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Old 10-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #12556
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Bucks County Pa Covered Bridges Ride is coming up this weekend. Fun ride with some very nice scenery.
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:34 PM   #12557
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Maybe 205, but I don't remember seeing it...

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They make it seem rather difficult to fall off a bicycle.

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Old 10-12-2009, 03:48 PM   #12558
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Maybe 205, but I don't remember seeing it...

They make it seem rather difficult to fall off a bicycle.

I knew htose fixies were good for *something*...
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:27 AM   #12559
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Oh, and always ride into the headwind on the first part of yer ride, that way you have the tailwind (in theory!) on the way home. Do it the other way and yer gonna be bucking a headwind when yer all sweaty an shit. Not nearly as much fun. DAMHIK M
Unless you live on the front range of Colorado. As I recall it was always uphill and into the wind in every direction.

Very rarely I was able to get a tailwind on the way back home. Usually the wind flipped and I'd be in pain.
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:48 PM   #12560
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Wind is the worst - and there is NO such thing as a tailwind [except that this is created by the powerbar lunches....].

I commute year-around here in PDX,OR [15 miles give or take depending on the mood]. Including ice and snow and the rain and some hail...blah blah blah....and have ridden in temps from 106 F to 12 F. I cheat and keep to the hardtail for the winter riding [have yet to build up that cyclocross bike with disks]...

Hands are the hardest to me - below 20 degrees and I double layer a pair of moutaineering mitts over mid-weight REI riding gloves. For mid-20's and 30's I go with a set of weather resistant Performance heavy gloves.

Agree on the under 50's - knee protection. Be it knickers or tights over the rest. Wool clothing is popular here and readily available on-line [but somewhat pricey].

Go with thermal/poly tops of varying weights from REI [zipper necks for venting]. Light vest [Zephyr] for a chill or rain cape [gotta love Phil and Paul] for chill and rain. Around freezing and I add a micro fleece top. The head gets a doo rag all the year because I'm follically challenged and when it is mid-20's a turtle fur ear/head band thing.

Feet get the cheap $19 performance full booties for rain and cold. If it is snowy and in the teens - I actually add plastic bags inside the shoes over the socks to trap heat.

Also full fenders for the wet...

40's is nothing!
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:20 AM   #12561
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Cover them knees! Old rule of thumb: if its below 60, put something over yer knees. I fudge that a bit and go mid-50s, but the thought's the same.


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Old 10-15-2009, 05:15 PM   #12562
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Yup, you got it, Gummee. Layering is where it's at.
Every time I open the thread and see this I cringe a bit. Layering is good but most people do not do it right. In cycling and climbing I teach a new layering:

I call it climb/cycle naked.

Most people put on their base layer, then a mid layer, then some insulation, and then an outer layer, and then a shell, etc etc etc...

Then they start to move and immediately overheat and have to stop. Then take of their shell, and their outer layer and their insulation, and their inner layer then put back on their insulation and so on ad naseum.

Dress as lightly as possible for the conditions you are in. Gummee (I believe) said it earlier. Start out cold. Do not just layer up blindly and go forth. Or you shall be hot, sweaty, wet and cold in short order.

So take off your layers and free yourself!
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:12 PM   #12563
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:16 PM   #12564
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I'm naked right now.
That's not what he was talking about!



Seriously. Sometimes ya get it right and are comfy thru the whole ride and sometimes ya don't. I've gotten it wrong as often as I've gotten it right. Usually err on the side of too much rather than not enough. We have inmates riding in AK in the winter, so we ALL know it can be done.

I don't actually own a lot of very warm layers. Of those, what I DO own, I usually wear doing something other than riding! My PI Thermafleece jersey is a MC layer. My fleece tights go skiing. Etc. Mostly what I wear are midweight or lighter. I just wear several of em. I have several different weights of baselayers, midlayers, etc. I usually just put a regular jersey over top of em. I also usually wear a vest vs. a jacket cause its easier to adjust temps with yer arms 'free.'

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Old 10-15-2009, 08:30 PM   #12565
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I'm naked right now.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little...

Cycling is a bit easier with arm warmers and leg warmers etc. When I went on some trips with the Colorado Mountain Club it was pathetic. Hike 10 minutes and do a "clothing adjustment" for 20 minutes. Rinse and repeat. In the mean time I'd be freezing my ass off on the side of the trail.

But sometimes you get it right and warm up to the right temp, and some times ice drips off your nose.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #12566
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That's not what he was talking about!



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Seriously. Sometimes ya get it right and are comfy thru the whole ride and sometimes ya don't. I've gotten it wrong as often as I've gotten it right. Usually err on the side of too much rather than not enough. We have inmates riding in AK in the winter, so we ALL know it can be done.

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I have the hardest time when temps are in the low twenties to the teens. It's just plain friggin' cold. I've come off ski trails all frosty on more than one occasion.

But, yeah, warmer temps it is easy to over do it. Experience helps with dressing for individual habitus.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:29 AM   #12567
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:14 PM   #12568
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i tried some rollers yesterday afternoon

man that was scary! I thought that my pedal technique was pretty good - NOPE

goign to do a fair bit of practice on a wind trainer and then maybe get some

was allright when I was focused on a rock about 40feet in front - for about 1 minute and then off the side.......

can see their benefit - of giving me a broken arm!

any advise any one?

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Old 10-18-2009, 08:00 PM   #12569
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i tried some rollers yesterday afternoon

man that was scary! I thought that my pedal technique was pretty good - NOPE

goign to do a fair bit of practice on a wind trainer and then maybe get some

was allright when I was focused on a rock about 40feet in front - for about 1 minute and then off the side.......

can see their benefit - of giving me a broken arm!

any advise any one?

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Old 10-18-2009, 08:21 PM   #12570
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was allright when I was focused on a rock about 40feet in front - for about 1 minute and then off the side.......any advise any one?
Read this...

http://www.sportcrafters.com/frequen...r_Riding_Tips_

They touch on all of the key points.

It's mostly mental and being smooth is the key. High revs, smooth cadence, soft hands on the handlebar end up being the keys.
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