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    What is your cutoff temp?

    I know a lot of you commute all year round. What about those that don't? What is your cutoff temp to not ride? I know some of us live in colder climates, and others in warm climates, so post up both.

    When I started this, I swore it would be 40 as the cutoff. If it was under 40, I wouldn't ride. Now it is 30, as long as it is 30 before I leave for work, I will ride. When the summer rolls around, I am not sure what it will be. Showering at work is an option, although it is not an easy one.
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    Don't have a cut off temp

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    When I started this, I swore it would be 40 as the cutoff. If it was under 40, I wouldn't ride. Now it is 30, as long as it is 30 before I leave for work, I will ride.
    I find the 20's are better for biking than the 30's (F), because it is less slushy and wet out there (although salt affects this also).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    When I started this, I swore it would be 40 as the cutoff. If it was under 40, I wouldn't ride. Now it is 30, as long as it is 30 before I leave for work, I will ride.
    When I started I swore it would be 30F - I'd just ride through the fall, but would take the bus in the winter. But that quickly slid to 15F - I'd just ride through the easier parts of winter, but I was honestly going to bus when it was really cold. But the bus never happened, and I'd much rather ride at -26F (my record) than stand at a busstop.

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    I don't have a cutoff temp. Coldest I've ridden in is probably about -10F.
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    I also prefer riding in subfreezing temps than when it's just above freezing. the slop is a factor sometimes, but I find that 32-45 or so is the most difficult temp range to gear up for. It's so easy to overheat by overdressing, but you have to be very careful about underdressing in those conditions, too. throw in cold rain...eh.

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    What's that ? I'm from new England HTFU. Pedaled at 4F once, the gatorade
    freezes solid at that temp.

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    What is your cutoff temp?

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I know a lot of you commute all year round. What about those that don't? What is your cutoff temp to not ride? I know some of us live in colder climates, and others in warm climates, so post up both.

    When I started this, I swore it would be 40 as the cutoff. If it was under 40, I wouldn't ride. Now it is 30, as long as it is 30 before I leave for work, I will ride. When the summer rolls around, I am not sure what it will be. Showering at work is an option, although it is not an easy one.
    Have not found it yet, if there is one.

    So far this year I have commuted in a range from under 10F to over 110
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    About -25 and i'm not really having much fun below that. I would need so much gear I wouldn't be able to move very well.

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    What is your cutoff temp?

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    Don't have a cut off temp
    This. I don't have another option for getting to work, other than waking up the wife and kids to bring me in, and that's more of a hassle than it's worth. Ever dealt with an autistic 6 yr old at 5 am? I'd rather ride behind a semi in a downpour than deal with that mess.
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    Absolute Zero would definitely be a non-starter. Done -5. Cold enough. Locals thought me completely nuts. Not like Edmonton, the Yukon or Alaska or Montreal when the Arctic air masses hit.

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    So far haven`t had any temps in my area that prevented me from commuting, but when it gets up into the upper 90s, the commute is just about all the riding I do.
    Recalculating....

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    Although I've never missed a commute due to cold weather, my one-way distance is no more than 10-20km and is mostly urban roadways and wooded valleys.

    There is road group here that heads out into the county to do 100+ km at minus 10C and colder.

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    I am pretty weak. I think that having Reynaud's really hurts my cold weather riding.
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    What is your cutoff temp?

    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I know a lot of you commute all year round. What about those that don't? What is your cutoff temp to not ride? I know some of us live in colder climates, and others in warm climates, so post up both.

    When I started this, I swore it would be 40 as the cutoff. If it was under 40, I wouldn't ride. Now it is 30, as long as it is 30 before I leave for work, I will ride. When the summer rolls around, I am not sure what it will be. Showering at work is an option, although it is not an easy one.
    I've ridden 50 miles at 104 F and as long as I have water, I could tolerate hotter.

    On the cold side, somewhere around 10-15 F on a breezy day is where I draw the line. If I am riding in a heavily wooded area, maybe a bit lower temp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I am pretty weak. I think that having Reynaud's really hurts my cold weather riding.
    I occasionally get Reynaud's too but not during a ride. My record is -20F. I'm with JordyB, it gets less fun. But 35 degrees warmer at 51F, that's fine. As long as my hands and feet are warm I love winter riding. Especially on the trails & lakes.

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    When the base posts amber road conditions and does not allow bikes to ridden on base.

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    Never found it. My mountain bike could handle worse road conditions than my Ranger, so I never found my cutoff road conditions either. Now that I have a less crappy car, I might stop riding when the roads have churned up ice mounds. Those are really hard to hold a line on.
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    For me the issue is safety. Once the roads get crud on the sides and the bike path is frozen up I'll be on the train. I also ride progressively slower as the temperature drops.

    When I lived in Fairbanks -20F was my cut off. Frostbite starts being a real issue about there. Same for nordic skiing, it just wasn't fun. I don't have to worry about sub zero temperatures here in Utah now.

