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Old 12-08-2009, 12:58 AM   #1
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How cold is too cold ? ? ?

Just wondering how the seasoned cyclists here feel about cold weather riding.

Is it necessary to wear only cycling clothing, or could you get away with just the first couple of layers and then add a sweat shirt and a wind breaker or something.


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Old 12-08-2009, 01:12 AM   #2
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I layer up and go indoors on rollers at freezing. Ice on the lane can end a fine day. Nothing good comes of winter.


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Old 12-08-2009, 01:20 AM   #3
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Here in Central Texas real cold is usually accompanied by rain which I detest on my commute. Way too dangerous. If it's sunshine or no rain forecasted I will also layer up and ride in 40 degree Weather. It rarely gets below that here.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:25 AM   #4
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I have heard of riders going out in below freezing air. I do not know how they live it. This would kill me. Then there is ice on components, brakes especially. I think it more a stunt than real practice.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:44 AM   #5
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In Minnesota you will see cyclists out in single digit temperatures if it's a sunny day. The windchill is pretty intense and when it's that cold skin must be covered or it will not take long for frostbite to set in. Personally, I'll ride in the thirtys - maybe 10 miles or so, but not below freezing - it just isn't enough fun for me to do that.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:56 PM   #6
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I rode the ouyher day it was 40*, just some dubble layer long johns under my riding shorts went 25 miles it was ok. O I did have a cap under my helmet that makes a big differnce. Going to get ready now it is 36*
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:20 PM   #7
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I've ridden a motorcycle down to the low 20s, which works out to about zero with wind chill. But I can't ride a bicycle below about 40 degrees. For the record, our high today is half that.

I did just start collecting some new cold weather gear, but my guess is that once you have to bundle up a certain amount, it's just no longer fun.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:08 PM   #8
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Below 40 or any kind of precipitation keeps me off the bike.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:50 PM   #9
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I've ridden a motorcycle down to the low 20s, which works out to about zero with wind chill. But I can't ride a bicycle below about 40 degrees. For the record, our high today is half that.

I did just start collecting some new cold weather gear, but my guess is that once you have to bundle up a certain amount, it's just no longer fun.
This is my feeling too. Better to the rollers in front of a tele. Fireplace in the background. Ale in the box, waiting. All the cold I want to know.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:04 PM   #10
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I broke my cold record Saturday. I went out and did hill repeats with the temp 14 deg F. Layered with a thin base layer under a thicker base layer and a jacket. I had my bib shorts and leg warmers under my unpadded PI thermo bibs. Actually sweated on the way up, but still froze on the way down. I rode again on Sunday when it was about 36 and it felt great with that same layering system.

Glad I did get out both days, because I had to get stitches in my back yesterday, and can't ride or exercise again until they are out.


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