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post #11 of 65 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 06:13 PM
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Anything above 40 degrees is fine, and anything above 30 is tolerable. You don't need all this fancy cold weather gear either, though it helps.

Use your normal gear with layers underneath, and, an absolute MUST for cold weather riding is balaclava and glove liners underneath your gloves. For me, it's only my face and hands that get cold out there in this type of weather, and that solves both issues.

Is it as fun as summer? No, not really. But sometimes it is, because people look at you like you're nuts .
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Anything above 40 degrees is fine, and anything above 30 is tolerable. You don't need all this fancy cold weather gear either, though it helps.

Use your normal gear with layers underneath, and, an absolute MUST for cold weather riding is balaclava and glove liners underneath your gloves. For me, it's only my face and hands that get cold out there in this type of weather, and that solves both issues.

Is it as fun as summer? No, not really. But sometimes it is, because people look at you like you're nuts .
that + people asking directly if i am lol

unless the cold turns to pain, i will still find it fun

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that + people asking directly if i am lol

unless the cold turns to pain, i will still find it fun
Happened today at school.

It should be in the high 30's at 7AM when I leave for school. I'm trying to figure out if I want to take the bike.

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one other thing, the gas tank gets very cold, that gets very uncomfortable when you're basically humping the tank and holding your knees against the tank.

I was thinking of getting some knee pads maybe for the times that it gets very cold. Won't look cool but it might help.

I'll look into the one piece suits. It would suck though having to change before and after work just to ride the bike.
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one other thing, the gas tank gets very cold, that gets very uncomfortable when you're basically humping the tank and holding your knees against the tank.

I was thinking of getting some knee pads maybe for the times that it gets very cold. Won't look cool but it might help.

I'll look into the one piece suits. It would suck though having to change before and after work just to ride the bike.
Looking cool shouldn't be all that important while riding.

And, most people change before and after riding the bike anyway because they have gear..
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one other thing, the gas tank gets very cold, that gets very uncomfortable when you're basically humping the tank and holding your knees against the tank.

I was thinking of getting some knee pads maybe for the times that it gets very cold. Won't look cool but it might help.

I'll look into the one piece suits. It would suck though having to change before and after work just to ride the bike.
Need more layers. Also maybe ease up w/your grip on the tank

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I was assuming that since you said New England that you where referring to Celsius then I realized that 30C is 86F so you can't be.

Some light weight ski pants work wonders, so do long Johns.

When I ride when its that cold, it takes me longer to gear up then it does to actually ride home. Either its worth it or its not.

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The weather here drops to about 9 deg celcius in winter. Thats quite a way off freezing but considering that i live on a piece of land which is 6 miles all the way around with a chunk of rock in the middle of it and is in the middle of two oceans, the sea air makes that 9 degs feel painfully cold.

The most common complaint i have is fingers and face. I wear a thin set of under gloves that go under my leather ones and a face scarf that tucks up under my helmet.

I dont have any heating on in the mornings and i go outside for a smoke before I'm ready to leave the house to acclimatise my self to the cold after being snuggled up in bed all night.

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Being a token girl on the forum, I'm just gonna say it, man up and ride dude!

For me, if it's sunny and dry (no black ice), I'm riding to work. my commute is about 20 minutes also, mostly freeway. I haven't had my knees get cold if I am wearing textile or leather pants. only fashion jeans

other than that, my fingers get really cold. and before I got grip warmers, I would lose my core heat, and it would take me hours to warm back up. Soo...

1) wear layers under your jacket, even under armor under your riding pants
2) heated grips - $45 bucks is to install, just need to know what + and - is on the battery and have some glue.
3) silk glove liners.

for a commute under 30 minutes, you are good to go. If you are under 5'9", consider laying a little or a lot on the tank, so you don't that blast of cold air on your chest.

4) mind over matter, suck it up baby!!
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post #20 of 65 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 01:04 AM
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Gear should be the least of ur worries...Layer the fuck up or go heated

My concerns would be:

Cold tires
Cold roads
....check ur tire pressure, watch ur lean angle...remember morning dew can leave roads slick at those temps ...i lived in the camb/bos area for three years


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