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    Anyone Riding in Sub-Zero Fahrenheit?

    Me? Not a chance!
    Been in NJ for over a month now - and it's been cold, snowy, rainy, Colder!

    But today takes the cake. Temp at 9:30 AM, on a very accurate thermometer outside the house
    = -2 deg fahrenheit!

    can't wait to get back to CA...

    any serious cycle kooks riding in this 'arctic blast'?

    but it is sunny, for now
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    -12 here in the mountains of NC today. I plan to do about 30 miles.







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    don't do it. it is dangerous.
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    Mountain biking is probably ok since you're burning a lot of calories but not going fast.

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    Yeah...there's a point where you're being silly. I draw the line at 32F and know others that will ride down into the teens...but sub zero temps? That's just setting yourself up for injury. It was -17 here yesterday...rode to -10 and is currently 2. The windchills (just standing there) dipped to -35 to -45. Riding? I can't imagine what it would be.

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    -19 celcius this morning with the wind it was hovering around -35 to -40.

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    I'll ride down to -2 or -3. My coldest ride was -13, but that was a waste of time. Don't know what those temps are in Fahrenheit.

    This has been an intense winter, with lots of snow, so the roads aren't bare and dry like they typically are. I haven't been on my bike outside in over two weeks.
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    You should try skiing some time.
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    We call this Tuesday.

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    There was an article in last weeks RBR newsletter about not freezing your privates...

    ...Just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Perfect timing to discover a crack in my old frame - staying inside and putting together a new ride.

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    No. It's not that fun when you have to wear so many layers that you become a giant blob. I also worry about frostbite on my face and ears. And breathing in such cold air is not good for you. There isn't a single medical journal that would advocate doing intense cardio in sub-zero temps. Can do more damage than good to your lugs and throat.

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    -23F yesterday morning for the ride in, -14F for the ride home. I bailed out today. They said the temp might reach 0F today, and I was afraid I might overheat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post

    any serious cycle kooks riding in this 'arctic blast'?
    Yes, Pcad.
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    Only for fun. -6 deg. F. Could'a stayed out longer but my glasses had an ice coating I couldn't see through. I used a half open dust mask so most of my breath went down, but not enough, though the mask did help keep the air warmer for my lungs - I agree really cold air cannot be conducive to good health. The only other thing I would have done would be that greasy stuff that helps keep the frostbite away because it won't let skin dry out. I used to use that cross country skiing. So why do my glasses fog on a bike and not when I used to ski? Fat face from age?


    Bicycle Lake Minnetonka 2013-12-31 No 1382 s.jpg

    Oh - and regarding the "dangerous" posting - ya, I agree, being out when it's cold at all invites trouble. This ride was a planned short one and my wife was within 15 minutes and knew my schedule. When I'm out, with any risk of hypothermia, (in the woods, mind you, not on a lake) I carry a emergency fire kit. (Just in case I'm conscious enough to do anything reasonable..) ...NM...long discussion and I really digress...
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    I saw someone commuting this morning in <5 temps and almost threw up on sight on their behalf. A car without heat for 20min was all I could stand to do..

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    Oh yah motorcycles on ice. I was in a three hour team race with the guy on bike 457.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dralways View Post
    i saw someone commuting this morning in <5 temps and almost threw up on sight on their behalf. A car without heat for 20min was all i could stand to do..
    htfu

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    I have been riding all winter in Michigan. Today it was 14 below F,,broke the record by -9 degrees,,they called it feels like -35. I am one tough guy lol I ride when it is about 10. There is also 13 inches of snow on the ground lol. I would like to die riding my bike, but not on purpose lol. Friday it is going to be 35 degrees, Saturday 40 degrees,,might as well wait a day or so when it is warm enough that if you get a flat tire, you are not going to die. When I was raising my children I would tell them dont stay too long out in the cold and make sure you wear your hat, cause it can be so cold your ear could crack off and then the doctors will have to take a piece of your tushy and make an ear outta it. Then you will literally be a butt head.

    I am not a butt head lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    htfu
    Done enough of that to last me at least the next couple years in the last two. Maybe my car has spoiled me a bit because I was carless and commuting on a 40lb bike on snowy sub-zero days just over a year ago. For a hobby, though? I'd rather live to tell your grandkids to "htfu" since you won't. That is until I'm within reach of the pro tour, of course.

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    I had to ride in 13 degree weather today. Oh wait, you said Fahrenheit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dralways View Post
    Done enough of that to last me at least the next couple years in the last two. Maybe my car has spoiled me a bit because I was carless and commuting on a 40lb bike on snowy sub-zero days just over a year ago. For a hobby, though? I'd rather live to tell your grandkids to "htfu" since you won't. That is until I'm within reach of the pro tour, of course.
    Seriously ?

    LTFU

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    Anyone Riding in Sub-Zero Fahrenheit?


    Yes ... often.

    When I lived in Winnipeg, I commuted by bicycle year round ... in temps as low as -40C/F. I preferred that to scraping ice off car windows, and then sitting inside the freezing car on rock solid seats waiting for some teensy bit of heat to emerge from the vents.

    And ... a little story for your reading enjoyment about a century I did late in February in 2003 in Winnipeg ...
    http://www.machka.net/brevet/Coldest_Century.htm


    I've done several more centuries (and somewhat shorter rides) in slightly warmer temps than that ... like -18C, -20C, -22C ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
    Me? Not a chance!
    Been in NJ for over a month now - and it's been cold, snowy, rainy, Colder!

    But today takes the cake. Temp at 9:30 AM, on a very accurate thermometer outside the house
    = -2 deg fahrenheit!

    can't wait to get back to CA...

    any serious cycle kooks riding in this 'arctic blast'?

    but it is sunny, for now

    Jeez, let me know when it gets cold over there. Here in western MN our temps have been in the -20s for daytime highs most of last week with windchills to -50s. In Fargo, ND, there are plenty of cycle commuters still riding. Icy roads have been limiting me but I've been out a couple of times in this kinda chilly MN winter but I'm putting studded Schwalbe Winters on my Plan B bike today (assuming UPS man brings them as scheduled) and plan to ride every chance I get. -2F is a nice day from Christmas until Valentines Day around here.

    We are at -21F actual temp right now with an expected high of -5F today and it's one of the nicer days we have had recently. Supposed to be an unseasonably toasty 24 F and sunny on Saturday and I'm half disappointed because the roads might start to thaw out and I'm not going to get much chance to try out my new studded tires.

    If you really want some winter fun:



    Off road along snow covered trails and on the frozen Red River of the North. Try a fat bike on cross country ski trails or frozen over CX trails.

    I have never understood why people have no problem with skiing or even running at zero F, but get on a bike and they're all "What'r ya? Nuts?" Sure, you're not going to ride alone way out in the boonies without a backup plan at those temps, but properly prepared you can certainly ride all year round, even for enjoyment.

    Prairie-Village.jpg Winter-Wonderland-1.jpg

    Here are some pictures from a ride in December 2012. Temps were in the low teens and I spent a good two hours enjoying this early morning scenery before the sun came out and the frost dropped from the trees. Those people who hang up their bikes when it gets below freezing don't know what they're missing.
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