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    I haven't had the opportunity to find mine yet... I've done a few commutes in single digit negatives... only gets colder than that here rarely.
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    Another Reynaud's sufferer here. I havent found my low yet. This is my first year round attempt. So far my lowest is 5F. This week I will see how I do below 0F. But I am lucky that all of my trips are <10mi. My regular trip is about 5mi each way. So when it is really cold I just "overdress" over a good baselayer and go slow so I dont sweat too much. It takes a lot longer but it is the only way I can be out in the cold. I have found the windchill to be more discouraging at times than the air temp.

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    If I can keep my hands and feet warm, I can ride. That is my biggest issue, aside from the conditions. I don't have a bike for the snow, and I try to avoid the rain/sleet. I may have to look into dedicated winter SPD boots/shoes. I know that Specialized makes some, but they are about $200. I don't know if I want to get that involved in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    If I can keep my hands and feet warm, I can ride. That is my biggest issue, aside from the conditions. I don't have a bike for the snow, and I try to avoid the rain/sleet. I may have to look into dedicated winter SPD boots/shoes. I know that Specialized makes some, but they are about $200. I don't know if I want to get that involved in it.
    I ride the shimano MW 81 good winter boot...I also ride that boot in the sides and ine the mountains as well....

    Good from about 10 C down and good till -35C with thick socks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I may have to look into dedicated winter SPD boots/shoes. I know that Specialized makes some, but they are about $200. I don't know if I want to get that involved in it.
    Don`t write off insulated hiking boots with BMX pedals as an option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I am pretty weak. I think that having Reynaud's really hurts my cold weather riding.
    Ditto.

    My cut off temperature would be different if my commute were shorter. But with a 33 mile round trip, I bailed in late November when it was in the 20s in the morning. I'm good for about 45 minutes and then I become miserable. I am okay with being a seasonal commuter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Don`t write off insulated hiking boots with BMX pedals as an option.
    this is one of the bigger reasons I use platforms on my commuter. I wear hiking boots when it gets cold enough.

    I do want some winter boots for mtb riding, though.

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    My commute is 43 miles round trip. I'm more concerned with the wind than the actual temp. If it's cold and clear I'll ride in the 20's. If it's a stiff north wind and in the upper 30's or 40's I'm probably just gonna drive. I commute twice a week because I enjoy it. If it's not going to be an enjoyable ride, screw that. I'm out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    My cut off temperature would be different if my commute were shorter. But with a 33 mile round trip, I bailed in late November when it was in the 20s in the morning.
    I would probably have come kind of cutoff if my commute were longer!

    33 mi RT in the 20s is inspirational- my hat is off to you
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    Re: What is your cutoff temp?

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Don`t write off insulated hiking boots with BMX pedals as an option.
    I do this too, if it gets cold enough and I'll be riding for a while. Right around freezing, I've been known to just ride the same setup as always.
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    I don't have a lower limit - I've ridden down to -2F in Boston. But i gotta second Natehawk's post (it was Natehawk right?): I'm more likely to bail when it's 33F and rainy than anything else. That's just miserable.

    Below freezing and everything solidifies. Snow bounces off my clothing. Puddles are frozen and bikepaths - if cleared - will stay clear down to bare asphalt. If I can stay dry, I stay toasty. Cold rain soaks into everything and just makes me wet and cold.

    Sadly, like so many others, I really don't have much of a bail-out option when I don't feel like riding. The bus adds at least 45 minutes to the commute if I wait for it.

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    My lowest temp to this point is -20 F. I'm actually looking forward to going lower. So far this year I've ridden at -15 F as well as -5 with a 15MPH wind for a really cold ride. For me anything under -10 really seems all the same - dam@ed cold!

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    You guys with longer commutes are well justified. I have 9 miles one way and multiple options to get on the train if I chicken out.

    There's a guy in my office that has a 9 mile ride too and he was riding even in the horrible smog and single digits last winter. I asked him if he had brass balls or what his secret was one day. Turned out he was only riding to the train station and back, about 1.5 miles! haha I was walking that.

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    Haven't found the cut-off yet. Did -4F last winter and 105F this summer, and truth be told, like the cold better. Luckily the commute is only 5 miles each way so it's not a huge trip.

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    Sounds like 135.8 degrees is the cutoff here on earth. It also sounds like you'll need a preheater to breathe without freezing your lungs.

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    I have been in < -40 F or -40 C (Ottawa, Canada). That was hard enough to breathe.

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    Weather has been crappy here. I don't have the bike to handle the conditions, so I haven't ridden to work in about 2 weeks now, or close to it. Mid 20's during the day, teens at night, and the roads are just slick. We have had this light mist mixed with snow and a touch of rain that just makes everything slippery. I don't see myself riding a skinny tire bike to work in that. If it were to dry up, I would do it, because the temps are not that bad without the wind.
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    wasn't sure what my cutoff temp was until i caved and got a ride yesterday. -9 with a wind chill of -28 did the trick.
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    Being a former CNY resident, I feel for many of your dedication. Now I can't imagine it getting below 55 so that's my cutoff. I will not peddle to work below 55. It's all about standards people.
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