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    Why I hate the winter ...

    I boost my road miles in the winter since the trails are wet (and I can't be bothered to ride early in the a.m. before they thaw). The edge fo the road is always filled with winter debris, and even with thick tires, there's lots of flats.

    Today, I pulled a flat tube (from Tuesday's ride) off of my bike. Yet, another patch went on, and the tube went back in the tire. I hate winter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    I boost my road miles in the winter since the trails are wet (and I can't be bothered to ride early in the a.m. before they thaw). The edge fo the road is always filled with winter debris, and even with thick tires, there's lots of flats.

    Today, I pulled a flat tube (from Tuesday's ride) off of my bike. Yet, another patch went on, and the tube went back in the tire. I hate winter...

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    What about some Armadillo Elites? I haven't tried them yet (I have the regular heavy-a$$ armadillos on the commuter) but they should at least help with the glass...

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    How old are your tires? I was getting a lot of flats on a set of tires I used for 2 seasons. A friend suggested that I switch to new tires. Voila!!! I got less flats. (I also noticed that my old tire was suspiciously thin compared to the new tires.)

    I also support G's recommendation. Armadillos work good. Think of them as weight training. And the up side is how fast you will go when you switch to lighter tires.

    You could always go the Twisted route. Cross bike....
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    Did someone say Twisted? Speaking of poodles, I'm still trying to figure out why people don't like winter. I ride bikes lots, I ski lots, I take the pooch for lots of walks, I run lots, I watch a whole pisspot of bad TV, I don't have to mow the lawn, I pig out on turkey, gravy, mashed taters and pecan pie and still I find myself enjoying it all.
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    Legally, I am not allowed to pet the poodle. Something about a restraining order. In the winter, I am fond of, and allowed to do, the following:

    50-80 mile road rides
    lose weight
    intervals
    more intervals
    moving from 80 miles to 100+ miles
    calling Dean Titanium and asking them where in the world my Fox Float is
    video games
    riding 6 days a week
    long walks on the beach
    getting in touch with my feelings

    Eric - try out the armadillos...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visicypher
    Eric - try out the armadillos...
    All but one of those patches is from me using on old set of tires well beyond their life expectancy. I finally retired them to trainer duty after flating on nearly every ride for a week or two. That got old.

    Since going to my "winter" tires, I've only flatted once, and it was due to a pretty big piece of glass that was still wedged in the tire when I went to change it.

    And the good news are that the roads (and weather) are a lot nicer today than they were on Tuesday's ride.
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    The Armadillo Elites are not that heavy. At least compared to the old Armadillos.

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    The old suck and blow

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedCrank
    Did someone say Twisted? Speaking of poodles, I'm still trying to figure out why people don't like winter. I ride bikes lots, I ski lots, I take the pooch for lots of walks, I run lots, I watch a whole pisspot of bad TV, I don't have to mow the lawn, I pig out on turkey, gravy, mashed taters and pecan pie and still I find myself enjoying it all.
    All good points, but I'm with Laffy. Winter blows - mucky trails (or riding god awful early), cruddy roads, short days, freezing cold night rides, SAD, rain, 40 mph headwinds (like your ride today, Laffy), a frozen tube on your camelsback, too many layers, ear warmers, cold toes and fingers, the ever expanding waistline, and WAY too much bad TV.

    Show me dry trails and decent weather all year, and I'll show you one happy Earthpig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    40 mph headwinds (like your ride today, Laffy)
    The wind today did suck, but I'd take it over Tuesday's rain anyday.
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    Wet Steel

    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    The wind today did suck, but I'd take it over Tuesday's rain anyday.
    Do ride a steel bike in the winter?

    I do (853 LeMond Zurich) and I avoid the wet whenever possible, I'll shoot some Pyroil Silicone Spray down the tubes after the ride to evacuate the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash_Burn
    Do ride a steel bike in the winter?
    My commuter is steel and is ridden rain or shine. Other than cleaning it once a year or so, it recieves little attention.

    I just recently picked up an aluminum road bike, it's my new "rain bike." I'd been riding a steel bike year round without any issues though. My main road bike's hubs and BB are not noted for having bearings that are sealed very well, so I'm trying to keep it pretty dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    All good points, but I'm with Laffy. Winter blows - mucky trails (or riding god awful early), cruddy roads, short days, freezing cold night rides, SAD, rain, 40 mph headwinds (like your ride today, Laffy), a frozen tube on your camelsback, too many layers, ear warmers, cold toes and fingers, the ever expanding waistline, and WAY too much bad TV.

    Show me dry trails and decent weather all year, and I'll show you one happy Earthpig.
    That sums it up for me too. Although I do have to add.....
    Busy times at the office.
    Neverending Greeting Shifts up the wazoo.
    Frozen pipes.
    Having to stoke the damn fireplace.

    The only real upside to this time of the year is the annual pilgrimage to Hawaii.

    With that being said....I'm hopefully gonna ride out at Wilson Creek on Sunday and then either go skate skiing or snowshoeing on Monday. Then it's hell for the next couple of months .

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    Veronica Mars is in college. What could possibly be better than that?

    Like my grandpappy used to tell me: Bone up or be boned.
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    If a got a raise, and Black Sheep Ti Easy Money.......and they came out with a Powertap SL Disc.....peace on earth, yada, yada...
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    Best flat solution ever: Put stans in a tube. I went a full year with no flats after getting flats daily. It even fixed pinch flats some of the time which no other sealant can. I even had a screw in my tire, and after I ripped it out, It sealed after about 100yds of riding. Amazing stuff.

    Or you could get DH tires and tubes.

    Oh and winter is awesome because then you don't overheat or need water. And as long as the trails are frozen (which in my expreience they mostly are all day) you're good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DelTaco
    Or you could get DH tires and tubes.
    I'm not sure that I have the clearance for downhill tires.

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    Have you tried Mr. Tuffys? I ride my road bike all winter (rain, here) long, and ever since I went to the lightweight (orange) 700c Mr. Tuffys, my flats have greatly decreased. I even pick glass out of the tread every now and then, with the tire still at 120psi. They also let me get more mileage out of my tires. I can ride them until the casing starts to show, if I want. They make your wheels a little heavier and the ride not quite as supple but who cares; it's winter.

    Check 'em out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    What about some Armadillo Elites? I haven't tried them yet (I have the regular heavy-a$$ armadillos on the commuter) but they should at least help with the glass...
    Howbout a pair of slime tire liners here? It adds to rotational weight, but it beats getting flats every day!
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