• 02-17-2013
    jkad
    Does this seem like the longest winter ever?
    Don't know about you guys, but im dying here..i have a new build project going on (will post up some pics soon) but this winter is killing me!
    I have been out every weekend hiking and doing trail maint simply cant wait for spring!! the PA fourm has also been quite..what gives?
  • 02-17-2013
    JeffSkisMontana
    I too am jonesing to ride....but having fun XC , DH, and Backcountry Skiing in the meantime while we have winter.....appreciate all the trail maintenance you and your crew have been doing....we should be in good shape when spring comes....Ride On!
  • 02-17-2013
    jkad
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    here are some build pics..
    Sette reken frame..been a fun project
  • 02-17-2013
    Uncle Six Pack
    I really, really, really want to ride. And it is not like I CAN'T ride. I just want warmer weather to ride in. Maybe I am too picky. I have really been noticing the increased daylight recently, but the temperature has still been so low. The change must come soon.
  • 02-17-2013
    fell_brook
    It's the worst time right now I think. It's starting to warm up but, just enough to make the trails muddy for daytime then freeze at night before they have a chance to dry out.
    This week it's supposed to be lows 20s and highs mid 30s as opposed to two weeks ago where it was low teens and highs mid 20s. Won't be too long before it's spring!
  • 02-17-2013
    Schott
    Does this seem like the longest winter ever?
    It's February....
  • 02-17-2013
    bear
    The XC skiing is definitely helping, but it ain't bikin'!

    I'm just about finished my winter build on the Super Bike too, just a tire and a couple brake pads away from hitting the trails with it.

  • 02-17-2013
    slowdave
    i haven't missed out on any riding because of the winter weather it's just another dimension
  • 02-17-2013
    Clipless in PA
    Yes! It got so bad today I broke out the rollers. I too can't wait for a little better weather.
  • 02-17-2013
    bear
    Re: Does this seem like the longest winter ever?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clipless in PA View Post
    Yes! It got so bad today I broke out the rollers. I too can't wait for a little better weather.

    I have been hitting roller twice a week with the Valley Cycles gang.

    Hellava sweat. Great cameraderie.

    Oh yeah, I still have 'ultimate custom wheels' on my bike to do list.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
  • 02-17-2013
    Gigantic
    I don't know what you guys are complaining about, I've been out riding every weekend. If anything, it's been a lousy winter because there hasn't been sh@t for snow. Between my 29er & fatbike, I've been getting in 100 miles per week.
  • 02-17-2013
    bear
    It's a personal problem ... I hate cold+wet ... just can't get past that, at least yet.

    Which bike more, FB or 29er?
  • 02-17-2013
    chef7734
    Its been pretty warm winter here in Central Texas. A few rain storms and a few days it hit mid 30's, but able to ride most any day.
  • 02-17-2013
    Gigantic
    Fatbike, mostly. I've ridden the 29er twice in the past month, most recently, today at White Clay in DE. Switching from the fb, the 29er feels downright feathery. The Fatbike is a lot of fun though and doesn't really cause much damage, if at all when the trails get greasy. It really shines in the snow, though, which I wish we'd had more of.
  • 02-17-2013
    bear
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chef7734 View Post
    Its been pretty warm winter here in Central Texas. A few rain storms and a few days it hit mid 30's, but able to ride most any day.

    "phbbbt!"

    I remember those winters.

    Gigantic: my "winter" bike is a HT 29er SS ... if it's crappy out it's REALLY tough for me to deal with on my trails ... and with weather and trail conditions so variable it's hard to motivate far out of town ... too costly!

    Maybe in another few years I'll have a phat bike ... but no time soon as I just got a super cool bike last June.
  • 02-17-2013
    Gigantic
    my 29er is a 1x8. After today's ride, I figure I'm maybe a month of riding the fatbike from turning it into a single speed.
  • 02-17-2013
    techfersure
    I don't get it with you guys this has been an awesome winter for riding,the cold is no excuse and the snow that we have gotten so far made for some awesome rides.I totally don't understand fair weather riders true hearted MTN bikers!;)
  • 02-17-2013
    jkad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by techfersure View Post
    I don't get it with you guys this has been an awesome winter for riding,the cold is no excuse and the snow that we have gotten so far made for some awesome rides.I totally don't understand fair weather riders true hearted MTN bikers!;)

