cycling in cold weather

Discussion in 'Bike Connections' started by buzzy, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. JoanMcWench

    JoanMcWench Member

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    I've been biking in the winter for years now. It's my serious mode of transportation so I don't want to give myself an excuse like an epic winter to stop the traveling about. I've found facemasks help immensely. More than anything in the winds I deal with. I also got one of these for Christmas last year:
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    Can't wait to give them a go.
     


  2. kylerlittle

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    I think it's not so bad to cycle in a cold weather considering it's sometimes healthy for the body to go through coldness. I think what I would worry about is getting a cold, that's all.
     
  3. Tibz1337

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    Yeah, I used to get a cold all the time too. I just got a balaclava or whatever it's called and one of those "wind-stopper" jackets and it seems to have gotten better.
     
  4. dc31

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    The issue with cycling in the cold weather is the combination of wind & the cyclists speed. If you are cycling slowly regular clothing will do just fine to keep you warm. However with speeds exceeding 25 km/h the cold wind will permeate most clothing, only specialised cycling clothing will be appropriate.
     
  5. egrocket

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    I don't really mind the weather, I just have something to protect my face. The real problem is when my blood starts pumping, I will feel warm but my skin will dry out if it is not covered. Be sure to cover your skin (especially your face) even when you are not cold.
     
  6. pojiullu9l

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    Depends on what's there outside. I've never had any bicycle clothes but it couldn't stop me from having a good winter ride. I think you've got enough answers here. Just want to point out you have to keep your knees warm.

    PS just noticed that someone found it necessary to revive the decade old thread. :rolleyes:
     
  7. kylerlittle

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    Oh that's awesome. That must be a really nice thing to take with you in a cold weather.
     
  8. BikeBikeBikeBike

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    Couple extra layers and some good cold weather gloves and you will be good to go. I have ridden in the middle of a Canadian winter (-10 Celsius or lower!) with extra layers and nothing fancy. Once you get moving you body will heat up and you might even get too warm!
     
  9. ZXD22

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    You just got to wear layers and bundle up. Not to the point where you become a sweaty mess, but to the point where you feel comfortable. For me I personally don't mind the cold, it gets me biking faster in order to warm up and get to a warmer environment faster.
     
  10. Gasnima

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    thanks for sharing!
     
  11. Rezonate

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    Usually when I ride in cold weather I wear a windbreaker of some sort with some shorts. I don't over dress because when I do I usually get warm in the middle of my rides. Just as long as I have my torso covered then I'm free to wear shorts. On extremely cold weather I wear longer socks and some ear muffs to hold my ear phones in place but in the state of California they have made it illegal to wear headphones while riding I don't know if same goes for other states.
     
  12. jimmy484

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    It doesn't drop to the same low temperatures here as it does for some of you, but when it does get cold the only thing I really need to ensure I have is a decent pair of gloves. Long shirts are usually good, but I forego head-wear as I have a tendency to overheat even when there's frost on the trees.....
     
  13. briannagodess

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    Well, the only way to go is bundle up. Wear thicker clothes, socks and even gloves. Wear a bonnet if you can. Then, load up on fluids and Vitamin C to boost your immune system as well. Good luck!
     
  14. likeascroll

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    I actually get warm when I'm busy working like that, and don't notice the cold. But it's my lungs that suffer anytime I'm in really cold weather. I can cycle in cool weather, but not freezing cold.
     
  15. Regalia

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    I notice the cold when it crawls up my pants. It catches my ears too. I need ear muffs. I see no reason for stopping a biking schedule just because it's cold.
     
  16. JSWin

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    Layers, lots of layers. Cover your face and be able to put one hand in a pocket or move the fingers around to keep blood flow. Double layer of pants. Insulated socks. Lol You only need to be able to see but, even doubling up on what you have on your head makes a big difference.
     
  17. Muhammad adnan

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    all comments fine
     
  18. ZXD22

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    I despise riding in the winter. I have ridden once in the cold but I couldn't take it haha! I have since then haven't been biking as much and I do feel like I have gained some weight though... Not good!
     
  19. rz3300

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    Well I happen to love riding in the cold weather. Unfortunately, those days are really coming to an end here, but it is still pretty cold at night and so I actually try to get out more at night. I have to say that it is really more relaxing then too, so it works out, but come the real summer I might be in for a different routine.
     
  20. cyclenthusias44

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    I never faced that problem. I am a riding enthusiast and cold weather is not a disturbing element for me. Actually, I enjoy riding in cold weather. It's thrilling.
     
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