Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Survive the Off-Season?

Oct 24, 2013 at 23:00
Oct 24, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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Fall is always a bittersweet time of year. The brightly colored leaves, cooler temperatures, and the tacky but not yet muddy trails makes for prime riding conditions, but there's always the knowledge that it won't last for long. Like it or not, here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and winter is on its way. For many riders, the onset of winter signals the end of mountain bike season, or at least a significant drop in the number of riding days per week. Warm clothes and lights can help extend the season, but venturing out into the pouring rain in near freezing temperatures and pitch black darkness takes a lot more motivation than those carefree summer rides. Plus, in many locations, snow will soon be piling up on the trails, forcing them into hibernation under a white blanket until they melt out next year.

Time to charge up those lights - night riding season is fast approaching.

Distractions are the key to off-season survival. Many of us get a little twitchy if we haven't ridden in a few days; the trick is to find something to take your mind off mountain biking until the longer days and nicer weather returns. Night riding, fat bikes, and trips to the desert are all ways to ease the symptoms, and to stay on the bike, but these are just temporary cures, and can't really match the feeling you get on a long summer day's ride.

Jenny Konway milking the end of the high country in the Washington Cascades with a ride on Dalles Ridge from Corral Pass to Buck Creek on the Ranger Creek Trail in mid November with Reilly. Note the knee warmers. Jenny s also rocking the Dakine White Knuckle gloves.
The first snows are starting to fall in the high country, and it won't be too long until the knobby tires are swapped out for skis and snowboards.

So what is an addicted mountain biker to do to stay sane? Binge eating and drinking might be the initial response after Daylight Saving Time ends and effectively makes those after work rides impossible without lights, but that's probably not the healthiest solution. For those lucky enough to live near the mountains, snow sports are the answer, since skiing or snowboarding through untracked powder goes a long way towards easing the withdrawal symptoms, and in all reality it's better to mix things up, rather than single-mindedly spinning the cranks all year long. Even the top mountain bike athletes in the world take a break, adding in surf trips, dirt biking, rally car racing, or any number of alternative activities to give those tired muscles a break for a month or two. Taking a small step away from mountain biking makes it that much better when the sun decides to reappear.


Winter is just around the corner, but there's still time to sneak in those last few fall rides. Weigh in below on how you plan to spend your off-season.



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295 Comments

  • + 151
 In the uk 90% of the year is off season so you ride whenever you can
  • + 53
 usually 90% of the summer is off season Smile
  • + 65
 Well said my friend. Sheffield born and bread, a place where if it's not raining it's snowing. I don't even know if I could ride in dry conditions.
  • + 43
 When I was in Whistler you could tell who was English because they were some of the only people on the mountain on rainy days and they were loving it and killing it!
  • + 57
 Ha ha, true that - we rode up to the Village on our second day in Whistler and it was a ghost town, the guy scanning passes got up from his seat, looked at us a bit quizzical said 'HI' and we walked straight onto the chairlift, had a blast coming down completely hard pack, couldn't turn to mud in a million years of rain trails, rinse and repeat 4-5 times more before we saw another group of riders. We were starting to think some great world event was unfolding and everyone was huddled around the TV watching Aliens land and asking to be taken to our leaders - nope, seems it was raining.

Saying that, coming from Wales you do occasionally see riders getting all freaked out if they see a big burning disc in the sky - happens about every two years.

