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    Best short winter ride strategy

    The snow is coming here already. Won't be here long for now, but it will be here to stay soon enough. I like to get a couple of short lunch rides in a week, mainly to get outside and in the sun a little. Would it be better to 1) ride my cross bike for 1:15 nearby, or 2) get a 16 or 18 tooth cog and ride the SS on the road, and use the fairly steep road climbs right near my house? I know--it is probably the best to alternate, but you I just really enjoy the big effort with the recovery on the SS. Thoughts appreciated.

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    The road sucks. Cross ride will be soo much better.

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    I'd choose option c:
    Get some big fat tires and ride offroad.












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    Awesome option--if I had it

    [QUOTE=CB2;8581640]I'd choose option c:
    Get some big fat tires and ride offroad.

    Despite my fairly rural location, I don't have great immediate access to nice trails like that. Basically landowner issues. I do ride our rail-trail in the snow though and it is a nice alternative, but ends up taking a lot more time out of the work day.

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    I ride road on my roadie SS during the winter months. On occasion, I head south on a mtb trip.

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    Been thinking about that...

    Yeah, been thinking about building up a road SS. I have a rolling 10-15 mi loop that a bike like that could make me work really hard on. Any direction I go I get into extended climbs on the eastern side of the Alleghenies, but perhaps, like the MTB SS, a road SS might liven up what is "normally a road that just gets me to the ride." Would just stay away from the long climbs here.

    Yeah, that's basically a cliff where the road stops in the photo, and that's the average gradient. Garmin says there is a section that is 26% for a half-mile. Great descent though, just like a rollercoaster--new people yell out loud when the road drops out from underneath of them. That's the stuff I run into on the road just about any direction I travel from my house. But I do like climbing.
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    Steep. Where I ride, I'm at about 10-15%. I'm geared 48x18, though. I'm sure you'd be able to find a good gearing for your roads. I've got one ride up a canyon that I've always wanted to do (18% grade), and I've got a 22T set aside for that. Coming down would be interesting, as I'm on a fixed gear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    Steep. Where I ride, I'm at about 10-15%. I'm geared 48x18, though. I'm sure you'd be able to find a good gearing for your roads. I've got one ride up a canyon that I've always wanted to do (18% grade), and I've got a 22T set aside for that. Coming down would be interesting, as I'm on a fixed gear...
    I would say most of the climbs near my are between 9-13%, with steeper sections. But I guess those steeper sections are what hits you on the SS, just like off-road. I do have a wonderful old steel frame up in the attic just sitting there. Guess I could look into what I would need to get to put that on the road.

    Thanks for the thoughts!

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