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Cold weather ride(13 posts)

Cold weather ride4bykn
Dec 21, 2003 5:36 AM
December 20, central Illinois. Arose to single digit temps. I was supposed to meet a group ride at the lake. Damned if I was going to be the one who didnt show. Three hardy souls (and a fourth later) made it. At start time the temp, not corrected for wind chill, was 6 degrees. We did some laps around the lake, the only roads around which were not snow-packed. This photo of me was taken at fifteen mile point of thirty mile ride. If you look closely at my beard you can see icicles about two inches long hanging.
Two friends4bykn
Dec 21, 2003 5:48 AM
re: Cold weather rideHigh Gear
Dec 21, 2003 5:53 AM
Damn! I would be more dressed than that. You don't even have a neck gator on. I'm cold just lookin' at ya.
re: Cold weather ride4bykn
Dec 21, 2003 6:07 AM
I'm wearing four layers on top, plus arm warmers somewhere under there. Facial hair actually works well for insulation, my nose and cheekbones were a bit cold but not too bad. I do have a balaclava under there somewhere, that I can pull higher up on my face if needed.
Guys here won't ride if it's under 30!mosovich
Dec 21, 2003 6:49 AM
Wow, not that's determination! It's hard to get guys out at under 30 here. I do cross, so I used to it. So how long does it take for your beard to thaw? Ha Ha.
re: Cold weather rideRD-Man
Dec 21, 2003 7:01 AM
Now you're in my realm! Up here in Minneapolis, 6 degrees is not all that uncommon. It's actually not too bad if you have the right gear. Plus, it definitely cuts down on bike traffic on the bike paths. Ride on, you hearty soul!
I'm with ya....PEDDLFOOT
Dec 21, 2003 9:52 AM
...here in Northern Il. I've been riding every weekend so far.I've been riding in temps down into the teens.It hasn't been into the single digits yet but I'm definitely ready to get out there.Stay with it and enjoy.It certainly is a unique time to ride.I love it.Just finished a 40 miler this morning in the upper 20's.It felt quite balmy!!!!!!
what's that..joe friday
Dec 21, 2003 11:34 AM
grey box next to your head?
now you're making me want to ride!! i get kinda crappy
just reading about riding.. :)
what's that..4bykn
Dec 21, 2003 2:50 PM
That's my rear view mirror attached to my glasses. That day was the coldest I've ridden in a long time, and I loved every minute! Stopped at fifteen miles for a coffee, but really could've kept on going. I highly recommend those little toe warmers that hunters use, cold toes are my cold weather downfall. Look in the hunting section at a sporting goods store.
Yes Yes Yes....PEDDLFOOT
Dec 21, 2003 8:03 PM
...those toe warmers are foot savers.I highly reccomend them also.They truely work.I have been using them and haven't had any problems with my feet.In fact this morning my feet were actually sweaty when I got home.They didn't overheat but they were really toasty.I found that putting them on top of the toes instead of under the toes works better.Well worth the money if you have cold feet problems.
You do the Sun am trail ride out of Wright Woods?...TFerguson
Dec 21, 2003 4:22 PM
We ride the Des Plaines River Trail up to WI and back, 50-55 miles. It did feel balmy today. Road the trail south down into Cook Co on Thurs for about 2.5 hrs. It was 22F. That may be my limit until I find a next level of warmth for my feet.
TF
Now that is what I like to see! Good man. nmMB1
Dec 21, 2003 7:59 PM
You are the man!innergel
Dec 22, 2003 7:47 AM
I can only imagine how invigorating that ride would be. At least once you were finished :-) I live in Texas, so riding in those conditions requires a trip to somewhere up north.

And all these cold weather ride reports makes me wonder why we don't have any hot weather ride reports? Pretty much any ride I do from July-Sept would start out "when I arrived at the start of the ride at 730am, it was already 91 degrees." Just a topic to stick in the back of my head for the warmer months. I know Dave Hickey, and any of the other Texas posters, can back me up on this one.