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Author:  rider1000 [ Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Yeah... Colorado would be an AMAZING place to bike. I would love to head out near boulder sometime for a few weeks with both my bikes... it would be SO much fun!!!!

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(I think we've been here once before...) :smt017

Author:  veteranpathfinder [ Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Next weekend, I get to go on a cycling trip with SAU's cycling class. The group is only riding about 26 miles, but it still should be a cool weekend camping trip.

Author:  rider1000 [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Just went riding yesterday... I about froze. It was cold (less than 40) and raining... I feet were numb in the first 20 minutes... but it was still fun!

Author:  veteranpathfinder [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

I've taken to riding my brother's trainer inside. I don't have cold weather gear, and this way I get to watch a movie while I'm at it. I know it isn't the same, but at least it keeps my endurance level steady.

Author:  rider1000 [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

ya... I need to bust out my trainer... it's no fun, but it keeps you in shape!

Author:  tuningpeg571 [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Cold weather riding is interesting because you have to keep certain parts cooler and certain parts warm. Feet, legs, ears, and hands get cold very fast, while the body core will sweat if kept too warm. I have no transportation besides a bicycle when it snows, so I've been doing a lot of cold weather biking the past week. It's kinda fun riding in snow, and then seeing people's reaction when they find out that you rode your bike in that weather. I've also learned a technique for keeping your fingers warm: the moment you realize that your fingers are starting to get cold, begin flexing your fingers over and over. After a minute or two your fingers are nice and warm. Same thing with toes.

My biggest problem is still how to keep the body and arms at the right temperature. If I wear a coat I sweat like crazy, but if I just wear a sweat shirt then the wind goes right through and I freeze to death.

Author:  veteranpathfinder [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

The other problem with not having cold weather cycling gear is that if you layer up, then the clothing you used causes some serious drag. I haven't gotten the chance to ride in snow yet. Snow doesn't come easily to Collegedale. :smt009 :smt010 :smt022 :smt086 :smt087 :smt088 :smt089

Author:  sweetie2u [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Aww, bummer. You can have all my snow! :mrgreen: I don't like driving on the ice much but my dad's like you need to learn how to do it. So I'm like ok whatever you say.

Author:  Clay in HIS hands [ Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Riding in snowy weather can be quite a bit of fun. I spent 5years commuting by bike in Michigan which meant snow regularly.

I have also done some long distance racing off-road in the snow, again alot of fun, also a lot of work.

Here are a couple of quick tips for cold weather riding.

(1) Layer for cold weather cycling. Layers roughly will include, wicking/comfort - your shorts and jersey; warmth - wool or fleece; & windstopping material. If you are riding hard, your body will provide plenty of heat, you just need to cut the wind, that is the MOST important part of cold weather cycling.
(2) Stay away from cotton - wool and fleece work much better. Cotton retains moisture from your enviroment or your sweat, then you chill. Wool and fleece both retain warmth when wet.
(3) Your LBS (local bike shop) should sell (in northern climes) very specific clothing for staying comfortable in cold weather, if you ride alot in cold weather it is well worth it.
(4) If you are working on the cheap, here are some good tips. Plastic sandwich baggies (non-ziplock type) over your socks, under your shoes provide warmth for your toes. Usually it is your torso, face, fingers and toes that have problems. Block the wind on your torso with newspaper or plastic bags under your outer layer of shirts. Better yet, if you have a breathable rain jacket, wear that over your fleece shirt or hoodie, zippers are great, slide them up or down to allow more or less air to your torso as needed.
(5) Take precautions in extreme conditions. Even if you are dressed warm enough to ride, what if you break down, usually warm enough to ride is not warm enough to walk. Make sure someone knows where you are riding and when you will be back, you don't want to die in a ditch.
(6) If you well experienced riding outdoor, but still fighting some extremes, petroleum jelly on exposed areas of your skin will also block the wind, it's no fun to clean off later though and some people react to it.

Lastly about traction. Sliding in snow for bikes can be a problem, an even bigger problem is for the cars driving around you. Give them lots of room and expect them to slide. On ice, you can buy chains for your bike tires or studded tires if your bike has enough clearance.

Enjoy the silence and beauty!

Your Brother in Christ,

Author:  rider1000 [ Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Arm warmers are a good thing to use in cold weather... you can put them on under a jacket or with a jersey to keep your arms warm without overheating your core. Also, you can get knee and leg warmers that do the same thing for your legs... I love my armwarmers, definitely suggest getting some!

Author:  wildernessfun [ Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

arm warmers are my friends right now! I am also glad that I have a trainer so that I can ride inside!

Author:  rider1000 [ Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

I went on a nice ride last night! Shorts and a jersey! It was WARM!!! The weather is really nice right now! I'm loving it!

Author:  sweetie2u [ Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

I went biking yesterday. It was super nice and in the 70s. I didn't even need a jacket. I'm so happy, its going to be spring! :smt026

Author:  veteranpathfinder [ Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

I went riding Sunday and had a nice ride. I had a mishap with my bike yesterday and had to get it fixed today. I'll be able to ride again later this week.

Author:  wildernessfun [ Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

Well the weather has been nice the past couple of days, so I am looking forward to getting off of my trainer and getting outside a little more!

Author:  Patches4him [ Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Biking!!!!!

I just rode my new mtn. bike home!!!! Now I just need to find a decent mountain to ride up!! LOL

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