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So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.(42 posts)

So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.Sintesi
Oct 21, 2002 7:46 AM
Every year I get older the less willing I am to ride in the cold. I will probably quit the outdoor stuff when it dips into the low 40s. 4 or 5 years ago I would have happily suited up and rode in temperatures below freezing but NO MORE! : )

So, depending on where you live, What time of month will you stop riding and at about what temp?

I figure I'll make it to the end of November - Back in late Feb to early March.
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.No_sprint
Oct 21, 2002 7:51 AM
Well, here in SoCal, riding is year around. Sometimes Christmas Day is in the 80s.

40s? Not for me. Rain? Not for me. Luckily here, they're both very rare.
45 degrees is my limit. I know, I'm a wimp.........nmDave Hickey
Oct 21, 2002 7:54 AM
Sounds about right for us TexansTig
Oct 21, 2002 8:54 AM
It never stays below 45 for very long anyway. When it does get in the lower 40's, it means a front just blew through and the wind is bad. My biggest limiter is when it is cold and raining.

I didn't need tights until December last year. Gotta' make up for all that nasty summer heat somewhere!
never. i've been stocking up on chemical hand warmers. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 7:57 AM
Did you ever find adequate glovage?Sintesi
Oct 21, 2002 8:04 AM
I remember those PI Amfib thingies weren't working too well for you awhile beack.
Tried Penguin Gloves?Spoke Wrench
Oct 21, 2002 8:14 AM
I tried a mountain bike with a few buddies at below zero. I was wearing army surplus leather gloves with wool liners and had numb fingers within 10 minutes. A buddy lent me a pair of Penguin gloves and, starting from cold in the below zero weather, my hands warmed within just a few minutes. They're too warm for me if the weather is much above zero. The biggest problem I've had with cold weather mountain biking is finding gloves that keep my hands warm, but not too warm.
will have to look into thatJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 8:24 AM
too warm--i'd like that problem!

haven't heard of penguin brand before, but i'll look into that!

thanks...
Sadly, too warm doesn't last long.dzrider
Oct 21, 2002 9:56 AM
If my hands start to sweat I get too cold pretty quickly. I like Outdoor Research wind block gloves over army surplus wool/poly pro glove liners. I'll go out down to 20 degrees or so, but any time it's below 35 I won't last much more than an hour before my left foot starts to freeze. Then it's homeward bound as quickly as possible.
not as yetJS Haiku Shop
Oct 21, 2002 8:23 AM
MB1 has suggested some windblock gloves, and i've also been eyeing the lake extreme winter gloves, and the lake winter mtb boots. still looking for a money tree to plant in the back yard, though. so many projects...i'm hoping to fit warmer gloves and the shoes in around december/january--that's looking like a few hundred $$ (yikes). cheaper than medical bills for frostbite, though.

it doesn't typically get too bad here 'til late december.
YOKO Gloves: XC Skiing: breathable, leather palms, NMSpunout
Oct 21, 2002 11:33 AM
Do those amphib gloves make anyone elses hands tired? (nm)Kristin
Oct 21, 2002 11:37 AM
Stick a fork in me....I thnk I'm done.Scot_Gore
Oct 21, 2002 8:00 AM
Had a ride planned yesterday, wimped out.

My daughter had a pony ride outing with some friends. My plan was to ride to the stables (about 40 miles), meet my daughter, lead the pony, then wimp out and catch a lift home. I woke up, it was 30 degrees and snowing. Nothing was sticking but the roads were soaked. Decided I'd just be an unhappy boy riding in mid 30's and wet, so I drove her up to the stable.

I suspect that was my last chance for 2002.

Scot
I will take the subway if it is below 15 usually. (nm)onespeed
Oct 21, 2002 8:00 AM
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.rwbadley
Oct 21, 2002 8:03 AM
A friend and I used to ride to a pub about 5 miles from here every Tuesday night. Winter temps were from 0 up to 30 or so degrees F.

Lately it takes more than a cold beer to get me out in the 20 degree weather. If the sun is out I may ride, if 30-40F. If it is really cold with sun, you start off bundled up like nanook of the north, then need to shed ten pounds of clothes as body heat takes over.

I have fenders on the Raliegh, so wet is not as much of a problem. The thing is, here in Reno if it is 'winter', the rain will turn to ice or snow. We don't get too much rain...I try to avoid riding in real slick conditions like ice or snow.

