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Old 12-21-08, 12:38 PM   #1
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iT'S FREAKIN cold!

I did a wee short ride today and it was pure misery.......

Straight temperatures are 3℉, with 35-40 MPH winds. Wind Chills are running -20 to -30℉.

I rapidly found the cold air leaks in my winter riding gloves, time for some new ones, it seems. My Neofleece balaclava from Dick's Sporting goods definitely paid for itself today, as did the wrap around Ski/Riding Glasses. I sure got some strange looks though.

Now I'm sitting here nursing a Chocolate/Raspberry coffee laced with Brandy to warm up.
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Old 12-21-08, 12:49 PM   #2
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I rode 27 miles this morning temps started out 64 degrees up to 77 by the time I got home. We could make up the guest room and you and Mrs Tom could come on down. The really smart folks in Indiana already closed up and came to Florida
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Old 12-21-08, 12:51 PM   #3
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Been there, done that, but... I just got back from the grocery, and I had the A/C on in the car. Heading out for a 60 mile ride in a minute; 77 degrees and sunny, it just couln't be nicer. Florida rules!

Edit--dang, Red beat me to it!
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Old 12-21-08, 12:54 PM   #4
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I rode 27 miles this morning temps started out 64 degrees up to 77 by the time I got home. We could make up the guest room and you and Mrs Tom could come on down. The really smart folks in Indiana already closed up and came to Florida
Much as I'd like to, I have to go back to classes in January. I have at least 2 more years before I can shake off the Hoosier state and go elsewhere for Grad School. What's hilarious is this: One of the possible schools is in Moscow....and yeah, that's Russia, not Idaho or TX.
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Old 12-21-08, 03:14 PM   #5
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Just checked and the WeatherBug on the computer says it’s 1 degree with a wind chill of - 25. So in the finest tradition of my European ancestors, that dates back several thousand years: I’m staying in and staying warm celebrating the beginning of “Yule” … sadly I don’t have a fireplace to burn a huge Yule log in, but I have the gas furnace to keep me warm, and I don‘t have a live evergreen tree, but I do have a plastic one with fiber optic lights on it... The winter solstice has began and soon the daylight hours will be getting longer, as the Sun begins to make it’s way back up over the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time of celebration.

But, to get back on subject… I could be paid to go out on a bike ride today, I guess, but it would have to be extremely high pay.

I do envy you Tom in that you may get a chance to see Moscow Russia, I would love to be able to travel there someday for a visit, let alone live there for a time. It sounds like an exciting time, and a way to step far outside one’s comfort zone.
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Tom... The temps are supposed to drop back down to -31 C tonight (-23F) and this cold snap is expected to last until next weekend with no real improvements.

At least its supposed to be sunny.

Pass the brandy.
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Old 12-21-08, 03:21 PM   #7
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Just checked and the WeatherBug on the computer says it’s 1 degree with a wind chill of - 25. So in the finest tradition of my European ancestors, that dates back several thousand years: I’m staying in and staying warm celebrating the beginning of “Yule” … sadly I don’t have a fireplace to burn a huge Yule log in, but I have the gas furnace to keep me warm, and I don‘t have a live evergreen tree, but I do have a plastic one with fiber optic lights on it... The winter solstice has began and soon the daylight hours will be getting longer, as the Sun begins to make it’s way back up over the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time of celebration.

But, to get back on subject… I could be paid to go out on a bike ride today, I guess, but it would have to be extremely high pay.

I do envy you Tom in that you may get a chance to see Moscow Russia, I would love to be able to travel there someday for a visit, let alone live there for a time. It sounds like an exciting time, and a way to step far outside one’s comfort zone.

Well, if it works out, you'll have a friend there, and an excuse to visit.
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Old 12-21-08, 03:52 PM   #8
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When we lived in Colorado, I would go snowshoeing quite a bit. Usually, it would be in the 20's or so in mid-day, with moderate winds. I went one time when it was -4 F. That day, I went about a mile and turned around and went back to the car. I just didn't have the gear to handle it safely.

Here in Dallas, it's in the mid 30's, and I just got back from a 26 mile ride, but only saw 4 other riders out, where normally I would see a hundred or more.
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Tom, tough windchill to fight. I can just see me starting out in the tail wind saying to myself, "Ahhh not too bad, then the turnaround loop to head home in that head wind..."Crap, what am I doing out here? Wonder if the police will find me frozen to my bike at the 4 way intersection?"

Smirnoff Ice and Bud Select is all that is in my little college dormroom fridge out in the garage. Cheers!
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I did a wee short ride today and it was pure misery.......

