Pinkbike Poll: How Long is Your Riding Season?

Jan 18, 2019 at 7:32
by Daniel Sapp  
First attempt by bike to San jose volcano in Chile 19.212 ft - 5.856 mts . We had to go back because of a snow storm at 4.200 mts high.

Depending on where you are in the world, you may have the fortune of riding year round or your season on two wheels may only last for a few months of the year. It's different everywhere, and while some folks can balance their six months of good riding with a few months of snowsports, others are stuck inside figuring out what to do to satisfy the void left from their bike.

Some are lucky enough to have great skiing, boarding, or snow machine riding nearby while others can only dream of such things.

Personally, I look forward to and embrace the seasonal changes and the different conditions they bring. With that, it's rare that there's more than a couple to a few weeks each year I can't get out on a bike. While many trails are best to stay off of in overly wet conditions, there are hidden spots to ride and there are always gated gravel roads that serve to keep fitness up, if nothing else.

How long is your riding season? Is there another sport that you can do when it's time to hang up the bike, or are you relegated to scrolling Instagram, commenting on Pinkbike, binge-watching Netflix, looking out the window, and splitting wood to keep busy?


Typically, how long is your riding season?






251 Comments

  • + 287
 We in the UK have the pleasure or riding in crap weather all year round, it's awesome.
  • + 21
 Best time ever skids and shit
  • + 43
 Only time I don't ride is when we get a heatwave
  • + 18
 I thought you guys voted to get out of the UK or was that the EU?
  • + 14
 we in cali have good weather year long Smile
  • + 23
 @DH-Angel: we're all emigrating to Canada.
Eh
  • + 12
 yea, which is why the the standard of UK riders is high...
  • + 8
 @Davec85 night riding in the mud rain is an essential part of UK mtb Smile
But the summer heatwave we just had was phenomenal. Riding in the Lakes in straight up dust. Temp said 38’c!!! Never drunk so much on a ride. Or sweat so much for that matter
  • + 2
 @pigman65: same in socal..med desert
  • + 2
 @senorbanana: would you like to adopt me? I’m very lovely ????

Please...
  • + 1
 You can ride pretty much all year round here in Ireland but it's wet and muddy about 70% of the time, especially on the west coast.
  • + 1
 in austria we get a bit of everything.
late autumn, winter, early spring -> uk riding (as far as i can relate)
late spring, early autumn -> nice tacky tracks
summer -> something in between tacky and dusty.
  • + 4
 @ilovedust: Agreed, night riding in the wet is much fun. I love riding in the wet, I just don't like the cleanup afterwards so much.
  • + 2
 In France I have some sun in some season, but you have to love mud if you want to ride all year long (I'm not in the south of France !!).... I do love it !
  • - 18
flag ryanm189 (Jan 26, 2019 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 Pinkbike poll: why do we have polls? Who cares! If 12 people in the room all raise their hands and say, "yippie I agree to this," it matters not. Science (or results) is not a democracy or consensus. The lone 1 or 2 people in the room might actually be the smart ones. Group think/mob rule is instinctive in nature, we are not much different, genetically speaking than chimpanzees. We advance by lighting fires - Lord of The Flies - Then, we have polls. Get on the wrong side and you become a marshmallow.
  • - 5
flag Eli29er (Jan 26, 2019 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 @nojzilla: "emigrating"... I don't think you would pass the language test to get in.
  • + 3
 @aps62: only down side in Southern California is the trails are 90% blown out with loose dry dirt that has a Meth problem.
  • + 6
 @Eli29er: you're joking right? Please tell me you know what emigrating means.
  • + 1
 @K1maxX:
Depends on where in uk.
2018 for me was
Jan-March - muddy and wet
March-October - mainly dusty
October-Dec - tacky and grippy
  • + 1
 @pigman65: exacltyl this lol I love riding in cool dry English weather. Hate the days where it’s over 20! God knows how people ride in California etc. Give me blue sky,bone dry winter trails all day long.
  • + 1
 @pigman65: Same here, bizarrely had my best night riding season last summer! Was so much better riding in the late evening and past midnight than in the heat of the day. The worst bit was dealing with the constant dusty trails, worse grip than in the wet we have now as I had no suitable tyres and nowhere stocked any!
  • + 1
 @pigman65: UK heatwaves are funny though. It's normal weather for most of the US
  • + 3
 We in NZ have the pleasure of riding in mint weather all year round, it's sweet as!
  • + 2
 @mikelee: I just went for a ride Saturday and it was a touch above 20, or -7 in your metric temperatures.
  • + 1
 @fruitsd79: haha that’s too cold!! Although I’ve been out in similar conditions. Rock hard ground and sketchy patches of ice to keep you on your toes!
  • + 69
 Guess that's a plus for living in Tasmania. All we do is switch from dry lube to wet lube. And maybe the front tire, but let's face it, a Minion can do it all.
  • + 26
 Don't forget you need 2 helmets for every ride ????.
  • + 28
 Worst part at the moment has got to be the forest fires. I just left Tasmania last night and am back in Melbourne, wish you guys and gals all the best down there. Fingers crossed for Maydena.
  • + 5
 Living in QLD and NSW just have to switch to shuttle runs in summer as its too damn hot!
  • + 4
 @watchtower: haha, wonder how many people outside australia will get that joke. I married a Tasmanian woman, we she catches me buying bike shit I don't need I just compliment the other head and make a getaway whilst they argue.
  • + 2
 Canberra can get a bit toasty in summer. But that is when you escape to cooler and lift assisted Thredbo 2 hours down the road Smile
  • + 1
 @smuggly: Poor Tasmanians - we really do give them a lot of Crap but it is all in jest. They also have great riding. This from a mainlander born Aussy who lives between there and Northern Europe.

