November 10, 2004

I Say "Damn"...that Mofo is Cold

POST #    1402

Yesterday, I took the initiative to bike to work, using my bike for the first time since the Brooklyn bike ride. It might not have been the best idea. I was mighty out of biking shape and it was kind of cold. It was in the 40s when I left in the morning, but the sun was out, which made it somewhat acceptable. Unfortunately, I didn't have the benefit of the sun when I went home.

No heat from the sun and 38° temperatures make for a cold, cold ride. I had a windstopper fleece jacket and windstopper fleece glomits, so those portions of my body were acceptably warm, but any exposed skin was very cold. My one leg that was exposed due to the rolling up of the pants and my ears. Mental note for future, wear a hat.

The good news is that I didn't encounter the painful breathing due to extreme exertion in cold. I'm curious as to how low I can go before my ears fall off and I get frostbite on my right leg. With the temps in the 30s today, I'll just hold off on the bike until it gets a little warmer.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 8:00 AM



you have to get one of those wool ski masks.

Posted by: corie at November 10, 2004 9:04 AM

use a rubber-band on your pant leg instead up rolling them up-plus side, it will keep the wind from going in from your super fast bicycling speeds

Posted by: shannan at November 10, 2004 9:59 AM

hmm, ski mask. that would work well at scare people i ride past!

and a rubber band would be good, but 32 is still too cold - at least in my mind it is.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2004 10:08 AM

knee socks?

Posted by: corie at November 10, 2004 10:18 AM

You need a windstopping, stretch fleece balaclava and microfiber tights!

Posted by: joe at November 10, 2004 11:14 AM

knee socks? tights? i don't know that i'm that into biking in the freezing cold.

although, i think it might be fun to bike in the snow when that happens.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2004 11:31 AM

what's with the one leg rolled up? is that because of the chain? i see messengers like that all the time--i thought it was some kind of brotherhood. like a gang sort of.

Posted by: el at November 10, 2004 1:07 PM

el > yea, the rolled up pants (on the right leg) is a bike-thang. so that the pants dont get caught in chains/gears. i learned this the hard way when i was a kid and had my pant-leg ripped clean off and me flying over the bars.

and tien, maybe check out leg warmer tights. only half as dorky looking as full tights. > link

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at November 10, 2004 2:38 PM

HA HA. tien in legwarmer tights definitely deserve a photograph.

Posted by: corie at November 10, 2004 3:30 PM

actually, for me, the pant roll is more gangsta, less bike thing.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2004 3:37 PM

Since there was no B61 bus service yesterday morning, I rode my bike to the Court 2/3 station. The morning ride wasnt that bad because of the strong sun, but, man that night shot home was freakin' cold. I had a peacoat which was good for my body, but the freezing wind was running up my sleeves. My gloveless hands basically froze around my handlebars. Good thing I barely used my brakes as I raced home.

Posted by: Alexis at November 10, 2004 4:29 PM

Tien, having hiked 10 miles in shorts through a blizzard in the Smoky Mtns. of Tennessee with temps around 20 degrees, I'm happy to report that it is extremely difficult to get frostbite on ones legs! (I have pictures to prove this if you're interested!)

Posted by: Justin at November 10, 2004 10:34 PM

exactly what i was saying alexis.

justin, i suppose my ears and nose are another issue?

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2004 8:05 AM

Yeah, fingers, toes, ears, and nose are much more susceptible to frostbite (being extremities far from the heart and all). Ironically, while I tend to be warm even when hiking in shorts in the winter, my toes and fingers get cold very easily. I usually have to wear thick socks and heavy mittens. I must have bad circulation or something!

Posted by: Justin at November 11, 2004 10:17 AM

Glomits - those mittens that flip back to expose the fingerless gloves underneath, right? Those things are brilliant! I got a pair a few years ago and haven't gone back to gloves since.

Posted by: Paul at November 11, 2004 12:31 PM

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