Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

I've Sunk to a New Low...(Temperature!)

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

I've Sunk to a New Low...(Temperature!)

Reply

Old 01-21-19, 09:29 AM
  #26  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 4,922

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 860 Post(s)
Originally Posted by BikingTech View Post
My lowest was 9F here in Idaho for a 24 mi commute. My coworkers gave me the EXTRA crazy look as I walked in wearing my full winter gear.
I can't remember if I've told this story or not:

After a bitter cold commute (14 degrees, 20 mph N wind), I walked into my security manager's office wearing the full outfit: tights, shoe covers, jacket, lobster gloves, balaclava, and helmet, and demanded a new picture badge so the receptionist would recognize me. The security manager laughed out loud -- and, it seemed like, laughed all day every time she saw me.
pdlamb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 11:02 AM
  #27  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,078

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2787 Post(s)
haha my son used my lobster gloves to go skiing this weekend
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 11:03 AM
  #28  
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 5,895

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 808 Post(s)
Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I can't remember if I've told this story or not:

After a bitter cold commute (14 degrees, 20 mph N wind), I walked into my security manager's office wearing the full outfit: tights, shoe covers, jacket, lobster gloves, balaclava, and helmet, and demanded a new picture badge so the receptionist would recognize me. The security manager laughed out loud -- and, it seemed like, laughed all day every time she saw me.
That's a good story. I bet they remembered you after that.
no motor? is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 11:32 AM
  #29  
BobbyG
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 4,110

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 744 Post(s)
Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I can't remember if I've told this story or not:

After a bitter cold commute (14 degrees, 20 mph N wind), I walked into my security manager's office wearing the full outfit: tights, shoe covers, jacket, lobster gloves, balaclava, and helmet, and demanded a new picture badge so the receptionist would recognize me. The security manager laughed out loud -- and, it seemed like, laughed all day every time she saw me.
Me, at work, laughing at this...
BobbyG is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 12:17 PM
  #30  
medic75
Senior Member
 
medic75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: NW Pennsylvania
Posts: 113

Bikes: 2002 Trek 4500, 2017 Diamondback Hannjo Trail, Schwinn Central

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
For me it is 1 degree Fahrenheit. This morning was going to push that down to -5 but the road conditions forced me to drive to work for the first time this year and ruined my plan of exclusively cycling to work through the entire winter. Large snowbanks narrowing the streets along with a build-up of loose nasty packed snow on the edge of the snowbanks created a very unsafe situation. I feel that it is unreasonable to expect cars to safely share the road in these conditions.
medic75 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 12:24 PM
  #31  
OhLylo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: North of LA, CA
Posts: 51

Bikes: Trek FX3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
For me it is 1 degree Fahrenheit. This morning was going to push that down to -5 but the road conditions forced me to drive to work for the first time this year and ruined my plan of exclusively cycling to work through the entire winter. Large snowbanks narrowing the streets along with a build-up of loose nasty packed snow on the edge of the snowbanks created a very unsafe situation. I feel that it is unreasonable to expect cars to safely share the road in these conditions.
Reasonable assumption. Cars barely want to safely share the road as it is, oftentimes. Safe > sorry.
OhLylo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 12:51 PM
  #32  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,078

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2787 Post(s)
Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
road conditions
yeah those snow banks are killers due to inherent blind spots. related, are those mounds from plowed driveways. this morning I drove into a pile in the roadway. didn't even see it. you know white on white. plus is was only 12" or less high. the kind of pile you'd normally drive right thru. guess I was the 1st car on the road this morning, after the home owner pushed that last bit into the road. man, thought I hit a boulder. the whole car jumped up with a thud. looked back to see the mound still intact!
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 03:34 PM
  #33  
BobbyG
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 4,110

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 744 Post(s)
Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
For me it is 1 degree Fahrenheit. This morning was going to push that down to -5 but the road conditions forced me to drive to work for the first time this year and ruined my plan of exclusively cycling to work through the entire winter. Large snowbanks narrowing the streets along with a build-up of loose nasty packed snow on the edge of the snowbanks created a very unsafe situation. I feel that it is unreasonable to expect cars to safely share the road in these conditions.
An unsafe situation could ruin your plans to cycle ever again. Good call.
BobbyG is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-19, 10:45 PM
  #34  
Bizman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Central PA (USA)
Posts: 948

Bikes: 2014 Carbon Quest XS (Velomobile), 2014 Catrike Road (Trike), 2013 Easy Motion Max 700+ PCS (E-bike), 2011 Lynskey R340 (Road), 2011 Surly Moonlander (Fatty), 2010 Santa Cruise Tallboy (Full Suspension)

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
I have done some pretty low temps now in my 6th year of winter bike commuting. Last night coming home at 3:00 am with one of the brightest full moons I can ever remember (anytime of year) it was 1 deg F with a -20 windchill factor. The wind gusts were upward of 30 + mph.

