With the 2002 Winter Olympic Games here in Utah, I can
almost forget about skiing or snowboarding away my desires
to Mountain Bike. It's our coldest and wettest winter
in years and I have to go a long way south to get any
real riding. Even Moab and the rest of Southern Utah
are seeing consistent daily highs in the upper 20's
and low 30's. No thanks.
a few things you can do to keep from going crazy . .
to get lights - Unless
you are living next to the equator, winter brings shorter
days and longer nights. I've been caught on late rides
too many times without em. I know they're spendy, but
man are they worth it. Go out and get a nice pair and
don't let the lack of daylight slow you down. I still
feel that NiteRider makes the best lights for the money.
and a Video - OK, so you aren't actually riding,
but this has gotta be the next best thing. On the safety
of your couch, you can watch others feel the pleasure
and pain. You usually won't find them at Blockbuster
or Hollywood. Recent favorites have been Freeride Entertainments
Fat Tire Fury (New World Disorder 2), Ride to the Hills,
Double Down, and Kranked 4 (Search for the Holey Trail).
Try your local bike, motorcycle or skate shop, or order
online. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
Assault - Until recently, I was never one to enjoy
road riding much. I admire the Trials riders from a distance.
Nonetheless, I'm convinced there's nothing better for
improving your balance and control than trials riding..
Check out biketrials.com
for some great riding and photos.
Schmo - Don't let the weather stop you. Bundle up,
eat a hearty bowl of stew, and head out. Make sure you
have nice warm wool or substitute material socks and
warm winter bike gloves. Your hands and feet will freeze
first. Get some studded tires or make your own and go.
Bicycle Commuters have some helpful information
on studding your tires and general bike winterizing.