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9/14/09 8:25 P

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Year round - OUTSIDE in Hamilton. I change to studded tires, stick to transit routes since they are usually cleared and de-iced first, use the bikes racks on the bus to climb the escarpment, change pedals and shoes to warmer ones, lots of lights on my bike (at least 3 front and 3 rear). Only my thumbs tend to freeze.

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9/8/09 5:52 P

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December. Can't get myself on a trainer regularly.

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9/8/09 1:16 P

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Year round rider here also. It's never too cold if you have the right clothes/shoes/gloves. It takes time to find what works best. For me, it's not so much the temperature as the lack of daylight that's the problem.

Once we get into the realm of 4:30 pm sunsets, I use the Fisher Utopia for trails and roads. I try to do Sat/Sun daytime noon rides, a Wed night club trail ride, and try to split from work early on Fridays to do a 4-7 pm ride. If all goes well, I can do 100-120 miles or so. I haven't gotten into studs, etc so any ice or snow and I'm inside.

I too bring my Trek inside and put it on the Fluid 2 trainer. Spinervals DVDs (ouch) and riding during TV sporting events along with some treadmill time (indoor bricks FTW) are my at-home weeknight routines.

In looking back I think I pretty much use the windchill as a determinant of how many outdoor miles I ride. If it's nice, I'll pull out the Trek and go 40. If the windchill is in the upper 20s-low 30s, I'm only good for a couple of hours on the Utopia; 25 or so; the combination of heavier bike and cold weather slows me down.

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9/8/09 12:05 P

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I'm in Ottawa and ride all year round.

Spring-Fall is generally outside. I'll see some trainer sessions if time is tight or if I want to do hard intervals without running the risk of getting into so much oxygen debt I'm likely to get run over.

Winter is spent riding indoors on the trainer/rollers. I actually like winter training as the workouts become much more focused and that's where I make my fitness gains for Spring.

The roadbike gets a full clean and overhaul and then comes inside at the first snowfall, or when it gets too dark outside to ride a lot midweek. This normally happens around mid-Oct. I'll ride my CX bike outside (road and dirt miles) until CX season finishes (mid-Nov) and then it gets cleaned up and overhauled and stored for the winter.

Come spring, the CX bike gets ridden outside until the snow clears. Then the roadbike comes out of the basement and the cycle begins again.

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9/8/09 11:19 A

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I can ride year round, central valley California. I'd say keep riding until the thought of the weather outweighs the joy of the ride.

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9/7/09 9:09 P

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I have one rule, that I sometimes break. I will ride if the outside temp. is at least 35 degrees Fahrenheit. In piedmont North Carolina, that is pretty much year round. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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9/7/09 8:09 P

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chicago is also many months of winter. I usually start in April and into November. I dont usually go out below freezing. I just dont like to be cold. winters I catch up on my upper body workouts and yoga, which I have neglected infavor of biking over the summer

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9/7/09 1:39 P

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I ride all through the year, even through the british winter. I had 2 days last winter when the snow was too deep to get out of the house and sometimes it's a bit icy, but I manage ok. I use a different bike during the winter fitted with bigger tyres,lights and mudguards and lights on my helmet.

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9/7/09 7:58 A

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i live in NE ohio, i ride all year. i have a mtn bike, my bf has a cross bike with slightly knobby tires. we stick to the bike paths vs the roads in winter. on weekdays its dark when i get out of work, we have lights that go on our helmets, or they can go on the handlebars. i put hand warmers in my gloves and shoes as needed, have a booties to wear over my shoes, or sometimes i just wear boots and use flat pedals if its a little icey out. lots of ways to ride year round if you want to. i have friends that do, so that helps me to get out.

i do hit the gym in the winter too, i prefer the outdoors even when its cold, its always depressing the first trips to the gym.




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9/7/09 12:12 A

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Since I bike by myself, I tend to stick to nice weather...kind of scary being caught in a storm, or when it's too cold that my fingers are going to fall off.
It gets SO HOT here, that some days, it's too dangerous to ride in the heat, and with the elevation here, it makes for a tough ride...that's when I hit the gym's stationary bike and get my miles in.

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9/6/09 10:21 P

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I'm in central Alabama, so not much help. We can ride year around if you don't mind a bit of wet, windy, and cold in March.

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9/6/09 10:16 P

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I am going to brag here and say I can ride my bike 12 months out of the year. Summer is hot and humid, and winters are windy and can be cold , but at least we never have to deal with snow and ice.

I imagine that you can ride as long as there is no ice and snow on the road and as long as it's not too cold for you.

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9/6/09 8:49 P

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Since this is my first summer owning my bike, just curious when I'll have to pack it in?
i live in Toronto, ON Canada

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