Too Cold

When your water bottle freezes while out cycling it is too cold. It was one of those days when as I cycled to the meeting point I hoped no one else had bothered to turn up so I could quietly return to a nice warm bed. Alas even though one of the other riders was thinking the same thing four people turned up so there was no returning to bed.

As we climbed up White Down my hands actually warmed enough to sweat and as we shot down into Dorking the cold froze my hands and face and my hands never recovered. I've not had such cold hands for years. Hardly surprising when ice can form in a water bottle while out for a ride. Even now as I type this hours later they are still feeling odd. However a few hours and some cups of tea and I no longer regret the ride.

Only 65 1/2 km we were home before 11 but did not stop for breakfast.

Comments:

Saturday's ride for me was not nearly as cold, though we did have real frost crackling under our wheels during the first hour, and drinking from my water-bottle ran the risk of giving me a brain-freeze.

Posted by Dana Myers on January 05, 2009 at 10:14 AM GMT #

Chris,
"Happy New Year to you too!"
Just finished pedaling, SUNNY, 63 degrees (F) with swirling winds at 9 mph.
Honest, I am following MD orders having relocated SOUTH!
My longtime friends in the Northern (U.S.) states are NOT cycling these days.
Road testing does continue, new parts ordered, arrival and fitment next week.

Posted by William R. Walling on January 05, 2009 at 10:42 AM GMT #

While not something you normally would worry about in England, wind chill factors do need to be taken seriously. Believe me, in New England, we take it seriously. Last week, it hit 0 Fahrenheit / -18 Celsius and the winds were gusting up to 40 mph.

If your water froze while riding, the air was at freezing temps. The water would not be affected by "wind".

Adding in real temps and your speed and the wind, and, geez, Chris. That's just wicked cold!

http://www.weather.gov/os/windchill/index.shtml

PS - Happy 2009!

Posted by Kimberley on January 06, 2009 at 07:45 AM GMT #

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