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Your COLDEST ride?

Old 10-05-05, 02:26 PM
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Your COLDEST ride?

Summer is over, fall is here, winter is around the bend.

What's the coldest temperature you've ever ridden in?

I rode to work once (7 miles each way) with the temperature at +5 F. It wasn't too bad, but I wouldn't want to ride much farther than that ... it takes too long to thaw out various body parts!



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Old 10-05-05, 02:47 PM
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That would be about -42C (-43.6F) for weeks on end John

22 km (14 mile) two way commute
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i ride down to 0 deg c without any worries about the cold. its the rain that can cause issues.
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About 70F. Doesn't get much colder than that during the day here in Hawaii.
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-2 F.

It was worth it to see the look on my coworkers' faces as I carried my bike into the office.

As cold as that was, I think our Canadian friends have us beat, John.
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Milwaukee can be cold too because of the humidity of the great lakes. We have a saying up here that it's really cold, but it's a dry cold
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
We have a saying up here that it's really cold, but it's a dry cold
Okay... that is funny.
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Originally Posted by ViperZ
That would be about -42C (-43.6F) for weeks on end John

22 km (14 mile) two way commute
Lets see, that's a wind chill of of -73 F when riding at 15 mph with no additional wind . Frostbite in less than 5 minutes . You must be bundled up pretty well!! I rode a couple of miles at 0 F one winter just to say I had. Will NOT repeat that.
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I think that the coldest ride I ever did was in Crested Butte, CO, on July 4th, 1990. I was at 12,000 feet and between hail flurries it SNOWED on me. Then I rode back to the chalet, soaked in the hot tub, watched Greg LeMond winning the Tour de France on Wide World of Sports and ate like a king.

Younger memories in an older brain perhaps.....
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Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin
Lets see, that's a wind chill of of -73 F when riding at 15 mph with no additional wind . Frostbite in less than 5 minutes . You must be bundled up pretty well!! I rode a couple of miles at 0 F one winter just to say I had. Will NOT repeat that.

I wear one of those neoprene masks for when it get sub 30C, most times my fleece balaclava works well enough.

Here are some shots (non cycling) I took of a day at -32C









I haven't commuted as religiously for the last 2 years however this year I may have to again. The old Rocky Wedge has seen it all
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My toes fell off just looking at that. Thanks.
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-40 degrees, but my commute at the time was about a mile. The car wouldn't start that week. I sure wasn't going 15 mph with that temp.

But this is the roadie forum. For road riding, I don't generally go out for a recreational ride if it's much under freezing. For my 5 mile/8 km commute, single digits F (minus teens C) isn't unusual.
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-5 F
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Have done sub zero fahrenheit ride a few times while living in Flagstaff. Most memorable ride was pedalling my MTB up a packed tire track to the top of Mt. Elden outside of Flagstaff in the middle of winter. The wind had shaped the 8 ft deep snow into dunes and made a crust on it so hard my bike could ride over it. Probably the most surreal biking experience I have ever had, was like biking in a big white desert without sinking in the sand. Then after awhile my front tire found a spot where the sun had softened the crust and I endoed. I ended up melting my brakes on the way off the mountain that day. Good times. I think I endoed more on that ride then all the other rides I have been on combined.
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doesn't get much colder than 20 degrees F in Seattle...so 20F
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Originally Posted by halimec05
I'll commute to work down to -15 F but I've toodled over to have coffee at -27 F according to my home digital thermo. When it gets down into the -20s I start having frozen seat issues if I have to park the bike outside and unfortunately it gets way colder than that here.
Coldest ever here in Laramie -56 F in the early 60's. NO riding. But a teacher got in a hurry on the way to school (walking) and damaged her lungs. Died a couple of days later. They named the Jr High study hall after her.
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Probably around 45 degrees.

Period!

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I'm not sure if it was +14F or -14F. It was a long time ago, anyway. I do remember almost suffocating when I tried to take a deep breath and my lungs shut down and refused to do anything. You have to just *sip* air at those temps, which makes it difficult to work hard.
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question to you cold temp people - do you worry at all about your chain lubes? I'm using a dry lube (rock 'n roll) and sewing machine oil on two of my bikes, and I'm a little worried that they'll freeze up.
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
question to you cold temp people - do you worry at all about your chain lubes? I'm using a dry lube (rock 'n roll) and sewing machine oil on two of my bikes, and I'm a little worried that they'll freeze up.
I never had any real problems, I used White Lightening Lithium grease
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Last year in January I saw a guy wearing thin red ear-warmers on both ears. Not muffs, but something like a stretchy fleece ear-sock that's held onto the ear with an elastic. That's the best way I can describe it...

I'm fine cycling in 0C weather, but my nose and ears don't do so well.
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28 miles at 1F...it was the 25+ mph winds that was rough
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I used to have a photo of this sign showing -43F. Here's a shot of it in the middle of summer:

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Originally Posted by lws
I'm not sure if it was +14F or -14F. It was a long time ago, anyway. I do remember almost suffocating when I tried to take a deep breath and my lungs shut down and refused to do anything. You have to just *sip* air at those temps, which makes it difficult to work hard.
That sounds like 14 below. I've never biked in those temperatures, but I certainly have skied when it's like that. It does get almost painful to breathe air that cold.

The coldest actual temperature I've ever biked in was the start of the Great River Ride in Massachusetts a few years ago. I didn't see a thermometer (didn't want to, actually), but it was probably in the mid 20s at the start.

I was on top of Beartooth Pass in Montana last year when it was 35 degrees with a 20mph wind. That was pretty chilly when we stopped.

I did another ride in Montana where one morning it was pouring rain, 20mph wind, and about 45 degrees. Cold and wet is always a fun combination.
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