Off-season? No, I draw the line at hail and snow higher than the hubs.
  • + 11
 Same in the Alps spudlord, the locals can afford an off day when the weather is pants, but if you're a Brit your out there however bad it gets.
  • + 8
 The off season is July and August because it's too hot, so next year I'll be night riding Smile
  • - 3
 Look at the bright side. GB is one of few places to visit where a potential tourist does not have to worry what's the weather's gonna be. So I did three weeks ago when coming to Wales, where as every time before travelling to Norway, Italy or Poland I am checking all possible future telling websites hoping for sun.
  • + 3
 When I went to Wales last may, ended up with sunburns! And then it turned into a storm, with massive rain and wind. Ffestiniog wasn't THAT fun any longer haha
  • + 5
 The real 'Off Season' (where you can't ride cos of snow and ice) is like 2 weeks per year for the majority of the UK...
  • + 4
 haha trying to think of the best photo for a "meanwhile in scotland" best I've got on here is this www.pinkbike.com/photo/4412504
  • - 13
 @chrispaulmtb - when I typed that in google I saw a picture of a man with a sheep, and comments under: "That's Wales yer wee b***!" or a guy with nick OZZie writing "crikey no! That's in NZ!"
  • + 5
 We don't get that white stuff that falls from the sky in San Diego, but I do go up to Utah a couple times to snowboard. I also like to hit the gym and play Lacrosse.
  • + 7
 The gym is a good way to exercise I've heard but I can"t stand the monotonous clanging of weights. If you train outdoors in the winter hiking , skiing/boarding, and continue mountain biking thru all the storms you will come out next spring like a champ. Your bike will not melt in the snow so don't be afraid to go out riding in the middle of a blizzard. Icy wind blown conditions just mean its very technical and your tires won't sink as much. I never used studs ,spiked tires, or fat bikes and rode thru 3 months of straight blizzards and ice last year up north. It helps being familiar with winter conditions from a skiing background but I see alot of riders hang it up for the winter. Some of the best riding all year is in fresh powder and your bike can handle all of it.
  • + 1
 Get the strenght up for next season! And ride as much as can! and Get Stoked along the way! Sorted..
  • - 7
 I have no probs with hitting the "home gym" in my small apartment. I just have a really good training program that does not require too much equipment. I start in November/December and around May/June I feel like a demigod thanks to it. I tend to stop training around May and I watch my body steadily decompose after the summer. Around September October/Novemeber I feel like a deflated repeatedly reused condom, and i know that the best way to stop feeling like that is to hit the gym... kind of a good motivation circle
  • + 9
 Here in SoCal winter is the good season to ride with nice tacky dirt.
  • + 8
 I live in so cal, what's off season?
  • + 13
 There's no "off season" in Puerto Rico, just beers, big booties, sun, beach, and biking. Yeah, All year long...
  • + 4
 Ya I'll second PR as the spot to be in all seasons. There are some serious mountains out there, just alot of trail maintenance because everything grows fast as hell. Hard to even think about biking with those booties everywhere. Have to make a trip to Dorado again soon as possible. Surfing there is awesome as well, just watch out for the reef.
  • + 4
 whats dry?!
  • + 4
 @ Sortah, I'm glad you like Cerro Gordo, I was born and grown here. I love this trail, the views, the challenge, the surf and the girls are just as gnarly.
  • + 2
 In W.A. it is the off season only if you can't bunny hop the snakes that come out in the summer. Night riding is key just stay away from wetlands cause of all the tiger snakes hunting frogs at night. I also agree with the next comment it is building time for next season.
  • + 5
 They forgot to put the option of watch every video on pinkbike Wink
  • - 3
 Ha ha - you must be a roadie talking like that. Get of Pinkbike or Man up dude!!!
  • + 1
 Haha nope..but I live at a ski resort so it's fresh powder all winter for me!
  • + 2
 I live in NZ, there is no off season. Its all ride all year round.
  • + 2
 U mean you do blow all winter long?
  • + 0
 Riding in Victoria BC all year round Smile
  • + 2
 in california we dont have winter anymore (global warming)
aparently we sold winter to the sun and i was not informed. oh wellFrown
  • + 4
 here in indonesia we dont have winter, fall, summer, or spring. we only have wet season and dry season. on dry season we shred some dust, on wet season we shred some mud, and after all we drink some beer. so indonesian dont know off season meaning.
  • + 2
 Cali is all smog in the south and wet cement snow up north besides that its great. There's no more good snow anywhere unless your willing to live in poobutt idaho or roadapple minnesota. The riders here that are affraid of winter riding are called hobbyists or bendehos. We roll 365, the colder the better. Less tourists pooping around the trails.
  • - 7
 So... How many rides per week do you guys get by average in those 365 places?
  • + 0
 California bitches!
  • + 4
 Celtic legend has it that in Scotland when the planets align just so, and the river's levels are right, the actual sky turns a different colour, one of azure and halcyon depth, and the rain ceases to fall, and the ground will dry and the trees and flowers bloom, the colours reflect and shine, and everything is brighter and warmer. This happens every few thousand years, I have yet to witness this miracle
  • - 2
 Inquiring minds want to know so here's a complete breakdown of my riding schedule per week and by month dating back to 1980 bc (before computers). I personally ride 4-6 days a week all year. When the trails are full up on snow I get the fever and ride 5-6 days a week. Summer when its 110 degrees I go out early a.m. if I can breathe in the ozone toxic alert conditions. Find it easier to breathe in 5 degrees than 95+. The spots are varied by which style of riding I looking to get into. Street spots are by the thousands, dirt jumps by the hundreds, a.m. trails by the millions and DH(lift served) is whenever I can drive 3-6 hours btw april to november. Dec-march is when the raw enduro riding starts and I see less to no riders out, the best.
  • - 7
 Bigbossman - I was just curious, don't look for squirrels in the anthill... It's not like I asked how many times a week are you rubbing one
  • + 3
 Waki, as many as possible. I'm an xc/trail rider, sometimes 5 times a week, sometimes none, depending how much alcohol or sex u get between rides...
  • + 1
 Only wankier could find something gay to say at this point. If thats whats on your mind express yourself, don't hold back. Maybe someone in the manbear love society will listen to you.
  • - 6
 No Bigbossman, I asked a question with no hidden intentions and no greater case behind it. it is you who always behave like you are looking for a fight, your reaction was adequate to a question as if I asked you how often do you wank, to create a phsycholigical profile of yours. Tjet for instance is able to deliver a simple non emotional answer. And a tip fir the future: do not use word wanker or any other insult before you are sure that it has at least a slight capacity to insult the adressed person. If you must know I do masturbate just like vast majority of men. If you want I can provide you with studies proving that. Just chill out, go to Plattekill or something. Take a quick wank - it will cheer you up
  • + 1
 I live in Fort William where it rains/hails/sleets/snows/blows you sideways off your bike for 98% so i really i just have one big in season where its constant shit weather
  • + 2
 Hold on a minute wankie, let me find my violin before I read the rest of your confession.
  • + 0
 @Bigbossman and anyone concerned: I might be all sort of things but I dare to say that I am usualy the last one to go into interpersonal stuff. I STRONGLY encourage you and anyone else to write PM to a moderator to block my account whenever you feel I am going too far and you just can't bare reading what I write which in fact nobody forces you to read. However your frequent engagement in those often pathetic interpersonal girls slaps turns every comment thread you are present in into a cesspit. I think this is a very bad way to deal with comments you don't want to see because in most cases it creates an opposite reaction according to the "don't feed the troll" 9th law of thermodynamics. I like being here writing and discussing stuff, it entertains me, subject is irrelevant as long as it somehow relates to bikes. Even being dissed is sometimes fun. But people like you bring absolutely nothing, you can't even insult someone in a skillful manner, to make it entertaining for other readers.

