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Old 11-26-12, 08:07 AM
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I believe we're rounding into the season when proper etiquette should indicate that folks living in the West or Southwest refrain from mentioning ambient temperature in their posts. Perhaps a ban from Thanksgiving to April Fools' Day might be appropriate. I really enjoy reading about winter riding, but almost feel guilty about mentioning our mid-winter temperatures. Yesterday, I had to wear both leg and arm warmers, but was able to shed both as soon as I started to climb. Does anyone living in the Midwest need to know that it was 60+ degrees at the end of the ride?

I'd like to make an exception for rides where the temperature at the start is actually mid-30's or so.
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Old 11-26-12, 08:12 AM
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Yeah!!! And what about those other guys who live in the rest of the world? Don't those Kiwis know it's winter here???
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Old 11-26-12, 08:21 AM
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I'll make an offer: When it's July or August and the weather is cool and mild in the Great Lakes region, I won't mention how great it was to ride in the afternoon!

May Garmin data from yesterday is as follows;

Temperature
Avg Temperature: 31.5 F
Min Temperature: 26.6 F
Max Temperature: 35.6 F

And yesterday was nice day (for November)!
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Old 11-26-12, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
I believe we're rounding into the season when proper etiquette should indicate that folks living in the West or Southwest refrain from mentioning ambient temperature in their posts. Perhaps a ban from Thanksgiving to April Fools' Day might be appropriate. I really enjoy reading about winter riding, but almost feel guilty about mentioning our mid-winter temperatures. Yesterday, I had to wear both leg and arm warmers, but was able to shed both as soon as I started to climb. Does anyone living in the Midwest need to know that it was 60+ degrees at the end of the ride?

I'd like to make an exception for rides where the temperature at the start is actually mid-30's or so.
Damn, it gets cold in California! I'm glad I live in Florida.
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Old 11-26-12, 08:32 AM
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68 degrees throughout my ride yesterday. Not a breath of wind nor a drop of precipitation. Humidity was perfect. A good HVAC system is well worth the money.
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Old 11-26-12, 09:03 AM
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68 degrees throughout my ride yesterday. Not a breath of wind nor a drop of precipitation. Humidity was perfect. A good HVAC system is well worth the money.
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Old 11-26-12, 09:18 AM
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Comparative misery has never been a meal digested well. I think I'll try to stay away from the discussion that follows in this thread.
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Old 11-26-12, 09:50 AM
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Cold is not a problem--Just layer up. Heat is not a problem--Thin base wicking layer and a short sleeve and enough speed to get a draught.

It's when The rain and the wind come over here (October to March for the last few years) that I get annoyed when people post about their 65 miler done on a windless dry day and the effort involved kept them just warm enough.
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Well, how about the posts from those self-proclaimed hardy souls riding at temps of -40F with winds of near 100 mph and 3 feet of snow on the ground with an ice base who relish in telling us of their manliness (or womanliness) in doing their 20+ mile rides??

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Old 11-26-12, 10:12 AM
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Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb should be canceled due to lack of interest!!!!!
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Old 11-26-12, 10:14 AM
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Does it mean that I wont be able to mitch and boan about the niegh four inches of rain forecasted for the next seven days
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Old 11-26-12, 10:51 AM
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Timely post.... and I suggest viewing it as a recurring, unspoken, "seasonal norm" of some sort. And the HTFUers are almost as bad as warm-area residing seasonal gloaters.

First snow flurries of the year are falling here this morning and it will soon be the start of the indoor training season. I have ordered a new KK Rock n Roll Trainer that I can't wait to try out!
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Old 11-26-12, 10:59 AM
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I'd like to make an exception for rides where the temperature at the start is actually mid-30's or so.

