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19 degrees and crud falling from the sky; the perfect day for a perfect ride.(28 posts)

19 degrees and crud falling from the sky; the perfect day for a perfect ride.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 6:41 AM
The perfect ride is different every time. Miss M likes to ride all day long, from sunup to sunset is just barely enough for her. I like to see interesting and different things, weather and places. Saturday turned out to be perfect for both of us.

We woke up early to check the weather forecast. Saturday was looking bad; Sunday was going to be worse. When we left the house it was dark, gloomy, cold and frozen stuff was coming out of the sky.

Miss M heading south along the Mount Vernon Trail with the frozen Potomac, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in the background.
Breakfast.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 6:44 AM
After a cold hour cruising around the monuments we headed into Georgetown for something to eat and to warm up a bit.

Not much traffic this early on a nasty Saturday morning.
Nasty for cycling, not too bad for other things.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 6:50 AM
It has been cold enough long enough for the ice on the C&O Canal to be thick enough to skate on. Looks like fun.
Now this is one way to get warm on a cold day.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 6:53 AM
For some reason my hands just wouldn't warm up. Since we have pretty much visited every public bathroom within 100 miles of DC we know the ones to use in the winter. After a few minutes of this my hands were fine for the rest of the day.
Nice glovescmgauch
Jan 26, 2004 7:06 AM
I love my Marmots. This past weekend we were skiing in -5 & my hands were just fine.

Glad you guys made it out, thanks for the report.
That was just the middle pair.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:37 AM
I started with glove liners then the Marmots. I wore some lamb skin wind blocking gloves on top with heat packs between the last layers.
This is another way.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 6:57 AM
In the winter we normally carry extra pieces of clothing-just in case. Miss M had put them all on by mile 20 and was also fine for the rest of the day.

We did do some rearranging of clothes at lunch but we didn't take any clothes off during the whole days ride.
One (of many) nice thing about riding in cold weather.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:01 AM
The trails were empty and the views were great.

Miss M along the Potomac River south of DC.
You know, you guys are just nuckin' futs!KG 361
Jan 26, 2004 7:04 AM
Nice pics. I did a short ride this week and I really admire you two; it's just too much aggrevation for me to get out when the weather is really nasty.
No, Sundays ride was nuts. Saturday was almost fun. nmMB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:31 AM
I rode on Sunday, but I am sure that you did much more . . .ms
Jan 26, 2004 8:42 AM
I did two loops around home -- 15 miles and 10 miles. The temperature was 22 when I started and 18 when I finished. Although the wet stuff was not falling during my ride, there was no sun, ice patches and the snow plows were waiting on the side of the road during my final leg home (around 4:30 p.m.). You and Miss M never fail to make me seem like a slacker, even when I ride on days when no one else is out on the roads. So, did you make your usual century yesterday? Or, maybe just a metric one? You are an inspiration even if I never will be in your league.
105 miles Saturday, 30 miles riding Sunday+10 miles hiking. nmMB1
Jan 26, 2004 8:46 AM
Weird stuff from the sky.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:04 AM
For about the first 5 hours or so frozen stuff kept falling from the sky. Sometimes the junk from the sky was just barely noticeable. Sometimes it was a bit worrisome.

This seemed to be snow dust that the breezes would push around the road.

I never saw stuff like this while I was growing up in Hawaii.
More crud.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:08 AM
This stuff stuck to the ground and was a bit slippery. I enjoyed doing a few rear wheel drifts-Miss M was a little more careful.
Now this is more like it!MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:13 AM
After about 70 miles we hit town, it was after 3 in the afternoon and the finally sun broke through. The crud stopped falling from the sky and it probably warmed up to the mid-20s. Life is good!

Miss M about to cross the Memorial Bridge with the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument shining in the afternoon sun. Except for the chill it didn't even look like the same day.

