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    How are you coping with winter so far??

    This is it... the dead zone. It's cold, it's dark, not enough snow (in CA) and everyone is getting sick.

    How are you dealing with our fate? Obviously, more mtbr time as our traffic has not dropped off at all. Is your trainer out yet? Cycling videos and mags? Bike shopping?

    I get back and hamstring spasms and tightness when I'm off the bike for more than a week. It's starting I have to pedal somehow. Everyone in the household is sick too and I have to take care of them and they're trying to spread the germs to me!

    Anyway, bay area weather is unusually cold these days and us wimps are not used to it. I'm trying but weekday rides are just tough.

    The weekday nights are sooooo long and it's just cold and dark outside so for me I:

    - waxed my car. changed oil, rotated tires
    - waxed my bikes
    -cleaned the garage
    -cleaned my office
    - played forza and gran turismo

    The horror!!!

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    We don't have winter here in Florida. When it drops below 60 we start complaining.
    That which does not kill me, postpones the inevitable.

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    Yesterdays high was about 20 and the low was like 10, todays supposed to be near 30 so im gonna try to get some riding in.

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    That's just wrong Sean!

    That was mean and just plain wrong. You're making us Floridians look bad.

    I'm riding Santos this weekend and camping out. The high temps are supposed to be in the 70s and low around 50. Perfect!
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    I'd be riding, but

    I am waiting on a replacement front triangle. I will ride throughout the winter so long as the weather isn't too cold. Other tha that, I'm just sitting waiting for spring to arrive, as i'm not a huge cold weather fan.
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    well here it's the usual 75 at day and maybe 65 at night.

    sending off job apps for gov't jobs like crazy--u know--gotta keep that semisoft lifestyle I learned w/ uncle sam--ha ha

    weekend road ride, occasional mtb ride. rides on the trainer at the gym and home. some treadmill.
    actually the riding will step up when I get back to TX.

    There is a chance the Army flys me to Valencia, CA instead of Dallas (esp if I want the ability to keep some/most of my stuff in long term storage)--so I may get a chance to ride Tucson and Cloudcroft on the way to TX to job hunt. I need to say how those riding locales are around mid February.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    That was mean and just plain wrong. You're making us Floridians looks bad.

    I'm riding Santos this weekend and camping out. The high temps are supposed to be in the 70s and low around 50. Perfect!

    Me?!? I'm not the one talking about riding Santos with temps in the 70's.
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    Getting fatter. I need to get in the habit of getting on the treadmill whenever Club rides are cancelled, but I haven't done it yet.

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    I hate winter

    I wish they made pills to make it go away. Some day I am going to move from Canada to some place warm

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    Mondays - spin class

    Wednesdays - group nite ride...changing over to nite xc-ski with a little more snow

    Weekends - Ride and freeze ......changing to xc ski (see above)

    In Between - Run, Swim, and spin the hamster wheel at the local habitrail (gym).

    I think my lack of sunshine madness is mostly under control........I've gone from wanting to kill myself, back to wanting to kill others, so I'm pretty sure that's good. Only 95 days till the lamb of spring arrives.

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    Mon, Wed, Fri, = Lifting and 30 minutes of cardio (spin bike, stairmaster, or rollers)

    Tue, Thur = 2-3 hours of cardio

    Sat = 1-2 hours of cardio

    Sun = rest day

    I need to get the snowboard worked into this somehow too.
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    Here in Puerto Rico the temperature only drops a bit but instead of snow we're getting a lot of rain.

    In terms of riding I'm only squeezing some road miles during the week after work and Saturday and Sunday mornings a quick road ride with my kid before heading to the LBS that I'm part timing during the holidays.

    Trail riding is out of the picture until the holidays are over, here they last until mid January.

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    You've seen the Single Digits F post. I just keep riding (6:30 am weekdays... later in the day on Friday and Saturday). I either dress up warm or head south. Even the dark hasn't been too funky yet this year. Gotta ride.
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    Well

    suffering from upgradeitis....

    bike commuting.....

    Building & riding my ill pompino urban assault vehicle. The things a blast...(see pic)

    anticipating the 06' batches of gnarly wine & Big foot. think ill be buying a coupla cases of the stuff this year..

    A coupla rain/mud rides...

    Getting organized...

    And knowing that after the 21st of december the days WILL get longer..yeah...
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    Slooooooooooooooooowing down....

