Nice first ride in the COLD.
I'm a little bit nervous for tomorrow morning. Overnight low is 13F, and should be around 14-15F when I leave the house around 6:15A.
P.M. commute was breezy. 21F with 15-20 MPH head winds at times. Traffic was light which was nice. Saw a man on bike with no helmet or hat, wow!
I rode from 7:00 to 8:30 last night and from 3:00 to 4:30 this afternoon along the lakefront. Last night I saw light orange clouds lit by the city lights zooming along and with the wind at my back small snowflakes that looked like meandering fireflies. Today I saw explosive waves heaving 30 feet skyward and a flock of gulls weaving a pattern over my head. Both were beautiful, but the night rides are always more endearing. I am alone with the beauty and my thoughts.
Cold today, but it looks like warm weather is headed back soon. This has been a weird winter.
Loved today. Ice in the water bottle and ice crystals on my eyelashes.
Streets were much nicer than yesterday.
First time my thighs got a little cold today, never had that happen before (sub-zero tights and basketball shorts). As far as the toes go, they are always cold after 20 minutes, do those experts out there think wool is enough or it has to be combo'd with a windproofing element as well?
The balaclava I got for xmas worked great!
Four layers this morning, Four. :)
Yeah, this is the first time I've had to layer up really well. wicking base layer and TWO midweight merino mid layers.
Even with three pairs of merino socks, my toes got numb. I concede to the fact that regular gym shoes don't hold up over a long distance in 10-19 degree weather.
Yes, I rode today since I have been lazy and haven't been on the bike since last week (Thursday). I found that the Bike Mitts and goggles I received from my wonderful husband for Christmas are well worth it on cold days like this- first winter I have cycled where my fingers did not get cold, and I only wore the cheap Walgreen's stretch gloves and the bar mitts kept my fingers toasty. Of course, now I am thinking that neoprene boots would work great for my toes, although I am going to try to double up on the woolly socks first and see if that is better. The balaclava kept my ears and most of my face warm, the goggles did the rest (I love the goggles since I have started wearing contacts- they are eye-savers). All in all, I had a nice morning commute.
Not sure I'm going to be able to do this today. I rode a few blocks this morning for my 2nd dog walk and my feet are still cold. That was 25 minutes ago. I can't remember experiencing this last year and I basically have the same layering routine. I think the weird early winter weather has made the transition (or lack thereof) to cold weather very daunting. And I hate driving around to walk dogs. It sucks.
Froze my tail off! I have a good pair of Izumi thermal tights, but my thighs always turn into icicles. I brought an extra pair of capeline layers with me and will try wearing those + a windproof layer, too, to see if it helps on the ride home.
Lobster gloves were a good investment. Definitely need goggles, 'cause the bike sunglasses aren't cutting it. I wore my Sorels today and loved them for the warmth, but they're long enough that they clip my wheel when I need to make a sharp turn. I might go back to clipless with a couple wool sock pairs and some neoprene booties...
On a related note, the south side of the LFP is covered in patchy snow and ice. Be careful right around museum campus...
A perfect winter ride this morning! The new shoe covers worked great. One pair of socks with the covers and the toes were warm for the whole 6 mile ride. And the lobster gloves kept my fingers warm as well!