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Old 02-05-11, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
The principal where I work has taken to making comments and always asking. I know she means well, but it's hard for a veteran battle tested urban teacher like me to put up with my principal asking me "where's your mother?"
Tell her, "Oh, Mom's sitting back down by now -- she insists on closing the garage door behind me as I roll out."
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Old 02-05-11, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
I get a little of that. I really don't understand how my feet (toes, anyway) can get cold when I'm riding, even as my upper body sweats up a storm and is plenty warm. Even my fingers get a little cold sometimes. Stupid circulation system doesn't know what it's doing.
haha! I know exactly what you mean. Someone needs to tell the heart to send a little blood over to the toes and a little less to my overheated sweaty parts.
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Old 02-05-11, 08:35 PM
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I usually get, "You didn't ride today did you?" ... to which I always reply, "I ride my bike every day". I guess they don't listen, or don't believe me, because I know I've repeated that to the same people at times. In fact, I feel almost as if I've told everyone in the company by now. But they keep asking. Oh well.
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Old 02-05-11, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post
I got my first sort of angry response the other day. It was about -15F so I got the usual "you didn't ride in today did you?"s, to which I respond "yup I did." Most people then say, "man that is crazy" to which I respond "its not that bad." which typically ends the conversation, which was nothing more than small talk to begin with. This particular time I go the follow up, "No its crazy, you are crazy". He actually seemed annoyed that I had ridden in. This was at the breakup of a meeting and we were headed in opposite directions so the conversation ended, but I wonder where it would have gone.

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You should have taken him outside and pushed his face in the snow.
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Old 02-05-11, 10:26 PM
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"You're crazy", is a common response but I've never felt it has been intended in a negative way. It usually comes off as "wow" or a round-about compliment implying it is something the person doesn't feel they'd be able to do themselves.

I'm always much colder on days where I take the bus, than days where I ride the bike. For most people that seems counter intuitive, and they wouldn't believe it until they experienced it first hand. There is a leap of faith you need to take in beginning cold weather commuting.
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Old 02-06-11, 02:03 PM
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It wasn't that cold this morning (27F), but it had snowed a little overnight. I got to work before the boss, so I had to wait outside until he opened the building. He says, "you rode in this crap?!" I say yeah, and he says okay and shakes his head.
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Old 02-06-11, 02:33 PM
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Show them this: http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=23317757 It's 135 mile race (3 day limit) in Northern Minnesota. Temps as low as -30 F. They have to haul survival gear, sleeping bags, etc with them. You have to register to read the article but it's not required to watch the video.

My 6 mile commute is like a garden stroll by comparison.

Of course there's no cars to deal with, - just wolves.

There are 2 checkpoints. Not sure how far apart they are but there's nothing much in between except a few shelters. Just making sure you have enough water would require some planning. You either have to bring it with you (and keep it thawed) or be able to start a fire and melt snow.

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Old 02-06-11, 09:26 PM
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One day last winter I rode my bike to a parking lot along the Mississippi River. It was about 20 degrees F and a fairly strong wind was coming out of the north. I got to the parking area just as a boat full of duck hunters was coming off the river. They had been driving their boat upstream, directly into the wind. The boat was having to bash into the waves. Spray was getting all over the hunters. They had their hoods pulled over their faces to keep the freezing spray off. When they landed, one of them got out of the boat and recognized me. He saw that I was on my bike and he said "you got to be crazy to be out riding on a day like this." I just shook my head and left.
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Old 02-07-11, 09:24 PM
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I agree it happens all the time the most asked question is "are you crazy?" to witch I say yes and just drop it.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:41 PM
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My response is usually "Cheaper than a second car." At least most motorists can relate to that. Some have expressed genuine concern, especially regarding my visibility, to which I reply, "Don't worry... I'm lit up like a freakin' Christmas Tree."
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Old 02-07-11, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
"But it's so cold" she said. She has an Easten European accent, and when I asked where she was from, just as I suspected--from Russia.
Its not like we have Yeti DNA, we have to deal with cold just like you.
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Old 02-08-11, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by NukeouT View Post
Its not like we [Russians] have Yeti DNA, we have to deal with cold just like you.
Nonetheless, I took the Russian lady's comment as the compliment she meant, as from one who knows winter (but still doesn't like it).
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Old 02-08-11, 10:40 AM
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I get this comment all the time. They just don't see to realize that you are exerting yourself when you ride and that keeps you warm. It surprises most people that even when it's below freezing outside I wear a thin merino wool shirt and a very lightweight jacket over the top. Anything more and I get too hot.

The other comment around here is when I ride on a rainy day (rainy days are a common winter occurance around here). "You rode in this rain?". I usually answer with a smile "yup, we are not made of sugar, you know", or "yes, humans are waterproof after all". That usually shuts them up...
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Old 02-08-11, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post
I got my first sort of angry response the other day. It was about -15F so I got the usual "you didn't ride in today did you?"s, to which I respond "yup I did." Most people then say, "man that is crazy" to which I respond "its not that bad." which typically ends the conversation, which was nothing more than small talk to begin with. This particular time I go the follow up, "No its crazy, you are crazy". He actually seemed annoyed that I had ridden in. This was at the breakup of a meeting and we were headed in opposite directions so the conversation ended, but I wonder where it would have gone.