Riding in 40 degree heat sucks as much as riding in -20 cold. Then the skiis come on although once can still ride if they so wish in the cold of Santa Land. Shuttling in the heat is a good idea or hitting the Alps and using lifts.
  • + 1
 @gnarterrorist: yeh there's nothing like heat and humidity to sap all your energy away and make you feel super unfit, cold weather just burns your lungs and throat, I also used to dread crashing when it was sub-zero... the pain!!!
  • + 1
 I’m in central Queensland, if I don’t leave early in the morning you gotta wait til the arv. Winters are ????????
  • + 1
 I ride less in W.A. in the Summer cause of the heat and snakes. I still ride just more at night and shorter trails I can stomp up before riding to scare the dugites away. Came within six inches of a juvenile last month. Looked just like dry grass and fast as fuck. Do more pump tracks and bmx to keep in shape and I am planning a rock slab free ride trip for April to escape the sand till the rain comes back.
  • + 1
 @kusanagi72: Adelaide is worse Frown
  • + 1
 @mtbpro661: true, especially this summer. And no real mountains to cool off. Hang in there!
  • + 39
 Colorado is way too cold/snowy in the winter and too hot/dry in the summer to ride year round, Sept/Oct/Nov are maybe the only months to ride in decent weather. Don't come, you'll be disappointed.
  • + 1
 The best part of CO is the seasons! Snowmobile/ski in the Winter/early Spring, bike late Spring/Summer/early Fall and backpack/hunt in the Fall. I can't imagine doing one activity all year, how boring is that?!?!?!
  • + 34
 Colorado too hot? LOLOLOL
  • + 44
 100% true - you'll only be disappointed when u come here. I suggest visiting Nebraska
  • + 40
 At least people in CO understand sarcasm very well, it makes up for the terrible conditions we have!
  • + 10
 if only you had gotten everyone on message 20 years ago
  • + 31
 Colorado flat as shit do not recommend
  • + 7
 Bro! you need to visit russia (kazan city). Now we have a temperature -25C (sometimes -32). by the way it's like a -35 in Canada (whisler). At summer time it's around +35C in the shadow and 47-50C in the sun. Colorado is so amazing place for riding!
  • + 8
 @YakuT: plus 8 in Vancouver today though!
  • + 5
 As a recent transplant for work I think CO is pretty good (but not so good that I don't get homesick for PNW)...TBH, I'm looking out from Golden right now and the snow on lookout mountain has me in the dumps. Guess it's another weekend of waiting in line on 70 to get to the ski hill. Life is hard.
  • + 0
 Sounds like you need another bike....
  • + 1
 @sspiff: Agreed - CO is alright... PNW is legit... and me thinks I'll have to begrudgingly consider the idea of snow sports soon to pass the time and... enjoy winter? SD, CA the last 14 years has me a bit jaded..haha
  • + 14
 Best part of Colorado is that they have Randy.
  • + 5
 @YakuT: it NEVER gets that cold in Whistler lol. North, like 1000km north it does.
  • + 1
 @YakuT: do you ride year-round?
  • + 5
 Utah too... it just sucks here! Worst riding place ever! I highly recommend Nebraska as well.
  • + 2
 @roadbkrkv1: I heard you should go to Arkansas. Colorado is only uphill trails.
  • + 1
 For sure, I totally didn't get in any fat biking this week.
  • + 1
 @WhatToBuy: glad somebody else knows what the seasons are for.
  • + 4
 @adrennan: Arkansas is dope. Also, unlike CO you also don't need to wait in line to drop in at the top of the descent... On a Thursday after work ride.
  • + 4
 Colorado too hot to ride?? Come to Tucson in June... ????
  • - 1
 @sspiff: you can go back to the PNW anytime. We have enough people here.
  • + 1
 Agree. Same for Utah, always either too hot or too cold.
  • + 2
 Right? Come to southern az in the summer, 100* at night @huntstyle:
  • + 2
 naw dude trestle bike park in winter park CO in the summer is awesome. It stays about 70 degrees F all summer. It beats the 90 degree weather in Denver though. so i think if your at a higher elevation you'll be fine. but your right winter is unrideable.
  • + 1
 @thegrapeboss: SHHHHHH!!!!! ???? Wink
  • + 0
 @makripper: no man! i mean if it was the temperature in Canada -35, then in russia it's like -25.
Canada has an ideal climate in my opinion
  • + 1
 del.
  • + 4
 @meandros: Yes mate! but not lower than -12 ° C
and only in one place, because the rest is covered with snow.
I have to dig every time for a riding, but by the summer you do not lose your shape and as soon as the snow melts - you can dig for a very long time
  • + 2
 @YakuT: that sounds extreme. cheers!
  • + 1
 @YakuT: In Finland, Ione can ride either where the logging tractors go in the forest as they leave good packed down tracks in the snow, or where they have cleared snow for roads or walking tracks. Some buy a Fat Bike for their Winter riding but even then, they are sort of limited to riding on Ski-Doo tracks pn the Frozen Lakes. Spring riding on the still frozen lakes is beautiful, especially if off to a remote island with a Sauna on it.

