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OK - wow! You people are HARDCORE! :) I'm not planning on going outside until it gets in the 40's!!

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1/23/11 11:45 P

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I searched for the warmest gloves/mitts (in my budget) for the coldest weather. First I had a pair of pearl izumi thick fleece mittens with a wind barrier built in,these were good until under 30 degrees. then I tried pearl izumi lobster mitts but I got cold in them in upper 20 degrees and traded them back in for black diamond mercury mitts which is what I use now. these are warm but in the teens I do get a couple cold finger tips so I'm picking up EMS wind barrier liners tomorrow and plan on getting a couple hand warmers. I use a balaclava and ski goggles for my face and this works great. For my feet if its upper 20's I can use my merrell hiking shoes and colder I wear my big kamik winter boots. I generally ride for 20-35 min or so in this cold, not too long. Very Icy last week so I didnt ride on that but I did get a couple fun snowy rides in last week in before the ice hit. Ice is gone (on the roads around my house) now but it's bitter cold now.

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1/23/11 10:57 P

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When I lived in Northern NY, I wore polypropylene base layers top and bottom with additional layers for warmth and protection from wind. Blue jeans are not good! You need to get the sweat away from your body, especially when it is cold. I have an awesome pair of Marmot fleece pants that have a wind- proof layer on the the front side only. Goretex gloves and a balaclava for my face, ski goggles if necessary. As in any outdoor pursuits, cotton really has no place. When I was doing my winter camping thing( I had a -30 deg. Sleeping bag!), the word was "Cotton Kills"
Also, be sure to drink twice as much water, as the colder air steals moisture from your lungs as you breathe, and can cause dehydration.
I gotta say, living here in Florida, now and again I miss a night ride out into some freshly falling snow up the road from my house and into the woods on my secret trail!

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1/23/11 8:51 A

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I started riding this winter and love it. My biggest challenge was finding the right clothing. Riding in jeans was uncomfortable and cold, but I found a pair of BDU pants that work great. Most days it's trial and error...wrong combo of clothing on subzero days and the ride gets cut short.



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1/19/11 9:01 A

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Thanks DDOORN1

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1/18/11 11:22 P

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Over 200 miles on the trainer since a few days after Christmas, and I am really sick of riding in place. How much plywood do you think it would take me to build a velodrome in my basement?

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Check it out: Written just for you!

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1/18/11 4:42 P

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I have a schwinn Air Dyne that I use indoors its kind of like an eliptical machine and bike combined.I track my cardio on sparks and im not sure how I should list it for the calories burned .It is more movement than a stationary bike but I'm not sure I burn as much as an eliptical machine because Im setting.Any input?

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I am doing most of my Winter riding indoors on my spare bike that's installed on a trainer.
When the roads clear and the temperatures get to 50 or above I will be outside.

Edited by: REBCCA at: 1/15/2011 (15:24)
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1/14/11 1:25 A

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Just be very careful on the ice especially when it is near or on metal. Bad combination. A few years back I was out for a club ride in NYC (we went over the GW bridge out to NJ) and the streets were pretty clean but almost back to my car I slid on an ice covered metal curb protector. Long story short I now have two very expensive teeth (smashed two front teeth had to get implants. Anyway it could have been worse...at least my collarbone wasn't broken...went for a club ride the next day.

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Kudos on your ride! We may actually hit 50 on Sat. and I am sorely tempted but my son & daughter-in-law will be in town from GA for the New Year's holiday...don't want to take time away from being with them...we'll see: hopefully at least a "quickie"? :-)

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12/30/10 6:32 P

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Okay y'all, don't laugh but I did ride today. I live in Carson CA, near Long Beach. Today it was a chilly 50 degrees plus lots of wind. 50 is chilly for us!

I wore a long sleeve light weight turtleneck, my new Showers Pass jacket (wind and water proof), my winter full finger gloves, my capris, wool socks with plastic baggies pulled over my socks, a beanie pulled down over my ears under my helmet.

It was a great ride! I didn't get cold and wasn't overly wet with sweat.

I have a question: have any of you used a water-poof helmet cover? Please share your experiences.



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12/22/10 4:38 P

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i found a pretty good answer to keeping fingers warm. i got a lobster glove (mine is by swix, more of a ski glove) and put a hot hands in the fingers, so four packs in all for riding when temps are in the 20's. works pretty well.



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Bravo to all of you who ride outside in winter. You must have most of the roads to yourself too!

Not a chance I will here in Wyoming, so I ride indoors, but reduce my riding to 2 days a week and cross-train with other sports. Still I miss being outside pedaling! I might have to wait until March for sure as this is a pretty snowy winter.