    I'm moving from riding 4-5 times per week to once per week. Its killing me. I fixed up my lights, so I'm ready for night rides, but kids/kid illness has kept me from getting out. Tomorrow we're getting 5-10" of snow. That sucks. 5-10" is too much to ride in, not enough to ski on. Hopefully by the weekend the snow machines will have smashed the snow down, so I can at least get a ride in. Ugh.

    I really don't mind the cold for the most part - however, I'd really like to see more or less snow. Nothing better than a winter ride on frozen ground - maximum traction.

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    Sorry Bob, them's just the facts...

    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    That was mean and just plain wrong. You're making us Floridians looks bad.

    I'm riding Santos this weekend and camping out. The high temps are supposed to be in the 70s and low around 50. Perfect!
    Some of us are just fortunate enough to live in such places. I have skipped 27 winters in a row living here in southern Arizona.

    We ride 12 months out of the year, but many of you who would be envious now would not want to put up with our summer time temps of 113F and 8% humidity.

    Coping just fine, thank you!

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    I ran outside last night near the gym along the river. According to Weather.com the windchill was around 10-11 degrees. Ack! I handled it fine except for my face. Next time I'm bringing the balaclava. The other night I forgot my cold weather gear and had to do cardio work inside the damn gym. THANK GOD for friggin' XM Radio...more specifically the ability to store 5 hours of programming on MyFi...otherwise I'd go nuts on the elliptical or recumbent bike.

    I do still manage to lift a couple of nights a week. And on the weekends I either go snowshoeing or XC skiing.

    I haven't had my SS out since Thanksgiving though.


    Once it warms back into the 20s/30s at night, then I'll be riding again.

    Aw crap...I may have to go to Spinning tomorrow instead of running.

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    Good Post!

    Other than six mountain bike rides (three of which were in Austin, TX) in the past two months, and playing in a flag football league, I've been taking it easy. My road bikes have seen no action since September. This week, I started jogging again during my lunch hour 3x per week. (heading out as soon as I send off the post) I'll get back into road riding on my lunch hour or on weekends very soon. I'm bound not to let the anual winter weight gain happen this year. Now that I'm racing on the Velodrome, it's too much work to drop the weight gained. The road bike will most likely come out of it's fall hybernation next week
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr
    well here it's the usual 75 at day and maybe 65 at night.

    sending off job apps for gov't jobs like crazy--u know--gotta keep that semisoft lifestyle I learned w/ uncle sam--ha ha

    weekend road ride, occasional mtb ride. rides on the trainer at the gym and home. some treadmill.
    actually the riding will step up when I get back to TX.

    There is a chance the Army flys me to Valencia, CA instead of Dallas (esp if I want the ability to keep some/most of my stuff in long term storage)--so I may get a chance to ride Tucson and Cloudcroft on the way to TX to job hunt. I need to say how those riding locales are around mid February.

    So you can't stay in Hawaii? Wsupwithat? Texas... that's a big change. When you moving out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuel_95
    Mon, Wed, Fri, = Lifting and 30 minutes of cardio (spin bike, stairmaster, or rollers)

    Tue, Thur = 2-3 hours of cardio

    Sat = 1-2 hours of cardio

    Sun = rest day

    I need to get the snowboard worked into this somehow too.

    You are a dedicated young man. Are you pro or sumptin?

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    ah.....

    Quote Originally Posted by papajohn
    Some of us are just fortunate enough to live in such places. I have skipped 27 winters in a row living here in southern Arizona.

    We ride 12 months out of the year, but many of you who would be envious now would not want to put up with our summer time temps of 113F and 8% humidity.

    Coping just fine, thank you!

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    I live in FL. My post was in jest.

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    So far so good

    This is the best time of year for riding in Las Vegas. The nights and the mornings are a bit chilly, just touching freezing. The weekends have been great though. To bad i work 9-5 or i'd be out in the afternoon riding.
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    Here in Upstate NY, we are still managing to get in a few rides. A few of us made it out last night, rode for 2+ hours in 15 degree temps with about 3" of snow on the trails, using helmet/handlebar lights. Good stuff! Slim Jims & hot cocoa post-ride. Unfortunately we're supposed to get 5" of snow tonight, so it looks like that may be it for riding this season. Till the white stuff thaws....XC skiing and snowshoes, bike cleaning, repairs, and of course mandatory bike upgrades. Will hit the trainer some too, though I find riding inside particularly boring. We'll manage a few deep winter rides I'm sure, when the conditions allow...
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    How are you coping with winter so far?
    All in all, pretty poorly. What I wouldn't do for a warm sunny weekend of riding.
    It hasn't reached the freezing mark in what, 10 days? Single digits or teens and windy, virtually zero miles on my bike in the past two weeks, save for half a day at the jumps last weekend. They say to expect a warming trend ... we could see 30 degrees! But with that comes 6 inches of snow so I'll save my celebration for another time.

