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Old 02-04-2013, 01:02 PM   #41
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I slipped on some ice and fell off my bike three weeks ago. No real harm done (scraped my knee and elbow and hit my helmeted head, which only resulted in a sore neck for a few days.) Since then, I've decided to only bike when there is no ice. I've also decided that about 5 degrees (wind chill) is my cut-off, so since it's been colder than that a few days, even when the path is clear, I've been driving.
Thanks lot for the update and sorry about your fall

I never used it personally (not enough ice where I live now, and these were not available when I lived in cold places), but both Nokian and Schwalbe make studded bicycle tires (good for winter ice). Have look at Peter White explanation: Studded Bicycle Tires

About your 5F comfort limit - is is because of whole body getting chilled? face? extremities? I actually hate rain more than cold temperature, so my no-go bicycle weather is freezing or cold rain.
For cold protection I use cheap clothes designed for skiing (like full face mask, insulated gloves) and layering. I also noticed that my cut-off temperature was moving towards lower temperatures as I was acquiring more experience and appropriate clothes.

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And sailor, thanks for that blog! I usually bike in a skirt or dress as I don't change from work clothes. Nice to see I'm not the only one!
I enjoy this blog too - although I could be only described as "slovenly cyclist"
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:37 AM   #42
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About your 5F comfort limit - is is because of whole body getting chilled? face? extremities? I actually hate rain more than cold temperature, so my no-go bicycle weather is freezing or cold rain.
For cold protection I use cheap clothes designed for skiing (like full face mask, insulated gloves) and layering. I also noticed that my cut-off temperature was moving towards lower temperatures as I was acquiring more experience and appropriate clothes.
It's really only my hands that get cold. I wear ski gloves, but at about 5 degrees, they don't help much. Shockingly, the rest of my body stays quite warm due to layers and exertion. I do wear the full face ski mask under my helmet.

I run outside year round, so I do have decent cold weather exercise gear. I just can't get my hands warm while biking. (While running I wear mittens, but I feel like I don't have enough control of my bike wearing mittens.) A friend told me to check out lobster gloves, but I haven't done so yet.

In any case, there was more snow yesterday, so it will be another few days until I can bike again
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:40 PM   #43
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It's really only my hands that get cold. I wear ski gloves, but at about 5 degrees, they don't help much. Shockingly, the rest of my body stays quite warm due to layers and exertion. I do wear the full face ski mask under my helmet.
I run outside year round, so I do have decent cold weather exercise gear. I just can't get my hands warm while biking. (While running I wear mittens, but I feel like I don't have enough control of my bike wearing mittens.) A friend told me to check out lobster gloves, but I haven't done so yet.
Lobster gloves might work.
Another idea is layering the gloves - I very occasionally do it (and not in Atlanta obviously ) - I use polar REI gloves as a liner and insulated glove as outer layer - I wear polar gloves down to freezing temps and below that my el-cheapo Columbia (TJ-Maxx find) insulated gloves (good to about 5F). But worn together I've been fine down to slightly below -5F (Have not tested the combo in lower temps yet). It's little tight, but not uncomfortable.

Yet another idea would be bar mitts a.k.a. pogies a.k.a. Moose mitts:
Bar Mitts - Bicycle Handlebar Hand Warmers (Pair) | CozyWinters
Pogies Keeping the Digits Warm | FAT-BIKE.COM
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:38 PM   #44
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You can wear these things inside your gloves.
Amazon.com: HeatMax Hot Hands 2 Handwarmer (40 Pairs): Sports & Outdoors
Costco sells them in bulk.
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