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Old 01-20-08, 06:42 AM
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single digit temps and subzero windchills on the ride in last night and home this morning. Had to go out of my way on the way in last night to pick up some coffee because I'm tired of the crap we have at work. I actually stayed warm and started to sweat a bit on the way home
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Baltimore, Md, 7 Mile ride today, air temp 20, windchill put it to 0 (wind gust up to 30mph,). I wore the least amount of clothes ever for this weather. mid weight base layer top and bottom, turtle neck, sweatpants, windbreaker jacket, balaclava, gloves and goggles. I was sweating when I got home. Nice fun ride
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Old 01-20-08, 07:44 PM
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Still raining in Sydney. Geez, I know there's been a drought and everything, but this is starting to get boring.

Missed the most of the rain by leaving between showers; only hit the real downpour about 2km from the office. We'll see what the weather is doing when it's time to go home!

It's not cold though. Probably 20C. This is, after all, supposed to be summer...
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Old 01-21-08, 07:13 AM
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C-c-c-c-c-o-o-o-o-o-l-l-l-l-l-d-d-d-d for this southern boy. 15-17F this morning. But the moon was bright - real bright and beautifully lit my way. And since it was bitterly cold out, my ride took a long time. 43 miles @ 2:30.

I have a pair of Giordana windtex tights that are really working out for me. They come up high in the front and keep my buddies warm.
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Old 01-21-08, 07:20 AM
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Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr toes still warming up.
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Finally above 0 F. Well +2 anyway...sort of like a spring day compared to this weekend!

Evening commute in the snow was slower...lots of accidents!!

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Old 01-21-08, 07:30 AM
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-6F / -21C. Invigorating. I could have used a heavier layer on top, but it wasn't bad. I just felt the chill on my skin.
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Old 01-21-08, 08:03 AM
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You guys are hardcore. I commend you.
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18F when I left and as soon as I stepped outside, I knew I was wearing one too many layers. Oh well, didn't have time to remove it so I took off and enjoyed the calm traffic a holiday (MLK Day) brings. Spent an extra 5 mins outside of work cooling off. I could've used some ear warmers, but it's a short commute and I only felt it when the wind blew.
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Old 01-21-08, 08:25 AM
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left for home at 0545. A very light dusting with a bit of fluff falling. Temp was about 8-9 with a windchill of -2. By the time I warm up and have to stop for my first stoplight, my glasses fog up no matter what I've done. At that point the next 6 miles are all teary and sorta amusing as the tears freeze to my lashes.
Saw a set of tracks on the MUP. Prolly the same fella I rode behind the other day...
Studs kept me upright even with some patches of ice. Got sideways on the front and rear at the samew time on a a downhill turn. Kept pedaling and both ends recovered with minimal puckering on my part.

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Old 01-21-08, 09:06 AM
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Accuweather said it was 19F when I left the house, but it didn't feel that cold at all- must have been warming up quickly. Commute took longer than normal because I had to hike-a-bike a number of times where the MUP was iced/snowchunked over.
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coldest day yet this season for me...14F. Tried out some new gloves I got from Performance (Neoprene II) - they sucked! Supposed to be windproof and found out about 2 minutes into my ride that they are not at all and my digits were numb about 5 minutes later. 20 minutes later, I was in extreme pain as my digits started to thaw - really bad pain. I think I rode one-handed the whole way in since I was shaking one hand or the other just to keep the blood flowing.

The rest of me was nice and toasty with my nice mix of cheap wicking stuff from Target and my old Army polypro. From what I could remember when I wasn't concentrating on de-thawing my hands, it was a beautiful morning.

Any glove recommendations from you northerners (used to be one in NH but since being down in NC for the past two years I have become soft ?
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I didn't commute this am, but I did 12 miles on Sat in 14F temps with 15mph winds, and 8 on Sunday in 18F with less wind.

My Performance balaclava, gloves, and toesties are proving to be worth every penny.
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Old 01-21-08, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jterribili

Any glove recommendations from you northerners (used to be one in NH but since being down in NC for the past two years I have become soft ?
I picked these up at EMS for about $20, and they've been great on the coldest days. I got XL's (I have pretty big hands) and can fit a slim liner under them if I really need to. Not too bulky, pretty good dexterity, warm and windproof.

https://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...=1200934750332
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i used these this morning. they are snowboard gloves i got on sale for $25. they have a little pocket for handwarmers. they wick moisture well.

