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Old 03-04-13, 01:38 PM
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Have You Noticed an Increase in Cold Sensitivity as You Age?

Are You Affected by the Cold More Than When You Were Younger?

Just received an ebay item, a Shimano 600 rear hub manufactured in the 80's. Looks pretty good. No deep scratches, almost no deformation of the spoke holes but I need to take it apart and check the bearing races before I provide feedback to the Seller. I am a firm believer in good feedback, especially when I risk good money on used parts. If the seller has sold me a good item, one that closely matches his description of the piece, he deserves to have my positive feedback published expeditiously. But you know what, it's been pretty cold for the past few days. I find myself avoiding my cold workshop, turning the thermostat up, turning up my mattress heater, looking for my warmest sweater even though this winter has been fairly mild here in North Georgia.

I very seldom go for rides, even short ones, when the temp goes below 55 degrees. Have you noticed a greater sensitivity to the cold as you grow older? Man, I am really looking forward to Spring! Very interested in any feedback you might provide.

Guess what I'm going to do now, to salve my conscience, is to place some newspapers on my desk where it's warm, tear down the hub and then report the feedback promptly.
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I certainly have gotten more sensitive to cold weather as I aged. I used to run in some cold temps in the winter with just running shorts, a long-sleeved run premium t-shirt and maybe some polypro gloves. Now I want my layers and a wind shell over a LS jersey, over a UA LS compression shirt and tights over my shorts. Full fingered gloves, too. Guess this is just one more thing to just deal with and move on.

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Definitely more sensitive to cold as I get older. That and a loss of weight I am really suffering in cold weather.
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Old 03-04-13, 02:01 PM
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Man I wish... as I grow older I am more heat sensitive... pretty much temperatures over 75+ I get dehydrated and suffer. Now I love temperatures between 50 - 60. Perfect for me! I've been doing alot of riding lately at 35 degrees or so. With enough clothes and layers I'm fine although little stiff in the beginning. Something a friend suggested that I love... I ride, when its cold, with winter long fingered gloves. If its really cold, I will start out with a pair of latex or thin rubber gloves underneath. They almost immediately generate heat and keep my fingers nice and toasty. For my feet, good wool socks do the trick.
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Old 03-04-13, 02:20 PM
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I am an outdoor person and cold does not normally bother me but this winter and I am feeling it. It is a 4 layer trip to feed the chickens at the bottom of the garden. But a month ago I decided to brave the cold. Winter Base layer- long sleeve jersey- the winter Assos jacket and then a loose fitting windproof over the top. Socks and gloves were the winter strength SealSkinz and the ski mask went on. 30 miles done at a respectable pace considering I had not been out much over the winter--------And I froze. That was one cold ride. Fingers and I had to sit inside the cafe for breakfast and the feet needed a bit of warmth too.

But one question----There I was all wrapped up and despite feeling cold I still sweated buckets. How?

The cold and I look at the thermometer and I know how to dress for a ride but we are getting a strong Northerly that has a degree of cold to it that seems to go through me and all the layers I have on. I am feeling the cold but I think that is down to the weather.
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In a word ... absolutely!

Well ... either that, or I'm just less inclined to put up with it than I used to be.
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Old 03-04-13, 02:29 PM
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Georgia has temperature swings that the Oregon Coast does Not... I just wear more stuff in the winter.

the extra 30# of insulating fat may help , but its not at the extremitys ,
where the fingers and feet want the warmth.
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Yes, for sure. Plus I don't always dress as warm as I should. Last Saturday I was quite chilly while climbing to Dawson Saddle. Yes, I know it gets colder at altitude, but I had shorts, jersey and arm warmers . . . that's enough, right?

Wrong. But I did make it to the summit and back without any frostbite, so I'm happy!

Photo taken on the road (closed to motor traffic) to the summit:Rick / OCRR
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Man I wish... as I grow older I am more heat sensitive... pretty much temperatures over 75+ I get dehydrated and suffer. Now I love temperatures between 50 - 60. Perfect for me! I've been doing alot of riding lately at 35 degrees or so. With enough clothes and layers I'm fine although little stiff in the beginning. Something a friend suggested that I love... I ride, when its cold, with winter long fingered gloves. If its really cold, I will start out with a pair of latex or thin rubber gloves underneath. They almost immediately generate heat and keep my fingers nice and toasty. For my feet, good wool socks do the trick.
I lived on the equator for almost eight years; SE Asia, Central America, West Africa, a lot of it outside for long periods. Didn't mind it much if I could clean up and enjoy multiple cool drinks in the evening. High humidity, however, meant moldy leather and failed electronics. Sweat never bothered me like the cold does. Pulls what energy I have at 72 yrs right out.
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Old 03-04-13, 02:56 PM
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^ Sorry I missed that!

