Seriously, Cut it Out

04.3.2009 | 9:29 am

Here’s the view from my family room window, in a photo I took this morning:


This is just unacceptable. It’s Spring. I have a brand new bicycle I’ve only gotten to ride twice — not even enough to get it dialed in.

I have completely run out of shows to watch while riding the rollers.

Seriously, Mother Nature. Stop it.


  1. Comment by Jeff | 04.3.2009 | 9:34 am

    Here on the east coast, we thought we were out of the woods, now they’re calling for snow on Tuesday. Curses!

  2. Comment by Rachel | 04.3.2009 | 9:35 am

    You have to admit it’s beautiful!

  3. Comment by Jenny-Jenny | 04.3.2009 | 9:38 am

    Cabin Fever. It’s a killer. At least the rollers are training you for the Century to Nowhere. Thanks for that by the way, it gives me a new drive for the trainer.

  4. Comment by Nancy | 04.3.2009 | 9:38 am

    We’ve had a spring break week full of non-stop rain here in the Sammamish area. I hear ya- cut it out already! I want some sun! At least your snow is pretty. Even our dog sits at the window and sighs as he watches the rain pouring down.

  5. Comment by chtrich | 04.3.2009 | 9:40 am

    bye bye drought

    of course you’re right, chris, and that’s what i keep telling myself: “stop being so selfish.” but you know, i’ve got this mountain bike i’ve been dreaming about for 9 months now, and i’d really like to go ride it.

    i’d be happy with a compromise: rain. because i can at least go road riding right after a rain. – FC

  6. Comment by Wes | 04.3.2009 | 9:41 am

    put some winter tires on that recumbent and get out there!!

  7. Comment by Hat | 04.3.2009 | 9:43 am

    If I had that view out my family room window, I’d pour myself a big glass of shut-the-heck-up.

    i know, i know. i’m being whiny and petty. but i’ve been looking at this version of this view for a while now. i want the “green mountain” version of this view. – FC

  8. Comment by Ian | 04.3.2009 | 9:49 am

    Ski! Mind you, as a skier in snow country, I am ready to be out on my bike.


  9. Comment by GenghisKhan | 04.3.2009 | 9:55 am

    Hat: funny!

    Fatty: I’ve got a similar view in the PG area and agree–bring on the green already!

  10. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 04.3.2009 | 10:02 am

    Mother Nature must be more of a skier than a cyclist. I personally am getting tired of her visits.

  11. Comment by bikemike | 04.3.2009 | 10:14 am

    you guys need to not be messin’ with mother nature…her first cousin is santa claus and if she gets a bad feeling, well, things could get ugly.

    you’ve been warned.

  12. Comment by Mellow Velo | 04.3.2009 | 10:20 am

    Oh, please. You can see mountains out of your window. Therefore, no complaining allowed. I see another person’s backyard and then there’s flat, barren nothingness.

  13. Comment by Big Bird | 04.3.2009 | 10:21 am

    The question now is whether drive to Saint George after work or sit around and hope things clear up tomorrow.

  14. Comment by Steve | 04.3.2009 | 10:30 am

    Amen from Seattle

  15. Comment by Dobovedo | 04.3.2009 | 10:38 am

    Wow.. that’s gorgeous. What’s the problem?

  16. Comment by Aaron | 04.3.2009 | 10:44 am

    Looks cold. Oh, did I mention it’s sunny and mid 70’s here? I’m so lucky.

  17. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 04.3.2009 | 10:46 am

    In November, that view is awesome. By April, the thrill is gone.

  18. Comment by Bill Martin | 04.3.2009 | 10:48 am

    I totally agree! Same here. If you find out who is responsible let us know!

  19. Comment by sdcadbiker | 04.3.2009 | 10:57 am

    I was wondering why you hadn’t posted any ride reports about the new GF!

    Last Saturday a rider from Salt Lake joined our group as we rode Stage 8 of the Tour of CA route here in San Diego. The weather was perfect and we sent him home with a big smile on his face… he was actually whooping and hollering on the Palomar descent.
    You live in the wrong place :-)

    Win Susan!