Now calling people wankers... please... the only people that can get insulted with that are men with complex related being masculine. Like owners of BMWs, SUVs, hobby hunters, football fanatics. You should know by now. You have to agree with me here, a man accusing other man of masturbation is really on top of the list of most often said hypocrisies. Just behind: Americans condemning someone of possessing weapons of mass destruction, using IPhone to share "help raped women in Kongo". Please, just step up your game, or don't write anything. At least use PM system to express your interpersonal concerns.
  • - 4
 crossfit is the 650B of the fitness world
  • + 9
 Waki pls no more paragraphs
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  • + 4
 Maybe less masterbating and more riding would end your queenlike dramatic tendencies. I mean my broad whines less than you. Please contribute more insight for Dr. Phil to analize or maybe Maury in your case.
  • + 2
 Ha! Good One! Salute Razz
  • - 2
 Biggie and lilshredman: would you mind telling me what are you trying to achieve by writing this? If everything turned out great what would be thebest possible outcome?
  • + 1
 No I don't mind at all.
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  • + 73
 Trails don't just appear... Go build!
  • - 13
 Couldn't help but notice being an international man of mystery wasn't an option... or yolo there for i feel like this poll is pretty off base
  • + 10
 When the rains roll in it's time to break out the shovels. Smile Build through the winter, touch up in the spring, ride all summer.

