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"winter" riding already?!(8 posts)

"winter" riding already?!filtersweep
Oct 6, 2001 9:06 AM
Today I went out on my Sat. AM ride in 37 degree weather! I still can't find my winter gloves or headband for under the helmet... had to wear fleece-lined bibs under tights, several layers of tops, two pairs of socks (squishing my toes- still can't find the overshoes either), and the wind blew right through everything. Toes, fingers, ears, and "nether regions" were the coldest. This after a week or so of autumn? I realize in a few months I will regard the 30s as being a heat wave, and I'm always a wimp after the first few cold days (and really this is nothing) but I'm convinced "winter gear" is designed for much warmer climates than this. The Twin Cities Marathon is tomorrow- shouldn't be much heatstroke.
85 degrees here, sunny — and I'm jealous of you ...Elefantino
Oct 6, 2001 9:13 AM
... because all I can do is ride bike #2 on the trainer. But did a good hour this morning at 170 HRBMP (while watching the end to a lousy movie, "The Third Miracle" with Ed Harris), so I don't feel like a total slug.

But I would have loved to have been on the road with you ... even a frozen one.

Three more months. Three more looooooooooooooooong months.
85 degrees here, sunny — and I'm jealous of you ...morey
Oct 8, 2001 6:39 AM
I know you have cabin fever, but riding in the cold? Give me a break, your from Florida. Below 70 degrees is cold!
25 degrees and frost on the ground in Denver this morning...Cima
Oct 6, 2001 9:22 AM
But I was out riding and loving every minute of it!! Its supposed to reach a high in to the 70's today, and by the time my ride was done, I was very warm in my wool jersey, hat, gloves, and tights. This weather had better make up its mind!!

CC
25 degrees and frost on the ground in Denver this morning...lonefrontranger
Oct 6, 2001 6:45 PM
Hi Cima, how's it going? I wasn't on the bike, but I nearly froze my naughty bits out walking (hobbling?) at the res this AM. It's trainer for me, too, at least for a little while longer. One more week to go in the walking cast, then physical therapy. The doc says no clipless on that side for at least a month (grrr).

I took advantage of my layup though. Since my 'cross season is hosed anyway, I sold the Redline to make way for a Colnago Dream Cross, ordered today. I'm going to put Campy on it too, and to holy hades with the naysayers; they're blinded by marketing.

I visited some forums on cyclo-cross.com (UK site) and they wondered why one would use anything but Campy on a cross bike - they find Shimano to be "too fiddly in the poo" as one guy put it. They have sources for Campy 38/48 rings and other bits, plus if I want lower gears than that, the Campy front mech accepts any size rings / bolt circle and will run a dual or triple. Try THAT with a Sh*m*n* roadie front mech, you'll soon be disappointed.
The last few days in Philly...Rich Clark
Oct 6, 2001 10:03 AM
...have been breathtaking. 55-ish in the morning, just perfect for the morning commute. Mid-70's for the ride home. A real reward for bike commuters after the previous several miserable days of cool dampness (especially we middle-aged riders with arthritic joints!).

Today it's much cooler and very windy, as it will be tomorrow when I hope to do a metric before watching the Eagles hand the Cardinals their exit visas.

Cheers,
RichC
re: "winter" riding already?!renew
Oct 6, 2001 5:21 PM
103 on monday in norcal and now in the 70's. can we just get to keep from turning the clocks back?
...turning the clocks backfiltersweep
Oct 7, 2001 7:47 AM
This far north we lose even more daylight... nothing like driving home in rush hour in the dark... but if I'm not mistaken, we are currently on daylight savings? I'd rather the sun come up at 11 AM- working 8-5 in the dead of winter the only daylight is while I'm at work!