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    Most hated aspect of a cold winter ride

    I've been comtemplating this a lot during my commutes the last few weeks: What I hate most about a cold winter commute(or ride).

    On my way home from work I start off with a 5 mile 1300 foot climb, no that's not what I hate. When it's really cold, say below 10F, what I really hate, no not the cars, is to get a mile up the road to discover that I have a tailwind that almost exactly matches my ground speed. Which means that I am totally overdressed, my goggles or glasses are going to fog and then freeze and that I am going to have to immediately stop and redress or do the same at the top of the climb before the first descent.

    A close second is to find that the plow trucks didn't come out for the first 4 hours of the snowstorm and so I have to ride in the car/truck travelled portion of the roadway forcing them onto the unplowed snow.

    A close third is to find that 3 days after the storm the road still isn't totally plowed.

    Nah, the wind, yeh it's the wind, hate it.

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    I'm not too fond of the darkness. I don't like deep crusty snow that's impossible to pedal through. Other than that, i don't mind the winter.

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    Overheating! That, and the PAIN.

    There I am, all dressed for a chilly day, and off I go into the cold. I'm fine for quite a while, till I hit a hill or headwind, or something, and as I'm climbing or pushing, I'm warming up, and warming up, and starting to sweat ... and I know that I'm going to be wet, and possibly borderline hypothermic, for the rest of the ride.

    And as for the pain - it's my hands! That first 15 minutes of a ride, or first 15 minutes after stopping for a break, is SO INCREDIBLY PAINFUL!! Once I get past that, then I'm OK.


    (I'm not overly impressed with my bottle freezing solid, and my exercise-induced asthma, which gets much worse in the cold, either)

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    For me I hate it, just HATE it when I get to the donut shop and they are closed. That's when I look for a laundromat and hang around by the dryer. I love a winter ride though when the little bakery in Veneta is open with the wood stove blazing and the cinnamon buns are ready...yummm.
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    Pulling up to a stop sign and having one of town highway sanders pull up beside you. That stuff hurts when it hits you.
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    I'd have to say the worst part is having to wear layers. I'd rather throw on a jersey and some shorts and hit the road. In the winter mornings, it takes me longer than the females in my house to get ready

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    Changing temperatures and over heating.

    Starting my errands in the moring it is about 20F. A few hours later as I return it is the 30s and I am sweating.

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    The thing I hate most?

    Just getting out of bed. Everything else I can deal with. The hardest part is getting up! I can deal with sweat, I can deal with cold, snow below -10 C is a close second, but convincing myself to get out of bed is definitely the worst part!

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    Overheating. Definitely overheating.

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    I enjoy the challenge of the cold, and the bewildered looks when ppl find out I rode @ -20C.
    But @ the same time, I find the time and clothing necessary to get going is a bit annoying. That, and those studded tires. They make moving much slower and harder. Switching to slicks again will feel like freedom.

    This is my first commuting winter though, and I haven't been riding as much as I'd like. Perhaps my views will change as I aquire better equipment.
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    Cold feet. Many of the equipment suggestions I've found only help some. They just get cold easily.

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    For me, it's the intense desire to kill every living thing that I see. And fire tank rounds into every car and truck that goes by. And flatten anything that stands. But maybe that's the seasonal affective disorder talking.

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    getting my butt and my bike out the door, plus the first 10 minutes of the ride.

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    Having to wear tights and a LS jersey. And full-fingered gloves. And maybe an underlayer. Sux.

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    getting dressed to go out, get redressed for working. Forgetting to bring something to work. Locking up the bike, taking everything off bike ... lights, sack, panniers. sometimes I get so frustrated.
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    Winter!!! where do I start...BLACK ICE, don't like it, not one bit.
    Oh yeah...waiting for a late train all sweaty in sub zero temps
    oh yeah that light on my helmet.....and so it goes
    Still better than the car, traffic, etc...

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    North wind for my part of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowarose
    Cold feet. Many of the equipment suggestions I've found only help some. They just get cold easily.
    Yep, same for me. I can deal with the rest. Gloomy weather comes in a close second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    And as for the pain - it's my hands! That first 15 minutes of a ride, or first 15 minutes after stopping for a break, is SO INCREDIBLY PAINFUL!! Once I get past that, then I'm OK.
    Hand pain? That's new to me. If it's from the cold then you need better gloves. If it's just from biking then I trust you've seen a doc about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldcanuck
    The thing I hate most?

    Just getting out of bed. Everything else I can deal with. The hardest part is getting up! I can deal with sweat, I can deal with cold, snow below -10 C is a close second, but convincing myself to get out of bed is definitely the worst part!
    I used to be just like that, then I changed my schedule a bit. Now after I get up I have a coffee and relax and read the paper. THEN I hop on my bike. What a HUGE difference that makes on those COLD mornings. Of course I get to work later, but oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirona
    I'd have to say the worst part is having to wear layers. I'd rather throw on a jersey and some shorts and hit the road. In the winter mornings, it takes me longer than the females in my house to get ready
    Ditto. Hate the prep. Love the ride.

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    I hate winter. I think the part i despise the most is the patch of slush or ice. Today it was warm, but it snowed last night though. It was 40 or so today so the snow was melting, i am riding along and decide to go a bit faster, so i stand and accelerate and i must have went over a patch of slush which was everywhere becuase i felt my backtire slide very much to the right, i fought to keep control. GOod thing i didnt fall becuase that would have been on road going 20mph clipped in. The joys of riding winter

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    and my hands get cold after a while, i dont like that

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    The prep is tedious to be sure, but I really hate it when my eyes tear up in the cold wind. I'll have to invest in a pair of those fit-over goggles; I keep forgetting about them once the weather warms.
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    Yah. Overheating. And pedestrian-tracked snow. Too bumpy!

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