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    What's Appealing About Riding in the Snow?

    as much as i try i just can't bring myself to get out and ride in the snow. first off it takes a good 30 minutes just to get dressed for it. then you go out, your traction sucks, you need to REALLY worry about corrosion from the damn salt, and you have no practical way of washing the bike down if it gets dirty from said salt. also, what happens when you bring the bike back inside caked with all the snow/salt? i would think chain lube would be worthless for protecting the drivetrain from wear or rust. all i can think about is little chunks of ice and snow getting jammed up in your f/r derailleurs or cogs.

    so to those who ride in the snow, how do you cope? do you find your drivetrain wears faster? how do you combat the salt corrosion or washing issues? how often do you lube the chain? does it even matter if you lube the chain?

    with all of these issues it makes me wonder why people do it. i just can't see myself exposing a $3-5 k bike to unneeded punishment like that.

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    What's Appealing About Riding in the Snow?

    The riding.
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    Same thing is true of dirt

    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    as much as i try i just can't bring myself to get out and ride in the snow. first off it takes a good 30 minutes just to get dressed for it. then you go out, your traction sucks, you need to REALLY worry about corrosion from the damn salt, and you have no practical way of washing the bike down if it gets dirty from said salt. also, what happens when you bring the bike back inside caked with all the snow/salt? i would think chain lube would be worthless for protecting the drivetrain from wear or rust. all i can think about is little chunks of ice and snow getting jammed up in your f/r derailleurs or cogs.

    so to those who ride in the snow, how do you cope? do you find your drivetrain wears faster? how do you combat the salt corrosion or washing issues? how often do you lube the chain? does it even matter if you lube the chain?

    with all of these issues it makes me wonder why people do it. i just can't see myself exposing a $3-5 k bike to unneeded punishment like that.
    Some roadies I know say all the same things about riding in the dirt.
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    ditto...i get to ride outside...since I severely dislike riding inside..i'll do anything to get outside...myself i stick to paths and trails so i don't have to worry about the salt
    I clean and lube my chain about once a week anyway so there isn't much difference now
    I wash my bike with a bucket of soapy water out side, i find that the dirt is more of an issue than the salt and other things
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    I'd kinda like to try it. Sounds like fun slip and sliding around on a snow covered trail on a bike. But the cold just takes all the fun out of riding for me even when dressed very warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    as much as i try i just can't bring myself to get out and ride in the snow. first off it takes a good 30 minutes just to get dressed for it. then you go out, your traction sucks, you need to REALLY worry about corrosion from the damn salt, and you have no practical way of washing the bike down if it gets dirty from said salt. also, what happens when you bring the bike back inside caked with all the snow/salt? i would think chain lube would be worthless for protecting the drivetrain from wear or rust. all i can think about is little chunks of ice and snow getting jammed up in your f/r derailleurs or cogs.

    so to those who ride in the snow, how do you cope? do you find your drivetrain wears faster? how do you combat the salt corrosion or washing issues? how often do you lube the chain? does it even matter if you lube the chain?

    with all of these issues it makes me wonder why people do it. i just can't see myself exposing a $3-5 k bike to unneeded punishment like that.
    You are obviously not riding in the right places. Why would you get salt on your bike from riding on a trail? If you use a singlespeed, you won't have to worry about derailleurs. It's not hard to get traction when you use the right tires and shift your weight correctly. Most of all, there is something truly beautiful about riding under a canopy of trees covered in snow with the crisp clean winter air and the sound of crunching under your tires.

    You just need to experience it a little more.

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    The whole fun for me to do it is the fun of slipping all over the place. That and to impress friends.

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    Snow riding is so much fun the scenery is awesome and depending on conditions you can ride trails faster.
    And i don't know about cleaning but snow is water so i don't see the point unless your riding slushie trails wich isn't fun just go if it's below freezing that way it's all hard and dry not wet and slippery.
    just be warned you will fall and suspension sucks when it's cold out.
    but thats what those big puffy jackets are for
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    i've never had a problem sliding all over the place the old time i do that is on off-camber surfaces with a layer of wet snow
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    crashing. when buddies and i went riding in the snow, we used to have all kinds of fun. nothing like riding fresh powder, hitting a turn, thinking you've got the coolest powerslide going but it doesn't stop and you continue to slide past the turn. or we used to bump each other off the powder into the banks. it was a real blast.

    however, i see what u mean. but i really hate that i've become somewhat of a fair weather rider. it's really lame.
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    It really doesn't take that long to get ready even when it's below 0... Maybe 10-15 minutes at the most.
    Traction isn't an issue if you have the right tires (see below)
    I'm not worried about salt or what have you as it's just a winter bike! I don't ride a bike this time of year with tons of bling-bling, it's just not worth it.
    Properly equipped snow riding is da bomb.
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    Back when I lived somewhere that it snowed I loved riding in it. I had a set of DIY studded tires and I'd run them at low pressure. I couldn't ride all the trails I'd normally ride or as fast but it sure beat riding indoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    The riding.
    Yep. I agree with Anonymous. It's cold, it's slow, there's lots of drag on the tires, but it still beats the heck out of riding the trainer indoors.

