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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/7/08 11:43 A

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Kudos to ya .... I'm not sure to either categorize you as nuts, crazy, or brave?????;-)

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5/7/08 11:31 A

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You're absolutely right; I ride a hybrid. Lots of folks say they're the 'worst of both worlds,' or whatever, but it's comfortable and I'm able to carry LOTS of stuff on it.

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5/6/08 4:13 P

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You must ride a mtn bike or hybrid? I don't think I would attempt this on my road bike.

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5/6/08 4:02 P

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I ride year-round in NKY/Cincinnati. The only days I skip tend to be really snowy (which, in Cincinnati, would be 3+ inches) or icy. Otherwise, I'm on the bike, rain or shine. My point is this: I'd classify "fairweather riding" as "If my chances of falling off the bike are very good, the weather's bad and I shouldn't ride."

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5/5/08 11:28 A

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I'll have to see if that holds true for me when we start getting our humid weather in WI:-)

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Triple digits usually encourages me to spend the day by the pool, or more typically, in it!

But one thing I found about humudity is that it actually makes the breeze I generate while riding feel cooler. So in really hot weather, I try not to stop for a break, but rather spin easy and slow.I don't tighten up, and still feel a cooling breeze, despite the high temps.

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5/4/08 12:31 A

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I'll have to hold judgement on the other extreme for my results. This will be the first time I will ride in the summer. typically I would not e able to ride until after 5 pm and it is usually cooling down by then. I'll be able to get my choice of bugs to swallow by then for supper during the ride though:-) LOL

On the week ends is when I would be able to experience riding in the hottest part of the day. I may opt for a later night ride instead and have dinner out while riding the bike.

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I'll ride as hot as it gets in north GA.

Despite the "Hot-lanta" thing, it really doesn't get that hot here. Upper 90's is RARE. Usually high humidity though which makes it seem a little hotter (and lesser known, a little colder in the winter)

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5/2/08 5:05 P

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Well it doesn't get much hotter than 32C here (90 in your German-invented American system emoticon ) so I'd have to go with that. Although factor in the humidity and you're looking at 38-39C (so around 100F)

I pushed the envelope on the other end a couple of days ago, it was -1C when I left for work. Don't you LOVE Canada in the Spring?

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5/2/08 2:36 P

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I’m not a fair weather rider but that’s easy to say since I live in Southern California. The coldest it will get here is in the 40’s and the hottest is low 100’s (up to 105). I ride anywhere between those extremes. Up until last year, I didn’t ride in the rain but now I will ride in that too as long as it is not pouring down rain. We can get some high wind conditions which I do avoid but they have to be pretty strong to stop me from riding. The biggest challenge I face, when riding, is the temperature changes I can experience during the course of one ride. For example, I ride up Angeles Crest tomorrow morning. It will be in the low 50’s when I start in Glendale @6:30 am but could reach into the low 80’s by the time I climb to my highest point! That’s low 80’s with no trees or shade, along a curvy mountain pass. This is the challenge all SoCal cyclists face – big temperature changes during the course of longer rides.

We’re all addressing cold weather but what about the other extreme? What’s your cutoff for hot weather riding? It’s 105 for me.

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5/2/08 11:46 A

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I've never ridden to the fair. But I have ridden in the rain emoticon

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If it's dry, I'll try. That's my motto!

I'm happiest if temps are over 60, but I'll almost always ride if they're above 40. I can usually be persuaded out if it's above 25.

It's hard to get me out the door if it's already raining, but I won't complain much if the rain starts when I'm already out.

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5/1/08 11:03 A

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I'm a fair weather rider too. There is a steep hill near my home and I cringe riding down it in nice dry weather, I can't imagine the whimpering if I tried it when it was raining!

I have ridden in poor weather and it was an adventure. This past winter I rode a couple of times to work after some snowfall. I doubled up on my spring riding clothes and was plenty warm, but spinning my wheels in the snow was tougher and scarier than I thought (especially on some of the side streets that hadn't been cleared of any snow all winter...)

I can ride as long as it's above 5 celsius, and not raining. I've gotten used to wet pavements and windy weather. But I won't plan a ride on a lousy day!

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/1/08 9:02 A

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I found out fast about not having the proper clothing. I could not keep the muscles warm enough to be able to bike efficiently.

I got the ride in because I was itching to get back on but at what cost..... I have a full blown cold now.

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5/1/08 9:00 A

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I'm glad you have wide enough shoulders to be able to ride on like that. I wish I had the clothing you have as well to stay warm. My last with temps in low to mid 30's almost caused me a huge muscle cramp.

