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Winter Riding

January 8th, 2013 | Author: Sam
Category: Bike Commuting, Snow, Winter Riding

I walked outside yesterday and thought What a nice day! Nothing like a couple weeks of high temperatures in the teens to make the 30s feel good! All in all, this week seems like it’s going to be pretty nice, and I’m ready to ride my bike! I know there are many of you who have been riding through every kind of weather. And when I have to, I do too. But what I mean is that I’m ready for a ride for fun! So, nice weather is my reason for wanting to ride right now. And I know others have their reasons. I found some on Bike Winter:

“Why are people raving about winter cycling?

“MOMENTUM: When you stay in the saddle year-round, you never have to experience a sore butt again. Instead of wasting time every spring relearning the rhythms of traffic or the best way to load up all the groceries, you just keep getting more nimble, strong, fast and confident. Best of all, you get to spend more time with your beloved steeds.

“HEALTH: Biking is just what the doctor ordered to keep you sane and spry, especially when the lack of sunshine sends your spirits plummeting and your main physical activity is walking to and from the omnipresent platter of holiday cookies.

“COMFORT: Assuming you are dressed correctly, you’ll be as cozy as drivers stuck in traffic, and more comfortable than people shivering at the bus stop. Many cyclists now prefer winter cycling to sweating buckets in July.

“ADVENTURE: By battling headwinds, blizzards or just a habit of running late, you get the same endorphin rush as winter skiers. However, whereas most skiers only suit up a few times a season, you can bicycle every day.

“CONVENIENCE: For many trips, cycling is faster door to door than driving or taking transit. After a snowstorm, it’s easier to dig out a bike than a car, and often easier to ride than walk. Streets also tend to get cleared of snow faster than sidewalks. (Though we think sidewalks should be cleared too!)

“BUDGET: Use the money you save on car insurance, transit passes and gym memberships for a down payment on a house, a sabbatical, charity or really nice bottles of wine.

“CAR(E)FREE LIVING: Thinking about kicking the car habit? Once you discover that your bicycle is a reliable, all weather, all occasion form of transportation, you will wonder why you ever poured so much money and time into a car.

“What are your reasons for staying in the saddle year-round?”

Those are some good reasons for cycling year round. Maybe another reason is that we love to tinker with our bikes, making our own improvements and changes. And bad weather gives us the inspiration we need to think up that next good (or new, at least) idea. Check out this modification: We know that studded tires are a bonus when there’s ice and snow. But I saw this great D.I.Y. version that I thought you’d like to see (picture at the right). Yep, those are zip ties on that bike’s wheels. Check out the Tree Hugger website for detailed instructions. I hope I’m not being too cynical, but after getting over the novelty of this idea, I immediately though that it would be the devil to change a flat. But maybe some people aren’t worried about that. Any other winter biking suggestions or bike modifications?

Winter Cycling Clinic

October 18th, 2011 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Commuting, Winter Riding

We promised you some additional information on the upcoming Winter Cycling Clinic and here it is.  The Clinic is coming up quick (this Sunday) so make sure you chisel out a block of time to join us.

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