CLOTHING:
For my head I had my smartwool base layer hood, wool ski mask, wool hat and bike helmut. My core body had a white cotton t-shirt, smartwool base layer, sweatshirt, the top to my wool bib overalls, a down vest, and my Gore Phantom outer shell jacket with the front pit zippers almost fully open. Hands, Burton winter mittens with fleece liners.

On my bottom was my underwear, smartwool base layer long underwear, bike shorts, winter bike pants, and wool bib overalls. For my feet was 1 pair wools socks, Lake mountain bike boots with Hotronics foot warmers, and Neo over shoes. I was not the cold and didn't really sweat during the 12.5 mile commute home using my Easy Motion Max 700 e-bike with Nokian Hakapallita 240 studded snow tires.

These tires although slow, have been awesome and now in their 6th winter of duty! I leave them on this bike all year as its my dedicated winter commuting bike when the weather is snowy and or icy. I used the motor only a few times on the lowest setting when the wind was so strong or on a few hills, it took almost 2 hours to get home.

Still with the temp this low and the moon so beautiful I always say to myself, this is what it's all about, it just doesn't get any better than this!

Last edited by Bizman; 01-21-19 at 10:49 PM.
Bizman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-19, 07:59 PM
  #35  
wipekitty
on the road again
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: organic valley
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
I've had some rides at -5F, but have yet to hit the double digits below 0F. It looks like Friday is supposed to be a cold one, but I doubt I'll hit a new low; negative (or maybe positive?) side effect of not having a job that requires early morning hours.
wipekitty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-19, 07:54 PM
  #36  
panzerwagon 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 59

Bikes: Univega Specialissima, Univega Gran Touring

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Wow, I cant even imagine 7 F. My lowest last year was 25 F, but in the summer I hit a new high of 109 F !

I vastly preferred the latter...
panzerwagon is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-19, 09:16 PM
  #37  
wipekitty
on the road again
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: organic valley
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
Okay, new low might be coming: Wednesday's forecast is a high of -10F (and I do not want to talk about the low!)

My high was 112F; -10 strangely scares me less.
wipekitty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-19, 09:33 PM
  #38  
panzerwagon 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 59

Bikes: Univega Specialissima, Univega Gran Touring

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Okay, new low might be coming: Wednesday's forecast is a high of -10F (and I do not want to talk about the low!)

My high was 112F; -10 strangely scares me less.
Funnily enough, I did great on the day it was 109F well prepared with lots of pre-hydration and didnt push myself too hard. Next day was 108F and that did not feel good at all (same humidity etc). Looking back, I mustve gotten too confident after the prior day and prepared poorly.

At below -10F I think Id be too terrified of stopping and freezing to death!
panzerwagon is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 07:15 AM
  #39  
BobbyG
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 4,110

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 744 Post(s)
Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
I hit a new high of 109 F
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
My high was 112F
Colorado Springs rarely hits 100. In fact the hottest day on record was only 100.8F. We generally see upper 90s in the summer. Due to the dry climate the air doesn't feel especially hot. However, because of the altitude (6500 feet) it can be blistering hot in direct sunlight, and sunburn is a real threat...even in winter!
BobbyG is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 07:20 AM
  #40  
mcours2006
Senior Member
 
mcours2006's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Toronto, CANADA
Posts: 5,549

Bikes: Giant Rapid, Bianchi Advantage, Specialized Roubaix, 1985 Gardin Quatro, Norco Threshold, Raleigh Serengheti MTB

Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1655 Post(s)
Lowest this season for me is -20*C (-4*F), which was this past Tuesday. I think the lowest ever for me was -25C (-13*F) a few years ago. I probably wouldn't do -25 anymore...unless the car didn't start.
mcours2006 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 07:58 AM
  #41  
spencewine
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I commuted to work on Monday, it was around 20 degrees but with a feels-like of around 0 degrees. I had a headwind of 15-20mph the first mile and had a bout of brain freeze (I was wearing a heavy wool hat and baclava). I've never had brain freeze riding a bike before. Today's high is 0 degrees, but I'm working from home - too cold for my bones. Hottest? While it wasn't commuting, I participated in a 600km brevet out of Santa Rosa, CA and my bike thermometer was registering 116 degrees around noon. I had to refill my 2 water bottles every 15 miles. When I pulled into a checkpoint in the afternoon, I was chalk white from the salt in my sweat. I ended-up only doing about 300km before quitting...It was absolutely miserable.
spencewine is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 11:53 AM
  #42  
wipekitty
on the road again
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: organic valley
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Colorado Springs rarely hits 100. In fact the hottest day on record was only 100.8F. We generally see upper 90s in the summer. Due to the dry climate the air doesn't feel especially hot. However, because of the altitude (6500 feet) it can be blistering hot in direct sunlight, and sunburn is a real threat...even in winter!
I used to live in Denver - not quite as high as the Springs, but the sun was enough to keep exposed skin pretty dark all year long!