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12/20/10 11:25 P

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just took a 20 min night ride around my neighborhood after we got a dusting of snow today in southern nh. meant to go once around and check it out, slowly, but after once it was so cool I kept going and was able to speed up. very nice with all the christmas lights up. not icy...yet.

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Hmmm...that's a new one on me!

Here's a link:

madalchemy.com/

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Use Mad Alchemy Embrocation under all of the not cotton layers! Your knees will love you. ;)

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WOW - reading this has made me feel like I need to get that bike out of the garage and get moving. Thanks for the inspiration.

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hot tub or bath after ride to get rid of the chill.

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11/27/10 9:45 P

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I am new to cycling but I went riding the other day. It was in the 40's. I just wore my usual tight on my legs and I felt fine while I was riding. I wore a headband to cover my ears and skiing gloves for my hands. My ears and my hands were fine. My feet were freezing and actually caused me to cut my ride short. I will definitely need some kind of shoe cover. After I got home, I couldn't get warm. Even though I felt fine while I was riding, it was like the cold went right through me. I am not giving up, though!! I just need to try some different clothes. Thanks for the good ideas.

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11/25/10 9:03 A

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Cool Magellan, great info! Yes, what I was wearing on my legs was too much, they were starting to heat up at the end, and it was a short ride...

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i have a balaclava that has a cut out under the nose and some ventalation at the mouth, its made by saucony, it keeps my ears and nose warm in really cold weather, and allows ventalation so my glasses dont fog up. i will usually wear some eye cover to keep my eyes from watering from the cold wind. i have seen people wear ski googles on really cold days.
when its just cold i have shoe covers that help keep my feet warm, but when its icey i dont wear my bike shoes and the thick neoprene covers dont fit over my boots.
i have not had luck in finding a good way to keep my toes warm. i doesnt seem like the warmer packs even help on a longer ride. i usually go 90 mins to 2 hours. i have problems with my fingers too when i gets into the low 30's and upper 20's.
as for legs, my boyfriend wears 2 pairs of tights to keep him warm. or bike shorts, one pair of tights and leg warmers(to cut down on bulk on the seat) if you are not a "tights" kind of guy,maybe were tights under your workout pants or baggy riding pants.
what you wear to your sons hockey games may be too much for riding since you are moving and generating much more heat riding than spectating.
if anyone has a good footwear answer i would love to hear it.



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11/25/10 12:56 A

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I hear ya Don, I'll see myself as it gets colder and snowier, I definitely want to ride some when it's a winter wonderland. My bike has 26" thick wheels, and my rides are on the shorter side. When I do ride, I'll take it slow and it will just be locally around my neighborhood, no slippery busy roads!

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Hats off to you cold weather riders...the more I hear, the more I doubt I'll be doing much of this. My tires are too skinny and if there was any chance of slipping/sliding I wouldn't chance it and I don't want to get salt on my bike.

If I had a 2nd clunker bike I'd be more apt to do more of this.

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11/25/10 12:44 A

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Got back a little while ago from my coldest ride yet, here in southern NH. 20 min cardio ride, 4 laps around my block (3 miles) nightime, 11pm, 32 degrees, bright moon. I wore my winter gear. I was cozy. It was awesome!

Being a new rider, I'm trying out wearing my winter gear I would normally wear outdoors and trying to see if I need to upgrade to anything else on a very limited budget. Most of my stuff is not necessarily "biking clothing", and is probably heavier than ideal. I'm not recommending it, just sharing what I am using right now.

Here's what I wore:

-cotton T shirt-this was a mistake, I meant to wear my moisture wicking shirt, oops!
-fleece jacket (eastern mountain sports).
-nylon wind-breaking outer shell (eastern mountain sports).
-thick fleece mittens with a wind-breaking barrier (pearl izumi) don't think they make these anymore, got them on sale, they are warm but may upgrade to warm waterproof gloves.
-mountain hardwear wind-blocker hat under my helmet, this was warm, a little bulky, but worth wearing, kept my ears toasty, I lost my pearl izumi under helmet hat recently, I plan on getting a pearl izumi balaclava.
-light polyester sport warm-up pants underneath as a base layer, (champion), it's all I have right now, gotta get a moisture wicking base layer or tights.
-under armour sport pants outer, not sure what kind but provide some wind breaking protection. I wear them all the time outdoors, to work, my sons hockey games...I have a champion pair too.
-kamik boots, these are tall and warm. I thought they might be too heavy and bulky, but they weren't so bad. I'll also be trying different footwear like my merril hiking shoes with wool socks.

happy riding!