    I would SO gladly suffer through Bay Area Winters ... 36 years of this is more than enough.

    Have a great day everyone!

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    I went riding last weekend and the temp was 30. There was also 2 and a half feet of water through the trail because i just rained. By the time I got home, I couldn't walk because of my frozen(literally frozen )feet. All in all, I would say winter is kicking my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    You are a dedicated young man. Are you pro or sumptin?

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    Pro? no, just like to keep myself movin' and grovin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob
    John,
    I live in FL. My post was in jest.

    You Florida guys deserve all the good fortune and good weather coming to you. Enjoy!!

    francois

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    Here in St. Louis...

    we just say our first accumulated snow today - a whole 3-4 inches. Hasn't been above 25F in a good week or two. I hit the trail before coming into work today for a good 1:45 hrs of huffing and puffing through falling snow. the singlespeed and my fixed gear are my only hopes when i have to use the 3-fingered gloves! it's great training anyway. glad to report that i still ride to work as much as i do during the warm months. not sure how long that will last once i get a job, though...

    Anyway, if I can't get on the bike, i just go out running. Don't have to be out for nearly as long to get just as good of a workout, and i don't need to get tons of gear ready. wish i had a heated garage where i could wash and wax my car.

    stay warm, guys/gals.

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    Not good

    I've been off the bike for 3 weeks, so I've been reading the Da Vinci code and some Ludlum book. I also keep track of how much weight I'm gaining too. Since I can't ride, I sent my fork to Push and bought a wheelset that I saw on Craigslist.

    Bottom line:
    - read 2 books
    - gained a few pounds
    - spent $600 on upgradeitis

    I don't think I'm doing all that well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    How are you dealing with our fate?
    This is how we deal with winter in Idaho: we ride.
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    Winter works for me

    Went skiing last Sat. & Sunday in Vermont.

    Went skiing the weekend before in Pennsylvania (granted we had to hike since the lifts were not running but we're bikers so what's a little climb)

    Will be skiing this weekend.

    Went to my LBS today and got my first look at the new road bike I bought my wife for Christmas.

    By time winter gets old, I'll be on a two week cruise to the Carribean. Life is, indeed, good these days. Might be able to do a little riding in different ports too.

    Than, oh my, its Spring and I ride again and again and again......

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    it's f-ing cold here

    Winter finally got here, and for some reason I've been traveeling like hell for work. I have resorted to drinking beer and surfing the web. This weekend, however, I will NORDIC SKI.

    You want to talk about cold? My fire dept. pager went off this morning at 1:00, some diabetic dude's blood sugar crashed and we had to straighten him out. The chief's car's thermometer said it was -16 F. It was friggin' cold. Too much snow on the ground to ride, did sit-ups and pushups today, then walked around my 'hood for an hour. My bike is starting to hate me because I'm ignoring it.

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    Lots of fast food and fast women.
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    I shut up and ride! Here's a picture (unedited) I took on my Monday predawn ride, just as the sun was coming up

    You be you. I'll be riding.

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    Freakin getting mad trail work done here in Meridian, MS............Katrina kept us off the trails for too long....but we are bringing the singletrack back with a passion....im gonna kinda xpost some trailwork pics on our regional board

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    Up in Minnesota
    When it snows - we ride
    When it's 0 degrees - we ride

    When the weather isn't 70 and sunny 7-8 months out of the year you either become hardy or you get slow and fat, end of story.

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    retiring..

    from Army after 20 years of service. To stay in HI I'd need a job at 70K. In TX I will make do at 40K. Plus I loved my 4 or 5 years at Ft Hood---the mountain biking scene is really WELL organized in TX both at a state racing and at a grass roots and almost spur of the moment levels. AZ or CO will be acceptable as well. Moving out 13 February Monday--just made flight itenerary at post travel office moments ago. I can't believe hardly the Army career is about at a end. Yay!

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    So you can't stay in Hawaii? Wsupwithat? Texas... that's a big change. When you moving out?

