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Old 01-17-09, 07:47 PM   #1
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Coldest temps you've ridden in

I'll start as I just posted this in another thread.

My personal record is -46C with the wind chill making it feel like -55C.
That would be about -67 Fahrenheit for you U.S folks.
We were ice fishing on Tobin Lake and had an old Trek 830 Antelope as our "ice bike".


And no, this wasn't a 40km ride. It was from our shack on the ice to the truck and back which was about 1km. But we did this many times during the day to get our food and "antifreeze" and to start and shut off the truck.
I was wearing my Canada Goose parka and pants with Sorel Glacier boots. And only those that have pedaled in Sorel's know how funny it looks!
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Old 01-17-09, 09:34 PM   #2
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I am humbled. My best has been -20F this past Thursday (January 15, 2009).
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Old 01-18-09, 09:55 AM   #3
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Mine is - 25 C with a windchill of -30 or so with no sun and a bit of snow falling.
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-18 f with -32 wind chill. I ready to move back to Arizona!!
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Old 01-18-09, 12:27 PM   #5
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My personal record is -46C with the wind chill making it feel like -55C.
Wow That's sure got me beat. Mine was -27C and I thought that was pretty darn cold!
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Old 01-18-09, 02:23 PM   #6
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When I commuted to work by bicycle regularly back in Winnipeg, the coldest temp I rode in was -40C/F. I'm not sure what the windchill factor was. My commute was only 13.4 km round trip (so about 30 minutes each way in the winter), and as long as the roads were in decent shape, I rode.

I've walked in even colder temps both in Winnipeg and when I lived in northern Alberta.

And my coldest century is described here: http://www.machka.net/brevet/Coldest_Century.htm
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Old 01-18-09, 02:41 PM   #7
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My commute was only 13.4 km round trip (so about 30 minutes each way in the winter), and as long as the roads were in decent shape, I rode.
Only 13.4 km at -40F. Now that's funny!
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Old 01-18-09, 03:46 PM   #8
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I did +22F this past Friday. What can I say? I'm in Texas.
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i was gonna ride the other day when it was close to -30 with the wind.

i *****ed out a couple times when it was colder out. and that was mostly due to the nagging of my peers who thought i was gonna die doing so. otherwise i would have done it.
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Last year was 3f. This year so far -14f. -67f or 22f. So what, as long as your out there doin' it. It takes a hearty soul to ride in cold weather no matter what the temps are.
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So what do you define as cold weather, and how cold does it have to be to need a hearty soul? Does 24 degrees count.
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So what do you define as cold weather, and how cold does it have to be to need a hearty soul? Does 24 degrees count.
no 24 degress doesn't count. that is cold and you do need to dress warm, but that is tropical compared
to 14 degrees. or 5.

or -26 like I had Saturday AM
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So what do you define as cold weather, and how cold does it have to be to need a hearty soul? Does 24 degrees count.
If you're talking the Fahrenheit (is that how it's spelled?) system it's got to have a "-" in front of the number for it to count as cold.
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My record is -36C without windchill. Temperature isn't really a factor in winter biking- at least that's my personal opinion. I think the only hard part is going through that brown sand/salt mix!
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My record is -36C without windchill. Temperature isn't really a factor in winter biking- at least that's my personal opinion. I think the only hard part is going through that brown sand/salt mix!

You must be from Alberta.
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-35c.... -49c with windchill....................... in winnipeg
winter cycling rules!!!

so peaceful in the morning!
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Old 01-22-09, 03:38 PM   #17
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-35c.... -49c with windchill....................... in winnipeg
winter cycling rules!!!

so peaceful in the morning!
We have been having some awsome weather here in Saskatchewan. Its been about -10 to -15 for the last 5 days.
But it is supposed to dip down to -33 tonight. I have been out more in the last week than in 2 months.
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If you're talking the Fahrenheit (is that how it's spelled?) system it's got to have a "-" in front of the number for it to count as cold.
Maybe you got that backward because 0F= -17.8C
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Maybe you got that backward because 0F= -17.8C
-17.8C is about when it starts getting cold.

It was cold this morning at -18C ... it wasn't cold yesterday morning at -6C.
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I am humbled. My best has been -20F this past Thursday (January 15, 2009).
Me too. It sucked. Today was MUCH better. This whole week was MUCH better.
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I am humbled. My best has been -20F this past Thursday (January 15, 2009).

ditto: PB was minus 20F for winter biking
XC skiing minus 28F..........
winter camping minus 20F
streaking-never mind :-)
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The coldest weather I've ridden in was -20F/-29 C. I've gone skiing at -30F/-34 C. Both are perfectly comfortable with the right clothing - in fact, I've skiied with my then 8 year old daughter at these temperatures and she had a ball.

I agree with Matchka that below 0 F/-18 C is where cold really begins. The air feels really dry when you inhale and snow and ice become much less slippery.

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It's like asking how cold is the lobby in hell? You reach a point where it doesn't much matter. I hit that point last week.
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For your reference, Hell is kept at a constant -273.16K/-460F, to be as punishing as possible. The temperature is raised slightly in the whipping room, so the demons can move their whips. Okay, not that funny but couldn't help it.
By the way, I cycled two miles from the library to home last night at 2.6C in shorts. Can someone please tell me off. I can't wait for the juicy comments.
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For your reference, Hell is kept at a constant -273.16K/-460F, to be as punishing as possible. The temperature is raised slightly in the whipping room, so the demons can move their whips. Okay, not that funny but couldn't help it.
By the way, I cycled two miles from the library to home last night at 2.6C in shorts. Can someone please tell me off. I can't wait for the juicy comments.
2 miles is nothing. You could have ridden in shorts and a sleeveless jersey for 2 miles in -26C and been OK. For 2 miles, I wouldn't have even bothered to get the bicycle out ... I'd have walked and gotten some fresh air and exercise from it.
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