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post #101 of 134 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 01:57 PM
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In Quebec we are use to cold temperature so until there is snow no matter thermometer indicate

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My limit is about 45-50 degrees, mainly 'cause my hands get cold. I've tried every kind of glove, but may need to go to heated gear. I guess my circulation in my hands has been worse as I get older. And I'm from MN wiseguyDave, but my blood must have thinned since I've lived in the south! -10 - wooooh!

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I try to do the Toys For Tots ride in Chicago every year, so whatever it is on that day is the coldest that I commit to each year. I've never really paid attention to the temperature if you can believe that, but I'll venture to guess that I'm often riding around for hours on that day in temps spanning anywhere between 10 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit, depending upon what year we're talking about. Snow or ice would end my day pretty quickly, but I've been pretty lucky so far. Light sleet is the worst weather conditions I've experienced so far, and I"ll power right through that sh#@

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Originally Posted by bipestuff View Post
My limit is about 45-50 degrees, mainly 'cause my hands get cold. I've tried every kind of glove, but may need to go to heated gear. I guess my circulation in my hands has been worse as I get older. And I'm from MN wiseguyDave, but my blood must have thinned since I've lived in the south! -10 - wooooh!
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here in so cal it doesn't get as cold as most of the country but it does get cool and I limit my pleasure riding, I usually don't ride when its under 40 deg. I recently changed jobs and now my commute is only 4.5 miles one way (old job 18 mi. one way). With my commute now I'll ride in the upper 30's if it even gets that cold here.

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post #106 of 134 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 02:23 PM
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I commute 43 miles each way. Bike gets 45-50 mpg, truck gets 17. Record is 15 degrees and this year I will invest in heated gloves. Can get the heated liners for under $100 at JC Whitney or your Suzuki dealer
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post #107 of 134 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 11:18 AM
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It was 30 DegF when I left for work this morning in the dark. 57 miles one way at 80-85 MPH on the got pretty cold. I dressed for it. I did forget to wear a scarf to protect my lower jaw and my liners to my cold weather gloves. So other than being a knucklehead with a couple pieces of gear still at home it was fine. Looking forward to the ride home!
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I do not ride if there is snow or a chance of black ice.
People look at me like I am nuts, always ask me if it isn;t cold if I am stopped.
Nope, not at all, quite toasty actually, as I point to the plugs on my jacket.

I don;t bend, period, so hardest part for me is putting on my boots, besides that, I walk out in the garage, wearing whatever I happen to have on, slide on my pants, put on my jacket, if cold enough plug my gloves into my jacket and go.
I do start the bike and let it warm up to operating temp before I go.
I have 2 pairs of pants. One is a pair of Fulmer winter riding pants. made for snowmobiles I think. I do not know if it is possible to get cold in those. Down side is if it gets above 45 or so and you are stopped, you sweat badly.
Other pair I lucked into, actually got them for fishing and love them for the bike. Is a pair of Arctix Classic. Cost like $20.00. I often wear shorts under them down to about 45. Below that I just wear a pair of jeans.
They are really light, comfortable and you do not really sweat too bad until it gets around 60 and you are stopped. I pretty much wear them until it starts getting in the 70's or so. The Fulmer's are just worn if it is below 40 and I am going on a longer ride. A short ride I still wear the arctix.
Only thing that ever got chilly on me was my chin and face - but I used a 3/4 helmet. recently picked up a Gmax modular and love it.
I personally like heated gear because I do not have to layer...if I need to go somewhere, I just wear whatever I have on.
Only down side is yes, it does take me longer to go get bread as I have to take off helmet and gloves, get bread etc, put helmet and gloves back on instead of just jumping in the car.
Is a tradeoff I do not mind one bit.
Not the only reason, but the gas savings has been quite a bit as I rarely even drive my cars any more.
Cold - bring it on.

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This morning I woke up and saw the temp outside a crispy 38*. I decided to take my car to work rather than ride, to my suprise I saw 3 bikes on my route, I do have cold weather gear, but below *40 for me is not fun, since I have a 25 mile commute. Just wondered what you guys feel is to cold to ride. I know guys that ride in the 20's and lower, but they have $900 heated riding suits, don;t see me investing in that gear too soon.
40 and above with the non heated gear I have now. Who knows what that fat red bastard will bring?

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I usually don't ride in cold weather but i said **** with it and rode 147 miles today and it was 39 degrees out, that is a personal best for me so I patted my back and said **** that was cold but way to man up.

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