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12/27/07 9:35 A

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Wow you must light up the night with all those lights. I think I might need to make some modifications with my bike to light it up some more.

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12/5/07 1:40 P

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I ride all during the winter. I have 3 red blinkies on the back of my bike 2 headlights, reflective tape on the back of my xtracycle & I also have green down low glow. I rode all last year on a regular bike, this year with the xtracycle ( especially with the DLG) I feel really safe!!

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8/30/07 10:52 A

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DRC: I wouldn't mind the belt but that jacket it way too cool. I want to get something like that so I can be seen a mile away! :D
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8/30/07 10:49 A

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I love it! Actually, the belt on that website might not be such a bad idea, and it was not too expensive ($30).

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8/30/07 9:45 A

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TC: ROTFLMBO

I guess I would have to put it on someone else so I could stare at it for a while and get over that initial awe. That jacket is something that could really be used in cycling, running or whatever sport requires someone to be in the dark and around traffic.
What a cool item. I just wish that it didn't cost so much.
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8/29/07 10:59 P

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lol...i would probably end up staring at my chest meditatively and then i would run into a tree.

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8/29/07 10:53 P

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CK: OK I just have to get one of those. When I run in the dark or ride I want to have something bright on. That is just too great an invention. Yeah it may be over kill but I love it!
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http://www.stridelite.com/StrobeLites/Stro
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Gotta love overkill!

I won't get this. I promise.

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One thing is for sure CYCLOKITTY, if someone hits you while you are riding in the dark, it’s because they are aiming for you!! Thanks for the good ideas for adding light to our bodies while riding in the dark.



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Light is good. I really enjoy riding before dawn. It's cool waking up the birds.

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8/28/07 10:11 P

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CK: "Did you just see a bright light?" -Homless guy from Terminator
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Lights lights and more lights. I ride in the dark either early in the morning before the sun rises, or a couple of hours after sunset during the autumn and early spring months. The advantages for me are 1) It's after rush hour so there is less traffic 2) I'm not stuck on a bus with tired complaining people 3) It's still a great way to decompress after a long work day.

I have a solid red light on the back of my helmet, a strobe-like blinky on the rear of my bike, two solid headlamps, a light screwed onto the tube nozzle thingy on each wheel, and a wrap around light I put on my left wrist so people can see me make left/right signals (that's the theory). I'm thinking of adding little red lights on my seat stays, and little white lights on my fork. I'm thinking about a front helmet light. Although, it's getting to the point where the lights are weighing as much as my bike emoticon

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in cleveland there is a dread in the bike community as the beautiful fall colors start to fade, and the darkness and cold decend upon us. we know that there will be many damp grey days ahead. i look forward to the snow, then i do xc skiing and snowshoeing, sometimes we do winter bike rides, but since i found some other fun and challenging things to do i try to embrace the season. well and actually i start on my antidepressants around november emoticon there does seem to be a lull in the weather nov/dec where its not snowing, but not inviting and often wet outside then i have a winter membership at a really nice gym.
there is a new group of riders that i jsut started riding with. they say in the winter they get on there trainers in one place and put on bike racing on a big screen tv and some music and ride togehter that way. LOL.
i guess you have to be creative around here.
you can only image how tough it gets. someday when my kids are out of the house, i may move south or west, or pick up some travel jobs.....

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8/28/07 4:13 P

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K: I'm with you on the weather. I say that I can ride any day of the week. If I know it's going to be hot then I ride earlier or later in the day. When I was in MI, RI or CT and tried riding in the snow it was really tough but I did it when I could. Now the payment (traffic, high temps and extreme sun) is well worth it to me. However, even with the benefits that we have here in SoCal I am still moving to a place that has winter, CO. I plan to retire in CO when I get out of the military.
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8/28/07 10:44 A

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Well, I hate to say it, but winter is not an issue for me here in Southern California. A good rain will keep me from riding but because that does not happen often, I can usually ride 350 days a years. The 15 days I can’t ride are because of rain or high triple-digit temperature. I’ll ride in the low 100’s but when it gets above 105 I pass on riding. We might have few mornings that fall into the 40’s but that doesn’t happen to often.

Before you get upset or envious remember that I pay for enjoying this beautiful weather: massive traffic and people congestion!



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KJeanne - I completely agree with what you said about the instructors. There's one at our gym that I love and one that I hate. Tomorrow I'm spinning with the one that my g/f's and I hate, but we're doing it b/c this workout week is short.

Lauren - Spin class at your local shop? What a great idea for the shop.

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My local shop does spin classes in the winter (they have racks of parts & bikes on roller wheels and close off a section of the shop a couple nights a week). You bring your own bike & trainer (or rent a trainer for a few dollars a session). Folks signed up to ride with the shop team for the MS150 get the classes free.

Fortunately... here in Dallas... winter riding can happen at least a few days most weeks. I'll probably negotiate one weekday afternoon a week to be away from my desk in the warm part of the afternoon and take full advantage of nice weekend days.

I'll probably also do a lot more running. But... like I said... Bad weather is usually just late December and January here with a few other weeks here and there.

