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OK I admit it - I'm a fair weather cyclist!

Old 03-25-13, 07:06 PM
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Today's ride in the GWN (Great White North) - borderline fair weather. At least the sun was shining!
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Old 03-26-13, 08:02 AM
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As far as I am concerned they should just cancel Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. And this year Mar looks to be a total write off. I do however remember the winter of 05-06, I had just bought my first recumbent, and dearly wanted to ride it as much as possible. It turned out that in that winter, I was able to ride one or two days each month all winter long. And last year at this time I probably had at least 300 miles on my bike.
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Old 03-26-13, 08:04 AM
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If I were rich, I would simply go to Australia or New Zealand in the winter.
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Old 03-26-13, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by droy45 View Post
I install the studded tires on Thanksgiving weekend each year and go all winter down to -10degF
How are those studs when the surface is dry? Southeast Michigan has increasingly intermittent precip in the winters, which means that we'll have days or weeks interspersed throughout the winter where we can ride on dry roads and paths if we can withstand the cold.
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Old 03-26-13, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster View Post
some booties
I almost picked up a pair at REI a few weeks ago, anticipating a chilly (high 30's low 40's) Saturday ride, but the guy I talked to at REI wasn't super enthusiastic about their effectiveness. As they ran $50 to $70 a pair, which is a lot even considering REI's premium pricing, I was reluctant to plunk down that much cash on something that may not really do the job.

What type of booties have you been using and how effective did you find them to be?
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Old 03-26-13, 01:02 PM
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What type of booties have you been using and how effective did you find them to be?
Type ? I got some sewn by a home business .. fabric, 2 nylon and one Polar Fleece..
used them on a Wet Irish West coast and Scottish West coast and Island hopping, bike tour..

worked fine .. I got SCOR Kneesavers to put the pedals wider, on the cranks ,so the shoe covers
wouldn't drag on the arms an wear holes in.. + have a bit more heel in foot angle..

IDK maybe the Showers Pass Shell Booties would do , maybe old wool socks with a Hole in the bottom
over the shoes and the windblocking/water-resistant shell over them and the shoes..
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Old 03-26-13, 02:35 PM
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total yo-yo here
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Old 03-26-13, 04:32 PM
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Will ride in winter sunshine but no longer in sleet/freezing rain/snow! You can feel the body shutting down and that is not a good place to be, I guess could add layers but then you are adding carriers and soon your urban commuter looks like a long haul tourer
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Old 03-27-13, 08:35 PM
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I ride little in October and November, and in the last half of March and all of April. The break is kind of nice. I don't like the cold.
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Well when i used to ride a motorcycle, i rode in cold weather. in fact i was about the only one on the road on one in my town. But nowadays, at 51, and don't know if age has made the difference, but it has to be at least 40 before i get my bicycle out. If i wore enough clothes to keep me warm, it would take me an hour to make my 5 mile commute to work
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Old 03-30-13, 07:15 AM
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I only started riding this last year, two to three days a week. Longest ride was 40 miles. I don't go out in the rain but if i'm out and it rains I keep going. Haven't been on a ride since last november and really can't wait for the temp to hit the 50's this next week. My wife and I ride together so the weather has to be agreeable to both of us. My main reason for riding is to do something with my wife that we both enjoy......so if its ugly outside we find something to do inside!
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Old 03-30-13, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
As far as I am concerned they should just cancel Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. ....
You've got my vote!
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Old 03-30-13, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Rollinrock View Post
Well when i used to ride a motorcycle, i rode in cold weather. in fact i was about the only one on the road on one in my town. But nowadays, at 51, and don't know if age has made the difference, but it has to be at least 40 before i get my bicycle out. If i wore enough clothes to keep me warm, it would take me an hour to make my 5 mile commute to work
The last motorcycle I owned had heated grips and I wore a heated vest underneath a heavy Aerostitch riding suit and a full-coverage helmet. But I just don't feel right being too "bundled up" on a bicycle and my hands and feet are particularly sensitive to the cold as well. It's got to be 50+ for me to do any real riding, although I'll start out when it's colder if it's also sunny or is predicted to warm up during the day.
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Old 03-30-13, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by DougG View Post
It's got to be 50+ for me to do any real riding, although I'll start out when it's colder if it's also sunny or is predicted to warm up during the day.
Even 50's can be dicey. It was well over 50 and sunny today, with 10mph ssw winds. Felt ok as long as I kept moving, but as soon as I stopped, sweat would collect that presumably was evaporating when I was moving, and the body heat quickly radiated away. Starting out again after even 3-5 minutes was freezing cold until the excess sweat evaporated, and I generated enough body heat to warm up.

I was wearing a long-sleeved lycra wicking layer, a thin merino wool long-sleeve shirt, with a winbreaker/rain jacket on top, tights over bib shorts on the bottom, thin wool socks and thin lycra gloves under my cycling gloves.

Hands and feet stayed toasty, and other than a non-stop runny nose and the problem with stopping (fortunately I only did so twice in 16 miles), it wasn't too bad, though I'll be glad when it warms up a bit more...
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