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    Bored to Death.

    This winter absolutely sucks. Freezing cold or rotten slush - it's too nasty to ride out. I've gotten a couple rides on the plowed bike path near the house (loads of fun on the RFX ), but it's basically a zero ride winter. So it's 3 mornings a week at the gym - 20 minutes of cardio on the stationary bike, 25 minutes of free weights and and another half hour on the indoor climbing wall - the wall is fun, but even that gets old. Skiing is pretty good, but after 45 yrs of it, it's gotten kind of dull. What do you guys do to maintain your riding sanity until the season returns? (thanks for all the stoke by the way - it helps a little)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    What do you guys do to maintain your riding sanity until the season returns? (thanks for all the stoke by the way - it helps a little)
    C'mon Cutty, it's pretty simple really....build up a new bike


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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    This winter absolutely sucks. What do you guys do to maintain your riding sanity until the season returns?
    I have winter hobbies.

    I drink [more].
    I go to the trendy whole foods supermarket and spend hours following around all the hot babes in the store. It gets real crowded in there sometimes.
    I get depressed.
    I despair.

    I barely maintain any sanity, let alone riding sanity.
    Yea, winter sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    C'mon Cutty, it's pretty simple really....build up a new bike
    Oh, I do this too. That's why I'm dragging out this 5 spot build so long; the buzz has to last me two to three more months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    C'mon Cutty, it's pretty simple really....build up a new bike
    That worked for awhile - the RFX has a new Spot SS, a new set of wheels coming, new Elixirs, etc. But even that is wearing thin - with 5 bikes already in the stable, I can't see getting another too soon and the work shop is poorly heated. Besides, what niche is left to fill? I have the Sultan, the RFX, the 29er SS, the fendered commuter and the uber light road bike - what else is there besides a recumbent (and I ain't going there ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    That worked for awhile - the RFX has a new Spot SS, a new set of wheels coming, new Elixirs, etc. But even that is wearing thin - with 5 bikes already in the stable, I can't see getting another too soon and the work shop is poorly heated. Besides, what niche is left to fill? I have the Sultan, the RFX, the 29er SS, the fendered commuter and the uber light road bike - what else is there besides a recumbent (and I ain't going there ).
    Is the 29er SS custom? My current winter "project" is


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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    I have winter hobbies.

    I drink [more].
    Me too. Lately I've been quaffing a big Manhattan then taking the hatchet up on the roof to chop out ice dams - it's more like a sport that way and moderately exciting (at least according to my wife and kids).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    Is the 29er SS custom?
    What do you think?
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    What about a trip south to cure the "no ride" blues?

    Certainly, a few days in Phoenix and/or Sedona would help lift one's' spirits!

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    Try some different types of skiing: back country, cross country (classic or skating), or hippy skiing (telemark). Back country is most like mountain biking to me, slave uphill to enjoy the descent. Cross country skiing is like road cycling, smooth and fast on artificially created tracks. Tele is what is it, unnecessary.

    What about snow shoeing?

    I have not been on a bike since the day after Thanksgiving and I don't expect to be on one until March. Just the facts of life 'round here. I cannot "do" the gym, I have to be outside. If there is snow on the ground then I am sliding across it in one way or another for exercise and sanity.

    I hope you figure it out before you go postal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    What do you think?
    So...get busy already!!!


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    duh.........you go ride in the 50 degree sunshine, yeah I'm a jerk
    I like bikes.

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    The way I see it you got only two choices

    1) Get on your trainer, ride vigorously watching "Buffy The Musical" for an hour. I just did that very same thing and it works for me.

    2) Just go to Moab and have a good time.

    Simple.

    OK, ok, here's the opening song for "Buffy The Musical":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJvu6-TYJAQ
    Last edited by xcguy; 04-03-2011 at 12:01 PM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Or, you could take the magical flying dog to the circus and make some cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    What do you think?
    This was my winter project. I will ride it three days this week though, sorry.

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    Well the good news is.... as I sit at my desk it's 5:30 pm and I can see some blue sky still on the western horizon.... whereas a week or two ago it was already pitch dark at this time. The bad news is, it's 15 degrees out and there's still a foot of snow on everything. Baby steps. Spring is getting closer.