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Spinning can be a wonderful alternative to an outdoor ride. It’s a great workout in one hour. The key, for me, to enjoying a spinning class is the instructor. You have to find one you like. We all have different tastes in music and that can really come into play with a spinning class. I want hard-core, heavy beat, techno music. If the instructor is playing oldies, it just doesn’t cut it for me.

The other thing with spinning is I have to be careful to stay away from instructors who do a lot of high-speed spinning out the seat. Very bad for my knees.

If there are classes in the area give it a try.


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I looked into taking spinning classes because a lot of people love them...but there were none in my area. I asked my local gym if ever they would have then and they said they just didn't have the room for the bikes. :-(

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Has anyone used spinning classes to get through winter blues? I'm looking to do the Tour de Cure next summer and plan to do most of my winter cycle training in spin class.

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The biggest advantage I feel for trainer over a stationary bike is that you are riding YOUR bike. Same seat, same position. Keeps you more prepared to hit the road when weather permits. Also, it is less expensive to get a really good trainer for a bike you already own than to buy a decent stationary bike. And as MTNBIKENV points out, takes up less space!

I have my bike computer mounted on my back wheel so I don't need any additional computer equipment for trainer rides. Also, I ride on a Minoura Rim Trainer, so I don't have to worry about wear on tires or tire pressure when I am inside.

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In addition to what MTNBIKENV said, the advantages of having a trainer instead of a stationary bike are you get to ride your own bike! A good trainer will cost less than a good stationary bike. Most stationary bikes fall short of the road experience. A spinning bike is great for indoor training but they cost $$$.

I’ll start a new thread so we can discuss Trainers!
If you really want to get the feel of the road while riding indoors look into rollers. I haven’t tried them but they say you get a feel much closer to road riding.


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When I absolutely HAVE to, I put my road bike on a trainer during the nasty winter evenings. I don't like it, but it works. I'm lucky if I can get an hour in on it though, I get bored. I often do ride at night. With lights, bright colors and reflective clothing, it's not so bad.

Trainers are convenient. I have a wireless elite. Tells me my distance, my average, my current speed, etc. The remote mounts on the bike's handlebars. I'd rather do that than bother with a stationary bike.. my trainer I can shove under the bed and take the bike out for a ride.

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Kjeanne - what would be the advantage of getting a trainer?

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8/27/07 8:40 A

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ps. riding inside does sound very boring. :( it makes me want to quit my job!! lol. part time jobs look very appealing to me today....

or i have an idea, maybe i could bring my bike to work on my car rack and then ride on my lunch break!

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thanks for the tips :)
i want to try it out this weekend and see how bike-friendly the roads are. at least 2-3 miles of it of it is on two-lane roads that are somewhat busy at rush hour. hopefully i can avoid rush hour by going really early or really late.

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No matter how lit up you are I think the safety of your route is the most important thing here. I ride with commuters in the dark at 6 a.m. and there are very few cars out at that time and it feels very safe and we are all well lit.

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Rather than getting a stationary bike, how about getting a trainer instead? Then you can use your own bike indoors.

I have ridden in the dark and have no problem with it with the proper hard and tail lights. My question concerning whether you should ride in the dark would be how wide are the roads you ride and how much traffic is there? I say give it a try!

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i ride my mountain bike on the paved trail not on the road. i have a head lamp and a flashing tail light. i wear a bright colored immunite jacket that is also reflective.i have done plenty of rides in the dark and damp. i have a friend that will go out in this to. its quiet and peacefull. i also belong to a gym in the fall and winter and when i dont have a riding partner, i go there and use the stationary bikes and the ellipticals. i always try to be outside, that is my preferece.



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As usual I have to chime in where I have some knowledge. First extra reflective is nice and really good. There are laws in most states that require a cyclist to have a rear light (pulsing is ok) and a head light (non-pulsing). If this wasn't a law I would use them anyway. I have been out riding and I have to say that w/o them it's VERY dangerous! It's very easy to get hit w/o the lights and all.
A stationary bike is nice because you can do it at any time you feel fit or if the weather outside is bad. The down side is that it is harder to push yourself because you usually ride to a set time and not a distance. It's easier if you have a video to ride too or have a plan. It takes a bit more determination to really ride on a stationary. It is better than running on a treadmill in that you are actually doing all your own work.
Well if you are not able to ride due to weather, light or just lack of time. It's a nice thing to have for the occasional ride inside. I would much rather not have to ride inside. I prefer to ride outside where I can get motivated by nature.
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I don't know how unsafe riding in the dark would be...sounds a bit unsafe though. My dh put extra reflective tape on his bike for the times he goes out just before dark.

How does riding a stationary bike compare to riding outside? I was thinking of getting one of those for the winter. I suppose it's the same as running on a treadmill...not very good at all.

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i am really, really not looking forward to winter ...
9 hours of daylight + 8 hours a day stuck in a windowless room where i work = less time for my favorite activity :(

i'm scared to ride my bike at night. *sigh*

i have to think through this now because i'm seriously thinking about moving to a location that's 13 miles away from where i work. and i wouldn't want to give up commuting by bike since it is pretty much the only thing that inspires me to go to work in the morning. it won't be possible to keep that trip inside daylight hours though.

anyway how unsafe do you think i would be doing part or all of the return trip in darkness? (with a really good headlight and rear light of course)

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