride on the best purchase I have ever made

    Got out today for 2.5 hours on my brand new 2013 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Evo. This bike is hands down the best bike I've owned. I loved my 2010 Remedy, especially since I built it myself just the way I wanted it; this thing feels more like my "perfect bike" straight outta the box than the Remedy ever did. It is lower, slacker, lighter, and stiffer than the Remedy, and is going to be an absolute blast to ride when I can really push it.

    Today the trails were covered with a mix of hardpack snow and ice that would crumble under the tires to give more traction than one would expect. 24 degrees, breezy, and snowing a bit. Great day to be out, and hope for another ride tomorrow.

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    Hopefully by next week here (suffolk) the snow will be gone and we can start riding again.

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    I haven't had too much of a chance to ride due to my traveling but I had an opportunity over the weekend and braved the snow. This is at Chenango Valley State Park in Binghamton, NY.
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    Well I've got my bike in for a complete tune-up and brake bleed at my LBS (Bike Loft in North Syracuse). Other than that I'm starting to piece together my kit for the upcoming season. I'm looking to get a new Camelbak, a new pair of shorts, a few jerseys (both long and short sleeve), a new pair of clipless shoes, a new pair of gloves, a new helmet, and a rain shell.

    I'm hoping that the cold weather is on the way out, and warmer weather will be here soon. I really want to get some time on the saddle soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erudition12000 View Post
    First ride with 1x10 conversion was a success! For what I ride, I found all the gears I needed. Bash guard on order.



    ps - it was an icy, muddy, sloppy mess out in albany today.
    I was thinking on the same idea. What gear did you use in the front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ascatrush View Post
    I was thinking on the same idea. What gear did you use in the front?
    Definitely do it! On my Remedy I had 11-34 cassette and a 34t ring in front. Just got the Stumpy Evo with an 11-36 10spd cassette and a 24/36 in front. Going to drop the front derailleur and little ring soon.

    Most guys around here don't need anything much easier than 1:1 unless they're pedaling a fat heavy bike around.
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    Don't let the cold stop you! I'm up to 29 rides in the woods YTD. I'm on track for my goal for the year which is to exceed 150. The first 3 months of the year is the hard part due to SNOW. Then in November/December I just have to avoid getting shot by hunters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ascatrush View Post
    What gear did you use in the front?


    Sram 33 tooth up front. bbg bash guard is on now too! Will post a photo, when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    .....in November/December I just have to avoid getting shot by hunters.
    amen bro.

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    How's Old Man Winter treating you?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmckechnie View Post
    Well I've got my bike in for a complete tune-up and brake bleed at my LBS (Bike Loft in North Syracuse). Other than that I'm starting to piece together my kit for the upcoming season. I'm looking to get a new Camelbak, a new pair of shorts, a few jerseys (both long and short sleeve), a new pair of clipless shoes, a new pair of gloves, a new helmet, and a rain shell.

    I'm hoping that the cold weather is on the way out, and warmer weather will be here soon. I really want to get some time on the saddle soon!
    This late season snow is going to make way for an ugly mud season- once it finally melts. That'll take another couple of weeks anyway.


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    Now that day light savings time is here the weather needs to break! Really looking forward to riding after work!!

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    Don't like to snowboard on ice or slush and too much frozen snow on the trails to ride so we took the roadies out for a spin on Sunday (Bville, Phoenix, Clay) and gave the mtbs some tlc so they're ready for action.

    Looking forward to trail ridding but not to mud season.

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    This snow can't melt fast enough! Someone turn the heat up please...

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    no snow on LI. Trails are in good shape i hear......hear!

    Unfortunately I have been killing myself with working 12 hr days on Fire Island doing the sandy clean up............7 days a week making killer cash to plop down on a new stead.


    Funny thing I am meeting a lot of people who ride MTB doing the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erudition12000 View Post
    Sram 33 tooth up front. bbg bash guard is on now too! Will post a photo, when I can.
    Thanks. I tossed a 33 on and am looking to get out this weekend to try it out. Warm temps down here. I wish I had my bike for my lunch break today.
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    Since it's Easter (and spring break) most of the college kids are home. I went to the spot the community crew meets up most Sundays and nobody was there, so I just went solo. I stayed around to work at the LBS (Otsego Bicycles in Oneonta) and hope the weather would break. I was eating my heart out at work all day yesterday, but this morning made up for it.

    Got out for 2 hours and change. Most of the snow and ice are off of the trails, with only little bits here and there to make things interesting. I was able to hit our big (for XC trails) drop, a 6' down, 11' out beauty up on the ridge...several times. I've been dying to hit it all winter since I got the new ride to see how she takes bigger hits....and oh baby was it wonderful.

    I've also been aching to see how the Stumpy Evo does at speed in relation to the Remedy. I'd gotten out a couple times on it already but couldn't push on the descents due to excessive snow and ice everywhere. This morning was different; I'm pretty sure I hit a couple descents faster than I ever could on my Remedy, without really pushing too hard or feeling uncomfortable.

    This was my first long(ish) ride since a 3-hour sufferfest in 9 degree weather earlier this year, and I haven't been on the spinner. Took things nice and easy as far as pedaling goes, and had a blast. Called it quits when I noticed the ground was starting to thaw and get sloppy.


    For those of you still waiting for ground to thaw, remember that right after the Spring Thaw is when trails are most fragile, even more fragile than after a good strong rainstorm. Please be mindful of this when riding your local trails so as not to cause unnecessary damage. I probably won't get back in the woods until at least next weekend just for that reason.
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    First the thaw and now the rain, my backyard looks like a swamp so can only image that the trails are just like it or worse; the mtb stays inside for a bit more.

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    Looks like the nice weather is here. I'm going to now start riding after work without lights!

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    I got a few rides in before march. Then spent all of march working on Fire Island operating some Heavy Equipment. Now I am taking time off.
    Yetserday I did 2 trails............Planning a road ride tomorrow with Maybe SBRA if they got something going on. Maybe a GR ride if that falls thru.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Ape View Post
    Looks like the nice weather is here. I'm going to now start riding after work without lights!
    I was going to start today but I see it just started to rain out this way. It was beautiful at lunch. Here come the april showers!

    You in Nassau or Suffolk?
    Will you do the fandango?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ascatrush View Post
    I was going to start today but I see it just started to rain out this way. It was beautiful at lunch. Here come the april showers!

    You in Nassau or Suffolk?
    Patchouge here, yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange Ape View Post
    Patchouge here, yourself?
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    Old man winter is fighting hard, started to snow last night and haven't stopped.

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    Go home, Winter. You're drunk.
    Go ride your bike.

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    Beautiful down here on the island but blustery and cold. Drunken winter wants to hold on to the very last drop !
    Will you do the fandango?

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