    I just dont enjoy riding in the cold! i get out and and do other things, but riding all bundled up just isint fun to me. Now if you want to go hike 10miles and pitch a tent im in :)
  • 02-17-2013
    RRHINES
    I agree with tech! It has been a fun winter to ride in, riding in the snow works on a whole different skill set. Yes it's cold but a few minutes of doing grunt work in the snow warms the body right up! I have a riding buddy that is just as crazy and we have been going every weekend just about every Sat and Sun. I have also been doing the 2 day/wk training class with Bear also. Nothing beats being outside off the trainer though...
  • 02-17-2013
    KP snowman
    I`m with Gigantic on this one,not much of a winter for snow,but i have been getting 100 + miles a week on my fatbike ,29er & crossbike.Fatbikes are the best for this time of year,do a fatbike ride no need for bundling up riding one of them.I did a 25miler today & a 20 + ride yesterday on snowmobile trails @ PLSP (yes still snow in pike county)what fun,snow rides are as epic as any dirt rides I have done.If I had my way we would have snow from Dec to end of march.Just get out & ride,push a little & you won`t be cold.happy trails
  • 02-17-2013
    mt.Pulaski
    Longest winter ever...? Easily the longest.....last week felt like a month.....in fact writing this felt like 5.... 6 hours..
  • 02-17-2013
    Bizman
    For me a great winter! After getting the Moonlander fat bike in Jan when the snow got to deep to ride the 29er has been awesome! You may be surprised how warm (you are) and enjoyable it is riding in cold weather! I get out every day, some times for 3-4 hours, a couple 3 hour rides at 7 deg F windchill -8, no problem! The ground is froze no mud, the snow cleans the bike, keeps it looking like new!
  • 02-18-2013
    mtnbiker64
    No complaining here. I;ve been riding almost every weekend. Just been going a little south to do it. Mt Penn near Reading has miles of trails and are in great shape. Won't let a little snow covering stop me. Just dress appropriately. It really makes you work on your biking skillset as Rrhines said. So just stop whining and get out and ride.
  • 02-18-2013
    ParrotHead87
    Its definitely been a cold winter, but still ridable

    In comparison to the past few winters I could see where you would be coming from, especially the easy winter we had last year
  • 02-18-2013
    jcaino
    I think its going to fast! Been out a lot on the Pugsley, been wishing for more snow.

    Rode yesterday at Boyce park - had about 3-4 inches of super light powder on the trails, over frozen ground/ice. Made for great riding conditions. Rode with a bunch of 29ers and everyone had a good time.

    When it warms up this week and gets muddy, we'll switch up trails and hit the ones that are rocky and/or drain well.

    It's never a bad time to ride!
  • 02-18-2013
    roma258
    It's funny because this is my first winter on a mountain bike and it's definitely helped pass the time faster. Ordinarily, I'd be bummed out waiting for (motorcycle) riding season to get going some time in March, now I'm on two wheels pretty much every weekend! It's not even cold after the first climb, it's like a found a hack to make winter suck a little bit less.
  • 02-18-2013
    jkad
    hummmm, looks like this thread could use a poll..
  • 02-18-2013
    bikergirl6923
    I agree, winter riding can be a challlange to stay warm while you are out on the trails. Especially trying to keep your fingers warm for braking and shifting. But there is nothing better than feeling the cold air. Its also a great challange to ride the snow covered trails. Going south to ride is always an option. Its usually warmer. Dont hibernate! Get out and ride while you still have the ability and freedom to do so. Live Love Ride!!!!!
  • 02-22-2013
    dirtrider6
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RRHINES View Post
    I agree with tech! It has been a fun winter to ride in, riding in the snow works on a whole different skill set. Yes it's cold but a few minutes of doing grunt work in the snow warms the body right up! I have a riding buddy that is just as crazy and we have been going every weekend just about every Sat and Sun. I have also been doing the 2 day/wk training class with Bear also. Nothing beats being outside off the trainer though...

    Have to admit, I'm the crazy friend, yes I have a problem I need to be outside riding my bike no matter what the weather.
    Having a Fat Bike really does make you want to get out there and ride in the snow, and yes us fellow fat bikers actually get excited when it snows.
    I called Ron last week on the way to the Moon and he said theres still a lot of snow up here, my reaction ALL RIGHT!
    Rode the El Mariachi last Sunday due to mechanicals on the Fat Bike, haven't rode it in months man that front tire looked so small out there took a while to get used to it, not near as confidence inspiring in the corners as the fat bike, but very nimble and I have to admit having suspension up front felt nice for a change, but still wished I was riding fat.
    For one to truly understand you have to spend some time on one of these fat bikes they are just so much fun to ride
  • 02-22-2013
    Gruitr1
    Bought a new Mukluk this year and love it! Fatbikes are fun on ALL conditions not just snow imo. Very fast, incredible climbers, and excellent for just plowin through the woods. No need for trails! But, even with my FS skinny tire bike this and all winters imo are some of the best times to be in the woods! I'd rather ride in these conditions then hot summer days with bugs, ticks, snakes, cob webs, sweat, and low trail visibilty. Get out and enjoy the scenery fairweather friends!!
  • 02-22-2013
    Gigantic
    Where are all of you with fatbikes living? I almost never see other fatties on the trails, I know of just one other rider here in Philly.
  • 02-22-2013
    ParrotHead87
    So windy the whole week, just seems non stop
  • 02-22-2013
    bbohr
    That's funny. While others are recommending to drive south to Mt. Penn in Reading, I did the opposite. Last weekend fellow BAMBA member Tduro and myself drove to Crystal Lake to get our XC ski fix on. Great snow conditions up there right now.
    BTW, if anyone is interested in riding Mt. Penn just post up on the BAMBA facebook page and someone will show you around.

