Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member Zero_Enigma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    North of the 49th Parallel (GPS grid soon)
    My Bikes
    MTB Peugoet Canyon (forgot the model), Nikishi? roadbike, MTB custom build,
    Posts
    1,775
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Any tips for riding in extreme cold temps?

    I'm talking -30C - -35C temps. Thats -22F - -31F with/without the windchill. this is more for a mate of mine in the praires area in Canada where they have a cold snap right now.

    I happen to know in my experience at -6C (with wind, 21.2F) my shifters had issues cleanly shifting up/down.


    Zero_Enigma

  2. #2
    Trans-Urban Velocommando ax0n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Lenexa, KS
    My Bikes
    06 Trek 1200 - 98 DB Outlook - 99 DB Sorrento
    Posts
    2,400
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think reading up in the Winter Cycling forum might help. I found too many tips there to list.
    ax0n: Geeky and bikey
    My latest tip: Carrying your laptop
    My latest geeky project: Ethernet-testing cuff links

  3. #3
    Dog is my copilot. GGDub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    My Bikes
    Lemond Maillot Jaune, Specialized Stumpjumper, Kona Jake the Snake, Single-Speed Rigid Rocky Mtn Equipe, Soon-to-be fixed Bianchi Brava
    Posts
    802
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Having just gone through that, here's a few:

    1) Double check your freehub to make sure its working properly before you head out. They have a way of freezing and becoming truly "free". Better yet, leave it in a warm place over night and while you're at work.

    2) no exposed skin.

    3) lubing shifters and cables (and chains for that matter) doesn't really make a difference in extreme cold as the lube just turns to solid gunk. Sometimes my bike shifts great sometimes it doesn't. Seems to depend more on which gear it was left in.
    Rubber Side Down

  4. #4
    Senior Member RomSpaceKnight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    Devinci Taos, Mielle Alpha
    Posts
    418
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No exposed skin and do not dress too heavily. Sweating is bad if riding more than 15 minutes. Keep inner core warm and dry. Miittens work better than gloves for keeping fingers warm.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    My Bikes
    Two Fishers and one Cannondale
    Posts
    152
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Pick a gear before you go out. Your bike will turn into a single speed quickly. It happened today to me and it wasn't that cold. -20 C. Do your best with layering.

    Good Luck, let me know how it goes

    I was out today (-25morning)

    Winninpeg (middle of north america) Canada.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think the most important question is for how long do you need to ride. Wool socks, at least 2 layers of pants, decent mittens, and you should be allright for an hour or so. If you want to ride all day, then you'd better prepare some emergency kit, like a reliable way to start fire, perhaps 2nd gloves/mittens, etc. I have not experienced any technical problems (gears not shifting etc) at low temps, but then again it's been a long time since the last time it was -30C here. Last year we had a couple of days of -25 during the daytime, people were staring as if I were crazy as I passed by.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Zero_Enigma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    North of the 49th Parallel (GPS grid soon)
    My Bikes
    MTB Peugoet Canyon (forgot the model), Nikishi? roadbike, MTB custom build,
    Posts
    1,775
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well for me my riding will go as long as I can BEFORE they put the salt on the ground in T.O. I don't have a beater bike yet and can't seem to find a good one that I want and I sure don't want to ruin a $1500 CDN dry (some light drizzle) ride bike in th winter.


    Zero_Enigma

  8. #8
    Been Around Awhile I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Burlington Iowa
    My Bikes
    Vaterland and Ragazzi
    Posts
    19,834
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma
    I'm talking -30C - -35C temps. Thats -22F - -31F with/without the windchill. this is more for a mate of mine in the praires area in Canada where they have a cold snap right now.
    Don't wear anything with metal; especially pants with metal zippers.

  9. #9
    Sensible shoes. CastIron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    St. Paul,MN
    My Bikes
    A few.
    Posts
    8,799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Have a back-up plan.
    Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    Why am I in your signature.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    827
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    backpedal with caution.

    if you have to walk your bike for any distance over rough ground, stop every so often and just spin the pedals through a revolution to make sure the drivetrain's still moving. same with brakes.

    cover your head under/over the helmet to keep snow out of your hair.

    don't eat the yellow snow.
    ain't no man can help being born average. but ain't no man got to be common - satchell paige

  11. #11
    Senior Member Ziemas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Riga, Latvia
    Posts
    10,069
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Layers, and lots of them. That goes for pants and gloves as well. I've found that expedition weight glove liners work very well in extreme cold.

    Also don't expect everything on your bike to work properly, it won't.

  12. #12
    Biscuit Boy Cosmoline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Speeenard 'laska
    Posts
    1,358
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In deep cold, stick with layers of quality polartech fleece and good fleece outer garments, with a shell if needed. A good union suit underneath of wicking poly (Cabelas sells them) is a godsend. The bala will cause a fair amout of mist, so I often end up pulling it down. A nice coat of eucerin or petroleum jelly on the face will help insulate the cheeks, brow, wrists and any other exposed bits. When you get much below -10f, and certainly -30f, you're into some serious cold that *WILL* kill you if it can.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,258
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    see icebike.com

  14. #14
    Pedal Power!
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    218
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    Have a back-up plan.
    I'd suggest a sledge and some huskies.

    Or at very least a fixie to reduce the potential for mechanicals.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •