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post #11 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:33 PM
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What bike is he on ? Kinda looks like a Zephyr. Nothing below 32F for me.
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post #12 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 02:19 PM
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I'm good into the low teens. Tried 4F once last year and won't do that again. Heated liner and bar mitts should make a huge difference this year. That's just for my 13 mile commute though, no pleasure riding in low temps for me.
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Pretty much freezing point for me (with insulated gear). I am not confortable hiting ice on 2 wheels.
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I was wondering when was everyone's limit on cold and riding???

Personally, it's not so much the cold, as it is the crud that makes the roads treacherous. Down to freezing, no problem, but I do Plug in for anything below 50º for extended periods of time....
I've often ridden into the low 20F range as long as the air and roads are bone dry.

When the roads are frosty, icy or snowy, I'm taking 4 wheels.

+1 on the heated jacket liner below 50F.
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If you need it and don't have it, it can be a darn unpleasant experience.

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I would decline any rides in the low 40s or below...
I dont have any heated gear...but I bundle up in UnderArmor and layers...
The only problem I really have is the tips of my fingers going numb...

Heres me and a friend at Starved Rock a few weeks was 45 degrees out that day...

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I hang it up at 20* for the commuting miles (33 one way). Of course if there is any chance of freezing moisture on the roads I don't ride. So, 20* and up without the threat of snow & ice is my limit for work. I break out the heated gloves at about the 35* mark. For pleasure rides I am leaning toward the 50* mark as my lower limit these days.

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My lowest so far has been 17ºF. At that time I had a Fog City insert in my faceshield, no fogging up. My heated grips, Gerbing heated (full sleeve) jacket liner and heated gloves did their job just fine. My PolarTec fleece neck gaiter was perfect, as were the thermal undies from L.L. Bean. The thermal long johns together with the mylar/thinsulate lining of the pants worked perfect. Polypropylene sock liners and good socks over them in leather boots kept my feet toasty warm.

As long as there's no ice on the road, I'm riding. It's not a challenge nor a's a BLAST!

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Heated gear has spoiled me. Last year I think I went out and came home at night with it about 21 F. I get a little trippy and don't always feel my bike is connected to the ground in those conditions. I can remember coming home at night and finding a thick build up of ice on the inside of my faceshield and thinking to myself that's a sign it's too cold to be out on a bike. I've also gotten hypothermic when it was 20 degrees warmer in the low 40s. I guess it depends a lot on speed and duration of your exposure to the wind chill...

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What is this "Fahrenheit" of which you speak? Back in the old days I'd break the ice on my seat, pour boiling water over the clutch and brake cables, don my trusty Belstaff and set off. Mind you, back then I had no choice! These days my bikes lives in the garage from November till March. I've gone soft in my old age!
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