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Coldest weather you would ride your good bike in

Old 09-05-11, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by CATS
Hey, I live in Toronto and the weather is getting colder. The coldest I will ride my good bike is 13 degrees celcius. Im talking about taking out your good bike. Because I used to ride in -40 celcius on cheap $20 bikes to school in the worst weather imaginable. If you respond to this please tell me what your good bike is. Talking about your good bikes not your rain day bikes.
It's not cold that can add wear and tear to your bicycle. More wet, snowy and salty roads. I'm good down to about 15F. We don't get that many days around here much colder at high noon than that, maybe 2-3 days each winter.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
I only ride when it sunny and 70 degrees outside.

Oh..........and when it is like this, and for the record, this was my good road bike.








the salt and slag has to be really bad for that bike. Hope you washed it good.....


I'll ride down to the low 40's if it's not too windy. The wind chill is what gets to me, even with windproof garments. 40 degrees here and wind can be chills in the teens. I got a trainer for weather like that.
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I'm more averse to cold weather than my bike is - if I think that I can keep the rubber on the road, that's good enough. That said, riding in the 20s is fine, below that the fun factor diminishes. For those wusses that won't even ride in the 40s, take heed of a Swedish saying - "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid
the salt and slag has to be really bad for that bike. Hope you washed it good.....


I'll ride down to the low 40's if it's not too windy. The wind chill is what gets to me, even with windproof garments. 40 degrees here and wind can be chills in the teens. I got a trainer for weather like that.
Of course I washed it...........eventually. I think I washed it a month or so (and a few hundred miles) after that pic was taken. I did lube the chain. Most of the parts off of that bike are on my Colnago now, the frameset is being ridden by a buddy of mine. All is good.
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Old 09-05-11, 07:18 PM
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Once I get my new Trek Madone 5.2 next March/April, it will only be used during the 4-5 months of warm weather here in Toronto, and then only on sunny days (no rain). For everything else my current Cannondale Synapse Carbon 1 will do wet/snowy weather duty.
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Old 09-05-11, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Biscayne05
lol, I live in Toronto as well. I thought of riding today but it's my lift day @ the gym. I was so amped to wear my fall bike clothing until the urgency to lift hit me. now im home from the gym and regretting on not riding today. it would've been an amazing ride day since there's less cars on the road than usual.

boohoo.

but to answer your question I'd probably go 12c the most. I'm used to running in that temp.
ahahahah, thats mainly why I posted this thread because of today, it was like 15celcius, I went though it was good, winds were kinda high but alright. There was no one on the roads it was like a ghost town, since the weather has been bad, kids go back to school tomorrow, and the work week starts tomorrow.
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An embarrassment actually. You live in Toronto and won't ride any "colder" - if you even call it that. Gives hardy Canadians a bad name. It was 12C this morning, and I didn't think twice about riding. And yes, on my "good" bike - a Wilier.
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Old 09-05-11, 07:38 PM
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Coldest for me so far is -5 F.
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The coldest I have ridden my bike was 19F, the limiting factor being my feet. They dont like cold.
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I can ride two hours at 20 degrees F, if it's dry. After that I just can't keep my toes warm.
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I'm a wuss and don't like riding when it's below 40. I don't ride much in December through February. I'll still run a few miles a week, but I'm bundled up and look like a snowman.
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My Marinoni Ciclo at the end of my January 2006 century ... I don't recall that it was particularly cold (maybe only down to -10C), but it was sloppy.




For those of you whose feet get cold when riding in cool to cold temps ... here's an article I wrote about Cold Feet


"I have spent several years riding right through Canadian winters, in temperatures as low as -40C/F and my feet have, for the most part, been fine.

Here's what works for me as the temperatures begin to drop ... discovered through a lot of experimentation, reading, research, etc.:"

Continued here: https://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm
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Originally Posted by CATS
Hey, I live in Toronto and the weather is getting colder. The coldest I will ride my good bike is 13 degrees celcius. Im talking about taking out your good bike. Because I used to ride in -40 celcius on cheap $20 bikes to school in the worst weather imaginable. If you respond to this please tell me what your good bike is. Talking about your good bikes not your rain day bikes.
-10 F / -20 C, although I swapped in a spare wheel set with cyclocross tires mounted whenever there was snow on the ground.

Litspeed frame, Campagnolo gruppo (mostly Chorus).

That was before I moved to California where I wear shorts in the winter and can leave my summer car tires on 12 months out of the year.

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I don't understand why temperature would impact which bike you bring? The only thing on a bike that would be impacted by super low temperatures is the grease in some bearings, and that'll impact your rain bike just as much as your good bike.

Precipitation (either currently falling, or already accumulated on the road) determines whether I bring my good bike or my rain bike.
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