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What's the Coldest Temp. You've Ridden In?

Today was about 25 degrees in South Texas when I started my commute, and I figured out that at 70mph the temperature was around 0 degrees (and it sure felt like it)! I don't have any heated gear or bark busters, but what I do have keeps me warm enough to get to work. At those speeds I figure I can only last about 40 minutes without having to stop and warm up based on how I felt when I arrived today. Even though this was my coldest ride yet, some of you could probably laugh at me....
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I ride down to freezing all the time but get a little nervous when there is a chance of ice on the road. Heated jacket liner combined with heated gloves and adventure tour style gear is a godsend in the cold and make riding down to freezing temps actually comfortable.
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IF you count ice-racing... -20F to -30

If you don't, probably around 0F. Thank God and Tourmaster for heated jacket liners!

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For the moment, the coldest I've ever ridden was -11°C (12.2°F) two years ago.

SNCF went on strike (as usual in France... we'd better count the days they work instead of their demonstration days) almost snowing... in Goulag mode. I just did it once.

It was also fun to ride on snow roads with my V last winter near to my home in a place we locally call Le Petit Canada (Small Canada, dot A on the map).

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It's been low 30's her in north Cali as of late
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I will ride down to the mid 30's.
Once it gets to freezing temp or below, to much chance of hitting an icy patch so it stays in the garage.
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It was either 15 or 17 degrees. Once was enough....brrrrrrr.

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Usually will not ride if can help it in anything colder than my fridge (4 degree) but have ridden in 0 degrees.
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Down to 0℃.
Cold is not the problem for me, it's the road conditions. Ice under road tires is not fun at all.
Not a lot of winter maintenance is done around here. Except when they lay gravel on the road to prevent icing. I don't know what's worse.
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40 degrees is as low as I go. It just isn't fun colder then that and why ride if it isn't fun.


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I think it was 16.

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Right around the freezing mark without heated gear or grips....would have been ok on that commute but a water main ruptured and I had to take a really LOOOOOONG way to work....I was about numb when I go there. No more riding in those temps without at least heated gloves.
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Went out in about 34 degrees on memorial day. No heated anything and my finger tips were numb after about 40 minutes going at about 50 mph. Went and bought some cheap gloves from leather-up. They work down to about 35, but get cold if I went more than 30 minutes. This is my first winter with a bike (in 15 years anyway) and I don't think I will put it away.
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short commutes in the teens to single digits.....sometimes it's the chill factor at speed that's the worst....
even on sunny days
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In the bad old days when I was working, I kept track of how many days a year I commuted to work by cycle, usually 220 or more-this was the frozen tundra of Madison, Wisconsin. I had a Kawasaki 175 two-stroke trail bike w/ knobbie tires that started on the second kick no matter how cold it was. IIRC I more than once rode in the minus 30's. It did however take me longer to get dressed for the ride than it did to actually ride to work. Since I've retired, my minimum is plus 60.....

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I once rode to work when it was 23 degrees f.


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36F . Here in CO the differential between daytime and overnight low can be 30F. That keep me from riding when it too cold. However, you can go from 65F to -8 in one week so I can squeeze a short ride every two or three weeks as long as the roads are ice or snow free. Best roads are in the mountains those can stay frosty until May.
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I once rode to work when it was 23 degrees f.
Ditto. Just about to re-new my plates....NOT going to put it away until I have to..

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a commute at -4C.
My suit kept me pretty warm. The most annoying part was my breath freezing up against the visor of the helmet. Rather annoying because you can't even scrape it off while riding.
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