Or break out the spiked tires. Big Grin
  • + 22
 @chyu

You mean developing your arm muscles so you can hold the gnarliest lines?
  • + 2
 When the rain or snow hits here, you travel 3-4 hours south to Moab/Green River/Virgin Wink
  • + 2
 I second this, I'm building possibly 4 trails this winter. Nothing like riding your own creation!
  • + 1
 props Maso14. I can't even believe build/repair trails wasn't an option on the list! I'm actually excited for some good rain so I can finish some projects from last winter.
  • + 1
 I usually build another bike
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  • + 39
 Coast Gravity Park!
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  • + 33
 Off-Season??? Time to take out the powder skis. Powder to the People!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 Agreed! Just bought some 141 at the waist skis, hopefully the snow falls like crazy this year
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  • + 33
 Dual NZ/Canadian citizenship what up
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 Ya, pretty jelly also Cry
  • + 1
 It doesn't get much better than that.
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  • + 30
 why there is no choice for : riding ski slopes with you bike and being chased by ski patrol?
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  • + 16
 I don't get why some people complain about the winter and snow. Snow is so fun. I love MTB much more than any winter sport, but every year when winter is coming I'm waiting it to take out my snowboard and ride. Just like every year I'm waiting for the weather to get warm enough to take out my bike again. This is priceless life cycle. I've always been sorry for the guys that don't have snowy winters or sunny hot (but not too hot) summers. So when the snow falls, enjoy it. Don't complain. Just grab your snowboard, your skis or whatever you got and go ride. And not to mention that it can be fun to ride your bike in the snow too. At least sometimes.
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  • + 18
 1. Supercross season
2. Ride all year round (not all of bc gets snow )
3.sex lots of sex
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  • + 15
 Awesome winter riding here in Alaska!!
  • + 3
 Alaska is so great, wish I lived there
  • + 6
 winters are super long and cold. but its a great time for exploration and fitness riding. huge fatbike comunity up here!
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  • + 14
 There's an off season?
  • + 11
 I don't know where they live !I heard about a wet season, but never of an "off" one !
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  • + 12
 i don't have an off season but i still get fat and wish it was summer. their not really related
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  • + 10
 Weather? What's that?

-Born and raised in SoCal. Moto and mtb year round!
  • + 4
 Well there is usually about a week where we get a freakish amount of rain and it's a little to sloppy, but that just means it's time to go build new trails (wet dirt in socal packs the best). well at least where I'm at that's usually the way it goes.
  • + 2
 where in so cal are you? Im in Santa Barbara. yeah, the one big rain a year we have means building time
  • + 1
 Heck yea, Tucson here: ride at the top of the mountain in summer, bottom in winter. That said, it's hard to do other things like climbing, because there's no off season for one sport so you can do another.
  • + 1
 I'm in yucaipa its right at the base of big bear ryanreishripper.
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  • + 10
 Southern California weather is golden.
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  • + 10
 Why isn't chronically masturbate a poll option?
  • + 12
 I guess cause that's more a daily sport not just restricted to summer weather...?
  • + 1
 Cuz its not just a "poll option" its for beaver too!
  • - 3
 Moe2344 - you made my day. Some tough moto boy up there said it as well but he used the word "have sex". But I saw him through... No real moto guy talks about moto to strangers...
  • - 1
 I like people who are sincere about their masturbation, from my experience they're the ones who progress in that sport!
  • + 4
 Like any sport it takes commitment, even when you don't feel like it, you have to just force yourself to train
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  • + 6
 On the French Riviera, summer is too hot for enduro riding. Only downhill in the mountain is possible. So the rest of the year, it's enduro riding, especially in the winter. No breaks for us down here.
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  • + 9
 Portugal is the best! I can ride all year long!
  • + 58
 You spelt New Zealand wrong
  • - 12
 You both spelt Australia wrong, chummmmmmm.......ps!
  • + 27
 but in New Zealand there aren't deadly snakes and spiders
  • + 4
 What is this "off season" that is spoken of? I use my waterproof pants and jacket for about 5 rides per year.
  • + 20
 You spelled 'spelled' wrong.
  • + 6
 ^^ Depends where you're from.
  • + 8
 There aldo arnt any deadly snakes and spiders in portugal...
  • + 38
 The threat from deadly snakes and spiders in Australia is overrated - I only get killed by them once every three or four years. It's the Drop Bears you really have to watch out for.
  • + 3
 In the northern hemisphere Portugal is definitely the best place to ride all year. There s no off season
  • + 1
 I confirm that.
  • + 1
 yup! ride all year round! it still rains in the winter so building and tuning trails is a must for me
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  • + 4
 I'm a little suprised they didn't give fat bikes as an off season option? Yes they did mention ride year around, but fat biking is like a new sport in a sense, I live in Michigan where I can now hit a fat race almost every weekend from January till mid march. Pretty cool in my opinion!
  • + 2
 Can't justify the cost for a new fat bike but I just built up an old Banshee Scream with 3" wide tires for snow biking.
It will do in the Canadian Prairie 7 month long winters!