I would say my limit for riding in the cold it to -20 but I combine it with XC Skiing. Good idea to go out a few times a week on the bike though like you said, to keep cycle fitness up.

In the Australian Summer it is rise early and ride in the morning before the Sun really comes on strong. It bakes you during the day and is best to avoid if possible.

Sounds like you get the best of both worlds in Kazan ))
  • + 1
 @Davidsym: I think Randy resides in californIA
  • + 2
 Not true... Limon is sick, the place to be in CO for sure!
  • + 1
 @chacou Colorado, too cold?? I live in the Yukon where it can get to -40 in the winter... and I still ride in the winter, solution is to get a fat bike.
  • + 1
 Disagree. Come to Salida for great winter riding.(most years). You can ride the Arkansas Hills Trail System and ski at Monarch on the same day. Many Front Range trails are also ride-able all year long. Mud is not much of a problem because the soil is so dry and granular. Anything south-facing is typically OK.
  • + 0
 @jacobyw: and this is how our trails in the front range get destroyed. i agree that they are ridable, but just cause one section is GTG, the rest of the trail or getting there isn't! And we have whats going on right now with our trials! Just let them be for a while! Our trials have changed so much around here in the last 1o years, and not for the better!
  • + 1
 Ok. The best places to be for year round riding in CO is Limon, Sterling, or La Junta. If you're looking to relocate for that sweet white and brown pow, those gems are the new hotness, the next Boulder, but way more affordable!
  • + 26
 I'm in the UK where we only get two seasons; wet and slightly less wet.
Occasionally this big shiny thing appears in the sky and hurts my eyes, not quite sure what it is yet.
  • + 5
 That is BOB. We see him slightly more here in the Pacific Northwest.
  • + 2
 @Chris97a: Big Orange Ball ??
  • + 2
 @mykel:
Yep, nailed it.
  • + 18
 I live in Moab and for the most part, we can ride all year. In the winter riding is dependent on snow and ice accumulation but it isn't usually an issue for more than a few days. In summer, you just ride early or you head to the La Sal Mountains or Abajos to escape the heat. Pretty ideal, really.
  • + 17
 Honestly, if I could split my time between Moab/Fruita and North Shore/Squamish, I'd be happy camper. Two amazing riding and living areas.
  • + 2
 What do you do for work there, if you don't mind me asking? I'd love to live there, but decent jobs seem hard to find.
  • + 15
 @skelldify: never ask a trustafarian what they do for work.. LOL
  • + 3
 The trustafarians spend the summer in Crested Butte.....and winter.
  • + 1
 Moab is great, love living here, pretty much year round riding! And when it's too hot in the summer Colorado isn't far away Smile
  • + 20
 Mountain biking, surfing, backcountry skiing. Life's too short to just have one hobby.
  • + 30
 Go get married and have some kids and shut up Razz
Let us know how that works out.
JK enjoy it!
  • + 14
 @bhizzle81: haha, he didn't say how often he gets to do these things... if you include Father's Day, his birthday and a a secret sick day (shhhh!), he does all three in one year!
  • + 12
 I'm married, have two kids, full-time job... still seem to find ample time to play in the mountains whether it be alpine or backcountry skiing or biking. Where I live has always been important to me so that I have access to those things as a regular part of life and not an onerous extension. Winter I can sneak up to the hill for a couple hours easily- and then ski with the family all weekend. Bike season I can sneak in a solid 60 minute ride on world class trails door to door a couple nights a week and then on the weekend we often trade off and my wife will ride with her peeps in the am and then we swap out with the kids and I ride with the peeps in the after noon. We just built our life around the shiz that makes us happy and at the moment I'm happy with it- and love my kiddos and pride myself in my involvement with them. I also love doing these things with my kids and think it is a super healthy and happy way to live. I feel pretty lucky and am super grateful for the opportunities we have.
  • + 1
 Yup, I do Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Freediving. I'm blessed to live in a Carribean Country, awesome weather all year round.
  • + 9
 April to October = Ikon's, Minion's, or 25c roadie tires