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    I did a ride in 108 the other day. Thankfully the halfway point was at a dam so a swim was very refreshing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PMC
    Up in Minnesota
    When it snows - we ride
    When it's 0 degrees - we ride

    When the weather isn't 70 and sunny 7-8 months out of the year you either become hardy or you get slow and fat, end of story.
    something like that with snow a possiblity 12 months of the year in calgary alberta....you ride
    i'm not quite as hardy as some since my asthma keeps me from doing much anything outside below -10C rode today and it was -8 w/windchill this morning and 1 when i came home and this is a heat wave after 1.5-2weeks of -20 to -30 weather...not bad i figure at least the new tires are making themselves useful
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    North Shore night rides in the snow. Too much fun!

    Unfortunately I can't ride with AlanB. tonight due to my head doing battle with a dentist drill yesterday.

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    Would that also be your commute?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanL
    We don't have winter here in Florida. When it drops below 60 we start complaining.

    Same here, we go from Fall to Spring and then Summer (but summer here really sucks). I noticed on bikejournal that I'm moving up the stats page rather quickly lately. I think I'm still averaging 60-80miles a week. Vegas rocks from October to May.

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    I was freezing last weekend... It was 70! BRRRRRRRRRRRR!


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    Quote Originally Posted by DMR For Life
    something like that with snow a possiblity 12 months of the year in calgary alberta....you ride
    i'm not quite as hardy as some since my asthma keeps me from doing much anything outside below -10C rode today and it was -8 w/windchill this morning and 1 when i came home and this is a heat wave after 1.5-2weeks of -20 to -30 weather...not bad i figure at least the new tires are making themselves useful
    DMR
    I live in calgary as well and rode today..it was so nice after freezing our butts off for over a week.And i am commuting as much as I can this year..I have new studded tires and new booties for my shoes and new gloves so I should be good.I really dont mind winter at all and I love snowboarding so it's all. If I can d oa bit of both this year all the better..
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    Doesn't get horribly cold here in SC, so its the dark and lack of gumption that are the limiting factors. Between the trainer, good lights, and Sundays I do pretty well.

    I suppose I could also count my commute, but its all of 3 miles each way.
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    i ride all year too and i live in freaking indiana. i'm 16 and this is my first winter driving and i drive a mitsubishi truck. well i was at my GF's house and it started snowing at about 3:00pm and we got eh, 7''ish. man driving in the snow is fun in a rwd car! i just got home and it was sweet!

    well sorry that was worthless, but i enjoy driving in the winter...i just hate the women drives who panic all the time while driving. no offense to the women on her cause not all are that way.

    well i'll be riding soon hopefully once the trials get really really frozen i'll be back out riding. i've been doing urban assult riding every night that it hasn't been rainy and its usually in the teens so i'll live through the winter!

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    Not bad

    In SoCal we've had some great days. With cooler weather my mileage has gone up to ~125 miles/week. But I do dread the rain (and mud).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuel_95
    Pro? no, just like to keep myself movin' and grovin'
    same!!! i like the way you worded that man! i too am doing alot of work out stuff too. i spin every night cause i love rollers and i ride them when it's warm. i usualy through down about 15-20miles on those. i then do alittle weight lifting, but not much. Then i do 400-600 bicycles....you know the ab workout things?

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    condensing my geared roadie and my fixie into one bike. ordering a new on-one il pompino frame to do some tinkering with my crosser/commuter. installed and cut/bled the lines on a new set of juicy-5 hydro brakes for my hardtail.

    busting out the snowshoes this saturday morning.

    working up a new pair of backcountry skis as well.

    x-mas shopping cr@p this friday. should take me all of a whopping couple hours.

    stage production of "a christmas carole" next weekend.

    watching lots of movies i've not seen; rentals.

    oh yeah, and that work thing happens once in a while.
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    Here in Philadelphia it is frigid and the bit of snow we have won't melt. Now we're getting more tomorrow. This was my first season as a full-on, daily rider, and my legs are punishing me now that I've been off the bike for a week. I thought something was wrong with me until I read your post, Francois, and learned this was just part of getting out of shape. My friends and I are hitting Costa Rica in Feb. for some midwinter fun. Renting Litespeed Niotas and climbing volcanoes. It's the only bright spot in the gloom.

