Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-03-10, 05:52 PM   #1
trekker pete
pedalphile
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ellington, ct
Bikes: trek 1200, 520, Giant ATX 970, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
trekker pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-10, 07:06 PM   #2
reptilezs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: boston, ma
Bikes:
Posts: 2,852
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
reptilezs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-10, 11:17 PM   #3
CptjohnC
Old, but not really wise
 
CptjohnC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Fairfax, VA commuting to Washington DC
Bikes: 2010 Kona Dew Drop (the daily driver),'07 Specialized Roubaix (the sports car), '99 ish Kona NuNu MTB (the SUV), Schwinn High Plains (circa 1992?) (the beater)
Posts: 814
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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 :-)
CptjohnC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 02:44 AM   #4
trekker pete
pedalphile
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ellington, ct
Bikes: trek 1200, 520, Giant ATX 970, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
trekker pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 05:49 AM   #5
Tundra_Man 
The Fat Guy In The Back
 
Tundra_Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Bikes: '81 Panasonic Sport, '02 Giant Boulder SE, '08 Felt S32, '10 Diamondback Insight RS, '10 Windsor Clockwork, '15 Kestrel Evoke 3.0
Posts: 1,556
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Visit me at the Tundra Man Workshop
Tundra_Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 06:36 AM   #6
ItsJustMe
Seņior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
Posts: 13,124
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 06:36 AM   #7
ZmanKC
Senior Member
 
ZmanKC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Overland Park, KS
Bikes: 1999 Giant TCR 2T 2009 Giant Cypress DX 2015 Giant Anyroad 1
Posts: 779
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
ZmanKC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 07:53 AM   #8
tjspiel
Senior Member
 
tjspiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes:
Posts: 8,056
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
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.
tjspiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 09:11 AM   #9
groovestew
Senior Member
 
groovestew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Edmonton, AB
Bikes: 2012 Surly Disc Trucker custom build, 2009 Kona Jake the Snake, 198? Bianchi road bike, 2012 Scott OTG-20
Posts: 1,406
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
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.
groovestew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 09:32 AM   #10
AdamDZ 
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 5,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.

Adam
AdamDZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 09:37 AM   #11
EKW in DC
Senior Member
 
EKW in DC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Trek 830 Mountain Track Drop bar conversion
Posts: 2,053
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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...
EKW in DC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 09:49 AM   #12
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Posts: 24,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 10:31 AM   #13
colleen c
I am a caffine girl
 
colleen c's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bay Area
Bikes: 2012 Stumpjumper FSR Comp...2010 Scott CR1 CF...2007 Novara FS Float2.0...2009 Specialized Hardrock Disc...2009 Schwinn Le Tour GSr
Posts: 1,815
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
colleen c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 10:32 AM   #14
dcrowell
Fat Guy Rolling
 
dcrowell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Louisville Kentucky
Bikes: Bacchetta Agio, 80s Raleigh Record single-speed, Surly Big Dummy
Posts: 2,439
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
dcrowell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 10:37 AM   #15
CCrew
Older than dirt
 
CCrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Bikes: Too darn many.. latest count is 11
Posts: 5,343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
CCrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 12:04 PM   #16
gholt
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Layton, UT
Bikes: 2004 Giant OCR, 2002 Specialized Stumpjumper, 2008 Trek 6500 Disc
Posts: 686
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The morning have been from 35 - 50 and hot afternoons. Looking forward to the cooler weather.
gholt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 12:31 PM   #17
AdamDZ 
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 5,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
AdamDZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 12:32 PM   #18
AdamDZ 
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Bikes:
Posts: 5,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
AdamDZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 12:50 PM   #19
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Posts: 24,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-10, 10:27 PM   #20
cyclokitty 
Not safe for work
 
cyclokitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: KHS Town and Country 100 & Jamis Durango Femme 1.0
Posts: 2,115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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).
__________________

cyclokitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-10, 05:46 PM   #21
trekker pete
pedalphile
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ellington, ct
Bikes: trek 1200, 520, Giant ATX 970, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
trekker pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-10, 11:17 AM   #22
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,252
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 155 Post(s)
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
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:35 AM.