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    random thoughts on my ride today

    I had to drop the car off this morning, so I threw my bike in the back, and dropped the car off. They offered me a ride in the shuttle, but it's only 2 or 3 miles, and I figured it would get my blood flowing for the work I have to do today.

    It was cold; 52-ish this morning overcast and a little windy. now before all of you yankee types make fun of me, it's 100+ with 90%+ humidity here for 6 months out of the year, and the sun will flay the skin right off of you. This caused me to ride in jeans, which I do not normally do. I also wore new slip-ons, which I recently bought for 10 bucks, because I only own a pair of skate vans to ride in, and I got soaked on saturday riding on monsoon conditions. My sneakers took 4 days to dry out. I figure that 2 pairs of sneakers isn't excessive. Since my vans have padded tongues, my clips are bent way up to get my sneakers in them. With the other shoes, I had a huge gap between the top of my shoes and the clip, so after a block or so, I tightened them way down. I don't know how everyone rides in these shoes-they're not very comfortable on pedals, and you have to really crank your straps down, which results in the tops of your feet hurting, as there is no padding. And, jeans are not comfortable to ride in either. I did manage to bring wool gloves, which I didn't think would work at all, but actually worked pretty well.

    The high point of my ride was seeing a buddy riding to work on his bike. The low point was making it home into my driveway only to realize that with all of the strap tightening, I couldn't get my feet out. After a vain attempt to ride up to my garage door to balance myself to loosen my straps, I had the dreaded 0mph tipover.

    I have to respect all of you folks that ride in cold-ass weather. I didn't break a sweat, which was nice, but the cold, dry air was burning my lungs. Granted, sweating your ass off isn't fun either, it hurts less.

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    ahaha... sorry to laugh, but i've been riding in 0 degree down to -20 degree (Fahrenheit) weather the past three days. i'm looking forward to weather in the positive 20's right now - that would feel balmy.

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    ^^^^ same here. i am excited this weekend because the temp is supposed to rise to 30 degrees!! warmest it has been in 2 weeks. last night on my ride home it was -24 with the wind chill
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    i'm not really sorry to laugh, but i'm a "yankee type" and really, i dont care how hot it gets, your lungs should not feel like that riding when its 52 out....

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    ya yesterday morning it was -26 with the wind chill here and any exposed skin hurt real bad after about 5 minutes of being outside. it was up to 0 with the windchill this morning

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    And people think I'm crazy for riding when it's 25F.
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    It's -7C (19F) and with the windchill it's a balmy -15C (5F) around here. 11C (52F) is t-shirt weather.
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    sorry, some of us dream of 52F at the moment.


    5F right now and no wind, perfect for a lunchtime ride! Fleece lined jeans, hoodie, fleece jacket and wool mits will keep me warm

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    To be fair to you, I have to admit that I wouldn't trade my 14 F commute for your 100+. At least pedaling my pista keeps me warm. Hate it when it gets muggy and above 90 in the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cogdriven View Post
    To be fair to you, I have to admit that I wouldn't trade my 14 F commute for your 100+. At least pedaling my pista keeps me warm. Hate it when it gets muggy and above 90 in the summer.

    im with you on this one...although neither are ideal

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    11 degrees here this morning. Pretty standard for the past few weeks.

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    Wow, 52- let's trade temperature.

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    I should also state the I can barely ride when the temp is above 80F with 90%+ humidity.

    I prefer 33F and horizontal rain over high temp/humidity.

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    You should try stuffing your sneakers with newspaper and changing it every few hours. Waiting 4 days for shoes to dry is ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock View Post
    It's -7C (19F) and with the windchill it's a balmy -15C (5F) around here. 11C (52F) is t-shirt weather.
    He said it.

    I like my Chucks for biking, but i think i'm going clipless this Summer, I Have been riding in Vans(to cold for canvas -7 as of right now). And i hate the big cadges i need for them, You get used to the tightness, And undoing your strap whenever you want to release your foot. it takes a little flick of the strap. i feel much more secure

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    it was 14* on my ride the other day. 52* would be awesome! i'd be out in a t-shirt for real!

    oh and i love riding in jeans. not tight, girl jeans, but comfortable fitting jeans, loose material jeans. super comfy.

    i dread the 0mph tipover but i always laugh out loud (yeah, i spelled it out) when i imagine people doing it and the look on their face.

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    Cold isn't that big of a deal for me, but I god-damn hate precipitation.

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    I'd rather get to where I'm going and have to warm up my fingers than get to where I'm going dripping sweat.

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    it's been in the high twenties and low thirties here for the last week or so.
    not cold enough to get dekt out, but too cold to dress light. sucks.

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    Jeans for riding = trouble IMO unless you've decent underwear to prevent the good old crotchrot/chafe fun time. I've never tried fleece lined jeans, I ride in track pants and add thermals underneath if it's below 20F-ish.

    It's not been super-duper-califragalistically cold, but it's not been pleasant - with the windchill factored in (as grimlock posted), it doesn't take long for exposed skin to feel it. Not long to wait for more seasonable weather, just gotta keep trucking - wind can go float a loaf, as can the ice - I'm good with just about anything else thrown out so far this season.

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    In the c-bus, we get both extremes. But not for as long it seems. Its decently cold here now, but after last winter's Stuporbowl in Minneapolis (-44 wind chill) nothing feels cold.
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    -20 windchill a few days ago. lucky i had a facemask but my forehead felt like it melted off. biking kept the rest of me warm though
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    25F this morning, iced out puddles. With wool gloves, wool sweater, wool hat and wool socks, I was warm and happy. Lungs adapt, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Half-Impressive View Post
    In the c-bus, we get both extremes. But not for as long it seems. Its decently cold here now, but after last winter's Stuporbowl in Minneapolis (-44 wind chill) nothing feels cold.
    Ohio weather is weird. Like 3 weeks ago I was walking around in short sleeves and it was 3 degrees when I walked(there was a lot of snow last night so I didn't feel like biking) to class this morning.

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    I love how all cold weather riding threads inevitably turn into pissing contests to see who rides in the coldest weather.

    On another point, I used to think 60F was cold until I went out last weekend. It was in the 40s with strong winds pushing the wind chill down to the 30s. This was my first time riding in weather this cold for more than a mile, so I layered up with: 2 thin "base layer" long sleeve shirts I had lying around, a pearl izumi long sleeve jersey, yet another long sleeve jersey (performance century), 4 layers of socks, toe covers on shoes, lycra tights, cotton jogging pants over the tights, full finger polyster-lined gloves and balaclava. Yes, this seemed like overkill, and standing I felt cozy. As soon as I got rolling, the wind cut right through me in the upper body and I rushed back inside the house to get the wind breaker. And guess what - that wind breaker did what it was supposed to do. Likewise, the cotton pants kept the wind from cutting into my bones (which even thick lycra is pretty poor at doing). So anyway, the lesson here is, mind the wind chill (20F or more depending on humidity, wind speed) - wear a wind breaker! At the end I was fairly sweaty and wished I hadn't overdone the baselayer thing. I think I could have discarded one base layer and the Performance jersey and still felt fine. Oh well, better sweaty than cold and miserable.
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