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Old 02-15-06, 09:13 PM   #1
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His package must have been frozen

It was 26F this morning and not much warmer for the return ride.

So on the way home, really thin guy on a Schwin is ahead of me. We reach the bottom of a 1.5mi descent where the avg speed along there is 25-32mph.

Suddenly I see this guy...no gloves, no cap, no helmet. Just jeans and a dress button down shirt with his hands jammed in his pockets! Hunker'n down trying to keep warm. Gads I felt so sorry for that guy. BRRRRRR
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Old 02-15-06, 09:46 PM   #2
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That's pretty wacked, VR. I thought it was somewhat chilly, enough to put on wool long johns under the Filsons and wool gloves too for the hour long ride this morning.

Seattle area is going to be getting even COLDER in a couple of days, Artic blast, The jet stream is well south of us, and it's allowing arctic air to move right down from the NE....

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I seen people riding this week, in the morning, with cycle shorts, and bare knees. Like wtf. Id be a frozen popsicle with bare knees in these temps.

Friday is supposed to be coldest commute day. My toes are the only part I cant keep warm.

Mec leg warmers, mec windproof tights and the lower half is toasty (then i can wear either the leg warmers or the tights on way home depending on temp). Ibex neve jacket for the dry cold with a couple thin base layers and i can almost imagine cycling in the east......no wait i cant heh. I dont know how those poor buggers live in that. Us pnw'rs damn near go crazy when we see freezing.

Speakign of which, my water froze on my trip to work today, wtf this is the west coast, thats not supposed to happen !
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I think some people just run REAL warm.
At 20F I'm dressed in the standard base layer, several poly layers, jacket, skull cap, etc.
At the same temp another cyclist that rides the same bus is wearing shorts, a light jacket, and nothing on his head. Chatted with him for a bit one morning. He has lived here all his life. I have no clue how much that has to do with the difference in clothing between the 2 of us. I'm originally from Washington state.
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the bare knees thing always gets me too. i see that all the time around here in the winter.
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If you spend a lot of time outside it's amazing what your body will adapt to. I met a guy who was a walking postman (walk door to door to deliver the mail, yeah they still do that in some neighborhoods). He was retired when I met him but he'd done it for like 30 years. He would wear a t-shirt and shorts in ANY temperature. The only time he would dress warmer than that was if it were very cold and raining. He came out to buy a christmas tree from my grandfather's farm and it was like single digits or maybe teens. T-shirt and shorts.

Edit: I should point out he wasn't even exercising. Just standing around talking with us.
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Im just a complete wuss when it comes to cold. And I have swedish heritage, go figure.

My skydiving club is all trained to know I refuse to sit near the door of the plane cause i hate the cold draft......
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I seen people riding this week, in the morning, with cycle shorts, and bare knees. Like wtf. Id be a frozen popsicle with bare knees in these temps.

Speakign of which, my water froze on my trip to work today, wtf this is the west coast, thats not supposed to happen !
Probably an urban legend but some trainer mentioned that the fluid in your knees chill pretty quickly in temps under 60F. You need the band width to peddle and so it's hard on your knees.

Jarery No frost in the water bottle...guess it's still warmer here than there.
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Probably an urban legend but some trainer mentioned that the fluid in your knees chill pretty quickly in temps under 60F. You need the band width to peddle and so it's hard on your knees.

Jarery No frost in the water bottle...guess it's still warmer here than there.
NO FAIR !!
Your only 3 hours south, it cant actually be warmer there !!
Well, 3 hours by car...but still...

I believe the urban legend, i try to follow the "65 degrees cover the knees" mantra. I have poor knees to begin with, mogul skiing in my youth seemed like a great idea at the time
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I'm especially amazed at the young males I pass at the bus stop. They're often wearing shorts and a T-shirt in below 20F weather. I think it's insane.

People at work get on my case about biking on a cold day. They probably suffer more exposure than I do, just walking from the parking lot, because they're only wearing a light leather jacket, no gloves or hat.
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