I'll bet Laura donned every stitch of clothes she had.
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Yes, the cold impacts me more as I age but not near as much those I know that are inactive.

Slow thyroid/slow metabolism will cause increased sensitivity to cold.

The coldest here in my area of SoCal has been about 37f, the coldest I've ridden in is about 40f just before sunrise. Wished for a good balaclava that morning.
Funny how the Mid-West folks run around here in shorts at Christmas time and the locals are bundled up.


When I had a garage and needed Winter warmth on 35f nights, an old Widder M/C electric vest hooked to a battery charger worked a treat. (12v@75w)
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I used to wonder why my father was always wearing long johns. Now at close to 65, I'm following in his foot steps!!! Unless I bundle up, I'm always cold. Loosing 50+ lbs this past year made it even worse!!! I've gotten in the habit of wearing lot's of layers. Added to or removed as needed.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
I certainly have gotten more sensitive to cold weather as I aged. I used to run in some cold temps in the winter with just running shorts, a long-sleeved run premium t-shirt and maybe some polypro gloves. Now I want my layers and a wind shell over a LS jersey, over a UA LS compression shirt and tights over my shorts. Full fingered gloves, too. Guess this is just one more thing to just deal with and move on.

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You impress me as a pretty tough minded, physically tough Engineer, Bill. I haven't been able to run in more than 10 years! Hey, keep it up, Bill.
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Thank you for the compliments but I cannot run any longer. The 2 level bone grafts and their rods, cages and screws, as well as the 12 major abdominal surgeries, all work to cause a lot of pain running. That is why I returned to cycling, I can still get a hard workout for the aerobic fitness and just getting fresh air on my bicycle. Just staying up for 12-16 hour days on job sites at the air base is enough some days.

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Yes & no. Years ago, as I approached 40, I gained a lot of weight. The extra fat proved to be good insulation for me. I found winters easier to take but the summers got really hot.

In my 40s I decided to get back in shape. A few years ago I started riding again and really lost some weight. Since then cold really bothers me. I HAVE to bundle up or layer properly before venturing into the cold. At the same time my heat tolerance has improved. 6 of 1 half a dozen of the other I guess.
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Thank you for the compliments but I cannot run any longer. The 2 level bone grafts and their rods, cages and screws, as well as the 12 major abdominal surgeries, all work to cause a lot of pain running. That is why I returned to cycling, I can still get a hard workout for the aerobic fitness and just getting fresh air on my bicycle. Just staying up for 12-16 hour days on job sites at the air base is enough some days.

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No.
Thanks for the informative input.
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Yes. And less bothered by heat as well.
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No, I don't know why it is but I'm less sensitive to cold than any time I can remember. I am more active now - with cycling - than I was 10 years ago or 20. Perhaps that's it, or maybe it's taken me that long to toughen up mentally.
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Seems more weight (insulation) related and hair (insulation) than age related so far, but then again I am only 49.9 y/o . . . Ask me in a couple weeks.
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Have experienced various temperatures.
40 below zero in Korea; 117 degrees in Tucson, AZ.
Bicycled at 20 degrees regularly in Michigan, and 100+ degrees in Tucson.
Coldest I've ridden this year was 37; dress for ther occasion.
But now tolerate warm weather a bit easier than cold.
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Thanks for the input!

From what I gather from you guys (and gal), my cold sensitivity my be due to a lack of exercise, not dressing intelligently enough, or simply mental wuseness. I 'd like to think that maybe I just need to dress warmer.
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My sensitivity to cold hasn't really kicked in because of age, I think--it's the 110+ lb weight loss--I just lack any insulation.
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In my case, I would say a little more sensitive to cold than I used to be...but I've moved further and further south over the last 35+ years so that probably has a lot to do with it. Moved from North TX to South TX right near the border. I will say in the last twenty months of my riding that some of my best rides (speed/performance) have been when the temps are in the 50-60F range with no rain. I've done some rides when temps started in the high 30s and 40s but if it is raining no way at those temps. Most of the year I ride in temps of 90s and low 100s. I can tolerate the heat if I have to. Did a 140 mile ride last year that ended with temps of 108F and the next morning finished off the last 100+ miles.

No excuses for not riding twelve months a year where I live. Only injuries have kept me off the bike.
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