    http://www.facebook.com/BambaBerksAr...ingAssociation
  • 02-22-2013
    XJaredX
    Winter riding is fun, not AS fun as summer riding, but as long as you get out early when the ground is frozen so you're not rutting up the trails, it's a good time.

    To be fair, I do have a fatbike (I live in Allentown, to answer the earlier question), although this winter I've been without one until about 2 weeks ago. I had one and sold it last year and found I just couldn't not have one!

    I went for a 22 mile romp yesterday at Blue Marsh... the mud was from the lake shore and bed, mostly. Most of the singletrack was solid/icey. Was kinda windy but I was dressed properly so it was fine.





    I should note, that the Bar Mitts weren't necessary- I just chose to run my thin summer gloves, I like the dexterity versus my thick winter gloves and no Bar Mitts.
  • 02-22-2013
    ParrotHead87
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    Was out yesterday myself for a little over an hour. Was very windy, but the sun was out. Dressed up warm enough and like XJared said, normal gloves were fine. Once you get going, you warm up real well.

    Rode about 30 minutes through town, and about 40 through some four wheeler trails near my house.

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  • 02-22-2013
    dirtrider6
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gruitr1 View Post
    Bought a new Mukluk this year and love it! Fatbikes are fun on ALL conditions not just snow !!

    I have been riding mine year round for 3 years now, thats why I call it a Fat bike and not a snow bike, hands down the funnest bike I have ever owned.
  • 02-22-2013
    Gruitr1
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    The wife and I each have one. Lots o fun!! some pics
  • 02-23-2013
    bikergirl6923
    Cold or hot....fresh air is great...its FREE.....its good for the body...so get out and enjoy i!!!!!Live Love Ride!!!!!
  • 02-23-2013
    angelbeez78
    Beyond sick and frustrated. It hasn't ended. I think i got spoiled last year with the mild temps and no snow. Hopefully itll be over soon. Cabin fever doesn't begin to explain......
  • 02-24-2013
    jkad
  • 02-24-2013
    Irongrave
    I think the issue with this winter is it keeps teasing us. one or 2 days in the 60s then back into the 20/30s. I'm ready for it to be over
  • 02-25-2013
    bear
    'grave: 60's? Not for me. I'm not sure we've hit the 50's in a while.

    FWIW, I got out on the bike (SS 29er HT) for a couple hours yesterday and I can't really say that other than having actually been on a bike that I was much better off afterwards. I mostly felt teased ... not enough snow to really do anything with but plenty of snow and ice to make a ride much less enjoyable.

    meh.

    I'm such a spoiled pansy.
  • 02-25-2013
    techfersure
    A tad sloppy at some spots Sunday but still put in 25 miles.lots of smiles mud on my teeth and riding in the soft and sketchy makes you fit,maintains and even improves your skills!
  • 02-25-2013
    bear
    I may be making a road trip outta my 'hood next weekend, if I can figure someplace cool to go and get some miles of rolling time.

    Pretty much bet it'd have to be southerly from me, but who knows what the weather will hold.

    Maybe a SS at Swatara. Hmm.
  • 02-25-2013
    adamkob32
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bear View Post
    Maybe a SS at Swatara. Hmm.

    I'd be interested in that if you go down.
  • 02-25-2013
    ParrotHead87
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jkad View Post

    Pictures look good :thumbsup:
  • 02-25-2013
    Irongrave
    We had one day in January where it hit 60 in Erie
  • 02-25-2013
    adamkob32
    Thought today would have been more clear. I did 22 miles over in Aristes. The west side of Rt 42 was clear and nice but the loop on the east side was half ice and snow in most areas. Still worth the ride, can't wait till the trail is dry though.

    --Adam