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Old 11-21-08, 09:36 AM
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Beautiful ride in today. Sun was shinning and temp was around 50. Headwind was only about 5 but the ride home is supposed to shift to 15-20, headwinds again. I will survive.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by timothyday
Started snowing here in Philly this morning. Made for a beautiful commute this morning.
Not for me. I still won't do snow (I have slicks). I *did* see one of the guys I occasionally ride with on the Kelly Drive path as I drove by. I wanted to slow down and honk/wave, but the traffic behind me would've been none too pleased. My only commute this week was Wednesday, when it was a nice 27-degrees in the morning. I loved it.

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Old 11-21-08, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by MondoSam
Not for me. I still won't do snow (I have slicks). I *did* see one of the guys I occasionally ride with on the Kelly Drive path as I drove by. I wanted to slow down and honk/wave, but the traffic behind me would've been none too pleased. My only commute this week was Wednesday, when it was a nice 27-degrees in the morning. I loved it.

Timothy: what's your route?
where do you guys live that u can easily get on the path? i live in cheltenham and im not tryin to die getting onto the trail. any suggestions?
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Old 11-21-08, 09:53 AM
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Old 11-21-08, 12:00 PM
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Really nice ride in today. 16 degrees and sunny, only a 4mph wind out of the west according to wunderground.com.

The wind was probably more like 15mph out of the northwest, but who's quibbling?
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Old 11-21-08, 12:19 PM
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I'm not worthy.

It was a balmy 32 F here in Texas. Still, it was my coldest commute yet. My coworkers were amazed, astounded and envious that I would ride when it was so cold. My core was warm; my face, fingers & toes got numb... not OMG FROSTBITE! numb, but they were pretty cold. As soon as I hit the warmth of the building, though, things came back quick.

This was with a t-shirt, long-sleeve thermal and a hoodie on top (with the hood pulled up, under the helmet), and jeans on the bottom. I had fredtastic mechanics' gloves from Harbor Freight on my hands and sneakers on my feet. Even though my extremities got cold, I would say the clothing was just right for the ride.
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Old 11-21-08, 01:07 PM
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No ride for me. Walked 2.5 miles to the bus. Roughly 1.5 miles/20 minutes is on the same MUP I ride on. Didn't see a soul on it. Maybe it was the 20 degrees and/or the wind. Usually I see at least a couple of cyclists while I'm walking.
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Old 11-21-08, 01:43 PM
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Like I said... coldest ride of the season today. I rarely see other commuters, but I did encounter one this morning. I think I've seen him once before. Based on the direction he was going, I'm guessing he's a teacher at the high school.
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Old 11-21-08, 03:54 PM
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I left this morning expecting to see all kinds of snow on the ground with 21degree temps like the weather guys said. It wasn't nothing. The temp was at 26f with a hefty 12mph NW wind. Not bad. The aftn temp was at 31f or so with that NW wind pushing me home. Sweet. Rode a bit on the OBP so folks on 315 could see me out there. Finally had some flurries on the way home. I like ridin' when its snowing.
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Old 11-21-08, 04:03 PM
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For you folks out there ridin' in 20 degree weather. Want ridin' pants that you don't have to layer in. Totally windproof and cold proof. Look at SportHll.com. Their XC 3SP pants are the ultimate winter riding pant, good down to about 20f. The Infuzion II's are on sale at Amazon for $45 (retail for $85), those are good to about 25f or so depending on your tolerance. Do like I do and google search for the cheapest price. They're not cheap, but worth every penny.
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Old 11-21-08, 04:21 PM
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12 degrees with a modest NW wind (across my path). Glasses fogged up frequently, and sometimes froze that way. Has anyone come up with a way to prevent this? I tried adjusting my scarf various ways but without much success. if I'm going to rise in the cold, I'd prefer being able to see. :-)
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Old 11-21-08, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by miedmonds
12 degrees with a modest NW wind (across my path). Glasses fogged up frequently, and sometimes froze that way. Has anyone come up with a way to prevent this? )
I tried the dishsoap trick. But at those temps its hard to prevent fogging. This year I may try out a dual lens goggle.

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Old 11-21-08, 05:17 PM
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late to report...
With accrued lack of sleep due to shift change, I misjudged my clothing needs this AM. Too hot on top, too cool waist down. Ended up with cold knees, numb toes, sweat streaming down my face and a soaked, clammy baselayer. Lost enought weight that the layer is now baggy and gross wehn soaked. Time to find another tight skin base....