    I do what many have suggested. Hit the trainer, despair, ride on the road (ack), I even ran on my wife's treadmill yesterday (I don't think I've ran in like 10 years.... I think my legs almost forgot how)......but mostly I dream of another trip south (Vegas, St. George, Phoenix).
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    That doggie is riding my Superlight

    Quote Originally Posted by windhoar
    Or, you could take the magical flying dog to the circus and make some cash.
    That empty bike stand next to him? The Burner resides there when not in my Element waiting for the winds to subside and the temps to rise ( maybe saturday)
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Hmm, I've been pretty fortunate so far and have been able to at least ride to work most of the winter. But I have to admit when the temps hit -60 or better, I fire up the old Nissan.

    But for the most part, I play way to much Xbox, eat way to much crap food, and drink way too much beer. How's that for a winter hobby?

    happy trails...

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhoar
    Or, you could take the magical flying dog to the circus and make some cash.


    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    What do you think?
    I think you wussed out and went with a squishy fork

    Fully Rigid - The Jury's Still Out

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    Thanks for all the good input - I am going to stick with the rigid set up, but go to the bigger WTB 2.55 tire - I didn't realize it was the same weight as the Rampage - I guess I was thinking of the Stout which is about 950g. With the bigger tire and little lower pressure I think I can get it dialed in better. It definitely makes you a more precise and stronger rider which translates well when I hop on the full suspension rig. Plus I can ride year round on the SS and not worry too much about road slime and snow mucking up the suspension and drive train. It's all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhoar
    Tele is what is it, unnecessary.
    The best things in life are ALL unnecessary Anyway, it's just one more turn in the arsenal. Where you find tele unnecessary, I find alpine and AT limiting and kind of boring.

    Somedays (read white room) there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN LIFE better than tele.

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    I moved.
    sanity remains questionable

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    Also bored - too hot to ride

    I've got the opposite problem in Australia - 109 degrees outside and it's 8pm. Can't get on the bike without getting fried. Luckily it won't last - next week it'll be 95 degrees, cool weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    1) Get on your trainer, ride vigorously watching "Buffy The Musical" for an hour. I just did that very same thing and it works for me.
    you need some serious help pal. that was terrible.
    No, I'm NOT back!

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    I see no mention of a PUGS and if you suffer winter and don't have any other hobbies besides biking then they're a must Come on build up a nice Pugs and go enjoy the snow Can't help with the freezing, it hasn't dropped below 24C here in a while pretty much sun every day, but also enough rain to keep the trails that nasty, sticky way. but riding the road is OK for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by cutthroat
    That worked for awhile - the RFX has a new Spot SS, a new set of wheels coming, new Elixirs, etc. But even that is wearing thin - with 5 bikes already in the stable, I can't see getting another too soon and the work shop is poorly heated. Besides, what niche is left to fill? I have the Sultan, the RFX, the 29er SS, the fendered commuter and the uber light road bike - what else is there besides a recumbent (and I ain't going there ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    you need some serious help pal. that was terrible.
    Come on, CC, break out of your funk. Try playing the anti-curmudgeon for a day.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    never! not durrin winter anyway.
    No, I'm NOT back!

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    Anyone notice the stuffed dog?

    Problem is here we've stayed a bit above freezing, so the trails got pretty slushy due to our frequent rain and snow. Our local trails aren't really singletrack or real mtb trails either. Just improvised. The roads to get there are pretty heavily sanded with some sort of agressive compound, so everything has to be cleaned and lubed.

    So there's a lot of this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Anyone notice the stuffed dog?

    Problem is here we've stayed a bit above freezing, so the trails got pretty slushy due to our frequent rain and snow. Our local trails aren't really singletrack or real mtb trails either. Just improvised. The roads to get there are pretty heavily sanded with some sort of agressive compound, so everything has to be cleaned and lubed.

