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 11-04-13, 10:43 PM   #3501
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
New cassette, new chain. Not too worried about riding in tomorrow, but am a little nervous about riding 2-lane rural roads at dusk/night. I'll probably grab the reflective construction vest we have sitting in a file cabinet at the office and wear it home.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 06:15 AM   #3502
essiemyra
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Merrimac , MA
Bikes:
Posts: 664
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
The temp was a cold 22 f degrees when I rode through town this morning, though no wind really to mention. I found it to be a very pleasant commute to work again this morning. Though going home last evening I thought was going to be in the 40's so I left off the warm layer and I should not have, I was a little chilly when I got home.
essiemyra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 06:23 AM   #3503
dcb23
Senior Member
 
dcb23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,080
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Radio said it was 34F/1C but it felt warmer than that by a lot...no wind might have been the difference. A nice ride in, replaced all the batteries on my two tail lights which gives me more confidence in these dark months.

Passed a guy with a giant stuffed animal on his back as I rolled by the Washington Monumnent...random sight at 06:30 in the morning.
dcb23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 06:36 AM   #3504
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Not riding today, have been coughing with a little wheezing which might have gotten worse with riding.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 07:31 AM   #3505
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: '13 Trek Madone 2.3, '13 Diamondback Commuter
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is my first winter commuting and I plan to do so until the snow/ice/sand comes, and I have been trying to wear a full face Seirus balaclava (here)

when it drops below 32 F (23 F this morning), but the fog this thing causes on my eyewear is unreasonable and dangerous, I have even cut several larger holes in the mouth area to let more moist air escape, but no luck yet, maybe more holes are needed? 5 minutes into the ride I need to pull the mask all the way down to expose my nose/mouth and then, voila!, no fog at all, but now I have ice on my 'stache and a frozen nose. Ugh. Does anyone else have a good solution, and please don't mention shaving cream, been there, done that
Riveting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 07:43 AM   #3506
spivonious
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Lancaster, PA, USA
Bikes: 2012 Trek Allant, 2016 Bianchi Volpe Disc
Posts: 1,857
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good ride in this morning, but man was I tired! No ride no Thursday because my knee was hurting, no ride Friday because of 40mph gusts and thunderstorms, no ride yesterday because I was on the toilet most of the day. I had to stop and take a breather after the big hill in my route. I haven't had to do that since April.
@Riveting: I have something like that but without the full head cover. It covers up to my cheekbones. Any fogging on my sunglasses is almost immediately removed by the cold air. I got mine at a ski shop.
spivonious is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 08:25 AM   #3507
arsprod 
Senior Member
 
arsprod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: Fairdale Weekender Drop, Motobecane 29LTD, Cannondale H400, Basso Coral
Posts: 1,374
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
A warm 49F but wet and a little drizzly. My radio streaming quit and I was left with my own thoughts for almost an hour... scary
__________________
I'm slow, go around
arsprod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 09:22 AM   #3508
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
This is my first winter commuting and I plan to do so until the snow/ice/sand comes, and I have been trying to wear a full face Seirus balaclava (here)

when it drops below 32 F (23 F this morning), but the fog this thing causes on my eyewear is unreasonable and dangerous, I have even cut several larger holes in the mouth area to let more moist air escape, but no luck yet, maybe more holes are needed? 5 minutes into the ride I need to pull the mask all the way down to expose my nose/mouth and then, voila!, no fog at all, but now I have ice on my 'stache and a frozen nose. Ugh. Does anyone else have a good solution, and please don't mention shaving cream, been there, done that
Have you tried pulling your glasses away from your face (down your nose) just a bit? I find this helps a LOT to keep down fog buildup, at least while I'm moving. I think this is especially true of eyewear that wraps around and fits very close to your face.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 09:31 AM   #3509
dramiscram
ouate de phoque
 
dramiscram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: St-CÚsaire, Qc, Canada
Bikes: Bianchi, Nakamura,Suteki, escapade 10 speed, 1973 CCM Elan
Posts: 1,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
A warm 2░ celcius this morning, a little tail Wind that should become a big headwind tonight if the forecast are precise.
dramiscram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 09:35 AM   #3510
thedudeabidz
Junior Member
 
thedudeabidz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cambridge, MA
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Specialized Stupjumper, KHS Flite 800
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Another Masshole commuter who experienced the 23F ride in today. It would have gone a lot better had I not gotten a slow leak that would have been an easy fix if my pump hadn't broken on me. Had to walk a mile and a half back home to get another bike.

As this is the first winter I've tried to commute until the snow, I've been having a hard time getting the right layers/materials for the commute. A wicking layer seems to work as a base, but the long sleeve cotton t-shirt and thin fleece jacket don't seem to be cutting it. Any brands that make a good middle layer between the base layer and the jacket?
thedudeabidz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 09:45 AM   #3511
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedudeabidz View Post
Another Masshole commuter who experienced the 23F ride in today. It would have gone a lot better had I not gotten a slow leak that would have been an easy fix if my pump hadn't broken on me. Had to walk a mile and a half back home to get another bike.

