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Old 26th November 2018, 01:17 AM
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Had a 320km spin today (NCW to Burren return) with a buddy of mine. Started off this [email protected] & it was 1C & didn't pass 8C all day.
Didn't suffer too bad, as had heated grips....wore 2 t-shirts under jocks & 2 pairs of socks. Toes were frozen though & cold got through me in the end.

During the summer I endured 38c in France in full gear (didn't want to ride on t-Shirt) Sweated bucket loads & drank loads of water. Bit of a mind thing the hydration lark. Always thinking...am I going to hallucinate if I don't keep hydrated, amongst any other worries you may have

What's the lowest / highest you've done & how did u mange best in both conditions?
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Old 26th November 2018, 07:13 AM
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Snow on the m50 was a hoot.....
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Old 26th November 2018, 07:13 AM
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And 42celcius in spain was a joy
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Old 26th November 2018, 08:49 AM
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Never rode for an extended period in subzero temperatures and haven't experienced anything over 30 degrees...

Had a 20 degree shift in the space of a few hours crossing from Andorra into Spain a couple of hears back...

2 degrees leaving the hotel at 8.00am, in the mid 20's by lunchtime...

Lots of stopping to get layers off...
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Old 26th November 2018, 10:33 AM
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Mid thirties in Germany during the summer had me drenching base layers with water before putting rest of gear over it. Less than an hour later, everything bone dry. Tunnels in the mountains were a godsend as the air inside was way cooler than that outside.

Rode over to Strandhill a few years back. Was cold enough to have ice forming on my visor. Do recall buying a newspaper in a petrol station and stuffing it down the front of my j_acket. That was a chilly one.
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Old 26th November 2018, 10:42 AM
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Apart from the snow/ice, I'd rather the cold than the heat. Anything over 30c is hell - last summer here was rot
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Old 26th November 2018, 11:23 AM
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Mid thirties in Germany during the summer had me drenching base layers with water before putting rest of gear over it. Less than an hour later, everything bone dry. Tunnels in the mountains were a godsend as the air inside was way cooler than that outside.

Rode over to Strandhill a few years back. Was cold enough to have ice forming on my visor. Do recall buying a newspaper in a petrol station and stuffing it down the front of my j_acket. That was a chilly one.
Ya cant beat the oul newspaper under the jocks as a wind breaker in the cold.
Did many - and 0 mornings. Had ice on the visor also. A bitch too clear it off.
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Old 26th November 2018, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by R.M
Had a 320km spin today (NCW to Burren return) with a buddy of mine. Started off this [email protected] & it was 1C & didn't pass 8C all day.
Didn't suffer too bad, as had heated grips....wore 2 t-shirts under jocks & 2 pairs of socks. Toes were frozen though & cold got through me in the end.

During the summer I endured 38c in France in full gear (didn't want to ride on t-Shirt) Sweated bucket loads & drank loads of water. Bit of a mind thing the hydration lark. Always thinking...am I going to hallucinate if I don't keep hydrated, amongst any other worries you may have

What's the lowest / highest you've done & how did u mange best in both conditions?
Drove through Athens in 40degress full gear .... we had just picked up the bikes and didn't know what to expect .... unpleasant to say the least...
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Old 26th November 2018, 11:32 AM
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38 ish degrees in St Sebastian down in Spain a couple of years back in full gear was entertaining.

Bearable on the move with all of the zips open - but another story stuck in traffic in the city at lunchtime when the bloody fan came and started blowing even hotter air round your nether regions
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Old 26th November 2018, 11:36 AM
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dunno actual temps but 'bloody hot' would cover it in the states two years ago with sweat running down the crack of me arse with all vents and zips open and often here with ice on the road and forming on the visor.
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Old 26th November 2018, 12:07 PM
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Watched a video about riding in +40 degC temps recently. Advice was to drench your baselayers, put on yer j_acket, and close all the vents zips before heading off. That way ye stay damp for as long as possible (less warm airflow), but maybe 30 to 60 mins later you'll need to repeat the whole process. Mad.
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Old 26th November 2018, 12:24 PM
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Drove from Dingle to Dublin recently in the rain. Didn't think conditions were too bad tbh, usually drizzly/ misty stuff with no downpours.
Was feeling particularly cold and started to get the uncontrollable shivers at Naas. Couldn't figure out what was going on as I've driven in much worse conditions. Penny dropped when I got home and realised I left the ( very effective) air vents open front and back on my rst jocks. - doh!
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Old 26th November 2018, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Boots2008
Watched a video about riding in +40 degC temps recently. Advice was to drench your baselayers, put on yer j_acket, and close all the vents zips before heading off. That way ye stay damp for as long as possible (less warm airflow), but maybe 30 to 60 mins later you'll need to repeat the whole process. Mad.
We should get on to the management at Barack Obama Plaza - tell them with all this global warming we'll be needing a biker dousing point there shortly..
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Old 26th November 2018, 12:37 PM
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Wetting the baselayer - the stink must be unreal!?
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Old 26th November 2018, 12:44 PM
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Depends who's in it ..
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Old 26th November 2018, 01:00 PM
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-18 degree's in Prague, was the worst I have been in, but rode regularly in close to -10 for weeks at a time in early morning or late evening. To be honest it wasnt as bad as that sounds. Wind and rain are far worse than a dry but freezing cold.

In Prague, you knew what to expect, and dressed and kitted yourself out accordingly. You would be amazed by what proper thermal clothing can do, as long as you can keep your hands and feet dry.

If you have the appropriate gear I dont think there is any weather that you cant ride in except for blizzards, deep snow and hurricane force winds.
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Old 26th November 2018, 01:15 PM
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I don't mind the cold, but it usually brings ice with it
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Old 26th November 2018, 01:36 PM
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Have ridden in sleet which turned snowy. Visor icing up. Not nice at all.
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Old 26th November 2018, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bandit_eile
Wetting the baselayer - the stink must be unreal!?
Not at all - with the constant warm breeze the stuff has dried out in next to no time. Being an Irish biker you spend all your effort keeping the water out the whole year round. It was quite a change of mindset to be pouring water over your baselayer before popping yer jocks back on and heading off on the bike. First 20 mins when you were properly soaked were the most comfortable!
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Old 26th November 2018, 02:02 PM
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Sudden heavy hail shower
Not nice

Freezing rain in winter
Very treacherous and you don't see it on the road
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