    So there's a lot of this:
    I believe that just might replace the Red Couch shot. I used to have that stuffed dog with a shower cap on in my master shower during showings as sort of a gag to amuse wannabe buyers. I was ready to say "buy my house and I'll throw in the doggie!" Finally I put him down in the basement so he can gaze forlornly out of the window...the sympathy factor. "Buy my house, I'll throw in the doggie and you can take him for the walk he deserves."
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    The dog reminds me of JD on Scrubs and his odd obsession with that stuffed dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    What about a trip south to cure the "no ride" blues?

    Certainly, a few days in Phoenix and/or Sedona would help lift one's' spirits!
    A resounding YES! It's doing wonders for my sanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    The dog reminds me of JD on Scrubs and his odd obsession with that stuffed dog.
    I won't lie, that's where I got the idea. I didn't name him Rowdy, though. He's just Doggie. He was always a hit with the kids. If I had someone coming back for a second look, with kids, I'd put Doggie somewhere else in the house and the kids would go looking for him. They never bought but, I'm just sayin...

    Buffy, Scrubs---do you see a pattern in my TV watching?
    Last edited by xcguy; 04-03-2011 at 12:01 PM.
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Pics of the doggie humping something, plz.

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    Great suggestions people I defy the stationary trainer! So a road trip is definitely in order. Problem is, Fruita/GJ is basically snowed under, Moab is marginal and wet, so it's a couple of weeks I hear until it dries out. I may have to hit the Front Range, assuming the weird drought conditions persist there. In the meantime, I've been doing plenty of the nordic XC stuff and both tele and alpine, so perhaps I exaggerate a bit on the boredom factor. It's simply that the biking bug has got me bad, and I need a fix. The past two winters have been much better for riding the SS, less snow and ice and periods where things actually dry out a bit - not so this year. And yes, I wussed out on the fully rigid front end - I decided the whole SS concept was suffering enough without adding carpal tunnel to the mix. For now it's just memories to tide me over.
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    I think the Grand valley has gotten a lot more snow than us this year, I'm getting out today here in the Springs and I rode 3 days last week, come on over, the weather looks dry and mild for the next week as well.

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    I feel your pain CT

    Went from 8 days of warm riding and pigging out on real Mexican food to THIS! The skiing has been great but I REALLY miss my bike. It has been fun seeing my kid rip it up on the mountain. Pick me up on the way if you go ride the front range .
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    Go south like the Q Tips...

    Bootleg Canyon, Sedona, South Mtn Phoenix, ...
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    Cutty, you could just retire to the bathroom with a bottle of extra soothing moisturiser and a copy of BBW monthly? Works like a charm for....erm, a "friend".

    Xcguy, you need to ditch the dog. It's clearly taking up garage space that could be being better utilised by more spare wheels

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    This was an ok thread until sir drippy d*ck had to ruin it by posting a pic of a DW Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidybeard
    Cutty, you could just retire to the bathroom with a bottle of extra soothing moisturiser and a copy of BBW monthly? Works like a charm for....erm, a "friend".

    Xcguy, you need to ditch the dog. It's clearly taking up garage space that could be being better utilised by more spare wheels

    That's my basement and you're right, you can never have too many wheels. I've convinced Doggie to just stay out of the way:
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    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    This was an ok thread until sir drippy d*ck had to ruin it by posting a pic of a DW Turner.
    You have obviously found out my nickname, but I didn't post any Turner pictures. Why would I break the habit of a lifetime?

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    Buffy the musical has never been bettered although some of the VM stuff was pretty good and dont get me started on Angel.

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    I feel a bit guilty to report this but my arms got sunburned today after my ride. Silly me I wore a sleeveless jersey without applying sun screen for the 2.5 hr group ride (Valencia, California).
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    It's snowing outside. Since Dresden is ****ing disgusting and moist, I expect nothing less than ice underneath on my ride over the cobblestones to the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tg
    Went from 8 days of warm riding and pigging out on real Mexican food to THIS! The skiing has been great but I REALLY miss my bike. It has been fun seeing my kid rip it up on the mountain. Pick me up on the way if you go ride the front range .

    Colorado..? Absolutely beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renegade
    I go to the trendy whole foods supermarket and spend hours following around all the hot babes in the store.

    How about some action shots? It'll be like Aqua's pics of the countless hotties that he encounters on the trail that he has less than zero chance of actually nabbing.

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