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Old 12-29-17, 08:36 PM   #1
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First ride at -30c tomorrow

Supposed to dip to -30c (~-22f) tomorrow A.M. Meeting up with some friends for our last get together until after New Years. Schwarma time! I don't think there's much difference between -30 and -25 (tested that out riding today) but we'll see. The freehub body pawls were acting up a bit (no disassembly and given the winter treatment yet). The wind though - yeesh. Bring on the cold!
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Old 12-29-17, 08:59 PM   #2
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Good for you. I'm going at -13F tomorrow, and I thought I was bold.

Chapeau, sir!
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Oops. You said C. We're actually braving very similar temps.

Chapeau, still, but I feel a bit bolder now.
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Definitely can't have any exposed skin for that temperature. I wear glasses which makes bundling up for extreme temperature a challenge, doing the paint respirator thing to prevent fogging. A couple years ago I was out without my goggles and got a small patch of frostbite on the bridge of my nose.

-37 overnight here, tomorrow's high is -29 so I'm just sticking with running indoors.
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–30C ... WOW! How do you do it??! Can’t imagine how that must be like. (Paint me a picture, please?)
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Old 12-30-17, 12:01 PM   #6
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30C ... WOW! How do you do it??! Cant imagine how that must be like. (Paint me a picture, please?)
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I was complaining about 0 degree F and windchills of -10 F on another forum. You guys up in the Prairies put me to shame - it takes real grit to go out in those conditions. Bravo!
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12 miles. Then another 3.

-14F, windchill -34F.

The steam coming out the tiny vents on my winter helmet was freezing on top.

Looked like a rime frost spray pattern blowing back from the vents.
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I rode today also and also unicycled... It was a balmy 10 degrees. Can you describe the clothes you wore? Next couple of days around here should be around zero. Want to be prepared.
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Things went ok. Like every winter ride it's the first 15 minutes or so on the bike which are the most difficult. There was creaking, hesitancy, stiffness... and I'm not even talking about the bike yet.

Clothing-wise, for the bottom half; just a pair of longjohns (cotton/poly) underneath 50/50 wool cotton casual pants and then some windbreaker bottoms over those - plenty warm once you get going.

Topside - thin cotton long sleeve undershirt, then thin merino sweater, then sort of a synthetic fleecy pullover thing (like a Henley) then a windbreaker layer (I think it's a snowboarding jacket of some type but has no insulation).

Hands - some thin cotton cheapola workgloves underneath lined leather mitts. You definetely want air space circulation around in your hands and feet (mini-convection). It's the only way to keep them warm. (Same could be said for the whole body really)

Head and neck - a heatsavers tocque (way warmer than the usual merino due to air tightness and retention, but puffier), a wool dickie and some old UVEX ski goggles.

Boots- just regular casual dress Clarks and a couple thin pairs of regular crew socks. The balls of the feet get the coldest, that and the nose which runs like a faucet. I want to obtain some heatsavers socks but of course they only sell my size and cut preference in the [email protected]#$%^ USA. Why is that?

Facial skin pre-treatment - coconut oil, slather it on and work it in.

This whole getup, whilst riding the packmule, really turns the lady eskimos heads. Be prepared to outrun them.

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Old 12-31-17, 06:13 PM   #12
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-7F here, probably the coldest I can do before I buy goggles so I'm hoping it at least stays near zero. Plowed through 1.25 miles of 4" snow on a little over look trail. I wasn't prepared for the effort, I should have unzipped my windbreaker and hoodie so I was a little damp for some of the ride. Total was about 13 miles in roughly 2.5 hours.
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Single digit negative celsius temperatures starting Tuesday. It will be great to get back out after nearly 2 weeks without riding. I've been slowly ramping up my treadmill speed and distance during that time. Running seems to help with core muscles, maybe I should keep doing some during the winter. The road conditions just don't justify making any significant effort to get out in these temperatures. Lots of ice, little snow.
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Maybe one day we’ll have the option to ride a cheap robotic polar bear ‘bike’ when snow & ice bites our tubes. Something furby ;-)
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Are you guys riding down at Amundsen-Scott? Although, I suppose it is mid-summer down there, and may get up to a balmy -20C
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Where did you chain the bike to the landing module?
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Where did you chain the bike to the landing module?
No need.

They just left their cars parked out front for the last 40 years with the keys in the ignition, and nobody has touched them.
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No need.

They just left their cars parked out front for the last 40 years with the keys in the ignition, and nobody has touched them.
Good place to be if want the worlds lightest bicycle. Or - to feel like it.
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Good place to be if want the worlds lightest bicycle. Or - to feel like it.
I bet climbing is really fun.
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I bet climbing is really fun.
Well, Bunny Hops were popular.

But, I couldn't imagine riding a bike in those vintage space suits... they appear to be so restrictive.

Hopefully the OP fares better with his cold weather riding.
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It's out of this world !
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It isn't so bad overall. As the old Ukranian saying states "there is no bad weather, just bad clothing". Winnipeg is known for it's cold winters, yet there are colder out there by a good margin. I'd imagine riders up in Anchorage could hit the trails at -45c and live to tell about it. I know Thompson up North can get that cold at times.

Riding in a thick forest is the best at those temps. There is no wind. Winnipeg is a windy city unfortunately. I curse it's incessance sometimes. Winter transportation by bike is not something I'd prefer to do at this latitude. You just have to bite the bullet. I think I'd like Northern California in the winter time.
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Definitely can't have any exposed skin for that temperature. I wear glasses which makes bundling up for extreme temperature a challenge, doing the paint respirator thing to prevent fogging. A couple years ago I was out without my goggles and got a small patch of frostbite on the bridge of my nose.

-37 overnight here, tomorrow's high is -29 so I'm just sticking with running indoors.
Hey, where you at?
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Sounds like you had a fun ride.

You can tell all your acquaintances that you were out riding when it was colder than the south pole
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Hey, where you at?
Regina. Thankfully its much warmer now.
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