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Hey Chicagoans have you put up your bikes yet?(21 posts)

Hey Chicagoans have you put up your bikes yet?DoubleH
Nov 12, 2003 12:49 PM
When is it to cold to ride on the lake front. I'm heading out today, but the threat of gusty winds is scaring me. Have you all stopped riding yet? What do you wear when it is 60 but windy or 40 and sunny(still cold). Do you still commute to work in the dark?
re: Hey Chicagoans have you put up your bikes yet?Slamden
Nov 12, 2003 1:09 PM
I rode on the lakefront most of last winter. So long as there is no ice out there, it is great riding in the winter out there, particularly because there are no crowds.

As for clothing, I wear an Assos Airblock jacket which, over a long-sleeve jersey and a base layer works fine down to high 20s when worn with roubaix bib tights and windpants. My problem has been (and still is) cold hands and feet. Even with 2 pairs of gloves, my hands are frostbitten. And even though I know I look like a geek, I find ski goggles to be an indispensable accessory to riding on the lake front in the winter.
Lakefront? Good heavens.Alex-in-Evanston
Nov 12, 2003 1:19 PM
You need to seek some shelter. I like to get in among the trees. They block the wind and provide for seasonal interest. Try heading over to the Des Plaines river and looking for the coyotes that have crept back into the area - and yes, I know the difference between a fox and a coyote.

But seriously, if I see you riding around with ski goggles on I'm going to pelt you with a snowball.

re: Hey Chicagoans have you put up your bikes yet?PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 12, 2003 1:22 PM
I rode this past weekend in the 20's.Wore Polypro base layer with a turtlneck running shirt and long sleeve jersey over that.Then a wind shell for the outer layer.

The bottom was shorts and then tights over that.A balcalava under the helmet and two pair of full finger gloves for the hands.

The feet I'm still trying to get right.I wore Smart wool socks over a base of thermal sock liners.Then some chemical toe warmers.I wore MTB shoes instead of road shoes.

Everthing was comfortable except the toes got a little numb after 2 hours.I'm getting shoe covers for the weekend.I hope those are the solution.

I must admit I was a bit hesitant to ride in the cold but after you try it you find it's not that bad at all.Layering is the key.And keep your feet warm.
And to answer your question...Alex-in-Evanston
Nov 12, 2003 1:24 PM
60? Man, we're not going to see 60F until June. May 21st, 2002 - snow. I know. I was flying in from Hawaii and the land beyond O'hare was covered with a peaceful coat of white.

Three nights ago I was weather-stripping my cheap 80 year old windows because it was 18F outside! And I live by the lake, tucked in between two ridges, in a sheltered little micro-climate that allows me to grow Zone 6 plants. It was probably 15F or colder in the land beyond O'Hare.


P.S. - Don't come into my neighborhood with ski goggles or I will nail your ass with an iceball.
And to answer your question...Slamden
Nov 12, 2003 1:55 PM
Some days the iceball might be worth it. I generally don't wear goggles unless it is snowing or sleeting but they really can make a huge difference. I got stuck in that freezing rain/hail storm last winter and had to ride from Hyde Park to Wicker Park in that sh!t. Really painful -- my gloves got soaked and then froze on my hands. But my face/eyes were warm at least.
I think so....hothand
Nov 12, 2003 1:33 PM
although I am hoping for one last 50-60 degree weekend day. A few years ago I went for a ride on Nov. 24 (39 degrees)on the lake front. Rode to McCormick place. When I turned around I realized that there was a strong North wind blowing. It was a tought 15 miles back home. I just moved to Evanston so I hope to sneak out for one last ride up to Highland park.
Nov 12, 2003 1:36 PM
Where do you live? I'm at 1407 Crain, just west of Asbury. I wear an Alberto's jersey most of the time, or a black patagonia windbreaker if it's really cold.

Yell out hello if you see me.

Rode every day this week....Chicago_Steve
Nov 12, 2003 1:42 PM
It hasn't gotten too bad yet. The damp conditions make the streets a little slippery but there's no ice yet so there's no reason to stop riding.

I am wearing Polartec Powerstretch tights and usually layer up with a couple of long sleeve jerseys. It's still a little too warm for the nylon windbreakers (exception being the <30F mornings).

As for lights, I've got a Niterider Digital Evolution 5/10/15W light. Part of my commute goes up the North Branch Trail where things are pretty dark. I've already had a couple of close calls with deer out after dark. And like Alex mentions, there are coyote's out as well!
Rode every day this week....Slamden
Nov 12, 2003 1:51 PM
North Branch Trail is great this time of year. Only problem is wet leaves and some deer -- I almost hit one last Saturday coming around a corner. I tend to favor the lakefront in the winter because it takes a long time for ice and snow to melt on the NBT.
Same here...TFerguson
Nov 12, 2003 4:45 PM
Mon - Des Plaines River Trail - hard going in the soft mud, but I love that trail.
Tues - Road to Woodstock for brunch (from Mundelein). Light rain and mist in the high 40s.
Wed - 35 miles of some loops out west of the house. Very, very windy, but sunny by the end of the ride.
Tomorrow - high in the 30s with 30 mph winds. Going to be hard to find motivation.

No Way ! ! ! !MR_GRUMPY
Nov 12, 2003 2:00 PM
I'm outside as long as it's 25 Deg or better.
re: Hey Chicagoans have you put up your bikes yet?DoubleH
Nov 12, 2003 2:36 PM
Thanks so much! I love you guys, you all are so awesome. My bf thinks I'm nuts b/c I have to get my biking fix daily. I just lost my job, so right now biking is the one thing that keeps my head clear. I couldn't bike at all the last week b/c I had a migraine for a week straight :(. I was like PLEASE give me one more weekend of 50/60 w/o rain. :)

SO what do you all wear to keep the wind out of your face? And what about hats? Do you just wear a helmet.
Not too cold yet, just too dark.....Skidoo
Nov 12, 2003 7:13 PM
I just started a new 8-5 job and I don't have good lights for the evening rides. I do most of my riding on the weekends (~75 mi last weekend on Desplanes NBT and lakefront). I wear the Performance Triflex tight over shorts and a PI Kodiak jersey over a couple of base layers, and I stay very comfy on LSD rides. I also like the Voler windtex booties and a regular cycling cap under the helmet--the best $2 I ever spent on cycle wear!
Good luck with the job search btw, mine was 5 months long, but things seem to be improving rapidly in Chi-Town.
Balaclavas? Toasty or tasty?Chicago_Steve
Nov 12, 2003 8:08 PM
I listen to WBBM every morning before reaching for the headgear...

50F or warmer - Helmet only
50F to 40F - Headband or light polypro balaclava
Under 40F - fleece balaclava
I have, sadlyjma24
Nov 13, 2003 7:43 AM
A lot of my riding had been of the commuting sort (17 miles each way, Roselle to Westchester). Once the time change came, no more commuting (unless I put in a half day over the holidays or something).

I admire a lot of these responders, though. I'd like to summarize your responses: "Not me! I love it! The only problem is... (insert something extremely significant here)." I wonder if our California buddies laugh at us.

Anyhow, volleyball season is coming soon, and I need to get into a different kind of physical condition anyway. But nevertheless, I put a set of rollers on my Christmas list!
By the way...jma24
Nov 13, 2003 7:45 AM
I left the office yesterday and shuddered at the idea of riding into that wind. I could barely walk into it.
The Californians may laugh, but they really...TFerguson
Nov 13, 2003 9:57 AM
don't know what they are laughing about. A friend from around LA road the St. Patrics day ride out of Waucanda 2 years ago. In the 40s and it was nice when it started sleeting because then it wasn't raining. He said it was no problem and that it gets down in the 40s at the peaks when he does a mountain ride. He showed up with his normal kit and a pair of arm warmers and leg warmers. I think he holds the worlds record for uttering the words, "You people are crazy!" while shivering.
LOL... All depends on which way the wind is blowing!Chicago_Steve
Nov 13, 2003 12:28 PM
Usually the wind works with me on the way home. Last night I hit 30 mph with little effort while riding a CX bike with some pretty big knobbies (Kenda Cross Supreme 700x35c) and a pretty full messenger bag!

Of course some of the side gusts made things pretty dicey on certain streets!

Steve (May go for a "personal best" if the wind is right tonight!)
Gutter downspout blew off my house last night.Alex-in-Evanston
Nov 13, 2003 12:38 PM
It was pretty darn windy in these parts. That's tough riding.

Isn’t it an eerie feeling to be doing 30 in a dead calm? (nm)TFerguson
Nov 13, 2003 3:10 PM