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Poll: Now that its REALLY cold, who is still riding?(35 posts)

Poll: Now that its REALLY cold, who is still riding?Fez
Jan 11, 2004 7:10 PM
Here in DC we saw daytime temperatures range between 15 and 30 degrees this past weekend.

Saturday was the colder day. 20 degrees and really windy. I could only manage to ride for one hour. The cold temps and winds were too much on my feet.

Sunday was the "warm" day. Temperature went up to at least 30 so I rode for two hours. Much more pleasant than Saturday.

I didn't see too many cyclists out on either day...
re: Poll: Now that its REALLY cold, who is still riding?Asiago
Jan 11, 2004 7:19 PM
Well, it wasn't really cold today. It was 30deg with SW winds @ 10-12mph. I did 2-1/4 hours. The weather was not hindering my motivation to ride, on the contrary, weather this nice was what really drew me out. I just got so much stuff to do it was a time issue!

sure; did 65 miles yesterday nmDougSloan
Jan 11, 2004 8:27 PM
5 degrees in Boulder and 3 hour ride on Monday(nm)dcm311
Jan 11, 2004 8:44 PM
17 degrees (not to mention the wind chill)...huffer
Jan 11, 2004 9:43 PM
but it's still better than the trainer, even with my recently installed television to distract me somewhat. Speaking of cold, does anyone have any info/links on the effects of temperature on respiratory or muscle function? Didn't have my HR monitor on today, but it felt like I was riding zone 4 just to keep at 20mph. Totally sucking (very cold) wind and feeling the lactic acid heat in my legs.
Don't have scientific data...Fez
Jan 11, 2004 10:19 PM
But based on experience, I really notice a loss of performance when the temps are below 30 degrees.

Even when there is no wind, I notice much slower average speeds and climbs are more difficult for me.
Don't have scientific data...PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 12, 2004 6:04 AM
Someone mentioned awhile back that the added weight of clothing and the denser cold air cause a loss of performance in the cold.I don't know if this is true on not but I'm using it as my excuse :-)
Still hangin' in... but it was 84 degrees todayDMoore
Jan 12, 2004 12:59 AM
We're having a bit of a heat wave here in Southern California. It makes up for the horrendously cold and rainy weather in the 50's we were having a week or two ago. This is more like it.
still doing the sunday morning rides4bykn
Jan 12, 2004 3:59 AM
Slow paced, but as long as the roads are relatively clear it's nice to get out.

On a side note, beware the ice, we had one rider go down hard and fast. Luckily the only injury was a bruised ego.

And what's up with all the warm-weather responses, let us enjoy our moments of frozen glory;->

Ride in Peace...Mike
-20°C or -5°F w/o windwitcomb
Jan 12, 2004 4:21 AM
I was on the bike. Oh, but that was on the trainer.
Jan 12, 2004 5:27 AM
...This is my first year of riding in the winter.I've ridden in temps down to 12 so far with no problems.I've even been caught out in some blizzard conditions and had to change two flats.I really enjoy the cold weather more than I would ever have expected.The key for me is layering.I think I have a good system now as to what the conditions are and what to wear.Thanks impart to some tips from MB1 and others on this board.
Sure, 110 Miles over the weekend...OwenMeany
Jan 12, 2004 5:30 AM
Temp? Mid-70s.. :) Sorry to rub it in but it was really an awsome weekend here in LA...
Commuted Fridaydzrider
Jan 12, 2004 5:44 AM
Only 9 miles each way so it's not that much of an ordeal. It was 12F with a headwind in the morning and 8F with a tailwind going home. I kinda felt like I'd made my point so I went to the gym Saturday and Sunday and newly fallen snow on the roads this morning kept me in the car. I hope enough of the snow is gone to get back up for tomorrow's commute.
No, we don't ride when it is REALLY cold. ;-)MB1
Jan 12, 2004 6:33 AM
I am not sure when that is though. Hope to never find out.

BTW if you thought this weekend was cold have you seen the forecast for the next week?
Homemade foot covers?Fez
Jan 12, 2004 10:48 AM
The problem areas for me are face and feet.

Although I have used various lotions and face gear, the exposed areas on the face still get a little irritated when the temps are below 20.

And I have tried almost everything for the feet, and I can't get them stay warm when the temps are below 20.

Are you using those homemade foot covers you showed us last year?
We were wearing our Neoprene Booties this weekend.MB1
Jan 12, 2004 5:20 PM
I don't really like them but for temps under 25 or so they are about our only choice. You might try them with some of the disposable heat packets (available on line or most hardware stores).

My theory of keeping warm in cold weather is to layer everything and if my hands or feet are cold to try to wear a bit more on my legs or arms to try to keep warm blood flowing.

I also expect and plan to be a little cold around the edges. At all costs I want to avoid getting sweaty. Usually Miss M and I end up taking clothes off during the ride and having to carry the extra clothes for most of the day.
20 miles on Saturday - 25 miles on Sundaybimini
Jan 12, 2004 6:54 AM
I finally got on the trainer for the first time last week. We had a high of 5 degrees and that was just too cold to be on the bike.