Also ski biking.
  • + 0
 Who needs a fat bike when you can ride the same stuff on a regular MTB with wide knobbies? Add some sheet screws for the ice and your golden!
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  • + 3
 Off season?, you mean training season.

Off season is just training for the next season, luckily I do live in an area in aus that doesn't get snow so even though it gets cold (or what a life long aussie feels is cold haha) we can still ride year round. Smile
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  • + 7
 What's an off season?
  • + 20
 I think they must be referring to those hours of the night when we're too drunk to ride. I suspect that's why they are talking about riding with lights. This article confused me too.
  • + 3
 Hahaha.. Right, thanks for that!
  • + 3
 Bastards! Who wuda thought that the penal colony would have turned out so awesome. Here I am stuck in the "New world". Oh well at least we have the shore, whistler, fraser vally, sechelt and canadian beer!
  • + 3
 True mate.. Canada will always be mecca. May the memory of sweet trails carry you thru the darkness!
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 The idea of a biking 'off-season' is horrible, I put mud tyres on, an extra layer and go out and get muddy.

I feel sorry for you guys who get snowed in, but then again it must be OK if you can ski?
  • + 1
 Snowboarding is a pretty awesome substitute. I'd prefer ride but definitely DO NOT feel sorry for anyone who gets to snowboard/ski instead!
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 For me it's the other way around. MTBing is a total blast but it's something I started in my teens so I could fill up the time during the off-ski season (Don't get fooled by the flag next to my name I'm not from the UK...) Off-season for me means ski season is ON and that's what I look forward to... First GS race of the year in Solden this weekend will give me a little taster of what's to come and I just can't wait to hit the snowy slopes...
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  • + 2
 Riding in the UK is like riding in the off season all year round, only slightly warmer in the summer! Being over 40 and having ridden offroad since the late 80's I got sick of getting covered in mud for 9 months of the year. With that in mind my brother and I invented the Mudhugger, a rear fender that attaches to the seatstays letting you use a dropper post and get off the back of the bike on the steeper stuff. No more muddy arse for us. We've been selling them on our website since September and the feedback so far is very positive. We've sold most in the UK but have sold some to Europe, Canada, US, Scandinavia and Russia.
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 just found your website, 'customer to be' right here, good work
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 Massachusetts is the worst during the off season.... closest "real" skiing is over a 90 minute drive and everywhere is always a mob-scene on the weekends anyway so it isn't even worth it... this winter I will be working out more often, cross country skiing (i am surrounded by fantastic XC ski terrain (massive extremely flat conservation lands across from my house), snow shoeing, honing my bike mechanic skills, and trying not to off myself due to lack of biking....
  • + 3
 Shredjekyll.... you couldve left it at Massachusetts is the worst. Move to NH. We'd love to have you. Just check the "commonwealth" ideology at the border.
  • + 1
 lol and do what for a job, Im not commuting back to MA for work
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 Oregon. We ride year round and the rain isn't anything we can't deal with. I think riding in all conditions improves your riding actually. Sure, we replace bearings and seals a bit more often but at least we are riding all year.
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 i ride all year in santa cruz... so in my off-season, i'm either trail building, riding my dirt bike or shagging.
  • + 2
 CA = no off season as long as you don't live in the Sierra's...then that's a no brainier.
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 live in greece is almost always summer !sometime is really hard to understant in which season you are except june to september that is burning hot!!!!! after i have spent sometime around in europe i can say easily we have good conditions for downhill and enduro mtb all around the year but not that kind of manbuild trails
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 That's because everybody is riding and never building.
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 @cherouvim thats because we don't have an off season Razz
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 or because we like trails build by nature!
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 To bad that in Poland we've got one, real indoor skatepark that is opened for everyone except..MTBs. The funniest thing is that (according to local authorities) "mountainbikes are too dangerous to ride there". Mentality of SOME Polish BMX riders (especially around 16 y.o.) is also strange to me..instead of riding together and unfiy in joint case, they make boundaries... I hope that it will change in the future.
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 There is no 'off-season' in Scotland. Winter just makes the races a bit more interesting Wink

