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How cold is too cold for you?(37 posts)

How cold is too cold for you?PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 7, 2003 7:38 AM
I'm planning on riding tomarrow.When I start it should be in the low 20's.Do you guys have a cut off temperature where you decide not to ride?
Well, it's getting close ...vindicator
Nov 7, 2003 7:48 AM
It was low 30s on my commute in this am, and my fingers and thumbs weren't happy. I need to tweak my glove and sock situation, though, and maybe I can get another few degrees out of myself before I cry uncle. My biggest fear below 32, though, is ice on the roads, and frozen water bottles!
28F road, 20F mtn..._rt_
Nov 7, 2003 7:57 AM
fortunately we don't see too much of those temps here in HOT-lanta.


Wait now rt...Sadlebred
Nov 7, 2003 12:35 PM
Were you here last winter? There were several days that it was well below 30. Those of you that came south from colder climates may not be bothered by temps below 30, but those of us true southerners are! :) 20 is my limit on the mtb and about 30 on the road. I can't wait to try out some new winter gear I bought on clearance this spring.
"several days" below 30 - very different from..._rt_
Nov 7, 2003 3:06 PM
several MONTHS below 30, which is what i got used to living in Quebec.

as long as it's 28*F or above i can ride road. otherwise i just don't have enough blood to keep both my hands and feet warm at the same time!

10F for commuting, 20F for riding.dzrider
Nov 7, 2003 7:58 AM
It's mostly a question of how long I can last. My commute takes 35-40 minutes each way so I can handle a little colder weather. A fixie makes mittens more possible, but the feet still don't last much over an hour with the temp below freezing. Running is so much easier in the real cold that I almost always choose it over riding.
DependsAndy M-S
Nov 7, 2003 8:00 AM
Wet and cold is infinitely worse than dry and cold.

Today it was a sunny 27F when I left for work, not too bad at all. A balaclava and windproof gloves are a must, as are unventilated MTB shoes and wool socks.

I've ridden into the teens other years...we'll just have to see how it goes.
18 degrees was my limit of enjoyment last year...biknben
Nov 7, 2003 8:05 AM
Before last year, I always stayed on the mtn. bike in the winter months. It's easier to stay warm off-road.

Last winter, I decided to continue my commuting as much as possible. I rode in the upper teens many times and that was acceptable. Below that, I had to use a full face mask and had seious issues with fogging my glasses. My lowest temp was 9*. It was not fun at all. As I started to ride, my tears froze and my eyelashes stuck together.

Two of my more memorable rides last year. (1) riding on frozen roads and being splashed with slush by a car. The slush then froze on my clothing. (2) started to snow while I was out. Thankfully, it didn't accumulate on the road but I had an inch on me. :-)

I have winter shoes and studded road tires on my X-mas list this year. :-)
re: How cold is too cold for you?geckotb
Nov 7, 2003 8:07 AM
the coldest i've ever ridden was -30 C (-22 F). that was tough, mostly because my ski goggles kept fogging up so i had to stop and switch to shades which don't give as good face-protection. i couldn't believe it when i saw about a half-dozen other idiots out there on the paths with me.
so far this season, the coldest it's gotten was -20 C (-4 F).
how cold is too cold? i've been skiing in -40C (not planned) so i guess i would try biking in that.
into the teensdaCaT_
Nov 7, 2003 8:08 AM
If it is sunny Colorado weather. Lately it has been around 30 and cloudy and my feet get pretty cold after an hour and a half. It does seem easier to mtb in the cold.
stops being fun for me in the low 20sterry b
Nov 7, 2003 8:08 AM
When it gets that low, I start to wonder if it's worth the effort. Cold doesn't bother me, but the windstopper gloves, toe covers, winter jersey, tights, balaclava and long sleeved duofold shirt make me wonder why I'm bothering.
I'll admit it, <40F, I'm on the trainer...Dave Hickey
Nov 7, 2003 8:15 AM
Thankfully, it doesn't get below 40 degree in Dallas very often..
Got that right Dave! Me too! brrrrrrrrr... nmNo_sprint
Nov 7, 2003 8:24 AM
re: How cold is too cold for you?witcomb
Nov 7, 2003 8:24 AM
Already off the road bike, but then again the bike isn't ridable.

I've been out mountain biking still, 30+, I'll be switching to pants pretty soon I think. I imagine that 10-20 would be my cut off, but then again I only have summer clothing.
I usually don't ride below 32 F (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 7, 2003 8:25 AM
Nov 7, 2003 8:28 AM
re: How cold is too cold for you?PMC
Nov 7, 2003 8:35 AM
Tomorrow morning I have a ride planned with the temperature being around 8 degrees at the start, warming to around 20 by the time we're done. I'm guessing the group will be small but we should still get in between 50-60 miles.

As long as it's dry, I'll try to ride outdoors on weekends. I don't bother on weekdays as it's dark by the time I get home so the trainer is already getting use Monday - Friday.
"There is no bad weather, just bad clothing."MB1
Nov 7, 2003 8:37 AM
"The coldest winter I ever saw was a summer in San Francisco". Mark Twain

I have yet to find a temperature that we haven't enjoyed riding in.

