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Old 11-15-05, 08:49 PM
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cold tomorrow!

I was going to complain about tomorrows morning temp of 15 but after reading the extreme commute thread I guess I'll just suck it up!
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Old 11-15-05, 09:09 PM
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I am with ya... North of ya of course!

I start out at about 4:50am get home about 9:30pm

Makes for a long day....

You know it's the start of Winter Cycling when you can see your Breath!

Gotta luv it!
 
Old 11-16-05, 07:43 AM
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I skipped it. Too busy recovering from a cold.
Plus, I need more clothing for that temp.

I did get caught in the lovely late afternoon weather on Monday. Ended up taking the bus since I could not go anywhere in the howling wind in the DTC (no lung power due to cold). The odd thing is that all the other bus commuters were huddled in the shelters while I was standing out in the midst of the howling rain and snow holding my bike. Waterproof gear is awesome! Or as I found, not entirely waterproof. Dang nike pro base shirt soaked up a bit of moisture that found its way beneath my waterproof shell.
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Old 11-16-05, 09:15 AM
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every minute i wait for the bus i picture where i'd be on my bike commute route.

yeah it's been cold here, i wear about 2 layers under a helly hanson jacket, but i've still been just wearing tights with shorts. i have some great goretex ski gloves too.

i need to get ride of the heavy waffle type shirt, which gets heavy when warm, and replace it with this lycra one.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...u=15107&brand=
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Old 11-16-05, 09:22 AM
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When healthy these temps and winds are fine.
My problem was a lack of lung power. I couldn't actually go anywhere during Monday's wind. Before I came down with my cold I was planning on cycling the whole way home. Once it became evident that I was not going anywhere, I took the bus.

However, my cold only lasted for 2 days. Tomorrow it is back to riding.

I do need to hit the store soon for more clothing.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
When healthy these temps and winds are fine.
My problem was a lack of lung power. I couldn't actually go anywhere during Monday's wind. Before I came down with my cold I was planning on cycling the whole way home. Once it became evident that I was not going anywhere, I took the bus.

However, my cold only lasted for 2 days. Tomorrow it is back to riding.

I do need to hit the store soon for more clothing.
Performance is having a pretty good sale.
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Originally Posted by jamesdenver
every minute i wait for the bus i picture where i'd be on my bike commute route.

yeah it's been cold here, i wear about 2 layers under a helly hanson jacket, but i've still been just wearing tights with shorts. i have some great goretex ski gloves too.

i need to get ride of the heavy waffle type shirt, which gets heavy when warm, and replace it with this lycra one.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...u=15107&brand=
Oh yeah, we have those and they are just great - the whole family loves them!
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We had our first cold day. Actually it was also our first frost (much later than normal). Based on last nights weather report I planned for a morning commute in the upper 20's. I was trying out several recent purchases and ideas. I have some WindPro gloves, some Performance Triflex tights and a softshell jacket from Lands End I got from Overstocks for $15. Because I hate taking on and off my booties I tired taping the vents on my shoes and wearing water proof socks over wool.
However the weather report lied, when I got to work the temperature was actually 23 and very windy (probably even colder when I left). Still my wardrobe performed admirably. The gloves were perfect at that temperature despite being very light. The tights were very effective. The jacket is very windproof and added sufficient warmth, it didn't breath great but did breath much better than my other windproof shell. For cycling the XL jacket was a little large, a L-tall wouold have fit better but they didn't have tall in overstocks and the sleeves were barely long enough on the XL. Also the jacket did not have cuffs but it didn't seem to be a major problem. When I need to go to my lobster claw gloves they will cover that gap any ways.
The only problem was the shoes. At 28, or without wind they may have been sufficient but at those temperatures with the high head wind there was too much heat loss. The extra layer of socks made the shoes a little tight (I have wide feet) which did not help and I could feel the cold cleat through the thin sole. Still my feet were only somewhat cold and they quickly warmed up once in the office. I know my booties will work at that temperature but perhaps I can wear this combination when the temperatures are closer to freezing.
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I think the $15 softshell is nearly as good of a deal as the $10 San Marco Regal saddle I picked up from Nashbar last year.
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Pholks!

25 degrees (F) this morning in the Springs and I'm experimenting with CHEAP gloves on an 11 mile commute. Not real smart but I figure I will return them if they don't cut the mustard (wind) and I've lived through worse. Well, $7.88 later I can say that the cheapos worked just as well as the layers of $40.00 gloves I've been using, meaning that my fingers stayed warm for the first 20 minutes then slowly began to freeze. Anyway, should drop down to 18 degrees or so tonight so I'll give them another shot tomorrow.

What's my point? The less I spend on gear, the more I have for beer.

The rest of the day will be like cake!

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Originally Posted by curt in denver
Performance is having a pretty good sale.
I had a Performance rainjacket and trousers my wife got me from Performance when we lived in Wheat Ridge, near Denver. The pants lasted 19 years and at 21 years the coat is just barely usable. That is a good long time for any outer gear. I rode to work at the Denver Federal Center straight thru 4 winters (no car) with the jacket and pants as an outer layer. Below -5 degrees I rode the bus wearing the same clothing.
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since this thread's back up i'll note it's been spring/fall temps here in denver (front range) woo hoo. been biking everywhere in shorts and light jacket, and just walked to bar at night just like i do in the summer.

other than the wind it's been perfect perfect, and snowing in the mountains (what we need)

global warming you're my friend in the winter
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