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Old 01-04-18, 08:26 PM   #26
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don't need a helmet cover with that huh?
Nope. I wear a thin cap and a tubular scarf under it. Now if I can just solve the hands and feet problems. I'll be trying silk glove and sock liners.
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don't need a helmet cover with that huh?
I'd be wearing a balaclava to cover my face. Here in Chicago it's around zero without considering the wind chill. Only my eyes and glasses are exposed. Once my eyes stop watering (after about 2 minutes), I'm good.

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Nope. I wear a thin cap and a tubular scarf under it. Now if I can just solve the hands and feet problems. I'll be trying silk glove and sock liners.
Lobster mitts (I like Pearl Izumi) keep my hands warm. Since I'm only out for about 20-25 minutes at a time, I just wear regular shoes with thick socks... but I leave the shoes loosely tied to allow blood circulation.
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Not too many commuters around here...bicycles are considered mainly children's toys or the last resort of the near homeless (They are prevalent around the downtown library, and they are bundled up when it's cold). Our winter lows are not usually below the mid twenties. I bundle up due to the wind, as does the one very dedicated commuter who lives just down the block from me.
On a slightly related note, I commute past our dedicated freshman high school campus. Both our high schools are 10th grade up. Even on the coldest days, i see the students headed in wearing t-shirts and shorts...very few have a coat on at all. I wonder what their parents are thinking.
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I know what it is, for some of us at least, because I'm the guy ignoring winter AND also the guy that's a wimp about it. Cold is not my element, and below freezing I want a thick coat, insulated, just to walk out to the car. With gloves probably, and a hood. On a bike, commuting, I know I'm only going to be chilled for 5 minutes, maybe less, and a light jacket is too much. Windbreaker and/or cycling rain jacket, which will be unzipped or removed pretty soon.

So I think that a lot of those wearing a parka on the bike, and other overkill getups, are just very occasional bike commuters outside of their comfort zones and they are applying their standing-around in the miserable cold standards to the bike ride.
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I rode 76 miles in January, mostly very short trips. Tomorrow, the weather looks to be cold and windy, and I'd like to take a ride for fun. I'm not sure I'll be able to gather up the courage. We will see.
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calling in sick at my 2nd job Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. haven't missed a day of work there is almost a year. so anyway I'll have a 2nd day to ride, so I might skip Saturday (my usual ride day) for a ride on the warmer Sunday. less guilt sitting & watching TV w snacks & booze afterwards

however tomorrow should be clear, albeit cold hmmm ...

EDIT rode Saturday, walked w Wifey & Daughter Sunday

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I have a co-worker who rode 2 days in a row with around 1ft of snow. Took him 3hrs each way to get home. Odd thing is, when there was no snow several days later, he didn't ride. He hasn't ridden his bike since
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I have a co-worker who rode 2 days in a row with around 1ft of snow. Took him 3hrs each way to get home. Odd thing is, when there was no snow several days later, he didn't ride. He hasn't ridden his bike since
he either prefers to ride thru snow or got so wiped out he's resting ...
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I have a co-worker who rode 2 days in a row with around 1ft of snow. Took him 3hrs each way to get home. Odd thing is, when there was no snow several days later, he didn't ride. He hasn't ridden his bike since
Hah, I'm sort of in the same boat. I'll ride through anything...snow, 0F weather...but it take a cumulative toll on you. I usually make it to the holidays, then just sort of lose my taste for it. I'm still going ATM...but not every day. I'm picking my spots, but often enough to probably be in riding condition come spring.
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I saw a highschooler walking to school wearing capris, just a sweatshirt, no gloves no headwear just a week or so ago. Was 15F outside.

I remember going for a run with my frisbee team back in high school when it was around 33 degrees. Of course I was wearing just shorts and a long sleeve tshirt. I remember wondering why my shins hurt so much afterwards. At that age you don't really think about the weather/temps/getting dressed properly.

For a lot of people going to the store carries the risk of getting stranded; for those of us in the suburbs - not so much. Although I do remember having to wait in the rain for AAA once - got rear-ended, drained battery while exchanging info (left the key turned in the ignition and seat heater was on ), and it was too dangerous to wait in the car in the dark with the way people drive around here. After that time I always try to avoid the "oh, just going out to the store" mentality.
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too dangerous to wait in the car in the dark with the way people drive around here
just don't wait outside the car. ppl get killed all the time doing that. I believe AAA recommends you stay in the car w your seat belt on. better to have a cage around you
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just don't wait outside the car. ppl get killed all the time doing that. I believe AAA recommends you stay in the car w your seat belt on. better to have a cage around you
I waited on the sidewalk and away from the car*

*I've seen those videos of traffic stops where some distracted idiot slams into the police car and sends it flying sideways.
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I decided my #1 winter safety device is appropriate (aka warm) clothing. If I'm cold I make bad decisions, because I try to get to warmth as quickly as possible, with isn't good.
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ignoring winter? it's 78 degrees outside my office right now, I have to ignore summer!
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