Temperature-Wise, How Low Will You Go?

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And to be more specific, what's the minimum termperature you would want to see before traveling over the GW bridge for a ride to Nyack or Haverstraw?  I'm relatively new at this and have begun rides from the UWS to Nyack when the temperatures were about 32 F here (and around 26 at the 9W Market).  But those rides haven't been much fun, and after riding every Saturday and Sunday for six months, I have found myself apartment-bound three of these past four weekends (a cold, the cold, rain/snow etc.) with little improvement to the weather in sight.  At what point do you say "too cold" and make other plans?

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Rode Saturday in 16 degrees

Rode Saturday in 16 degrees before the snow. Its not purely about the temperature for me. i also look at wind , road conditions and whether it might rain.. 16 and sunny is better than 28 and 12 mph winds.  At leat for me.

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MINIMUM RIDING TEMPERATURE

     For determining to ride in cold weather, as a rule of thumb, if I have to do a repair during the ride and my thumb freezes, then it is too cold for the ride.

     HOWEVER, a ride can be planned for a cold day so that the greatest distance from public transportation on any part of the ride is no more than 1/2 mile.

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Right on.

Right on.

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haha rule of "thumb"

I see what you did there.

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Many things to consider

As a fairly new cyclist (15 years ago, read:  15 years younger), I rode down to 15-17 degrees and was fine (water bottle was a slushy, though).  Having acquired asthma in the last five years, I find it is just plain STUPID to exercise while breathing ice-cold air for a prolonged period of time.  This is not a one-size-fits-all type of situation, so I suggest you do what feels right to you.  For me, riding is empowering and fun.  If I'm suffering, there's no point.

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Excellent point!

There's badass...and then there's dumbass

 

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Well said!

Couldn't have said it better...

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