Winter Gear for COLD CLIMATES

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by 210061741, Oct 16, 2009.

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  1. 210061741

    210061741 Guest

    I rode the bus today cause it is wet and in the 30's here.
    I miss my bike allready.

    Anyone have some experience riding in the snow?

    I'm looking for clothing options to keep me warm and dry.
    Also i imagine even with the studded tires it could be very easy to get hurt.

    I'm guessing i'll be riding this winter.
    As long as i'm not smashed to pcs.

  2. jg767

    jg767 Member

    I ride all winter long, rain, snow, or otherwise. I refuse to be a cager. LOL Nokian mount and ground are great for icy roads. I have put several thousand miles on them and the studs are like new. I wear a full neoprene face mask, goggles, insulated wind and rain pants, insulated boots (to 20 below zero) and heavy ski gloves. Neck warmer, and many light layers keep out the cold. I stop every 20 minutes to warm my fingers by the exhaust. If it gets really cold, I slow down a bit to reduce the wind chill. I rode in the 30's today, and I was comfortable. I say go for it, bikes are ridable all winter long, just get good equipment.
  3. arceeguy

    arceeguy Active Member

    You guys are nuts! (N-V-T-S, nuts!)

    Winter gear is a Jeep 4x4.
  4. 210061741

    210061741 Guest

    I managed to get a nice $250 dollar dirt bike helmett for $50 bucks from the motorcyxle shop.
    That helped alot with the hat situation.
    I plan to buy $100 dollar articat snomobile pants soon.
    The helkmett helps alot plus i'm not as worried about smashin my noggin.
    I got some great fenders.
    I forget what brand they are ill post it later.
    The rear fender strappes onto the seatpost like a bike lock holder and the front fender has a collet that expands into the front fork.
    There plastic look great and i'm positive they would break loose before they would lock up my wheel and cause a crash.
    Hopefully thoose help keep me dry.

    As far as being nuts.
    A = 1hr in the cold and 3-4 mile walk everyday.

    or 15 min mb ride in the snow and cold.

    I prefer the 15 min.

    The bike shop i was at will be getting the studded tires soon.
    Obviously i will need them.
    The guy there liked my bike so much he asked to take pictures.
    Of course i let him.

    I think with the proper gear.
    Riding in the snow will be much fun.

    But on a second note i have spent many nights riding snomobiles in the - degree weather just for fun.

    My MB is my only transportatioin.
    And i cannot give it up.

    Im sure to hit the pavement at one point or another.
    But i plan to be a fast learner.

    Hopefully my bones will still be intact.
  5. professor

    professor Active Member

    Well, I don't have my bike motored yet but ,I ride once a week during the winter IF the roads are free of ice and it is over 20 degrees and not high winds.
    I wear a full face race helmet with the shield cracked a bit (to keep the fogging down. This is to keep my head warm and it works very well, add a cut down old knit cap and use it for a neck warmer.
  6. jg767

    jg767 Member

    I used those Nokians from Peter White Cycles, not one spill all winter, thousands of miles run, and run hard. Plenty of black ice and hard packed snow, the only thing I worry about are snow plows!
  7. augidog

    augidog New Member

    necessities for extremes

    "layering" works...your regular wardrobe with some thermal long-johns is a good start, then add:

    -full rainsuit (columbia ibex)
    -waterproof gloves
    -neophrene full-face mask
    -waterproof hiking boots
    -or, duck boots (i've been in it over the hubs, what a blast)

    for ease-of-mind, you should habitualize packing the basics with you every day.

    *make or purchase any small fairing, if you can keep the goggles dry you can keep riding.

    *full fenders (talk about obsessing, eh?)

    *real lights (12V SLA/auto-grade headlight & taillight)

    *respect your bike's limitations!!

    210061741 sed:
    buddy, it wouldn't matter if it took the same amount of time...independance rocks...the best part about MB-commuting is knowing that the guy on the bus wishes he had the cahones you have :cool2:
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2009
  8. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member for basic info and lots of links.

    continental spike claw 240's ROCK, best deal in the catagory bar none.

    ebay seller Adirondack Army Navy Outfitters for real high quality service issue surplus at bargin prices.

    i agree with augi, the thing i love most about riding at this time of year and later is that NOBODY else is out there and the people in cars stay way over to the right and away from you because YOU are probably a psych case trolling for someone to go off on !?! ROTHFL

  9. 210061741

    210061741 Guest

    Now that i have a helmett it isn't bad at all.
    I'm hoping the bike shop gets some studded tires soon.
    He said they will.
    I allmost can't wait for the snow now.

    Trying to get my bike in top shape so no problems will arise.
  10. jg767

    jg767 Member

    How quiet are the Conti's on bare pavement? Are the studs tungsten carbide? When I bought my Nokians, I considered the 294's but Peter Whites opinion was that the Mount and Ground was a better choice for the commuter. I put several thousand miles on these tires without losing one stud, and I was surprised at how quiet they were on bare pavement, even at a 28 to 30 mph cruise speed. I'm sure I'll get another season or two out of them. They weren't cheap but I believe you should buy the best tire you can afford. Your life may be riding on it!
  11. jimraysr

    jimraysr Member

    snowmobile full face helmet

    My helmet is a snowmobile model. They have a couple of different things about them.

    One is the face mask is double for ant-fogging. Only problem is after I got it I saw the note on the shield that it wasn't meant for street use. The reason is the plastic is not shatterproof. I guess running into a tree doesn't require a shatterproof face shield?

    I ordered the standard shatterproof single layer model for riding.

    The second difference is it has a removable nose and mouth "hood" like an O2 mask only open on the bottom so your breath is deflected down.

    My head is big (3X helmet) and sweats a lot, so fogging is always a problem summer or winter.

    No sub temps here, but after a lot of years in the desert baking, we call 60 degrees cold. )

  12. 210061741

    210061741 Guest

    I had looked at the snomobile helmets.
    The guy at the bike shop said there alot heavier + not meant for road use + when it warms up would be too hot.
    He reccommended a Dirtbike helmet and goggles.
    After an hour of so of debating helmets with him i wasn't gonna buy one and got a good ski mask type hat from him.
    Then i asked him about the cheapest Dirt Bike helmet he had.
    So in the end he sold me a $200 dirt bike helmet for $60.
    I'm not sure if he was being nice or if he felt guilty letting me ride away without a helmet.
    Especially when he knew i planned to ride in the snow.
    But he did know i was only trying to spend about $60.

    Glad i got it keeps my head and face warm enough.
    Also the Duck Bill on the top of the dirtbike helmets helps alot with the rain.
    Tip your head down a little and you dont have a sheet of water running down your face sheild.

    Somebody should invent Windshield wipers for those.
  13. Axlerod

    Axlerod Member

    Windshield & boots

    I also ride throught the Winter. Most cyclists today wear clipless pedals & they do poorly @ keeping your feet warm. OTOH few if any MBer's wear those silly shoes. Boots are way warmer. A windshield can make a ton of difference keeping the windchill off your face & hands. I have one I have been using for the last few years. I like to pedal & I find face shields fog up real quick. I will try & post a Pic. Does anyone else use a Windshield?
  14. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    the Conti's are probably not as quiet as the Nokians since they have center contact studs. the studs are T/carbide.

    i never rode with them without my snow mobile helmet on so i really don't know.

    i agree about buying the absolute best gear and acc's. you can possibly get, but that's not always the most expensive.

  15. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Yes George I'd be interested to see pix of that. Been thinking about ideas on something for a wind screen. Is yours on a bent or upright bike?