Cold enough for ya?

Barry’s Cabin
Image by Richard Faulder via Flickr

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in over a month. Wow. What have I been doing? Well, to be honest I have been enjoying my time off over the holidays, starting back at UW part-time and working my butt off at my current place of employment. Surprisingly, I haven’t let this affect how much I ride though! I’ve been a good boy. I typically cycle 3 times a week to work and back, the other days are bus days due to being in class then having to hustle to work.

Other than the major snow day on Wednesday, I have stuck to my guns. In fact, my mission this year is to exercise for at least 20 minutes everyday, and so far so good! Fitness has become a big part of my life and luckily I am able to fit it in to my day in such great ways as cycle-commuting.

I’m also on day 3 of the Region of Waterloo Cycling Study and am finding it quite easy to handle. My typical gear already consists of a GPS heartrate monitor watch from Garmin which mounts of my handlebars, so turning on another GPS isn’t so bad.  It sits in a pouch on my saddle bags and off I go. I just have to remember to charge the thing every once and a while. The study for me ends on the 27th, so it is short and sweet but I hope it is helpful in assisting with understanding where bike lanes might be useful, what hazards we encounter and where to plow more often!

If you are having trouble getting on the bike when it is cold out, do yourself a favour and leave the bike outside overnight! It seems to work for me. I know the bike is as cold as I am and for some reason that makes me feel better. I also leave the slicks on for the most part and have had no trouble. I find the knobby tires slow me down way too much and my route is typically bare. I’ve switched back and forth on occasion but find for the most part the slicks stay on. I should say that my “slicks” still have a decent tread on them, they are just much more smooth than the knobby tires. Not sure I’ll ever need studs, but who knows.. now that I wrote this I am sure to take a tumble tomorrow!

I’ll be back next week with an all new post on the monstrosity that is the Google bike rack. Just have to sneak some pictures of it.. must break out the wide lens.

4 thoughts on “Cold enough for ya?

  1. Most of the time I don’t find the cold to be that bad. It takes me a few minutes to adjust to the cold, but once I’m out and riding for about 5-10 minutes I’m fine.

    I would actually welcome the extreme cold today, if it meant clear roads. I tried riding down the street to the post office this morning and almost got killed. Cars passing too close and bike lanes completely covered in snow, slush & ice.
    I actually am putting the bike away today and walking 7km.

  2. I put the knobby tires on today and rode in, but it took me an extra 15 minutes to get here. I’m tossing the bike on a bus to get home I think. Too slushy and dangerous.

    I agree about the cold, but certain days it just ends up being too cold. My limit is about -15 and at that point i usually decide to bus it or drive and head for the treadmill at lunch.

    Although the other day I did ride in when it was -22 and it wasn’t too bad.

  3. It really hasn’t been too cold here this year, however starting tonight through until Tuesday we are expecting an extreme deep freeze, with day time temperatures at around -17 (w/o any windchill).

    The coldest I’ve ridden in was two Januaries ago when we had a -29 windchill. Needless to say my hands nearly froze off. Since then I’ve been much more prepared.

  4. I always find that my brake pads freeze when I leave the bike outside. Frozen pads are not nearly as effective.

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