www.pinkbike.com/photo/8280148
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 I enjoy biking and skiing equally, so when it snows here in Scotland I'm happy. I can ride my bike for 99% of the year and love the other 4 days when skiing conditions are perfect. A wee ski holiday to the Alps never hurts either. Yet to take my bike to continental Europe but it's on the ol' bucket list
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 I survive in the off piste with 136 mm under each foot Razz
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 holy f*ck!! what's that thing 136 ?? you have 2 snowboards under foot or what ?? that's insane, keep it up buddy!
  • + 1
 holy shit that's fat. which skis are those?
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 Built by a company locally called snoday.. custom dealz
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 i sit in playing pc games and watching the pro's travel the globe following the sun getting jealous
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 Shouldn't "Bust your ass digging trails in the rain so when Spring comes all the ride-only folks can enjoy the magical work of the Trail Fairy?" be one of the answers?
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 Off season os when I am sleeping or at work. The rest is game on. Too dark at night now for 6 months without lights.... lights and build something new ready to test a section at the weekend, and have ready for 6 months time or ride. Then plan the week in the south of Spain once or twice in the winter.... it is way hotter than our summer down there and cheap to get there.
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 I bike right up until the snow flies, then it's usually a mix of snowshoeing and snowboarding. Best part of snowshoeing is I go out onto our bike trails, and after a bit of snowshoe traffic you get a nice hard packed path along your trail. That's when I break out the bike again and go out for some great winter XC riding. Just keep a good mix of packing the trails down with my showshoes and biking them when the conditions are right, and you can enjoy some biking in the "off season". I would love to have a fat bike for winter, but it's not in the cards just yet. I don't even use studded tires, just lower air pressure!
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 Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee! When one is cold and snowy in the "off season", I just head to another. Usually Florida is my place to ride and really the best time of year for riding here is the winter when bugs aren't trying to carry me away!
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 Living in Ireland where pretty much all year is rain same for the UK and im new to MTB I ride as often as I can an then on the days I aint working or riding I head out into the forests in my 4x4 for some off Driving , or do some hiking or hit the gym still ride as often as I can though :-)
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 i actually do more in the off season.. most of the time you can still ride parts of the shore, especially when it's not wet. plus i ski, snowboard, and build. nice to change things up for a few months anyways.
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 Hmmmmmm, a poll on what to do during "winter" months, posted by a Canadian-based website, and HOCKEY is not a response? Seriously, what's up with that? Wink
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 Nothing beats rain wind snow and that squelchy feeling of water in your shoes bring it on
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 I am fortunate enough to live in Laguna Beach... Surf? Ski? Snowboard? MtB? even (gasp) road riding - whatever you want... Just don't move here - you'll hate it.
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 I remember riding in Heidelberg Germany one day that it was so cold we burned a pair of spare socks to get some feeling in our feet. I tend to just go on shorter rides nowadays...Getting too old for freezing rides.
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 What off season?? - we just got out of a nice wet but ever so bike friendly winter and now its summer Happy Days!
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 I know what you have being that I am originally from JoBerg. How I wish that winter here was the same! Not to mention a summer without humidity, oh the memories!
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 Where I'm from in Canada it literally snows 10 months out of the year and then rains for a month , kinda like 90% of Canada so it looks like it's that time of year again to put on the metal studs
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 I live in socal...its always riding season here..actually winter means prime dirt!!!
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 You guys should come over to brazil!
Tons of enduro riding!
If you go to my strava (lucas Marri Ludolf )
You will see the altitude!
If you wanna comme let me know
Freitasdh@hotmail.com
Cheers
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 Winter in Canada is long and cold and all I do is just dress warmer and swap my shades for a pair of snow goggles Smile I don't stop riding stop just because a 'few' snowflakes fall LOL Smile I AM SPECIALIZED Smile
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 I like to indulge in my other favourite hobby, alcohol.
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 in the UK u cant just stop riding cos its wet...personally the "off season" is my fav time to ride cos its so loose and loamy!
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 portugal... you can ride all year!!!
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 No off season... RIDE bitches Smile