  20. Comment by Rider 3 | 04.3.2009 | 11:01 am

    Same problem here in Spokane. For spring break the family is spending a few days at a lake place 40 minutes east while I commute to work. Eight inches of snow yesterday and two more today at the lake. Our biggest race of the season is this weekend and they will need snowplows to get the course ready if this keeps up.
    Team Two Wheel Blog

  21. Comment by jen | 04.3.2009 | 11:02 am

    the clouds are so heavy and the snow is so thick, that I can’t see my view of mountains today – I thought I was suppose to be living in high desert. April snows bring May snows bring June snows bring searing heat and rattle snakes in July.

  22. Comment by Eugie | 04.3.2009 | 11:04 am

    I don’t know what nature has against biking and happiness, but it needs to stop. I’m thinking about dismantling my old fixie and offering it as a sacrifice to the cycling gods…

  23. Comment by Clydesteve | 04.3.2009 | 11:10 am

    I hear you. I went 1-1/2 hours into the mountains and went XC skiing with the family last weekend instead of cycling areound here in the sleet.

    For me, it has been 37 degrees plus lots of cold rain. All week. All month. All year. I resent your comment about “i’d be happy with a compromise: rain. because i can at least go road riding right after a rain. – FC”

    Are you telling me it stops raining somewhere? I have not seen this condition for a very long time.

  24. Comment by Newt | 04.3.2009 | 11:12 am

    You know, in just a few weeks you’ll be able to go right out your door and take full advantage of that view. It’s really hard to feel sorry for you on this one, when trying to juggle work, kids, spouse, AND having to drive to good, but hardly epic, trails to get on the mountain bike…

  25. Comment by CLBlood | 04.3.2009 | 11:17 am

    Yesterday the temperature in St. Louis didn’t even hit 70. I had to wear a short-sleeve shirt under my lightest jersey. Sounds better than it was: Very little direct sunlight. At least there was no significant wind.

  26. Comment by Rinnie | 04.3.2009 | 11:24 am

    Amen to that!!! I’m up here in Montana and it’s teasing us with 60 degree days and then snow a few days later. I am ready for spring darn it!!!

  27. Comment by Don | 04.3.2009 | 11:37 am

    Recumbents suck in the snow.

  28. Comment by russ | 04.3.2009 | 12:07 pm

    I’m the same, totally had enough. I made it out yesterday for 90 mins which was great. 4 degrees and clear blue sky, however, today cloud and light snow. Ahhhhh. Oh well it’s calling for plus 11 degrees C next week. here’s hoping.

  29. Comment by Hamish A | 04.3.2009 | 12:21 pm

    Not a good time to mention that we’re having unseasonably good weather over here at the moment then? No? Okay, I won’t mention it.


  30. Comment by LidsB2 | 04.3.2009 | 12:21 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I miss a view of the Wasatch out my window. Here, it’s all corn fields. But I feel your pain, FC. It’s been beautiful all week here in NE. You may be thinking…how does that help you feel my pain? Because work has not allowed but a single 1-hour ride. Weekend forecast — winter storm watch, and tomorrow’s mtb race (the first of the year) is cancelled. I’m ready for winter to go away.

  31. Comment by John H. | 04.3.2009 | 12:36 pm

    Was snowing in Puyallup (Seattle) on Wednesday too! AUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHH!

  32. Comment by Clydesteve | 04.3.2009 | 12:38 pm

    OK – no more whining. Says Jill.

  33. Comment by M2 | 04.3.2009 | 1:00 pm

    Shame… Here in southern Arizona it’s sunny and mid/upper 70s. Although, we are experiencing 50mph wind gusts today. Not exactly optimum peddling weather, but pretty darn close. This weekend should be perfect!

  34. Comment by Paul | 04.3.2009 | 1:05 pm

    I’ll another amen from Seattle. At least our recent snow hasn’t been sticking.