Up here in north Florida (30 miles from the Georgia border), it has dipped to below 30 degrees overnight that last couple of nights. Yesterday, I didn't start riding until after 2:00 pm as I was waiting for it to hit 65. But I got a nice 35 mile ride in, just a bit later than usual.
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Old 11-26-12, 11:07 AM
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It seems to me this proposal is maybe a little one-sided. Where I live, I have to endure daytime temperatures in excess of 110F during the peak riding months for most everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere. It doesn't seem unreasonable for me to point out that our daytime temperatures are now in the 70's while others are fighting bitterly cold weather. I don't gloat about it because, in balance, I have problems of my own during the 'warm' months. I do not expect sympathy. I don't even expect a passing thought from others in August and September when the only comfortable time to ride is 5:00am. Sorry, but I really don't feel the need to be deferential to people who might be offended by an occasional reference to weather. In fact, our Chamber of Commerce demands it. It's all part of the choices we make.
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Old 11-26-12, 11:10 AM
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So 50+ is referring to the temperature, yes?
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Old 11-26-12, 11:18 AM
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So I guess its bad form to comment that we had perfect weather this weekend. Saturday even got to be in the 80's? BTW yesterday as the best of all days - around 72 and bright and sunny... perfect for riding...

I will remember in the future not to gloat!
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So I guess its bad form to comment that we had perfect weather this weekend. Saturday even got to be in the 80's? BTW yesterday as the best of all days - around 72 and bright and sunny... perfect for riding...

I will remember in the future not to gloat!
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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
I get annoyed when people post about their 65 miler done on a windless dry day and the effort involved kept them just warm enough.
I'll keep that in mind
Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
Well, how about the posts from those self-proclaimed hardy souls riding at temps of -40F with winds of near 100 mph and 3 feet of snow on the ground with an ice base who relish in telling us of their manliness (or womanliness) in doing their 20+ mile rides??
And what is wrong with personal achievement?
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Does it mean that I wont be able to mitch and boan about the niegh four inches of rain forecasted for the next seven days
Pleeeaaasssee... get it out of the way before we get back to Vancouver. Please.
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So I guess its bad form to comment that we had perfect weather this weekend. Saturday even got to be in the 80's? BTW yesterday as the best of all days - around 72 and bright and sunny... perfect for riding...

I will remember in the future not to gloat!
I have a forgetful memory.

It was glorious down here in the Deep South. Louisiana weather over the weekend was superb, and in fact for the past two weeks we have been in Texas, Lousiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, there wasn't a drop of rain until last night.

I do remember leaving Calgary one year with snow on the ground and the outside temp at -40 deg F and arriving in Melbourne with the outside temp at 104 deg F (-40 deg C to +40 deg C). That was an interesting exercise in adaptability. I hung around the airport with its aircon for four hours, before venturing outside to ride 20 miles to a campsite. It wasn't pleasant.
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Old 11-26-12, 12:59 PM
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I LIKE the winter, and don't mind following my nine months of riding with three months of skiing (and I do bike in the winter when the roads are clear). The SOBs I envy are the folks out west who have the choice of nice, comfortable riding or great skiing on the same day.
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And I'll add to the breaches of etiquette by noting that we're just starting to enter my favorite 4 months of cycling here in Texas. You can pity me in June, July, August, September...
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Cycling in cold weather is fun. I cycled in 30F this weekend and I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I feel kinda sorry for people who live monoseasonally. It must be so boring.

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Old 11-26-12, 04:39 PM
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No problems here with the etiquette orders, we all have seasons that make the riding a challenge or put us on the trainers. I can enjoy the winter weather being mild here, the summer heat and humidity are our challenge and we ride in it so we can do just that, RIDE.

Everyone be safe regardless of the weather where ever you are, we don't need any threads about a member getting injured or worse.

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So, can those of us living in New Zealand just continue with the status quo of rubbing it in year round?
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If you want to ride in the Pacific NW, you have to enjoy riding in the rain. This is year-round.

I don't mind the cold winter temperatures, either. Here in the southwest corner of Canada, the temps dip below freezing for short periods a few times each winter. What I really don't like is when there's ice on the road (or sometimes snow), and it gets tricky to ride without crashing. Crashes on ice are usually pretty sudden and hard. But riding in such conditions really improves your bike-handling.

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