I don't. You can if you want though.iridexc said:when we sorta shut down?
I generally stop riding when the highs get below 40 deg. Around here (Roanoke / Blacksburg) there are days in the 40's or higher throughout most the winter. So, things slow down a bit, but most winters I can still get a ride in here and there even in Jan-Feb.iridexc said:just as the title says, sorta newish to the mountain side of the bike and was wondering when we sorta shut down?
Focus on the body, not the bike. You need to keep warm and (sometimes) dry if you want to ride in the winter.iridexc said:well then, the question seems to be what do i need to do to my bike for winter riding?
I 'm pretty close to Kapusta on this. I ride in the 40's, occasionally the 30's if its a nice day. Except for winter storm periods and post storm ice encrustations, theres usually a least a couple days a week thats nice enough. Lining that up with your time off is usually the problem - and lack of day. Our rule of thumb for nightriding is its on if the temperature reaches 50 during the day. My blood is thinner than some who posted here. Ride when you can.:thumbsup:kapusta said:I generally stop riding when the highs get below 40 deg. Around here (Roanoke / Blacksburg) there are days in the 40's or higher throughout most the winter. So, things slow down a bit, but most winters I can still get a ride in here and there even in Jan-Feb.
The real challenge is the light. It may be a high of 45, but by the time I get off of work to ride it is dark, and in the 30's.
I guess I'm just not hardcore.
i find the key in cold weather is to start off a little chilly, if your warm enough when you start your overdressedtubadude said:And don't be shy when the temps are cold.
It will take a few rides to begin to get a feel for what to wear in different temps. The tendency is to overdress and start overheating early in the ride. No big deal if you dress in layers. You can pull off the tight, wind breaker, or skull cap to cool off and stow them in your Camelback for the rest of the ride.
Light cold weather gloves, a pair of tights, thin long sleeve polypro, thin skull cap, wool socks, and breathable wind breaker will take care of 90% of your winter riding. Just mix and match in different combinations to get comfortable. This gear will keep you warm down to about 30 degrees.
If you want to ride below 30 degrees then you might want a balaclava, heavier gloves, glove liners, sock liners, and a medium weight polypro.
When the temps get down to 20 degrees I wear heavy ski gloves. Those were kind of expensive but my hands tend to get very cold in 20 degree temps when the bike is pushing wind.
The most expensive items are the breathable wind breaker and the tights. Get the tights with NO chamois. You wear your lycra shorts under them.
I also noticed that group rides tend to get a different crowd when the temps drop. The fair weather riders and beginner riders tend to stay home. You also start to see roadies who pull out the mountain bike when the road racing season ends end the roads start to get icy. So in general the rides tend to become more advanced in speed and experience.
Fat tires (I ride them all the time anyway) at lower pressures in the snow, homemade studded tires for the ice. Derailluers will freeze if you hit stream crossings at low temps, that's why a lot of people run single speed and fixed gear bikes in the winter. Rims will ice up as mentioned above, so rim brakes aren't a great option but not a lot of people run them these days anyway. Not much else that I can think of. Stout in the water bottle seems to be the only other equipment change around these partsiridexc said:but seriously no tire changes to make, or things that you find are worth changing out in the cold?