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I live in Alaska and don't ride as much as I would like outdoors in the winter. I usually ride my mountain bike and it has studded tires. Roads are a riding problems because the cars make them very slick at all the intersections. We have paved bike paths here, and I prefer to ride on those, or on the dirt mountain bike trails.
Lake boots are excellent cold weather boots, and egg beater pedals are a must or your cleats will fill up with snow and you won't be able to cleat in.
I wear the same clothing as I do for Nordic skiing... merino underwear, heavy weight tights, wool jacket or lightly insulated jacket with a shell or wind-proof layer.
I don't like cloth balaclavas because they get wet around the mouth and nose. Riders here wear neoprene face lower face masks for wind and cold protection. Nordic skiers smear Vaseline on their faces... you chose.

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11/14/10 10:51 P

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I live in Southern NH, and I am planning and hoping to ride in the winter. I have a hybrid with 26" thick wheels. Most of my riding will be in my neighborhood doing laps, and on the college campus where I work, and would like to try some off road winter biking. Not busy roads. Short trips probably. I don't commute to work, I bring my bike with me and ride when I get there and park. I have a pair of warm thick fleece mittens that have a wind barrier in between 2 layers of fleece that Ive been wearing on cold dry days I got them on sale but I'm also getting a pair of warm waterproof gloves. I have a base layer, fleece jacket and a nylon outer shell for now. This is just my fleece and shell I wear outdoors all winter. I'm getting a balaclava for my head and face, and I need to do something about my legs yet, looking around at options. For shoes maybe my Merrell hiking shoes with wool socks, maybe winter boots, not sure about my footwear yet, but looking at the different shoe covers. Ive had my bike for close to 3 months and this will be new territory for me. I've enjoyed reading what others do and interested in any more info.

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i live in cleveland ohio and we get a fair amount of snow here. i dont ride on the road here, but i am lucky to have the cleveland metroparks and the bike and hike. i have an old mtb i ride on these paths, i also will ride off road after the ground is frozen as not to damage the trails. occasionally if it is not too bad on the roads we will ride the path to some roads and ride to the lake, but not on icey roads.
every year our mtb advocacy group does a ride on new years day through downtown cleveland. we ride on the road, but the city is pretty quiet that day.
my advice is knobby tires, toasty toes hand warmers, something to cover your face (i have a "buff" and also a kind of face cover with ventalation for my mouth and nose) something to cover your ears, neoprene booties to keep your feet warm, wear them over your shoes. good pair of wind stopper gloves. a blinkie light and headlamp if you think you will be out in the dark. i stay off the roads.



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Here in Britain we get cold,wet winters and where I live we usually get snow in January. Also I live in an area which is low and some local roads flood every winter. But this does not stop me from cycling, and there are many people here who continue to cycle throughout the winter.
It does need extra care and you should not use a bike with skinny tyres. I have a winter road bike which has lower gears, mudguards(fenders) and is usually fitted with 28 or 32mm cyclo cross tyres, but you could use a wide tyred mountain bike or cyclo cross bike instead.
I also give my bike a good service before winter.

For clothing I have proper winter cycling clothing - a base layer(for when it's very cold), winter jerseys, thermal jackets, bib tights, overshoes, gloves etc., and I usually stay warm.

I've ridden throughout the winter since I was very young, so I guess I'm used to it.

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I'm sorry but living in CT. I would never ride in the Winter months...
Regardless if the roads are dry we have a lot of sand and salt that stays on the roads, especially the sides of the streets as after awhile anything put down ends up on the side.
Way to sandy to ride on.. Also pockets of ice on the back roads again on the sides of the streets where the sun doesn't hit it..
Would be a lot of last minute swerving and a good chance you would be swerving into the lane of a car coming up behind you.
It's okay until we get that first snow or freezing sleet and rain, after that the roads aren't worth riding on.
We already had some snow and sleet and freezing rain last week, it took 3 days just for the roads to dry out, even though they weren't slippery they were wet.
To me it just isn't worth the hazards associated with Winter here in CT. I have my trainer inside now until late March or April.
Good luck and ride extra safe.



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bikewinter.org/node/20

As some have been blogging about cycling in the winter up north I've done a bit of searching and turned up this resource.

The more I read, the more squeamish I get, however, from a safety point of view. I think I'm going to tackle SOME cycling in the winter, but only on dry roads!

For those who have already been cycling in the winter, care to share any tips (clothing, changes in cycling habits, etc.) with the uninitiated such as myself...?

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