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Is it still cold anywhere out there?(20 posts)

Is it still cold anywhere out there?mike mcmahon
May 10, 2001 10:53 PM
In so. Cal., we seem to have skipped spring and jumped directly into summer. I haven't seen my arm warmers in about two weeks. Are there any folks out there who are still bundled up in leg and arm warmers, skull caps, gore-tex jackets, shoe covers, and the like? If so, do you have any reasonable prospect of breaking out the warm-weather gear in the near future?
re: Is it still cold anywhere out there?dug
May 11, 2001 7:18 AM
What an amazingly ridiculous question.
Thanks for the input pugmike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 10:14 AM
Yes, that question was an "amazingly ridiculous" and was intended as a totally serious question because I have no idea about weather patterns and conditions in other parts of the United States. For example, I don't recall being in Boulder, CO a few years ago at this time of year and being pelted with snow or being in Park City, UT at the very beginning of September and riding my mountain bike through a foot or so of snow. pug, please try to understand that some questions are not to be taken literally but are just intended to generate a light-hearted discussion about what's going on with other cyclists. My question was intended as this type of question. Have a nice day with whatever weather you may be experiencing in your part of the country today. XXOO
re: Is it still cold anywhere out there?rollo tommassi
May 11, 2001 9:31 AM
Dear Mike;

I'm so sorry to hear that you are getting a tan! Please accept a generous invitation to lovely Chicago, where I was pelted by ice cold rain/hail last week, sloshed by a giant wave coming off the lake on the bikepath, and generally knocked about by 20+pmh winds that always seem to be in your face. We've done Spring/Summer/Winter flipflop in a single day about four times since March, which is fairly typical. Seems like chaos if fairly typical when it comes to weather here, so either you are wearing tights/longsleeves/hat or you've got all of that sort of gear wadded up in your back pocket. Usually, if you are 2-3 miles west of the lake it's 5 degrees warmer, so we end up starting the ride all bundled up, then total unzip, then bundle up again on the return leg. My motto is: if you don't put in on, you can't take it off. I had to drive up to Wisconsin years ago to pick up a friend who'd gone for a long ride - when he left Evanston it was 60degrees but it started to snow halfway through, and he'd not brought enough clothes. He'd even stopped at a hardware store to buy some gloves!

The joke here is that we'll alwasy be racing in tights the first night at the track (Northbrook), which is May 24. On occasion, tights are worn in June, but by July and August we'll be sweltering!

*sigh* So. Cal? Dull, dull, desperately dull sunshine!

Generate some melatonin for me, Mike!!

Yours, in black tights,
ab
Thanks for the updatemike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 12:57 PM
And, more to the point, thanks for responding to the question in the spirit it was asked, rather than referring me to the Willard Scott or the weather page of my local paper. I'm sorry to hear you're being battered on the lakefront. I haven't yet made it to Chicago but from what I heard it's one of the best places to live in the states, apart from the horrendous weather. Almost everyone I've met from the Chicago area is gregarious, interesting, and fun. Unfortunately, the cycling doesn't sound like much fun out there right now. I'll try to send a little SoCal warmth and sunshine your way when I head out for a ride this afternoon.
I felt the warmth for a secondrollo tommassi
May 11, 2001 10:21 PM
it was 60degrees when i left for work this morning, but at 10am the wind and rain came in like a Mo Fo and now it's forty degrees!!!

Willard Scott is a putz ;)
Yeah, what's up with the fat weathermen?mike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 10:29 PM
Al Roker is another good example. However, even those tubs of goo beat the pretty-boys that pass for "meteorologists" on local news in L.A.: highlighted hair, capped teeth, tanning-salon skin, and eye tucks. The thing I was the happiest about a few years ago when we got an internet hook-up was not having to watch the knuckleheads on the 10:00 or 11:00 news to find out: 1) what the weather was going to be like the following day and 2) how many runs the Dodgers had lost by that evening. BTW, I'm glad you saw the 60s, if only temporarily.
Dodgers(ACE)
May 12, 2001 1:34 AM
lost by 4 runs to the Braves, glad to be of service.
Thanks for the help,mike mcmahon
May 12, 2001 6:02 AM
I was supposed to be at the game; now I'm glad I didn't go.
re: Is it still cold anywhere out there?dug
May 11, 2001 11:43 AM
You know, ...the weather report came to mind. Not to mention hundreds web sites that deal with it.
pug, another brilliant responsemike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 11:51 AM
You're right, pug, I could have checked weather.com to determine the status of the weather in, for example, Madison, Wisconsin. However, the point was to have some actual interaction with people who ride bikes to determine how the weather is affecting their riding in their portion of the country/world. But, again, thanks for the suggestion. Maybe we should just ask them to shut down this board, since just about all information that can be obtained here can be obtained from other sources.
Mr. Lonely Heartsgrz mnky
May 11, 2001 1:24 PM
Thinking you must be feeling lonely trying to generate a light hearted discussion on the weather. Not too surprised that initial responses have been off-putting. I'm more surprised that you're talking the time to respond to each one. You live where you live and we all get to deal with whatever gets thrown your way. If you're planning a trip or thinking about moving the national weather service is probably the most accurate source. What would you do with the info if you had more positive responses and how does this relate to biking?

