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Old 02-27-2014, 11:04 AM   #16
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For impromptu rides, I have a rule that the forecast high must be at least 45 degrees and that it not be actually raining when I leave.

For planned rides, it's a little more flexible, because usually they entail freeing up time. In those cases, sub-freezing temps would cancel, but if you have to be prepared for the weather to get worse during the ride as well.

I've taken multi day rides where I've been in the rain every day, and occasionally been caught in snow (Lolo Pass on one memorable occasion). The trick is to be far enough away from home that you can't just turn back
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:37 AM   #17
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no temp too cold if I'm prepared for it

coldest I've done on a ride of any length (100 miles ±) is -15°f, temps may have risen to -12°f during the ride

I have a goal to complete a sub-freezing Saddlesore 1000, I have the route and fuel stops planned, but looks like it may be next winter
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:53 PM   #18
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5F was the coldest I was willing to ride with no heated gear or wind protection. My hands got cold and I couldn't keep my visor from icing up. Now I have a bike with heated grips and some weather protection so I should be good to 0F or below. (The joys of an Alamosa winter.)

I'd guess that I wouldn't ride if it was cold enough to be a distraction.

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:25 PM   #19
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Is it ever?
(given it's by free will)

Admit, it remains hilarious stepping inside a bar and setting up your riding coat next to your table, upright all by itself.

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Old 02-27-2014, 05:56 PM   #20
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How cold is too cold to start a trip?

Tough question, are you wearing a tank top and shorts, or are you wearing gear appropriate for cold weather?
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:07 PM   #21
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I let moisture and road surface dictate if I leave or not. problem. Cold with and chance of freeze on the road surface...uh uh.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:31 PM   #22
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:32 AM   #23
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32 if the suns up , 40 at night. Black ice is a bitch I do not want to meet on a bike.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:42 AM   #24
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A few days ago I found out what was too cold. Was around 15* F. Body was fine and I only had to go around 10 miles. The cold air came all around and inside my helmet. It was torture even with a scarf. And had to do the return trip. Slow speed didn't help a bit, still froze. wont be doing that again. Got some interesting comments at my destination.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:39 AM   #25
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My rule is warm or dry - basically no ice. I have ridden down to about -10°C in Germany. It was cold. Mostly just back and forth to work in those temps, no real "rides" of much length. 30 minutes tops.

Layer and layer. Below about 3°C, you need to have real wind-proof gear, not just Gore-Tex or other ventilated membranes. This was what I did not have, so I would tend to put my rain gear on over whatever I was wearing. Then it was real windproof.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:58 AM   #26
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The snow and Ice on the road dictates whether I ride. I thaw freeze we've had he in the north east has limited my commuting on the bike. But at 8 degrees this am and clear roads I rode. Pretty much down to 30 I can do without electrics, below that and I plug in.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:03 AM   #27
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The short answer is when my bike doesn't start

Coldest ride I've had so far was 12ºF when I left, and around 20ºF an hour and a half later where I proceeded to camp. Only thing heated are my grips, but MITTENS make a helluva difference.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:05 AM   #28
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My rule is warm or dry - basically no ice. I have ridden down to about -10°C in Germany.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:29 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by GoGoGavin41 View Post
Good gear + safe conditions that you're comfortable riding in (ie. not a blizzard outside) = you should probably ride.

My rule as well.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:00 AM   #30
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Coldest I've ever left for a trip in was 23 degrees in the morning, with a high around 30. I have no heated gear, and at the time, I didn't have heated grips either. We stopped every hour or two and cooked our hands over the exhaust or a warm cup of coffee. This was on an XT350 and a 450exc - no wind protection at all, really. Probably the coldest I've ever been, but it was 55+ at our destination which helped. Got caught in the snow on the way back, which was a little exciting. With the right gear, the cold isn't a huge deal, but it can be very dangerous. Your responses get a lot slower as your body cools off.
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