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Old 04-16-11, 05:55 AM   #1
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I just can't......

......get myself to ride in cold weather. This time of the year in northeastern CT is usually cold and windy...as it is this morning. At 7:00 am it was 40 degrees here with a bit of a breeze. No doubt the wind will pick up by mid-day. My club will be off on their rides this morning at 10:00 am but today's high is only going to be 51 degrees and that will be around 1:00-2:00 pm. My gf and I were going to go on our first club ride of the year but I just can't get myself to go out in 40 degree weather (and she definitely won't) especially when it's windy. OTOH, I really do want to get some miles in my legs. Just wondering if anyone else runs into this predicament in the early season.
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Yeah, me too. It is funny because I did ride the end of last season when it was about as cold as it is now. But I just cannot seem to get myself out there now because it seems too cold.
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For me it's the combination of cold and wind. The Fall in CT is nowhere near as windy as Spring. About three weeks ago we had a warm-ish day and I went out despite the wind. Everything was just find until I made a right onto a local road and hit a 25 mph headwind. Wow! That sucked. I love the Fall around here.
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Old 04-16-11, 06:32 AM   #4
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I use to be that way until I put together the right clothes. Layer up and don't ride fast, it can still be fun.
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It's difficult to get going, but once I do (it takes me about 5 miles of good effort to get warmed up) I generally find it to be well worth it. Especially in late winter and early spring after the short days of winter and having been locked up inside all the time. Of course, getting equipment sorted is essential and takes some thought and experimentation to find what works in what conditions. The issue for me has always been to find something that keeps me warm enough but still allows sweat to evaporate, because if it doesn't and builds up,the wetness causes me to get cold again. Jackets with membranes, either Gore-Tex or Windstopper, would not breath enough. So, for a long time, below 45 F, I wore two thin windbreaker type jackets of the type without any membranes, and would wear one, two, or even three jerseys underneath of varying composition depending on the conditions. Some were regular thin long sleeve, some thermal, some merino wool...when three, the closest one would be sleeveless. This year, I got a Gore Phantom II jacket which has Windstopper in the front and sleeves but the back is stretchy fabric with no membrane. This has worked very well for me and has reduced the number of layers I need underneath.

Other things: Tights with barrier fronts, skull cap and helmet cover, shoe covers...
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Gee, I thought I was the only one who couldn't get out in cool windy spring temperatures.
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Old 04-16-11, 07:35 AM   #7
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I use to be that way until I put together the right clothes. Layer up and don't ride fast, it can still be fun.
I actually have all the cold weather gear. It's that cold/wind combo I can't get by. But, I was encouraged by some of the posts here so I went outside to assess the conditions. The temp is up to 43 degrees but the wind is kicking up pretty good and the TV weather guy says we may have up to 50 mph wind gusts here in CT. I think I'll just ride my rollers. Anyone know of any good DVDs?
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No, you're not alone at all. I have found that as I have aged, the cold bothers me a lot more than it used to. This, despite having a good jacket, tights, ear protection, etc. The wind/cold you speak of is very intense here in eastern MA as well. Yesterday was just plain nasty, with a very intense wind from the east. And, if it's not from the east, it's from the west. The west wind is usually quite strong. I call it "plastic trash can in the street weather". I think that's self explanatory. Sometimes, the west wind is warm, and sometimes it's just as nasty cold as the east. Go figure.

Summer heat and humidity? Bring it on! Nothing pleases me more than a ride on a warm summer evening.

This is why I'm looking at warm-climate areas for retirement. I know, me and about a gazillion others.
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It's the winds today that are the issue for me. We have the same 30-40 mph sustained, 50 mph gusts high wind warnings as you have in CT. I can hear the flags snapping in the breeze at the firehouse and the business park, both 150 yards downwind.

The only ride I had planned was a half-mile to the grocery store (headwind) and a half-mile back (full panniers and tailwind). I'm not going out in it. Well, maybe if it stops raining sideways. All I really need is bread, and I can bake my own. Which actually doesn't sound like a bad idea anyway.