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    I cope by rapidly freezing then thawing my bike. Repeat as needed.
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    Normally I ride all year. However the temps have been in the -20F raqnge the last few days, so I went skiing insteade. I know, I know. I aint right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by konahottie_311
    I live in calgary as well and rode today..it was so nice after freezing our butts off for over a week.And i am commuting as much as I can this year..I have new studded tires and new booties for my shoes and new gloves so I should be good.I really dont mind winter at all and I love snowboarding so it's all. If I can d oa bit of both this year all the better..
    you commute is probally quite abit longer than mine
    mines all of 20min from the time i get out of the house get my bike ride to school, lock up my bike and am inside
    surpirsingly i didn't even need studded tires today, my spec. enduros are great on the snow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Hair Boy
    I wish they made pills to make it go away. Some day I am going to move from Canada to some place warm
    BUWHWWHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA! Pills! Yeah, I want a Doctor that can prescribe those, too!

    This winter will be one that will be VERY different for me than ever before. With my re-entry to mtb-ing this year i've been feeling better than ever before and i'm hoping that this will continue through winter. I am confident that my bettered health will be my motivation to frequent my trainer (have one already, another soon) without too much procrastination.

    Right now, up here in TO it's the easy part of the season. The REAL **** is yet to come. January, February and March will be the months when i'll be hoping JM01 has plenty of padding (LOL!), when i'll be "exercising" by shovelling too much of that friggin' fluffy white crap and spending my time surfing here and there, looking for "pills" to "cure" me of upgraditis.

    Bike #1 is being rebuilt (still trying to figure out the final build), Bike #2 (HT) is ready for the roller's and bike #3 (another K2 ProFlex) is merely a frame, waiting for the left-over's. Plenty of building to do this winter.

    Sad though, it takes far less time to build a bike than rebuild an engine/transmission/rear-end/supercharger. Maybe i'll need another frame for Christmas. Santa, you reading?
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

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    This 5in of snow is no good. Knowing me, I won't let the biking go the whole winter, becasue I hate cross training. Last winter, I did road rides in sub zero temps, and it was fun in a weird type of way until, my face hurt, and I couldn't feel my *****. Hopefully this winter won't be as bad. Wish us north easters luck.
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    Build bikes. Tear down and build again. Obsess over small details, pray to god that we get snow so there aren't any forest fires the next summer, and dream of singletrack
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    Hello from 9,000 feet. It is currently 4 degrees, yesterday -18. Fall and winter snow to date is over 140 inches, yes 140 inches. The trails(if you can still call them that) are not packed out enough to even try riding on them. Right now it's weight training, snowshoe running, and mentally focussing on next years racing. Somehow, strangely enough it makes me feel good to know that some of you are riding right now. So to all of you I say "bury yourselves into oxygen debt for the rest of us". Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH
    Would that also be your commute?
    Yup ... I'm doing it pretty much 5 days a week now. D.
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    Ha!

    Weather? That's that stuff that blocks the sun right? Looks pretty good for this weekend too.

    Ya shoulda coulda come out last Sunday....

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    I agree, it's been a little too nippy for my liking lately. How am I coping with winter in Norcal? Let's see...

    - New carbon road bike (I LOVE IT!)
    - New Sidi road shoes
    - Spiffy new downloadable cyclometer w/altimeter (finally)

    Oh yea, and I'm leaving for a 2-week vacation in sunny Florida in 11 days! Woohoo!


    BTW, WG, those are great pics. They make me miss the dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemonhead
    New carbon road bike...
    Booo

    They make me miss the dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This is it... the dead zone. It's cold, it's dark, not enough snow (in CA) and everyone is getting sick.

    How are you dealing with our fate? Obviously, more mtbr time as our traffic has not dropped off at all. Is your trainer out yet? Cycling videos and mags? Bike shopping?

    I get back and hamstring spasms and tightness when I'm off the bike for more than a week. It's starting I have to pedal somehow. Everyone in the household is sick too and I have to take care of them and they're trying to spread the germs to me!

    Anyway, bay area weather is unusually cold these days and us wimps are not used to it. I'm trying but weekday rides are just tough.

    The weekday nights are sooooo long and it's just cold and dark outside so for me I:

    - waxed my car. changed oil, rotated tires
    - waxed my bikes
    -cleaned the garage
    -cleaned my office
    - played forza and gran turismo

    The horror!!!

    francois
    We have 2 major seasons. Winter and summer up here in Tahoe. The biking is over with, enough snow for the resorts to be open. But.....the fun only gets more busy and intense for me. I snowboard, ski bike, and mountain bike. I just had 3 days off, and did each of those disciplines on the 3 days off. The dirt is either 30 minutes away in Nevada, or 1.30 away in Auburn, CA. The shop is at its busiest now with the ski business. I am very busy working, and equally busy playing.
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    Oh man, this is really timely topic. I'll be leaving Southern California this Monday for three months for temporary duty in Virginia. Don't know what I'll do now that I won't be able to ride until I return in March. Won't even have my bikes to wrench on or look longingly at in the garage. I'm definetly spoiled out here, being able to ride almost year round in a sleeveless jersey and shorts and not being on my bike really bums me out. Yeah, I'll be away from the wife and family during the holidays but in a sick way I'm thinking more of how much I'm going to miss my bikes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    easy, two words: powder day.
    Ah yes! Finally the snow has arrived in quantities large enough to play outside again.

    Just some pictures from last year as well…
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr
    )--so I may get a chance to ride Tucson and Cloudcroft on the way to TX to job hunt. I need to say how those riding locales are around mid February.
    Yo slowrdr! Here I am in Las Cruces NM - next door to Cloudcroft you might say - and right now we are having the coldest "winter" in a while. The ride last night started at 34F and ended at 25F. My toes had frost nibble! While Tucson would be prime in Feb, I would expect Cloudcroft to be frozen solid/with the ski hill open. But if you stay down here in the "flats" there is much good riding in El Paso/Las Cruces area with enough sunshine to keep you from doing a michelin man imitation. Good luck on ETS!
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    i'm getting fat & lazy...

    how else does one cope with winter?

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    Don't understand the question...

    Winter?? I have a faint recollection of winter when I lived in Norway. Now, living in Malaysia, I don't have to worry about it! Temperature is the same every day of the year, pluss/minus a degree or two, and riding is excellent, although a bit hot and humid.Here are a couple of photos from last weekend in the jungle...
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    I like what BV said...

    There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

    I just got back from Prague a week ago, and I gotta say, we have it easy here in NorCal. Out there, it wasn't really into winter yet, but it never got over freezing. I had to bundle up pretty well just to walk around outside. Add to that, they keep everything super warm indoors, as if they are doing you some kind of favor. That means, when you bundle up, you sweat buckets and nearly pass out until you get outside. I can't imagine what it is like in real winter out there.

    I bike commuted this morning, and will continue to do so until I just can't stand the cold anymore. This morning was in the high 30s, but was no problem. My biggest whine is that I find it hard to regulate my body temp and keep it in balance from freezing my ass off to sweating my ass off. Either way, when I get to work, I got no ass. I need better clothing.

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    here in Nj

    This is what we did last night here in central NJ. Not too bad- about 2-3" of snow (a few more today) and about 25deg out
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    I know whatyou mean..

    its like the colder it is out the harder you breath. Im convinced that the cold takes some getting used too..

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    I like the seasonal change

    I am just having a hard time dealing with the lack of sunlight in upstate NY this time of year. I am thinking about trying my hand at tele skiing again this year after a disastrous introduction to it a few years ago. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever done! If teleing is out then there is always trail running and snowshoeing.

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    Our office building is on winter heat mode now. The sun shining in through my windows combined with the heater is making it way too warm in here. Whine whine whine. Poor poor Californians.
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    I just wanted to say to all those posting from 80 degree weathers...
    ... good on ya mates! I'm sure you guys deserve it one way or another.

    To those riding in sub-freezing conditions, you guys are an inspiration. I'm gonna get my gear ready (freeze my mug and chill my Newcastle) and sit down and watch... American Flyers!!!

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    upon further research I found that out about CC. Will have to save that 1 for another time--thanks--20 Years went by pretty quickly. The retirement ought to cover the bills anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by wadester
    Yo slowrdr! Here I am in Las Cruces NM - next door to Cloudcroft you might say - and right now we are having the coldest "winter" in a while. The ride last night started at 34F and ended at 25F. My toes had frost nibble! While Tucson would be prime in Feb, I would expect Cloudcroft to be frozen solid/with the ski hill open. But if you stay down here in the "flats" there is much good riding in El Paso/Las Cruces area with enough sunshine to keep you from doing a michelin man imitation. Good luck on ETS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

    I just got back from Prague a week ago, and I gotta say, we have it easy here in NorCal. Out there, it wasn't really into winter yet, but it never got over freezing. I had to bundle up pretty well just to walk around outside. Add to that, they keep everything super warm indoors, as if they are doing you some kind of favor. That means, when you bundle up, you sweat buckets and nearly pass out until you get outside. I can't imagine what it is like in real winter out there.