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I still workout either way. People can bite me if they think it's less to only ride in warmer weather. I don't have the CLOTHES to ride in cooler weather. It would be dangerous.
I live in the South specifically so I can stay out most the year and not torture myself at the same time.

I've still completed a couple centuries and love bicycling, and ride a lot.
THAT's what matters (err, the love of bicycling, not the completing a century thing...)

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4/30/08 6:01 P

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Any day above freezing with the sholders mostly clear of ice is game in my book.

It snowed all morning, but my bike is finally out of storage, and I'm ready to begain.



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4/30/08 1:20 P

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Welcome to the site

It was nippy I had a start of a head cold from my darling children and now it is a full blown cold. I'm sure that will affect my breathing o my rides.

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Y'all are awesome! I'll ride with friends to look at Christmas lights when it's in the low 30s and I have my leg warmers, my stretchy cap, my scarf, my long sleeve windbreaker, my calientoes and my gloves that have the little mitten thing that I can add for warmth. It wasn't wet, but it was a cold ride for me. Add wet, I'm out. Take away any one of the aforementioned articles and I'm out.

I like to consider the weather and how that can affect my health. If I get one ride in outdoors, but get sick and miss 6 more, what have I gained, eh?

I'm so glad to have found this group!

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/30/08 9:16 A

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Well I did it last night .... I had too much of an itch to ride. The temperature was 37 F and a suddle breeze of 5-7 mph which probably brought the temp a little more lower.

Thank Goodness I only did the 14.2 mile route. I ended up having numb fingers (with wearing full gloves) and numb toes.

I almost muscle cramped up so tight in my left leg only with about 3-4 miles left in the route. I'm still not sure how I got out of that occurring. I think I went into an easier gear to try to spin it out of me ( I knew those spinning classes would come in handy some day :-) LOL) I think this would have been the variety type of cramping where I would have had to stop and call and have someone come get me. Hopefully I did the right thing? ( Yes I do eat a banana every day so my potassium should be ok ???)

It seemed like I could not keep the muscles hot/warm at all. Cycling really felt difficult last night. I was able to complete the course in 53 min and 6 secs. A little short of my fastest of 48 mins and 20 secs. But then I thought not bad considering the conditions???? I wonder what I would be like avg speed wise with riding in a group?? How much would that increase by????

I felt great getting it done .... I think my nose was running faster than I was pedalling LOL

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4/30/08 7:48 A

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thanks for the tips everyone. i always forget about the student sports center.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/29/08 12:14 P

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Zola

Good catch I forgot about that advice as well. Ours has sport/rec/fitness center free to students as well.

I know our Y offers an extremely reduced 9 month membership as well

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Alot of colleges have gyms on campus that are free to students or you buy a term long pass.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/29/08 11:32 A

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I like it and like I said as long as I do not test drive a newer model I will not know what I'm missing or the difference. I'm not competitive riding yet ... I'm not saying that won't ever happen but if I'm that competitive then may be I'll spring for an upgraded model;-) Now if I crash and the bike is beyond repair now that would be a different story as well.

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4/29/08 11:29 A

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As for cardio I do running when I can not ride

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4/29/08 8:24 A

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As everyone else has said, you're not alone. I don't know many people who go below 40 degrees (except my dad who's crazy). My b/f and I rode in 55 degree cloudy weather this weekend and he was complaining the entire time!

I hope you enjoy your bike. I have one that's 7 years old and another that's 11, but to me they're still fantastic.

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4/28/08 9:58 P

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I have a mini tramp that I jump on at home. It doesn't take much space, and wasn't expensive (Walmart). Also, go back to calesthentics: jumping kacks, jog in place, crunches, push ups, lunges, squats. Get a jump rope if you can.

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4/28/08 9:46 P

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i would have to say that i am a fair weather rider because i wont go out if there is snow or lots of wind. i'll tolerate the rain but only if it's not freeze you to the bones cold, that's just miserable. i'm from indiana and we still don't know when winter will end. it was nice for a couple of weeks but now we have freezing temps again and maybe snow over night so i'm back to waiting out the weather. does anyone know any indoor cardio you can do at home other than hooking a bike up to a trainer(it's such a hastle taking it on and off when the weather is being so sporadic)? i'm also a college student and therefore too poor to afford a gym membership.

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Well I must be a very fair weather rider as the coldest I've road in since I have a computer that will tell me now, is 57 degrees.

I can't imagine my bike being from 89! I'm only 4 years older than your bike! Good for you!

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My personal bike cutoff (here in Ottawa, Canada) is about 5C. Above that and I'm good to go, otherwise I ride indoors. I don't mind riding in the rain and wind so I'll go out in that if I have to.

