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where is the cold?(12 posts)

where is the cold?Djudd
Nov 22, 2001 2:21 PM
I checked my cold weather apparel inventory and made the necessary adjustments. I modified the beater and the commuter. I won't do the usual, wait until the first below 25 degree day to make plans. I'm ready for the cold baby! But... wait a minute, something's wrong... it's a little frosty in the morning but by 10AM it's downright warm. Is this fair? I'm ready. (Watch for my mid-January post complaining about the cold)
The cold lasts about 2 minutes here ...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2001 2:41 PM
Cruising to work yesterday, the thermometer on the bank said 28 F. I'd noticed my ears nipping a bit as I left home, but that far into the commute I was unzipping the windbreaker and sweating.

I'm debating what to do about cold ears and damp hair when the temps get down to 15 F, but I agree that the winter has been a wimp so far, at least in Virginia. Still, its a refreshing change from San Diego's perfect boredom.

I've got this shepherds hat, lambskin with the fleece on the inside. I could wear it in place of a helmet and just LAUGH at the cold, but it certainly would not offer as much impact protection. I used to wear a leather flight cap that was similar, and it did allow me to ride in some downright arctic cold snaps.
I actually like riding in the cold...Djudd
Nov 22, 2001 4:21 PM
...providing I am have the right equipment. Here in the DC area it is never (or I have never experienced it) too cold to ride. Then again I'm from upstate New York (Woodstock, in the Catskills) where it gets really cold and snowy. Certain days (and weeks) it is impossible to ride even for the the most intrepid rider.
I like the shepherd's hat idea.
Maybe I'm missing something...Dutchy
Nov 22, 2001 5:52 PM
Maybe it's because I live in Australia, maybe it's the fahrenheit system. But 32ºF is 0ºC you know the
temperature water freezes at. How can any one ride at below freezing 28ºF and be warm after
a few blocks? Here it gets down to about 4ºC overnight and about 8ºC when I leave for work.
Anything below 16ºC/60ºF and it's on with the cold weather gear, windstopper,
tights, full length gloves.

You guys are made of tougher stuff than me. Although I don't mind riding in the summer heat.

If you can ride through winter that is great. It is the best way to stay in shape, better than a spin class etc.

Nov 22, 2001 6:47 PM
Get the right jacket, a good pair of tights, good gloves (and maybe glove liners), oversocks or booties, earwarmers/hood/skull cap (take your pick), maybe a baclava (god, I hope I spelled that right!), some thermal undershirts. You're good to go to below 30F. Last night I rode home and it was about 27F.
Baclava is actually a dilicious Greek desert(nm)I AM
Nov 22, 2001 10:39 PM
Yes is quite good, but sticky.Kristin
Nov 23, 2001 6:37 AM
You wouldn't want any of it on your head while riding. :-)

Winter has totally been holding out on us here in Chicago too. Yesterday it was near 60. Beautiful! I find that I've toughened up to the cold these past two years as I've gotten in shape. I'm not as bothered by 32 degree temps. Anything below that, and I stay inside and crank the heat to 74 (its included!).
Nov 23, 2001 6:23 PM
I thought I spelled it right! Oh well, no spelling-bee championships for me! Could use it for hair gel if is holds nicely? (Visions of "there's something about Mary".......)Weird weather, ain't it? I'm waiting for the cold but it just isn't arriving yet.
You'll generate more heat than you think ...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2001 8:21 PM
... once you get moving. All I need are long pants, long sleeves, a sweater or sweatshirt, gloves, and a windbreaker (windstop) and I'm good for a bit below freezing, maybe -4C or so. Put long underwear on me (high-tech stuff like Damark or polypropylene), and something to warm my head, and I'm good to maybe -15C.

I don't stand around idle in the cold dressed like that, but my riding metabolism is at least three times my resting metabolism. Before long, I'm not just comfortable, I'm HOT and sweating, opening up layers.

God help me if I stop and don't get inside, though!
Yesterday we were taking clothes off all day.MB1
Nov 23, 2001 5:11 AM
Started out about 5-10 degrees F below freezing warmed up nicely in the middle of the day and it was getting pretty cold after the sun set.

Layering is the answer to cold weather riding. Miss M and I pretty much wear 2-3 layers everywhere and change clothes as required. You can also do a lot with opening and closing zippers.

Like Humma says the trick is to never allow yourself to get hot. It is better to be just a little cool and not sweat if you are going to be out for a while. I find cold weather riding to be very enjoyable if you are prepared.
Cold weather clothes, expensive isn't always better...Kristin
Nov 23, 2001 6:46 AM
I was under the impression that the more you spend, the better the gear. This doesn't always apply.

Purchase: Hind Polartech jersey $75 marked down to $38
The tag says it will be sufficient down to -5. I was freezing at 36 w/some wind. Ha!

Purchase: Markika fleece jersey $24.99 marked down to $15
Sportmart. Has kept me warm in all manner of weather right down to 20 degrees.

I'm gonna keep shopping at Sportmart!
In some cases, you get what you pay for...AFred
Nov 25, 2001 1:54 PM
Pop for a Santini or Nalini LS jersey with Windtex and I bet you'll never go back to KMart or Sportsmart or wherever. It'll cost ya, but the pros have the right idea...just enough warmth without the bulk. All the temperature control you'll ever need just by using the zipper!