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Oh, that's why my hands are cold.

Old 01-09-09, 04:54 PM
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Oh, that's why my hands are cold.

So I'm out today for 3.5 hours, and I have my Defcon 5 Gordini Ski Gloves on, and at the end of the ride my fingers start getting cold. Nothing else. I say to myself 'that's odd, my hands don't get cold'. It wasn't so bad, not too painful, just a little numb. When I got back up to Casa CAD I check the thermometer. 19F. Oh. That's why. I would guess that for most of that 3.5 hours the temps were below 25F.

Nice ride, Satan's Headwind for half the ride, but 49 miles of Cycling Zen. Or as much Cycling Zen as you can get @ 20F with a 20 mph headwind. Actually, it's a surprising amount, all things considered. My dog Sam was crashed on the couch. He would never do anything that stupid.
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"If your hands are cold, you're probably old." - Ancient proverb
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"He would never do anything that stupid."



neither would I
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OMG - let me guess. You rode today and it was cold!

...next time you can do that to me. Just find a chain or a tire thread.
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Originally Posted by dysFTP View Post
"If your hands are cold, you're probably old." - Ancient proverb
This ride would have killed you punk.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
This ride would have killed you punk.
No, this punk is at least as smart as your dog.
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Originally Posted by dysFTP View Post
No, this punk is at least as smart as your dog.
Possibly, but it still would have killed you all the same.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
When I got back up to Casa CAD I check the thermometer. 19F. Oh. That's why. I would guess that for most of that 3.5 hours the temps were below 25F.
Cry about it, you want cold? Just got done with about a 10 day cold patch, temps were 0 f at the warmest, and were usually at -10 to -15, dropping to -25 in some areas. Right now it was 0 this morning, and is 6 today, the ride home will probably be around 1ish, feels like summer!

Race next week, the "Frosty Bottom" I hope the negative temps are done by then.

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Pfft! 19F?
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Originally Posted by brendon_ak View Post
you want cold?
Actually, no, I want warmth.

P.S. I wouldn't exactly brag about living someplace where the high temps for the day are sub-zero. On the other hand you are getting me off the hook as the dumbest cyclist on BF, so I appreciate that.
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Anyway, nice pic brendon. What part of Alaska is that?

We're supposed to get 10" of snow tomorrow, does that count?
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Haha, just busting some chops, no worries. I was debating of taking the d-bag route of "one upping" you, and said, to hell with it, why not.

Even I can't go out in the snow, as I don't have wide rims, nor one of the fat bikes. Packed trails and ice are my only roads for travel. I'm in Anchorage, born and raised, but I usually reside in Salem, OR. This is my first winter riding in the snow and it is a blast! Twice the effort for half the speed, but hey, it's riding.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Anyway, nice pic brendon. What part of Alaska is that?

We're supposed to get 10" of snow tomorrow, does that count?
We're getting your snow now. All I can say is that you'll enjoy it. Perfect for x-country skiing if you're into that...
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Geez pcad, you don't get cold hands? Whatever. It was cold as balls today, and I wore the wrong damn gloves. I otherwise might not have been too uncomfortable, but frigid hands are incredibly distracting. They've never been so painfully cold before. When I finally got home and they warmed up, I was in gasping, screaming agony for a good five minutes. Some of the worst pain I've ever had, and my fingers still don't feel quite right. Call me a wussy (is that the word?) if you want, I don't care. F this place, I need to move to California.
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Geez pcad, you don't get cold hands? Whatever. It was cold as balls today, and I wore the wrong damn gloves. I otherwise might not have been too uncomfortable, but frigid hands are incredibly distracting. They've never been so painfully cold before. When I finally got home and they warmed up, I was in gasping, screaming agony for a good five minutes. Some of the worst pain I've ever had, and my fingers still don't feel quite right. Call me a wussy (is that the word?) if you want, I don't care. F this place, I need to move to California.
No cold fingers when I have the right gloves. I get cold toes, but not with this combo: I wear Sidi Hydro GTX Shoes:



Two pairs of socks, one thin pair of dress socks under ski socks, two layers, plus
I had the new Pearl Izumi Shine shoe covers I got for Xmas:



And the toe warmers:



My feet were great. My fingers just got a little numb at the 3-3.5 hour point, but this was in temps that were hovering around 20F, and they were just about that cold all afternoon. I typically don't ride for 3-4 hours when it's that cold.

Winter cycling has its moments. Today the sun was brilliant and the ice covered landscapes down in Warwick, NY and Sussex County, NJ were, at times, rather stunning and other worldly. I recall thinking as I looking across this wildlife preserve wetlands area all glistening in ice with this completely incredible inspirational poster-like sunlight coming down that if it wasn't for cycling, I'd never see this. It was just amazing. One of the many reasons I ride, and one of the most unique and hard to convey. Let's keep it our secret, shall we?

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How many HTFU bonus points are you logging for this one?

I see a new contest unfolding...
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
No cold fingers when I have the right gloves. I get cold toes, but I wear Sidi Hydro GTX Shoes:



Two pairs of socks, one thin pair of dress socks under ski socks, two layers, plus
I had the new Pearl Izumi Shine shoe covers I got for Xmas:


And the toe warmers:
https://www.topmovingcompanies.com/
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Originally Posted by tosterbe View Post
How many HTFU bonus points are you logging for this one?

I see a new contest unfolding...
It's not about HTFU. It's really about ZTFO (Zen the F Out).

I'd love to see more of you learn to deal with the cold and enjoy winter cycling, because frankly, it's not that hard and once you do figure it out, and it's very liberating. I've been riding straight through the rather cold and sometimes snowy Hudson Valley winters for four straight years. I learned precisely what to wear and I've found what works for me. Hope some of you can do that too.
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One of the coolest - no pun intended - bike pics ever.
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Yeah, it was 80-something today here.
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My hands got cold when riding today...


I had the fan level on 2 instead of 1...
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Yeah, it was 80-something today here.
No Winter Cycling Zen for you WR.

But who the F cares when it's 80?
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I'd love to see more of you learn to deal with the cold and enjoy winter cycling, because frankly, it's not that hard and once you do figure it out, and it's very liberating.
Move south?
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I forgot to wear glove liners when I went out last weekend. My hands were a little nippy by the end of it.
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my morning ride was rough too...75*F with a slight breeze.
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