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Old 11-12-16, 02:08 PM
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Kudos to you northern guys.

Its been MILD here in NC. Welp, this morn it was 39. Oh heck no. Im out. So kudos to you "true" winter riders. I couldnt imagine trying to ride at 7am this morning. Maybe in the woods if I REALLY wanted to ride but no way at 10 or 20 mph. No way.
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Thanks - but I feel the same way about heat and humidity. While 90 plus isn't uncommon here (Great Lakes region) at all, it's also not really our "usual" - many summers we go without more than 3-4-5 days at or over 90 in a summer - and actually, unlike in the South, even if the days are hot, nights generally but not always cool down to 65 or lower, which helps.

Realistically you can dress for cold but not much you can do for extreme heat and humidity.,
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We rode today at 9AM, it was about 34 degrees but within an hour it was a heat wave at 40, lol

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It was in the high 30s today. Still wanted to ride today. Only 9.2 miles.
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Old 11-12-16, 04:53 PM
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48 in Mass today got in 18 measly miles thru the woods & over the bridge before dark. wudda done more but spent the morning wrenching. gonna have to adjust my attire if I keep riding thru the colder months
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Old 11-13-16, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveQ24 View Post
Thanks - but I feel the same way about heat and humidity. While 90 plus isn't uncommon here (Great Lakes region) at all, it's also not really our "usual" - many summers we go without more than 3-4-5 days at or over 90 in a summer - and actually, unlike in the South, even if the days are hot, nights generally but not always cool down to 65 or lower, which helps.

Realistically you can dress for cold but not much you can do for extreme heat and humidity.,
Now, thats my kind of ride. 90 and humid as crap. Talk about losing 4 pounds on a 50 miler. Zwift it is for cold stuff.
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Old 11-13-16, 04:29 PM
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I have covered so far riding from -30C to 44C. Both ends are far easier to cope with when riding than when walking . A spike in troubles occurs around 0C .
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27F here last Year But clear skies, No cloud cover , It was Icy OTOH on the coast Range Passes.. need to get Ice traction for the shoes.

Snow on the ground for a week 2 years ago, @ sealevel..

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Old 11-13-16, 04:52 PM
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I've done rides here in RI where my water bottle was frozen solid when I finished. And I learned the hard way that when you ride in really cold temps you should stay near civilization. Several years ago I got a flat on a ride when the temp was about 20F and I was out in the countryside. You can't change a tire with gloves on...and when I took the gloves off my hands got really cold really quick and I lost dexterity. So I decided to call my wife for a pick-up and discovered that I was in a cell phone dead zone.

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Old 11-15-16, 09:53 PM
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I find riding in temps even below 0 deg F isn't bad. Surprisingly you generate a lot of heat and as long as my hands and feet are warm, I'm good. Usually had to unzip front and cool down a bit... I think that layers, handlebar mitts and winter boots make it work, although you have to keep your wrists warm.... I keep a spreadsheet of weather conditions, clothing and how it felt. Then look at it each day before heading out....

Riding in the heat with high humidity takes more out of me....
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Old 11-15-16, 10:21 PM
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I dont think I've done sub zero F....under 10F though. 20's and 30's is no big deal. Less than that and it get's interesting...face numbness, eyes watering.

Biggest pain even then is just getting geared up and motivated to go out. Even at 10F on the bike with windproof clothes, goggles, and balaclava, it's a nice ride when you're out and moving.
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Old 11-16-16, 08:29 AM
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Cold is when you have an eyelid freeze shut in the first 100 yds of a 17 mile commute. 7 F. Just start the day with a big cup of HTFU. Wool and fleece help too.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
Biggest pain even then is just getting geared up and motivated to go out. Even at 10F on the bike with windproof clothes, goggles, and balaclava, it's a nice ride when you're out and moving.
Ah, the omnipresent struggle to avoid overheating indoors while getting fully dressed in all of those layers - so you don't start the ride in a sweat-drenched base layer. BTDT.
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Old 11-16-16, 10:28 AM
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Ride slow, don't go too far, put on an extra layer and enjoy the freezing cold!
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Old 11-17-16, 03:23 PM
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MUCH rather prefer hot, humid weather to cold.

Prefer (and have done) 10k' climbing in 50 miles @ 95F+ to 30 miles in bitter <30F weather.
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Old 11-18-16, 02:27 PM
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According to the Garmin, both yesterday and this morning's commute got down to 28 deg F (sidebar - I live in California for crying out loud - I thought we paid housing prices to avoid these kinds of temperatures).


I admit it I'm a wimp in cold weather, this morning I was wearing a long-sleeve Merino wool base layer, jersey, softshell jacket, bibs, leg warmers tights, Woolie Boolies, and shoe covers, plus PI WTB gloves, and I still had cold hands and feet. If this keeps going on I'm going to haul out my PI Amfib bibs and Lake winter boots (just ordered some extreme Bar Mitts for the hands).


I much prefer summer (at least our summers). Give me 100+ deg F and I'm happy (might even shed the leg and arm warmers by then ).
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Originally Posted by KenshiBiker View Post
According to the Garmin, both yesterday and this morning's commute got down to 28 deg F
LOL, 28 is a temperature we frequently look forward to as a HIGH during mid-winter. 28 can feel downright balmy after a couple of weeks with highs in the single digits or low teens and lows of -5 or colder.

28 degrees, sunshine, dry pavement, and no wind in January ... almost like riding in summertime.
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Old 11-18-16, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveQ24 View Post
LOL, 28 is a temperature we frequently look forward to as a HIGH during mid-winter. 28 can feel downright balmy after a couple of weeks with highs in the single digits or low teens and lows of -5 or colder.

28 degrees, sunshine, dry pavement, and no wind in January ... almost like riding in summertime.


Yeah, my sister lives in the northern Chicago suburbs, close to Lake Michigan. I don't get much sympathy when I complain to her about how cold it is here.
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It's something that we adjust to doing. If you ride in the cold, it's no big deal. If you don't, you kind of thing those who do are a bit off.
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Old 11-23-16, 05:03 PM
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I certainly admire those who ride in the winter. I start to get chilly when it's in the 60s.
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Old 01-03-17, 09:13 AM
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some hard core ppl were out yesterday on really skinny tired slick road bikes riding right thru some nasty wet ice sections. some ppl you just can't talk out of riding
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Originally Posted by DaveQ24 View Post
28 degrees, sunshine, dry pavement, and no wind in January ... almost like riding in summertime.
This is so true, it was 29 when we rode on the Dec 31st. My wife was all bundled up with her heaviest gloves on (her hands get cold easily). She ended up taking them off for a bit because her hands were getting too hot. The sun was beautiful that day.
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It was low 40s and sunny here on Sunday the 1st. And I developed a bad eye infection and/or scratch in my cornea and riding was completely out of the question - spent a couple of hours at an urgent care and couple more hunting down a pharmacy that was open and had the prescriptions I was given in stock. I would have much preferred to start 2017 on my bike! Oh well, no big deal, I've had that happen before - I think foreign matter gets under my contact. 2017 is a fresh year with ample opportunities to ride!
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I had to cut this ride short because my rear hub bearings got sticky. It appears -23C (-9F) is as low as I can go with my winter bike.
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Originally Posted by atrp2biz View Post
I had to cut this ride short because my rear hub bearings got sticky. It appears -23C (-9F) is as low as I can go with my winter bike.
I use this:
Mystik Low Temperature Grease | Canadian Tire

I've been out down to -27 C with it.
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