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  • Yes! I don't care if *you* get frostbite!

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  • No way! Why are you even considering commuting in Detroit?

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    Election starts today!

    So, I promised myself I would commute to work for the first time tomorrow - but then I checked the forecast; 18*F and windy.

    So it's time for an election!

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    The election being, I presume, should you or shouldn't you?

    I would say it depends on how prepared you are for that temperature. It might be a little iffy doing it for the first time in this weather, especially if you haven't done a test ride. You probably have no idea if how you plan on dressing will be too warm or too cold. Better the former than the latter, obviously, as you can always take some off.

    It would help us decide if we knew how far you were going. Less than 5 miles, go for it! More than that, I don't feel qualified to advise.

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    You're going to have to explain Pat Buchanan...

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    I also commute to work in 18* weather and it's okay. Ohh... did you mean Fahrenheit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBrooking
    You're going to have to explain Pat Buchanan...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._pr...election,_2000

    Scroll down to the butterfly ballot deal... it was a (apparently bad) joke.

    Anyway, the election *is* as to whether I should commute tomorrow. It's four miles. And it's dark. And cold. I'm looking for some peer pressure, here.

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    I ride in any weather. I just wear the right clothes for the ride.
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    How long a commute? If you're going for a 20 mile each way ride for the first time in 18*F weather, I'd say you're a moron to try it (please don't take that the wrong way ).
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    Dark, huh? Do you have lights? At least reflectors and bright clothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBrooking
    Dark, huh? Do you have lights? At least reflectors and bright clothing?
    I bought a 10W halogen front, and a blinkie for the back to get started on. I don't have any more reflectors than came with the bike right now, but I was planning on wearing a bright yellow jacket as the top layer.

    I'm planning on going in around 6:00 AM to keep the traffic problems down. There's a real problem with insane drivers around here. Luckily I'll be on backroads for half the commute. The other half...

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    18F isn't that bad providing that you have appropriate clothing.

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    Simple:

    Be prepared.

    Piece o' cake.

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    4 miles? Just do it. You will be done before you even get warmed up.

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    Bottom line. A promise is a promise.

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    If I have to do it, I can't see why you can't.
    Get some nice warm stuff on and get out there.
    It's wonderful feeling that cool breeze on your face.
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    Dude, you request an election to determine whether you should ride your bike or not? Sheesh, what do you do when you need to go pee? A quick show of hands?

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    18*F is about where I zip up the pit zips on my jacket. Actually it was 16* this morning, and I had to stop halfway and unzip the pit zips again. It has to get down to < 10* before I stop overheating with the vents closed.
    The wind can suck though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by becnal
    Dude, you request an election to determine whether you should ride your bike or not? Sheesh, what do you do when you need to go pee? A quick show of hands?
    Don't be silly. Everyone knows that the urination subcomittee forwards it's recommendations to the general excrement forum. If the forum is in session, a two-thirds majority is required to authorize any general urination. If the forum isn't in session... well, let's just say I need to cross my legs for a while.

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    ok, so, I do care if you get frostbite but my vote is "Yes". 18 is what? -8 C? ... Now truth is, I'd reconsider if the roads were icy and I didn't have studded tires.


    So did you bike commute today or not?

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    What does 18F feel like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peregrine
    ok, so, I do care if you get frostbite but my vote is "Yes". 18 is what? -8 C? ... Now truth is, I'd reconsider if the roads were icy and I didn't have studded tires.


    So did you bike commute today or not?
    Yup. First trip was relatively uneventful... it turns out that it only went down to about 25F. The roads and trails had a few inches of snow; there were some iced-in ruts on one bridge but that was about the only dicey part.

    Part II will be tomorrow...

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    I've found that I need a ski mask because my face gets too cold from the wind. Other than that, just general warm clothes.

    Studs are great for the ice though .
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes
    What does 18F feel like?
    Not as cold as the -20 deg F (without including the wind chill) that I've seen before. But I think I mentioned that it actually ended up being 25 deg F.

    It actually isn't that bad. This morning was about 28 degrees, no problem.

    I think I'm going to cut it off around 15 degrees.

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    Go. Most years it gets much colder than that in Michigan, and I've survived (thrived) through 3 winters on my bike so far. Besides, for only four miles, you can get through anything! For four miles, you could ride naked if you had to.

    You do have lights don't you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
    So, I promised myself I would commute to work for the first time tomorrow - but then I checked the forecast; 18*F and windy.

    So it's time for an election!
    I commuted Monday, February 13 in Windsor, Ontario, which is about 15 miles from your location. I survived. No frostbite either. The wind was a bit of a problem but you just resign yourself to taking a little longer to get to work. Just dress for the weather. With some experience commuting in cold weather you'll figure out what works and what doesn't.

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    I didn't vote, because I didn't like the options. 18 deg F is not that cold. Dress for it. I've ridden in below 0.
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