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    Winter Passion Thread

    post up your winter riding photos!

    it may still be october, but we get a head start here in alaska. snowed all day today, and i went out and played around a bit in crevasse morraine park.














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    Cool pictures. Looks cold.

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    A year ago, almost to the day, I wrote this:

    Like moths to a lamp, swallows to Capistrano, or post-race cankles, there's a certain predictability to autumn. Daylight wanes, temps fall, precip rises, and invariably my thoughts turn north to Alaska. Each February of the last 11 years I've made a pilgrimage to some part of that state to spend time, usually alone, enjoying the backcountry. This year I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to spend that time, nor where, nor with whom. Like so many circling moths I'm not even completely sure why I choose <span style="font-style:italic;">there</span>.

    No matter where you live the rest of the year, it is cold.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ELBmo9es8UX1ZOzhOnL2ag?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDRI_z-AAI/AAAAAAAAAt8/Us6dq02b45M/s800/elsol.jpg" /></a>

    It starts at very expensive and only increases as you go.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KTSULjx9J_lJqTFKCp9j6A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDRMvz-AEI/AAAAAAAAAuc/2FRjlBRwA3U/s800/rdone.jpg" /></a>

    There is often anxiety,
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Kq5aW5pjswuOK0QVhH5fhg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDTSPz-AFI/AAAAAAAAAuk/bIFcXVLVP4E/s800/vend.jpg" /></a>

    and tedium,
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UQauIjRMRSMO_6Eu9arYqQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDRJvz-ACI/AAAAAAAAAuM/PSm-AcWL3ks/s800/0036.jpg" /></a>

    and monotony.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/K85V6DR6MIlb_KgUjvdyYw?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDRJfz-ABI/AAAAAAAAAuE/7hhaZVImC6Q/s800/nrnlto1.jpg" /></a>

    But on every trip there's at least one moment that I wouldn't trade for anything.

    Sometimes it's a combination of scenery and light.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/PiyRmsqcpqv2xLGt986d7A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDTSvz-AGI/AAAAAAAAAus/qzAUkcv0FiI/s800/0004.jpg" /></a>

    Other times it's an interaction with a human.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/uA6t271KUvuFaErslMvs3A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDTTPz-AII/AAAAAAAAAu8/zi9yhGr-p-U/s800/0040.jpg" /></a>

    Or with animal(s).
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    Occasionally it's indefinable, which is a groovy way of saying that it can't really be explained, can only be experienced.
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    Whatever it is, it always happens. That collection of memories is more valuable than almost anything else in my life. It is irreplaceable, and it has had a huge part in shaping the person that I am and the direction that my life has taken over the last decade.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/H1DaZm5Z-pLf8v2GConC9Q?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDTTfz-AJI/AAAAAAAAAvE/NkpFPXQxdiQ/s800/0058.jpg" /></a>

    On autumn days like today when I can see my breath while toodling with the dog around the block, there's no place my thoughts would rather roam.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2tElYjLDmWSzyOQO23ZlUA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/RyDRMPz-ADI/AAAAAAAAAuU/-y2_escQI5g/s800/hwttr007-01se.jpg" /></a>

    Time to start getting ready.


    * * * * *

    Seems at least as apropos today as it did a year ago.

    MC

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    the wide angle on the hoar frost shot is awesome. i like how it stretches the branches out. i took these monday:






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    I grew up in Idaho and spent time in the Tetons and other big mountains in winter, it was just before mountain bikes. Keep the winter stoke coming, just don't invite me along, ok?

    Fall is bad here. Winter will really suck.
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    Here's some

    of Utah winte riding. Sometimes we get to much snow to fast for it to be very good, but I still trudge along through it. I must be the only Utahn that doesnt ski!
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    No Winter plz...

    You guys are killing my Fall buzz here in the Northwest. Just in the midst of colorful display here. In the morning the temps will be around 38 degrees though. I go out and ride arround noon and let you know what I see.

    Mike: Awesome photos as always...man I need to step up and buy some wheels from you...my stock 29er's just blow and are constantly out of true.

