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    Tonight: Cloudy, breezy, and cool with a few showers. Low: 44-51.

    Monday: Cloudy, windy, with a light shower or drizzle. High: 55-61.

    This is the forecast for tomorrow's commute....and I'm glad?

    I've lost my mind.

    Actually, just looking forward to seeing how my 3 dollar salvation army store merino wool sweater performs!

    Now, if I can find a pair of wool tights for 3 bucks!

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    im hanging up the bike soon, atleast for my 16 mi 1 way commute. i still ride the bike in the winter but for things around town and under 5 mi

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    I have a similar forecast, and I've decided to drive tomorrow, because I'm a wimp. And because I don't really want my first commute on my brand new bike to be in rain. That baptism can come later. Hope the sweaters perform well!

    I'm already starting to think about practical clothing options for autumn and winter cycling, but I'm trying to take it slow. I'll definitely have to think about SA stores for some cheap commuter gear :-)

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    Looks like my bark is worse than my bite.

    Just took the dog out in that lovely 44-51 and rain and realized that it pretty much does suck no matter what you're wearing.

    I think I'd tackle it for a 5 mile ride, but for my 12?

    Where'd I put those damn car keys?

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    My commute's been in 40 degree weather for nearly a month now. Still haven't changed from shorts into long pants, although I did switch to long sleeves. I'll probably go to full length pants once the temp regularly starts hitting the 30s, which mostly likely will be within a week or two.
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    It's already been down to about 35*F on my ride. No idea what it was today, it was 37*F at the house but probably a bit lower than that en route. I put on my windbreaker layer for the first time today and rapidly overheated and had to unzip. Should have just worn the long sleeve top alone.

    I have no problem with rain right down to freezing. It's kind of amusing to roll up to work with the smokers hanging out under the awning, straighten out and have a 1/4" thick sheet of ice fall off your front and clatter to the ground. I don't get that fun anymore though since they banished the smokers to a preserve under a tent awning out an emergency exit on a side corridor, so nobody who actually wants to use a normal exit has to go through their pollution.

    Even in freezing rain, my main problem is still overheating, I find it's a fine line between comfortable and too hot. Once it gets well cold (below freezing) no problems at all, though I am still looking for the ultimate solution for my feet at -10*F and colder temps. The solution is no doubt Lake winter shoes, but I'm JUST TOO CHEAP to buy a pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    My commute's been in 40 degree weather for nearly a month now. Still haven't changed from shorts into long pants, although I did switch to long sleeves. I'll probably go to full length pants once the temp regularly starts hitting the 30s, which mostly likely will be within a week or two.
    Since I moved from Omaha to KC 16 years ago I've acclimated to the less cold temperatures we have here. It was 41° for this morning's commute and I was wearing tights.
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    It was hovering around 40 this morning so for the first time this season I wore my shell and skull cap. Like what often happens this time of year, it'll be warm enough for shorts on the way home.

    If it's a clear night tomorrow morning will be chilly again. It looks like for the bulk of the week it'll be tights in the morning and shorts in the afternoon.

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    This morning it was 52F and drizzling enough to make the streets wet. No wind, though. I wore cotton shorts, and a cotton T-shirt under a thin polyester long-sleeve jersey. It was lovely; one of the best (and warmest) morning commutes for the last month.

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    Nasty weather in NYC too Damn, I want summer back, this weather gets me down: low 50s, wind and drizzle with some moderate rain inbetween.

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    Not crazy in my book, trekker pete. My favorite rides are those October-early December rides when it's finally chilly out... and a little drizzle is always a nice punctuation mark. Helps to keep traffic down on the MUP, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    Nasty weather in NYC too Damn, I want summer back, this weather gets me down: low 50s, wind and drizzle with some moderate rain inbetween.
    Summer is gone...enjoy the fall riding...winter isn't far off.
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    It's a "cold" 59 degree here and expected to be in the 70's with no rain in site. Ha ha. I love California weather
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    It was 49F when I left the house this morning. My short commute meant I was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. I looked for my gloves, but couldn't find them, so my hands got a little cold.

    It looked like rain this morning, but it didn't happen. I guess the drought isn't going to end here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EKW in DC View Post
    Helps to keep traffic down on the MUP, too...
    Yeah buddy. Sure separates the men from the boys around DC doesn't it?

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    The morning have been from 35 - 50 and hot afternoons. Looking forward to the cooler weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Summer is gone...enjoy the fall riding...winter isn't far off.
    I really don't like the mix of cold and rain I'd much rather ride in freezing temps and snow than 40F and rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
    It's a "cold" 59 degree here and expected to be in the 70's with no rain in site. Ha ha. I love California weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    I really don't like the mix of cold and rain I'd much rather ride in freezing temps and snow than 40F and rain.
    But 40 isn't even that cold! Geesh, you NYC boys are going wussy on me.
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    10 degrees Celsius, overcast, a bit of rain in the afternoon. I wore my rainjacket and put on cycling tights under my MTN bike shorts. I appreciated my slightly windproof fleece gloves the most! But my commute is short and still nicer on my bike than inside a subway car. This weekend looks promising (as well it's Thanksgiving on Monday).


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    rode today in my "new" merino wool sweaters.

    when i left this morning there was no sign of rain and it was just a bit over 50 degrees. i started with the 2 sweaters and a fleece. my ride starts with a big downhill, so i over dress a bit to keep from being miserably cold on the desecent.

    lost the fleece about 3 miles in before a little bit of a climb. the wool was very, very comfortable.

    about 2-3 miles later it starts raining. time to see if this stuff lives up to the hype.

    man, did it ever.

    i was pedaling along for 5 or 6 miles in a light but steady rain at about 50 degrees.

    this is supposed to suck.

    but, i was grinning like an idiot actually wishing it was 5-10 degrees cooler. i couldn't believe you could be out in such weather and feel as warm and dry as if i had stayed home in bed.

    i'm ready to go out and buy an entire wardrobe of the stuff!

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    once you become a real commuter you look forward to rough weather. if colleagues don't think you're crazy then you're doing something wrong
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