    I bike commuted this morning, and will continue to do so until I just can't stand the cold anymore. This morning was in the high 30s, but was no problem. My biggest whine is that I find it hard to regulate my body temp and keep it in balance from freezing my ass off to sweating my ass off. Either way, when I get to work, I got no ass. I need better clothing.
    I was in France for Thanksgiving in 2004. Not only was it cold, but we did not see the sun once in 10 days!!! The whole time, it was completely overcast. I'd say that we have it pretty good here.
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    [QUOTE=The SS Boz]Freakin getting mad trail work done here in Meridian, MS............Katrina kept us off the trails for too long....but we are bringing the singletrack back with a passion....QUOTE]

    this is the perfect time of year here in florida for trail maintenance. the snakes are moving slow and the bugs are gone. we spent last winter cleaning up after ivan. some wicked april rains and hurricane dennis washed out our only bridge through the swamp to our only trails. now is a great time to get into the wetlands without the reptiles getting angry.

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    i am not coping well at all. i broke my hand in august, which put an early end to my season. now as i type this there's a good 10 inches of snow on the ground. i'm not exercising at all, yet i haven't cut down on my eating habits, so i've put on a good 10 pounds already and feel very out of shape. the ski resorts haven't opened yet (though they will by this weekend, yay), so all i do right now is sit here thinking about all the nice upgrades i'm going to make to my bike for the spring.

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    The other night...

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    its like the colder it is out the harder you breath. Im convinced that the cold takes some getting used too..
    ... I did the Briones Tuesday night ride, and it was so cold my teeth hurt when I was breathing with my mouth open. Okay, I know we really don't live where it is 'really' cold, but I'm just saying....

    I warmed up after a while, and was fine.

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    Well I'll be a fig newton!
    It is time to enjoy the snow w/ my two sons. Still trying to ride as much as possible. Starting a new regimine at the wifes jobplace. Pre work and Post work workouts. Daydreaming of future rides and races as most are. Luckily I haven't caught that upgraditus- Yet.

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    I built up the singlespeed for just this reason...to get out in the snow.
    Most winters I snowboard too, but I'm taking it easy this season. After boarding for 12 years and dislocating my shoulder 9 times now, I decided to concentrate more on biking this year. More money can go toward bikes rather than medical bills this way.

    The pics are from this morning. The one where the bike is standing up in the snow cracks me up. No leaning, no kickstand, just plopped it down in the powder and there it stood. Keep warm, and enjoy the flakes.
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    Well, tommorow's high is 58..... Ahhhhh. Think I'll cope with winter by riding, just like I did last weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm

    Building & riding my ill pompino urban assault vehicle. The things a blast...
    Nice blowjob jrm. Got one of those myself, although mine is last years version so it has a different paint scheme.

    Do you like the flat bars on it? I currently am running reg. road bars, and have been thinking about possibly switching to a flat bar setup. Would you recommend it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I just wanted to say to all those posting from 80 degree weathers...
    ... good on ya mates! I'm sure you guys deserve it one way or another.

    To those riding in sub-freezing conditions, you guys are an inspiration. I'm gonna get my gear ready (freeze my mug and chill my Newcastle) and sit down and watch... American Flyers!!!

    francois
    Here in SoCal, we've been getting 50 deg nights, dipping into the 40s later that night. There's nothing like the cold and dark to sap your motivation, but I'm trying to fight it.

    A few nights a week I run 4-5 miles after work. On the weekends, I ride trails, road, and do a long run (10+ miles). The weekend is also when I do a group ride if it happens.

    Normally, I don't need anything but a short-sleeve tech shirt when I'm out at night, but with these colder nights, it's taking longer to warm up. Time to shop for some fleece vests and wind jackets... Gotta try that 'snow' thing one day.

    Great topic, Francis.

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    Rode Morro Bay CA today fo the 3rd day in a row, low 60's super tacky and no wind so it was about as good as it gets! Winter rocks huge and summer, well if you like dust.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    condensing my geared roadie and my fixie into one bike. ordering a new on-one il pompino frame to do some tinkering with my crosser/commuter. installed and cut/bled the lines on a new set of juicy-5 hydro brakes for my hardtail.

    busting out the snowshoes this saturday morning.

    working up a new pair of backcountry skis as well.

    x-mas shopping cr@p this friday. should take me all of a whopping couple hours.

    stage production of "a christmas carole" next weekend.

    watching lots of movies i've not seen; rentals.

    oh yeah, and that work thing happens once in a while.
    If I were to ride your bike, I could see myself absent-mindedly reaching down into the drops and knocking out a few teeth on the stem.