The coldest we have ridden in was probably about 5f with a really strong wind. Except for some exposed skin on our faces we were fine.
You are the MAN :-) (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 7, 2003 8:51 AM
agree, I'm usually good to about 10 or so....K-Man
Nov 7, 2003 1:20 PM
after a few years of trial and error I have a pretty decent winter clothing set up....all on the cheap. I finally had to dip a little into the $$ for shoes as I have cronice cold feet syndrom. I just ordered a pair of the Lake300 winter shoes.
"Ice bike" brand pants for anything below 30 dergees that is all that is needed
base layer, mid layer, vest and a jacket is all you really need.
Face is the only thing that can make it tough at times.

if it takes longer than 60 seconds to get dressedDougSloan
Nov 7, 2003 8:44 AM
I hate cold. Cold and wet is worse, though.

If it were cold at a constant temperature, you can just about always dress appropriately and be comfortable. However, if it warms or cools during a ride, or you climb and descend big hills, or the wind changes, that's when it gets uncomfortable.

<20F = trainer nmContinental
Nov 7, 2003 8:50 AM
Nov 7, 2003 8:55 AM
Any time it is cold enough to freeze and create ice!
re: How cold is too cold for you?MR_GRUMPY
Nov 7, 2003 9:15 AM
25-30 Road.........15-20 Mtn bike.
Nov 7, 2003 9:33 AM
...and that's why I live in Phoenix. If it dips into the 40's, then I'm miserable. 30's...not a chance in hell.

I still don't know how you cold-climate bikers do it. Cold/snow is only good for skiing IMHO.

Speaking of cold...or colder, anyway..DL Lawrence
Nov 7, 2003 10:11 AM
How much (layers)of clothing do you wear in mid 50's, sunny conditions? Shorts? Tights? Vest? Jacket? Warmers? Long or short sleeves? What's the consensus? Thanks in advance for your responses!
Nov 7, 2003 11:43 AM
Mid 50's??? That's like summer!

Shorts, base layer tank, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers.
Nov 7, 2003 12:57 PM
Same here.Maybe a wind jacket.
Somewhere in the teens ...Humma Hah
Nov 7, 2003 10:24 AM
I've ridden commuter distances in the teens. Brutal, but satisfying when my co-workers think I'm nuts.

But longer rides pose a problem. If you're dressed warmly, you'll soon be sweating, which means your clothes will get wet, which means you'll freeze if you stop. So super-cold weather is not great for ultra-distance rides like centuries, where you'll need periodic stops.
re: How cold is too cold for you?Howard
Nov 7, 2003 10:30 AM
About 15 years, I rode 6 miles to work when the wind-chill factor was -27 degrees.
I'm with Dave - below 40 and I sleep in :O) nmLive Steam
Nov 7, 2003 12:13 PM
Basically MB-1 is right, you just have to keep adding ...Tom C
Nov 7, 2003 12:19 PM
more clothes. I can do an hour at 0 degrees, but I've got to use old stretched out shoes so I can use two pairs of socks with a baggie over the toes of each foot and my Pearl Izumi shoe covers over all. For the hands I use rubber gloves with lobster mittens for the hands. On the head goes a balclava,knit hat and goggles (No helmet). I use a pair of silk longjohns because they're thin and add the tights etc. Really it's the extremities that matter the most. It does take about 10 minutes to put this get up on but it beats the trainer. Oh I forgot, I heat the drink but it will start turning to ice crystals at about 45 minutes so its got to be gone by then.
re: How cold is too cold for you?VEN
Nov 7, 2003 12:34 PM
I will ride as low as the twenties. I am more fearfull of the snow sludge and falling than anything. In December through March I ride a Mt. bike on the road for safety.
re: How cold is too cold for you?Colton
Nov 7, 2003 2:00 PM
Anything lower than your age.
re: How cold is too cold for you?peter1
Nov 7, 2003 9:48 PM
Generally low 20s, but I've mtn biked colder than that...the hills get you warm and the trees block the wind. I just got a pair of PI's best neoprene booties last winter which extended my season into year-round...also like the PI AmFib gloves. Rather than a balaclava I wear a skull camp or ear warmer and a fleece neckwarmer which I can pull up over my nose on descents and yank down when I go uphill.

Other good winter gear: Sugoi's thickest tights, which double as XC ski gear; Craft long-sleeve base layer, form fitting and long in front and back to cover up the tender bits; and my old favorite, an XC ski top from Sporthill that blocks the wind but has polypro side panels, with xtra long sleeves and tail and a rear zip pocket, about $100 these days but worth every penny.

I don't road ride much after Thanksgiving, unless the roads are dry and relatively salt-free. Steel may be real, but rust never sleeps...
re: How cold is too cold for you? RIGHT NOW and just waitfrozentwin
Nov 8, 2003 9:59 AM
it is too cold now (31) and it will surely get colder before it gets warmer -- the only thing that saves me is:
a) rollers
b) internet
c) viagra
d) knowing that the further south you live the lower your IQ gets
Rode today for 2 hrs at 0 nmtrijunior
Nov 8, 2003 4:09 PM