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Old 01-31-10, 09:21 AM   #1
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When in doubt, ride!

'nuff said?
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Old 01-31-10, 12:17 PM   #2
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Agree. On Friday at 14*F and 28 MPH crosswinds, with few reservations, I rode. On Saturday at 2* I wavered, and job/family duties won out so I took the car, "For duty and humanity, Nyuk, Nyuk."
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It's -12 C and snowing and looks like a beautiful afternoon to get out and enjoy some fresh air.
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made it to Fenway Park from Maynard. about 46 miles round trip with temps in the teens. the ride in went quickly but the ride home was epic. used a new-to-me bike that was just tuned up including a new BB. the bike checks out fine! :-)
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AMEN!!!

Remember last summer, major thunderstorm forecasted with hail and everything. Decided to drive, got into a major traffic jam (rain hadn't started yet) and then looked for parking forever. Walking back from the parking spot - got completely drenched. Had I taken the bike - I would have made it before the rain/hail started.
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made it to Fenway Park from Maynard. about 46 miles round trip with temps in the teens. the ride in went quickly but the ride home was epic. used a new-to-me bike that was just tuned up including a new BB. the bike checks out fine! :-)
Wow, you did that this weekend? I live about two blocks from Fenway Park and I know how far Maynard is from my summer time riding. Just this Saturday I went to the Souvenir Shop on Yawkey Way (first time ever after 26 years in Kenmore Square) to buy a christening gift.

My winter riding is totally confined to my 14 mile commute.
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rumrunn6, you have clearly worked out your winter riding apparel. I'm still refining mine, though I did very well today. A small gap in coverage can cause a lot of localized pain, and it increases over time.

I only rode about 8 or 10 miles today, but it was a beautiful day. Immediately after returning home from my ride, I put the dogs in the car and took them to the dog park. We don't get to go often, so it was a special treat. People were complaining about the cold, but I was still wearing all my clothes, so I was fine.
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noglider - yes - one time I had a gap between my turtle neck and my balaclava and the cold felt like it was drilling a hole in my neck. glad you got out.

Jim - you gotta stop working so much ;-)
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Hey rr6,

Work gives me a destination to ride to.
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ride to my house. I'll give you a tequilla and a cigar
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Thanks. I'll take a rain check until May. Martinis in Kenmore Square year round.
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don't temp me, I'll do it in a snow storm!
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I did about 20km in total on Friday night, it was a low of -20 overnight... thankfully I stopped once and had a few hot toddies to stave off the bitter cold. I really need to upgrade to bigger mittens. One of the guys that came out to critical mass showed up without gloves on :S
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yeah I find for the very very cold days - loose fitting handwear is the way to go. I use a glove liner and then loose big fitting insulated winter gloves. if it will be in the high 20s F or low 30s then I can get by with just 1 pair of regular fitting ski gloves
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I did about 20km in total on Friday night, it was a low of -20 overnight... thankfully I stopped once and had a few hot toddies to stave off the bitter cold. I really need to upgrade to bigger mittens. One of the guys that came out to critical mass showed up without gloves on :S
Oh a tough guy huh, well hand/foot warmth varies a lot. According to one study, the Inuit hand has very good resistance to cold, no surprise there!

-20 and no mittens though ain't smart no matter who you are.
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yeah I find for the very very cold days - loose fitting handwear is the way to go. I use a glove liner and then loose big fitting insulated winter gloves. if it will be in the high 20s F or low 30s then I can get by with just 1 pair of regular fitting ski gloves
Depending how much your hands sweat you should try a vapour barrier glove at near 10f and below...
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