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Traffic 'round these parts dropped off pretty dramatically a few weeks ago... hard to tell from the "I rode today" thread who's still riding, as one would have to conclude that Gene is the only one out there most days by reading it....

Who's sticking it out and plans to continue to ride pretty much every day regardless of weather?

(Was winter 2013;   2014 starts on p. 36;   2015 starts on p. 61)

 

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Yeah, riding in was fun. Not exactly looking forward to the ride home today...

Lisa Curcio 4.1mi said:

I decided I did not want to ride into 30 mph winds gusting over 40 on the way home, so I took the subway.  Saw several people riding on Milwaukee, though.

Hey Chitown_Mike,

These are what I wear:

http://www.artscyclery.com/Endura_Mens_Hummvee_Lite_Shorts/descpage...

They are light weight nylon with a padded and removable chamois. Nothing major. Much like you, my legs don't get cold too easily. I actually wore a light base layer tight this morning and they were overkill. Way too warm.

Chitown_Mike said:

Chris, are you wearing gym shorts or something of more substance?  I usually just wear some neoprene tights on the cold days, haven't had need for anything more yet but curious to know what others do since my legs don't get cold easy, and don't bother me as much when they do.

Chris LaFrombois (8.5 mi - o.w.) said:

Shorts are still where it's at! I ride shorts down to 34 degrees and then it's just a base layer tights under shorts down to about 5-10 degrees. Anything below 5 degrees then I put on the top-layer windbreak pants.

What could be more fun that 30+ mph wind with mixed rain and snow?
 
David Altenburg said:

Yeah, riding in was fun. Not exactly looking forward to the ride home today...

Lisa Curcio 4.1mi said:

I decided I did not want to ride into 30 mph winds gusting over 40 on the way home, so I took the subway.  Saw several people riding on Milwaukee, though.

Hmm, you might want to find some lenses for those glasses. Do you think the hat is big enough for wind to catch it and lift you up in the air?
 
Nançois 8.5 said:

I wore the gloves. I braved the snow. I blasted into the wind.

And all so Rob and I can wear our Devo costumes at Critical Mass tonight!

I rode to mostly enjoy my last pre-sunset evening commute until the spring. I'm not looking forward to our nonsensical tradition of "falling back." (Kind of crazy that no one 100% knows the original reasons for said tradition.) A first ride in the "snow" is an added benefit, though we all really know this is not a "real" snow ride.

Maybe you know this, but we "fall back" to the "real" time. It's the summer clock setting that is the artificial one.
 
JM 6.5 said:

I rode to mostly enjoy my last pre-sunset evening commute until the spring. I'm not looking forward to our nonsensical tradition of "falling back." (Kind of crazy that no one 100% knows the original reasons for said tradition.) A first ride in the "snow" is an added benefit, though we all really know this is not a "real" snow ride.

I ride 

This is the best possible weather for my Halloween costume.

I rode in my yoshi costume. base layers kept me pretty warm, but that wind... sheesh...

The ride in sucked, head wind the whole way.  But going home will be fun!

As it has been said, as a cyclist the wind is never with you, either you're riding into the wind or having a good day.

Chris, sweet and thanks!  I've been thinking about finding some longer MTB shorts to avoid having to wear a bunch of pants unless it is super cold.

Chris LaFrombois (8.5 mi - o.w.) said:

Hey Chitown_Mike,

These are what I wear:

http://www.artscyclery.com/Endura_Mens_Hummvee_Lite_Shorts/descpage...

They are light weight nylon with a padded and removable chamois. Nothing major. Much like you, my legs don't get cold too easily. I actually wore a light base layer tight this morning and they were overkill. Way too warm.

Chitown_Mike said:

Chris, are you wearing gym shorts or something of more substance?  I usually just wear some neoprene tights on the cold days, haven't had need for anything more yet but curious to know what others do since my legs don't get cold easy, and don't bother me as much when they do.

Chris LaFrombois (8.5 mi - o.w.) said:

Shorts are still where it's at! I ride shorts down to 34 degrees and then it's just a base layer tights under shorts down to about 5-10 degrees. Anything below 5 degrees then I put on the top-layer windbreak pants.

+1

I just checked the current conditions and they're saying that the winds are coming from the North at 32 mph. I should make it home in record time.

I can't remember the last time I had a tailwind.

Chitown_Mike said:

The ride in sucked, head wind the whole way.  But going home will be fun!

Friday I took the train and the 6 blocks to/ from the train wasn't bad, then the ride home as they won't let bikes (as if I could even fit) on the "el" so I rode into a headwind for 8 miles with an occasional round of sleet, no gloves, and only a hoodie over my shirts. Ugh!

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