It's another story on a workday. I've ridden to work on the several days we've had lately with 40 and 50 mph winds. On my days off, I'm more sensible.

I got in 52 miles yesterday through the rolling hills of horse country with the Day Riders group of my club. Most are retired, the rest of us work B-shift or irregular hours. Yesterday six of the eight were retirees. Although it was only 43, it was sunny and winds were in the mid-teens. Thoroughly enjoyable ride that makes up for missing the 70-miler today.
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I don't mind the 40-50 degree temps or even a bit of a breeze as long as its sunny. I hate, however, the same temps when its raining.
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Going back 10 years and I did a ride in October. Temp wasn't too bad at around 55F but it was windy and it rained. Both of which got more extreme as the ride progressed. That was the nearest I have got to hypothermia and it was not pleasant. Up till this autumn- I have managed to get plenty of winter riding in but I do have the right clothing now. Waterproofs- Windproofs and warm jerseys. But somehow this winter was bad for me. Started in November and it although I will ride in Rain- wind or cold---put two of those together and I have woosed out.
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Woke up to an inch of new snow today.
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I use to be that way until I put together the right clothes. Layer up and don't ride fast, it can still be fun.
I was thinking of starting a poll about putting your winter stuff up for the season? Having a 6 inch snow last week at my house in AZ, the answer is still no for me. Back here in PA it is pouring rain and maybe 40f right now. A little global warming would not hurt right now. OR are we headed for a replay of 1816 the "Year without Summer"?
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In October, 40F is cold. In May, 40F is not cold.

Do you have proper clothing?
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All i can think of is that i am going to create my own wind chill factor on top of whatever the temp is plus how many mph the wind is blowing. Although today is going to be 95 degrees and sunny. Desert winds.
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Something I tell myself when I'm out there and it's 40 degrees and blowing: "Hey, this isn't that much different from skiing, and people don't say 'I'm not going to ski today because it's 40 degrees!'"
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I am with you OP. My hands and feet are what get cold first. Sometimes I've worked up a sweat and my feet are freezing. No thank you, on the cold rides.
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Our club ride today started out below 40, very damp as rain was coming in. Stiff wind. I wore a capaline top with a short sleeve jersey over that and a fleece jacket with a windstop outer layer over that, a fleece beenie under the helmet, full gloves, bib knickers and knee warmers, shoe covers and fleece socks. Plenty warm, had to unzip the jacket a little as the ride progressed. You can do it but you have to know the right combo of clothes. As Al says, skiers love it! I skied in temps at -15 and high winds this year, sometimes through snow from snow guns - today we have the technology. I usually don't have the cold hand problems I do with skiing.
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Something I tell myself when I'm out there and it's 40 degrees and blowing: "Hey, this isn't that much different from skiing, and people don't say 'I'm not going to ski today because it's 40 degrees!'"
Sorry but that is just not right.
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Today the wind blew my Webber gas grill off my deck. April sucks.
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Rode the Tour of the Tucson Mountains today (4-17-11). Temps up to 92 degrees, bit windy.
We moved from the crappy midwest to AZ 33 years ago . . .
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Cold spring temperatures won't keep me inside - I just change what I'm wearing. Wind gets me down, but unless it's a gale, I'm OK. As to rain and snow, it will keep me from starting a ride, but if it happens during the ride, I'm OK with that too. I would mind the rain less if I had fenders on one of my road bikes. It's on the list of needed upgrades.

Lousy spring weather here - it snowed last night and the afternoon improved only to cloudy, 30s, and 20 MPH winds. SHould be better tomorrow, but then more of the same for the next week. The weather was great last week and I got in 200 miles, but that pace is going to be a struggle for a while.
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35deg, snow and 50mph winds in northern michigan. I didnt see anyone out biking today so I decided to stay in myself.
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Something I tell myself when I'm out there and it's 40 degrees and blowing: "Hey, this isn't that much different from skiing, and people don't say 'I'm not going to ski today because it's 40 degrees!'"
Just think how that trombone mouth piece would feel on that iced out mouth!!
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