My 112 was a Santa Ana wind event in Southern California (inland Orange County), when I happened to be done with work right in the middle of the day. There were two days that actually broke the existing temperature records. Since it was so dry, everything cooled off just fine at night - which was good, as we did not have AC or a swamp cooler.
wipekitty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 04:55 PM
  #43  
robertorolfo
Senior Member
 
robertorolfo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Queens, NY for now...
Posts: 784

Bikes: 82/82 Lotus Unique, 86 Lotus Legend, 89 Basso PR

Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 452 Post(s)
Originally Posted by panzerwagon View Post
At below -10F I think Id be too terrified of stopping and freezing to death!
I'll take the heat over the cold any time. A good sweat feels great (assuming your aren't dressed up for some event or something), while a good chill is just miserable to me.
robertorolfo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-19, 09:53 PM
  #44  
wipekitty
on the road again
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: organic valley
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
Just got a new low: -9F. Woohoo! (It was with a trailer full of groceries, too!)
wipekitty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-19, 07:55 AM
  #45  
medic75
Senior Member
 
medic75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: NW Pennsylvania
Posts: 113

Bikes: 2002 Trek 4500, 2017 Diamondback Hannjo Trail, Schwinn Central

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
This morning for me was a bit chilly. My finger tips & toes began to feel it on my 2 mile commute to work. With that being said, the sun was out & there was no wind at all. The mechanical thermometer at my house showed -5 & my phone showed -8 for the area. Overall, it wasn't too bad and I wouldn't have any problem doing it again. I would've stopped at one of the steaming storm drains for a photo, but my phone was under multiple layers & not easily accessible.
medic75 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-19, 12:15 PM
  #46  
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 5,895

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 808 Post(s)
This thread has the opportunity for new lows this week.
no motor? is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-19, 08:57 AM
  #47  
tjspiel
Senior Member
 
tjspiel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 8,112
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)


Haven't posted in a long time. -27 F is a new low for me. I'll put an asterisk by it since I kinda had to cheat to do it. My office is closed today due to the weather thus my usual commute wasn't in the cards. So "I'm working from home" next to a fireplace at Caribou Coffee this morning. It's less than 2 miles from my house so I didn't have to worry about keeping my feet warm for very long. There is a breeze but it's not nearly as windy as it was on the commute home last evening. So even though it's about 9 degrees colder it's not as nasty. And it is a bright sunny morning !

I don't want to downplay the potential danger of being out in this kind of weather while not properly dressed but I do get a kick out of the warnings about how exposed flesh can freeze in 5 minutes in these temps. I suppose it could but it hasn't been my experience. Looking at this pic though, I didn't realize how hairy my limbs are. Maybe that helps.

The last time it was this cold here was in 1982. I actually was in high school at the time. I remember it. School was cancelled so my buddies and I spent the afternoon playing boot hockey on a frozen pond behind one of my friends' houses. Wind chill was -70 something though they were much more liberal with determining wind chill temps in those days.

Prior to this my coldest was -22. That was a little more legit since I actually rode to the office. That was probably 8 or 10 years ago. Doesn't seem to get that cold very often anymore and those days don't always coincide with days I work.

Last edited by tjspiel; 01-30-19 at 09:27 AM.
tjspiel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-19, 09:40 AM
  #48  
RoadKill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Tempe, AZ
Posts: 145

Bikes: Specialized AWOL, Specialized Roubaix, Niner Air9, Turner Sultan

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post

Haven't posted in a long time. -27 F is a new low for me......
Some of you are quite dedicated! Today my commute in Phoenix was about 50 degrees, if it was 70+ degrees colder I probably would have passed on it and just stayed home.
RoadKill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-19, 01:28 PM
  #49  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,078

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2787 Post(s)
Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
-27 F is a new low for me
I love the word "Fair" next to the temp ...
rumrunn6 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-19, 02:11 PM
  #50  
1nterceptor
LET'S ROLL
 
1nterceptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NEW YORK, NY - USA
Posts: 4,708

Bikes: 2014 BMC Gran Fondo, 2013 Brompton S6L-X

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 277 Post(s)
I'm lucky it doesn't normally get lower than this in my area.

5 Fahrenheit/-15 Celsius by 1nterceptor, on Flickr

2015 FEB, NYC by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
__________________
One day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20X43026ukY&list=UUHyRS8bRu6zPoymgKaIoDLA&index=1
1nterceptor is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service