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2/21/11 5:22 P

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KJNE8O - I've ridden in temps as low as 23 and for the most part I've been comfortable as long as I don't ride longer than an hour. Anything after that and my toes go numb even with the shoe covers. And the balaclava keeps my ears toasty. Now if all this slush, snow and ice would go away I could get out on the road again.

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2/20/11 7:37 A

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Hey, Kris. You're welcome. And I know exactly what you mean, especially when it's this kind of weather we're having now. It starts out cool, so you've layered and, as you ride, you get warmer, warmer, warmer and pretty soon, at 60-65*, you're sweating and you COULD pull off and leave a layer at the vehicle but you're spinning SO WELL!!

Too bad you're so far away. I really would enjoy finding a like-minded, cycling partner who'd rather spin or mash than yammer all the way. I prefer to save the gabbing for after the ride. (^_^)

Ride safe!

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2/19/11 11:05 P

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Scott - I'm on the other side of town - Pataskala/Gahanna/New Albany, altho I know a few cyclists from Hilliard. One couple rides with Team Polka Dot and the other person rides with Central Ohio Primary Care on their Peloton and I train with them sometimes.

So cool to meet a neighbor!

Stinky - thanks for the recommendation... those are the covers I was looking at and I like the idea of doubling up. I do have the warmers and I can try those next time. You know how sometimes you just don't want to stop and make yourself more comfortable??? You push thinking you can make it?? Yeah, that's me! LOL

It wasn't bad today - everything was fine/warm except for those toes!!

Kris

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2/19/11 10:33 P

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i also saw your quotes on your page. This is one i like a lot...

It's amazing how we often can exert some control over an otherwise chaotic life, one pedal stroke at a time. Lu Mazzante

It's amazing how how we often can exert some control over an otherwise chaotic life one pedal stroke at a time. - Lou Mazzante

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead, it will make you strong. Jimmy Buffet

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2/19/11 10:29 P

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Hey Kris! I'm a teacher in Hilliard and had yesterday off. Lots of people out riding. Everyone i saw was smiling, just to be out on the bike was great. At least we've got the ice and snow gone for the moment. Just a thought of spring coming... Where do you generally ride?

It's amazing how how we often can exert some control over an otherwise chaotic life one pedal stroke at a time. - Lou Mazzante

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead, it will make you strong. Jimmy Buffet

Gotta kick at darkness until it bleeds light,. Bruce Cockburn
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2/19/11 9:39 P

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I use these, and they work great: www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=e
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This combination works quite well. Just remember to keep your turn-around points the most insulated - hands, feet, head. That'll make the biggest difference for you.

My cut-off to reconsider riding is about 45*F. Anything colder and I'm thinking, "Maybe not." Here is a nice little down-and-dirty windchill chart that I use to keep a good idea of what I'm in for when it's cooler: www.novalynx.com/reference-wind-chil
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I hope this helps!

Ride safe...

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2/19/11 7:08 P

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Hey Scott! I'm in Columbus OH-IO too!!! So you know what it was like today :) I would have loved to have been out during the week when it hit the 50's & 60's but had to work instead.

Barron - sucks about the snow, but we had a late "January" thaw and I took advantage of it! It's gonna get back to the high 20's/low 30's again next week. However, if it's in the 40's and not raining on the weekends I plan to try and ride.

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2/19/11 6:55 P

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I went out yesterday and today. Temp. got up to 42 in Columbus, OH-IO. But the wind was gusting to 20 and so that made it darn cold into the wind. I have never found ANYTHING that really keeps your feet warm after about 40 minutes. One thought i've been told but have not tried yet. Get those warm hands packs that you activate and they stay very warm. A couple buddies put those into between two layers of socks and say that gives them some more time staying warm. Another suggestion that i don't know why i haven't taken... move to somewhere warm all year! :)

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2/19/11 6:43 P

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Wow, we are still in the 30's and getting a big storm tomorrow. We still have 2 to 3 feet of snow and it's icy and not safe.

Nice!!

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2/19/11 5:12 P

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Wow, I am impressed, you are tougher than I am. I can't remember the last time I biked without my Shimano clip in sandals sans socks. I guess it was the time I was biking in April and I had to pick plastic bags out of the ditch to cover my hands cuz I was freezing to death. Can't wait to hear about some better options than plastic grocery bags!

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Just went for a ride and today the weather is 43 with winds at 11 mph, gusts of 16 mph or so. Ride started out fine, my feet were fine with regular cycling socks and shoe covers I got from Hammer. On the return we hit the head wind and my toes started to go numb. I'm thinking that even if I had worn my Smart Wool socks and the shoe covers I still would have had very, very cold feet. I'm thinking I need better shoe covers so I'm looking for recommendations. I expect to be cycling in temps in the 40's for the next couple of months - so I'm willing to invest to be comfortable.

Thanks in Advance!

Kris

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