Is anyone else looking forward to Autumn and Winter riding?
I do like it when it’s sunny but slightly cold, the autumn countryside also has a different feel to it, it’s nice. I do hate the cold generally though and I also hate mud and rain. On reflection I’d much rather the summer any day, being able to cycle in shorts and T shirts on dusty trails with sunset starting at 10pm is awesome and the best part of the year. Depths of winter with base layers on, jersey, jumper, jacket, scarf, wooly hat under helmet and thick gloves on is a massive pita!Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
I think I am…I like it when the leaves start to change colour and fall. The damp ground is gripper too…the summer has been great by the Chase has been pretty slippery and loose. I live getting out first this when there’s frost on the ground.
One of may favourite rides last year was in Sheffield early October, first frost if the year on a sunny day. The views from the top of Stannage were amazing.
Not so keen on the darkest depths of winter though when the trails are like a bog.
Back into night riding this year and it’s been ace so far although I’m a bit if a girl on the descents.Posted 4 years agoemac65Member
Last Monday when I rode it was sunny,hot & the ground was dry….I wore summer clothes & even thought about wearing some sun block…
Looking out the window I don’t think it’ll be any of those today things & I definitely won’t need any ****’ sun block !
So in answer to your question – NO I’m not!!!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Autumn’s the best season IMO… Most interesting weather, most changable views and rides, best trails (mix of mud and dry, everything’s stuck back together but not too wet), air is cold enough to ride like mad without drowning in sweat… No stingy nettles and other assorted undergrowth bastardry… Obviously it rains a bit more which isn’t ideal and the wind can be trouble but no season’s perfect.
I love the sun but not to ride in! Nasty stuff, blinds you and makes you too hot.Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
I like it when it’s damp, and the foliage is starting to recede, so the trails open up a bit. Sadly that period never lasts, as it turns to a bog.
I’ve really enjoyed the lack of cleaning required this summer, after last year where bikes were hanging after every single ride.
I’d love a mild autumn and winter with not much rain, I struggle to be motivated to go riding I the dark anyway, sadly it won’t be long until we’re stuck for just weekends. It’s been a great year though 🙂Posted 4 years agoStevelolMember
I’m looking forward to not being as sweaty, and to the cold frosty mornings, and to fitting my mud tyres for some slidey action. I’m looking forward to night rides.
I’m not looking forward to cleaning the bike and ‘that’ sound of mud grinding in the gears.
I’m interested in how the narrow/wide chainrings are going to get on through the claggier months 🙂Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Yup, I love propper muddy nightrides. Although I did figure out the other day that the value of my ‘winter’ gear (i.e. anything I bought specificaly to make riding through till Spring a bit less painfull/miserable/messy) is more than my bike by a considerable margin!
roubaix bibs – £70
endura jetstream top – £60
northwave boots – £150
merino socks – £10
winter gloves – £30
lights – £120
insulated bottle – £12
bike rack – £60
towbar – £80
portable washer – £40
Rigid SS – £550Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
Nope. Not one bit to be honest.
Woke up this morning and opened the door to let the cats out to be greeted by a windy blast with a decidedly cold edge.
Made me despair slightly to be honest. Wet roads, cold roads, darkness, icy uncertainty, thick mud, puddles, mud guards, Dirtworker……you can keep it. I’d much rather it stayed warm and dry; in fact I said as much to my OH yesterday evening when she asked if I was going for a ride after work tonight….Posted 4 years agocbmotorsportMember
Ummm…tough one, hate the dark evenings, but I love the extra challenge of night rides. I don’t like the hassle of cleaning a filthy bike in the dark before I put it into the car though.
Motivation can be hard too mid January when it’s f’ing freezing and wet and cold.
Autumn – Yes. My favourite season.
Winter – Not so much.Posted 4 years ago
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