The funny thing about the weather is that everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Might as well do a valve stem cap poll.

The only other thing that comes to mind is that you might want to do some backhanded gloating about it being warm in SoCal while people in North Dakota are still on rollers and suffering from cabin fever.
Gimme a break, dudemike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 1:34 PM
I spent the bulk of last night in the bathroom, throwing up and experiencing some serious diarrhea. When I wasn't barfing or having it come out the other end, I was asleep on the bathroom floor. As a result, I haven't gotten in a ride today, so I'm a little frustrated, especially because I took the day off from work in large part to ride. This also explains why I have time to respond to messages I would otherwise ignore. I'm not gloating; I'm just trying to relieve some of the boredom associated with being stuck in the house all day: talk about cabin fever!
I see sunshine!TypeOne
May 11, 2001 3:48 PM
I posted a silly comment last week about getting my first dose of Seattle sunshine. Maybe we turned the corner into spring; it's hard to tell. At least I have put the balaclava away for now. While I am looking forward to warm, dry weather this summer, the expected drought and anticipated rolling blackouts from below-average winter rainfall makes me hope for some serious rain!
But I don't have to tell you in Cali about blackouts, huh? Enjoy the weather while you're out there, and be wary of non-functioning traffic signals. Enjoy!
..and get well soon!TypeOne
May 11, 2001 3:49 PM
Oh, thanksmike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 7:09 PM
Actually, I really started going nuts at about 4:30 and couldn't handle sitting around the house any more. I figured that since I hadn't barfed in almost 12 hours, I'd risk a ride. I did 40 easy miles and felt all right. The only problem was that it felt like someone was kicking me in the lower back with a steel toed boot throughout the ride. I think I rid myself of some of whatever it was that was polluting my body. I've got to be in proper shape for my daughter's 4th birthday party tomorrow. It's tough chasing around 20 4-year olds when you have to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes.
As long as I stay in L.A. City limits, I'm OKmike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 6:38 PM
City of LA has its own power system and does not rely on So. Cal. Edison or any of the other private power providers. I live and work in the City and about 75% of my rides are in city limits. I haven't seen any blackouts, but I've got friends in Santa Monica, Long Beach, and other places who have. You're right, though. I certainly wouldn't want to be approaching an intersection on my bike when the traffic signals go out without warning.
OH, contrar!JohnG
May 12, 2001 9:08 AM
This has been the coldest "spring" in 25 years in the So Bay. I ride just about every day in Redondo and with the exception of a handfull of days the weather has sucked big time this year. I'm so sick of cold wind!

As an aside, the trees around my house in the valley are still bare. Most years they are blooming by mid april. global warming.....??? not in So Ca!
JohnG
I understand your problem....Dinosaur
May 12, 2001 9:13 AM
I went from riding in 60 degree to 90 degree heat within a week.
And to top it off I had been off my bike for over two months because of a lower back injury. It's nice not to put on all the cold weather gear and just slip on shorts and a jersey, but getting used to the heat and keeping hydrated takes getting used to. It would have been nice to have the temperature gadually rise. Today is more like normal temps for this time of year, cloudy, overcast and an expected high in the high 70's. The trouble is you can't depend on the weather people on T.V. anymore, they often are off the mark. But for me that is half of cycling, out into the elements and into nature and dealing with it all.
This year I'm going to train smart and get my rides in early during the summer while it is cool.
Incidentally I live in NoCal. Who said we are not experiencing global warming?
Keep cool and drink A LOT of water.
Peace
Dino
re: Is it still cold anywhere out there?xxx
May 12, 2001 12:42 PM
I had to wear arm warmers on my ride today. I'll keep you updated if I have to wear a hat.