Ya know its cold when you go through a "water" crossing and the rear derailleur refuses to move for 10+ shift attempts. On the coldest days, single speed is the way to go!
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 For my off season, it's usually staying indoors with the trainer and hitting up the local indoor mountain bikepark. I'll occaisonly hit up the trails if the snow is hard enough.
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 I live in México, with don´t have off season!
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 It's quite simple actually, I live In a place with no snow. Go California! Year round riding and racing!
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 Israel We ride all year, our winter is like summer in Europe, come ride (:
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 Off season. Apparently there was a hurricane, did a 35k AM ride. Every day of the year is off season in Wales, mud, rain, cloud. I dream about dry trails.
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 What's with all the fair-weather riders on here? Riding in winter can be as much, if not more fun than riding in the summer.
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 Off season is two weeks........in the summer...........on holiday. Winter is what spiked tyres were made for yeah ?
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 I actually enjoy skiing almost as much as biking and I bike until the snow comes so really off season isn't so bad
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 Cross-fit,strength training,and ride my bike.this will get you ready for anything.
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 Lol crossfit.
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 No. I'm not. I never was and I never will be. I HATE FUCKING WINTER!
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 too bad, there are some great ski slopes in Poland.
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 Fall winter and spring are prime digging seasons here in the Seattle area... Pleanty of rain for new features to soak up and solidify.
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 I'd love to sleep through the whole winter Big Grin No, I'm going to ski or snowboard.. and stay on my ergometer and watch TV series Razz
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 Chicksands Bike Park, rides great all year round due to sandy soil and awesome drainage, it's often busier in winter than summer.
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 Fatbike in the snow, try it.
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 Cycling classes, indoor climbing, and general gym time. I'm always so stoked to get out and ride when the weather's good, and I maintain/improve my level of fitness.
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 End of mtb season? Come on, unless you live in a very snowy area there is no off-season.
Riding in bad conditions is still better than no riding..
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 Home made studded tires and hill repeats. Feeling the burn is a must for me. Work out total body so when April comes around i'm READY!!!
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 I live in a area were the snow will sometimes melt enough to get in a ride maybe three times a month. The MTB season never ends
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 One word: hockey. Cant believe its not in the choices common pb...
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 ride all weather all year, but somehow now weathers turning I'm spending my riding time windowshopping online for new awesome parts!
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 Just strap some handlebars to your girlfriend..
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 Early winter is when I get a lot of trail work done. Its nice to dig all winter then have something new and fresh in the spring.
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 There is no winter, there is only ride or do not ride.
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 EASY: book a trip with Big Mountain Bike Adventures, the leader in mountain bike travel.
ridebig.com/adventures.php
Costa Rica, New Zealand, Nepal...and more.
Why?
Because shovelling snow sucks!
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 Studded tires on and ride like there is no tomorrow on ice and snow Smile
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 Getting a fat bike so can ride the snowy trails all winter long.
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 South Florida, winter is best time to ride... summer has rain and it is precious, mud, dirt and wet!
No mountains Frown
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 I improve my hand-eye coordination with my ps3. Maybe this year ill try a ski bike.
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 No off season just less light at night in winter, ride all year long, great to ride all 4 seasons, keeps it fresh
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 you know what we Canadian downhillers do? shovel the trail out and shreeeeeed yeww!! snow riding is fun, give it shot Big Grin
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 Snowpark with Bike is so much Fun!! Good to learn tricks..
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 could be an idea to build a bikeslope out of snow... thinkin about an awesome flow
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 I just attach some skis to my bike and ride down some sketchy hills
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 Off season ?? whats an off season.
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 Bouldering, squash, skiing ... and soon to be fat biking are my winter sports. pretty rad combo imo
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 I love biking, but for me summer is the off season. Snow rules.
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 Hookers and Blow!
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 No off season here in Arizona. High elevation riding during the summer and lower elevation riding during the winter. Smile
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 3 words: I love Greece
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 Reverse cowgirl, but mostly wheelbarrow.
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 I get fat...a fat bike, ya riding all year long
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 Reaquint myself with the wife...a lot.
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 I ride year round but when weather or conditions make it too difficult, I find other things to do Smile
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 There is no off season, only biking in the snow.
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 Tinker with my bikes in the garage and watch videos on Pinkbike!
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 I drink alot and play darts!!! (much like the rest of the season)
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 There's no off-season in Brazil, but we could have more structured trails to ride in ;(
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 Too bad they don't have a trailbuilding options... And if you don't build yourself, help someones who building a trail!
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 try to hit up Joyride and stare out the window while I pedal away on a spin bike. Oh and beer, lots of beer.
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 I got offered to ride a 650b bike for next season and i said no 26" for life Smile
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 i live in the flattest part of ontario, i'm hoping taking the dog for hikes will keep the drinking pounds off
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 no such thing as off season rain snow sleet or hail I am still out ripping trails that's how we Canadians do it here
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 This year I'm bolting a set of skis onto my bike. Fcuk you snow! I'll show you!
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 Trying to learn snowboard, but i prefer to stay inside playing xbox or guitar.
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 Studded Tyres in Southern Ontario and Bike number 2 for extreme XC - on ice!
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 I am going to be using some Hutchinson Prototypes, that are now the DZO's. Yes they are heavy, but do they work? I used them fro the first time today and they are rubbing my chainstay a little, odd for a burly bike like my Brodie, and I had 2.4" tires with no issues, but they didn't have knobs like this! Nothing a little shave won't fix though!

