Male PMS, blue balls and winter riding

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by B1, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    While unheard of in the southern hemisphere, it seems male MPS is a real issue in the great white north. Apparently some guys slap on heated grips and just go riding anyway with blue balls. Others turn their bikes into some kind of snow bike frankenstein thing. And the rest suffer from PMS for several months.



    For those of you snowed in, how do you get through those frozen months? Our winters here vary from around 55 to 70F, or 13C to 21C, so it's kind of hard to imagine riding over there in the frozen wastelands. :D
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  2. zedro

    zedro Dirt Nerfer

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    I dunno Barry, sometimes you just need to accept that the testes will be closer to your navel for a few months.

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  3. zedro

    zedro Dirt Nerfer

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    PS: I believe 90% of all farkles are purchased in the winter. Canadian bikes are super pretty come spring.
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  4. aldend123

    aldend123 Long timer

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    Many snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe. Studded tire ice riding is mildly popular. Fat-tire mountain bikes are very popular winter riding. I love to drive in the snow too, to the point where it's practically a minor hobby.

    If you grow up with it, you're used to it. As Christmas approaches, most people shift focus towards prepping for their cold weather sports. Winter is sometimes used as a time to do larger bike repairs/projects too. The only real frustrating stage for me is the in-between weeks.

    It's a bummer to basically forget about riding for 3-4 months of the year. But I don't think I could give up that feeling after a fresh snowfall.
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  5. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Been here awhile

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    Around here, anybody nuts enough to ride a motorcycle in the winter probably has a snowmobile.

    For the rest of us, it's online shopping, reading motorcycle magazines, and drunken texts to each other that say things like, "talk me out of this Harley".
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  6. zedro

    zedro Dirt Nerfer

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    Oh and let's not forget internet forum rage! Hell it's been 2 weeks since last ride and I'm already very cranky!
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  7. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Been here awhile

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    What kind of oil are you using?
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  8. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    I learned early in life wrapping yourself entirely in any one hobby was a recipe for frustration. I have other things I do in the winter to keep me entertained...so I don't sit there, looking at a bike ill suited for the icy-muck and grit my teeth in frustration.
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  9. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    not just for cold weather either, zedro. mine usually retract over big logs or steep downhills. it can take a lot of painful massage to get them down from my neck to the usual location.
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    zedro Dirt Nerfer

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    I could tell you but you'd be too feeble minded to understand!!!
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  11. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Riding an ugly bike.

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    After three weeks without riding the average person makes the transition from "cabin fever" to full on "shack nasties". It isn't pretty.

    I fight them off by mixing up a tall vodka tonic and tying flies.
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  12. White mt guy

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    A lot of us work sixty to eighty hours a week through the winter months so we can take weeks at time off in the summer and fall to ride.
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    I lost my licence for DUI (I was sitting in my car pissed as a fart listening to Led Zep after catching the bus home from the pub, unfortunately the car was in the street at the time, and I had the engine running) long story short: No riding for 18 months!
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  14. dwizum

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    I feel like hobbies are better when they have a rhythm.

    Winter is time to do maintenance, read, research, buy gear, and so on.

    The only hobbies that survive long term for me - fishing, skiing, motorcycles, etc - all have seasonal patterns. Winter is for tying flies, major bike wrenching projects, and skiing. Summer is for fishing and riding and camping. This keeps everything fresh and interesting and it means I always have something to look forward to.
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    JukeBoxHero Mmmmm. Jelly beans.

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    Right now there's an extreme cold warning in my neck of the woods. Windchill of -35C (-31F), with wind gusts up to 80 kph lasting through the day. No riding for me!

    I have a rotating set of interests/hobbies, and sometimes they change more often than I'd like to admit. Spring/Fall/Summer is riding, biking, camping, hiking, spending time outside with my wife and 2 yo daughter, etc. Winter is when I slow down and get fat, catch up on movies and books, go tobogganing with the family, etc.

    I tinker with some small projects, but I'm not much of a wrench so big bike projects are never really on the back burner for me, but having said that, a Factory Five Roadster is something that I'd love to delve into and spend a winter or two working on. Perhaps when I insulate and heat my garage . . . and learn some more advanced wrenching skills (does rebuilding a snow blower carb count?) . . . and have enough money . . . and stop dreaming about it and just do it . . .

    One of my current hobbies is target archery, and when I can't make it to the range due to time or weather conditions, I spend some time tinkering with the bow and shooting in my basement to help maintain what little form I have.

    I don't get frustrated when I can't ride, but I do go stir-crazy quite easily so I need to keep busy even if it's just reading a book. Having a few hobbies helps keep each of them fresh even though I know I'll never really be an 'expert' in any one of them unless I find one that I truly couldn't do without.
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    what does windchill have to do with it ? do you ride nakid ? wind chill is what the temp feels like against bare skin

    and.... even if there was no wind, you would have to consider the speed you are travelling. 100kph into a 80kph headwind would create 180kph windchill factor or going with the wind would be a 20kph wind chill factor
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    Windchill has a lot to do with it. Any time he's stopped, there's still wind. If it's coming at him sideways, or heading in to it, it's taking his heat even faster. The actual number might represent how it feels against the skin, but it also infers how quickly any thermal loss from your clothing is going to happen. Even if completely covered up with no exposed skin, 35mph wind will suck the heat out of you faster than a 5mph wind will.
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    JukeBoxHero Mmmmm. Jelly beans.

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    I just don't feel like riding when it's this cold or when I feel conditions are not conducive to an enjoyable commute. Sorry.
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  19. randyo

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    I know that, I was point out that the biggest amount of wind is what you generate atr the speed you ride, not what the actual wind speed is

    I have ridden 60mph in -25°f temp or more aptly put, -70°f /-56°c wind chill, it is mostly noticed turning yer helmet into a ice cube, speeds above 60mph..... well ya just don't wanna do that, as much free horsepower as I get in the winter, I religiously set a 60mph speed limit for myself

    you can layer about everything except your head
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  20. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    How do you stay interested in an activity 12 months of the year? BORING. Time off the bike makes a person want to get back on. Most of us are able to just stop without thinking of suicide.

    Blue balls? Uh no- we have things called proper clothing and the common sense to go INSIDE when it's too cold.
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