Life is good!
City riding.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:16 AM
We cut through some of the neighborhoods on our way to Rock Creek and Bethesda. It is nice riding in the city when the sun is out and the traffic is low.
Miss M gets her just deserts.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:21 AM
Miss M wanted to ride all day so we did. We finished just as the sun was setting and it was starting got get really cold.

Riding through Bethesda on our way to the Capital Crescent Trail and home.
Nice report......CARBON110
Jan 26, 2004 7:31 AM
I wish my roads were that clear! Or that warm! Its been below 0 here since fora little tooooo loooong. Time for me to take that trip south again jeeez
Jacket Recommendations MB1 ?PatM
Jan 26, 2004 7:28 AM
Hey MB1 - First of all you guys are crazy - but you both would seem to be one of the best resources for winter clothing, I am looking for a good jacket for temps in the 20-30's dry weather(New England). Searching back through posts someone said you have a burley rapid rider - is that still your jacket of choice ? If not what do you recommend ? Always enjoy your posts, Thanks - Pat
Lots of layers.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:58 AM
Miss M just layers several jackets and vests. I was wearing a Louis Garneau jacket with liner and pit zipps over lots of other tops.

I still like my Burley jacket but not for temps in the teens and 20s.
Lots of layers.PatM
Jan 26, 2004 8:31 AM
Thanks, do you remember the model and where you got the Louis Garneau ?
I wish I had the intestinal fortitude to ride in that kind of weather !
Jacket Recommendations MB1 ?ChuckUni
Jan 26, 2004 7:33 PM
As for jacket recommendations, I have the Monitor Jacket made by a small company in CO called Cold Lizard. www.coldlizard.com Polar Fleece, awesome...wore it on my ride to work a few days ago when it was dry 12degs. Used the tokay zip top from the same company as a base layer, and a medium weight cotton shirt a middle layer. Would have been much more comfortable without the cotton (duh!).

Anyhow, they make pretty much everything in house and are open to custom size requirements. They made my jacket with longer arms for my lanky skinny self..no extra charge.

They also make the www.icebike.com tights that Miss M is wearing in those pics, which I ride as well. They were fine by themselves, although over top of riding shorts, at 12degs.

And no I don't work for them, nor was I paid to say this. There aren't many companies that make stuff here in the US and are also open to custom orders...I thought I'd pass it along.

www.icebike.com also has some good tips for cold weather riding! They're how I found Cold Lizard.

-Chuck
Thanks !PatM
Jan 27, 2004 4:15 AM
I was looking at various sites yesterday and at this point in the season its tough to find things in most sizes(most are smalls). Not sure I want to go out in 12 degree weather but its good to know. Thanks again
- Pat
I just get desert.MB1
Jan 26, 2004 7:29 AM
In addition to riding so well Miss M is a great cook and seems to enjoy making me fantastic meals.

After a long cold ride what more can a guy ask for?
How symbolic....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 26, 2004 7:51 AM
...leave it to you to serve up our just deserts.I was looking forward to riding this weekend.The weather wasn't great but it wasn't as bad as some other days I rode.I wimped out for some reason and rode the trainer both days instead.I wasn't feeling good about wasteing the opportunities.Now seeing your report I will definitely ride this weekend.Thanks for the report and the kick in the can.:-)
51 degrees and crud rattling in my lungs...The Walrus
Jan 26, 2004 12:49 PM
...I think I'm having a relapse just thinking about that weather. The Santa Ana winds have finally stopped, it seems to be nearly cloudless and dammit! the only riding I'll be doing for days will be vicarious. A lotta good that flu shot did.... At least your timely report will motivate me to climb back on the saddle when this is over. Great job, as usual!

...and speaking of just "desserts"--100 miles in subfreezing temps, and the man has
i ice cream
for the post-prandial course. Dang! That's hardcore!
Trust me, I had a nice warm shower and a hot dinner first. nmMB1
Jan 26, 2004 1:22 PM
Your cold weather reports bring a warm smile to my mug! (nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 26, 2004 5:49 PM