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Old 11-21-2008, 08:40 AM   #1
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Keeping warm duing cooler trackdays?

I've only done a few track days and I've never been in temps less than 80 degrees. The high is going to be a little over 60 on Saturday at TWS (Texas World Speedway). So once up to speed it's going to feel like 50 something or colder.

What do you differently to prepare for a colder track day, anything? What kind of considerations do you make a concerning your bike and what kind of cold weather gear do you bring if any? How do you stay warm while riding and in between sessions? Do you bring anything to keep your helmet visor from fogging at colder temps (around 45ish) in the morning (at 9)?
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I am guessing the same as a cold day on the street. Gear up and keep yourself warm.
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sup eric!

i was wondering the same things. I'm also kinda curious about tire grip as well, especially in the morning. The track is never really gonna warm up if it stays in the 50's all day.

but yeah, i'm probably gonna wear a ski mask or at least one of those turtle neck top things that just goes up over your mouth.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
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Pansies! Eric, a real man would go commando if it's gonna be in the 60s. Just ask Rojer!
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Wear a rain coat... I think Cycle gear sells one for over the leathers. Also wear latex gloves under your riding gloves. It is still cold but it helps.
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i'll read when i get back into the paddocks scotty...
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yeah right, calvin and hobbes might keep you warm, but the newspaper makes me feel cold and empty.
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yeah right, calvin and hobbes might keep you warm, but the newspaper makes me feel cold and empty.



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Just keep in mind, that it is very important to strect out. You will risk more cramps and severe injury (in case of a get off) by not stretching. Your muscles are not near as limber in the cold.

I wear a half face ski mask, which also helps to keep the neck and ears warm. Another great defense is to wear a windproof liner underneath your leathers. The secret to cold weather rider is to block the wind. A Joe Rocket liner or equivelant is the trick. They are thin, and allow freedom of movement.

Once you are under way, you'll find that the blood will flow petty easy and your body movement will help to keep you warm. It's teh bench racing between sessions that cool you down. Stretch before each session, and you'll be fine.

Just remember, 60+/- degrees is not cold, it's optimal weather, and our ram air systems really love the cooler air, so be ready for better performance from your stead
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dudes....55 or 60 is not cold. throw on a pair of UA (I prefer cheap wal-mart stuff, it does the trick at a fraction of the price) type long sleeved shirt and pants and a pair of long 'dry-fit' or wool socks and you'll be golden. Make sure to hang your panties up to dry before leaving for the track. Ha Ha!
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my last time at TWS (Texas World Speedway) it was 56 in the morning...probably 60-62 for first session. I came in after the first session sweaty as , same as always.
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throw on a pair of UA (I prefer cheap wal-mart stuff, it does the trick at a fraction of the price) type long sleeved shirt and pants
werd. the walmart works great at a 5th of the cost of real underarmour. happen to know if walmart is carrying the long sleeve and pants ones yet. i looked a few months back and they said the only carry them in the winter season.
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Just keep in mind, that it is very important to strect out. You will risk more cramps and severe injury (in case of a get off) by not stretching. Your muscles are not near as limber in the cold.

I wear a half face ski mask, which also helps to keep the neck and ears warm. Another great defense is to wear a windproof liner underneath your leathers. The secret to cold weather rider is to block the wind. A Joe Rocket liner or equivelant is the trick. They are thin, and allow freedom of movement.

Once you are under way, you'll find that the blood will flow petty easy and your body movement will help to keep you warm. It's teh bench racing between sessions that cool you down. Stretch before each session, and you'll be fine.

Just remember, 60+/- degrees is not cold, it's optimal weather, and our ram air systems really love the cooler air, so be ready for better performance from your stead
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dudes....55 or 60 is not cold. throw on a pair of UA (I prefer cheap wal-mart stuff, it does the trick at a fraction of the price) type long sleeved shirt and pants and a pair of long 'dry-fit' or wool socks and you'll be golden. Make sure to hang your panties up to dry before leaving for the track. Ha Ha!
Thanks for all the advice, I'll probably pick up a box of gloves at school (at Med Center on Fannin). I have most of the other stuff already. Hopefully I will see most of you out there
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werd. the walmart works great at a 5th of the cost of real underarmour. happen to know if walmart is carrying the long sleeve and pants ones yet. i looked a few months back and they said the only carry them in the winter season.
not sure, but one would think so. It is late Novemeber...hasn't winter started?
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