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Old 01-08-2010, 09:01 AM   #101
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My next door neighbor Daniel has a 2009 Aprilla Daytona, which is his only mode of transportation to the way southside, and we live in NW Harris County. Every day, when i get home we have a nice little chat and then if the weather is good, I go for a spin on the VFR. This morning, I brought him our one large to go canteen of coffee, and as he was zipping up his gear, said "**** mate, I got to get a car if it's going to stay this cold."

Everyday, he is riding 75 miles one way. I often and envious of this because, I just don't have the or the gear to ride in weather below 40 degrees, even with a sock on it.

So I took my daughter to school and went to work in the Charger, all nice and warmish. Call me crazy but its nuts cold. So I bow to anyone else whom either rode in or had to ride in today.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:13 AM   #102
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So, I promised pics:
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Trip counter at start

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Sky at start

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Trip counter at work.

Stay warm people. I have friends with frostbite and you don't want it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:15 AM   #103
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HAHA! Oh no does this mean I need to go take pics to prove I rode too?
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:15 AM   #104
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i drove in and im perfectly happy with that.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:18 AM   #105
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HAHA! Oh no does this mean I need to go take pics to prove I rode too?
Naw. I had just said that I would earlier.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:27 AM   #106
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I'm going grocery shopping after work so I don't have to this weekend... I might as well put the cage to use...

I just couldn't do it this morning. My bike is naked and I stay warm with the
gear I have but my finder tips hurt too much. Above 35* I can make it to work (30 miles) with out stoping but bellow that I have to pull over half way and warm them up on the motor.

You ever notice it is never too hot to ride...

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:09 AM   #107
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It got down to 23 last night up here, and the pool freeze protection ran off and on all night. There is ice (and icecycles) on all of the rocks and the pets water bowls are frozen solid. Even the rabbit's water dispenser is a solid ice cube.

It is cold out there. My hat is off to those that still feel compelled to ride.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:19 AM   #108
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I spent two years in Dallas with a bike as my only transportation. Now I'm old and don't have to do that anymore. Below 50 and I'm in the truck.

Hats off to those of you that ride in this cold.

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Just remember to bundle up and try to stay as warm as possible. Not only is hypothermia waiting for you, but the more you're thinking about how cold it is, the less you're thinking about the car that's about to pull in front of you.

Nothing wrong with riding in the cold, just be aware that the risks are higher and make adjustments for it.

Be safe out there.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:01 PM   #110
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i drove, but my car has no heat

i havent ridden in about a month...
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Nothing wrong with riding in the cold, just be aware that the risks are higher and make adjustments for it.

The most intellegent comment yet...

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rode yesterday at about 3:30 till 5 with some guys, it was cold! got the bike out of the "garage" this morning and ran to the store at about 8 because the damm car wouldnt start... its cold outside! i pity anyone who has to commute more than like 5 mins in this .
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My dry limit is about 35*F.... below that I'd need some electric gloves I guess.....

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Nice thing is that most of next week the temps will return back to the 60's.
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I just wish I had winter heated gloves don't know if those exist or not but puting examination gloves beneath your riding gloves doesnt do . I still cant feel my fingers. At stop lights I have put my hands near the headers to warm them up. I hate the cold and it my only ride o well....
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I just wish I had winter heated gloves don't know if those exist or not but puting examination gloves beneath your riding gloves doesnt do . I still cant feel my fingers. At stop lights I have put my hands near the headers to warm them up. I hate the cold and it my only ride o well....
Please be careful. General chilling of fingers will progress: "d@mn this is cold", "Ow this hurts", "Huh, I don't feel anything anymore". The latter is bad. Below 32 degrees fingers can freeze and ice crystals' sharp edges cause massive lacerations to the cells. Then when you warm them up something called "reperfusion ischemia" (read bad). This is also known as frostbite and can vary in repercussions from weather precognition ("ow, a cold front must be coming") to loss of fingers.

There are heated gloves, but if you don't have money right now take a hand towel/shop cloth/paper towel and duck tape it around the fingers of your gloves (loosely) to block the wind and provide a little insulation (did this last year in the snow). Examination gloves only stop the evaporation of sweat, but offer little to no insulation. Keys to staying warm is block wind and provide an airspace between the wind blocking material and your body.
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In the 35 - 40 range I do the thin skiing glove, latex glove, winter riding glove.
the latex glove acts as a wind break and keeps warm air in the ski glove trapped at the skin level. At 80 in 30ish* air temp the wind chill cuts all the way through though...

I want to try some of those 9v heated hunting gloves under my winter riding
gloves but can't find any local.

I want to see how thick they are before buying...
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I am confounded by all the problems you guys are having with your hands and fingers.

I bought some 30 dollar MotoBoss winter riding gloves from CycleGear on I45 a month ago and use them when it gets this cold...my hands freaking sweat in them. Not cold in the least bit. I don't wear anything underneath them either. Maybe your gloves just really suck?
looking at the pics of those online they look just like my snowboarding gloves, which i hate wearing because they offer very little protection and are really fat, i cant move my fingers much to hit blinkers, reach out for clutch, etc.. so i try not to wear them.
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