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    I feel like it's probably a little bit safer riding in the dark than in broad daylight. That's assuming you have bright head and tail lights on your bike. You can "blend into" the background and your surroundings at midday, especially when drivers are concentrating on looking out for other cars and their focus is on the places where cars will be. At night, your lights grab their attention and let them know you're there.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I rode with someone last night, it was probably the last night above 50 degrees and I wore shorts. My knees were actually sore and he recommended, along with others that keeping knees warm is very important, but why? Do they tighten up in the cold, can injuries happen due to this? Is it more of a comfort thing?

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    I'm no Dr so I can't tell you what the cold weather does to the knees, but I will offer this...

    when my knees get cold it make my ride less enjoyable....knee warmers are inexpesive, heck even leg warmers won't break the bank, get yourself a couple sets.

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    long underwear has saved my skin, quite literally, since I started cold weather riding.

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    I put some full coverage fenders on the single-speed steel winter bike. That along with the 32MM tires, Elite Gel Cuissi cages, Superflash Turbo and Magicshine ensures I'm ready for the Chicago winter. It weighs about 30 pounds and looks like something that escaped the Road Warrior set.

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    I'm not worried about winter. you know why I'm not worried about winter? Because I'm in Texas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I feel like it's probably a little bit safer riding in the dark than in broad daylight. That's assuming you have bright head and tail lights on your bike. You can "blend into" the background and your surroundings at midday, especially when drivers are concentrating on looking out for other cars and their focus is on the places where cars will be. At night, your lights grab their attention and let them know you're there.
    that's assuming your lights are flashing REALLY bright that there's no way for anyone to not see you.
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    I'll be doing some snowboarding/skiing and snowshoeing. Not crazy about riding on road at night (though I have 20-40 miles of bike paths) so I'm thinking of doing more mountain biking at night. Don't have to deal with traffic that way. Love loving here!

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    It was so cold this weekend I had to wear arm warmers. [sarcastic face]
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Winter came back today ... and will stay for the weekend.

    Rain, rain, rain, and more rain!

    Plus today, the temperature only reached 12C. Brrrrr!!! Icy cold!!

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    "Winter is coming"

    Yup. It didn't hit 70 degrees, and it was partly cloudy all day.

    Winter is here.

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    2 weeks ago the temps were 17F on my early morning commute. This weekend it's supposed to get colder. Good news is I got to try out the bar mitts I bought last spring on closeout. They work really, really well.
    Words are like bullets I let them pass through me. Giggity!

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    Looks like today will be my last ride of the year. High of 4C and sunny. The next week will be snow, wind and highs around 0. Hello basement trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclebycle13 View Post
    2 weeks ago the temps were 17F on my early morning commute. This weekend it's supposed to get colder. Good news is I got to try out the bar mitts I bought last spring on closeout. They work really, really well.
    Will be wearing my lobster gloves and thick booties on tonight's ride.

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    soo. It's going to be 28 F in SE TX tomorrow, and I was planning to bike to work. I hope the thermo layers do their job

    5/20

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    Time to move out of Texas...

    That's why I live in SoCal, ~75*F all week, but will drop to the 60's thurs/fri.

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    Looks like the forecast calls for -60F windchills tomorrow morning. woot.

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    Jesus.....

    Glad I'm not in Iowa right now.
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    You guys should have a ride over here, highlight of last weeks temp was 2c! lows of -5c to -7c early morning... most days see an average of 10-15mph NE or SW wind and driving rain...

    I need a winter tool/bike....

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    Soon, I will have to go..... jogging ....... *vomit smiley*

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    Glad I'm not in Iowa right now.
    I know. I don't understand why Canada can't keep that cold up there where it belongs
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    how are the headlights working out? mine keep crapping out on me either due to cold battery issues, or changing modes over bumpy roads.

    I use NiMH rechargeables. Is it usually better with those USB charging Lithium batteries? The main problem I have with internal batteries is that they're harder to replace, considering all batteries (including lithium) are prone to voltage loss due to memory effect.

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    As much as I like winter and snow for recreation I am ready for some 65 degree sunny days for riding myself!
    I am just a spoke in a broken wheel!

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    Think I got a little sunburn on my rides this weekend. It's gonna be 80F today, so they say, cooling down to mid-60s later in the week. I've already got my toe covers installed!

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    - 11 degrees F, 20 mph wind for wind chill of - 37 F. Think i'll stay in.

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