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Old 11-05-11, 09:53 AM   #1
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Winter sucks

I have enough equipment to bike in -2C fine, it's plenty warm.

The problem is my kitchen is too cold, my bathroom is too cold, I'm hiding under a kotatsu, I mean hell I don't eat. I eat breakfast at work, I don't pack a lunch, when I get home I'm hungry and I don't go in the kitchen to cook because it's way too cold in there to prepare food for cooking. I actually wear the wool biking gear in my apartment o_O

No breakfast means no biking, not to mention I can't wake up in the morning because I'm eating two small meals a day now. :twitch:

Cold poisoning overrules starvation. So now I don't bike commute, primarily because I sleep a lot from not eating. f*#* Oh well, at least I can annoy the wrong-way riders by honking my horn at them; I need something louder than a bike bell on my bike.

Car sucks. I mean it's fun but I'd rather be driving a car on a race track. For the open road I want an ebike or a motorcycle.. or both. I shouldn't have to take this much of a visibility penalty just because I don't feel like pedaling for 45 minutes on an empty stomach through the biting cold
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Old 11-05-11, 10:32 AM   #2
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Space heater? Turn your thermostat up?
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Old 11-05-11, 10:35 AM   #3
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Dude, that's not healthy. You gotta eat enough.

Suck up the bills and up your heat.
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Space heater? Turn your thermostat up?
Can only run a space heater in one room; I'm within 400 watts of throwing the breaker here, evidenced by the breaker throwing if I don't disable the space heater before activating the 400W spin dryer.

Running central heating above 50 degrees turns my heating bill from $60/mo to $250/mo because the apartment isn't insulated (the outside facing wall of my bedroom is the same temperature as the brick wall on the outside... the hallway-facing interior walls are close, too, because there's airflow through the empty space inside them).
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Look on the bright side...imagine if you actually lived in a cold climate.
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Wear more clothes. Turn on the oven and cook to warm it up.
Can't bike without breakfast? Cuppa joe and head out the door every morning. no problem
I don't understand how cold would stop anyone from eating? I sleep in a tent and sit on a little platform in a tree dawn/dusk in the Northwoods for 8 days of deer hunting - never had a problem eating.
I don't pay $250/month for a older 3 BR ranch in WI in the dead of winter. I haven't even turned my furnace on yet. I tell the kids to put a sweater on.
Maybe it's time to look for a different living space to occupy.
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It doesn't sound like winter sucks. It sounds like you place sucks. Fix it up or move.

But still.... No reason not to ride (or eat). I find a warm breakfast makes me feel better in the winter.
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Yeah . . . what they said. Your place of residence has a problem, and it's not the weather. If you're renting, complain to the landlord. If you own, fix it or move.

BTW -- more food in your system makes your body's reaction to the cold more effective.
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just telling him to move is kinda like telling a manic depressive to just cheer up...it's probably not that easy.
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just telling him to move is kinda like telling a manic depressive to just cheer up...it's probably not that easy.
True it's not. I spent two years preparing to be car-free, and it involved moving out of a house I owned. It's not easy, but it's possible.
(I'm now car-free, as of yesterday)
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One way to approach the indoor cold is a one-piece insulated suit. I have a snowmobile suit I wear indoors when needed. It beats the heck out of layering. Zippers all the way up all over for easy in & out, even with boots on.
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WUT?

Meh. Move somewhere that's really cold and then tell us about it.
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Buy an extra sweater, and some more wool socks.

And maybe some nuts, while you're at it.

Because they're high in healthy, unsaturated fats and proteins, they don't require cooking, and the added fat and muscle will warm you up.
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MTFU
When I was a student we had a really cold snap and the toilet bowl froze, my toothbrush froze, the water pipes froze, so we melted snow from the garden. It was so cold, I ate one of my flatmates.
You need to have a big, hot breakfast, a bowl of porridge oats or museli and hot milk with plenty of honey or syrup. At night you need to go to sleep on a full belly to stay warm.
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When I was a student we had a really cold snap and the toilet bowl froze, my toothbrush froze, the water pipes froze, so we melted snow from the garden. It was so cold, I ate one of my flatmates.
You need to have a big, hot breakfast, a bowl of porridge oats or museli and hot milk with plenty of honey or syrup. At night you need to go to sleep on a full belly to stay warm.
Frozen or cooked?
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When I was a student we had a really cold snap and the toilet bowl froze, my toothbrush froze, the water pipes froze, so we melted snow from the garden. It was so cold, I ate one of my flatmates.
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Second house for the winter, somewhere in the Tropics, perhaps the Caribbean?





The Pacific Ocean has a moderating influence on the coast.
50f the low in summer , becomes the high in winter,

unless a weather system pulls the cold air behind the Cascades,
out the Columbia Gorge. then it Ices up.

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Try to find an infrared heater, if you don't have one already, they work better with less energy.
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As stupid as they are they look pretty warm (i wouldn't know or anything )
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Maryland seems like it is plenty cold enough to complain.

I can only say that at one point, my wife and I had a shotgun shack that we were renovating for one of the salesmen at the local paper I was on the copy desk of back in the early 2000s. It had zero insulation, 2 windows were broken and it had zero heat.

You'd think that wouldn't matter in Central Texas until you had to sit through a winter where you had to have the gas stove on, with sheets covering all the doorways other than the bedroom and the kitchen. We took showers without a waterheater that winter and survived. Hell, I still ran a marathon that year - and trained for it to keep warm.

Eat more spicy foods. More soup and drink more coffee.
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If the snow fall would be enough to build an Igloo, build one. I've heard its warm inside it.
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I have enough equipment to bike in -2C fine, it's plenty warm.

The problem is my kitchen is too cold, my bathroom is too cold, I'm hiding under a kotatsu, I mean hell I don't eat. I eat breakfast at work, I don't pack a lunch, when I get home I'm hungry and I don't go in the kitchen to cook because it's way too cold in there to prepare food for cooking. I actually wear the wool biking gear in my apartment o_O

No breakfast means no biking, not to mention I can't wake up in the morning because I'm eating two small meals a day now. :twitch:

Cold poisoning overrules starvation. So now I don't bike commute, primarily because I sleep a lot from not eating. f*#* Oh well, at least I can annoy the wrong-way riders by honking my horn at them; I need something louder than a bike bell on my bike.

Car sucks. I mean it's fun but I'd rather be driving a car on a race track. For the open road I want an ebike or a motorcycle.. or both. I shouldn't have to take this much of a visibility penalty just because I don't feel like pedaling for 45 minutes on an empty stomach through the biting cold
Bake some lasagna.

Will kill two birds with one stone.

Wake up a little earlier and have a hot breakfast... oatmeal kicks some serious butt.
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If you're in an apartment, doesn't the landlord have to provide heat and hot water? That's how it works in NYC.
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