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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well i got back in town for Christmas and my 1999 GMC Jimmy had to be placed in the shop for about 2 weeks.It is 30 and below here and my only transportation is the bike so some ideas would be nice.
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This is gonna sound really funny, and I KNOW I'm gonna get shit for it but.....

"Pantyhose"

When I was stationed in Europe you would be suprised how damn warm these kept my legs.

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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 07:33 AM
 
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Stay drunk for the festive season and leave the bike parked up for a couple of weeks.
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Re: Cold riding tips please

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Well i got back in town for Christmas and my 1999 GMC Jimmy had to be placed in the shop for about 2 weeks.It is 30 and below here and my only transportation is the bike so some ideas would be nice.


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The panty hose crack has a lot of validity to it. Get yourself some silk long johns (hiking supply shops or online at Sierra Trading Post). Also consider some electric clothing, I love mine!

Generally, some good ski equipment works wonders at keeping out the wind and retaining heat. Remember to layer your clothing and be sure to "empty out" before donning your riding gear

You might also consider getting some "elephant ears" which are detachable gaters that go over the bar controls and your hands (ATV & snowmobilers use 'em a lot) I've tried them and they work dandy. If your hands get cold, it ruins the whole ride.

Be extra careful for ice on bridges (culverts too) and under heavy tree canopy.

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one winter all i had was my bike.. i begged for rides whenever the roads were snowy or sandy.. but i rode at least 30% of the time.. ya.. pantyhose will work.. but that is the cheap alternative to some polypro long underwear. other than that just make sure everything is covered.. lots of layes.

i had about a 20min commute in good traffic, almost all interstate.. but when i did get the chance to stop i kept my hands close to the headers. one morning when i rode by the big thermometer it was 11 degrees... not factoring the wind chill from riding (60+mph).

take your time too.. very cold tires that take quite a bit longer to warm up.

on the plus side.. nuthin wakes u up better than a 20 degree ride to work
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I think I heard it here about wearing latex gloves under your riding gloves. Keeps your hands very warm in the cold, I was amazed when I tried it. Works like a charm.
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Yep, Latex gloves work good. I also add silk gloves and then regular gloves.

Also a bandana around your mouth and neck help alot

And as everyone says, layers starting with some type of thermal.

~what happend to the Jimmy?
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Layers!

Skiing under garments works well for me.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-29-2001, 06:00 PM
 
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Cold Weather

I say leave the bike in the garage and take the bus. I moved to Phoenix from Colorado Springs Co. about two years ago. Im back in Denver for a week. Damn its cold, there would be no way I would get on my bike here and get frostbite and then die on the ice. If you really love to ride move to phoenix.
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