These days I have one eye on the training schedule, the other on the weather forecast. If it's crappy, I'll use the trainer, or I'll switch my bike and run days. My cutoff for running is around -15C and blizzards...

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4/28/08 8:39 A

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We ended up having a warm Sunday about 52 degrees. However, since the weather predicted rain mixed with snow we planned our day to go to the Y for the spinning class instead.

Today, on Monday, I leaving for work at 5:30 am in cold weather 30's rain mixed with snow and the closer I got to work about an inch of snow on the ground already. I have a 65 mile commute (hour and 15 min. drive) I guess I won't be riding tonight. I'll have to hit the dreaded treadmill for the work out tonight.

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there are so many other things to do when its cruddy outside. i will ride when its as low as the mid 30's if its not real windy. i have the gear for it and friends (nut jobs!) that ride then too. as long as there is a safe not too icey place to go here in NE Ohio.
i would not be likely to head out on my bike on a cold and windy day alone, its much better with friends and also to take turns blocking the wind. i guess if it was the only way that i worked out, i would be more likely to consider it. but i have a nice gym that i enjoy going to, that works for me.




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Your limits mirror what I do. 40 degrees and not raining works for me. I'm able to ride year around by picking and choosing my days. It does help that I'm retired and can go in the middle of a January day.

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4/27/08 3:36 P

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I hope you get some fair weather soon. It's so much more enjoyable to ride in nice weather. If you're going to ride in cold windy weather it's better if you have a friend or two to ride with. Then you can take turns blocking the wind. Also, socializing decreases the pain.

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I run / walk and just started back up cycling. Very few people here cycle year round in Michigan.. my office encourages biking to work , maybe 2 people cycle to work all year but in the spring the bike rack is full..only an expert rider would be able to handle the snow and then it would be pretty dangerous on some days.

As long as you do something consistently I think it counts.. our spin classes at the gym are full of the riders waiting for the weather to clear up.





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Some of those people who are racking up constant miles are in areas where the weather is much more cooperative! I personally resist riding when the weather is in the mid 50's and lower, in the rain or strong winds. Sometimes I'll ride a windy day for the training aspect, but not for a long ride! YOu are definitely not alone.

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Hey .... Thanks for the replies and the confirmation.

I just see some of these miles that are being racked up in ayear that I thought these people must ride in all kinds of conditions.

I'm glad I'm seen as being sensible so that I can make hay when the weather is good.:-) The weather should be good in Wisc. around the 4th of July and then I think we have 3 weeks of summer and we are getting ready for Fall after that:-) LOL

As far as my Raleigh I like it and until I ride something better I won't know the difference of what I'm missing LOL

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JHOLLNAGEL you are not a wimp. I ride a 21 speed ladies Raleigh. I bought it last summer when I did not know whether I would like riding and was not ready to invest in something that may not be used. I love biking and find my Raleigh works great for the 2 hour rides on the local trails. 50 degrees is the coldest temperature I will ride in and wind is also a factor in whether I ride. Picking good days for riding keeps the enthusiasm for riding alive and thriving.
60 degrees with 10-15 mph wind today...makes it a ride day for me.
I wish you good riding weather! emoticon

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Holy cow, 30 degree weather would be like riding in Antartica for me! The coldest weather I have rode in is around the 60 degree range! I think riding should, at all times, be fun -- not something you have to suffer through. If you can't ride outdoors, you ought to get a trainer so you can ride your bike inside. That's what I do. :)

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You say fair weather rider like it's a bad thing. I don't think it's the same as being a fair weather fan. No way are you being a wimp. People that ride in cold weather and crappy conditions in general are a really small percent of riders. They are hard core, to be sure, but that doesn't make you a wimp for not being one of them.

I think the important thing is to be consistent and ride when the weather is good and have a back up plan, like spinning, or cross train when you can't. Riding, running, working out is about being healthy and active not a nut job that will risk injury or life and limb to get in a ride. No offense, you nut jobs are awesome. :)





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I just got re-acquinted with my Raleigh Technium that I purchased in May of 1989? Yea an antique probably to what some of you own. I do not remember the miles I had on it before but I have a tad over 80 miles so far.

Well I have not been out in the last 2 days because of rain but today the temps were around 33-38 degrees F and not to mention the 30-40 mph wind gusts.

So subsequently I did not ride but I felt like I am being a fair weather rider. I just could not bring myself to put on heavy clothes and try to buck the heavy winds and cold.

I will go to my local Y tomorrow and do a spinning class although not the same as riding outdoors.

Am I being a wimp? Or am I playing it smart by waiting for temps to get back up into the high 40's and low 50's before riding outdoors again?

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