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A friend of mine had the perfect response to that one when a co-worker told him that he was out of his mind. Paraphrasing "People are in their cars are nose to tail in heavy traffic and burning gas while getting all crabby because they aren't getting anywhere at 'rush hour' and you're saying I'm crazy for being on the bike getting exercise and actually getting somewhere???"
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Old 02-08-11, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by irclean View Post
My response is usually "Cheaper than a second car." At least most motorists can relate to that. Some have expressed genuine concern, especially regarding my visibility, to which I reply, "Don't worry... I'm lit up like a freakin' Christmas Tree."
I get that at work all the time. Co-workers complain to me about cyclists running around in dark clothes with little to no lighting at night. I had to bite my tongue this AM when I was told about a cyclist with only a tiny rear blinky. "Well, you saw him didn't yer? So why are you complaining?"
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Old 02-08-11, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Today I went to the dry cleaners to pick up something and the proprietor said she had seen me riding in the cold that week; it was about 15 to 20 degrees. "But it's so cold" she said. She has an Easten European accent, and when I asked where she was from, just as I suspected--from Russia.
I spent close to four years in Russia and Ukraine combined, including a few winters. I dressed more lightly than anyone I knew there, and they all thought I was crazy for not wearing more -- mostly out of an irrational fear that cold air alone causes sickness, in my experience anyway. It may be cold in Russia, but they dress correspondingly and then some - to the point of overdressing all the time by my standards.

Long story short, Russians (or Ukrainians) are not likely to be walking around in a tee shirt if it's 0C outside, just because they're Russian or Ukrainian. More likely than not, they'd wear twice as many layers and clothes as you would and think you crazy for not wearing more -- as your experience showed you.
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Yeah, I had the same experience when I lived in Kazakhstan. Once the temperature got below 15C, you'd see the Russian moms swaddling their kids in snow suits. And my landlady advised me to warm up my orange juice in a pan on the stove because if you drink it from the fridge you'll get a sore throat.
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Originally Posted by L.L. Zamenhof View Post
It wasn't that cold this morning (27F), but it had snowed a little overnight. I got to work before the boss, so I had to wait outside until he opened the building. He says, "you rode in this crap?!"
I would've come back with "no, no I didn't." then proceed to get ready for work.
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Yeah, I had the same experience when I lived in Kazakhstan. Once the temperature got below 15C, you'd see the Russian moms swaddling their kids in snow suits. And my landlady advised me to warm up my orange juice in a pan on the stove because if you drink it from the fridge you'll get a sore throat.
Yep, you nailed it. Those poor, poor kids.

I used to horrify my Ukrainian friends; my favorite thing to do when I have a sore throat is drink ice, ice, ice cold OJ or grapefruit juice. They probably thought I was going to die!
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
One day last winter I rode my bike to a parking lot along the Mississippi River. It was about 20 degrees F and a fairly strong wind was coming out of the north. I got to the parking area just as a boat full of duck hunters was coming off the river. They had been driving their boat upstream, directly into the wind. The boat was having to bash into the waves. Spray was getting all over the hunters. They had their hoods pulled over their faces to keep the freezing spray off. When they landed, one of them got out of the boat and recognized me. He saw that I was on my bike and he said "you got to be crazy to be out riding on a day like this." I just shook my head and left.

"No, crazy is taking an overloaded, hydrodynamically unsound, manifestly unsafe-for-conditions vessel out on the river in this weather. What I'm doing is practiced and planned-for. What you're doing is some extra-redneck kind of dumb."

By now everyone I work with has stated their opinion and got a response. It's not an issue anymore, though I still get it from strangers.
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Originally Posted by ryanwood View Post
My toes did get cold on my commute yesterday, but it was -11 F with a foot of fresh snow on the ground so it was not unexpected. Luckily my commute is only 7 miles so I get through it pretty quick. The thing most people comment on is my beard, once the temps dip below 20 F it begins to fill with frost and snow and I look like the Yeti for a few minutes after riding.
lol, I get the "Wow, you look like an old man" thing often as well.

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I just tell them my bike has a built-in heater.
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Show them this: http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ndnsubss&VID=23317757 It's 135 mile race (3 day limit) in Northern Minnesota. Temps as low as -30 F. They have to haul survival gear, sleeping bags, etc with them. You have to register to read the article but it's not required to watch the video.

My 6 mile commute is like a garden stroll by comparison.

Of course there's no cars to deal with, - just wolves.

There are 2 checkpoints. Not sure how far apart they are but there's nothing much in between except a few shelters. Just making sure you have enough water would require some planning. You either have to bring it with you (and keep it thawed) or be able to start a fire and melt snow.
A guy I work with was in that race. He had a stomach bug though that made him drop out. Apparently the people that work the aid stations dont want you riding when you are vomiting often and without notice...

But as to the "You rode in this?!?!?" question I usually just say something like "yeah, I love this weather. and riding in it makes it even more f***ing awesome than it would have been otherwise".
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A coworker saw me walking in the other morning and said "I can't believe you rode in this morning! You must be in top physical condition!"

Uh, yeah. I guess.
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The equivalent: "You didn't ride in this rain did you!?"
egads.
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The rain and cold are not such a big deal but the wind can be a real downer.
Supposed to blow 65-70 MPH here this afternoon and the shift as the storm blows through means it will be a headwind on both ends of my commute.
Today I drive.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Nonetheless, I took the Russian lady's comment as the compliment she meant, as from one who knows winter (but still doesn't like it).
We lived in Russia for two years and I was surprised at how wimpy Russians are about cold. It would be a nice cool fall day and we would have the windows open and our Russian friends would think we were crazy and going to die from "grip". Still, when its -30, people are still out walking to work and taking the subway like any other day.
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