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    CycleOps, iPod, and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on my Tivo -- not a bad way to get some riding in during the dark times

    Of course, this was before I got my ass knocked down by a vicious stomach flu...I've been absolutely miserable all weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    If I were to ride your bike, I could see myself absent-mindedly reaching down into the drops and knocking out a few teeth on the stem.

    heh. you get used to it. my favourite spot is on the hoods, and the tops. and everything in between. i've not used the drops on any drop bar bike of mine in loooooong time, so i started hacking them off a few years ago.

    makes some of the more snobbish road types sorta' cringe.

    did 46 miles today along the front range foothills on it. felt oh so good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    watch... American Flyers!!!

    francois
    Ever notice the scene where the guy swings a little too wide and goes off the side of the road and crashes? In slow motion you can see the actor say "oh ****" and then the bike flips 10 ft in the air. When you slow it down it sure doesn't look rehearsed. Hope that guy's all right.

    Oh, the night riding scene in NC is rockin this winter !

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    Cheers from Chiluca, Mexico

    Down here, we're managing to cope with the cold weather somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Down here, we're managing to cope with the cold weather somehow.

    Salud
    Bastards!! That beer is too small btw.

    The question is, after the ride, do you guys say... "Let's go get some Umerican food!"

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mashochist
    Ever notice the scene where the guy swings a little too wide and goes off the side of the road and crashes? In slow motion you can see the actor say "oh ****" and then the bike flips 10 ft in the air. When you slow it down it sure doesn't look rehearsed. Hope that guy's all right.

    Oh, the night riding scene in NC is rockin this winter !
    Yes, that's some awesome crashing action. I love that movie with all it's low-budget quirkiness. My 5-year old watches with me all the time. He goes... 'Dad, that Eddie is a real son-of-a-bich, huh?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1FG rider
    Oh man, this is really timely topic. I'll be leaving Southern California this Monday for three months for temporary duty in Virginia. Don't know what I'll do now that I won't be able to ride until I return in March. Won't even have my bikes to wrench on or look longingly at in the garage. I'm definetly spoiled out here, being able to ride almost year round in a sleeveless jersey and shorts and not being on my bike really bums me out. Yeah, I'll be away from the wife and family during the holidays but in a sick way I'm thinking more of how much I'm going to miss my bikes too.
    That is harsh my man. Hope you got some good internet access. Get a webcam for you family and make mtbr your home page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Bastards!! That beer is too small btw.

    The question is, after the ride, do you guys say... "Let's go get some Umerican food!"

    cheers,
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    The beers aren't small, we're just really big.

    Oh yeah, we head straight for McDonalds! Actually, I was up in San Diego over Thanksgiving and had to go for a Burrito. They're not the same down here.

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    lucky people

    You're all lucky to just miss out because of winter. I've been spending the last year in Iraq waiting to get back on my bike. Only about 3 more weeks then it's reunion time. My wife says I'm going to have a second honeymoon with my bike....she's right. I did get two weeks back in the states in late October....only got to ride my bike twice, damn relatives. Found out how bad out of shape I got.....been on a stationary bike here and getting tired of the same scene, but I keep telling myself it's for the bike.

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    Ok, I waxed my bikes already... truly bored in the garage. Now the trains have come out!!

    <img src="http://mtbr.com/author/photos/trains/IMG_5201.jpg">

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    Check out this clip. Now I have entertainment while doing my laundry.
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    Did a 15 mlie road ride yesterday in 15 degree fareheit weather with a wind chill around 5. I was actually hot the whole time, and sweating a lot, with the exception of my toes being kinda cold (should have worn another pair of socks). It was the coldest ride I've done, and it gave me hope that I'll be able to ride through the winter.
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    it stays around 20-37 degrees here in Oregon. luckily my trails have a great canopy of trees, so you can actually go there when its raining and it isnt too bad, a little muddy.

    sucks though, nothing is rideable, ecept the streets. so mostly my day consists of getting online and looking at random stuff, and mostly playing video games

    but this is what mostly takes up my weekends I use my P.1 in the skatepark.
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