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Old 11-22-08, 07:27 PM   #1
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Ride 57 - The Bee is Back!

OK So after a long time off the bike with a nagging cough - I rode today with one of my riding groupd (C4 Covington/Conyers Cycling Club). We rode form Conyers to Decatur - to a brew pub for lunch then rode back. Last time I rode in the cold I was freezing! So last night I bought a Bacalava(sp?) Which is like a big ski mask, booties to cover my shoes, and a head band to cover my ears in case i took the ski mask off. Anyway - I also wore Long underwear- tops and bottoms, gloves, layers!! And I was toasty!! I proved I could do it and be happy!! We had a great ride. I was riding with the leaders of our group - a bunch of guys who I never get to ride with cause they are fast! We all rode together for most of the ride. We went slow- but everyone seemed happy!!


56.20 Miles
Ride Time 4:29:39
Avg 12.50
Caloried for half the ride (forgot to turn the stop watch onfor the first half): 1363
Avg pulse 137 (2nd half of ride)

Anyway - It was fun!! And I am off tomorrow for another ride with a woman I met at Performance Bike. Winter - no biggie!!! As long as you dress right.
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Old 11-23-08, 09:24 AM   #2
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Nice!! I admire your tenacity to get out there & do it. Riding in the cold is fun once in a while. It usually requires an event with lots of participation to get me out there. Unless we get a warm spell up here, I don't see myself outside until my clubs annual New Years Day ride.

Did the shoe covers make a big difference in keeping your toes warm? I've been thinking of investing in a pair, but have always wondered if they would be effective.

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Old 11-23-08, 11:19 AM   #3
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Sounds like a fun ride!

And yep, Trek. Shoe covers do work. I bought a pair a couple years ago. If I go out in low 20's my feet are the toastiest part of me. Mine were just a pair of inexpensive neoprene covers.
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Sounds like a fun ride!

And yep, Trek. Shoe covers do work. I bought a pair a couple years ago. If I go out in low 20's my feet are the toastiest part of me. Mine were just a pair of inexpensive neoprene covers.
Very good to know. The rest of my body does just fine on cold weather rides. I guess in the end, if they didn't work folks would stop buying them. Next time I'm at REI, I'll have to pick up a pair. I would probably attempt more cold rides if I could keep my toes warm.

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Hey Denny - The booties work - They cover your ankles and a few inches up on my calf and my shoe. Looks liek I am a martian, but it worked big time!!!

Thanks for the kind words as well. A New Years Eve ride sounds awesome!! What a way to bring in a new year!
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I might have to get some booties. I've got the "just cover the toe" type. It was a little chilly today for those. My tootsies were chilled until I hit the climb. Then all of me got warm!

Glad you were able to get back on the bike and ride.
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Hey Denny - The booties work - They cover your ankles and a few inches up on my calf and my shoe. Looks liek I am a martian, but it worked big time!!!

Thanks for the kind words as well. A New Years Eve ride sounds awesome!! What a way to bring in a new year!
Good to have you back, Bee! Thanks for the reports.

Does it ever get cold down there in Atlanta? Or are you still in Chicago? Please unconfuse me.
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Good to have you back, Bee! Thanks for the reports.

Does it ever get cold down there in Atlanta? Or are you still in Chicago? Please unconfuse me.

It is not my intent to confuse you Neil. I am so sorry... I ride in Atlanta..no bike in Chicago .
So yup -it gets cold here in Atlanta...

Chicago - I do not have time really to ride - nor do I have a bike or a car..so it makes it a little hard... I have agreat gym though in the corporate apartment building... so I hit the treadmill. Just started back up this week....
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It is not my intent to confuse you Neil. I am so sorry... I ride in Atlanta..no bike in Chicago .
So yup -it gets cold here in Atlanta...

Chicago - I do not have time really to ride - nor do I have a bike or a car..so it makes it a little hard... I have agreat gym though in the corporate apartment building... so I hit the treadmill. Just started back up this week....
Buy a beater on Craigslist and keep it in Chicago with you. Use it to ride locally. Urban riding can be fun. Think of it as playing in traffic. Imagine a giant game of tag. Just make sure you are not "it."
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