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    Nice thread Sean. Love the photos Mike. Looking forward to seeing you again in a few months. I talked to Pete today and we're setting up rides for the Holidays. As fun as the summer is, there's just something about the snow riding.
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    Oh. The Alaska pics are too great.

    zaun frost.jpg

    weg 2 frost.jpg


    little albert frost.jpg


    The last one is summer actually. But as long as there's snow and ice...

    fog and snow.jpg

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    Winter?

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Not winter, it's too early.

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    I wish we had frosty weather and an inch or two of snow now. Maybe next week

    (I do not particularly enjoy the wet and muddy)

    A couple of pics from last winter:

    Last edited by perttime; 10-23-2008 at 04:29 AM.

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    I got some passion for ya!
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    I'm still enjoying the great Fall riding here in Connecticut, but here's a few pics from some fun Winter rides last year.




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    Awesome, Mike.

    I agree it's a little early, but will add a few of my old favorites.

    On Golden Pond:



    Tracks of different species:





    Be careful out there!



    Sometimes you find hidden gems:







    And of course no winter bike thread would be complete without the Pugs:



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    here's a few of my favorite old ones too:










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    Quote Originally Posted by dosboy
    of Utah winte riding. Sometimes we get to much snow to fast for it to be very good, but I still trudge along through it. I must be the only Utahn that doesnt ski!
    what trail is that? (corner canyon??)

    thanks good to see some other utah people that ride in the snow as well

    joe

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    OK, I'll be the dummy to ask. Where do you get tires and wheels this wide? Type? Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by radair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razorfish
    OK, I'll be the dummy to ask. Where do you get tires and wheels this wide? Type? Thanks.
    do a search for Surly Endomorph.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Me like snow…









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    Pooh bear - awesome photos ( I am assuming you took them)!!!

    Those fat Surley Endomorphs are super cheap right now at Jenson.

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    Down here in socal, there has been only ONE day this fall that I have been able to see my breath. And that was only until like 9 oclock. hahaa
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    Quote Originally Posted by dh_drew
    Down here in socal, there has been only ONE day this fall that I have been able to see my breath. And that was only until like 9 oclock. hahaa
    No White Christmas for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla
    Pooh bear - awesome photos ( I am assuming you took them)!!!

    Those fat Surley Endomorphs are super cheap right now at Jenson.
    Thanks.

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    Winter lite

    Winter ain't always so wintery around here (mid-atlantic). But we do get a tidbit of snow now and then. Here's a few from last winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    No White Christmas for you?
    Nope It sucks because I love the cold and the outdoors and that's exactly the opposite of where I'm living. I want to move to country when I'm older; seems so peaceful.
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    WOW!! I don't have pictures that great but here are a couple.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggy
    what trail is that? (corner canyon??)

    thanks good to see some other utah people that ride in the snow as well

    joe

    Yeah it is Corner Canyon, pretty good snow riding up there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla

    Those fat Surley Endomorphs are super cheap right now at Jenson.

    ?????? $95.00 is super cheap???????

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    crev-mo again. palmer, ak. been below freezing for a few weeks, but very little snow.








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    Simple:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xaXRj9PxhW_llitHZCKuZQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rx5soEkwOkI/AAAAAAAAAqY/7dM7LBZEZxU/s800/bsss003-01.jpg" /></a>

    Complex: (courtesy of Kathi M)
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5cLme9O2kqcU3ztkcIJ3eQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh58TRhnUI/AAAAAAAABHE/Xx91mekY7Ls/s800/Mike%20Curiak%20ice%20cube.jpg" /></a>

    Don't ask:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/awNWGH8B3l8HIzJXyyIZyw?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh-PzRhnWI/AAAAAAAABHY/X0PSQabeGAA/s800/mcjse.jpg" /></a>

    Sometimes ya gotta:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CUcIfVSMjnHHRD6iGCJBhQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rz-P7D2-5WI/AAAAAAAABJk/QqElvZWlv-o/s800/mx%20010.jpg" /></a>

