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Keeping the little guys warm

Old 01-01-17, 09:32 PM
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Keeping the little guys warm

Was riding this morning, and I was wearing padded shorts, as well as sweat pants over them, and the lower area eventually got completely numb because of the cold, I had to stop every now and then. Any tips on preventing this? I don't wanna have to wear jeans 😂
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Old 01-01-17, 10:05 PM
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Grow a bigger pair! They will generate more heat.

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Old 01-01-17, 10:09 PM
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Old 01-01-17, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
How cold was it outside?
40 degrees
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Old 01-01-17, 10:43 PM
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Grow a bigger pair! They will generate more heat.
Har har 😂
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Old 01-01-17, 11:06 PM
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You could try fleece pants might be warmer than sweats. I wear PI long bibs down to about 35f. If I wear bib shorts I wear fleece pants over them.
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Old 01-01-17, 11:16 PM
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For serious cold weather riding - wind-block cycling tights (with wind resistant panels along the front but an open weave in back for heat control and sweating. Underneath that, wear thermal underwear appropriate for the conditions. Next to your skin wear cycling shorts or cycling briefs.

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Originally Posted by decentdrummer91 View Post
Was riding this morning, and I was wearing padded shorts, as well as sweat pants over them, and the lower area eventually got completely numb because of the cold, I had to stop every now and then. Any tips on preventing this? I don't wanna have to wear jeans 😂
Sounds like you need to wrap the boys in plastic to keep the heat from dissipating. I recommend Saran wrap or Glad wrap. Buy whichever one is on sale.
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Old 01-02-17, 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
for serious cold weather riding - wind-block cycling tights (with wind resistant panels along the front but an open weave in back for heat control and sweating.
+1
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Old 01-02-17, 01:04 AM
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Completely numb from cold at 40F? That doesn't sound like a cold problem.

Everyone is subjective to cold, though. I was fine a few days ago at 29F in nothing but a soft shell, Mechanix gloves and regular cycling tights.
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I used to wear a sort of polyethylene g-string because I found that portion of my anatomy got colder than the rest--I think the issue is more wind-chill than outright cold--it seems the wind was channeled past the important spot, and it was not pleasant.

I cut a triangle of thick plastic film, and with some scrap cloth, old shoelaces, and duct tape was able to make a device I could tuck into the front of my tights and over my shorts which was not uncomfortable to wear while riding and greatly increased the warmth of the important areas.

I looked like I was wearing a diaper under my tights when I got off the bike, but who cares? I had fully operational machinery---and I am sure I looked stupider trying to surreptitiously hold myself in my hand to get warm when i didn't wear the protector.

if I had know they existed I would possibly have bought some wind-blocking tights ... but for a few minutes work with materials I had sitting at home I was able to solve the problem, so ... whatever.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Completely numb from cold at 40F? That doesn't sound like a cold problem.

Everyone is subjective to cold, though. I was fine a few days ago at 29F in nothing but a soft shell, Mechanix gloves and regular cycling tights.
Sorry, I forgot to mention that it was really windy and it was cutting right through my pants to the musketeers.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Completely numb from cold at 40F? That doesn't sound like a cold problem.
My thought as well. Forty is not that cold.
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Old 01-02-17, 06:28 AM
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20 mph windchill on a 40-degree day puts certain body parts in a sub-freezing environment. Anyone here want to use a cellphone and video themselves immersing their parts in 20-degree water? (need lots of salt and stirring to keep it liquid---and you won't stay in long)

Or just try dipping things in ice water and see how long you enjoy it ... and just imagine being half again as cold.

A non-stop blast of 20-degree air will give you frostbite after a while.

We can call the guy weak or laugh at him or whatever ... if you haven't been there you don't know, and if you have, you will make a useful suggestion ...


... or make a joke. it's BF, and anyone posting that original post has Got to be expecting a bunch of jokes at his bits' expense.

Anything to break the wind ... even a piece of corrugated cardboard would work. Cloth won't as it is permeable. Short section of fat-bike inner tube, split open?
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Old 01-02-17, 06:32 AM
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I use a square of windproof fleece stuffed into my shorts/bibs (worn beneath tights or other long layers) to keep my man parts warm. The body position on a road bike tends to funnel all the cold air into that area resulting in some unpleasant sensations at temps that don't affect me otherwise.

Still, one needs to be sure their saddle position and tilt is correct for them and that they give their bottom an occasional break by standing up off the saddle.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
20 mph windchill on a 40-degree day puts certain body parts in a sub-freezing environment. Anyone here want to use a cellphone and video themselves immersing their parts in 20-degree water? (need lots of salt and stirring to keep it liquid---and you won't stay in long)

Or just try dipping things in ice water and see how long you enjoy it ... and just imagine being half again as cold

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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Completely numb from cold at 40F? That doesn't sound like a cold problem.
I was thinking the same thing.

Cold maybe but completely numb doesn't sound like 40 with or without wind chill.


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40? Ride harder and HTFU!
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Thanks for all the helpful comments, and ignoring all the pointless ones.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
My thought as well. Forty is not that cold.
Lot of factors that go into play, there was a really cold wind and it was cutting right through my layers.
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Old 01-02-17, 11:11 AM
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Did anything else get numb?
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40? Ride harder and HTFU!
Everybody doesn't experience cold to the same degree. Some people love the cold of Maine and Minnesota while others flock to Florida and Texas as soon as October arrives. Needless to say, everybody ain't the same.

Personally I don't ride below 50F ... takes all the fun out of it for me. No, dressing for it is not worth it for me. I'll hike in sub-freezing temps gleefully, but my bike sees no action until April. Same as probably 95% of the biking population.

We cycling fanatics sometimes lose sight of the fact that we are extremists in our passion for cycling, and that the overwhelming majority of cyclists are more typical of what would be called ... um, normal.
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