15 below zero.........

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bluegoatwoods, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Well, I guess it's only twelve below. But fifteen is the expected low tonight.
    Yesterday was the same.

    And it just hurts to think that I simply can't ride, period.

    Not much to be done about it, but it helps a bit to say it out loud.

    I guess it could be worse, though; the weather is supposed to get better.
    Saturday is looking for a high around 30 and a low of 17. That's ride-able.

    So for now I'll just hunker down, eat a lot and look forward to the weekend.

  2. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    :iagree: Im with ya brother! -18 now -24 by morning. 28 above by tuesday.

    Once it gets down to zero who gives a carp after that. LOL
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yes, graucho.

    Now that you mention it, I noticed actual temps in the 20-something below range in Minn. and N Dakota today.

    Thanks. It makes my plight seem a bit less rotten.

    So I guess we might as well just look forward to spring, huh?

    Or move to Texas (southern Texas, that is)........
  4. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Yes, lets make it a duplex so we can go riding. (and drink a homebrew while
    were cooking outside on the grille. :idea:
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It's a deal!

    I can get my wife to agree.

    And if she's hesitant, a moderately strong sedative will fix things right up.

    fait accompli!
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    not saying a THING

    man oh man -- that's some rough (cold) news there bgw

    not saying a THING about the weather here

    when you are able to ride -- that 17 to 30 degrees you are talking about
    must be pretty darn slippery out there

    have fun -- be careful as you ride that frozen THING
  7. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I haven't yet ridden in snowy or icy conditions. I want to do it and get a feel for the bike's handling under such conditions.

    But so far it's either been too cold or the roads have been too clear.

    But I'm thinking that a studded front tire with a fairly well loaded cargo trailer would make a pretty stable ride. I'm really eager to try it out.

    Today and tomorrow I might add some wind protection to my front cargo rack. Maybe mount of few plywood leg shields. My only worry is that this could have a bad effect in windy conditions. But I'm pretty eager to experiment.

    We have about 6 weeks of true winter weather left. That ought to give me a few chances.
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    By the way, it's 19 below as we speak.

    This is NOT FAIR! :)
  9. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Its -25 at a friend's house in Davenport, IL.

    The coldest I've ridden is at 3 deg F after I built my first shifter bike. It hurt.
  10. ktjensen

    ktjensen New Member

    time to start riding snowmobiles aka sleds.
  11. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It's 16 above right now. Feels like spring again.

    I spent yesterday building a sort of fairing for my bike. It reaches from a few inches below my front axle, up both sides (leg gaurds) then forms a small shelf above the front wheel for cargo and continues up to cover the handlebars and, importantly, my hands.

    It's made out of plywood, so it doesn't look like much. But this'll only be a proto-type (if it works well), then I'll try to find a better looking material to work with.

    I'll go for a ride this morning when the Sun comes up. Hope it works.
  12. goodtime65

    goodtime65 Member

    I live in Nova Scotia Canada I was out for about a 20 km ride today it was -27 C, i was froze when i got home. I just got it running last night with with an addon performance carb from ZOOMCYCLES and just had to try it out ran realy good
  13. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Let's see....27 Celsius deg below freezing? I guess that would be roughly 50 F deg below freezing....So call it 20 below F.

    Riding in that is pretty darn impressive. You're the man!
  14. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Heck with that. That kind of weather is best in front of a roaring fireplace on a warm rug, with a chugging woodstove behind you, a glass of hot rum toddy in one hand and your favorite wench in the other.
  15. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    HaHaHa, for a second there I read it wrench in the other hand. Im glad I gave it a second read. I didnt thing you were that sick. LOL
  16. bbb

    bbb Member

    up here in canada we memorize a little poem to help take the bite out of the cold...
    SH*T ITS COLD--SH*T ITS COLD--SH*T ITS COLD and keep repeating till you get inside.
    Try it...it works.
  17. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yep, we do the same thing.

    But for me, it's not so much to take my mind off of the cold.

    It's just that it's the only thing that I can concentrate on at all.
  18. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    I only use that line if it's -40F or colder.:grin5::grin5:
  19. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    We might have gotten over the hump here. Expected highs are going into the low 30s for the next 10 days or so. Expected lows in the low 20s.

    That's entirely ridable. I've been out a few times since the holidays. But this is the sort of weather where riding everyday is not out of the question.

    This is gonna be fun.
  20. nsideus

    nsideus Guest

    13 degrees right now. The coldest we have had this year is -7 with high winds. I ride to work everyday the only thing I really have a problem with is when the slush has frozen in the night and is a rutted, bumpy, zigzaggin ride