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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Riding to work

I rode to work this morning ,it was 24 degrees but that was not the bad part. Hwy 60 from my house to Skeenah Gap Rd was a sheet of ice. Had to be very throttle sensitive and no brakes. The good thing was no wildlife crossed in front of me. This evening it was a balmy 50 degrees. There will be spots of black ice in the morning but the road had a few more dry spots this evening so it will not be as bad.


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I have rode to work once when it was 24 degrees about A 17 mile ride, I dont have heated gear but it was ok except the hands that was the only part of me that got real cold I have hand guards but at that temp not much good. Enjoy the ride but be extra careful I wouldn't want to deal with ice.
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I tried to ride in at 18 degrees and had to turn around and get the car a few weeks back.
I need to get some heated gear or common sense.
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Heated grips are the way to go! I used mine the other night on the way home from work in the mid 30's, and had to use the low setting. The high setting got too hot
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December 8th, 2009. 9 degrees in Eugene, rode to work. New personal best for me... no heated gear, just lots of layers!
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December 8th, 2009. 9 degrees in Eugene, rode to work. New personal best for me... no heated gear, just lots of layers!

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For those of you without heated gear - I believe wearing a heated jacket liner like I do keeps your WHOLE body warmer, EVEN your hands!

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For those of you without heated gear - I believe wearing a heated jacket liner like I do keeps your WHOLE body warmer, EVEN your hands!
So true. I ride everyday to work and for me that means some days I ride well over a 100 miles. (newspaper photographer) I've only missed a week this year and that was because of snow and ice. The heated jacket liner and gloves have kept me warm all year and that includes this week of near zero temps.
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It was never the cold that deterred me from riding during the winter but more the chance of hitting ice that prevents me from riding as much as I want to. I hit some ice last week on an uphill slight curve and almost put the bike in the ditch. It totally freaked me out and I couldn't enjoy riding after that due to being so paranoid of hitting more ice.
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The good thing was no wildlife crossed in front of me
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My bike is usually the last one on the road in the Fall. I'll ride to around 28F, but then my thumbs get too damn cold on my 30 minute ride. I have heated grips but they don't help my thumbs because of the gap.

I'm leary to get out too early in the Spring because of all the salt. It's not worth ruining my bike, but yet I can't seem to wait.
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It was never the cold that deterred me from riding during the winter but more the chance of hitting ice that prevents me from riding as much as I want to. I hit some ice last week on an uphill slight curve and almost put the bike in the ditch. It totally freaked me out and I couldn't enjoy riding after that due to being so paranoid of hitting more ice.
Agreed. I usually try to ride as late into the season as I can, and was coming home one night when it was about 30 out. Hit the center line with the rear and it slid a bit. Freaked me right out. Don't know how much I would freak out if it was ice I hit.
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Ice or rain are about the only things that keep me from riding to work. There are a few spots on my route were water seems to run across the road most of the time and on those sub-freezing I usually just drive because I get to work in the dark. In daylight where I could see that kind of stuff better it would be different. Heated gear really extends the lower temp I will ride in. Here is Atlanta we don't have a riding season, just days that I don't want to ride.

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Don't mind riding in the rain but won't mess with ice. But here in texas it been upper 60's most of the week

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It sucks to be at work and seeing the bike waiting in the parking lot...

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It was about 20 degrees this morning and some spots of black ice on hwy 60. All in all a good ride to work and a great ride home this evening. Great weekend coming up.


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I have heated grips but they don't help my thumbs because of the gap.
electric gloves >>> heated grips. it's not even close.

my current commute is only 4-5 miles, so i don't bother plugging in, i just tough it out. i've actually sold my electric gloves due to lack of use. i wanted to try some different ones anyway. but when i lived in atlanta, my commute took 35-40 minutes and they were gold; so much better than the grips i had beforehand.
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