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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).
    You can find me in the woods -- playing in the dirt and mud -- on my 2013 Trek Mamba -- or in my 1984 Chevrolet K10.

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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.

    SPP
    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.
    You can find me in the woods -- playing in the dirt and mud -- on my 2013 Trek Mamba -- or in my 1984 Chevrolet K10.

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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.

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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.

    SPP
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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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    Old enough to know better. And old enough not to care. Best age to be.

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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.
    You can find me in the woods -- playing in the dirt and mud -- on my 2013 Trek Mamba -- or in my 1984 Chevrolet K10.

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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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