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Nice first ride in the COLD.

 

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The wind was awful yesterday, especially after 4. I'm impressed by anyone who didn't find riding in that difficult. I thought my tire pressure was ridiculously low. It wasn't. I was just moving slower and using more might to do it.

I tried your wind resistant / rainpants over pants and tights technique, Lisa C. It helped, but my legs are still very cold. I don't know anyone else who has this problem but it looks like I'm shelling out for wool leggings. 

My building external gates all froze shut for the past two nights... and stranded me outside! :-( First time that's happened to me in years.. 

My take on winter riding: http://www.bikecommuters.com/2013/02/01/winter-riding-suicidal-just...

Plus - I completely concur with this article: http://grist.org/news/cyclists-are-the-happiest-of-us-all/

Don't take all of them off!  Try just one less--probably one less of the regular socks.  

 

Holly, I am sorry.  Today I wore two mid-weight base layers with lined wool pants over them.  No wind-resistant pants.  Tops of thighs were chilly, but not uncomfortably cold.  You might just need more layers than others.
 
Diego Rael said:

Possibly too many layers of socks but I would hate to think if I only wore one pair this morning. I think its the shoes. They say waterproof on them, a pair of New Balance they are but they have no real lining and I got them at the thrift store.

Yup, I tell them I'd rather be pedaling and keeping toasty than freezing while waiting for bus/train.

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

Definitely! I tell people I'd rather bike 30 minutes and generate heat that stand outside waiting for the bus for 15-20 minutes.


Julie Hochstadter said:

totally!  I didn't ride yesterday and wish I had.  It was soooo cold waiting for the bus and walking.

Michelle Stenzel said:

 It's funny how people act like you're at risk for hypothermia riding a bike in cold temperatures. I think it's riskier to stand inert for 15 minutes waiting on an El platform, but you can't convince them of that.

Rode home last night after eight and while it was challenging, I wouldn't call it excruciating.  Definitely the most taxing ride of the winter season, but I didn't have to stop to warm myself, and I made it home only a few minutes later than normal.  The wind was in my face heading north, and steady, but it wasn't howling - just had to go a couple gears down to keep the cranks turning smoothly.  Which brings me to the most important point re-learned last night: wind chill readings are much more important than ambient temperature, since on a bike you're constantly moving in that cold air.  And last night it was well below zero.

So congrats on everyone out there last night.  It's only gonna get warmer and lighter herein.

So the goal of bicycle advocacy is to get people to stop using transit?

Anyways, today felt like the 'coldest' day of the year by far.  I have a stupid balaclava I bought at REI that has a shaped nose and a breathable panel for the mouth-- nice idea but doesn't work worth squat in practice. I had to pull out of the street and onto the sidewalk because I couldn't see at one point (glasses fogged up.)

Drivers all took an extra stoopid pill this morning.....

Well it does not sound as convincing to say " I would rather be pedalling and staying warm than sitting in my nice cozy heated car".  :D
 
h' 1.0 said:

So the goal of bicycle advocacy is to get people to stop using transit?


 

Doesn't add up for me. 

When it's this cold and you need to wait for a bus, why not use Bus Tracker and delay going to the bus stop until just before the bus is due?  Sometimes transit is the best solution on a particular day, and tools like Bus Tracker make it better.

h' 1.0 said:

So the goal of bicycle advocacy is to get people to stop using transit?

You guys are troopers.

I can do it in this cold WITH the wind but even then the constant sniffing and my feet and hands. 

My cut off is usually 10-15 degrees any colder and I can't breathe.

I did this earlier today, but then when I went to transfer to another bus, the wait was 24 minutes.  During rush hour.

I don't ride the CTA often, but when I do, I feel like I'm a magnet for what I call a "ghost bus".  Trackers tell me it's 3-4 minutes away, but it never shows up.

Anne Alt 2-10 said:


When it's this cold and you need to wait for a bus, why not use Bus Tracker and delay going to the bus stop until just before the bus is due?  Sometimes transit is the best solution on a particular day, and tools like Bus Tracker make it better.

Agreed.  And if you are riding into the wind, your personal wind chill can be far lower than the reported value.

Paul Michael Ignacio said:

Which brings me to the most important point re-learned last night: wind chill readings are much more important than ambient temperature, since on a bike you're constantly moving in that cold air.  And last night it was well below zero.

I was sweating when I got to work... but I had a hard time breathing through my nose. I keep my mouth and nose covered to breathe in the warmer air. 

But I think my goggles constrict my nasal passages and I end up mouth breathing ==> fogged glasses. I also hate exposing my nose to breathe the cold air (below 20-deg).

Beyond that - I was toasty warm and happy as a clam.



Mike Zumwalt said:

You guys are troopers.

I can do it in this cold WITH the wind but even then the constant sniffing and my feet and hands. 

My cut off is usually 10-15 degrees any colder and I can't breathe.

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