    Ditto:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/J1xbZKLKPh8NvDe9O0IiQg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R0eB3j2-5tI/AAAAAAAABPo/iN1cdikhdBQ/s800/P2150009s.jpg" /></a>

    Probably woulda been a better day to snag the tele's and skins:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cShsS31rFZl10LexPnMeMw?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R1gyw0PKpNI/AAAAAAAABS8/VPQIAZx2Hyk/s800/P3200043s.JPG" /></a>

    Snoots in a shy mood:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ym2RlObjiWxWO2jZcFkROQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2YH6JdMv0I/AAAAAAAABVk/7Pp3Muc3D2Q/s800/w2k7%20035e.jpg" /></a>

    A very different mood altogether:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ujHuh9gvEXF8Hm4ImC6j4g?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R41AoJdMwTI/AAAAAAAABbU/zDDzMo10KIE/s800/sb1.jpg" /></a>

    Scrubbin':
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/h0dKg5p0TSStB5xacJJ90A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R41D7JdMwYI/AAAAAAAABb8/HuTCF70k1PM/s800/Mike-C-1e.jpg" /></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by dh_drew
    Nope It sucks because I love the cold and the outdoors and that's exactly the opposite of where I'm living. I want to move to country when I'm older; seems so peaceful.
    ill trade with you ASAP. ive lived outside chicago all my life and i hate nothing more than the windy,snowy,sub-zero temps. well do a sorta-exchange student type program. i dont like going out to get the mail and having the potential of dying.

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    about half my ride was on snow today. perfect consistancy though, didn't stick at all. About 55˚ out.

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    mike, it looks like you sure know how to have fun in the snow, your Lenz bike looks like a blast, your bikes and gear make me want to move to alaska.
    sorta OT but does anyone have any experiance with KTrak? i have been eyeing them up and was wondering if they would be a good investment for the winter months.
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    a couple from my commute into DenCO
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Simple:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xaXRj9PxhW_llitHZCKuZQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rx5soEkwOkI/AAAAAAAAAqY/7dM7LBZEZxU/s800/bsss003-01.jpg" /></a>

    Complex: (courtesy of Kathi M)
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5cLme9O2kqcU3ztkcIJ3eQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh58TRhnUI/AAAAAAAABHE/Xx91mekY7Ls/s800/Mike%20Curiak%20ice%20cube.jpg" /></a>

    Don't ask:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/awNWGH8B3l8HIzJXyyIZyw?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh-PzRhnWI/AAAAAAAABHY/X0PSQabeGAA/s800/mcjse.jpg" /></a>

    Sometimes ya gotta:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CUcIfVSMjnHHRD6iGCJBhQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rz-P7D2-5WI/AAAAAAAABJk/QqElvZWlv-o/s800/mx%20010.jpg" /></a>

    Ditto:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/J1xbZKLKPh8NvDe9O0IiQg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R0eB3j2-5tI/AAAAAAAABPo/iN1cdikhdBQ/s800/P2150009s.jpg" /></a>

    Probably woulda been a better day to snag the tele's and skins:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/cShsS31rFZl10LexPnMeMw?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R1gyw0PKpNI/AAAAAAAABS8/VPQIAZx2Hyk/s800/P3200043s.JPG" /></a>

    Snoots in a shy mood:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ym2RlObjiWxWO2jZcFkROQ?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2YH6JdMv0I/AAAAAAAABVk/7Pp3Muc3D2Q/s800/w2k7%20035e.jpg" /></a>

    A very different mood altogether:
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ujHuh9gvEXF8Hm4ImC6j4g?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R41AoJdMwTI/AAAAAAAABbU/zDDzMo10KIE/s800/sb1.jpg" /></a>

    Scrubbin':
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/h0dKg5p0TSStB5xacJJ90A?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R41D7JdMwYI/AAAAAAAABb8/HuTCF70k1PM/s800/Mike-C-1e.jpg" /></a>

    Is that a custom made Moots?

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I,
    I took the road less traveled by and
    It has made all the difference. R Frost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mai
    Is that a custom made Moots?
    No. It's *two* different custom made Mootses.

