Each spring, as the weather begins to warm in the Midwest, my excitement for biking outdoors again is palpable. After a long winter, there is nothing like your first bike ride of the season. As a dedicated mountain biker, riding the trails in early spring is exhilarating. Over the course of the summer, as I get into riding shape, I tell myself that I could easily ride until the first snow. But, like all great plans, each year as November is upon us, I get a change of heart. With the weather getting significantly colder, I find it less desirable to ride outdoors. I know there are a few die-hard cyclists out there that embrace these elements and it is with great respect that I most humbly bow to you! But for me, each fall as I battle the weather and shortness of daylight, I surrender to riding indoors. I know that indoor riding does not come close to riding on the trails. But, on the other hand, no wind or cold to deal with and I can even watch Sports Center as I ride on my stationary bike. As I store my mountain bike for the winter, I pray that spring comes early next year!