    Also, regarding running out of shows to watch while on the rollers, two words: Hulu and Netflix. Both of their streaming videos work quite well, even over wifi.

    The thing is, that awesome rural view I got out the window comes with absolutely terrible internet access as a side benefit. Feature-length streaming video is out of the question for me. – FC

  35. Comment by axel | 04.3.2009 | 1:49 pm

    put some 3.7″ tires on that superfly and go!
    If they don’t fit, get the Surly Pugsley instead

  36. Comment by Bob | 04.3.2009 | 2:05 pm

    I hear ya fatty…I’m in the same boat here in Wisconsin. Snow storm in the forecast for Sunday.

  37. Comment by Kala | 04.3.2009 | 2:20 pm

    The snow is disheartening, but the view is absolutely stunning. I’m jealous!

  38. Comment by DavidV | 04.3.2009 | 2:23 pm

    Quit complaining! If I’m not mistaken those are mountains over there. You should see the depressing view from my Dallas window – although the weather is pretty &%*&ing nice today!

  39. Comment by JamesInPhoenix | 04.3.2009 | 2:41 pm

    I agree with sdcadbiker, you need to move to the “sun belt” down here in the valley of the sun(burn) you don’t have to stop riding in fact we rode South Mountain (Mormon loop to National trail to “the waterfall”) and it was AWESOME! And yes I’m gloating and rubbing it in… Although in July it won’t be quite so fun here so you’ve got that going for you which is nice…

  40. Comment by Jaime O. | 04.3.2009 | 2:43 pm

    Get some teeny-tiny chains for the tires and ride anyway.

  41. Comment by Mike | 04.3.2009 | 3:10 pm

    I’d lend you my new snowshoes, but then what would I use?

  42. Comment by Jared | 04.3.2009 | 3:14 pm

    I’m watching the clouds roll in and cursing mother nature as I respond. Rain can be as tiring as snow, and perhaps more so. Why are you on your rollers when you have mountain bikes in your stable? Even my crappy hybrid managed to get around in a couple feet of snow this winter. Granted I was extatic when I was able to get on the road bike again, but still…..

  43. Comment by sllym | 04.3.2009 | 3:16 pm

    My car got totaled in a tornado yesterday. I’ll take snow over tornados any day.

  44. Comment by preston | 04.3.2009 | 3:19 pm

    70’s here in wonderful NC come on over.

  45. Comment by Wade Wallace | 04.3.2009 | 3:37 pm

    oh man…I remember trying to be a cyclist in Canada and going through that. Mother nature always tricks you into thinking spring is here and then dumps on you one more time. Had to move across the world to avoid it. Now I’m complaining about anything outside of 60-85 degrees!

  46. Comment by minuscar | 04.3.2009 | 4:01 pm

    Dude. Don’t even. If you had any idea what is outside my family room window…think treeless brownscape.

    I might blow up this photo and hang it from my window.

  47. Comment by jeff | 04.3.2009 | 4:07 pm

    It’s crazy! Here in KS we had 4 inches of snow last Saturday, and tomorrow’s going to be 70 degrees. I’m so ready for summer.

  48. Comment by Sherri | 04.3.2009 | 4:55 pm

    We could use some of that in California!

  49. Comment by Mike Roadie | 04.3.2009 | 5:04 pm

    88 degrees and breezy here today…….bring it on. Saturday morning ride along A1A down the beachfront….let’s say 40 miles…….

  50. Comment by Kathleen | 04.3.2009 | 5:25 pm

    I’d share a photo of our unrelenting sunshine and blue skies but I don’t want to bum you out more.

  51. Comment by Andy | 04.3.2009 | 5:38 pm

    Gad, it’s getting tiresome. Snow on the daffs this a.m. here in the Little House on VR.

  52. Comment by Dan O | 04.3.2009 | 5:52 pm

    Weeks and weeks of cold rain here in Seattle. The joy of it all…..