Straight temperatures are 3℉, with 35-40 MPH winds. Wind Chills are running -20 to -30℉.

I rapidly found the cold air leaks in my winter riding gloves, time for some new ones, it seems. My Neofleece balaclava from Dick's Sporting goods definitely paid for itself today, as did the wrap around Ski/Riding Glasses. I sure got some strange looks though.

Now I'm sitting here nursing a Chocolate/Raspberry coffee laced with Brandy to warm up.
It was a bit warmer here in Southern Indiana. Temps were in the teens, wind was gusting to 20 mph.

I went on my little eleven mile ride. The first half was into the headwind, but mostly downhill. The second half was uphill, but mostly had a tailwind. It wasn't a bad ride at all.

I was wearing many layers, balaclava, and ski goggles. I also switched out the clipless pedals for platforms so I could wear warmer shoes.
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Old 12-21-08, 05:01 PM   #11
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It's 49*F here. not too cold, but it was in the 70's yeasterday. Cool thing is it will be in the 70's again from Tuesday through Christmas.
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Old 12-21-08, 07:40 PM   #12
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It's 49*F here. not too cold, but it was in the 70's yeasterday. Cool thing is it will be in the 70's again from Tuesday through Christmas.
I almost totally enjoyed my 78 degree day in Houston yesterday.
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Old 12-21-08, 07:46 PM   #13
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Going to - 8 tonight, straight temps. Glad i'm not camping.

I have camped in weather this cold, but it ain't pleasant.
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Camped at 2* once.
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Old 12-21-08, 08:00 PM   #15
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I know it is nothing by mid-west standards but for Oregon its been cold. 24 degrees and about 12 inches of snow on the Willamette valley floor (southwest of Portland) . We have had < 32 for a week and it looks like another week of snow to go. Snow and ice, Ice and snow..... I never thought I would miss the rain.
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Camped at 2* once.
Too Cold too sleep.

Then you wernt doing sumfin right!!!
I "camped out" while in the Marines at the base of Mt. Fuji in the winter and it was stoopid cold. You stripped down in your bag, shoved everything in the bottom and it all stayed nice and warm, except the one time I left my canteen out and it was a frozen brick the next morning!!!

Its just been miserable here...just nasty rainy. Sun was out today with a 20mph wind that still blowing. Tomorrow's high in the 30's. I HATE wind!! I hope to get out on the MTB this week, including X-mas day!!!

Stay warm kids!!!!
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Old 12-22-08, 12:32 PM   #17
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Not really possible to ride here either... below zero plus wind plus crusty snow layer=life threatening. We rode through some tough weather in November, but are now doomed until spring I think. I'm riding stationary at work and shopping for a trainer.
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Old 12-22-08, 12:42 PM   #18
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Heatwave this morning, 9 degrees, and wind chills of only -19! Woohoo!
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Now I'm sitting here nursing a Chocolate/Raspberry coffee laced with Brandy to warm up.
Does Vireo know you are nursing with Brandy?
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This is just to take out the trash this AM.

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Old 12-22-08, 02:20 PM   #21
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I know I am such a wuss. It's been in the 50 - 60's here and I've had trouble riding. I've had to wait until after noon to get on the bike 'cause mornings have been cool - about 45. But you know, I am used to hot sunny weather. I am loving the cool winter temps. Great for mountain biking!

BTW we had quite a snow storm last week. Snow came as low as 1800ft! First time ever I did a MTB ride in snow!!!! (OK well, it was lightly dusted with snow but snow none the less! ). Sadly it was all melted in 2 days!
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It was 6 degrees when I headed out for work this morning at 7:00. After completing my 16.5 mile commute, I've decided not to bike in single-digit temperatures anymore.

Now that I can feel my toes again, it's time to ride home.
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Old 12-22-08, 08:17 PM   #23
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Kudos to all who ride in below freezing weather. I think I've got 50 degF figured out, but I've got to go lower if I want to ride in the early morning (even in California). We'll get down to below freezing overnight so 8 am or so 40 degF wouldn't be unusual. Not whining mind you. Maybe there ought to be a forum rule that a cold weather post can only be replied by someone riding within 20 degrees of the original poster. Us warm weather folk do tend to gloat!
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I rode today and realized quickly that I had underestimated the cold. I had no headwear or gloves, and froze. Thirty minutes later I was right back home.
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I'm with ya. On Saturday it was 3 identical conditions here, but that didn't stop three of us from taking a nice 20 miler. A Pugsley, a studded-tired Volpe and my Hardrock - with three nuts on top to boot. All my winter gear worked great, but any exposed skin was literally painful when the wind would hit it. We also averaged a whopping 8mph, ice is not to be toyed with .
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