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    Winter is Coming

    It looks like many parts of the U.S. have had a pretty mild fall so far. Well, right on cue, it sounds like some real winter temps are gonna hit next week with the actual start of Winter. Something tells me that traffic is going to increase in this section of Bike Forums.

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    I'm looking forward to it - overdressed today, it should be about the right amount of gear for the Sat night ride.... If anyone makes it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    It looks like many parts of the U.S. have had a pretty mild fall so far. Well, right on cue, it sounds like some real winter temps are gonna hit next week with the actual start of Winter. Something tells me that traffic is going to increase in this section of Bike Forums.
    You just had to bring this up I get to ride into work in about an hour at -7F(-21C) temps. OH the joy!
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    Fascinating stuff! . . . BTW, Gojohnnygo . . . I bet at those MILD temperatures you meet many interesting characters on your way to work!


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    Why make fun of a Polar bear? When it's a endanger animal.

    Please do your best and help stop the shrinking habitat of the polar bear.

    Archie, you have no idea where I live in NY. Their is much more to NY than you think. Northern Adirondacks. I laugh at the people on the today show for saying its so cold at 25F.
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    My temp just a bit south of me.
    Saranac Lake, Adirondack Regional Airport
    Last Update on Dec 18, 7:51 am EST


    Fair

    -15F
    (-26C) Humidity: 86 %
    Wind Speed: Calm
    Barometer: 30.02" (1021.9 mb)
    Dewpoint: -18F (-28C)
    Visibility: 10.00 mi.
    More Local Wx: 2 Day History:
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    I know my Limits..we'll be in minus windchill territory tomorrow..... -14 by 10am says accuwx.
    Kickstand is in the down position.
    It sounds like a SimCity4 weekend for me.....

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    Gojohnnygo . . . It would be impossible for anyone crazy enough to be reading this forum, NOT to love polar bears!

    Secondly, I was right . . . Anyone who bikes at -30 (C or F) . . . either lives in polar bear territory . . . or more than likely is a polar bear in human disguise!!
    :-)

    Here's my 'freezing' 24 hrs forecast:
    Max/min 3/-6 C (max 37F, min 21F) . . . This sounds like Hawaii compared to Gojohnnygo's residence.

    I'll be commuting at 06:15 hrs at about -6C/21F . . . Last night we had non-stop pouring rain with 40/50 mph gusts/winds . . . Lovely!

    Take care.

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    I love polar bears. The fur pelt I have wrapped around me is polar bear, it's WARM! Also, the polar bear/manatee chili I'm cooking smells delicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archie
    Gojohnnygo . . . It would be impossible for anyone crazy enough to be reading this forum, NOT to love polar bears!

    Secondly, I was right . . . Anyone who bikes at -30 (C or F) . . . either lives in polar bear territory . . . or more than likely is a polar bear in human disguise!!
    :-)

    Here's my 'freezing' 24 hrs forecast:
    Max/min 3/-6 C (max 37F, min 21F) . . . This sounds like Hawaii compared to Gojohnnygo's residence.

    I'll be commuting at 06:15 hrs at about -6C/21F . . . Last night we had non-stop pouring rain with 40/50 mph gusts/winds . . . Lovely!

    Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispistoferson
    I love polar bears. The fur pelt I have wrapped around me is polar bear, it's WARM! Also, the polar bear/manatee chili I'm cooking smells delicious.
    Did you save the polar bears pelt I would like to buy it. The ultimate in warm winter riding gear. Don't eat Manatee its all fat.
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    LOL . . . You guys are something.

    Anyway . . . my apologies to Ranger for the slight diversion to geography and cooking . . . gojohnnygo & pistoferson are entirely to blame for everything.

    Regards

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    It's gonna be down in the teens the next couple days. This is a big deal for the South! I'm looking forward to it, I love the cold, 'cuz you can always bundle up, but when it's 97 degrees and %100 humidity you can't take your skin off!
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    NOw is the time when all of that Winter Gear we "thought" was doing a great job of keeping us warm, shows it's colors. This is the real deal. WINTER CYCLING STARTS TOMORROW!!! (DEC. 21)

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    7:42 AM EST (12:42 GMT) and will end on March 20, 2005, at 7:33 AM EST (12:33 GMT).