This weekend it got up to 25 on Saturday and 40 on Sunday so went out on the bike. Made the mistake on Sunday of trying to go on a snow covered MUT with skinny tires. Big mistake, had to walk it part of the way and the rest of the way felt like a circus act.
Frozen Brain Syndrome.............Len J
Jan 12, 2004 7:26 AM
The only bad part is between when you leave the house & your Brain freezes........That's when you feel the cold.

I rode both Saturday & Sunday.

A little less than an hour on Saturday Outside & Then 2.5 hours on Sunday.

Saturday was brutal.

Been off the bike for a good hour or so.djg
Jan 12, 2004 7:34 AM
Rode to work this morning. But I have to confess I didn't get out on the weekend (too busy, mostly, but it was really cold).
I just got back from 4 days in AlbuquerqueDave Hickey
Jan 12, 2004 7:37 AM
Temps in the morning were 32 degrees but it got into the 50's durning the afternoon. Great riding in New Mexico!
2 ft. snow; 2 1/2 - 3 hour trainer rides. I enjoy it too! (nm)hrv
Jan 12, 2004 8:00 AM
55 degs in Denver Sat and Suntriple shot espresso
Jan 12, 2004 8:04 AM
I got in 9 hours over the 2 days, it makes Monday mornings very hard.

Even got some climbing in the mountains in.
Someone wake me up!CARBON110
Jan 12, 2004 8:26 AM
Just had 4 straight days of -10. My new forcast:

Tues: -20
Wed: -20
Thurs: -20-30
Fri: -10-15

This does NOT include wind chill

Someone wake me up!Asiago
Jan 12, 2004 8:35 PM
Good gawd man where are you? I thought you lived in NC!!! Obviously not! That's even colder than here! Where the heck are you?

Yep! Rode both Sat and Sun, and......RickC5
Jan 12, 2004 9:01 AM
will likely ride again today, as its predicted to be 58 degrees today. Yippee! Makes up for all the cold weather during the holidays.
Have been riding, but probably will stop...FTMD
Jan 12, 2004 8:23 AM
My knees aren't happy with the cold. No matter how many layers I use. Likely just stay on the rollers unless it's at least 40 degrees.
I'm still dyin from the 30 degreeSpecialTater
Jan 12, 2004 8:47 AM
torture fest Haiku led Sat morn. Absolutely the hardest ride I've ever done considering I think I bonked with 10 to go. The last mile with the parking lot in sight was freaking torture at 12 mph into a 15 mph headwind.
Could have 55 degrees for the birthday half-centuryCory
Jan 12, 2004 8:58 AM
I ride pretty regularly down to the high 20s, which is about as cold as it gets here for any length of time. If it really dips, you can usually sit it out for a couple of days.
For the last several years, I've planned a 50-miler for the weekend closest to my birthday, Jan. 17, to discourage myself from letting go completely over the holidays (it was conceived as a birthday century, but that only lasted a year). Temps have ranged from around 22 to near 50 degrees. Long range forecast for this year, though, is calling for mid-50s and sunny.
On the rollers, which are in my garage (nm)cmgauch
Jan 12, 2004 9:16 AM
re: Poll: Now that its REALLY cold, who is still riding?ukiahb
Jan 12, 2004 9:19 AM
35 miles fixed gear Saturday, saw lots of other riders out taking advantage of the break in the rain. About 30 miles by Mtn. Bike Sunday, rode up above the fog in the Ukiah Valley, cold and clear up in the coastal mountains w/ incredible views, should have brought my camera. But it's not really all that cold here (in Northern CA)
I am still at it, but with extra precautionscommuterguy
Jan 12, 2004 11:40 AM
In some ways, this is the best time to ride (or at least commute): very little congestion on the MUTs; stark, under-rated beauty of winter landscapes; and most important time of the year to keep exercising (lest one grow truly huge).

That said, you really need to be ready to deal with ice, any time, anywhere; understand that tires are a lot less supple than usual; and that motorists are probably assuming they have the roads to themselves.
Sorry guys. I got sunburned on Saturday. 4 hour ride, 77 degs...BIG RING
Jan 12, 2004 3:16 PM
Leave the snow behind and come to California.
Last week every day was over 35ºC/95F, Sorry :-) nmDutchy
Jan 12, 2004 3:45 PM
Staying off the bike for a couple of monthsSPINDAWG
Jan 12, 2004 5:26 PM
Been too cold here lately,it's not enjoyable anymore when in the 20's. Now the time of year when I get back to running and spend less time in the saddle, and come April i'll be dying to get back on the bike.
Quit yer complaining :-)Fr Ted Crilly
Jan 12, 2004 6:41 PM
Be glad you're not a cyclist in Fairbanks, Alaska. He gets less than 5 hours with the sun in the sky. And it's pretty cold.