    MC

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    Quote Originally Posted by radair
    Awesome, Mike.

    I agree it's a little early, but will add a few of my old favorites.



    Tracks of different species:




    Be careful out there!


    Sometimes you find hidden gems:





    Looks like Lake Willoughby....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosboy
    ?????? $95.00 is super cheap???????
    When they run $115 -120 at most places including LBS and eBay it is.

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    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/JmmAzHMFPdGnyMGzFI5VBA"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_A06QdYL6xw8/SRjk0QXEBRI/AAAAAAAAET0/AKRLv8oXO7I/s800/GEDC0014.JPG" /></a>

    I guess winter's ok....... (yeah, that was today )

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    winter is coming

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I,
    I took the road less traveled by and
    It has made all the difference. R Frost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla
    Looks like Lake Willoughby....
    Close, these are in the eastern White Mountains, near the NH/ME border.

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    Oh yeah!

    Fantastic thread. Great stoke as the days turn dark. Keep them coming.

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    In Winter.

    I wrote the essay below years ago. Took the pics last winter and stuck 'em on my blog. Posting both here, now, seems appropriate.

    Months have passed since the summer riding season ended. You segued seamlessly into knickers, then tights, then tights with windpants, but this is a level or three beyond all that. The frosted edges of the window hint at the depth of the frozen world that lies beyond. Hands grasping the sill, you scrape some frost from the glass and peer out, already imagining the bite of wind on your cheeks, the initial reluctance of your lungs to inhale the sharp air, the discomforting feel of the cold that lies, hopefully, just beyond the few layers of clothing you’ll be wearing when you head out.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9xXJnhZPprKgPix-4hqZdA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2oOsJdMv1I/AAAAAAAABWo/24_ZjyVwZfg/s800/w2k7%20016e.jpg" /></a>

    Behind you the furnace kicks on, filling the room with warmth and reminding you that imagining is never the same as being out in it. A wave of realization hits; the cold beyond that window is tangible, even in here. A shiver runs through you.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hhFl5rjYHMWhekJpSVPp3g?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R5zAC1k6InI/AAAAAAAABfI/FA36MTBJtJI/s800/needlese.jpg" /></a>

    But still you want to ride. Maybe the shiver wasn’t just from imagining the cold--maybe it had something to do with nervous anticipation, or possibly its’ origin was the childish thrill of heading outside when common ‘knowledge’ says you shouldn’t.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Tc8bpLa3qHmwWSXg__AJqA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2YAjJdMvrI/AAAAAAAABUc/tOJ2TK-FiyQ/s800/w2k7%20007e.jpg" /></a>

    The only certainty is that you ARE heading out. Tugging shoes on over thick socks--the last in the winter-dress ritual of layering, velcroing, and lacing--you try to get out the door before soaking yourself in sweat.
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    Once out you immediately note the absolute silence, which, curiously, brings a knowing smile to your face. After a fantastic season of epic group rides, mud-fests, trailhead tailgate parties, post-ride barbecues and fall color tours, you’re about to get back to basics. You smile because you’ve missed the solitude.
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    In winter you ride alone far more often. Chances are you won’t see another person, and won’t need to remember how to tactfully say, “On your left”. Because of that, there’s less urgency to the rides.
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    Winter brings out the possibility to slow down and enjoy the ride for what it is: A chance to be outside when the rest of the world, or so it would seem, isn’t.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UEKfeB6hoPGo9paeT6_Lzg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2YAkJdMvuI/AAAAAAAABU0/Cw84w8Bjufc/s800/w2k7%20040e.jpg" /></a>

    For those who don’t put their bikes away when the cold and snow come, the rewards lie in the subtleties; The cold air sharpens you enough to notice the little things. Feeling the first bit of ice forming inside your nostrils. Noticing hoarfrost on a tree limb, on your bike frame, on top of the snow itself.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6IffCOvCOUHWe4paK2kymg?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R9wcmFAxl3I/AAAAAAAABrM/_RgOHwDVRvw/s800/akm%20435s.jpg" /></a>