October to April = 4.0" summer or 4.8" winter fat bike tires, 25c on the roadie, XC skate or classic skis, DH skis, fat touring w/Dynafit's, snowshoes for fat bike trail packing

Rossland, BC at 1000m elevation. With just a 10-minute drive up or down the highway we can either gain or lose 600m of elevation, going from ski touring as high as 2300m down to road/mountain biking in the valley below. Kayaking and fly-fishing can be had daily too.
  • + 13
 Shhh... Don't listen to @dlford... Rossland sucks. Red is the worst and does not have some of the best deep powder tree skiing in the world. Our backcountry skiing is totally skied out and super lame. Our trail network is horrible. Probably best to just go to Nelson.
  • + 2
 @snl1200:
I know, WTF was I thinking when posting BS like that? You're right, BOB wins, Nelson is it.
  • + 11
 If i didnt fatbike it would be 6 months. Fatbike=12 months.
  • + 6
 I ride a lot for maybe 8 months of the year, get out a few times during weather/ground cover windows in another 2-3, and maybe don't get at all for 1-2. It really depends on the year and the snow cover though (I'm in New England).

I do focus on skiing in mid-winter, though, whether or not I get out on a few rides.
  • + 2
 Never know what NE will do when it comes to weather. Could be riding on dry snow-free trails through Christmas or covered in snow on Halloween.
  • + 1
 CT here. I answered 11 months. Luckily I have access to a couple trails that dry quickly (some here are wet 9 months of the year it seems) and the deep snow I just hike and deal with downed limbs or whatever.
  • + 2
 NH is weird. Nothing is open from December-April, but often the snow is gone at intervals during the winter months. I know a few secret trails that don't have bad drainage, so I can ride about 8 months out of the year. Summer is nuts though, it can be 98 F or 50 F in the same week.
  • + 2
 @yzedf: same but i said ten cuase now till march can be iffy. a lot of trail nazis also make it hard to ride when wet usally if its above 28-30 i just go for it its not nearly as fun as the summer but atleast you can get the wheels turning
  • + 5
 Thank god those results show the total BS that is "off season"

always wondered why sites like this are always on about this mythical off-season - but think about it - it probably comes from one place - Whistler - such an iconic place thats very public about its on and off seasons, same as other places (bike parks) that also share a similar structure, but in reality most rider, pro and everyday joes' just ride whenever the hell they can, essentially all year round

