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Old 03-13-16, 03:07 PM   #1
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Interesting (kinda) winter bike trivia.

So far this is what I've come up with. What else is there?

It is possible, in the dark, well below freezing, to take a leak at the side of the road, in rural areas, without getting caught, while wearing 6 layers top and bottom. Previously thought impossible by science.
When mixed 60/40 with cheap orange drink from Shaws, water bottles do not freeze at 24F.
Road bike STI levers can be shifted with mittens on.
Tail light buttons not so much.
Three layers of neoprene bike booties can be worn at once.
All 7 of my bike computers work at 22F.
There is no boogeyman in the woods. (Still under investigation.)
One needs to take off your mittens or gloves to talk on the cell phone. This is the perfect way to cut short a phone call when needed. The phone works at 20F The camera works at 20F.
When it's cold store owners are more willing to let you bring the bike inside. It's inconvenient to lock and unlock the bike when it's well below freezing.
Century rides are fine even if it is in the 20F range of temps. It's not the cold as much as the ground (road) conditions that change riding.
Riding a heavy bike with studded tires that are 2 lbs. each on the road is still fun. The #$%^%$ with not wearing them out
I'm going to ride as much as possible.
Three years or more for two $80 to $100 studded tires to wear out, is cheaper than going skiing two or three times.
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So far this is what I've come up with. What else is there?

It is possible, in the dark, well below freezing, to take a leak at the side of the road, in rural areas, without getting caught, while wearing 6 layers top and bottom. Previously thought impossible by science.
When mixed 60/40 with cheap orange drink from Shaws, water bottles do not freeze at 24F.
Road bike STI levers can be shifted with mittens on.
Tail light buttons not so much.
Three layers of neoprene bike booties can be worn at once.
All 7 of my bike computers work at 22F.
There is no boogeyman in the woods. (Still under investigation.)
One needs to take off your mittens or gloves to talk on the cell phone. This is the perfect way to cut short a phone call when needed. The phone works at 20F The camera works at 20F.
When it's cold store owners are more willing to let you bring the bike inside. It's inconvenient to lock and unlock the bike when it's well below freezing.
Century rides are fine even if it is in the 20F range of temps. It's not the cold as much as the ground (road) conditions that change riding.
Riding a heavy bike with studded tires that are 2 lbs. each on the road is still fun. The #$%^%$ with not wearing them out
I'm going to ride as much as possible.
Three years or more for two $80 to $100 studded tires to wear out, is cheaper than going skiing two or three times.
I can let you know that nearly all of this is true when temps are below 0F too.

Taking a leak with sub-zero temps is *interesting*; but can be done (quickly) with some effort.
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I have 5 and 6 years on two different sets of studded tires. The sidewalls may crack first.
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It is possible, in the dark, well below freezing, to take a leak at the side of the road, in rural areas, without getting caught, while wearing 6 layers top and bottom. Previously thought impossible by science.
It's possible in broad daylight to take a dump on the side of a rural road without getting caught when wearing bib shorts under tights which requires you to remove both your jacket and baselayer shirt first. Though it does make you start wearing your baselayer shirt under the bib straps.
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I have 5 and 6 years on two different sets of studded tires. The sidewalls may crack first.
I have three on my Schwalbes and 12-15 maybe on my Nokians.
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It's possible in broad daylight to take a dump on the side of a rural road without getting caught when wearing bib shorts under tights which requires you to remove both your jacket and baselayer shirt first. Though it does make you start wearing your baselayer shirt under the bib straps.
Another scientific breakthrough. !!!!!!
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I can let you know that nearly all of this is true when temps are below 0F too.

Taking a leak with sub-zero temps is *interesting*; but can be done (quickly) with some effort.
Who says you can't learn anything important on BF ?!!?
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