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Coldest ride yet

It was 25 degrees F according to my phone at 0630 when I woke up this morning. Didn't bother checking the temperature when I left at 0830 figuring cold was cold! Other than discovering I needed better gloves I felt great. I had layered up put a neck gator and Under Armour full face mask on under my helmet and offf I went. I didn't see another bike until 2pm It is amazing how warm the sun feels when it is freezing outside!! What a great day today as it was also my first ride of 2012 and first ride in about a month!!
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yup...rode this morning at 18 degrees outside

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20 degrees this morning at 5:15 when I left for work. Warmed up to 48 degrees by this afternoon. My gloves failed to keep me warm as well.
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13 I think when I left and yesterday we had some snow. Heated grips, gloves and jacket liner.........I ride everyday and never have cold hands;-)

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Other than discovering I needed better gloves I felt great.
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My gloves failed to keep me warm as well.
Even though it was practically HOT (85 degrees) here today when I rode home from work (seriously! ), I live in the mountains and when I leave in the mornings it is often in the low 20's this time of year. Like you, my hands used to be the main "trouble spot." This year, I picked up a set of thermal glove liners and it has made a world of difference. They are ultra thin (almost silk like) and I barely notice them under my basic, mildly insulated leather gauntlet gloves--other than my hands are now toasty warm.. Mine are made by Seirus and I got them off eBay for around $10. If you search eBay for "thermal glove liners" you should find multiple options. Also, cyclegear.com carries some made by Freeze Out that "completely eliminates convective heat loss from wind-chill."


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13 I think when I left and yesterday we had some snow. Heated grips, gloves and jacket liner.........I ride everyday and never have cold hands;-)

One word: HARDCORE!!!

I can understand some light snow on a trail, but ice/black ice isn't a concern in those conditions? It looks like there might be some shiny bits on that road....

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19 yesterday morning and 32 this morning....today was like a field day compared to yesterday's ride. Sure can't feel that heat off the right side in the winter!

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Yeah I have been riding everyday. Yesterday was 14 on the way to work. Last week it snowed a little when I was at work. Had to brush snow off my windshield and headlight, and scrape ice off the seat before I left.


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One word: HARDCORE!!!

I can understand some light snow on a trail, but ice/black ice isn't a concern in those conditions? It looks like there might be some shiny bits on that road....
Black ice just means you slide a little more
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I'm wishing now I hadn't winterized my bike. It's been around 0 all winter to this point and I could likely have ridden all this time as the roads aren't all that icy. Course I would need warmer gloves but my new JR Nano suit that I got on super sale is incredibly good against the wind.
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