I get rather irrational annoyed when the phrase off-season is used - shows how blinkered certain places are and potentially how distanced they really are from whats really going on in their own sport - by that I mean us "common people" lol - there a reason people always want reviews of cheaper bikes ...... real world ....
  • + 2
 Some people chose off season. My body cannot cope with the actual riding season for more than 4 months. I tend to be devastated and burned out around the end of September. I just lose the will to ride. As simple as that. It all started after I stopped doing whatever rides all year round and started focusing on pinning it for summer months. Crashes, riding volume, training take their toll on mind and body.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: Haha, you're old.
  • + 1
 Ha, cuz riding bikes is second to other activities for some folks... Round here, there is snow on the ground 6 months out of the year, so, wheels up, skis down eigh.
  • + 8
 Sunny SoCal! 12 months of good riding, except for some winter rain, but really only keeps you off the bike for a day
  • + 2
 That's when you dig!
  • + 4
 Chile is great, you can ride all year, summer is hot but winter is perfect, but I also do some skiing on winter and left my bike aside some days, but mostly I ride all year, but best months for me is between may and september
  • + 3
 Southern hemisphere double brain check.
  • + 5
 Victoria BC, we ride bikes all year round, usually just swap out tires and get some winter gear...other than that we are all good here. But it is expensive AF to live here...heh.
  • + 2
 love wearing shorts and maybe two jerseys in January though!
  • + 3
 Yeah, when I was on the island from Calgary I was like, "wow this place is so much better for biking". Not even just the weather, but like everything looked so ridable, and fun.
  • + 4
 I mountain bike year round but once our local hill opens up in the winter I only get out 1-4 rides a month depending on the conditions. If there is pow in the mountains I will pick a board over a muddy bike ride any day!
  • + 3
 Greece is pretty good for mtb among other things. A lot of mountain ranges, some pretty close to big cities. Weather can be too hot during July/August, but that's what night rides are for. Winters are generally mild so no reason to stop biking, but some trails at high elevation may be covered with snow. Lots of small ski resorts all over the country too. Then you have the Aegean and Ionian sea, you can chase the wind/waves year long if you want to. Most people think Greece= summer, but the the rest of the year is pretty good too. Autumn and spring are best for biking by far.
  • + 3
 I suppose you could ride the North Shore and Squamish year round, but the iced up skinnies or slab rides just aren't fun when your 8' above ground.
11 months riding in a good year, 10 in a bad year.
One (the only?) reason to stay living in the lower mainland.
  • + 2
 Minnesota here. Bike season is usually around April through October depending on when the snow decides to come and leave; then it's depression season. Never really got into fat biking. Might try getting back into snowboarding though I'm not a fan of the ice hills they have here. Someone help me get out!! :C
  • + 2
 I am living in Tyrol/Austria and it really depends on the amount of snow and temperature which varies every year. Right now its just to much snow. But for me it´s fine since I just switch to snowboarding. January and February are often not great for mountainbiking, December and March might be.
  • + 1
 I'm an islander, hailing from Vancouver Island. Shorts and hoodie today in January and pretty much all winter (hahaha what's winter) here. The only time there is no ride is super 100mm of rain days, dead of July/August upper 30's days, which usually happen with forest fire/smoke days. Thankfully I can count those days total for a year on one or two hands. Best place on earth to be a dirtbag. Life is good on my island.
  • + 1
 I put down 12 months (as did almost everyone else... hm), but TBH here in coastal northern CA there are usually a few weeks mid-winter where it's too wet to ride. I'll just take it easy, ride the road bike between storms, or go XC skiing.
  • + 3
 I do ride all year round, but for January through March it may only be once a week. Skiing takes over any free time I get and just makes me more motivated to ride come April.
  • + 1
 Sacramento California here (NorCal for all you out of staters). 100 F/ 37C dgrees in summer means rides are best kept short, either very early or very late, and always ending in beer. My preferred weekly riding is 2 hours away in Lake Tahoe where temps are typically 20 degrees cooler.

Being originally from New York, I find the "winter" here means prime riding weather with 50F/10C mornings and primo dirt for the CX Bike.
  • + 1
 Is that you Sam?? I moved to Lodi and tacked on an extra 35 minutes to any riding spot. My commute to work now has a grand total of 1ft of elevation gain (half of that is the speed bump going into the parking lot).

