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Old 01-26-10, 09:08 PM
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coldest temperatures...

...that you've ever ridden in?

I moved to Burlington, Vermont from Virginia a few months back. I am used to riding year round, but the snow/ice makes it a little hard up here. However, rained yesterday and washed snow/salt/dirt/etc off the roads. So, weather permitting, I hope to ride on saturday but it looks like it'll be single digits-teens....

I plan to HTFU and ride on my day off work. what say ye?
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Old 01-26-10, 09:14 PM
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18, never happening again
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Old 01-26-10, 09:15 PM
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Old 01-26-10, 09:16 PM
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-8 F, no wind. Won't do it again unless I get better hand protection, but other than my fingers, it wasn't bad.

HTFU.
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I will not ride on ice or in snow, but so far my tolerance has been tested down to -2 F, no wind. As long as I layer up and have my booties, tights and gloves/Bar Mitts, I'm good.
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Old 01-26-10, 09:19 PM
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Old 01-26-10, 09:23 PM
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actually, no its not datlA$$ hole
Whoa, why so touchy?? Get up on the wrong side of bed? Not getting any?
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Old 01-26-10, 09:25 PM
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I've ridden a few mornings in the -F areas, I'm fine as long as I cover up, at that temp I wear my ski goggles rather than sunglasses though and it works out.

Cold is easy though, it's the wet and or pollution that stops me most of the time.
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Old 01-26-10, 09:26 PM
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38 degrees farenhiet at the beginning of the ride. Damned cold.


ETA: But on the other hand, I once did a hard 20 mile training ride in 107 degree heat . . . in SE TX.

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13f for my morning commute. Wasn't that bad...
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Old 01-26-10, 09:29 PM
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12F.

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8 degrees, last year. With windchill it was 3. Friggen cold.
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On the commute:

Dec 14, 2009: - 46C and this actually matched my personal record for cold weather riding. What was significant was this was the coldest temperature ever recorded at our city centre which tends to be warmer than outlying areas.

The coldest I have ever taken my road bike out at was -40C as I had just finished building it up and since it was dry and clear I wanted to test things... I would not consider riding in -40 to be fun at anytime but it is doable.

We have gone mountain biking when it was -25 C... the more intensive physical activity really keeps you warmer than if you were on the road.

It all depends on what you are used to and I am thinking that a winter century is in order here if the weather stays reasonable.
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12F.

My iPod froze that day.
When your iPod freezes, just reset it by holding down play and menu for ten seconds...
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around 10F. it's cold, but a couple days riding inside makes me want to HTFU instead.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post

The coldest I have ever taken my road bike out at was -40C as I had just finished building it up and since it was dry and clear I wanted to test things... I would not consider riding in -40 to be fun at anytime but it is doable.
No need to declare C or F at -40... they're the same temp. Thats hard core. I've ridden in wind chills that cold but never actual tempretures. I've been -10*F before though. Layer up, and insulated bottles is all you need.
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Originally Posted by rdclimbr View Post
...that you've ever ridden in?
-10 just to see if I could do it. Wore Ski goggles. I ride all winter in Chicago, but tend to stay inside when it is below 18.
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17F riding. -32F skiing, at Stowe, VT and Mt. St. Anne, Quebec.
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No need to declare C or F at -40... they're the same temp. Thats hard core. I've ridden in wind chills that cold but never actual tempretures. I've been -10*F before though. Layer up, and insulated bottles is all you need.
Some would say you might need to be committed to ride in temps like this but it is really warmer than walking, I don't drive, and it is still often the fastest way for me to get around.

I cannot describe how freaking cold -46C is... saying it is -51F does not give many people any point of reference but it is cold enough that if you take a cup of hot water and throw it up in the air the water will hit the ground as ice.

I still have to concede to anyone who rides in Winnipeg during the winter... their weather is consistently the coldest in Canada barring Arctic regions.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Some would say you might need to be committed to ride in temps like this but it is really warmer than walking, I don't drive, and it is still often the fastest way for me to get around.

I cannot describe how freaking cold -46C is... saying it is -51F does not give many people any point of reference but it is cold enough that if you take a cup of hot water and throw it up in the air the water will hit the ground as ice.

I still have to concede to anyone who rides in Winnipeg during the winter... their weather is consistently the coldest in Canada barring Arctic regions.
You really are completely out of your friggin Canuck mind. And they say I'm nutty for riding in the Lower Hudson Valley all winter. It's like Bermuda here compared to your stupid rides.
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You really are completely out of your friggin Canuck mind. And they say I'm nutty for riding in the Lower Hudson Valley all winter. It's like Bermuda here compared to your stupid rides.
People don't think you're nutty because you ride in the Lower Hudson Valley...

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16 F. In Texas. While pcad was in bed with a cold.

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12F


Today I rode 100 miles in 23-27F. Yeah, I rode so damn far that the temperature dropped 4 degrees.
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Just made a run to the market... it's 1 F.

Should have worn pants.

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23F here (at the start)... for 65 mi. It wasn't horrible, I'd do it again.
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