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    East Bay...What's up with all the jackets and leg warmers???

    First off, have fun with this. I'm not trying to start a flame war or "trolling"...I'm just having fun.

    But anyway...what's up with everyone in the east bay riding with the winter jackets, and leg warmers and arm warmers and beanie caps? I've been riding around lately, and it seems like so many cyclists are wearing winter gear when it's like 70 degrees outside! My computer has a semi-accurate thermometer, and this weekend, it was mid 60's to low 70's all weekend (mid day), but still everyone is dressing like it's 35 degrees!

    I'm a skinny cyclist, but I'm more than comfortable in shorts and short sleeves. Why does everyone around here ride like it's winter in Colorado???

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    Maybe they are cold. Not everyone is the same.
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    I started out this morning with arm warmers and a jacket. Finished up with the arm warmers and jacket in my jersey pockets. Maybe some can't be bothered to remove the warm clothes.
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    Hey, it can still be pretty cold in the shaded valleys. I kept arm and knee warmers on during my whole ride yesterday. Even had a baselayer with a front wind barrier under my jersey.

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    We're Californians .... plus, I got used to wearing knee warmers and leg warmers. My vest turns into a fanny pack, so it's not a big deal if I bring it ... I have some place to stash it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    We're Californians ....
    Bingo!

    I always wonder what folks in other parts of the country thinks of us

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    Quote Originally Posted by gitarzan View Post
    Maybe they are cold. Not everyone is the same.
    You are not allowed to be cold at 70 degrees and sunny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpelpel View Post
    Hey, it can still be pretty cold in the shaded valleys. I kept arm and knee warmers on during my whole ride yesterday. Even had a baselayer with a front wind barrier under my jersey.
    To be fair, last Saturday, coming down Diablo I was pretty farkin' cold, even though it was probably 65 degrees...I only had the "secret" windstopper, a Tyvek mailing envelope.

    But this weekend it was pretty nice, except for Pinehurst...always cool in there.

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    Hee hee, I often find myself wondering the same thing.

    But then, I'm one of those dorks who swings to the opposite extreme: I ride without a shirt whenever I can.

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    90% agree with ya there, but I do find that weather can vary a lot across the coastal range. Pinehurst/Canyon roads can easily be 10 degrees cooler than outside the canyon. Some of my coldest rides have been in June when, after sweating up Tunnel road, I dropped down Pinehurst without extra layers. Lots of sweat + 25mph descent + 10 deg cooler in the redwoods = holy crap!

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    Lots of folks riding outside for the first time this season, I bet. Their blood is thin from spinning at the gym all winter.
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    Just getting ready for winter. As a reminder of what's ahead:

    Mark Twain quote
    "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    To be fair, last Saturday, coming down Diablo I was pretty farkin' cold, even though it was probably 65 degrees...I only had the "secret" windstopper, a Tyvek mailing envelope.

    But this weekend it was pretty nice, except for Pinehurst...always cool in there.
    right there with you brother. summited at 11:30 and was breathing frost. was glad i had the clothes on that i did and wished for more. but comfortable back down on the lowlands.

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    I'm always cold in the morning and then I have to ride down a hill from my home; I'm freezing at the bottom.

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    under 65 is bad for the knees. knee warmers don't really get too hot either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Lots of folks riding outside for the first time this season, I bet. Their blood is thin from spinning at the gym all winter.
    i.e. They're wusses

    Last two weekend's have been mid 70s, so I've been in my summer gear.
    It's still wicked cold on my morning commute though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Lots of folks riding outside for the first time this season, I bet. Their blood is thin from spinning at the gym all winter.
    We have winter here???

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    We have winter here???
    Lemme guess, you're not a native.
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    If you saw me, it's because I started at 7ish in the morning; ...and it was cold then. I'll often start with full-on gloves and a skullcap, start shedding about 11am, but the windbreaker is the last to go.

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    Went for a ride yesterday around noon with arm warmers, long fingered gloves on and my light jacket in my back pocket. I'm glad I brought that with me cuz as I descended Old La Honda it was COLD. Also the tail wind was so cold that I kept my light jacket on while cruising down middlefield at 3:30 pm. This Spring feels a lot more like Winter if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    If you saw me, it's because I started at 7ish in the morning; ...and it was cold then. I'll often start with full-on gloves and a skullcap, start shedding about 11am, but the windbreaker is the last to go.
    All kidding aside, that's what I generally think. I'm a lazy fark on weekends. I don't get going until around 10. All you early birds out at 7...I know it's still cold then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Lemme guess, you're not a native.
    Heck yeah! Born in Concord, raised in Clayton. My point is that our winters consist of a little rain, and temps in the low 40's. Brrrrrr!!!

    Although this year we had a nice cold snap in early December...coldest ride of my life, 35 degrees was the warmest it got all ride. But come on, 35 degrees? If you live in Minnesota or something, 35 degrees is a nice warm winter day!

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    I worked with a bunch New Yorkers for a while and they used to laugh at me for wearing sweaters to work because they kept the A/C around 60 (I do not exaggerate). I don't wear leg warmers or tights, so long as my chest is warm. Yeah, the rest of the country thinks we are a bunch of wimps, but we can console ourselves because we live in California and they do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    Bingo!

    I always wonder what folks in other parts of the country thinks of us
    I moved here from Maine 6 months ago, both there and here, my primary transport mode to/from work is the bicycle. In Maine I only rode in warm weather (over 0F), and generally considered 45 the point at which I would wear shorts and a short sleeve jersey (possibly with arm and leg warmers). When I got to CA and saw the way people bundle up to ride, I found it quite amusing. My basic method for keeping comfortable is to adjust how hard I work depending on how I am dressed and what the weather is like. If it feels cold, just pedal harder and you will warm up quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauerwald View Post
    I moved here from Maine 6 months ago, both there and here, my primary transport mode to/from work is the bicycle. In Maine I only rode in warm weather (over 0F), and generally considered 45 the point at which I would wear shorts and a short sleeve jersey (possibly with arm and leg warmers). When I got to CA and saw the way people bundle up to ride, I found it quite amusing. My basic method for keeping comfortable is to adjust how hard I work depending on how I am dressed and what the weather is like. If it feels cold, just pedal harder and you will warm up quickly.
    You must be my brother from another mother . Though I have never lived in other states, I knew people thought that about us! Hell, I thought that about us!

    On a cool day, yeah, I start off cold, but in 10 minutes I'm warmed up and would hate to ride for another 2 or 3 hours with all these jackets and warmers to carry around. Just ride harder!

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