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When do you ride in winter?

Old 02-06-23, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Truth! it doesn't take much wind to make you cold, either.

The worst case is after a long climb, when your kit is wet from sweat, and you're coasting downhill. At 40F and 30mph, the wind chill temperature is a frigid 28F.

I'll dig in the trash at the summit for newspaper to stuff under my vest. One time at the top of Mt. Laguna, I got a trash bag from the general store, cut holes in the bottom and wore it as a poncho to descend the Sunrise Highway down to Pine Valley.

the large / thin USPS envelopes made of a ‘plasticky’ (lol) material similar to Tyvek work great in a pinch ... place between layers on your chest
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I used to ride all through the winter to about minus 4 or 5 Celsius when I was using fairings.

My favourite bike now does not have fairings, I am more scared of coming off (as I generally do each winter a couple of times) due to my age (57), and I thought it would be good for me to jog for part of the year so I cycle only when it is above freezing.

Jogging increases bone density apparently, but then I guess, so does coming off my bike and tenderising my hips on the icy tarmac.
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Evanston 1957.....I'm just to the north of you in Wilmette. Strange winter we've had this year. I'll be hittin the road soon. 40 degrees is pretty much my cold limit. The lake is a huge factor and the wind off the lake this time of year can be brutal. And it always seems like a northeasterly wind is constant until June.
I Dont go out in any sloppy weather. Dry roads for me. But in the past I rode with mudguards and tackled the slush and snow. Not anymore. Falling hurts too much now.

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