I try to go out for a ride almost daily but when winter arrives it gets a bit more difficult to do so. I was planning on going out today (Dec. 18th) but looking at the current weather conditions and forecast I may not be doing so. It is 21 degrees F. and falling with snow flurries and a 12 mph wind gusting to 23 mph and the wind chill factor is 8 degrees. Sitting inside looking out the window it looks like a beautiful day outside … plenty of sunshine. Well, looks can be deceiving.

When I was much younger that would not phase me. I was tough and I could handle it.  I used to ride a motorcycle in nasty winter weather. Once I even wore my ice skates to use as outriggers to keep my motorcycle upright as I rode on ice covered streets after an ice storm. As I have aged (today, the 27th, as this posts is my 73rd birthday) things have changed. And the older I get the more they seem to change. I guess this ol’ bird isn’t so tough anymore. Part of the problem is that I find it harder to keep warm, especially my hands and feet.

I have tried various articles of clothing in an attempt to keep warm. I think I have my upper body taken care of. My lower body seems to be warm enough but my legs feel like ice to the touch. I don’t really understand that. How can I feel warm but have ice cold skin that takes a long time to heat back up once I come inside from being out in the cold? My feet do ok just wearing wool socks and good quality leather shoes. I don’t think they would stay warm enough in this weather however. I can usually last for about an hour before my feet start getting cold. That is something I need to continue to work on. As much as I don’t care to do it I may try just putting plastic bags over my shoes to keep the cold air/wind from them. Somewhere on my computer I should have a picture of a guy on a tadpole trike in the winter. He was wearing either large oversized socks or leg warmers over his shoes to keep his feet warm. He looked like a giant elf with the sock/legwarmer sticking way out in front of his shoe as he pedaled along. I have searched for this picture on my computer and online in order to post it here but can’t find it.

Motivation comes into play. I can’t think of anything that will motivate me to go out riding when it is colder outside then I care to deal with. If I were a rich man, if I were single or my wife was retired like I am  (she is younger than me) … just maybe we would be snowbirds and leave these northlands for a warmer climate for the winter months. I guess only time will tell concerning this. I would move away from here in a heartbeat but my wife has most of her family here and doesn’t want to leave here. Bummer! My family is all gone (deceased) so there is nothing holding me here.

How about you? Are you tough? Can you … do you go out riding in winter weather if you live somewhere that has winter weather? If you do, what do you do to keep warm? Do you struggle with motivation?

This motivates me ifin’ the weather is okay …

That is a beautiful scene and quite inviting to me.

Well, that’s my story and I am stuck with it. And winter has just begun. Oh my! Oh me! Oh no! Maybe I am just having a bad dream and I will wake up to sunshine and 75 degrees. Now I am dreamin’.  But one thing is for sure. I really do want to …


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Author: Steve Newbauer

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3 thoughts on “BRRRR! … HOW TOUGH ARE YOU?”

  1. Steve, We (wife and I) moved from Denver to Tucson five years ago for similar reasons as you’ve described. I had to sell her on the idea as she had lived for a time in Iran many years back and is familiar with hot weather. I told her that living in Tucson would be exactly like living in Denver. She gave me the stink eye and pointed out that it will be HOT in Tucson. I reminded her that in Denver we stayed inside more from November through Dec. Jan. & Feb. because it is cold. She agreed! I next told her that in Tucson we will stay inside more in May, June, July & August because it is hot. Deal Done! Relatives: You mentioned getting away to a warmer climate in winter. Tell your wife that all those relatives will drool hearing it’s 70 in January in your new home in Tucson. Make sure you have a stocked guest room or two because you will be the new, “Happiest Place On Earth” as they will impose on your hospitality each winter like you were movie stars to enjoy your newly found paradise. Plan on a canopy from Ed Miller before you move and ride our newly paved 131 miles of the Tucson Loop and watch the desert grow on you. There’s a bonus. Your arthritis will be less of an issue here and you’ll get a nice tan on those glow-in-the-dark legs of yours. (Long pants are optional here, not standard equipment.)

  2. MAC McDermott here, my rule is: zero with low wind, I go for a ride!!! I’m a Yooper(from Upper Michigan)where the snow is heavy(about 90” so far this winter)and temps can reach40* below 0!!! So living here in Green Bay, WI. where the snow is average(50”) and the temp rarely get below 0, I have a rather balmy ride as many days as I can. The big problems here are the salt and sand they apply to the Fox River Trail, gets in the gears and can do some damage. I do like to ride through drifts of snow on the trail when they blow in off the river! Don’t be afraid of a little snow and cold, just dress in layers and make sure you have your phone so you can contact family if you have a flat, chain break, etc.!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. With this winter weather, it’s time to be looking at fully enclosed Velomobiles, even the four wheeled ones instead of three, because of stability issues. Pity this side of the water from Europe, a four wheeler is not allowed to have an electric motor to help plow through the snow and climb hills with. An idea of what is possible over in Europe, and what we should be permitted to use, is to google up the Norwegian “POD-RIDE”.

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