I was thinking I would write…


What I wore last January on a demo day ride.

I was thinking I would write about mountain biking in cold weather… but then I realized I ride in Southern California.

I was thinking I would write about having to hang up my bike for the winter… but then I realized I ride in Southern California.

I was thinking I would write about having to switch to snow tires… but then I realized I ride in Southern California.

I was thinking I would write about having to do crosstraining due to snow… but then I realized I ride in Southern California.


Winter mountain biking in Southern California… maybe RL is wearing too much.

So I decided I’d write to all those living in the cold weather parts of the states… or world. This is an open invitation to you. Join us in Southern California to realize an amazing winter riding experience: riding in winter in shorts. Yes, shorts.

You are invited to join the MtnBikeRiders.com crew in what we here call “winter mountain biking”. Winter mountain biking, in Southern California, means we start off with a long sleeve jersey or arm warmers and part way through the ride we switch to short sleeve jerseys. There is no need to wear lobster gloves or booties that go over your shoes to keep your tootsies warm. And there is definitely no need to wear long pants.


Lobster gloves? Not for mountain biking during the Southern California winters.

All you’ve got to do is get to Southern California and email us at info@mtnbikeriders.com. We’ll reply with our ride location & time and you get to do something amazing, that’s right, meet us internet celebrities. j/k. Mountain bike in the winter in shorts.


Priscilla in her February riding gear at Turnbull Canyon

If you’re looking outside your window and all you see is fluffy white stuff… if you’re dreading having to bundle up for the umpteenth time this winter season… if you could lick your bike and your tongue would get stuck to the metal… it’s time to head out to So. Cal and get in some riding with the MtnBikeRiders.com crew. Oh, and don’t bother bringing the long riding pants. Shorts will do.

9 Replies to “I was thinking I would write…”

  1. All I can say is, I’m jealous. I rode my bike to work today over slick, icy roads. Although, one good thing about cold weather riding is that if you aren’t good (like me) when you fall you have padding!

  2. I think I’ll stick to SW Florida…thanks anyway!

    Sometimes for road rides I’ll have to wear a longsleeve jersey and long tights (or at least kneewarmers) and a hat under my helmet, but that’s pretty rare. No studded tires or handwarmers for us!!!

  3. Riding in the snow is a blast…we did it a lot in high school, mostly on BMX bikes but with the occasional MTB. I even rode my Bianchi race bike in the snow once — not a good idea. Those skinny tires punched right through the crust and had ZERO traction on the underlying surface. I wound up on my ass.

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