Go Back   EcoModder Forum > AltModding > Alternative Transportation
Register Now
 Register Now
 

View Poll Results: Do you bike in bad weather?
No, I only ride when it's warm and dry. 16 17.58%
I'm used to riding in the rain. 10 10.99%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not raining. 13 14.29%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not freezing. 8 8.79%
Temperatures below freezing aren't bad, it's snow that I avoid. 10 10.99%
A little bit of snow never hurt anybody. 12 13.19%
Bad weather? What's that? 22 24.18%
Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-19-2015, 09:56 AM   #111 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elmira, NY
Posts: 1,671
Thanks: 283
Thanked 294 Times in 246 Posts
I rode my 'new' $50 mountain bike in similar conditions yesterday and found I had one too many layers so I stuffed a fleece sweat shirt in my fanny pack and was quite comfortable with a heavy cotton shirt and the lined down parka. The chaps and long underwear with my work pants were fine. Good gloves and my full helmet behind a plastic fairing keep my hands and face comfortable. Two pair of socks in the rubber barn boots were enough.
The lower gearing, lighter lube, and a mirror are the changes I will make first. Lights, fenders, and racks are next. Full fairing front and rear are in the works.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 02-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #112 (permalink)
one of thOOOse people
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: the cloud(s)
Posts: 293

twitchy - '98 honda civic dx + sir + ls
90 day: 30.2 mpg (US)

Norman - '14 Ford E-350 EXT
90 day: 15.07 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 81 Times in 66 Posts
Many of you have probably heard about Boston's record breaking winter. Last I heard we still had more snow than Buffalo and this February has been terrificly cold. Temps much below normal with daily highs in the teens F. Wind chills as low as -27 F.
I am still making my twice daily commute on my mountain bike. I found that latex gloves under my winter gloves helps cut the windchill.

I'm one of the few around here that rides when warm out. This time of year I get some very strange looks as I go by. I have been getting more smiles and waves lately though.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 02:58 PM   #113 (permalink)
aero guerrilla
 
Piwoslaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 3,541

Svietlana II - '13 Peugeot 308SW e-HDI 6sp
90 day: 58.1 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,056
Thanked 630 Times in 396 Posts
I've been thinking about something like this since last winter, and I see that someone's already done it:


Bike Wind Guards For Your Hands - Instructables.com
__________________
e·co·mod·ding: the art of turning vehicles into what they should be

What matters is where you're going, not how fast.

"... we humans tend to screw up everything that's good enough as it is...or everything that we're attracted to, we love to go and defile it." - Chris Cornell

Piwoslaw's Peugeot 307sw modding thread

  Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Piwoslaw For This Useful Post:
MetroMPG (03-04-2015)
Old 02-20-2015, 08:59 PM   #114 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Elmira, NY
Posts: 1,671
Thanks: 283
Thanked 294 Times in 246 Posts
The motorcyclists have neoprene covers or mitts. Craig Vetter called his Hippo Hands.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2015, 03:32 PM   #115 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Sven7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 2,456

Boo Radley - '65 Ford F100
90 day: 13.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 782
Thanked 665 Times in 408 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Piwoslaw View Post
Silent, except for the squeaking of the rusty chain. Rusty from all the salt
Replace that chain! It's cheaper than replacing the cogset.

I replaced my disgusting 9-spd chain a week ago. The weather is getting better but this chain is still going to get beat up before the salt washes away. Can't wait to ride the river again without getting stuck in deep snow.

For the hands, in real cold weather (0-20F) I use Bontrager glove liners, then cheap knit construction gloves (they give them out at road cleanups, etc), and on the outside, lightly insulated Pearl Izumi lobster gloves. That's pretty much the most extreme glove combo I use.

I also found that some cheap leather gloves from the local big-box store are very warm, and suitable in snow and rain down close to freezing temps, while keeping the water out. However, using them in too-warm weather generates sweat dampness from within, which can be even worse.