As this is the first winter I've tried to commute until the snow, I've been having a hard time getting the right layers/materials for the commute. A wicking layer seems to work as a base, but the long sleeve cotton t-shirt and thin fleece jacket don't seem to be cutting it. Any brands that make a good middle layer between the base layer and the jacket?
I have also used a wicking base layer with long-sleeve cotton tee over top. I think a big part of keeping your upper body from feeling too cold is having something that blocks wind. I just ordered a thin Cannondale windbreaking reflective jacket last week, hope to try it out Thursday morning when it's supposed to be in the mid-upper 30's.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 09:50 AM   #3512
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: '13 Trek Madone 2.3, '13 Diamondback Commuter
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
Have you tried pulling your glasses away from your face (down your nose) just a bit? I find this helps a LOT to keep down fog buildup, at least while I'm moving. I think this is especially true of eyewear that wraps around and fits very close to your face.
I am using wrap around safety glasses that fit pretty close (you know your stuff) and have tried pulling them as far away and down as possible, which has helped in the past, but I think there just isn't enough room between my face and the lens. Today I did some research and now I'm toying with the idea of retro-fitting a rotating drop-down visor to my helm. I have seen a couple instructional videos on it, but haven't read any success stories on BikeForums yet, but that's only because I haven't searched for it. I saw a great factory made version here but it costs over $900 because it's Gucci. Something cheaper must exist, maybe in the $150 range, and I would love to stop wearing safety glasses in general.
Riveting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 10:10 AM   #3513
thedudeabidz
Junior Member
 
thedudeabidz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cambridge, MA
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Specialized Stupjumper, KHS Flite 800
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I have also used a wicking base layer with long-sleeve cotton tee over top. I think a big part of keeping your upper body from feeling too cold is having something that blocks wind. I just ordered a thin Cannondale windbreaking reflective jacket last week, hope to try it out Thursday morning when it's supposed to be in the mid-upper 30's.
Thanks. I look forward to your report on how that windstopper layer works.
thedudeabidz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 10:19 AM   #3514
droy45
tougher than a boiled owl
 
droy45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Rocky Coast of Maine
Bikes: Fetish Cycles Fixation / Fuji S12S / Gary Fisher MTB / Raleigh Grand Prix / Ross Professional / Kent comfort cruiser
Posts: 1,125
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another one with 22degF here for my morning commute. Nice and calm and amazingly still dry. Still on the road bike too. I am really stretching it this year. Tried my new neoprene booties over my cycling shoes with a thin merino wool sock. I was not cold at all and it only felt cool. I think these will be great to extend the clipless pedal usage well into the winter if not all of it. When it gets into the single numbers will be the real test. Last year I had to use thick wool socks and insulated hiking boots on platform pedals and I was never cold all the way down to slightly below 0. When it was well below that I got cold but pressed on.
droy45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 10:22 AM   #3515
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: '13 Trek Madone 2.3, '13 Diamondback Commuter
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedudeabidz View Post
As this is the first winter I've tried to commute until the snow, I've been having a hard time getting the right layers/materials for the commute. A wicking layer seems to work as a base, but the long sleeve cotton t-shirt and thin fleece jacket don't seem to be cutting it. Any brands that make a good middle layer between the base layer and the jacket?
I only wear a single long sleeve wicking synthetic beneath my wind/water proof Columbia Titanium Omni-Heat parka, that has no insulation at all. The 23F 45 minute ride this morning never came close to chilling my upper body at all. Although is gets pretty soupy in there, even with the pit zippers open a little. I should be good down to the lowest temps that Boston can dish out (as long as I'm moving). I fear what will happen to me if I get a flat, stop moving, and cool down while so scantily clad. But I'm never more than 5 miles from home or work, and I've survived -35F sitting on a ski lift on the north face of Jay Peak in Vermont, which causes instant nostril freeze every time you breath in. It's a good thing humans are designed so well.
Riveting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 10:23 AM   #3516
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)
Posts: 6,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedudeabidz View Post
Thanks. I look forward to your report on how that windstopper layer works.
One morning a couple weeks ago I layered it up with a long-sleeve wicking base layer, long-sleeve cotton T, a cheap, thin windbreaker pull-over, and then a short-sleeve high-vis jersey on top of everything. The lack of wind infiltration definitely helped, but I ended up being too warm. This Cannondale jacket I got is high-vis also, so that will combine those 2 top layers I had on that other day into one.
PatrickGSR94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 10:36 AM   #3517
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: 1,393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
A rather cold -15C/5F this morning. The afternoon is supposed to warm up to just below freezing, which would be nice. Fingers were very cold by the time I got downtown (about 50 minutes outside) despite wearing what I thought would be warm gloves.