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    its all about sliding it and sliding it is fun. the sketchier it is the funner it is. wher you think youre in control you really arent but when you think you re its too damn fun to care.
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    yeah i could see how sliding all over the place would be alot of fun. i guess i'm just hung up on the wear and tear of the bike. winters around here tend to be pretty brutal on shiny metal, mostly because of all the goddamned salt they use on the roads. even in the rack on the car on the way to the trail i'm certain the bike would get sprayed pretty good with salt and crap.

    the other thing i'd worry about is not being able to see anything on the trail, like hidden obstacles, because of the snow. on some of these trails its hard enough to manage things when its 80 and sunny out. take away the ability to pick a line 20 feet ahead of you through the rocks and downed tree branches because everything is covered by a nice blanket of snow and you'd just be asking for trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekFan
    the other thing i'd worry about is not being able to see anything on the trail, like hidden obstacles, because of the snow. on some of these trails its hard enough to manage things when its 80 and sunny out. take away the ability to pick a line 20 feet ahead of you through the rocks and downed tree branches because everything is covered by a nice blanket of snow and you'd just be asking for trouble.

    Don't know about that part... I ride over stuff BETTER in the snow than when I can see them. Why? Mostly because I over-think and psyche myself out. Riding goes so much smoother if I can just roll over things rather than having the time to think of how to ride it and getting nervous b/c something looks scary. I need a brain shut-off switch.
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    Smile Snow riding=Fun!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse
    The whole fun for me to do it is the fun of slipping all over the place. That and to impress friends.
    I agree w/you. Yesterday I was riding in 10 inch deep snow without studded tires. The thing that sucks is that I always have a $75 repair in the spring because the chain+cassete are worn down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathaniel Williams
    I agree w/you. Yesterday I was riding in 10 inch deep snow without studded tires. The thing that sucks is that I always have a $75 repair in the spring because the chain+cassete are worn down.
    Let me get this straight, you have to replace your chain and cassette? FROM RIDING!?

    Damn, that's a reason right there to not ride in the snow.
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    There's nothing all that appealing. Riding in the snow is just more appealing then say....sitting in the house.

    As I always say.... A sh!tty ride is better'n no ride .

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    We don't get much snow here, but where I ride the most you can count on at least 3 or 4 two inch snowfalls a year. Nothing beats the sound of snow crunching under the tires. There is this downhill section on one of the trails I ride that is narrow and steep. When there is snow on the ground, you can't see the roots and rocks. Your tires hit them and the snow makes them slide right into the line you should be riding.... the natural line. It's like turning control over to the trail.

    That's what I like about riding in snow. At least the kind and depth of snow we get here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    The riding.
    Some people have no idea what they're missing. No salt on these "trails".
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    I don't find it much fun riding in the snow, but check this out for the truly insane. www.alaskaultrasport.com

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    I live in the mountain so riding on trails is really not possible unless the conditions are right and that wont usually happen until sometime in late January when winter is on the way out and you have some rain or warm days followed by a hard freeze. What is possible is riding on streets that have packed snow and ice using studded tires. I put about 100 miles on last week on hard pack ice and snow with my studs. I didnt have one fall. However if I had tried riding without studs I would have probably only gone a block or two before a bad fall. It does take about 15 minutes to get dressed plus you have to have all the clothes and shoes to stay warm.

    As far as lubricating the bike I used WD-40. In fact lots of WD-40. I know people say it ruins the chain etc. But so does biking in dirt. An alternative would be to bring the bike in where it isnt frozen but I found spraying the WD-40 on thawed out the frozen derailleurs.

    Is biking in the snow great? Not really, but it is a nice diversion and it beats biking on a trainer. The downside really of winter biking is that once its below 40 or so you are limited to how long you can bike. Like today it might get to 20 degrees, its 3 now so how long can you bike in the stuff?Two hours is about max for winter biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondaycurse
    The whole fun for me to do it is the fun of slipping all over the place. That and to impress friends.
    LOL
    The only impressive thing about most of my rides is the amount of blood squirting out of my nose after a face plant. I learned a long time ago that trying to impress anyone is a recipt for a fugowie.
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    Like people have said, its better than sitting inside all day on a weekend. Or the often boring ride on a trainer. If you stay away from the roads, there is no need to worry about salt. Your bike just gets wet....no more than crossing a stream. I wouldn't say there is any more signifigant wear and tear on your gears than trail riding.
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    Another thing...it's good clean fun .