However, this is all assuming I'm riding more than two miles, because it can take that long for my body to warm up and start pumping blood to my fingers. Most people like to dress heavier but I mainly try to avoid sweating, especially in cold weather.

YRMV
__________________
He gave me a dollar. A blood-soaked dollar.
I cannot get the spot out but it's okay; It still works in the store

Last edited by Sven7; 03-04-2015 at 03:41 PM..
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2015, 07:38 PM   #116 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 21,536

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.8 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,303
Thanked 6,114 Times in 3,172 Posts
This winter's toll, so far:

- several chain links rusted up, several times
- broken rear brake cable -- corrosion at the crimped-on lead thinger at the handle end
- broken rear derailleur cable -- corrosion

Fortunately the bulging rear sidewall hasn't let go yet, because changing a tire in the winter is a messy inconvenience. I'm betting it'll make it to spring if it's made it this far!
__________________
Latest mods: 3-cylinder Mitsubishi Mirage. EcoMods now in progress...
Ecodriving test:
Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2015, 07:52 PM   #117 (permalink)
(:
 
Frank Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: up north
Posts: 12,732

Blue - '93 Ford Tempo
Last 3: 27.29 mpg (US)

F150 - '94 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
90 day: 18.5 mpg (US)

Sport Coupe - '92 Ford Tempo GL
Last 3: 69.62 mpg (US)

ShWing! - '82 honda gold wing Interstate
90 day: 33.65 mpg (US)

Moon Unit - '98 Mercury Sable LX Wagon
90 day: 21.24 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,571
Thanked 3,506 Times in 2,194 Posts
Haven't biked this winter!

Tired of wrecking my wheels, so I walk. It's been too damned cold anyway.
__________________


  Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2015, 12:35 PM   #118 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Sven7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Warren, MI
Posts: 2,456

Boo Radley - '65 Ford F100
90 day: 13.28 mpg (US)
Thanks: 782
Thanked 665 Times in 408 Posts
Kind of curious how you're wrecking your wheels...? I literally ran over a brick with road bike wheels/42C tires last fall and only got a pinch flat.
__________________
He gave me a dollar. A blood-soaked dollar.
I cannot get the spot out but it's okay; It still works in the store
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2015, 01:37 PM   #119 (permalink)
aero guerrilla
 
Piwoslaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Posts: 3,541

Svietlana II - '13 Peugeot 308SW e-HDI 6sp
90 day: 58.1 mpg (US)
Thanks: 1,056
Thanked 630 Times in 396 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sven7 View Post
Replace that chain! It's cheaper than replacing the cogset.
I think I made a mistake by not replacing the chain at the beginning of winter. My thinking was that I only have a few weeks at best of riding, then the bike will get a new chain while waiting for spring. Winter turned out to be very mild, so I kept riding 3-5 days per week. And each week I'd say to myself that no need to replace the chain when the new will get salted on the next day.

Last weekend I finally replaced it and it turned out that the old chain was stretched by a length of 2 links! The new chain skipped a bit on one of the cogs, but this has settled down. The cogs are corroded anyway, but maybe they'll fight through one more winter before replacing.
__________________
e·co·mod·ding: the art of turning vehicles into what they should be

What matters is where you're going, not how fast.

"... we humans tend to screw up everything that's good enough as it is...or everything that we're attracted to, we love to go and defile it." - Chris Cornell

Piwoslaw's Peugeot 307sw modding thread

  Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2015, 05:06 AM   #120 (permalink)
EcoModding Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 145

Toyota - '94 Toyota Pickup
90 day: 29.91 mpg (US)

Scooter - '06 Yamaha Majesty
90 day: 31.65 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Two links is a LOT of stretch! I`m not surprised the new chain skipped. That is topped skipping is the surprise. I agree with Sven- much cheaper to replace chains than chainrings or rear clusters.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com