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Originally Posted by jterribili
Any glove recommendations from you northerners (used to be one in NH but since being down in NC for the past two years I have become soft ?
I just use non-cycling specific winter gloves ($10 from Eddie Bauer a few years ago on sale). When it's really cold (< 0F), I use ski/snowboard gloves.
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Fun times! It was a balmy -20C this morning, with windchill to -28C, which puts it among the coldest rides of the winter. Plenty of snow on the ground as well, but it was cold enough that it set up like hard styrofoam - nice and grippy! We were stopped at a light, and some friends of ours rolled up beside us in their car. We exchanged taunts, then sent them on their way.
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a frosty one this morning. -20C and lots of snow on the roads to make it interesting. should warm up nicely to -3C for the ride home, hope the wind is from the south so I get a push home.
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The ride in at 4:30 AM was in the low 40's F. Obviously not much traffic, but one guy heading opposite on the 4-lane road I commute on slowed his approach to the left turn lane and flicked his brights so as to let me keep the green light through the intersection. Nice gesture, that.
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Cool all this weekend and remained cool for this mornings commute in. We have had some really hard gusts, chephy - I rode a few times back/forth across town late on Friday and caught a bunch - the crosswinds across Bloor in the core are crazy, gotta love that wind tunnel effect.

I got properly cold Saturday night/Sunday morning coming home in the -23C windchill temps - only having one pair of socks on was the main cause, as the wind slowly took the heat out of my feet and the last 10 minutes of the ride were pretty uncomfortable - other than that, and some occasional ear pain from them being cold every now and then.

Cool rides, but not a big deal - same three layers as before same very effective at wind blocking and keeping me warm. I made sure to wear my thermal leggings this morning - not so much for the ride in, but certainly the rides tonight.

Gloves I've been using are either Subzero neoprene (diving?) gloves from Canadian Tire ($19.99CAD) or Gordini ski-style gloves from MEC (not sure on cost as they were a gift). Both block wind/water, but I get clammy hands in both from getting hot, which can end up in cold hands from having sweaty gloves in the cold air - other wise no issues at all.

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Old 01-21-08, 09:59 PM
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Not too cold this morning...only around 40 F with a 10 mph wind. Got about a 1/4 of a mile down the road from my home and had a car pull behind me honking. Already on the side of the road, talking white line here, I wave him on. He then pulls up next to me and screams for me to "Get the f&#k off the road!". I flip him off and tell him where he can go and he decided to give me a little push off the side of the road...with his car.

At this point I slowed down, he missed, and I turned it around and hauled ass back to my house with him whipping the car around to follow me. I rode straight through my yard, went inside, told my wife to call the cops, grabbed my shotgun, and went outside. When the guys saw the gun he yelled some obscenities at me and drove off. I got the license plate number for the cops. They said that since there was no evidence of a crime and since I was riding on a "busy road" that they could not do anything about it.

Just another day commuting in rural, ie redneck, Alabama.
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No hardcore ride for me to report. Just another day in the 50s F in southern cal for a nice 25 mile RT commute. Just a few drops of rain to get some of the streets wet, but todays reward was a beautiful 50 mile view of the Orange County coastline from a 1200' high hilltop on my way home. I could see north to the bright lights at the port of LA-Long Beach and also spotted a bunch of super-size container ships from Asia riding anchor offshore, waiting to go into port.
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Originally Posted by ataraxium
They said that since there was no evidence of a crime and since I was riding on a "busy road" that they could not do anything about it.

Just another day commuting in rural, ie redneck, Alabama.
Where in the heart of dixie are you ataraxium? I lived around Auburn for a few years, and used to ride backroads all over east central AL. Many were unpaved roads, and traffic was pretty light. If you look at a map of AL and take the area north and east of Auburn, there are almost endless backroads through the rolling hills north of I-85, south of I-20 between GA border and US 431 north. Not many towns around there either, which meant few cars or people to contend with. Never had any big hassles, nothing close to what you described. Maybe cause I usually wore a sort of orange / brown camo shirt while bike riding and they thought I was a local hunter. I did learn to avoid roads near national forest or WMA areas during deer season!
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Haha...I live in Phenix City. I was actually on a side road off of Hwy 80 W that IS NOT a busy road. I had my safety light on and all. It was not like the guys could not see me. He just felt like I had no right to the road, which is wrong.
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Great ride in this morning - 17F when I left the house, 25F when I got to the office. Great to ride again after a 5 day break.

The Sirrus got a 1,200 mile tune-up over the weekend: New chain/cassette, wheels trued, replaced brake pads, etc. Turns out that the factory wheels are starting to crack around the spoke holes. My LBS contacted Specialized and they are sending a replacement pair of wheels out - actually an upgrade to the wheels that came on the bike! Kudos to my LBS and Specialized for the pro-active and cooperative effort; I would not have noticed the cracks on my own.
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