I am a recreational cyclist who loves to ride but I always suffer during the winter as I get so tired of fighting the cold weather. I have tried doing the indoor trainers but it is boring. Does anyone else have these problems and what do you do to overcome it?
This is an interesting question. I live in the warm south so cycling is not a problem. However, when we lived up north (due to the extreme cold) the only people using bicycles were those who absolutely had no other from of transporation. I see you have tried the indoor training tracks and I could see how after a few laps it would become mundane. Perhaps a simulated program on a stationary bike would help?
I don't bicycle at all anymore but I don't think I would ride much in the winter. I have know some who do though.
Like you, bruzzbuzz, I use an indoor trainer but get bored with it. I take short rides 30-45 minutes long on winter days when it's not too cold (above 40). I've learned to wear layers, sunglasses and ear muffs or a hat. If I don't wear the latter, I get a tremendous headache afterwards. That and the wind are the only drawbacks. It's good to get outside, and the cold is invigorating!
I love riding....both motorcyles and regular bicycles and I do so year round. I have lived in several States...Louisiana, Texas, California, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia.... and in all but Iowa there were always good days even in the Winter months. Now, because I live in an area that doesn't have safe riding area, I throw my bike along with my grandchildren's bikes in the back of my sons truck and we go to a large park or where the biking trails are well maintained.
Indoor training tracks and exercise bicycles are just not the same at all. Fresh air is part of the equation and necessary for the enjoyment as well as the exercise. However, winter and slippery roads are not very enticing, nor are they safe. I'm mostly thinking of my grandchildren here, as I'm long past the age of cycling, but I well remember getting the front wheel caught in the tram-track and holding up all the traffic on a rainy day, and praying that they do not make the same mistakes.
Yes i would loved to do! because due to snow the streets became dazzy and and the fun we had is awesome!
My bike is my only mode of transport so I cycle all year round - unless off course there's heavy snow...fortunately its been a mild winter this year.
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