We got a couple inches of snow over the weekend, but I didn't get around to putting on studded tires yet. Within about 10 seconds of leaving my house, I regretted that! Once I got onto roads more traveled, ice wasn't a problem anymore, but I don't think I'll ride again before changing tires. Kudos to the city for plowing the trails already.
groovestew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 11:09 AM   #3518
daihard 
Senior Member
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale
Posts: 1,878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
I only wear a single long sleeve wicking synthetic beneath my wind/water proof Columbia Titanium Omni-Heat parka, that has no insulation at all. The 23F 45 minute ride this morning never came close to chilling my upper body at all. Although is gets pretty soupy in there, even with the pit zippers open a little. I should be good down to the lowest temps that Boston can dish out (as long as I'm moving).
I'd say it depends on who you talk to. Sounds like you're a lot warmer than I am. I have a 45-minute commute as well, and I need to wear a merino-mix base layer and a wicking T-shirt under my Shower's Pass Elite jacket if it's below 40F.
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 11:29 AM   #3519
Riveting
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: '13 Trek Madone 2.3, '13 Diamondback Commuter
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by daihard View Post
I'd say it depends on who you talk to. Sounds like you're a lot warmer than I am.
You're right, my wife says I'm like a furnace. Once my cold weather gear is on, I have about a 2 minute window to grab my bike and get out the door or else I start to feel like I'm in an oven roasting bag. With all that natural heat generation (which I assume equates to calories burned) you'd think I'd be skinny, but such is not the case. Although in the past 10 weeks since I started commuting (800 miles total), I've lost about 10 lbs. without changing anything else in my lifestyle.
Riveting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 11:32 AM   #3520
daihard 
Senior Member
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale
Posts: 1,878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
You're right, my wife says I'm like a furnace. Once my cold weather gear is on, I have about a 2 minute window to grab my bike and get out the door or else I start to feel like I'm in an oven roasting bag. With all that natural heat generation (which I assume equates to calories burned) you'd think I'd be skinny, but such is not the case. Although in the past 10 weeks since I started commuting (800 miles total), I've lost about 10 lbs. without changing anything else in my lifestyle.
Losing 10 lbs in 10 weeks is a big deal! Very good for you. Now, I have a feeling that you will start to feel colder down the road with less and less insulation on your body. Trust me, I've been there.
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 01:28 PM   #3521
mstraus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 598
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This morning's commute was awesome. We have unseasonable warm weather for November in the SF bay area. It was about 50 at the start of my ride and the sun warmed it up quickly, probably 57 by the time I got to work. Yesterday morning was also nice, though about 5 degrees cooler at the start my ride and a bit cooler at the end.

Last night was my first real night commute, where I went the whole way in the dark. It went well. It was oddly warm, warmer then the morning. I won't get to used to that but will enjoy it while I can. Good to put my new lights through the paces. I was surprised how many other commuters where out with no lights of very poor lights so you could hardly see them.

Look forward to my ride home tonight. Supposed to be another beautiful evening.
mstraus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 02:10 PM   #3522
timvan_78
Senior Member
 
timvan_78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Bikes: Trek Fuel EX8, Kona Zing, Marin BearValley, Stolen Heater BMX, Norco Evolution Tandem
Posts: 419
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Commute this AM started with a fine fog-like mist, which turned into rain by the time I got to work.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
...and I would love to stop wearing safety glasses in general.
This weekend I signed up for a consultation for laser vision correction.
timvan_78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 03:54 PM   #3523
jrickards
Senior Member
 
jrickards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sudbury, ON, CA
Bikes: 2002 Norco Bigfoot, 2012 KHS Tempe, 1988 Bianchi Strada, 2012 Kona Sutra, 2002 Look AL 384
Posts: 2,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thedudeabidz View Post
As this is the first winter I've tried to commute until the snow, I've been having a hard time getting the right layers/materials for the commute. A wicking layer seems to work as a base, but the long sleeve cotton t-shirt and thin fleece jacket don't seem to be cutting it. Any brands that make a good middle layer between the base layer and the jacket?
I find I don't need wicking as much during the winter. I have a light merino wool (Costco Canada but available in other stores everywhere) as the base layer, depending on the conditions, either a thick, windresistant jersey/jacket or a windproof/waterproof jacket on the outside with a mid layer variable depending on the temps. To about 5C (41F), windresistant jacket, no midlayer, merino base is fine; to about 0C (32F), wind/waterproof jacket and merino base is fine; to -5C (23F), I'll add a lightweight longsleeved loose lycra jersey as a midlayer, and below that, I will put the thick jersey as a midlayer but I've only been tested to -9C (16F) (although the windchill that day was -17C (1F)). I find that the windproof outerlayer provides the most benefit: if the wind is eliminated, then it is easier to keep the layers thin.

Last edited by jrickards; 11-05-13 at 04:00 PM.
jrickards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 04:22 PM   #3524
Telly
What, me worry?
 
Telly's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Athens, Greece
Bikes: Corratec / Jamis
Posts: 1,203
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Today's commute was hot, humid and sheer torture on the way back because of the massive, gusting headwind. Probably the first time I had to choose an alternate route because the massive headwind was keeping my speed ridiculously low, making it too dangerous to ride on the stretch of road I usually ride on.

On the positive side, I'm quite satisfied with my new Chinese "1800 lumens" light which is closer to 800 lumens but still quite adequate for everyday commuting; although I will refrain from using the strobe feature for fear of it causing epileptic seizures to myself and the surrounding people.
Telly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-13, 04:25 PM   #3525
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
good

and I use the strobe on front and rear
acidfast7 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 07:50 AM.