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Howdy Folks-

Just built up my 2008 Rip 9. I wanna go ride it. Problem is, it's winter outside.

My plan is to ride on the snow shoe paths around town...done it before and it's not too bad. However, my questions is: what temperature is too cold to ride the RIP 9 outside? 20 degrees? 30 degrees? 10 degrees? Is it ill-advised to ride the bike outside for an hour when the temp is below freezing?

Do I put the bike/components at risk of failing because they are so cold?

I've never known of any discussion about this before, so I thought I'd ask here. Thanks!
 

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badgermtb said:
Is it ill-advised to ride the bike outside for an hour when the temp is below freezing?
No. I advise it.
 

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Hello from the Great White North

- 41 degrees C with the windchill on Monday, - 35 today. Suspension does not do much good at those temps and the BB and freehub barely move, but I have not broken anything in 8 years of winter riding. Beware of road salt, though. It isn't good for drivetrains.
 

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Go for it!

I ride all year round in New England.

You'll find your suspension will respond slower. If you can speed up the damping settings you might be able to balance things out.

If you can acclimate your bike to the ambient temp before you head out to ride, your adjustments in damping and PSI on air shocks will stay consistant. I find that the air pressure in the forks and shocks can drop their PSI a fair amount with only a 10 deg drop. If you go from 70deg indoors to 30deg out, it would feel pretty squishy by the time you got to the trail.
 

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Winter time at 20-25 degrees is one of the best times to ride mtn bike. Ground is frozen, hikers and horses are at home and you can see around the corners that were blind during the summer. Get out and ride.

Rode the other day when it was 15. Toes were cold but better than sitting inside feeling sorry for yourself.
 

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badgermtb said:
Howdy Folks-

Just built up my 2008 Rip 9. I wanna go ride it. Problem is, it's winter outside.

My plan is to ride on the snow shoe paths around town...done it before and it's not too bad. However, my questions is: what temperature is too cold to ride the RIP 9 outside? 20 degrees? 30 degrees? 10 degrees? Is it ill-advised to ride the bike outside for an hour when the temp
is below freezing?

Do I put the bike/components at risk of failing because they are so cold?

I've never known of any discussion about this before, so I thought I'd ask here. Thanks!
dude, take you skirt off and get out and ride. No temp. is to cold. PS its a bike man ...... not a bikini. It works just as well in 5 deg F as 75 deg F.

holy christ :rolleyes:
 

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Fair enough...

elgordo said:
dude, take you skirt off and get out and ride. No temp. is to cold. PS its a bike man ...... not a bikini. It works just as well in 5 deg F as 75 deg F.

holy christ :rolleyes:
Surely...it's not myself that I';m worred about...it's the frame, eh.

I need to get the skirt back from you...or was that your...you get the point.
 

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Ya but....

Love the winter riding but....

I HATE the fact that we're expecting 10" of snow tommorrow!!!!:madman:
 
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