    My bike and riding boots are cleaner after a snow ride then they were when I started!

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    What's Appealing About Riding in the Snow?
    Skiing. Get out on those trails with some xc skis, very similar yet completely different than riding. Plus I think that in the spring you come back to the bike ready to hammer just because you don't burn yourself out on the bike. $0.02

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    I love it... especially when the snomachines pack down the trails. They make lots of swoopy, bermed tracks that are just a blast. At times it feels like you are carving down a mountain on skis.
    Reasons riding in snow is fun:
    1. I am not on the F!@#$in trainer
    2. Trails that are 'boring' in summer become a good challange.
    3. Crashing is fun... soft landings.
    4. Full moon rides with no lights.
    5. I like the squeaky sound of snow when less than 10 F.

    Reasons riding in snow sux:
    1. Gotta dress for it if you don't want body parts to turn black and fall off.
    2. Drivetrain become unreliable when frozen (I am building a SS for this winter's riding).
    3. vbrakes destroy rims. The combination of snow and dirt (usually found when at or just below freezing) make for an extremely abrasive compound that destroys rims with vbrakes. Time to go disc.

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    I like riding in the snow, sliding as mentioned is loads of fun. But like the orginal poster, the real issue for me is salt. I normally ride roads to the trail heads, and the bike gets caked with salt. Since it's like 10 degrees here lately, that means no hose to rinse it off when I get home too.
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    I did a snow ride yesterday. It was the most fun I've had on a ride in a long time. With about 7 inches of snow on the ground. I rode snow packed fire roads for about 5 miles. Then, at tht top, I was able to hit about 2 miles of singletrack on top of a ridge. Perfect 16" wide trail that had been packed down by hunters....thank you hunters! This was on the Horseshoe trail on the south side of pumping station, already a very technical trail. I could see the rock edge and log hops. The 1 mile DH was a blast. So much fun riding a white singletrack hopping logs and rocks. I was the only one out on a bike on that trail. It just felt so great. and the 1.5 hours I was out, I got one of the best workouts I've had in many weeks. It takes steady spin and lots of work to stay on. I can't wait till my next snow ride. I'd have some pics, but my digi got stolen recently.

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    that's easy

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    Sometimes you just gotta ride

    Sometimes the conditions are unique and perfect. I've been out riding in snow and wintry conditions and it sucked. But yesterday was one of those perfect days. We didn't ride too far (12 miles O&B), but it took longer and that was OK. We cleared some branches and small logs along the way up, giving the ride back down river more flow.

    A couple weeks ago the area got a few inches of snow down below 2000' and since then it has been cold and dry, so the snow has formed an icy crust. The trail under the canopy of evergreen trees wasn't too thick with snow and many many elk hooves have trampled and texturized the terrain in the mean time making it very ride-able and grippy. We even saw about five of the animals.

    A lot of elements came together to make this one of the best rides of 2005, which is saying a lot!

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    Nothing. Snow riding sucks. Don't even bother:

    You be you. I'll be riding.

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    Go S.S.

    I had similar complaints about wearing out drive trains in the winter. Last Christmas I built up a single speed to avoid the frozen non-shifting drive train and avoid the expense of replacing everything in the spring. What a hoot - it has been like a second childhood. Most of the winter, I would ride and then just wipe the chain down with a rag and hang the bike up. In the spring, I replaced the chain and rear cog for under $15.

    My top ten favorite reasons for winter riding are:

    1)Those crowded trails in the summer are almost rider free in the winter.
    2) It's not to hot!
    3)The cow pies are frozen.
    4) You still earn beer credits.
    5) The sound of crunching snow is almost magical.
    6) The racer pace dies with the cold and everyone starts to laugh again at a good crash.
    7) Your butt doesn't look fat in lycra because it is covered up with other layers.
    8) When you screw up you can always blame it on the snow and ice.
    9) You can skid further.
    10) But mostly it beats the hell out riding the wind trainer to stay in shape. If you aren't comfortable riding in the winter you haven't spent enough money on the right clothes and equipement. Don't miss out just because the temp drops and the ground is white.

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    Snow is fun. Snow is beautiful. I love snow. Skiing, hiking into the wilderness with no one around for tens of miles, or going for a ride on my hardtail with my Nokian Extremes. Its all good as long as you dress and prepare right (and remember to bring bottle of scolding hot coffee. )
    And remember you bought the bike to use it. It can rust just as much in the garage.
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    My favorite part is when your spds turn into big ice chunks effectively locking your feet to the bike....Of course the last time I rode in the snow was about 12 years ago...

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    You'll never see this in the summer.....

