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Old 02-27-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
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How cold is too cold to start a trip?

So Mrs. Greg conned me into taking a 3-4 day trip (motel, not camping) around southern New Mexico. I start from Albuquerque.

Tried to leave yesterday (heading down S 14 to Mtnair for you locals) but I hit clouds and fog in the SE plains about 40 mi from home. It was 22 deg F, and I was FREEZING!! I chickened out and came home (BTW I have pretty good riding gear).

Gonna try again this morning, but I gotta think: "if I had any sense I'd be out in my heated woodshop working on my latest picture frame!"

If I succeed in this trip I'll write up a RR. Just had to complain to somebody.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:04 AM   #2
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Yep, at 22 degrees, I'm not riding.

My rule of thumb (being the big sissy that I am when it comes to being cold) is that I don't leave the house on two wheels for a trip below 50 degrees and even then, only if the forecast has the temp increasing pretty quickly.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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If you have a good water and windproof outer layer and heated gear liners (insoles, pants, jacket and gloves), there is no reason you can't set off in anything down to the single digits. I am a daily commuter but I also own a very nice truck. I just enjoy the ride and do it every day that there isn't snow or ice on the road.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:20 AM   #4
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I'd be asking myself why the wife wanted me out of the house.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:27 AM   #5
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Well it was 38 this morning and I have been freezing my ass off all day. Currently sitting at a rest area trying to warm up.

If you have a heated jacket and gloves you would be ok. I do not have those.

Without heated great I would say below 50 sucks

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:10 AM   #6
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For long trips, I pulled out of Georgetown Kentucky at 7:00 with a temp of 32, three hours later half way across Ohio it was only 38, Just have to know what you are getting into and be dressed for it.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:19 AM   #7
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I don't mind cold (down as low as 20*f), but cold combined with any form of moisture is what makes me stay home.

Freezing fog like you encountered is definitely a deal breaker.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:16 AM   #8
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Heated gear and layers can keep you warm, but they won't do anything about the ice on the road. If there is any slight chance of ice on the road I'm not riding.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:26 AM   #9
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Heated gear with wind protection on the bike. 16 degrees this morning, but I had to tune mine down a bit, as I was starting to sweat.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:50 AM   #10
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Yep, at 22 degrees, I'm not riding.

My rule of thumb (being the big sissy that I am when it comes to being cold) is that I don't leave the house on two wheels for a trip below 50 degrees and even then, only if the forecast has the temp increasing pretty quickly.
That is also my magic number, or it better be something very close to it with great promise of warmer temps very soon.

Yeah, I'm a wimp. I was in the Army for 20 years, and had my fill of being stuck out in the weather. I don't want to be freezing cold on purpose.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:51 AM   #11
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So Mrs. Greg conned me into taking a 3-4 day trip (motel, not camping) around southern New Mexico. I start from Albuquerque.

Tried to leave yesterday (heading down S 14 to Mtnair for you locals) but I hit clouds and fog in the SE plains about 40 mi from home. It was 22 deg F, and I was FREEZING!! I chickened out and came home (BTW I have pretty good riding gear).

Gonna try again this morning, but I gotta think: "if I had any sense I'd be out in my heated woodshop working on my latest picture frame!"

If I succeed in this trip I'll write up a RR. Just had to complain to somebody.

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How cold is too cold? That depends on you and what you're prepared to deal with. Some people ride in the snow, race on the ice, or ride winter trips through Alaska, Canada, Mongolia, or Siberia.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:33 AM   #12
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...I don't leave the house on two wheels for a trip below 50 degrees and even then, only if the forecast has the temp increasing pretty quickly.
Cmon, man!
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:42 AM   #13
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I can go down to 20 f with no heated gear, but it isn't fun!
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:49 AM   #14
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Good gear + safe conditions that you're comfortable riding in (ie. not a blizzard outside) = you should probably ride.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:51 AM   #15
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Complaint noted and recorded...

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