• All:

    All riders should look at http://bicyclesafe.com/ to see the most common ways to get hit on your bike- and avoid them. I ride 5000 miles per year (year round)- mostly in the Minneapolis area and have encountered nearly all scenarios listed. I review this several times a year. The only bike accidents have been in the winter (did not involve…[Read more]

  • All:

    All riders should look at http://bicyclesafe.com/ to see the most common ways to get hit on your bike- and avoid them. I ride 5000 miles per year (year round)- mostly in the Minneapolis area and have encountered nearly all scenarios listed. I review this several times a year. The only bike accidents have been in the winter after a light…[Read more]

  • All:

    Big thanks for the responses! I hope other readers have benefited from your responses as much as I have!

    I purchased several quick dry long sleeve tops ($10 on Amazon) and rode on a 94 degree day with dewpoint of 65). Quite comfortable when moving- but warm when stopped in the sun (as nearly all jerseys of tops would be). No sunburn…[Read more]

  • I’m going solo this year. 10,000 – 25,00 friendly folks. No problem. Like Kens wife… mine wanted to nix the idea but I was unable to find a group to join.

    As far as safety goes – last year a gent (riding solo) in his mid 70’s got lightheaded due to dehydration & tipped over into the ditch & rolled quite a ways. 10 people stopped – we…[Read more]

  • Despite my best efforts I have finished the last 3 RAGBRAI tours with severe sunburn on my face & lips.

    As I have found out the hard way – I am – in my Dr’s description a “salty sweater”. I need to drink 2 ozs of pickle juice, take noon tablets and consume 2 or more bananas every day to ward off cramps at night.

    The salty perspiration stings…[Read more]

  • I concur with Kens statements regarding music at bottlenecks & towns…

    I have to say that I tire of the uptempo dance music though…. May motivate train members but it gets tiring after a while to myself. How about some variety? Vivaldi – 4 seasons , Willy Nelson, BB King, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raait would be fantastic on the open road!…[Read more]

  • Ken:

    You don’t need a $2000 fat tire bike for winter riding on urban area bike paths. The salt & sand WILL trash your drive train after 2 seasons. Studded tires are nearly mandatory & are $500 for a pair for fat tire .

    If you are wanting to ride on mt bike tails or deep snow – yes by all means get a fat tire bike. Most northern cities…[Read more]

  • Gypsy:

    You folks on the East coast have had some wild weather. In MN it has be quite warm & not a lot of snow. Pouring cold rain in my book the nastiest conditions to ride. Not sure if any rain gear would keep me comfortable in those conditions. Breathable rain gear would not keep the moisture out & waterproof rain gear would not allow your…[Read more]

  • Ya, I used to do a lot of x-country skiing in the late 70’s-early 90’s. I did too much hearing boning up steep hills and my hips and back are not happy x-country skiing. It is getting rare that one has good ski trails due to climate change. Used to have a January thaw but the last 10 years we have a thaw at least every 3 weeks that melts the…[Read more]

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  • Not too interested in training indoors. Mpls does a great job of clearing the bike paths after each snow event.

    I try to do 25 miles each trip with my single speed bike with 37 mm studded tires.

    Any other cold weather bikers out there?