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    43F at dawn this morning, time to think about cold weather cycling.

    Time to get the bike and myself ready for Fall & Winter. The bike will get lights & fenders. I'll add winter tires once the snow arrives. I'll need to get out the cool weather wear and start layering up today. I should also sign up for a spin class.

    How about you? How do you adjust for fall & winter?
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    We started our ride at 44 on Sunday morning. First time I needed to wear a vest in a while. It warmed up quickly though so before long the vest and arm warmers came off. Starting at 44 in sunny calm conditions when it will warm to 80 is way different than later in the year when it might be 44 cloudy windy and only getting to 50. I can adjust to almost anything but the sudden changes that come in the Fall can be a shock to the system.
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    Yes, it getting cooler in the Arizona desert too. I got up this AM to 75 degrees. We were actually able to turn of the A/C unit and open up the house, at least for a while. Winter here is a great time to ride, but this summer was a scorcher.
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    Waiting for the cooler weather to sink down to the Gulf Coast. Ordering cold weather apparel. We don't get any snow down here but we have a few freezes every year.
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    35 here this morning.. burrr

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    Y'all work it all out and by the time winter gets here, I'll have all your input to consider. My preparation for fall riding has been to put in the miles and fine tune the bike to be ready for some century rides.
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    I thought the same this morning with the temp at 38F at 7 am. Winter coat was ready but by the time I got riding it was base layer- S/S jersy and Pertex. (Pertex is a windproof that breathes) Not long before I wish I had left off the base layer but the pertex came off within 5 miles. Think I am going to get the Jerkin out that is wind proof and Warm as that rolls up into a small pack if I have to take it off.

    But Cold Weather is coming.-Just hope it is not wet with it.
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    This will be my first winter cycling so just have to wing it. We usually don't get much snow down here in NE Mississippi, but it can get below freezing. Got a wind vest in the mail yesterday, just need to pick up some leg warmers. 58 this morning but feels cooler, just ate breakfast so will hit the MUP in a couple of hours, hopefully it will have warmed up by then.

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    The studded snow tires go on in early December, by which time the overcoat, Totes, and overpants will have migrated from the saddlebag to the coat closet, where the ski gloves await them.

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    For those who are pulling out their winter clothe and wondering why they are more hole than garment, Performance has good sales on Arctic Guard right now. Both Nashbar and Performance have good sales on bib compression tights too. I guess everyone is trying to dump 2011 inventory to make room for 2012. I've never done the tights myself, but I just bought a pair to try out this year.

    Now all I need is a snow plow rig.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    ...How about you? How do you adjust for fall & winter?
    I do pretty much as above. I think about my levels of dress on a scale of 1 to 6, summer to winter wear, and I gradually descend down the scale to level 6 in early January. Studded tires go on the beater bike in mid-December, until April.

    Unfortunately, I physically adjust not well in these transitional days of September, and I usually get a viral type illness as I have now, with congestion, a low grade cough, and generalized achiness, I stay off the bike hoping it will not get worse. However I'm now in week nine of ten on my training schedule for a century next week.

    My cycling miles will then start to decline from almost 200 miles per week now, to winter mileage of about 80.

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    I gear up for it by getting cranky. I hate cold and like it hot. When it's cold things ache that don't ache when it's hot.

    But, after a few days I get used to it. Layers, studded tires in snow and ice, lighting system switched to the more powerful one, are all changes that are made. Excluding blizzard type weather, my mileage will stay about the same.
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    Cool weather? Ride. Cold weather? Build a fire and enjoy the indoors or go skiing or trout fishing, or what ever comes up that looks like fun. Bicycles are nice but they aren't everything. I don't feel the need to ride all the time. Spin class? Booooooorrrrriiiiiinnnnng!

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    I dont ride in cold weather....or when it's windy/rainy/hailing like is typical when October is around the corner. How do I adjust? I'm currently scanning CL for a fluid trainer and I begin the annual climbing of Avalanche Mt about 6blks from here....oh, and it's hunting season.

    Hoping to find a trainer and keeping in some kind of spinning shape this winter/off season, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    I gear up for it by getting cranky. I hate cold and like it hot. When it's cold things ache that don't ache when it's hot.

    But, after a few days I get used to it. Layers, studded tires in snow and ice, lighting system switched to the more powerful one, are all changes that are made. Excluding blizzard type weather, my mileage will stay about the same.
    That's the problem I have, too. After a hot humid summer of forcing myself to ride when everybody else is dying of the heat I now find it an "all dressed up and no where to go" season. Get used to the cold? Not so easy this year due to the hot weather conditioning.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
    Yes, it getting cooler in the Arizona desert too. I got up this AM to 75 degrees. We were actually able to turn of the A/C unit and open up the house, at least for a while. Winter here is a great time to ride, but this summer was a scorcher.
    I hope it lasts, but am not counting on it. August had the highest average high temperatures, and the highest overall average temperatures, ever recorded for the area. I have races on 9/24 and 10/1. Last year, the race at that time of year was held at 110*+. I hope it isn't the same this year. But, so long as we get cool mornings, the rest is tolerable.
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    It was 55F/13C this morning. I have discovered a need for gloves. The pair I had last year were next to useless, so it's off to the hiking store to buy some good ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    The studded snow tires
    You need studded snow tires in DC?

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    OK! You northerner's are making me cold just reading your threads. This morning is was a very nice 75 when I got to our wilderness park at 7:30 am. Got into the mid-upper 80's by 9:00 am. I hope this winter was as mild as last winter and not as cold as the year before last.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete In Az View Post
    It was 55F/13C this morning. I have discovered a need for gloves. The pair I had last year were next to useless, so it's off to the hiking store to buy some good ones.
    I'd think a pair of Wells Lamont's from the tack store would be more akin to your area
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    Just finished tune up on the indoor bicycle resistence trainer, that's what we do when there's "ice and snow" on the ground. I like my bikes way too much to ride them in "slush and muck", jmho. I will ride in cold but otherwise, I'm indoor bike wise, if it's snowing easy, I WALK, if it's hard I take the bus, if that makes me a puss, then so be it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    You need studded snow tires in DC?
    Sure. Our region holds the patent on "freeze and thaw". Also, the trails are not plowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    I gear up for it by getting cranky. I hate cold and like it hot. When it's cold things ache that don't ache when it's hot.
    Sing it~! I do not get past this stage. It was 46 this AM, 55 right now and cloudy. I hope to get a few hundred more miles in before just riding on my trainer in the garage for the winter. I'll sneak out on the cold but sunny days for 10-15 mile rides, but cold OR rain - never both, I just can't do em both anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    I'd think a pair of Wells Lamont's from the tack store would be more akin to your area
    Oh I have work gloves for when I'm rooting around in the yard and such. What I need are gloves that will keep my hands from freezing when it's below 20f/-7c and I'm riding down the hills that I will ride up later. 12f at 25 mph gets a bit cool on the fingers.
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