Welcome to Lodi, where everything is flat and any activity is two hours away. CCR tried to warn me; I failed to heed their advice.
  • + 1
 I’m in Roseville and do most of my biking in Auburn And Folsom. Definitely have to get up early in the summer to ride but it’s doable. I would say bad fires create short off seasons for us.
  • + 1
 I ride year round, pretty much whatever the weather. It's simply a case of wearing the right kit for the conditions and beside, here in the UK, if you only rode in good weather, you'd rarely get out!! I live an hours drive from the FOD, so regard it as my 'local' and fortunately, there's plenty of good winter riding there. The only downside to riding in the slop is having to clean everything after every ride....bike, kit.
  • + 1
 Here in Quebec city, 11 month riding if you ride Fat bike.And now we have very High quality Fatduro Tracks! There is just between April and May that we can not ride because the soil is too wet. 6 month Mountain bike 5 month Fat bike
  • + 1
 Got lots of snow where i live. Tried fatbiking for the first time yesterday ! It was so much fun i might end up with one sometimes next year. But man i wish i could ride my trail and dh bike all year long had to fly to arizona and utah to extend the season
  • + 2
 All year round here in the UK if you’re not scared to get muddy and add a layer or 2 and something waterproof in the winter months. Slipping around in the wet makes you faster in the dry anyway.
  • + 1
 Easy to see the riders that have hibernated come the first decent week of spring arriving every year, no flow and not hunting out the extra grip. Winter miles = more summer smiles.
  • + 1
 I ride all year round now. -34C this morning and will go for a fat bike ride this afternoon when it warms up to -20C, awesome. Did a 11km ride last weekend at -25C. Believe it or not, it's easier to stay warm at -25 than trying to cool down at +30C. You can't change the weather, so you might as well adapt to whatever mother nature gives you. The beer always tastes good afterwards!
  • + 5
 Alberta here. Fat-bike + studded tires. Skiing is too crowded/expensive.
  • + 3
 Skiing has gotten outrageously expensive recently, we've gotten some more fat biking opened up around Calgary, so good to keep the legs turning and have fun until we go hard all summer long! I can barley imagine living somewhere with access to dirt for the whole year!
  • - 2
 Fat bikes are too expensive! But also I love skiing, probably more than biking. I just wish we didn't have the October/November and April/May months that are just awful for everything
  • + 1
 I hearyou brother
  • + 1
 Maine USA. Riding is typically decent from May till November, give or take a month depending on weather and conditions at the time. I've been riding as late as December with no snow on the ground, and as early as mid April without too much mud.Some of the more hardcore dudes get it in during the winter on fat bikes, but usually by the time the snow falls, the cold and dark have already killed my motivation.
  • + 4
 not just 12months of riding but 12months of quality riding, I love this country.
  • + 1
 watch out for thorns tho Wink
  • + 5
 Windrock Bike Park in Tennessee is open year round! #RidetheRock
  • + 1
 Sydney summer - 35C today, 3 hr ride, 3.5 litres of water wasn't enough. Sydney winter - 12C, 3 hr ride, 1.5 litres of water is too much, wear long sleeves, all else is the same. Trails are mint all year round.
  • + 1
 40c here today in Western Sydney. So me an the misus went skin diving down the south coast. Swam with some Sharks, Blue an Brown Gropper, and a MONSTER Sting Ray the size of a car. Well worth the time away from the bike.
  • + 1
 6-7 months for warm weather on my DH and trail bikes. I’ll get out a couple times over the winter but that’s only on the warmer, not calling for snow days. Otherwise I’m indoors at joyride150 on my DJ or out skiing
  • + 1
 I'm gonna ski or snowboard tomorrow morning, and ride some fantastic trails tomorrow afternoon in 75 degree weather. Maybe I'll surf in the evening. Don't come here - it sucks.
  • + 1
 Here in southern Spain, the season is from October to April, I wouldn't recommend anyone to go out when it is like 35 in the shadow (if any). I go to northern Spain to keep riding.
  • + 1
 Living on the Island I'm pretty much riding 12 months a year however usually a couple of weeks a year we will be snowed out. If the waves are good I'm out surfing all year as well. Life's gold.
  • + 1
 Whistler - bike into early December - start again in (hopefully) late March in Pemby with occassional winter trips to Squamish if the snow stays off their trails. XC and DH Ski in the snowy months.
  • + 1
 May to October for me here in Ontario ( Can get some gravel rides in April). Riding in the cold doesn’t interest me. I spend the dark months putting down KMs on the trainer with the TV on.
  • + 1
 Bike for maybe six months or so, then a couple just waiting with the weather beeing on and off snow and sunshine. Winter goes by riding snowmobile and skiing, both cross-country and alpine.
  • + 0
 Skiing? Snowboarding? Barbell? Meeting friends you tend to not have time for in riding season? Building igloos with kids? Working on fundamental skills on parking lot? Working out extra hours to have more free time when conditions are mint? Practicing wheelies, bunnyhops? Indoor skatepark? Nah I’ll be Looking at motivational bullshit memes about goals and excuses only to freeze my fingers off, shortening my willy to a size of a clit and pedal like any Joey Kookson can Smile
  • + 1
 It's cold, and I'm lazy.
  • + 3
 13 months a year. Happy canary islander And yes off season means quality surf if you wish
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 I can't go more than a couple of days without it. Winter can be bad, so i just chill, or sort trails, so it's ready for spring. We get a real mixture of weather here. I've gotta' go and get some more done on a berm now!
  • + 3
 I ride all year but for about 3-4 months I mostly ride indoors at Rays on a DJ bike.
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 only a shovel can stop my riding season...no time for other bullshits thanks
  • + 1
 right on man!
  • + 1
 I say 12 but its probably more like 9 with spring being too wet/melty (freshet) and fall generally having that annoying amount snow where it's too much for a normal bike but not enough for a fat bike.
  • + 1
 Mountain biking from March to the end of November, then Skiing, Snowshoeing from December to march, go round and round n round!
  • + 3
 976 days a year, i d'ont even sleep. I was born on a mtb saddle. HAF.
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 I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
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 On average Squamish has one month of the year where you can't ride unless you're being chased by the straight-jacket waving wardens trying to put you back where you belong
  • + 1
 Ride till the snow is too deep, so far this season there has been none. Been digging more than riding the weather is so good.
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 I do not switch, i just add skiing in winter. I ride mtb all year round here in Siberia.
  • + 1
 As someone who currently rides year round in Florida, I'm definitely not looking forward to moving to colder climates where I won't ride year round
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 Are there mountains in Florida?
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 mountains and mountains of gators and mosquitoes...
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 @Dwalsh: There are not, but there are still some great trails. I've ridden numerous trails around the U.S. and still have plenty of good things to say about quite a few Florida trails. Especially Alafia and Santos.
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 @Dwalsh: I am in KY, didn't think much about riding in FL, but then when the family went to Disney I hit Alafia, I tell ya, that was pretty damn fun, and I've been to Moab, Dupont, Breckenridge......
  • + 1
 Southern Arizona checking in. Ride early, up north or at night during the three super hot months and the rest of the year is perfect.
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 I live in Vancouver BC. Winters are mild here but wet. With the right tires and waterproof gear you can ride all year round. Even in snow it's still fun.
  • + 1
 NH - Winter ride Fat [studs req'd] and Zwift when the weather is mis-behaving, Spring, summer, and fall ride anything with two wheels. In Short just ride.
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 Skitouring with big freeride skis is basically enduro riding in snow. Everyone who has the opportunity to try it - do yourself a favor and do so!
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 And hopefully in the near future it’ll be “Endless Summer” when November hits I’ll be heading to to somewhere warm til May then back to SoCal.
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 I just rode today. Trails were mint. Rocks and roots a little slippy.... I wore shorts, but I run hot. Tall socks instead of ankle length. It is winter and I'm not crazy.
  • + 1
 Live in Whistler but will drive to clear trails in winter if I really need to scratch the itch to ride! But mostly ski in winter. 7 months or so of local riding though.
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 Not long enough.
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 PNW = ride any day as long as you don't mind getting wet and muddy.
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 ass savers + adult diapers = unlimited fun
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 Winnipeg, Manitoba. -45C in windchills from October to May,a city colder than North Pole.
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 Here in KY winter is 35 and raining, but I keep spinning, although mostly a fully rigid SS, but it beats a Peloton
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 Snow is fun, I like to visit it but not live in it. Ride 365.
  • + 1
 Typical Canadian Rockies season for me: Dirt from Mid-April to end of November, Fat Bike from December to mid March, Road/Cross from mid-March to mid April.
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 Shouout from Russia guys. 4 months at best.
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 I pretty much ride all year round, just focus a bit more on crossfit in the colder, darker months to get my fitness up for when the better weather comes round!
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 You do CrossFit? Please tell use more about it.
  • + 1
 Texas has crap trails so you mush brained hippies should stay in CO and smoke your devil's lettuce.
  • + 1
 Again “crapland winter” cry babies. Somewhere people have summer as your winter so quit crying and ride.
  • + 1
 I live up in the northeast. From late fall to early spring its either fat bike or cyclocross season lol.
  • + 1
 In Australia the season is all year round but it's way too hot to ride in summer and gets dark way too early in winter
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 Get some Exposure lights! Night riding is awesome ????
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 I rode yesterday and I'll ride tomorrow, I just have to get up early. And yeah, Winter night riding can be great. Warm up from the inside (and Canberra will often get below freezing).
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 of all places to ride, I think Australia is the most extreme.
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 @meandros: Nah, Siberia wins that award. Just ask that Spanish cyclist who was planning a ride from Siberia to Murmansk - he didn't last long at -50 but luckily some locals were keeping an eye on him and rescued him when he needed it.

