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Old 01-06-17, 08:55 AM   #101
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-11 wind chill in Iowa today, I will get my 10 mile ride in. Layers is the key. Still working on a solution for me feet, test riding new Lake 303's today.
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Old 01-06-17, 09:04 AM   #102
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Those shoes are awesome, Stealthspinner! I'll definitely try studding my shoes this winter.
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-11 wind chill in Iowa today, I will get my 10 mile ride in. Layers is the key. Still working on a solution for me feet, test riding new Lake 303's today.
Looks like this is the IA winter bike riding crew, .

I use my cold weather boots in the winter and use BMX style pedals with pins. It works great. I did a drop bar conversion on a 1987 stumpjumper comp and it becomes my go to bike in the winter.
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Just finished 40 mins ride, i am pretty amazed of the human body

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Looks like this is the IA winter bike riding crew, .

I use my cold weather boots in the winter and use BMX style pedals with pins. It works great. I did a drop bar conversion on a 1987 stumpjumper comp and it becomes my go to bike in the winter.
Blast from the past! I had forgotten that DIY studded boot idea -- still need to try it!
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Old 01-06-17, 10:54 AM   #105
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I'd say whatever you feel like you can comfortably handle is your limit. But you may be surprised to find it's more than you think it is, especially if you're moving to Montana.

It doesn't normally get this cold here, but this was my morning commute:
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Old 01-06-17, 05:36 PM   #106
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I have a couple of suggestions for cold weather. Swvre Pants and Garbage Picker Mittens.

https://swrve.us/collections/trouser...shell-trousers

https://trashmessengerbags.com/#/product/27
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Old 09-13-17, 05:47 PM   #107
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50s for me. I don't ride under 50 ;-)
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Old 09-13-17, 09:31 PM   #108
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Here in Michigan we get our share of winter. I just do indoor spinning/training during the winter. Props to those tough guys that ride in the snow and ice but it aint me. I love hot weather for riding.

The coldest for me was this spring in the low 40's.
Same here. Asa soon as the snow stays, so does the bike and I resort to indoor spinning. Bike goes back out when the trails are clear of snow (about 4 months later). So it's not the temperature per say that stops me but the snow on the ground.
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Same here. Asa soon as the snow stays, so does the bike and I resort to indoor spinning. Bike goes back out when the trails are clear of snow (about 4 months later). So it's not the temperature per say that stops me but the snow on the ground.
Thank you for the quote, it reminded me of the spinning days. I have since been riding the winters. The past 2 seasons I have somewhat enjoyed riding nights in winter storms when cars are few. Typically 2-3 weekly short rides of 5-7mi with lights on, warm clothes and earbuds in. There is something magically surreal riding on stormy nights!
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-11 wind chill in Iowa today, I will get my 10 mile ride in. Layers is the key. Still working on a solution for me feet, test riding new Lake 303's today.
Good grief, DC has 25 C highs next week, thinking about a day at the beach! The Lake 303's look pretty good though some mixed reviews in re waterproof & suitability for under -7 C. A bit ironic that feet usually get cold first but choice of winter footwear is limited esp w/cleats (let alone w/fit issues). At least there's double-sided pedals.
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Ooooh, thread bump for fall! Who is ready for some winter?! Last year was rather disappointing in my part of the Upper Midwest.

I have not yet reached my threshold - the lowest I've had the pleasure of riding in is about -10F (actual temp not wind chill). My idea of a "ride" in the winter looks much different from a summer ride, though: much shorter, with a heavier bike and clunky boots, going for scenery rather than speed. Usually the snow starts around 25F, so that's when the road bike goes away.
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Thank you for the quote, it reminded me of the spinning days. I have since been riding the winters. The past 2 seasons I have somewhat enjoyed riding nights in winter storms when cars are few. Typically 2-3 weekly short rides of 5-7mi with lights on, warm clothes and earbuds in. There is something magically surreal riding on stormy nights!
Here the roads are often plowed by just pushing the snow on the side of the roads where it accumulate so much that there are no shoulders to ride on and no room for cars to pass you safely so it very rare to see Winter cyclists, unless you count those on fat bikes destroying cross country sky trails
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Old 09-14-17, 09:06 PM   #113
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Good grief, DC has 25 C highs next week, thinking about a day at the beach! The Lake 303's look pretty good though some mixed reviews in re waterproof & suitability for under -7 C. A bit ironic that feet usually get cold first but choice of winter footwear is limited esp w/cleats (let alone w/fit issues). At least there's double-sided pedals.
'Today' in that previous quote was January 6th

We're having a 'heat' wave (I know, that's nothing compared to what you guys from the South have) where temperature reached 27C today and forecasting the same tomorrow. Funny we almost didn't get a Summer this year but once school started, we had the best week yet.
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Now, living with Tidal Seawater around me on the Coast, there as a moderating effect .. Iced Roads are an occasion, not a season..