    The key to noticing these things is the lack of distractions.
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    Alone and undistracted in the cold, you’re able to experience and observe so many extraordinary things: Crystalline, shimmering air; sundogs; auroral displays; moon bows; even the simple, satisfying groan of snow under your tires.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/URqiH5VYx1FrBT4xwUjc-Q?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R2YEppdMvzI/AAAAAAAABVc/D-wdGQ3gc6s/s800/sparkly.jpg" /></a>

    As fantastic as those things are, even better is that winter riding allows a few moments of clarity away from an otherwise chaotic world. You’re able to sort out many of life’s details, letting go of the trivial ones, thereby gaining fresh perspective before returning home.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pToI870tA-RkX4dIaNjAEA?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/R7UPOBVqVVI/AAAAAAAABiQ/xQD9a13Xcr0/s800/snbr%20018se.jpg" /></a>

    Add it all up and what do you get? The solitude afforded by winter riding allows you to notice--and more importantly appreciate—the life that surrounds you.

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    Who says there's no snow in SoCal?

    Last December, just north of Los Angeles:
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    This thread is totally awesome. Lots of great photography folks!

    What's the deal with that Ski-Bike thingy with the Totem up front? Is that thing tough to maneuver? Next best thing?

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    Unitl I take some photos outside....

    here are two of the many reasons why I am passionate about winter.
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    Yep, today i open snow season here, in european part of Russia. Self shoting
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    winter pic

    ever notice how quiet everything seems during a nice snowfall ????
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    I have been cruising the fresh 5" of snow on a smoothly frozen lake at night. It is surreal - no vibration, tire crunching, or rolling resistance and it is dead quiet except for my the panting of my canine companion and my endomorphs carving the untracked powder. It feels like I am floating....

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    This thread reminds me, note to self, buy studded tires.
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    I can't wait....I have my studded tire all ready to be mounted....I just need the snow.
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    California winters are nice, but last weekend was unreal. High of 78 in SF. Did an mixed terrain "race" throughout the City hitting all the best singletrack. Ended up in the Mission with a BBQ, six pack and hanging with friends.

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    Lake Michigan ride
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    tonights ride





    temps starts to drop under clear sky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnaught
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    Looks chilly!

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    I got out in the early afternoon, meaning I only had a couple of hours of daylight... and the leading edge of a snowstorm was on the way too. It was a grey day and now, just after 4 PM, it is already dark.

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    posted in a previous post, anyway this is from last season - i can't wait for our first snow that sticks around.

    sourlands, NJ.



    chimney rock, bridgewater, NJ (it was particularly cold this day for NJ - low teens).
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    Mmmmmm Chili ...

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    We went for a ride last saturday. It was a blast!



    A few more photos here: http://boot.pinkbike.com/album/Mooseforest/

    I took the photos only from one spot. After riding, standing in one spot with a camera... I was freezing after 10 minutes.

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    some of mine from yesterday


















    the steeps got really "interesting"




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    Today's morning promised a white and cold day.






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    love that first shot, Pooh Bear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    love that first shot, Pooh Bear!
    Thanks! There's a summer version as well!

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    Awesome thread, I love everyone's pictures.

    It's been Pugsley riding around these parts for over a month now. Here are a couple of pics I've taken on rides, not the best quality but there you go.

    Mt. McIntyre after about 800 vertical m of climbing:



    Cruising some trails near my house, this was a timer shot:



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    Here are a couple of snowbiking videos I shot this weekend. Just my pocket camera stuck on the handlebars so they are jerky and the quality is low.

    Riding some unpacked singletrack:

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    On a more packed, wider trail just behind my house. Good thing I was on a flat section when I passed the lady with the St. Bernese.

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    what kind of camera did you use to shoot those?

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    Hay . I am from St. Petersburg,Russia. I would like to show you russian winter. I wish it will be interesting .


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    I hate the cold! I want to move to Cali :-)


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    A mid morning ride in southeast Michigan.
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    My Governor says that I can see Russia from here, but I cannot. So thanks for sharing those great photos.Looks like home even though you out in the east (or west)

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    Anthony vs. the dog

    Anthony D. your dog needs a faster riding partner!

