Riding All Year?

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  • 04-11-2009
    Sarah K
    Riding All Year?
    Hello Utahans! I may be moving to the Salt Lake area and I'm wondering if it is possible to ride all year there, even if it is just on the road? What do you guys think?
  • 04-11-2009
    Pedalfaraway
    Possible Yes
    Likely No.

    If your ok with not feeling your feet from about Nov-May you can ride all year It depends alot on the year. This year it has been raining or snowing at least 4 days a week, so there have been very few days where there roads were dry and clear even if you wanted to brave the cold. Most elite cyclist's from slc spend alot of time in the winter on the trainer, and travel to warmer spots to get some real miles. Bring all your DVD's with you and I'll see you on the trails in a few months when they dry out.
  • 04-11-2009
    Sarah K
    Hmmm...I do enjoy feeling my feet. And I do not enjoy the trainer. Thanks for the info.
  • 04-11-2009
    P-townDave
    You can drive 4 hrs South in mid-winter and ride. St George is often good year round and Moab can even have dry, warm stretches in mid-winter. Better yet, ski or board.
  • 04-11-2009
    chuky
    Hi there -

    We moved from LA 3 years ago. We have always wanted to live here, but we didn't make the transition till we were done with our road racing careers - 70 degrees or warmer every day is very, very good for training. 20 degrees? Not so much.

    That said, you can hardly go wrong with SLC. The MTB is the best I have ever encountered - XC, DH, whatever. The access to places like Moab and Springdale makes the spring, summer and fall riding opportunities unparalleled - I don't use my road bike much anymore. The road riding here is not as good as the road riding in California - particularly if you are using it for training. There are some pro road riders from here, but most of them do a lot of leaving the state in the winter.

    The thing is, if all you do is ride, you might as well stay in Cali. After three years, we have taken our blinders off, and are just now finishing the best winter I have ever had. Nordic skiing, snowshoes, some low speed tree/snowmachine incidents :) , 45 days of snowboarding on the Brighton pass, an Avy class and a bit of backcountry - this is why Utah is incredible.

    The summers are great, too. Hiking, canyoneering & swimming holes... If all you do is ride, you are missing out on some serious gear acquisition opportunities.


    Oh, and I believe the correct term is "Utard". ;)

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  • 04-11-2009
    Pedalfaraway
    Its blasphomey
    To put pics of snow on this forum. Just so you know I am working on getting your account suspended right now. :D :ciappa: :ciappa: :
  • 04-11-2009
    Pedalfaraway
    Hey that was my 1000th post.
    Thanks Sara K
  • 04-11-2009
    OilcanRacer
    ahem....check blog....keep scrolling down and backwards in time.....i just moved here from cali and rode all winter without too much foot coldness. you just need the right equiptment. didn't have to ride the indoor trainer once!!

    of course i got a pug, a 29er with studded tires, winter mountain bike shoes and love the cold.

    it looks like most riders ski, snow board, snow shoe or just stop riding. but IMO there is no need for those extremes. of course we got the best powder in the world here, might as well take advantage of it while here. i did some xc sking, but would rather bike instead.












    this is my favorite pic when people ask if i ride in the snow....yes even in a blizard. i rode up millcreek, down pipeline and then back to my house. much fun!




    btw this is the intersection below millcreek in the street
  • 04-11-2009
    Sarah K
    Thanks very much everyone - very helpful advice:)
  • 04-12-2009
    dusty
    You can do it....
    Road riding is no problem through the winter (except for a day or two right after a big snow). Just be prepared to keep your bike clean, because the road salt eats through paint, metal, etc. pretty fast (I was just looking at this winter's damage to my hardtail). The close trails in SLC can get impassable once the snow depth builds, but I've always had luck riding areas around Provo R. canyon (40 min. south) where the wind tends to keep the depth at 3-4" on some of the faces, which is rideable. Plus you can always take up nordic skiing for the heavy snow periods. It's not quite like CA, but then neither is the traffic.....