Have fun,

RW
re: Will ride all months...Mike Prince
Oct 21, 2002 8:03 AM
Where I live (NW North Carolina) we can ride yesr-round altough Dec-Feb will require the real winter gear on many days. We'll see a fair amount of days in the high 20's/low 30's and the only thing that keeps our group off the roads is ice.
Got it all planned this year...Silverback
Oct 21, 2002 8:04 AM
My knees hurt when I run, and I hate the trainer, so either I can sit around PLANNING to ride (what I did last year) or actually go out and do it. I already have every piece of winter riding clothing and equipment I'd need for the Iditarod (I buy stuff from October to January, then try to find a place to keep all that new gear until I can store it for the summer in April). So I've made a solemn vow that I'll ride at least twice a week at lunch, on either my 12- or 18-mile course from work, and then a longer ride on weekends. On Dr. Cooper's old Aerobics point charts, that will give about 70-75 points a week, double what he said you need for acceptable fitness (protection from heart disease etc.), and it's pretty easy to do.
Now if I can just keep from putting on the annual winter flab....
I start to lose enthusiasm for road rideing at 40 degrees.Spoke Wrench
Oct 21, 2002 8:08 AM
I REALLY lose enthusiasm for road rideing when the temperature drops below 30 degrees.

Mountain biking is different. When the temperature drops, the trees in the woods still block the wind so you don't have the wind chill cutting through you. When the temperature is below freezing you don't have to contend with muddy trails. Cold temperatures mean no ticks and no problems with poison ivy. Mountain biking down to about 15 degrees is cool. Below 15 degrees it's COLD.
8-10 F.castrello
Oct 21, 2002 8:26 AM
Well, I usually draw the line at about 8-10 degrees F. But we have a lot of snow here so I end up using my mtb with studded tires...
32F or when it's sleeting snowing too bad (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 21, 2002 8:17 AM
Edmonton Alberta Canada Winter Need i say morejradford
Oct 21, 2002 8:24 AM
Today it snowed and the predicted high is 2 C (35.6 F). Last year my first ride of the spring was to work and the morning temp was -21 C (-5.8 F). That was at mid march. Temp has been known to hit -40 C( -40 F) for at least a week during the winter.

Well with all this I have seen people riding to work in these conditions be as for me I ride untill the first snow fall. (snow falls and stays on the ground). Then I take 2 weeks off and start my winter training.

Riding season here is very short. (wish I was in southern cal.

To all you in the southern states I am jealous of your riding conditions.
End of season: <35, Beginning <25PaulCL
Oct 21, 2002 8:25 AM
At the end of October/early November...I'll quit when the temp won't get above 35. Maybe my desire to ride has waned somewhat.

In January, I'm very anxious to ride. So, any sunny day over 25 degrees and I'm on my bike.
Temperature is not the limiting factor.Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 21, 2002 8:28 AM
It's moisture. I'll ride down to 0, but 35 and rainy will keep me inside. If it's 20 and snowing, I'll ride, but 32 and snowing, no way. Snow at the cusp of freezing will melt and spray.

I find that the biggest problem with winter riding is overheating from too many clothes. I really like jackets with zippered armpit vents. You can air out without opening up your neck or upper chest to the cold.

Alex
Early evening 12/31 after all we got to get up early to ride on 1/1/03 nmMB1
Oct 21, 2002 8:31 AM
Cold? No problem! Wet? No thank you!DeRanger
Oct 21, 2002 8:46 AM
Cold weather doesn't phase me (a rare quality in a SoCaler) - I'll be riding at my folks' place in the Sierra Nevada at Christmas without a second thought...

...as long as it's not raining, or going to rain, or just finished raining. Wet roads and trails make me look for other things to do.

DeR
any of the following conditionsFrith
Oct 21, 2002 8:53 AM
and i stay home or go to the gym.
a)under 17c + raining
b)under 15c + windy
c)under 0c no wind no rain
d)any temp + wind + rain
Anything below 32 degrees.PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 21, 2002 9:10 AM
I wimped out yesterday when it was 28 here in Northern Iliinois.It did get warmer by afternoon but too many familly commitments by then.
Dependsms
Oct 21, 2002 9:18 AM
This will be my third winter of riding. In my first winter, I rarely went riding when it was below 40 degrees. I never went riding when it was wet or windy. Last winter I rode when it was as low as 25 degrees so long as the sun was out. I rode in cloudy or wet weather down to 40 degrees. As the riding bug continues to bite me harder, my willingness to brave adverse temperatures has grown. Before this summer, I would not ride in temperatures over 90 degrees. This summer I rode even when the temperatures were hitting 100. My tolerance for cold and inclument weather also seems to increase the longer I am off of the bike. If I cannot ride outside for a weekend or two, I get cabin fever and will press my limits. The short answer to your questions is that I will have to let you know in April 2003.
Two weeks ago when hot lead season started ...Humma Hah
Oct 21, 2002 9:24 AM
... coincided with me deciding to take a week off, that turned into two. Part of it was the sniper, part was the onset of some blessed rain, and part of it was that I was feeling generally cruddy and run-down.