www.rt.com/russia/446704-spanish-traveler-frozen-siberia
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 @gnarterrorist: Siberia is not extreme, is outright impossible Wink Have you seen the type of vehicles and the difficulty in operation they have up there? I mean, I'm not surprised cycling is out of the question in those conditions, not without highly specialized gear (and that's not a pun).
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 @meandros: Yeah, some of those videos on ytube and liveleak are great to watch. Airboats crossing river ice packs - trucks doing river crossings where they submerge the cabin. Fn crazy stuff. Respect to the guys doing it.
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 dh ski biking! using your dh rig with a conversion kit!!! then see you in banff! your welcome.....
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 How does braking work?
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 @Riwajc: lol 'braking'
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 @Riwajc: like a skate or ski or snowboard !
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 South Africa = Hot, and then a little bit less hot in winter. Winter is actually the better of the seasons for riding...
  • + 1
 Weather forecast: "We'll be experiencing -35 without wind chill today and a high of -26 tomorrow..."
  • + 2
 A 12 month riding season is too short, we need more months in a year Eek
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 It was cut short on august 26 2018. I severly broke my humerus no riding this summer. ????
  • + 1
 NY, 7 months of great riding, 2 months of decent riding and 3 months of fatbiking or peloton.
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 My only off season is recoveries from Oshits!
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 brilliant!
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 FAT BIKE.
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 Fat bikes add an extra 4 months to our season in northern MN!
  • + 1
 Due to good weather last bike park season started in may and ended in november. This year it began later and ended
  • + 1
 (I can't edit my comment). However this season ended sooner. I ride my mx bike a lot more now.
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 Its soo cold but fortunately not that much snow. Nebraska, its not for everyone...
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 We used to ride all year round but these days micro dust from China stops us from riding. Air pollution sucks...
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 All year-round here in Nepal. Although there is the monsoon but it's still rideable.
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 SoCal...all year long baby!
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 WHEN I LIVED IN THE MOUNTAINS CLOSE TO ÅRE; 6 MONTH NOW DOWN SOUTH OF SWEDEN ITS ALMOST YEAR ROUND I DONT MIND FLUFFY SNOW
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 We are roughing it here in So Cal. It was 75 degrees all week here in San Diego.
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 All year-long baby, rain or shine!
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 RainSmile
ShineSmile
Snow and iceFrown (Guess i need to get a fat bike. )
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 got that straight buddy!
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 San Diego we ride all year, although when it hits 55F in the morning we ride in the afternoon instead of sunrise.
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 I really need to move out... The east coast is awesome but not enough riding time for sure.
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 I ride year round with my crew in Oregon and Washington. You put on your rain gear and shred. Even in snow on occasion.
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 About too be a whole lot longer when I move to Vancouver Island in 6weeks
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 Southern Ontario checking in.

