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Old 11-30-09, 01:03 PM   #1
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Holy Crap!

There is actually a difference between dry cold and wet cold. Colorado has dry cold. I've been in temps as low as 20 with a light jacket and light gloves and been warm. I was in 40 degree weather here in Michigan and it started getting to me... Freakin' crazy.

I'm gonna melt this summer.
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There is actually a difference between dry cold and wet cold. Colorado has dry cold. I've been in temps as low as 20 with a light jacket and light gloves and been warm. I was in 40 degree weather here in Michigan and it started getting to me... Freakin' crazy.

I'm gonna melt this summer.
This coffee is making me jittery...
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what, you've never ridden through fog on a cold day?
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OP...this is why Miami FL feels freaking cold at 50F
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what, you've never ridden through fog on a cold day?
I've lived in CO nearly my entire life. I'm not even sure if I know what fog is...
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Wear long johns every day.
At least, it works for my grandmother who lived in Arizona the past 30 years, and is now living in Chicago
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At least, it works for my grandmother who lived in Arizona the past 30 years, and is now living in Chicago
don't forget the feet!
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I've lived in CO nearly my entire life. I'm not even sure if I know what fog is...
I thought you lived on the other side of the lake from here, should be plenty of fog if you live near a lake.
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I lived in Arizona for 9 years and got used to hearing the "It's a dry heat" line. It was indeed dry but IMHO 120+ degrees is hot whether it's dry or not. I once heard a stand-up comedian speculate that if ever there were to be a nuclear attack on Phoenix, nobody would notice. "Yeah, it's 6,000,000 degrees but it's a dry heat!"

However, it wasn't until I moved to Colorado that I learned that as UA says, a dry cold is much more bearable than a wet cold. I once went to Boston in December and my face almost fell off. Then I flew back to Denver where the thermometer said it was 20 degrees colder and went out for the evening without a jacket on.
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Yep, dry heat and cold is much more preferable to wet heat and cold. Don't worry you will adapt soon enough.
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I've lived in CO nearly my entire life. I'm not even sure if I know what fog is...
You lucky bastige! Still it is something to look forward to: riding in a heavy fog, all sounds muted, the soft swish of your tyres on the road and your lights creating a nice halo.
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Driving in the fog sux, but walking in it is a whole different experience.
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It just now started getting nasty in Texas. It looks like it going to be cold and wet this year. Thanks New England!
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I'm glad I'm in Utah. Except for the crappy air part.
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The cold damp in the winter is horrible. My condolences to you, UA. I live in Toronto Canada and we have similar weather to you in Michigan and I recommend wearing layers with at least a windproof layer on top but better would be a waterproof layer. Luckily most winters we have a heat wave (of sorts) when the temperature suddenly skips a bunch of digits and it feels like a late spring day.

I won't mention windchill. I don't want to even remember it.
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Vegas is dry, bone dry. 45 degrees is nice riding weather, until you break a sweat. Its surprising how cold you can get with a little sweat. In the summer you pray for sweat, but you fossilize first.
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Moisture in the air DOTH sucketh. I about died when we hit record-breaking temps here on the Wet Coast this summer, upwards of 40 C with the humidex. I could not ride my bike it was so brutal.

Also the dampness in the winter is pretty bad, old people bail and move to Florida/Arizona etc to escape. I personally love deserts, though not getting nose bleeds all winter aint so bad.
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I go to Colorado to ride in the summer sometimes and it is definitely nice to be able to ride in 100 degree heat and not worry about it being oppressive. It was kind of inconvenient having to stop every 20 miles for a gallon+ of water and electrolytes, but the low RH definitely made for an enjoyable ride!
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What's RH?

I burned through water like crazy riding in near 40C with humidex here in the summer...in only 6km!
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I burned through water like crazy riding in near 40C with humidex here in the summer...in only 6km!
Sorry, Relative Humidity... the drier the air, the more efficient evaporative cooling is, so the lower the apparent temperature will be.
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Oh, right. So we sweat more efficiently with less moisture in the air?

Incidentally, our ancestors transitioned from fruit-eating, to scavenging then actual hunting, with required the ability to run and the ability to sweat...most animals can't sweat. Boring facts from Physical Anthropology lol.
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