    What's good about riding in snow? You never know what kind of tracks you'll come across that you normally wouldn't see. I came across this snow angel on a night ride last winter. Hope he/she was ok!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifer
    My favorite part is when your spds turn into big ice chunks effectively locking your feet to the bike....Of course the last time I rode in the snow was about 12 years ago...
    That's why I use Times.
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    Pretty much what others have already said...

    On the west coast, we don't have the salt on the road issue that you folks in the midwest and east coast get. But, all of my snow rides have been off road, so it's a total non issue for me. All of my snow rides have been fun. The sound of the tires going through fresh powder, trying to track, the soft crash landings, the views of snow covered mountains and fields, etc. Yes, it does take a little bit longer to get dressed for the occation (I don't know about 30min) Riding in the snow makes for a different experience and it's a very nice change of pace from riding the trainer.
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    I've done my share of snow riding. It's fun - in a novelty kinda way. It's usually a great time but now that I'm getting into XC skiiing - it seems almost pointless. Changing sports allows me to 'recharge my batteries' and keep from getting burnt. Bikes are not particularly well suited to snow/ice activies so I kinda have this feeling like I'm using the wrong tool for the job. Why ride when you can glide?

    YMMV.

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    doesn't anybody around here ski?

    as soon as the resorts open, I trade my bike for my Tele skis. awesome. at night I use a stairmaster and exer-bike, great cross training for skiing and biking.




    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega
    I've done my share of snow riding. It's fun - in a novelty kinda way. It's usually a great time but now that I'm getting into XC skiiing - it seems almost pointless. Changing sports allows me to 'recharge my batteries' and keep from getting burnt. Bikes are not particularly well suited to snow/ice activies so I kinda have this feeling like I'm using the wrong tool for the job. Why ride when you can glide?

    YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega
    I've done my share of snow riding. It's fun - in a novelty kinda way. It's usually a great time but now that I'm getting into XC skiiing - it seems almost pointless. Changing sports allows me to 'recharge my batteries' and keep from getting burnt. Bikes are not particularly well suited to snow/ice activies so I kinda have this feeling like I'm using the wrong tool for the job. Why ride when you can glide?

    YMMV.
    "I'm using the wrong tool for the job. Why ride when you can glide?"- word. I also agree that time off the bike helps come spring. As I said, it's so damn similar to riding trails yet very different.

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    Good job!

    Being a hardcore New Englander I look forward to snow rides every winter. Its so much fun.Especially when the temps. drop bellow 30° and the ground freezes.The trails are so fast. It also forces you to choose your lines more carefully,no being lazy when theres ice on the ground.Snowy night rides are the best!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega
    I've done my share of snow riding. It's fun - in a novelty kinda way. It's usually a great time but now that I'm getting into XC skiiing - it seems almost pointless. Changing sports allows me to 'recharge my batteries' and keep from getting burnt. Bikes are not particularly well suited to snow/ice activies so I kinda have this feeling like I'm using the wrong tool for the job. Why ride when you can glide?

    YMMV.
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    When the snows sucks for skiing, biking is usually good. When the snow sucks for biking, skiing is usually good.

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    The ride I went on Monday night was one of the best all year. The parking lot was the worst- like a skating rink and next to an open field with no protection from the wind- but once in the woods, it was another story.

    Loose, deep sandy sections were frozen solid, giving us amazing traction that had us cheering out loud. Snow was icy and crunchy, making that cool sound most of the time. The trail was fast, and at times when you were enjoying the speed, there'd be a little patch of ice situated on a curve to keep you humble.

    The only time we got cold was after a five-minute rest break. The cold keeps you moving and it's a more invigorating experience than a hot summer ride.

    Worst part is the getting dressed, getting ready in the lot, and then having to load/unload the car afterward while sweaty and freezing.
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    That's it!! You're out of here!

    Quote Originally Posted by bauerb
    as soon as the resorts open, I trade my bike for my Tele skis. awesome. at night I use a stairmaster and exer-bike, great cross training for skiing and biking.
    Please remove your MTBR badge and leave it at the front desk on your way out! I'm sure there are pleanty who are snow boarding or skiing while the snow is on the ground. there are several faces I don't see here to much during the winter months.
    Some of my happiest memories in life took place on my bicycles. - Me

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    [QUOTE=Christine].

    The trail was fast, and at times when you were enjoying the speed, there'd be a little patch of ice situated on a curve to keep you humble.

    Thats what makes it so interesting and fun.Sliding into corners waiting for your tires to hook upon that next patch of snow.It definately helps out your bike handling skills.

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    I'll see your North Shore snow riding pic, and raise you with these 3.

    Taken by Knnn over on the NSMB board about an hour after we rode Espresso, Pipeline & Dempsey a week and a half ago.
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    Last New Years Day a few of us rode in Whislter on some hard packed trails.

    We were a lot faster than the people cross country skiing.

    (This is one of the unpacked trails.)

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