When does winter start where you live?
October 16, 2010 at 7:58 am #4250
When does it go below freezing and stay there? In the Southern States it probably never does, except in the mountains…
Here in Alberta, Canada…we are expecting snow to stay within the next week or so…riding season will end soon…usually on Halloween is when it all happens…
How about where you live?October 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm #28631ranetteParticipant
I’m in Vermont and if I can get a short ride or two in after Halloween I consider myself lucky. Best is when I put my bike away one day and take out the skis the next.October 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm #28632
here in central NC the real cold doesnt hit til mid Nov., though some of us still ride. Snow if and when it does fall is normally around Feb. I have been known to ride even when its 17 F outside. As long as theres no frozen precip or I dont have my kids I am on my bike.October 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm #28634megaspazParticipant
in california? never really…October 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm #28636RabParticipant
Well… it does rain in the Winter here in NorCalOctober 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm #28641Clay DowlingParticipant
I live in the southern half of the state, and I can usually count on being able to get in one or two rides in December. Sometimes I can sneak in a ride in January or February, but last year both months were frozen solid. I don’t have a problem with a short ride (i.e. not over 30 or 40 miles) in the 40s, but my morning commute is more like 60-70 miles, and I’ll only take that ride in the 40s after I’ve been cooped up for the winter and I’m desperate to get on two wheels.October 20, 2010 at 11:53 pm #28644owlieParticipant
Monday was my last ride for the season- and when I stopped at the dealership, they were surprised I was still riding, but I have still been seeing people out on their bikes. The weather isn’t bad, just cold. And it is getting dark early now.
It is different every year. Some years we get real snow as early as labor day. This years, we got a dusting about three weeks ago, but not enough to worry about. Right about now, we are wondering if there will be snow before Halloween…October 21, 2010 at 1:07 am #28645WetmelonParticipant
This is good to know. I’m up in Asheville, though, so I’m kinda worried about hitting icy patches that I don’t expect in the mountains. What do you think? Can I ride through the winter?October 21, 2010 at 3:34 am #28647
It will depend on your altitude. Typically Asheville stays about 10 to 20 cooler then central NC. It’s at a higher elevation and closer to the wind patterns that get the cold fronts before they retreat back to the north. Your “cold” season usually begins about 1 or 2 months before mine. And if you get caught in the shadows of the mountains the road conditions are tricky at best. In the shadows Ice patches tend to stick around for weeks on end after the sun lit areas have thawed. Find a local bike haunt and ask around.October 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm #28649
I am hoping to get in a ride this Saturday…it’s below freezing in the mornings, so no more commuting (kind of a wus…) and it stays below freezing until the sun comes up around 8am. The temps are good during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down they drop like a rock…and that is around 6pm…of course I leave for work around 7:30am and arrive home about 5:30pm…weekends only for me now…and we usually get our first snow (that stays) on Halloween evening while the kids are out trick-or-treating…they come up to the door like flashers in trench coats…open their coats to show their costume and yell TRICK-OR-TREAT!!…it’s kinda funny really…three or four kids on your door step with their coats wide, waiting for you to open the door…lol
Anyway, only one or two rides left…blah…
Maybe I should have taken the transfer to New Mexico (Farmington)…October 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm #28658JackTradeParticipant
Most often, we don’t see snow until mid-January or so, and sometimes there’s nothing but flurries and slush until spring arrives.
OR it can be like this year (“Snowmageddon”) where we got more snow in the Washington D.C. metro area than Chicago did!October 23, 2010 at 1:37 am #28659
My hands got cold (need gloves that completely stop the wind), but other than that…not too bad…the ride home was nice though…9C (48F)…this morning started out at -4C (25F)…
I think some snowmobile gloves should make the riding season longer, at least until there is snow on the ground…hopefully more than a week…lol
Later.October 23, 2010 at 11:49 am #28661tomfelockParticipant
I live in a suburb of Philadelphia Pa. I ride all year round, as long as it isn’t raining or snowing out. I am getting a trike kit installed, so riding in bad weather won’t be anywhere near as much a problem for me as when I rode 2 wheels. I am retired, so I can wait for the sun to melt any ice that is on the roads and then get my ride in before the roads ice up again. What I would LOVE to do is to move about every 3 months to a climate that is about 70 degrees during the day. As winter approaches, I would move further south and vice versa as summer approaches. Let me know what you think of my idea – ok gang?October 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm #28664
find a snow bird from NY and see if you can split room and board. We get plenty of them passing through NC e ery spring and fall during their migration to FL.October 24, 2010 at 6:38 am #28671
I’m only 40 this year, so I have some time to plan…but yup…follow the moderate temps, no one really likes cold and I don’t like heat…70F would be perfect…even up to 80 as a max…no cooler than 50F…lol
Have RV, will travel…
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