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    I think this might just be the coldest day on which I've ever ridden. I ride no matter what the weather is like and I'm not normally one to bitch about a little cold. Maybe I'm just a big California sissy (year-round riding weather)haha but 25 degrees Fahrenheit with 60 mph wind chill for 20 minutes makes me question my manhood a little lol. A few years ago when I first started riding I used to ride my Honda Ruckus an hour and a half one way to work on cold days, and back then all I had was a pair of those cheap little "banana-peel-leather gloves...". But I don't think I ever did that in colder than about 33 degrees. Oh and there was the 27 degree day through the mountain pass going south up out of Death Valley, CA circa 2008. That was wet and there was snow and ice. My gloves I have now don't seem to do a lot of good in anything below about 45 degrees. But I suppose I should be happy I had them tonight. Even though they seem a bit shit to be honest (for COLD weather protection, I mean), I suppose my fingers would have hurt a lot worse without them By the way can anyone knowledgable on the subject tell me when you should start to worry about damaging your body/extremities due to cold weather exposure while riding a bike? I'm guessing it's probably gotta be really cold and/or wet for quite a while before that becomes a serious concern, no? Really never gets colder than it is tonight here in CA, but still I wonder about this for when I go to other states or even if 25 degrees with wet hands or whatever should be a cause for concern. Thanks for any input and sorry for my rambling - if you actually read it all!
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    You probably wouldn,t use them much where you live but a heated vest and handrips are worth their weight in gold when the temperature drops.

    A good set of handguards help to block the wind also.I installed a set of Power Madd guards.There is an optional larger cove that snaps on over the regular guards that I use in the winter.A small removable wind-shield will help deflect the wind even more.



    The weatherman says it will be a sunny plus 4 degrees Celsius here today and I plan on going for a putt later.

    I really envy your year round riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj7687 View Post
    By the way can anyone knowledgable on the subject tell me when you should start to worry about damaging your body/extremities due to cold weather exposure while riding a bike?


    When you can't feel them or move them it's too late!



    Seriously, frostbite is a real possibility in the conditions you describe because of the wind chill factor. Once you freeze your fingers or toes they will never be the same for the rest of your life (provided that they don't have to be amputated ), so stop and get them warmer anyway you can about every 20-30 minutes. (Hint: the engine makes a real good handwarmer, just don't burn yourself! )



    Or get some warmer clothing!
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    I ride all year in Maine, and I think that's almost crazy. good work!
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    While at work one day the weather changed dramatically for the worse. I didn't have my winter gloves with me, so I got a pair of cotton gloves, a larger pair of leather gloves, and the largest size rubber gloves we had in the tool crib. With those three layers between my hands and the freezing mist I made it home with warm hands.



    The lower legs of my jeans however had a layer of ice encrusted on the front. Built up like icing on an aircraft.



    A nice warm soak in the tub made everything better. I was just glad I was headed home instead of to work.
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    I hear you kj. This cold weather here in So. Cal. is getting old and yes we are sissy's, at least I am. I rode to work a couple days this week, 38 & 39 degrees at 5AM and it was butt-ass cold. At the end of my 15 minute commute I was wondering if I was going to lose my grip. My leather Cortech gloves with silk inserts usually do the job but not with a wind chill of 5 degrees. Suppose to warm up in a few days. Can't wait.



    Just so you know, 25 degree air temp while riding at 60 mph is a wind chill of -14 degrees. That's downright dangerous even with proper gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubster' View Post
    You probably wouldn,t use them much where you live but a heated vest and handrips are worth their weight in gold when the temperature drops.

    A good set of handguards help to block the wind also.I installed a set of Power Madd guards.There is an optional larger cove that snaps on over the regular guards that I use in the winter.A small removable wind-shield will help deflect the wind even more.



    The weatherman says it will be a sunny plus 4 degrees Celsius here today and I plan on going for a putt later.

    I really envy your year round riding.


    One of the top bikes in the commuter category of my wish list is the Suzuki V-strom 650 ABS Adventure. I'd really like one of those with the wind screen set in the high position and heated grips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    When you can't feel them or move them it's too late!



    Seriously, frostbite is a real possibility in the conditions you describe because of the wind chill factor. Once you freeze your fingers or toes they will never be the same for the rest of your life (provided that they don't have to be amputated ), so stop and get them warmer anyway you can about every 20-30 minutes. (Hint: the engine makes a real good handwarmer, just don't burn yourself! )



    Or get some warmer clothing!


    Lol well good thing my commute is only 20 minutes then Actually my Fieldsheer adventure jacket with the removable liner is pretty damn awesome. Even though my fingers can hurt pretty bad sometimes in weather like that (even with my Tourmaster Cortech Scarab Winter gloves...), my core is actually fairly comfortable, courtesy of my fantastic riding jacket. What I need is a warmer pair of gloves, even though that will sacrifice some finger-dexterity, a winter face mask, and a pair of proper winter riding pants to go over my jeans. Oh and it doesn't help that some low-life scumbag stole my $220 waterproof riding boots, so I've been wearing damn tennis shoes lately due to the unfortunate fact that I simply can't come up with the money to buy another pair of boots right now!
    KJ, just KJ, ok.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwizard
    Wet hands and gloves probably about doubles the chill factor. At least wear waterproof gloves. 25f(-3.9c)degrees at 60mph has a wcf of 3f(-16c), and frostbite is imminent in 30 minutes.


    Well my gloves are actually waterproof but they aren't all that warm and sometimes water tends to seep inside them (not by permeation, but by getting inside the cuff of the glove).
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    Quote Originally Posted by srs713 View Post
    While at work one day the weather changed dramatically for the worse. I didn't have my winter gloves with me, so I got a pair of cotton gloves, a larger pair of leather gloves, and the largest size rubber gloves we had in the tool crib. With those three layers between my hands and the freezing mist I made it home with warm hands.



    The lower legs of my jeans however had a layer of ice encrusted on the front. Built up like icing on an aircraft.



    A nice warm soak in the tub made everything better. I was just glad I was headed home instead of to work.


    Big toilet-cleaning rubber gloves over the outside of other gloves huh? Not a bad idea
    KJ, just KJ, ok.


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