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The rain won't stop us, and the cold won't stop why should the snow?

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What's your winter riding style? 16 Replies

Started by k8. Last reply by JC L. Ep Jan 19, 2010.

Brian Kennedy

Studded Tire Advice 9 Replies

Started by Brian Kennedy. Last reply by Matt M. 18.5KM Mar 8, 2009.

Watch for painted pavement on ice - like green bike lanes and crosswalks! 3 Replies

Started by Jody. Last reply by Hannah Bass Dec 17, 2008.

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Comment by Matt M. 18.5KM on March 8, 2009 at 1:40pm
....I've heard the official term as "Icebikers".... I'm one and I love it.
Comment by J on January 11, 2009 at 9:28pm
Did someone say snow riders?
Comment by niconico on December 27, 2008 at 7:17pm
every day... 745 to 530. word up.
Comment by David Travis on December 23, 2008 at 10:28am
I like the wind chill article. But wind chill numbers are useful for technical reasons. Yesterday was pleasant to ride along the lakefront, but on Sunday with gusts up to 25 knots it was torture, even walking. Part of it was wind strength, but part of it was the much more rapid chilling of exposed skin or body parts not perfectly shielded from wind. Pick a wind chill number below which you prefer not to ride. It helps. In my iceboating life, we have all agreed not to race when it is below 10 degrees. Wind chill is technically not such an important factor as we are always going between 30 and 80 mph - so absolutely no exposed skin, etc. But seldom are cyclists prepared for long exposures to cold, cold wind the way iceboaters are. Wind chill is not an inconvenience as suggested in the article. (The author likely does not make technical weather-related challenges regularly.) The windchill number is a factor (however it is derived) that is useful in making a sensible decision, or in knowing exactly what to wear in your outdoor activities.
Comment by globalguy on December 23, 2008 at 9:52am
Great article on the propaganda of Wind Chill here!
Comment by Martin Hazard on December 22, 2008 at 8:15pm
The Marauders ride went fine. We spent most of the eavening marauding the Billy Goat. We eventualy made our way to Navy Pier, at which point the temp. dropped signifagantly. We retreated to Bobbys to warm up and further fortify ourselvs for the ride home. No body crashed, none were lost, and nothing got burned. Well almost nothing.
Comment by Martin Hazard on December 22, 2008 at 7:43pm
Been pretty cold, wait till we get -30f wind chills! Thankfully I now have the studded tires on. They don't help with the snow, but man what a good workout. Definitely warmer than slicks.
Comment by Jen P on December 22, 2008 at 6:42pm
I did.
Comment by Stacey E on December 22, 2008 at 6:11pm
I didn't ride to work because my gloves aren't really up to snuff--need to get either good liners or lobsters this week. But I'm about to venture the shorter commute from my house to West Town. Re toes, I swear by ziplock freezer bags between the socks and boots.
Comment by cutifly on December 22, 2008 at 5:57pm
Rode from Willow to Touhy 40 min tt Dec 21, west wind going south, no problem. Rock and Roll.

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