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Cold weather: Where do you draw the line?

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View Poll Results: Cold weather: where do you draw the line?
Iíll ride regardless of temperature or conditions
32
9.30%
Iíll ride regardless of temperature but only on ice-free and snow-free roads
68
19.77%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 0F or below
8
2.33%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 10F or below
24
6.98%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 20F or below
48
13.95%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 30F or below
70
20.35%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 40F or below
66
19.19%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 50F or below
21
6.10%
Iíll stop riding when the air is at 60F or below
7
2.03%
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Cold weather: Where do you draw the line?

Old 10-12-09, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
The day I rode in this people were reporting -50C in rural areas and saying their thermometers were no longer reading any temperature.

I put in 30 km that day and for most of the week the temps were hovering around -40...
And that particular week, in the same city, I just continued to walk my usual 3 km a day to and from the train. I never wore boots that winter either ... just running shoes. It's amazing how warm you can be if you layer properly.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
And that particular week, in the same city, I just continued to walk my usual 3 km a day to and from the train. I never wore boots that winter either ... just running shoes. It's amazing how warm you can be if you layer properly.
But you are from Winnipeg... -40C is a winter heat wave there.

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Since I live in San Diego, I'll just tell myself to STFU.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
But you are from Winnipeg... -40C is a winter heat wave there.

Especially if you bring windchill into the equation!! Even at -40C that wind is still howling!!
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
But you are from Winnipeg... -40C is a winter heat wave there.

No red blooded American has any idea what ļC means. We do know meters since our military uses them when they're lining up targets upon which to dump ordnance.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
No red blooded American has any idea what ļC means. We do know meters since our military uses them when they're lining up targets upon which to dump ordnance.
Oh, it's easy -- double it, and add 30.

So, -40 C comes out to... -50 F.

Works with kilometers and metric beers, too.
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pcad...

-40 c equals -40 f

We put the H and F in HTFU here.
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Originally Posted by OBXCycling.com View Post
Did you not see that I said the windchill was only 2 degrees colder?
2 degrees is about right, actually. Here's how I figure:
You're always riding into the wind, so regular wind chill figures are meaningless. But last winter on a windy day when my nose was particularly cold I realized that I could still get a wind chill effect from a strong cross wind.
To use your example: in 25 degree weather, the wind chill at 20mph is 11F. If there's a 25mph cross wind, the wind on your face will be sqrt(25^2+20^2)=32mph. For a wind chill of 7F or 8F. (using this chart: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/windchill/).

Not quite enough to explain my nose feeling extra cold, though. My other thought about wind chill is that there can be some effect because my winter clothing choices are made to block the wind from the front but not be too warm overall. So a strong cross wind could make an outfit that normally protects and vents the right amount instead vent a bit too much.
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Old 10-12-09, 10:36 PM
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I only ride my road bike on ice/snow free roads in the winter. I'll commute on my mtn bike with studded tires down to -10f.

For those of you who haven't experienced a calm morning on fresh snow you have to try it, there's nothing quite as serene and tranquil.

On that note, I damn near go insane waiting to get a good road ride in for 4 months
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I voted for "Iíll ride regardless of temperature but only on ice-free and snow-free roads" but I've never before ridden road style throughout a winter. I better stock up on some warm weather clothing accessories otherwise I'm not gonna be able to keep my word...
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once my bottles freeze shut, then i know its time to stop
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
once my bottles freeze shut, then i know its time to stop
nah, that's when you go to a better thermal bottle...
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
once my bottles freeze shut, then i know its time to stop
Incorrect.

Once your iPod freezes, you know its time to hit the gym.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
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-40 c equals -40 f

We put the H and F in HTFU here.
I'd say you're about 2200 meters from here, we'll start dropping mortars on you shortly.
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
once my bottles freeze shut, then i know its time to stop
Better bottles or a thermos filled with coffee or hot chocolate.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
No red blooded American has any idea what ļC means.
And America's education system is pretty much crappy mccrappy pants, so yeah that sounds about right!

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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
Better bottles or a thermos filled with coffee or hot chocolate.
I know this may sound gross, but if you think about hot cider, maybe not..... I make hot propel on cold days. Steaming hot water and a propel packet.... throws you off the first few rides, but you get used to it pretty quick.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I'd say you're about 2200 meters from here, we'll start dropping mortars on you shortly.
Careful, they will be landing at about Craigville and Hasbrouck Roads!
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Lowest I rode last winter was -12 with new snow falling on ice. Buy a pair of Nokian Studded Tires, lights, some fenders, and go adventure riding. I hate spring in Colorado more than winter. The wind in March and April blowing me to Kansas, with temperature swings of 50 degrees make it hard to dress comfortably. It also makes me appreciate the summers more.
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Did anyone else notice the pretty little bell curve with the only extranious data coming from the BF BS crowd that claims that they will ride in any weather?
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Originally Posted by exRunner View Post
Did anyone else notice the pretty little bell curve with the only extranious data coming from the BF BS crowd that claims that they will ride in any weather?
That's probably one of the smoothest curves we'll ever see on BF.

I had to put "any conditions" because I rode to work last winter on a morning when it was too dangerous to walk. I didn't want to drive, either, although I think that there was a service van in our driveway, and I needed to hustle. So, out came the bike, and besides the few cars on the street, I was also dodging pedestrians -- the sidewalks were so iced over that it was easier to walk in the street.
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Did anyone else notice the pretty little bell curve with the only extranious data coming from the BF BS crowd that claims that they will ride in any weather?
BS crowd? With the proper gear temperature is not an issue. When it's cold I wear the same gear I wear when cross country skiing, where the colder it is, the better the snow is for skiing.
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BS crowd? With the proper gear temperature is not an issue. When it's cold I wear the same gear I wear when cross country skiing, where the colder it is, the better the snow is for skiing.
You don't count. In Canukistan that gear is required 10 months out of the year.
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Originally Posted by exRunner View Post
You don't count. In Canukistan that gear is required 10 months out of the year.
This year you would be correct.
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