  53. Comment by tomingeorgia | 04.3.2009 | 6:03 pm

    I feel you Fatty…I have a bunch of new things I bought two weeks ago…it’s rained for a week and half now. Hang in there

  54. Comment by tomingeorgia | 04.3.2009 | 6:04 pm

    OH and I recommend Stargate SG.1 on dvd for indoor training…If you haven’t already watched them..

  55. Comment by Anonymous | 04.3.2009 | 6:42 pm

    Jill Homer kicks.

  56. Comment by bubbaseadog | 04.3.2009 | 7:28 pm

    yall just keep sending us strong winds. now the bike riding still go,s on but the golf tournament was suspended in texas.hope it thaws soon for you fatty…that bent looks susan ….ride on lance

  57. Comment by Janet | 04.3.2009 | 11:29 pm

    It is so stinking hot here already. Our heat starts early here in AZ, and then builds to a nice intolerable 115 by the time “summer” rolls around. I’d give anything for your view. Yep, the grass is always greener…

  58. Comment by Jennifer | 04.4.2009 | 12:24 am

    Over 4 decades in north Seattle, and I’ve never seen a spring like this! We had snow this morning, AGAIN! My first daffodils bloomed on Tuesday. Normally they are blooming by Valentine’s Day. (saves me on the cost of commercial bouquets…)

    My bikes are begging to be taken for a ride, but only one has fenders.

  59. Comment by Beast Mom | 04.4.2009 | 2:47 am

    Yeah, it’s the winter that won’t quit.

  60. Comment by SeanB | 04.4.2009 | 11:13 am

    Lovely view!

  61. Comment by Janneke | 04.4.2009 | 12:52 pm

    Here on the other side of the puddle we’re experiencing a so far quite cold winter, (4-5c for the last 2 months, freezing for most of January) which has only this week turned tentatively in to spring (20c. yesterday). But today was cold an windy again and only 10c. So the gloves and coats are on again… Please stop this, i’ve had enough!! All the spring flowers are at least 4 weeks behind their (for the last 5 years) usual schedule. Global warming?! Where???

  62. Comment by Sean | 04.4.2009 | 4:13 pm

    I hear that. I have ridden my new bike only three times….and it was well worth the wait. The weather will pass…….and it will be more than worth the wait.

  63. Comment by sechildress | 04.4.2009 | 6:12 pm

    Ohh, Elden. This is when you really need to consider taking up skiing as a family. I know you want to get out on that Superfly, but Alta has had about 125″ of the white stuff since mid-March. It’s an awesome Spring ski season!


  64. Comment by Marge g | 04.4.2009 | 7:00 pm

    Even thou I loved skiing Copper and Snowmass the last two weekends in powder up to my knees, I’m a bit worried about our training schedule for this June’s Ride the Rockies. You may know your sis Kelleen and I and five other gals are needing to start our rigorous training schedule. We need sunshine here in GJ.

  65. Comment by Mike C | 04.4.2009 | 7:13 pm

    I have to admit I’m torn. I live in fairly flat North Texas. That view is spectacular. However, I’m in recovery mode from a broken collar bone so I can’t ride. I’m envious of the view, but I could ride if I was healthy. Nah-nah.

  66. Comment by Cozy Beehive | 04.4.2009 | 8:25 pm

    40 mile per hour gusts here in NY all day. Sucks when you’re weekend is like this but all other days are bright and sunny, the days when you actually spend time bean counting in the office.

  67. Comment by scoty in salida | 04.4.2009 | 9:25 pm

    Hey my friend, you need to come to ‘Exit’ Colorado, just south of Lb CO. 9,000′+ of new single track behind the shop.

    Think of you guys often.


  68. Comment by Rocky | 04.4.2009 | 10:52 pm

    Stupid snow. Stupid winter. Stupid cold. Stupid wet.

