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0 - 5 degrees Fahrenheit 1 4.76%
6 - 10 degrees Fahrenheit 2 9.52%
11 - 15 degrees Fahrenheit 1 4.76%
16 - 20 degrees Fahrenheit 4 19.05%
21 - 25 degrees Fahrenheit 4 19.05%
26 - 30 degrees Fahrenheit 5 23.81%
31- 35 degrees Fahrenheit 2 9.52%
36 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit 0 0%
Other 2 9.52%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2018, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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What's the coldest temperature you have ridden in?

With winter slowly leaving us and some good riding weather just around the corner here is a quick question.

What is the coldest temperature you have ridden in. Not just down the driveway and back. Let's say at least a 30 mile ride or 30 minutes. The coldest I've ridden in was this year at 16 degrees Fahrenheit on my 45 minute commute. How about you.

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30 miles round trip to work. 23 degrees 2 weeks ago and wasn't feeling 100% but decided to do it anyway. By the time I got home I was chilled to the bone and could not get warm although I was wearing a lot of warm winter gear.
The next day, I had a sore throat, congestion and a real bad cold.
Haven't ridden since and want to fully recover before I try it again. If it is sunny and 35 degrees out, I will go for it.
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The worst ride this winter was last week. It was 40 and raining. I was bundled up like the 16 degree day with rain suit on this time. Don't know if it was the humidity or what but felt very much colder. I don't like the cold or rain, mix the two and it's one miserable ride to me. Road_slug, hope you finally warmed up and feeling better.

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The worst ride this winter was last week. It was 40 and raining. I was bundled up like the 16 degree day with rain suit on this time. Don't know if it was the humidity or what but felt very much colder. I don't like the cold or rain, mix the two and it's one miserable ride to me. Road_slug, hope you finally warmed up and feeling better.
Yep between the rain, cold and dampness then add some direct wind, you are going to be cold.
Yeah I had the chills that night and knew I was getting sick. It has been 8 days and finally feeling human again. The first 5 days sucked and slept like crap. Thanks for asking.
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I've gone riding in 1c weather the issue was not going it was coming home. -5c (27f) . The one thing I find help is I always wear my full face in the cold ( less than 10c ). Above 10c I only wear my beanie but sometimes use a face mask.

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I used to ride my GSX1100 to work in the winter in NJ (the year I didn't have a car). Temps averaged around 28 -30 degrees most days in the early mornings (not counting wind chill factor).

I would put on long johns and two pairs of jeans. A shirt and then a sweatshirt under my jacket and scarf covering my chin and nose. I remember getting to work and having trouble getting my knees to bend as I tried to get off the bike.

I didn't have any purpose-made "cycle gear" in those days, just a 3/4 helmet and a leather jacket.

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In the late 80s my main bike was a KZ750 E3 which I rode year round to work from 'The Cape' to Boston (70 miles one way) and IIRC (and my head isn't FOS) temps would reach down into the single digits (Fahrenheit). There's a guy I'd see who also commuted long distance and just the hopes of seeing his bike, which I lusted after, made the ride easier... he had the original Suzuki Katana (designed by Target Design of Germany)... stylistically ground breaking even almost ten years after it went into production and far prettier than the later models wearing the Katana badge.

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So, I'm not the only one who has had a brain freeze moment when it comes to riding on insanely cold days. But I made that decision years ago when I became a daily commuter, wouldn't change it for anything. Got to have some bad to enjoy the good.
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You didn't get a low enough temperature. I'd just got back from Korea in 87, my only transportation was my 883 Sportster over there, but I didn't have to ride far. I was stationed at Ft. Riley KS. I went out to start my car early, but it wouldn't turn over, the oil was too thick. I was 40 miles from the fort, my 883 was parked on the porch and sheltered from the the cold. The temperature was -20 Fahrenheit. I got to work on time, with frostbite on my right foot. On the way home I stopped by the parts store and buy a oil heater dipstick and stuck it in the engine. As a side note, when I got home one of my pipes had burst, and I had about 1/2 an acre of lake in my backyard.

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You didn't get a low enough temperature. I'd just got back from Korea in 87, my only transportation was my 883 Sportster over there, but I didn't have to ride far. I was stationed at Ft. Riley KS. I went out to start my car early, but it wouldn't turn over, the oil was too thick. I was 40 miles from the fort, my 883 was parked on the porch and sheltered from the the cold. The temperature was -20 Fahrenheit. I got to work on time, with frostbite on my right foot. On the way home I stopped by the parts store and buy a oil heater dipstick and stuck it in the engine. As a side note, when I got home one of my pipes had burst, and I had about 1/2 an acre of lake in my backyard.

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I think that is the coldest by far. What is it with wind chill as your riding? 200 below zero?!
No wonder your foot froze!
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