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    Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge

    The leaves have fallen, and we are finished saving daylight for the time being. That means it is time to start thinking about biking in the cold for all of us in the northern hemisphere, particularly those of us fortunate to live near or above the 45th parallel north. To celebrate the coming of winter, I thought of an idea to help encourage me, and perhaps others, to not let the bike gather snowflakes over the winter. Enter the Polar Pedal Challenge.

    Goal: Ride* your bike on progressively colder days over winter.

    The rules are simple, post a picture of the temperature on the day you rode. Provide a quick summary of the ride. When you ride on a colder day, quote your previous ride so that the difference can be calculated. In this manner, the challenge is an individual contest and allows for geographic differences in temperature.

    *Ride: This can be anything on a bike--road, trail, bike path, etc. To qualify as a "ride" I think it should be at least 15 minutes, but it can be what ever you want it to be.

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    Entry 1: Commute to work

    6 miles, windy
    Starting temperature 32 with a windchill of 25.

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    I slipped out late in the evening to test our the new Farley in the snow we picked up earlier in the week. It turned out to not be enough snow to make for a real test. Oh well, we probably have 6 more months of winter to get some more time in.




    2.31 miles, 19min, 21F.

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    I would have this in the bag if I'd ridden when it was still positive. It was -11 this morning.Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge-winter_ride.jpg

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    11/16/13, 6 double track miles by headlamp, 32 defrees.

    Prolly doesn't even count as "cold".
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    Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge

    ^ nice work above. Cold is relative so as long as you feel you are riding in the cold, you are riding in the cold. For people across the midwest US, we should get a nice touch of reality this weekend and have a chance to post up some nice low temps for this point in the year.

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    Ayuh, as a Mainah 32 is minah.
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    Was -4 today where I started in Anchorage. I thought it'd be a little warmer than Monday, but nope, slightly colder. Supposed to warm up above freezing this weekend.
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    Was -2c with ~5 cms of snow on my commute this morning, first winter day here in Zurich.

    I'll be sure to post some pics when it hits -15c or so!

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    It's not as cold as it should be here in South Ontario for late November yet. Here's the first freeze last week. It was -2oc mid day.
    Today is 8oc I'm going to wait for frozen ground to ride. With the weather we've been having the mud is bad on the trails.

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    -30 degrees in Fairbanks the past two days. No exposed skin, pretty miserable commute. But I beat my previous ride by 20 degrees Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge-winter_ride_2.jpg

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    Another 6 miles @21F and some fresh snow




    Tomorrow is supposed to be much colder, near zero in the early am. We'll see if I get out.

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    It was much colder this morning, but it was refreshing to see the sun. 5 miles, 48 min, 10F (wind chill -10F )


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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    (wind chill -10F )
    So what about wind chill? I didn't ride yesterday but it was 25 F but we had a howling north wind and the wind chill was like -10. This was after receiving 10" of new snow the day before....so I'm still in my grumpy, not-ready-for-winter mood. Give me a day or two and I'll be OK.

    So who "won" last year? I never did see the final results.

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    Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge

    ^it is all about challenging yourself. Everyone that played last year won in my book. As for windchill, that is what makes it real for me.

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    It was around 10f when we rolled out at 6:30pm for an 11 mile jaunt.
    The 80% humidity made it a bit nippy.
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    -2c today but windy and wicked blowing snow. Did about 25k single track.

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    I can't do screenshots of the weather at the time of a ride. But I can quote Environment Canada for Caledon Ontario on today's 2 hour ride: -7c and -16c windchill, and snowsqualls

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    Re: Fight the winter blues - Take the 2013 - 14 Polar Pedal Challenge

    10 miles at 18°F. Wind chill of 0°F. The sooner you acclimate the better!

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    Singlesprocket and I did 2.5 hour ride again today (Caledon Ontario). More snow fell overnight and the temp was -6c (21f) and windchill -16c (10f).

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    22 x 22 ride.....

    .....22f with a 22mph wind......bright sunshine.....starting to get acclimated to winter riding....felt pretty decent.....prepared well after yesterday's ride that started at 41f ....dressed for warmer weather.....finished in dark with 34f......had a tough time unbuckling shoes, camelback and helmet upon finish.....
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    -5 today on ride. Unsure of windchill. Was a beautiful day to be in the forest.








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    My commute here in Zurich this morning was 18F, ~-7C - bracing! Sadly no snow, or pretty pictures or indeed anything but clouds, but I'll def post a pic when it snows and gets colder!
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    good job, folks!

    just LOOKING at this thread makes my ears sting like they used to sting when i lived in ohio...

    56 and cloudy here in san francisco...

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    We are still below freezing, but we haven't had a good snow. So, I'm waiting on snow and making the most of it.


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