Commute home will be colder but no clammy! A little Tylenol PM and in bed by 7 to FORCE my body into shift change!
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Old 11-21-08, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by scoatw
For you folks out there ridin' in 20 degree weather. Want ridin' pants that you don't have to layer in. Totally windproof and cold proof. Look at SportHll.com. Their XC 3SP pants are the ultimate winter riding pant, good down to about 20f. The Infuzion II's are on sale at Amazon for $45 (retail for $85), those are good to about 25f or so depending on your tolerance. Do like I do and google search for the cheapest price. They're not cheap, but worth every penny.
I agree. It is amazing material. I wish I could wear mine all day.

As for my ride today, 15 degrees above normal. Can't complain.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:42 PM
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good one today. rode in with the sun coming up (5:45am in SoCal) and rode home with it setting (4:45pm) and great weather for biking.

i haven't biked to work in over a month for various reasons. today was my reintroduction and it was a great day for it, especially after having spent the last week in cold, snowy climes.
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Old 11-22-08, 06:30 PM
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Coldest this season this morning 12 degrees F. I wore enough layers to kill a moose, but it worked. I wore a compression baselayer under a t-shirt, wool sweater, and windbreaker. Bottom wore "weatherproof" pants with thermal lining and jeans; two pears of socks and boots. My gloves don't work so my hands were frozen, I also found out that I need a helmet cover...
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Old 11-23-08, 11:14 AM
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Another morning, another internal struggle to get my butt out the door. I shouldn't have checked the weather; it was only 25 degrees outside. At 25 degrees, I wear the same clothing as I do at 35 degrees, I'm just not nearly as enthusiastic about riding!

Anyway, I rode, and I was not happy about it until I saw the crescent moon and the pretty little stars in the sky. It was a cold ride, but it was so quiet and so pretty! Sunday mornings are awesome.
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Old 11-23-08, 08:59 PM
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The ride home was (also!) cold and clear with lots of little stars and not much traffic. It's amazing how similar the rides to and from work are in the winter.
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+1 on the similarity of the rides to and from work in the winter...I have actually found that I really enjoy cold weather riding.
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Old 11-24-08, 05:47 AM
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27F/-3C and calm (for the first time in a week I think). Just about the upper range for my winter tights--a longer ride or more hills (part and parcel around here), and I would have been smokin'.

As it was, just my fingers wanting to fall off (nothing unusual there). The cold air that's been giving the eastern US an early winter lately is supposed to move out today, so I can stop H-ingTFU for a bit.
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Old 11-24-08, 06:33 AM
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42 F here this morning, felt good. Had 2 bikes cross my path this morning (no car problems!) , one running the red light in front of me, the other coming up the wrong way of the street.

I didn't slow down.
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Old 11-24-08, 06:50 AM
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dish soap

Originally Posted by miedmonds
12 degrees with a modest NW wind (across my path). Glasses fogged up frequently, and sometimes froze that way. Has anyone come up with a way to prevent this? I tried adjusting my scarf various ways but without much success. if I'm going to rise in the cold, I'd prefer being able to see. :-)
My glasses are great but fog easily. I finally tried the dish soap trick a few weeks ago, and it really works for me. Just take a very small dab of soap (liquid, not detergent for a machine) and smear it around your lenses front and back. Wipe off with a tissue using no water. I have to buff mine with a lens cloth to get all of the soap off. The only drawback so far is the soap doesn't last long if you get caught in some rain or mist.

I had a great commute this morning. It was cold (29 F) but clear with no wind for a change. I had great luck with the traffic signals today, only catching two red lights and the longest light on my route turned green just as I was approaching it. My legs were also very fresh this morning because my weekend rides were slow and easy. It was so cold here that nobody wanted to ride fast, so it was like having 2 days of recovery rides.

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Old 11-24-08, 06:54 AM
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31F today with beautiful stars this morning. Had to yell at two small does to get them off the road in front of me. I think that 31-32 is my lower end for commuting. I got cold towards the end of my 14 mile commute. Cars were excellent today. Maybe that's because I watched the 'how to ride in traffic' cd I got when I joined the American Bicyclists Society; or whatever it is called. I'm looking forward to a 12mph tailwind to take me home this evening! May be raining though.
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Old 11-24-08, 07:00 AM
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My hybrid car/bicycle commute wasn't too bad. It was rushed getting out of bed though and realised I had to get petrol which delayed me even further, but then the ride was awesome even though there were light showers and headwind in a few places


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The bad news is that it was 15 degrees and I chose my clothes wrong.
The good news is that at least I overdressed instead of underdressing.
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