There's a rumor going around work that there was an arrest today. If they've got him, and if having a broken wisdom tooth extracted alleviates the run-down feeling associated with a chronic toothache, riding season may be about to start in earnest.

Cold is NOT a problem -- Virginia does not get cold enough to stop me. I actually rather enjoy it.
No Limitpeter in NVA
Oct 21, 2002 9:34 AM
Ironically, the coldest I ever biked was outside LA!
I went Mtn biking at the 5000 foot level and it was 10F at the start....but dry. Its actually felt colder to me here in VA because of the humidty. I look at cold weather as an adventure and an excuse to buy more clothes!
Snowed in San Diego in June ...Humma Hah
Oct 21, 2002 11:16 AM
... while I was there. At 6000 ft in the Laguna Mountains, but still, pretty wierd for SoCal.
I hope you are planning on riding this Saturday.MB1
Oct 21, 2002 11:01 AM
Looking forward to seeing your new/old rig.
Ain't gonna happen, to my great disgust ...Humma Hah
Oct 21, 2002 11:21 AM
... My wife and I are still up to our ears in getting a house ready to sell. I'm outta shape -- was getting my weekly miles but all short rides (as usual) up to the recent layoff, so my base is shot.

The cruiser needs maintenance that it has not been getting.

The Paramount has a bunch of parts stuck on it in about the right places, but not tightened down. It LOOKS remotely like a roadbike, but could not be ridden 2 ft.

Next January I'm gonna start making up for it. I'm gonna log miles more than ever, I swear, enter a brevet or two, get ready to ride the C&O end-to-end, and generally celebrate 5 decades on the planet.
Don't waste your youth like that.MB1
Oct 21, 2002 11:47 AM
Youth is wasted on the young.

Show up, get your pix taken, ride 10 miles, get a RBR t-shirt, go home happy, the wife will be happy with a happy Humma hubby.

Foolish youth.....
If it's dry, I'll ride year 'round.look271
Oct 21, 2002 9:29 AM
Cold and wet s*%ks, though. Strong winds keep me on the trainer, too. Just did a 28 miler in temps in the low 50's, started in the high 40's. Had a week off. Felt good to be on the look again. Took it easy and enjoyed the colors of the trees as the leaves are changing. Love riding this time of year.
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.Matt Britter
Oct 21, 2002 9:39 AM
Here in Central Ca the temp raely get below 32F, so riding I riding during the Winter. If it gets wet, I do more MTB'ing than road, as the trails are very nice wet!
-mb
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.aliensporebomb
Oct 21, 2002 9:43 AM
Unbelievable. Last years' riding log said the first snow
was November 4. Now this year it's 10/19? Yecch.

I might try and get out if it clears up a bit but I think
my riding is mostly done for the year.

I did low mileage in November and December last year but this
year it suddenly went from cold to "yecch" in a hurry.

Sucks. I need a trainer - I CANNOT lose what I've gained as far
as my fitness in my legs only to start over again. Sigh.
when my derailleurs freeze ;)girchygirchy
Oct 21, 2002 9:53 AM
I'll go out about anytime, but previous posters said it...the worst is the hands! I need some good gloves.

If it's wet out, usually my derailleurs get so caked with ice they quit working...then it's time to go home.
HELP! Foggy glasses and cold feet. Any Suggestions? (NM)mikebikr
Oct 21, 2002 10:06 AM
Ski Goggles and Neoprene Booties, ski socks. (NM)Spunout
Oct 21, 2002 10:25 AM
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.netso
Oct 21, 2002 10:24 AM
I usually do not ride below 32 Farenheit. We do not have snow in Florida, but this would stop me also. Lightning is also a problem.
re: So when you are you guys wimping out? Poll.mackgoo
Oct 21, 2002 12:25 PM
I live in MA and switch over to the cross bike and keep going. For me it's better than the cellar.