Today was -15c and a 40km/h wind. Today I rode my bike.
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 12 months. Ray's MTB bitches
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 Down here we dont know what is a riding season Smile
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 Snow and darkness just add a new level of excitement
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 12 months all year round. Carribean nation woop woop
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 "What is a riding season?" - Arizona
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 Socal.......they tax the he'll out of us but we ride in shorts year round.
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 Place upvotes here for mountain biking and ice hockey.
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 @chacou: the same goes for California.
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 Had to switch to e-sports then gym at the moment until I come out of this injury Smile
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 Stupid island off of SoCal. That you can see from Malibu to Trestles.
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 Ride bikes today, snowboard tomorrow.
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 Ride 12 mths a year. Ahhhh Island Life!
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 In Arizona you ride at night in the summer
  • + 1
 Anyone else play basketball in the winter?
  • + 1
 Coastal California. All year round.
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 All year round. A manual over/through a frozen puddle is a thing of joy Big Grin
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 Gran Canaria is the place ! Take a look in our profile
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 i live in Guatemala, Never get off season here Big Grin
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 I just switch to trials/road/snow biking in the winter.
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 Fatbikes are so much fun, drifting party from december to april.
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 lol "riding season"...it never ends.
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 As I type this the air temp outside is -16 f or -26.7 c
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 Rain, mud, cold, hot, I’m still gonna send it.
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 7 months, or 12 if you own a fat bike...
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 TEXAS
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 too short Frown
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 My 12-month riding season means that I'm out of shape all year long.
  • + 0
 Could always be longer, like a penis!
  • + 0
 Ride bikes, ride snowboards, ride yoga mats.
  • + 1
 #pieceofstring

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