good things about riding in the winter

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reddan
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there is something good about knowing how the sleet feels against your face.

Or feeling the formation of ice in your facial hair.

They are NOT snotsicles, dammit. It’s condensed moisture from my breath, I swear.


dmtroyer
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@reddan have you had any beardsicles yet this year? I haven’t, but I worked from home today.


reddan
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@dm: Not yet. Thought I’d have some on the way home today, but not quite.


edmonds59
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I srsly need to do some winter riding. Riding around to/from the Penndot meeting last night was enormously pleasant.

I don’t know about riding to work. I would think the people who are prone to riding to work are already doing it. Avg people would just look at you like a bunch of loons, like the Polar Bear club, and not actually do it.


WillB
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Well, it’s finally winter. I think today was the first day my feet have been really cold at the end of my ride. Also, saw a guy riding down liberty wearing shorts this morning. Apparently I’m just a big wuss.


dmtroyer
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@willb hah, I saw a guy in shorts and t-shirt waiting for the 28X at the airport last night around 10:30. That whole arriving from Florida thing must be a difficult transition.


edmonds59
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That whole thinking-more-than-15-minutes-ahead thing is tricky for some people too!! Ha ha!


jonawebb
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This morning I thought of some other nice things about riding in the winter:

1) The crisp crackle of ice as I ride over it.

2) It is far less likely I’m going to get yelled at or have something thrown at me from a passing car — since who wants to roll down the window just to do that?


ieverhart
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I love the spirit of solidarity I feel when I see other cold-weather cyclists! I also love the idea of the winter bike to work day.


bear250220
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i was in indiana county this morning 10 degrees outside i wimped out and ran 2 miles instead of my usual 10 mile bike ride it was just to cold


reddan
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“Wimped out” and “ran two miles in 10 degree weather” are mutually exclusive terms, IMO.


bear250220
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its supposed to be around 20 degrees tommorow morning that should be warm enough to ride the bike


Mick
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Ooooops.


helen s
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– While riding home the other night with a light layer of snow, I realized I was moving much faster than the traffic on 376.

– I was pleasantly surprised to see Panther Hollow and the Jail trail clear of snow the morning after it fell. Don’t get that sort of surprise in nice weather.

– After picking up a big piece of green glass new years day, I wonder if that would have happened if my tires were lifted off the pavement by snow?


erok
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2 words: Hot Chocolate


Greasefoot
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That was my stage name


Mick
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@ Joeframbach add a dash of salt to your water. It lowers the freezing temperature and helps with your hydration.

I had a bottle on my bike yesterday with about 1/2 gram of salt in half a liter – roughly the salt concentration of gatorade.

It froze on top while I was in an hour-long meeting. I’ll have to try the “bottle up-side-down” trick.


erok
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Wait, is your current stage name Grease Foot?


StuInMcCandless
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Hot Chocolate, hmm? Every 1s a winner, you sexy thing.


Pseudacris
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The bike racks in front of the library are not overflowing. Nice for me!


salty
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After this week, it felt warm riding home in 37F temps tonight… wearing shorts.


stefb
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Today is gonna be soooo warm. 51 degrees!


edmonds59
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Today will be perfect conditions for melting snow water to run onto still-freezing roads and form those black ice patches, ride extremely carefully! Also take into account the effect of bright sun on poorly cleaned windshields, make mental not of when you are riding into the sun. Traffic is heavy today for some inexplicable reason, and assume people will be driving like loons because it is “nice”. Just some thoughts from someone who has survived a while.


Swalfoort
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I came in a little late, and found conditions to be really good for cycling. My only complaint was the glare off the river as I passed the stadia on the Chateau Trail.


Greasefoot
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@erok, Greasefoot is a name some broad gave me a few years ago after I left some footprints on the carpeting in her house. I guess my Timberlands had some transmission fluid on the soles. I don’t recall the details but the conversation went something like…WTF I just paid $2000 for this new carpet…blah blah blah…bunch of dumb words…blah blah blah…Greasfoot blah blah…Anyway I remember she called me Greasfoot and I though hum, that might be a cool band name. Then I finished my drink and got the hell out.


Mick
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My ride in today at 40+ degrees and sunshine was so sweet that I’m grinning at my desk.


pearmask
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Thought I’d revive this thread for a moment with two new things I’ve discovered:

1. Just, uh, theoretically… I mean, “my friend” might have done this last week…:

When you are an idiot and decide to go way too fast down the hill through Frick Park on Forbes when it’s just rained, and then you throw yourself at the asphalt at like 25mph or something just past the intersection at Forbes and Braddock, you don’t get hurt nearly as badly in winter clothes as you would have if you’d been wearing shorts. You may still have some pretty interesting scrapes and some positively enormous technicolor bruises, but they’d be a lot worse had you not been wearing two pairs of tights. You know, theoretically.

