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Old 02-24-09, 04:21 PM   #1
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Arghhhh where's the brake lever

HI,
Had a weird experience it was pretty chilly this am around 28 deg with a strong in your face kind of breeze about 20+. so I am trucking back home after about 31 Mile ride and I am pulling up to a light uncliped smooth and was reaching for the brakes and I could't grab the lever cause my hands were numb.
Geeze that gave me a bit of a rush , Did manage a rather sloppy stop but didn' crash thank goodness.
what a rush..
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Oh yea I had gloves and mittons on still my hands were cold..
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Old 02-24-09, 04:23 PM   #2
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Haha... Congrats, I've had a few "embarrassing" stops myself... They make me smile every time!
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Old 02-24-09, 08:09 PM   #3
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HI,
Had a weird experience it was pretty chilly this am around 28 deg with a strong in your face kind of breeze about 20+. so I am trucking back home after about 31 Mile ride and I am pulling up to a light uncliped smooth and was reaching for the brakes and I could't grab the lever cause my hands were numb.
Geeze that gave me a bit of a rush , Did manage a rather sloppy stop but didn' crash thank goodness.
what a rush..
Doug
Oh yea I had gloves and mittons on still my hands were cold..
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Not being able to feel your hands is a message.....
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Old 02-25-09, 10:17 AM   #4
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Brakes are overrated.
HTFU.
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One of the things I got onto a few years ago was the right clothing for the situation. I can keep the body warm enough- but it is always the extremities that get me. Hands- feet and ears. Ears are easy enough with a Ski mask but I never found anything for the feet and hands- Till I got onto Sealskinz socks and gloves. Mainly for wet weather riding- but Most of our cold weather also involves rain. But Sealskinz do work in the dry aswell and any numbness that comes in is easily worked away with a bit of exercise before it gets too bad.

Or the best thing is to find a cafe like I have. They employ Foreigners and they had a Latvian girl a few years ago. She saw that I was in trouble with my hands and gave me a hand massage. Don't know if the hands would have come back to life without the massage- but you should have seen the look on my riding partners faces.
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I concur. Even here in weather wimp coastal southern California, I occasionally have trouble with the fingers freezing up, even though I wear full-finger gloves year-round.
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Old 02-25-09, 05:40 PM   #7
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My new gloves are not as good

HI,
I ordered some gloves on line they seemed like they were a well made glove but my hands are always
cold even with liners.



its only 25 degree's here not as cold as some places.
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Don't forget the contribution of frozen fingers to the cycling industry. Tullio Campagnolo reportedly invented quick release after having trouble fumbling with old-fashioned wingnuts during a cold weather race through the Alps. The rest is history ...
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Fingers too chilled to work the controls - I can relate to that. My memories are of motorbiking, though. Back when I was younger and even dafter, I'd think it normal to leave work at 6pm or so on a Friday afternoon and go and spend the weekend with London friends, using the motorbike - I lived in Yorkshire, so the ride was about 200 miles from North to South. Many times, going for fuel, I couldn't unclench my fingers and use the front brake. Had to slow down on the back (foot) brake and grip the exhaust pipe, gloves giving off smoke for four or five minutes, before I could work the petrol hose!
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