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My all-time low

Old 02-18-06, 03:09 PM
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I did my coldest ride ever today: 12.0 °F. I know that's nothing to some of you guys, but I'm a big time weather wimp.

I did 12 miles to (unintentionally) match the temperature. I had to ride today. I needed the miles and I needed some cereal.

What's your all-time low?
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Old 02-18-06, 03:17 PM
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It was -10F with a -33 windchill when I came home from work yesterday. But it's only a short 5 mile commute.
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Old 02-18-06, 03:29 PM
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I'm from Northern Minnesota and 12 degrees is cold on a bike. I don't care where your from.
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I just got back from my ride. Today its 19*F, but because of the wind it feels like 4*

I can't feel my feet at all, except for the painful thawing out burning sensation!
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Old 02-18-06, 04:12 PM
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The coldest I remember riding in was -8F. My brain probably froze at anything colder and I forgot about it
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Old 02-18-06, 05:10 PM
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I've done rides around 20F, but they weren't that bad because I had the right clothing on. I road about 20 miles today in the high 30s without any head protection - that was no fun.
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Old 02-18-06, 06:31 PM
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CRIKEY!! I think I once rode when it was about 40F

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-40C/F .... it was during a commute to work.


However, I did a century in February 2003 that was a bit brisk. I was -32C/-26F when I started, and reached a high that day of -22C/-8F before dropping back down again that evening.
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My cut off is around 30F. The only thing that really bothers me in cold weather is my hands. I don't like a big, bulky pair of gloves. The gloves I'm using now fail completely below freezing.
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Originally Posted by Namenda
My cut off is around 30F. The only thing that really bothers me in cold weather is my hands. I don't like a big, bulky pair of gloves. The gloves I'm using now fail completely below freezing.
I use ski gloves in the winter. I find them very comfortable and they keep me nice and warm.
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Funny that this thread pops up today as today was my coldest ride also. I think it was 59 in the shade. Woo-hoo! Too chilly for sunny San Diego! I actually had to wear a long sleeve jersey!

I used to be stationed not far from Siberia, on the island of Hokkaido. It would stay below -20 for weeks at a time. The snow would sometimes pile up six to eight feet. No one ventured outside for very long in those conditions but we always had a white Christmas.

Once I drove my 1956 Toyopet (before they renamed themselves Toyota) during those ultra cold conditions. I got to my destination, turned off the key yet the engine wouldn't stop! I think some switch froze in place and wouldn't let me stop the engine or the engine knew it never wanted to get cold again so it kept on running, haha. It was funny at the time.

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Originally Posted by rickkko
I used to be stationed not far from Siberia, on the island of Hokkaido. It would stay below -20 for weeks at a time. The snow would sometimes pile up six to eight feet.

I KNEW Winnipeg was just like Siberia!!!!!



Some Winnipeg in winter photos ...... (I once worked for Canada Post, which is what I'm doing in the last two photos ... it was a bit of a challenge that year!)
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Originally Posted by Machka
I KNEW Winnipeg was just like Siberia!!!!!
Or Fairbanks (sign is in Fahrenheit)



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56 degrees. Hey, at this cost of living I should be getting something!

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31 degrees, today. It is very unusual for the tempurature to stay that low all day, unless it is sleeting. Generally, if it is freezing in the morning, it will be in the 50s by noon. I usually just wait it out, but not today. I don't know how you people up North do it.
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Great pics!
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It was a balmy 84F today. Tomorrow the high is suppose to be 54F.
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It's 4 degrees F. Here in indiana. The wind makes it in the negatives. I was at Dicks sporting goods and was looking at Balaclava's. It was busy and I didn't buy one but should have.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
It's 4 degrees F. Here in indiana. The wind makes it in the negatives. I was at Dicks sporting goods and was looking at Balaclava's. It was busy and I didn't buy one but should have.
Try out a Seirus next time you go there. They have headgear with windproof fronts that work really well. The only drawback is when you have it over your nostrils, when you exhale through em you'll fog up your glasses if you aren't careful, but I assume that's something that every facemask has in common.
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Oh my god. I feel like a little spoiled brat here in san diego. 25 miles today. Sunny beautiful. Minimal wind. Long sleeve jersey and no jacket. I almost didn't ride just because it rained LAST NIGHT, and the roads were a little damp! hahahaha
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Old 02-19-06, 09:19 AM
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I've ridden in around 7 degree F. standing air temps back in high school (5 mile commute each way to school)...not sure what the windchill was that day. Oh yeah, didn't have any fancy gear back then either.....wore sneakers, ski gloves, sweatpants over my lycra (non-padded) shorts, and a couple layers of clothing with a light jacket (my core can get really warm even in winter). My head was a bit cold that day....
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I Once Rode In The Low 40's !!!! My Texas Friends Thought I Was Soooo Crazy !!
Giddee Yup !!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-19-06, 12:44 PM
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Earlier this year, did about 45 miles with starting temp of 18 degrees (forget what the windchill was). I only embarked on this ride believing the weather forecast of "warming" up to 33 degrees. When I got home (with my cheeks totally numb - for hours), it had made it up to only 23. Right now, its around 15 with windchill of 0. Think I gotta pass on this one...
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Out and about at -40C messin' in Montreal.
Last nights ride to and from the Toronto Ice race was pretty chilly too about -25C with the wind.
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