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Perfect day for riding here in Chicago!(11 posts)

Perfect day for riding here in Chicago!timfire
Nov 25, 2002 10:30 AM
Out the door at 5am this morning the weather was low-20's with a light dusting of snow. A bit rough at first but after a few mintues I was sweating like normal. The toes were hurting a bit, though, by the end of my 40 minute commute.

--Tim Kleinert
60's in FloridaCaptain Morgan
Nov 25, 2002 11:13 AM
Last week, we had a cool front that pushed the low to the 50's, so it was in the low 60's Thursday morning when I went to ride. I had to go back to the house and get the arm warmers I had just purchased from Velowear. Life is rough here in the sunshine state. Maybe I'll go to the beach tonight and watch the sunset...
60's in FloridaSmoothie
Nov 25, 2002 1:59 PM
my thermo said 57 on sat's ride and 62 by the time we finished. It was chilly on sunday as well but warmed up real fast in the sun and ended up being a great day/ride.
When you are used to heat that kind of temp drop is rough on the body and lungs. I must have looked goofy as hell with a big fleece hat on! :)

I have loads of respect for everybody riding in the fall/winter! I shudder to imagine riding a bike in the 40's range with a stiff wind blowing.
Uphill, tooCaptain Morgan
Nov 25, 2002 4:19 PM
How about those riding in winter with climbs to boot. For most places in Florida, the most elevation we get is on the bridges going over the canals. I have respect for those "riding a bike in the 40's range with a stiff wind blowing" UPHILL.
Way too coldKristin
Nov 25, 2002 11:33 AM
I poked my head out of the covers at 5 am. Too cold. Too dark. Curled up for another 2 hours. I will get back on my bike either 6 or 8 weeks after 2/2/03.
How long to get your form back?Captain Morgan
Nov 25, 2002 11:54 AM
Just wondering... when you take the winter off, how long typically does it take to get back to where you were before you quit?
Form?Kristin
Nov 25, 2002 12:13 PM
What is that. I have no form. Typically I can hold a line while doing a shoulder check by July. LOL. When I quit I was averaging 12 MPH! I shudder to think what I'll average in March. Its been a tough year and my bike is lonely.
Sunday, as the first snow was falling - as good as it gets in ChiSkidoo
Nov 25, 2002 12:36 PM
re: Perfect day for riding here in Chicago!Juanmoretime
Nov 25, 2002 1:19 PM
I live 150 miles south, Urbana. I went out yesterday about 11AM, 44 and no wind, that's heaven at this time of year. By the time I get home from work, it's the lights and the mountaion bike or the trainer. I usually try for the first option. I've ridden as cold as 10 below, not fun stuff but even that was preferable to the trainer.
re: Perfect day for riding here in Chicago! i was in it!kingbeann
Nov 25, 2002 9:45 PM
yesterday (in chicago) was the first day i tried a new fixed gear. 20 mile ride ending in flurries of snow (but not sticking yet) and a darkening sky. once you got a pace going and racing cars the cold disappears.. the gently falling snow making a surreal world. One of the few times of the year when you can go at a good pace on the lake path without too many obstacles.
Or just north 'o there...noveread
Nov 26, 2002 10:22 AM
Was 27 with a little very light snow on my ride this weekend. I like the rides in this temp range as they let me refresh my memory as to how much clothing I'll need when January rolls around!

Temp: 27
Skies: overcast with a little snow
Roads: Clear
Winds: NW at 5-10

Clothes-
Balaclava
Glove Liners
Thin fleece gloves
Cannondale Overgloves
Regualr Jersey
Long-Sleeved Jersey
Polartech Jersey
Wind Vest
Long Sleeved Wind Jacket
Knickers
Tights
Woolsocks
Neoprene booties
glasses with clear lenses
helmet

I was just right except my toes were on the cold side of cool by the end.

Noveread