  69. Comment by Pinkbike | 04.5.2009 | 2:31 am

    Hey Fatty et al., take a look at Homer, Alaska photographer Scott Dickerson’s website There’s a small crew of surfers in Homer who go out in sub-zero temps, picking their way through ice blocks on the beach and paddling out around chunks of ice to catch some awesome surf. All with the most amazing backdrop of snow-covered mountains and glaciers. Kind of like your view, in fact!

    Now, what was that about not going out in the snow? ;)

    Win Susan!!

  70. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 04.5.2009 | 9:28 am

    …but the winter eet creeps back again

  71. Comment by Mtbnomore | 04.5.2009 | 9:30 am

    I recently moved to MN from northern CA (temporarily), and I am going crazy. They’re saying 4-7 inches of snow today. It’s April!!!

  72. Comment by Lynn | 04.5.2009 | 12:57 pm

    You should all live in North Dakota, then you would have reasons to whine.

  73. Comment by MOSSY | 04.5.2009 | 3:57 pm

    Out in beautiful spring sunshine through the Cotswolds, here in England.
    Spring is here ,flowers are out, life cannot be better than cycling here today.
    Hope it gets better there.

  74. Comment by KD | 04.5.2009 | 7:38 pm

    Up here in Meridian Id.its been crappy.All kinds of weather.But today was wonderful.61 degrees and sun,sun,sun,.Kinda rubbin it in …

  75. Comment by tim | 04.5.2009 | 7:44 pm


    Don’t like snow? Then don’t live at 6,000 feet surrounded by ski areas.

    Don’t like snow? move to FLA.

    The weather in OH is often sub-optimal for riding, but I try not to complain becasue GOD decides the weather. I have had great road rides this year, below 30, and windy.

    Love the site,


  76. Comment by Noose and Goose | 04.5.2009 | 7:45 pm

    We will be returning home (Ohio) after a beautiful training camp in Helen GA – last couple of days it has been 75-80, a little wind and beautiful star studded sky at night. But we are turning home to horrible weather, forecast is snow for Easter :(. Back to the trainers for us (yuck)

  77. Comment by Zack | 04.5.2009 | 9:24 pm

    I think the seasons may have all been scheduled a month or two late.

  78. Comment by Hamish A | 04.6.2009 | 4:44 am

    You know what I was saying about the unseasonably good weather? Well it got ‘worse’ yesterday.

    4 hours on the bike without sunblock resulted in this

    I’m just lucky I escaped the comedy helmet vent tan ;-)

    Hope you had a good weekend and the weather has improved!

    WIN Susan!

  79. Comment by Mike E | 04.6.2009 | 7:02 am

    Try watching the Rocky Balboa box set. Six films of glory = hundreds of happy roller miles!

  80. Comment by kiwi | 04.6.2009 | 7:19 am

    From you to God’s ears!
    Snow today in Chicago!?!

    One day it will be warm again?


  81. Comment by Rudi | 04.6.2009 | 9:24 am

    Hey, at least you guys had a winter! And as one who grew up in SLC, I wouldn’t grouse about the snow:

    1. The skiing is awesome right now – don’t you ski, Fatty?

    2. The snowpack is essential for the water – not only for the green hills (which stay green for all of two or three weeks in the arid climate of the Wasatch Front), but for culinary water supplies.

    3. It means you’ll want to ride that much more.

  82. Comment by yellowJersey | 04.6.2009 | 1:24 pm

    Really Mother Nature, really?

  83. Comment by Lowrydr | 04.6.2009 | 1:42 pm

    So tell me again why you can’t ride a Mountain Bike in the snow and mud? I mean isn’t that what they were built for in the first place?

  84. Comment by will | 04.6.2009 | 1:59 pm

    cmon fatty

    bad weather is a lame excuse for not riding, snow rides rule and always lead to good stories

    disappointed in you ;)

  85. Comment by London Cyclist | 04.7.2009 | 8:33 am

    I’m sure Will has encountered a lot of bad weather on all the cycling around the alps. I don’t think I have ever actually cycled in the snow – is it even possible without being ridiculously dangerous?

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