I am a convert mountain biker who has added a road bike to my cycling and I have to say I wished I had done it sooner. It has definitely helped my mountain bike fitness and I love the simplicity of riding the roads. Just going out and keeping a steady pace with no bike to clean when I get home is nice. Not that I don't love winter mtbing, it's just a the pain with all the cleaning after. Started reading road.cc once I decided to get a road bike and found the reviews invaluable in purchasing new clothing and my the bike.
As for the health question, this is my first winter on a road bike and I have never had this mountain biking. Soon as it started to get cold I started to come down with a cold the next day after cycling. My doctor thinks it could be allergy related and the exercise in the cold is aggravating it. He gave me some allergy tablets to try which I am not so sure if they have actually helped. I have also read it could be dehydration, which could make sense as I do carry a back pack on the mtb with far more fluid ( clutching straws).
The first time it happened the cold stuck around for a while, once it eased of I got back out on the bike and took it steady, doing 16/17 mile loops, things were going well with no cold/s and my times improving, so last saturday I upped the milage to 27 miles. Sunday morning I start feeling the cold come on.
So have any of you suffered with this or heard of any links. Before I go back to my Dr and waste time I want to look at other possible avenues.
Thanks in advance for any help/tips.