    LET THE WINTER GAMES BEGIN. RANGER HAS LIT THE WINTER TORCH!
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    Geeeez! I feel bad. It's been in the upper 20s in the morning and climbs to the lower 50s by late afternoon. Around here, we call it brisk. It's only snowed once! I never complain about these temps. Very mild by comparison!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    7:42 AM EST (12:42 GMT) and will end on March 20, 2005, at 7:33 AM EST (12:33 GMT).

    LET THE WINTER GAMES BEGIN. RANGER HAS LIT THE WINTER TORCH!


    See you at the finish line. BTW, I hope to be only wearing bike shorts and a SS jersey on March 20th. I hope you didn't jinx me.

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    Conditions in Sturgeon Bay, WI at 3:00pm on the last day of fall:

    Wind from the SW (220 degrees) at 16 MPH (14 KT)
    Visibility 1/4 mile(s)
    Sky conditions overcast
    Temperature 21 F (-6 C)
    Windchill 6 F (-14 C)
    Dew Point 19 F (-7 C)
    Relative Humidity 92%
    Pressure (altimeter) 29.61 in. Hg (1002 hPa)

    Balmy, I think I'll go for a ride when I get home from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    See you at the finish line. BTW, I hope to be only wearing bike shorts and a SS jersey on March 20th. I hope you didn't jinx me.
    I hope to be wearing bike shorts to by that time and maybe few times before. I wasn't trying to jinx you. If I did. LET THE JINX BEGONE NOW!!!
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    Gojohnnygo_Slowly_Jinxy_The_entire_planet

    . . . Next time be a bit more specific with your jinx!

    What you sent my way was NOT Arctic temperatures but rain and gale force winds which decelerated my commute to ant speed and . . . at times sideways too! . . .

    I won't even bother broadcasting my temp readings this time . . . Who cares about temperature when you can't pedal the bike forward!
    :-)

    You guys talk amongst yourselves while I get the mud out of my face . . . Anyway . . . as I was saying . . . thank the Lord for multi-gear bikes.

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    Got a balaclava yesterday, what a lifesaver!
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    Quote Originally Posted by krispistoferson
    Got a balaclava yesterday, what a lifesaver!
    Balaclavas are nice but as I re-learned today, they don't address all of the problems. In very harsh windchills it is hard to cover the face properly and not fog up the gog's/glasses. If you pull the balaclava up over the nose/mouth, then the glasses fog and you can't see #$@!. Fortunately i had a fleece scarf in the trunk bag that i was able to get out and wrap the neck/mouth. This worked pretty well.

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    I picked up a fleece neckwarmer thing that's just a thick tube basically. It's worked better so far than pretty much any scarf that I've ever used. So far I haven't had to break out the wool facemask. So far...

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    Conditions on the last day of fall in Ottawa:
    Temperature: -33 C (~ -25 F)
    Wind Direction: In my face
    Wind Speed: Strong

    Gave the equipment the big test on Monday.

    Verdict:
    Bike: Rapid Fire shifter grease froze about 30 min's in. Need to remember to keep it in a good gear for climbing and cruising once she becomes a single speed.
    Feet: not warm enough - one area needing improvement. In spite of multi-layers, still very cold. Need additional heat.
    Torso: Too hot
    Legs: Toasty

    Face: Wearing balaclava with neoprene mask, but need a way to stop breath/moisture from getting into goggles. Took off the goggles about 5 min's in, and had icicle eyelashes in about 10 sec's, but way easier to see than with googles. No bigee, though.

    Result: As soon as I get some toe-warmers, I'm ready to rock down to -30 or below. -11 C (+10 F) today and it felt like a warm summer's day. Bring on the cold!

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    OK, . . . tomorrow -> mind blowing extremes of 5C/0C (41F/32F)!

    I just can't compete with you polar bears!

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