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Old 12-16-2008, 01:50 AM   #1
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how cold is too cold?

I know everyone has a different tolerance level for cold riding...where is yours?

So far I dont know what mine is, but i have ridden at 33 degrees and my hands were pretty bad. Of course I was wearing unlined track gloves.

If I am going to ride in weather this cold i go with a balaclava, a textile jacket with vents closed and full length quilted liner in, a fleece pullover, long sleeve shirt, polypopylene gloves under my A* gloves, then spandex pants under my riding pants, plus boots. This works ok for me so far. But I also don't think i will be riding for longer than an an hour and a half in these conditions...
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:17 AM   #2
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how cold is too cold? When I step outside and I am shivering then it's too cold for me.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:17 AM   #3
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ive ridden in pretty cold weather but if its pooring rain and cold i just wont ride i dont mind riding in the cold
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:35 AM   #4
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i rode today.
Cold . . Cold . . Cold. Good drive.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:22 AM   #5
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But around 40 ish, but that will soon go down to 30ish because I ordered a leather jacket and am about to buy some new gloves!
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:41 AM   #6
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To me, riding is a hobby. It's alot of fun and I would rather ride than drive 80% of the time. But once it gets too cold and I have to pile on a bunch of layers just to be comfortable, then it's no longer fun, it's just a chore.

I'll choose to ride down to about 45-50 degress, no less.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:26 AM   #7
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lowest temps i've ridden in is back in 04 (?) when it snowed. The bike was my only form of transportation and riding to work that morning the bank thermometers were reading 25*F. Windchill must have been in the low teens at best. I swear it took me 3 days to stop shivering. That was my limit.

I'll ride around in near freezing temps though as long as there's no moisture in the air. Cold Tires + Cold Brain + Numb Fingers + Ice = Fail.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:47 AM   #8
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man once you start riding in the cold youll never be ableto stand the heat again, my body never got used to the heat after last year riding all the time, i even use the ac in the cold now cant stand the dry heat in car heaters
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:54 AM   #9
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i ride only when its like 79 degrees
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:56 AM   #10
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I've ridden in 20 before, but I usually draw the line at 38 or so. Lately, it's been closer to 50. It's the gearing up that discourages me. I have to take it all off (dont get too excited, people!) when I get to work, then haul it all home in the afternoon when it has warmed up.
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under 48 = no ride
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:23 AM   #12
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Yesterday was the coldest for me, and it wasn't that bad. I dress for it, but I got sick of ppl at work telling me im going to freeze. I was born in Wisconsin, im used to it. My bike is the only ride I got, so I have to man up
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:39 AM   #13
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I would say under 45 is pretty cold, that's my limit
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:57 AM   #14
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About 40 or so is my limit. I have driven in colder but its no fun when you have to bundle up.
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I ride my bike almost daily, although I drive my truck mainly for work. But ride bike in all temps to try to figure out what I need to wear whenever I weather changes. I think that I have figured it out and have my list of what is needed at all temps. I rode on that snowy day last week and that is my limit. I had long spandex, themals and heavy jeans and legs were warm. I had thermal top, long sleeve fleece, turtle neck sweater, then jacket with liner and my torso was nice and warm. Gloves with liner and hands were bearable. Balaclava to top it off. So I know how to handle it down to 32F with no problems.
Nothing bulky at all since where ever you go will be freezing anyway, so the layers that you peel back will be minimum. Mostly just jacket. One thing that I figured out is that if temps are below 55, them must wear 2 long sleeves otherwise not needed.
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hmm Last thursday when i went to my side job it was in the 60s but at 10pm 34ish.i had prepped for cold, but my gloves just didn't cut it.

Anyone have ideas for cold weather gloves? Note: i have A* leather (too well vented), and had those goofy liner inserts that didn't help at all.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #17
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i rode one of the nights when it was mid 30's. wasn't too bad, kept my core warm but hands and feet were numb. need warmer (see non vented gloves) and some warmer shoes. one thing i won't ride in is the rain, no matter what temp it is.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:24 AM   #18
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man once you start riding in the cold youll never be ableto stand the heat again, my body never got used to the heat after last year riding all the time, i even use the ac in the cold now cant stand the dry heat in car heaters
i hate car heater heat anyway. I don't really mind temperature extreme, I lived in Chicago where the winters get down to well below zero, and the summer hits 100 often. What gets me is dry air, I MUCH prefer 75% or higher humidity.



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hmm Last thursday when i went to my side job it was in the 60s but at 10pm 34ish.i had prepped for cold, but my gloves just didn't cut it.

Anyone have ideas for cold weather gloves? Note: i have A* leather (too well vented), and had those goofy liner inserts that didn't help at all.
I did ok with A* SP@ gloves and polypropylene glove liners.
Like these http://www.militaryclothing.com/IBS/...id/531737.html except i got 3 pairs on ebay for 7.99 plus shipping. Its still not going to cut it on longer rides, but at that point you need dedicated touring type winter gloves. I have a pair of La Trek gloves that are supposed to be pretty warm...but they are ugly so I hate wearing them lol plus they dont have armored knuckles just thicker pads.


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i rode one of the nights when it was mid 30's. wasn't too bad, kept my core warm but hands and feet were numb. need warmer (see non vented gloves) and some warmer shoes. one thing i won't ride in is the rain, no matter what temp it is.
might try thicker socks, maybe something for cold weather before buying insulated boots.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:54 AM   #19
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I’m ok into the 20’s and I’m not tough.
Good fairings, tall shield and Gerbings heated jacket liner and gloves.
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