No cloud cover, and the night time temperature can drop to the mid-upper 20's F, for a few days.. if its cloudy its just barely at 30F to snow.







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'Today' in that previous quote was January 6th

We're having a 'heat' wave (I know, that's nothing compared to what you guys from the South have) where temperature reached 27C today and forecasting the same tomorrow. Funny we almost didn't get a Summer this year but once school started, we had the best week yet.
D'Oh! Good news, I thought the ice age was coming or something.

BTW in re biking in snow: DC doesn't get much generally but in past ~10 years they've gotten quite efficient at pre-treating & then plowing the roads so there's hardly any chance for fun driving or biking in the snow. & sometimes the quick plowing makes biking more difficult since a light layer of snow can give a bit of grip but side heaps from plow force one into car tracks.
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Old 09-15-17, 06:58 PM   #116
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I am from Los Angeles and I lived for many years in Hawaii so you can say I am a warm weather person. However, I am going to be moving to Western Montana and I really want to be able to ride during the winter months.

As far as I am concerned, "cold" is about 45 degrees F. I have never ridden in anything colder.

So my question is, what temperature is it normal, acceptable, tolerable to ride in for cold weather areas ?

Looking at the weather trends where I am going to live the average winter temps will be 32 high and 17 low. They also have cold snaps where it gets down to - 25 F.

I would hope I could ride when its in the 20's. What do you think ?
Road conditions, such as space for riding, are always relevant. I was able to ride in around 12 degrees, with a bit of wind. Don't think I'd ride in anything below 12 for an extended period. Clothing and adjusting to clothing is important.
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Old 09-16-17, 01:54 PM   #117
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I rode once when it was 3 degrees, out of necessity. So I would say 2 degrees is too cold.
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I've found -18 C/0 F riding quite tolerable but when one stops & muscles aren't producing heat it's easy to catch a chill. For touring in that temp range I'd recommend investing in plenty of good clothes & taking more than might seem necessary. I've seen photos of folks, including school children, in a northern Finland town who ride year-round even in -32 C/-25 F. "Sisu", as they say.
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Old 09-25-17, 08:39 AM   #119
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I'll go down to -20 F for my 3-4 mile commute. I need at least single digits to take a ride for fun/exercise.
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Old 09-25-17, 03:24 PM   #120
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I think there's a thin line between exciting and dangerous as far as cold-weather riding goes. First of all, I don't do more than 5 miles in the cold. Zero degrees is when it gets interesting, but -10 is when I start having doubts. If there is a sizeable wind, say seven miles per hour, and its below zero, forget it. I'll stay home and bake bread.
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I have no minimum temperature, but I also don't live in the far north. It hasn't gotten much colder than -10 F in Madison over the past couple years. I consider myself to be equipped down to -15 or -20 based on colder seasons in the past.

The park near my house has an outdoor rink, that is maintained by volunteers. The best time to spray the ice is when it's cold and dark, so I often go out for an hour or so in subzero temps, and come home covered in rime.

In my experience, it gets colder gradually over the course of the winter, so you can test each 5 or 10 degree temperature drop, before attempting the next one. I would treat every 10 degrees as a new world in terms of gear and habits. Better safe than sorry. If you over-dress for a particular temperature, just treat it as a data point.

Having a definite minimum temperature or wind chill isn't an altogether bad idea, if it prevents you from taking an unnecessary risk. And spending $$$ on extra gear for maybe one or two days out of the year isn't necessarily worth it.

Staying home and baking bread is nice too.
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Its never too cold. If I can ski in zero temps, I can ride. You just need the following extras:

1.face mask
2. Hand warmers for inside mittens
3. Ski socks
4. Cat crap (anti fog spray for glasses)

If the roads are in deep snow then you must go skiing!
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I had a friend in Buffalo once tell me that its too dangerous to do cardio exercise in cold weather because the lungs cant handle cold air. I asked her "how do people climb Mt Everest then ?"
Buffalo is colder than Everest.
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"How cold is too cold to ride?"
I'm not sure. Back in the 60's when I was a rug rat, and in the 70's when in college, I rode my bike when it was -40, in Iowa.
IMHO, as long as you're dressed properly, it is not too cold.
These days, I wear a snowmobile suit and boots rated to -50, fur lined gloves, and a fur lined "bomber cap". I have a balaclava, as well, for windy days.
I know those who ride the Iditarod have colder temps than I have ever ridden in.
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My coldest commute was -29C/-20F but the windchill was -39F/-38F. My ski goggles fogged up so it was a difficult ride (4km/2.5mi).
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