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Old 11-06-19, 12:51 PM
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Winter is upon us

People are beginning to hunker down for winter. A few days ago I rode past the harbor here in Bristol and noticed that boats moored out were thinning out. Today on the same ride, just 2-3 boats are left in the water. But just as telling for the approach of cold weather is that women are now wearing tall boots. I'm a mere 5' 61/2 " and some of those boots are taller than I am.
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A few years ago, fall was so late that trees didn't turn until the end of November. This year I brought the bikes inside a month early.
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
People are beginning to hunker down for winter. A few days ago I rode past the harbor here in Bristol and noticed that boats moored out were thinning out. Today on the same ride, just 2-3 boats are left in the water. But just as telling for the approach of cold weather is that women are now wearing tall boots. I'm a mere 5' 61/2 " and some of those boots are taller than I am.
That's fashion for you and those women have probably been waiting for months to wear those tall boots.
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It is 82 right now just turned on the ac to get rid of the humidity. But a cold front is on the way.
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Old 11-06-19, 04:52 PM
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Temps were in the low 50s F this morning. I was expecting to be a bit cold but ended up over dressed.
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Mornings, it's been in the mid 40s to low 50s. Definitely a chill in the air.

But it's not so much the chill that does it to me ... its that time change and riding home in the dark. I'd soooo much prefer starting my ride in darkness to ending it that way.
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Our Lake Michigan will be hitting us over the next 2 weeks with lake effect snow. Some places up here have nearly 6” since Monday. The inner child is coming out so I will be riding in it tonight.
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In Hawai'i if it gets down to 70 folks will pull put winter coats.

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My first year riding winter so very curious about this. In NY and temps in the hi 40s. Iím thinking down to 40 is doable but wondering...what temp is just too low to make it too miserable to enjoy a descent ride, say an hour to an hour and a half?
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Originally Posted by scott967 View Post
In Hawai'i if it gets down to 70 folks will pull put winter coats.

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Reminds me of this old meme.

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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Reminds me of this old meme.

How true.
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Originally Posted by CyclingBK View Post
My first year riding winter so very curious about this. In NY and temps in the hi 40s. I’m thinking down to 40 is doable but wondering...what temp is just too low to make it too miserable to enjoy a descent ride, say an hour to an hour and a half?
It's all about the clothes. It's hot here most of the year but I have ridden in cold temps before. In the 20s and 30s I like layers with a wind blocking shell, Gore-tex gloves, and I've put chemical warmers inside my toe covers. If my feet get cold I'm no longer having fun.
The other thing to consider is ice. I know some of the members use studded tires but I have only used them on cars.

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Our group of five did a thirty mile Calabasas loop today, with temps in the low 80's. It's not that I mind the summer like weather, but we need some rain around here in a hurry! Not a drop for months and yet another brush fire broke out today.
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Originally Posted by scott967 View Post
In Hawai'i if it gets down to 70 folks will pull put winter coats.

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Winter coats, shorts and flip flops... Lived on Oahu from 89 to 94.
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Before I developed my good sense I used to mountain bike with a group of guys every single Saturday morning. There were no excused absences for weather. We tended to like cold weather rides because the ground was frozen and we wouldn't get big globs of mud building up around the forks and stays. In my opinion the most miserable riding weather is rain and temperatures in the 30's. You can always put on another layer but water will run uphill to get inside your clothes.

We eventually turned ecology conscious and realized we were tearing up muddy trails during certain seasons of the year so we stopped.
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highs Saturday for my weekly ride will only make the high 30s but sunny. Iíve been adjusting to colder temps the past few weeks so Iím not worried but itís a significant drop this week
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
That's fashion for you and those women have probably been waiting for months to wear those tall boots.
A few weeks ago I was shopping in Whole Foods. Struck up a conversation about the merits of pompano with a woman who appeared to be a tad taller than myself. I am 6' 2". Looked down to see if she was wearing heels. Nope. Flat shoes all the way.

Windchills in the 20s here in Philly tomorrow. Sub-freezing temperatures tomorrow night. Don't think I will be riding on Saturday. I don't like riding all wrapped up like a mummy.
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I can pretty much ride year round but it does require some layering if you want to get out reasonably early. On Sunday it was 58 at 9 AM and 83 when I got home around 2PM. It can be difficult sometimes to figure out what layers to wear to stay comfortable.
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A few weeks ago I was shopping in Whole Foods. Struck up a conversation about the merits of pompano with a woman who appeared to be a tad taller than myself. I am 6' 2". Looked down to see if she was wearing heels. Nope. Flat shoes all the way.
I have a friend like that, a woman I've known for 35 years or so. We've worked together and sailed from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands to NY together. No romance, just good friends. She is 6' to 6' 2". Hard to tell because she slouches some. She spends a good part of most winters sailing in the Caribbean and comes back with a spectacular golden tan.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
A few weeks ago I was shopping in Whole Foods. Struck up a conversation about the merits of pompano with a woman who appeared to be a tad taller than myself. I am 6' 2". Looked down to see if she was wearing heels. Nope. Flat shoes all the way.

Windchills in the 20s here in Philly tomorrow. Sub-freezing temperatures tomorrow night. Don't think I will be riding on Saturday. I don't like riding all wrapped up like a mummy.
No short heel tall boots? She could have made a fashion statement.

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It's all about the clothes. It's hot here most of the year but I have ridden in cold temps before. In the 20s and 30s I like layers with a wind blocking shell, Gore-tex gloves, and I've put chemical warmers inside my toe covers. If my feet get cold I'm no longer having fun.
The other thing to consider is ice. I know some of the members use studded tires but I have only used them on cars.
Thanks! So, what the consensus on temperature for

Ok, itís cold but letís do this

vs.

Nahhhhhhh

35* or so?

Or, if the wind isnít too bad, is below 32 something you guys take on?
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Originally Posted by CyclingBK View Post
Thanks! So, what the consensus on temperature for

Ok, itís cold but letís do this

vs.

Nahhhhhhh

35* or so?

Or, if the wind isnít too bad, is below 32 something you guys take on?
I would say wind and rain factor into it. Cold and raining is miserable but colder and light snow is fun. I have done rides in the high 20s so I wouldn't rule that out. When I lived in the mountains I would just shorten the ride if it got that cold.
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June 16, 1999 atop Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. It was actually a nice day.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
June 16, 1999 atop Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. It was actually a nice day.

Great pic.

So 20th century, the time before color photography was common.
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Great pic.

So 20th century, the time before color photography was common.
Someone in our group of 13 took that with one of my cameras while we were riding across the country. I carried a 35mm with one lens and a Mamiya 645 with 120 back, metered view finder, power winder and three lenses. Quite a bit of weight. I would mail exposed film home to my mom and she would send me fresh rolls by General Delivery mail.
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