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post #31 of 40
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Well, I got out for a good ride yesterday. My body knows when to take the reins and get my rear off the couch even while my mind is still pathetically saying "I need more deliberation time."

post #32 of 40

Fortunately, the couch lost this round icon14.gif

post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post

I wait out the sloppy transition season until everything freezes over, then I put on my studded Schwalbe Ice Spiker tires and ride all winter.  The harder and icier the trails the better with those tires.
 


I love my Ice Spiker 2.3. Nice and wide for a front tire! Handles way better than narrow studded tires. The tire is also more rounded than Nokians, so you can actually lean into turns and not feel like you're going to wash out on the snow/ice.

post #34 of 40

It was very sloppy here this weekend.   Bike and dogs totally covered in mud.

 

I picked up one of these collapsible hoses for the winter.  Lot easier than dragging out the hose reel.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Xhose-25ft-Seen-Expandable-Water/dp/B009H9OLVY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355155112&sr=8-2&keywords=pocket+hose

 

Worked pretty well, but the cheap plastic fittings are hard to tighten, so I threw on a brass quick connect.

post #35 of 40
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Okay, absolutely the last day today. Trails were mostly frozen solid and therefore mostly like velcro (in a good way). A few ledgy places had black ice from seepage ... death if you're not looking, for no-studs folks like me. Great workout. Reminded me that no matter how much you do in 40 minutes at the gym (not that I do even that so very often), it's not the same as riding hard for two hours plus. Crashed hard on one downhill, plowing a turn like a bonehead. Happened so fast I don't even know exactly how I got off balance. No serious damage but a bit banged up and sore. (You know you hit hard when you have road rash under three layers of clothing!) Perfect motivation to hang it up and wait for the snow that is (finally) coming tomorrow night, it appears.
 

post #36 of 40

my wife and I rode yesterday. 42* light rain; bone chilling dampness. we rode on a leave covered trail which left the bikes covered in a mix of mud and pulverized leaves. the bikes were a mess!  I cleaned the bikes off with our compressor fitted with a air blower nozzle. it does a great job of removing dirt and moisture from all the cracks and crevices including gear shifters and the rear cog.  cleans out the tires too. 

post #37 of 40

My last ride of this season will be Thursday. My first winter ride will be Friday. smile.gif

post #38 of 40
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 My first winter ride will be Friday. smile.gif

 

Mine too, if the world doesn't end at 5:11am.  I might have to get out a little early, just in case.

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Mine too, if the world doesn't end at 5:11am.  I might have to get out a little early, just in case.

 

You don't need to worry.

 

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post #40 of 40

This made me LOL!roflmao.gif

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You don't need to worry.

 

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