I use my bike as my primary transport, so when it gets cold, it just means more layers under my Gore-Tex! The worst thing about winter riding is the insane drivers that I am forced to share the roads with... here people drive by braille!
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 Two words: Fat bike. Wait... One word: Fatbike. **** you spell check- this ain't no GD spelling bee!
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 Well I just retired in July and moved to Cumberland BC. One of the reasons is that I can ride all year.
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 There is always Ledgeview here in theFraser Valley backside usually stays pretty rideable!!
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 Riding your bike in -30C makes you a real man! And powder is great at such temperatures.
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 Mostly snowboarding but I do try to get a couple of bike rides in the snow!
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 California has an off season? Maybe every ten years or so.
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 Uk weather is crap most of the time. It may be Mub but it's our Mub
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 There winter with snow in Brazil! Yeahhh...
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 I jump on my North Legion. All the way baby!!!
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 What is snow? Hi, I am from Australia.
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 We have snow in Australia. :p
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 Theres no such thing as winter in San Diego California LOL ride on!
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 I distract myself with work
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 Mexico is all year ride place!!
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 When comes winter I ski. When comes summer I bike.
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 Winter is Shuttle Season!!
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 What off season? Hey here is an idea , if it is raining , go build
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 How about snow?
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 yeah, about 1000+ mm of it Big Grin
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 Hey mutiny, what off season, o ma b summer , hot as fu! Go biuld? RAIN? Only if we got it lmao!
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 Make a nice snowjump, learn new tricks and train for the next season
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 i like how mtb-ikers prefer skis before boards Big Grin
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 I love living in CA. Bike all year plus snowboard in the winter!
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 BRAZIL HAS NO OFF SEASON!! UHULLLL!!!!!
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 I hit the pumptrack or the streets on my BMX.
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 I live in Costa Rica, sad but we don´t have "off season" here.
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 Shredding pow on my skis, that is all.
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 racing cross country snowmobiles for team arctic this season!
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 Here on the Sonoran Desert all Year is open seasons
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 "Off-season"??? WTF?? There's no "OFF-SEASON" in San Diego!
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 CASTLE MOUNTAIN!!!!!! Bring the snorkel Smile
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 Snowmobile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 save up money for next riding season. and grow a beard
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 Fatbike in the snow!
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 THIS! in a year or two this option won't be left off the poll. Fatbikes forever.
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 indoor bike parks link Cranx here in Syracuse are sick in the winter
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 i ride it! no off season in the UK!
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 hmmmm, I live in South Spain, no off season here
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 Swap for ski and snowboard
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 Weather is still nice in uk,down south....still riding hard
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 Bad weather does not exist, only bad clothing exist.
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 Off season? That would be when I break something....Like a bone.
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 Snowmobile....one word...TURBO
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 No off season but snowscoot is fun
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 Drool over next years bikes
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 Move to Cali... No off season!
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 Watch biking videos and cry like a bitch waiting for it to get warm!
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 2nd that re: Snowmobiling... pretty damn fun.
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 Off season .... Ha ha . Ride all year in the uk Wink
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 There's an off season!!!!!!!!
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 There's no off season for me ride as much I can
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 BRAAAAAPPPPP!!!!
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 Whats an 'off season'? In Australia we've never even heard of that...
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 used to get too much snow to ride through the year. Yay global warming!
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 Rain gear and fenders!
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 Build as much as i can
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 Ill build a snowman
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 ha ha off season ..
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 My hope is that the Ps4 will be released in time Smile
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 November 15th in the US.
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 @bayonetwork get of that Website if you like to Play more ps4 for than go ride
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 Cool kid, snooping around what else I comment on. Just shut up kiddo, I'd tell you to go ride your bike but I'm sure you suck at it..
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 Im sure i Ride better than you
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 Reading, Xbox, painting, ..and an indoor trainer.
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