too cold in the winter
Looking forward to cold frosty bike rides here, seems a shame to wish for cold weather but at least i’ll get to ride my local trails without dragging half a hundredweight of mud around with me – crazy init?….we used to wish for dry weather to ride on dusty trails but that hasn’t happened once this year due to the wet weather so we now wish for freezing conditions………..it’s gonna make riding the 6″ ruts interesting.Posted 5 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Conquering the cold is half the appeal, nature cannot defeat me as I have clothes to keep me warm! an extra 5 minutes to wrap up pre-ride is not too high a price to pay IMO…
I was out sunday in the late afternoon and while it was cold but it wasn’t terribly, freezing, cold (Berkshire/Oxon) but there was lots of standing water and mud about that was more of an issue than the cold…
My winter gloves were a shade too warm on long sloggy climbs but kept the wind chill off on flat and DH bits, base layer, top and jacket kept the worst cold off of my body, I did need to open up the neck on occasion and had the pit zips open for the whole ride…
It got a bit colder as the sun went down but TBH it’s not cold enough yet to really enjoy…
Like others have said, it’s less fun when its a muddy slog on an SS, far better for it to be rolling along of hard frozen ground that grinding through sludge. My chain was full of damp leaves and mud was piling up on the stays at the top of the hardest climb (making it harder still) and TBH That just made me wish for colder weather and less rain to make it a all bit easier and add that Crisp winter sensation…
Still better than being sat in front of the TV though…Posted 5 years agosoulwoodSubscriber
The good thing about cold weather is that when you go out you know you’re less likely to bump into so many other people. I was forcing myself to rest a few weeks ago as I had a nasty cough. The weather changed while I was in forced rest and I thought how cold it was and how it would be on the bike. When I got out on the bike I was reminded of how you keep warm as you are doing your exercise on the bike so the cold isn’t bad at all. However for all the “comfies” out there they barricade themselves inside and watch junk TV as they can’t bear the idea of doing anything outside.Posted 5 years agooldgweggMember
As someone else said, the colder the better, especially with a dusting of snow. But last year the snow was so deep it was impossible to ride from the door. Had to put on the cross country skis instead (Madshus Glittertind, metal edges for touring and telemark turning). /fantasises about MTB with skis on either side.Posted 5 years agonjee20Subscriber
it’s amazing how much difference the weather makes to our lives here in the UK
Rubbish! Our weather (except for the Highlands) is rarely outside the range of -5 to 30 degrees. Recent extreme events notwithstanding we don’t have masses of snow, or monsoons, or hurricanes, you don’t need air conditioning in your house, nor worry that if your heater packs up you will die in your sleep.
It’s pretty normal here!
Frozen trails are good though for sure, frozen roads not so much…Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
+1 for cold being better than wet.
As long as everyone knows that faffing isn’t allowed, no stops till cake.
Takes no longer to get ready, the layers are just thicker (or some extra time putting an extra top on).
I find the trick is to:Posted 5 years ago
a) get ready really quickly (thus avoiding faffing and protential to change your mind) then sit on the sofa for 5 min letting your bodyheat warm up the layers.
b) leave boots on a radiator by the door untill the last minute, makes getting out the door almost plesent.avdave2Member
A couple of sections of the commute had me off the bike and running this morning thanks to the farmer whose ploughed the field and then destroyed the bridleway by driving several tons of tractor down it. Can’t wait for it to freeze and get my eyeball rattled out on the rigid bike.Posted 5 years ago
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