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#4278421 - 12/18/16 03:25 PM Coldest temperature you've cycled in?
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 818
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
There are a couple of other threads asking about the coldest temperatures you've experienced, and the coldest temperatures in which you've started a car w/o block heater etc.

So, to round this out, how about the coldest temperature you've cycled in?

My record might be today - cycled c. to and from church, just under 5 m each way. This morning it was -29 C w/ a windchill of -41 C. I was dressed for it, and pumped up the fattie's tires a bit - when it's this cold, the ice is not too slippery, so I can forgo some traction in favour of lower rolling resistance.

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#4278436 - 12/18/16 03:40 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
DerbyDave Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 218
Loc: KS
-29 C that is Nucking Futs. I have ridden in below freezing and when I had my bike I rode 12 months out of the year unless it was icy or the KS wind was hurricane force.
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#4278445 - 12/18/16 03:51 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 09/19/16
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Loc: Minnesota
I thought the thread was going to be with something with a motor.
Yamaha Majesty, 167 miles, 20F, I-94 freeway, 80mph. I got a lot strange looks being its a maxi scooter
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#4278450 - 12/18/16 03:59 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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I might be disqualified, because I was on a dirtbike, but -9F.
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#4278455 - 12/18/16 04:03 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 03/20/16
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-11F in N.J., circa 1980
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#4278456 - 12/18/16 04:05 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: DoubleWasp]
bioburner Offline


Registered: 09/19/16
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Loc: Minnesota
I tried dual purpose bike once, but the 600cc about put my butt into Canada. Could be why my right knee is shot too


Edited by bioburner (12/18/16 04:06 PM)
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#4278467 - 12/18/16 04:13 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: DerbyDave]
Number_35 Offline


Registered: 07/07/14
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Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: DerbyDave
-29 C that is Nucking Futs.
Indeed, I've accused of being a bit crazy w.r.t. this sort of stuff. I've found, though, that it's best to embrace winter rather than hide indoors. I need the sunshine and fresh air. Riding the fattie and skating the river trail makes me look forward to winter - without outdoor activities, it's a thing to dread. Also, most of co-workers come moping into work after getting out of their warm cars and crossing the frigid parking lot. By contract, I'm delighted to arrive at work on bike. (By the way, I mistakenly wrote '5 m' - I meant 5 km. That's either 1000 x farther if you read 'm' as metres, or only about 5/8 the distance if you read 'm' as miles.)

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#4278489 - 12/18/16 04:34 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
Rat407 Offline


Registered: 12/13/02
Posts: 1428
Loc: North Carolina
Nothing below 50F yet. I was going to start after purchasing cold riding gear but I was told by my boss, aka wife that my birthday and Christmas is coming. So I have to hold off. smile

A friend of mine is in Wyoming and he rides MTB's and is out in the snow all the time on the trails out there in as low as -2F from what I have seen. His dogs love it.


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#4278508 - 12/18/16 04:45 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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Yeah,get out in the Flint Hills on I-70 around December or January with a -2 day and add a hard wind current area around Riley Co. and it'll get you.
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#4278535 - 12/18/16 05:15 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 10/15/05
Posts: 673
Loc: New Jersey
I can remember riding a bike to Jr. High School in 1957, with a wind chill of -18F. I also recall being frozen by the time I got there since I did'nt have "artic wear." It was probably about a three mile trip. And, no it was not uphill both ways!!

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#4278620 - 12/18/16 06:54 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
NYEngineer Offline


Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 1570
Loc: NY, NY
A few years ago, my buddy and I ordered lights for night biking and were so excited when they came that we went on our first night ride in about five degrees. The wind was screaming out of the west. In the trees, the wind wasn't bad at all. At the end of the ride, we had to cross a huge field to get back to our cars. We almost froze. Our warm weather bike shoes did nothing to protect our feet. Who knows what the wind chill was.

Now, we have fat bikes and we're all geared up for cold weather. Usually, it gets down into the 20's but every so often we'll get a single digit ride in.

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#4278658 - 12/18/16 07:52 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: NYEngineer]
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Registered: 07/07/14
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Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
Originally Posted By: NYEngineer
A few years ago, my buddy and I ordered lights for night biking and were so excited when they came that we went on our first night ride in about five degrees. The wind was screaming out of the west. In the trees, the wind wasn't bad at all. At the end of the ride, we had to cross a huge field to get back to our cars. We almost froze. Our warm weather bike shoes did nothing to protect our feet. Who knows what the wind chill was.
Wind is always the biggest factor in winter, isn't it? I'll take sunny, clear, and -30 C over cloudy, humid, windy, and -5 C any day!

Fat bikes in the winter are great, aren't they?

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#4278717 - 12/18/16 08:51 PM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
Matagonka Offline


Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 469
Loc: NC
I think the lowest I've cycled was about 20F. Last Friday I went riding in 30F to test my new winter pants.

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#4278846 - 12/19/16 02:53 AM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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My mistake. You meant cycling. That's easy -34F on a Surly Snow bike.

I really wasn't uncomfortable. I didn't know I was in trouble, until my arm started getting sluggish. It was like being a reptile. My arms just got real real slow, even though I commanded quick movement.
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#4278852 - 12/19/16 03:01 AM Re: Coldest temperature you've cycled in? [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I don't cycle anywhere unless it's hot. wink Check out the U of M. It might be like the U of S. When I went to the U of S, people were biking, in very large numbers on the coldest days of the year, given the ridiculously poor parking available there. I didn't see the same experience repeated at the U of R, though, which is basically built on a giant parking lot.
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