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Old 01-11-18, 04:12 PM
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So, you might agree with me in thinking that cold legs is not the problem I need to worry about?

Incidentally, the current forecast for Saturday is "Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. Morning high of 46F with temps falling to near 30. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%." (weather.com). So apparently it will be wet, and it will be cold, but not at the same time.
"Temps falling to near 30", but when? If it's during the ride and accompanied by snow, I'd cancel. A favorite saying of mine: "One injury can ruin your whole season." But if that's after the ride, fine.

Yes, legs aren't the problem. Torso, hands, and feet are. See my previous post to you. Gloves, leg seals, boots, and plenty of layers on the torso. And somewhere to put stuff when the sun comes out and you overheat. Feet are never a problem with overheating. It's mostly a torso issue and maybe hands. It has to get really warm before winter tights become an issue.
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Yes, legs aren't the problem. Torso, hands, and feet are. See my previous post to you. Gloves, leg seals, boots, and plenty of layers on the torso. And somewhere to put stuff when the sun comes out and you overheat. Feet are never a problem with overheating. It's mostly a torso issue and maybe hands. It has to get really warm before winter tights become an issue.
Everybody is different. Two days ago on an exercise ride for an hour and a half, temp was about freezing, partly sunny, wind maybe 10 mph head wind for first half and tail wind on the return. My left foot was just right, my right foot toes were quite cold, but torso was slightly sweating. I was wearing SPD vented shoes with waterproof socks over liner socks, those socks usually cut the wind quite well but not quite well enough on that ride. Long athletic pants over bike shorts, the legs were warm enough but that did not help the toes on right foot very much. I regretted not having my shoe covers (discussed a few posts above) or toe covers to cover up the vents. Even a bread loaf wrapper to put over the right foot sock might have been adequate. But for only an hour and a half ride I did not give it much thought before starting out.
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Old 01-12-18, 10:01 AM
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Since my experience appears to be outside the norm, perhaps I should expound on it.


I rode a 300k a few years back; weather was predicted to be in the 40s with light showers mid-morning. When I pulled up to the start, the rain started pouring. (I felt right at home with fenders and lights looking at all those other randonneurs' bikes!) The temperature dropped from about 40 down to mid-30s in the first couple hours; I begged a plastic bag from the control, cut it, and wrapped my feet. That got my feet warm, and my core was protected by my jacket, but the rain kept falling so fast I could feel the drops hitting through those lovely Performance insulated tights, and I was shivering from my legs while sweating up top!


Four hours later, and just about 5 miles out of the lunch control, the rain finally slacked off. I warmed up inside at lunch, but the guy I'd been riding with had the Rainlegs, and he'd had no problem keeping warm. The RBA who'd been riding with us turned for home, but Dave and I pressed on. It turned out to be a good ride since it finally stopped raining and warmed up into the mid 40s. The tights were dry within a couple miles and kept me warm through the rest of the ride.


What's different between my experience and others'? Perhaps the rain rate: just guessing, I'd say it averaged raining a quarter to a half an inch per hour for the four hours. Maybe the altitude made the difference -- around here, it usually doesn't snow or sleet above freezing.
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that sounds really miserable. Maybe I didn't notice my legs because my hands were so cold.

I probably should get some rain legs. But ever since my R36 came to an abrupt end crashing on ice on a day that wasn't supposed to feature low temperatures or rain, I just avoid winter 200k's where something like that might happen. Last year on the January R12 ride, everyone had to be rescued off the road because of snow. I really don't miss winter 200k's at all.
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Got a Cyclist's Rain cape, that Rivendale Got the Off Shore Commercial Fishing Foul weather gear maker Grundens to make for them..

seam welded Nylon Backed PVC.. best I've had..

The British figured this out long ago ,, it drapes over the bars , hands stay dry..

bike with mudguards so feet even stay pretty dry at modest speeds, when the wind is not blowing..


otherwise I put on some cheap rain pants.. none last long when you are sitting on them.





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well, don't have to worry about it now, ride cancelled
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Old 01-13-18, 12:25 PM
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Same down here. Did you see pictures of the wreck on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville?

If I was riding in that, I'd want 3-4" tires for a short ride through a field...
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Well, the ride in question was rescheduled to yesterday and proved a lovely day for a ride. Temperatures varied from 17 F to 67 F. And there were some astonishing capricious winds in the afternoon, blasting me forward one moment, 25 mph with no wind noise in my ears, and bringing me nearly to a standstill a minute later.

No rain! But the advice I've gleaned from this thread will not go to waste.
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