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    Wicked winter riding in Salida CO last Saturday



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    I did this photos in last winter season. Freeride in Snow? Why not...

    Well, i don't like winter so much, but winter riding is rock!
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    Winter is for deep powder skiing and thinking of long days in the saddle !
    just put me back on my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR_Russia
    I did this photos in last winter season. Freeride in Snow? Why not...

    Well, i don't like winter so much, but winter riding is rock!

    great stuff. winter's a great time for riding your bike off of stuff. the big piles of snow the plows make at the end of a road are great for making jumps as well.

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    Wow! Nice pics by everyone above.

    No snow yet here in Pennsylvania, but I made it out for a first cold-weather ride and had such a good time that I had to post up. It was a gorgeous day and about 29F. That's a lot colder than I would normally ride, but it wasn't bad. I actually dressed a bit too warm. Looks like I'll be doing some more cold-weather riding.

    This was at Blue Marsh park in Reading, PA.





    Here's my old bike I used for this ride. The commuter tires that I was too lazy to change out made for an entertaining ride after the sun thawed the top layer of the mud!

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    Winter is coming...[PIC]

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    awesome pics. Thanx for sharing. Do any of you convert to snow bikes ever?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fattirefanatic
    awesome pics. Thanx for sharing. Do any of you convert to snow bikes ever?

    I want to... Just can't find a place to buy the pieces!

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    Couple from today!


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    are those carhart doublefronts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    are those carhart doublefronts?
    Yep. Work great this time of year. When it's real cold out I have a lined pair also!

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    Here are a couple from my ride on Wednesday of this week.

    I apologize for the crummy cellphone pics.



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    Winter?

    Dec 6th on the Beach in Santa Cruz Ca.
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    Yowzers that's a pretty sunset. Nicely done

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    I managed the first lines through last nights snow here this morning.

    Lots of fun on my rigid SS 29er.
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    went out with a couple of friends today for a good ride on some of the snowmachine trails across the inlet from anchorage. temps were high(32-34f), with a light sleet coming down intermittently... fun stuff. no really. the trails had softened up a bit from a couple of days of the these warmer temps, but were still rideable with my summer 29er wheels. the other two were on fatbikes.

    unloading the bikes at the start.


    dropping down to the little su.


    nearing flathorn.


    downhill to flathorn.


    overflow anyone?


    manny 'making water'.


    open water slough on flathorn.


    manny dancing in said open water slough....


    kim on his slushmobile


    view from the box.


    plenty of snowmachine traffic on the way back.


    snowbikers in the mist.


    the day ended with some well desrved grub at the point mackenzie general store.

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    sean - looks like a great day. I hit some snowmachine trails off Big Lake today in the same sleet (plus heavy fog) heading for the Little Su but the trails were still too soft from this end. Those look pretty hard packed minus the slush.

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    there was maybe an inch and a half of slush on top of the hardpack. flathorn was largely unrideable with ankle+ deep overflow slush on much of it. the alexanderites have been traveling back and forth at will for over a month now, so those trails are seeing some pretty heavy use.

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    alexanderites?? I gotta know....

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    the cabin dwellers out at alexander creek. i don't know if they like being called alexanderites or not, but that's what i call them.

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    Taken last night on a greenway connecting to sections of singletrack in Greensboro, NC...not really winter, but....winter-esque


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    Hesitation Point. Brown County State Park in Bloomington, Indiana. Take last march while visiting my brother.



    His bike in the snow, a natural stand...

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    Is anyone still riding in the Maryland area?

    I rode last week at Fair Hill Park in NE Maryland. It snowed, it rocked. Is anyone else still riding around here?

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    Rode this weekend

    Is anyone still riding in the MD/PA area. I am new to the area and looking for other crazy folk to ride with. I rode this last weekend at Fair Hill Park in MD and it rocked.

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    Last winter.

    Last winter. Club Velopiter. Video.

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    just a ride into town and back, but it was through sugary plow slop on unpaved bike paths. they do eventually plow them, but the roads are, understandably, the priority while it actually is snowing.



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