2. Studded tires are heavy and make me even slower than I already am, but that means that when I put my normal tires back on this week, I was suddenly significantly stronger and faster than I had been previously, since I had been compensating for the big increase in rolling resistance from my studded tires for the past few weeks. This was fun to discover.


ejwme
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ouch. I hope “your friend” heals quickly, that sucks.

one more benefit to riding in the winter – when it’s 50 degrees out and beautiful, you don’t have an hour of maintenance and cleaning to do to get on your bike, since you’ve got your act together already. Otherwise, by the time you’ve unearthed your ride and made sure it’s safe to ride, it’s dark and time for bed :(


HiddenVariable
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yeah, this thread doesn’t seem very relevant this year, does it?


Swalfoort
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I am starting to get used to this “winterless but dark” season. Please don’t tempt the fates HV……

In a normal year, my snowdrops and early crocus would be blooming by the end of February. This year they will either not bloom for lack of cold enough temps, or bloom really early. In either case, once I see snowdrops on the front lawn, the trigger flips and I am ready for spring.

(And for the record, I grew up in Wisconsin and LIKE the winter.)


helen s
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When it snowed last (was that just two weeks ago?) I remembered a few more for this thread-

– You don’t need a light going up through Panther Hollow because of ambient light reflection off the snow and cloud cover.

– You get a sense of how many other cyclists recently passed the same way by tire tracks, giving a higher sense of the community of cyclists.

– Snowflakes coming down are pretty and they block lots of sound, making the ride even more pleasant.


ejwme
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helen – YES – love the light pollution reflecting off the snow. it’s one of my favorite things about winter. Normally light pollution irks me, but for some reason when the world before me glows at 10PM, it makes me smile. also with you on the sound-deadening effect, when the loudest thing is your breath and heart beating in your ears. that’s so neat.

hands down my favorite sound ever is the squeak of fresh snow under a shoe though. Wish I got similar under a bike tire, but I haven’t heard it yet if it happens.


StuInMcCandless
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Depends on the snow. When I rode the length of my driveway for that Wheelset of Fortune pic a week or so ago, the snow definitely squeaked. I think it has to be fresh, light, deep, and un-ridden-in.


Erica
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There’s something about a long ride on a cold, cold day – when it ends, and you go inside to wherever, and it’s warm. As you warm up from the cold, and reach a sort of temperature equilibrium, you just kind of feel refreshed, but like, ultra-refreshed. Especially when you start drinking that wind-chilled water.

I’m pretty sure that winter is hyper-romanticized in my mind. Haha. Or maybe I just need more instances that I just described above.


HiddenVariable
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I am starting to get used to this “winterless but dark” season. Please don’t tempt the fates HV……

the thing is, i’m from buffalo, and snow and i get along just fine. it’s actually the darkness that bugs me. it really messes with my mood (and apparently my ability to sleep regular hours).

still, though, i’m not really going to complain about winter not being wintry enough. at least until the coasts start to flood from the raised ocean level…


chefjohn
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you can always put more clothes on, you can only take so much off.


Marko82
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Last night I was at my buddy’s house to play some cards and was listening to a friend of his complain about how bad traffic was because of the snow, and how intense his elliptical workout was that day. Seriously? He’s trying to stay in shape for softball season. I guess he picked up on my quizzical look when my friend said, “he biked here tonight.” There was no more talk of the weather or workouts the rest of the night.


Aryn
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Last night my friend asked, you still bike, when it is this cold? I kicked my helmet, and reminded him that that was how I’d gotten there.

I will admit to having trouble on the trails sometimes when they are so covered in snow. I don’t mind it on the roads as much, the car tire tracks are predictabler, the snow/ice is all pocked from runners, and I feel rather unstable. I also just haven’t done much of it, due to the light snow load we’ve had this year… I was prepared to grow accustomed to the snow this year. Mostly I’ve just gotten wet.


Mick
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This weekend, I had a lot on my agenda, so I had scoot around town a bit.

Winter is hard.

I found myself using extreme measures and techniques. I was overdressed and underdressed within minutes of one another.

I should avoid going down Bates to 2nd when conditions are as they were Saturday morning.

That is all.


CommuterX
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winter?

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