More riders out — start of spring
March 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm #2622SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Is it my imagination or are there about 5 times as many riders out now that spring has started?
It’s a nice day here in Nor Cal, but no better than earlier this week. Still, I saw more fellow bikers today than I think I’ve seen for the past several months.
Maybe I’m just riding slow and they’re all passing me )March 20, 2009 at 9:40 pm #17195megaspazParticipant
same here. before i was like just about the only soul riding around… now i gotta start looking out for parking spots…March 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm #17196KellisanthParticipant
Think of Bikers as like, cocooned butterflies or even sleeping/hibernating squirrels…
As soon as winter comes and starts to thaw out, they come outta the woodworks.
Gives the drivers more things to think about besides rain and snow. It’s a seasonal thing!March 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm #17197briderdtParticipant
Well, not so much “winter” as sucky weather. Didn’t matter whether it was January or March, as soon as the sun came out, the number of bikes on the road multiplied by 10, easily (me included).
Tomorrow is going to be the nicest day in the 10-day forecast — partly cloudy and low 50’s… Every other day is RAIN!March 21, 2009 at 4:33 am #17201nau_lax21Participant
suprisingly, i saw quite a few people (myself included) around flagstaff who rode year round. it seemed like if snow was not falling, bikes were on the road
hope to see more as the weather gets nicer tho!March 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm #17248
Chicago area is finally warming up, we had a nice weekend – 55 on Saturday and 60 something on Sunday, lots of bikes out and about for sure. Now its raining for the next 3 days, oh well! Too cold in the mornings to commute anyways, only 39 degrees plus frost at 6am, brrr.March 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm #17249RidleytheRedParticipant
I go out if it’s above 40°F and the roads are good. Proper gear will let you ride any time.March 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm #17254
Yeah, I have to get better gloves, my hands freeze so I ride if it’s 50 and above. 40 would be better – longer riding season!March 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm #17256smokeizfireParticipant
…here in SoCal and the bikers are out. It gets worse the closer to summer you get.March 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm #17261Clay DowlingParticipant
I bought Tour Master Polar-Tex gloves over the winter, and they’ve definitely been worth the money so far. They keep the wind out wonderfully, which is important in Michigan in the spring, where the weather alternates between Windy and Tornado.March 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm #17262
LOL! Thanks! I checked those out, they look good and the price is not bad either.March 23, 2009 at 3:52 pm #17267briderdtParticipant
The ultimate winning combination in keeping the hands warm.March 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm #17269eonParticipant
I went for a group ride to Mt. St. Helens on Saturday and the morning started off at 32’F with freezing fog. Fog gets you cold real quick as the vapor just seems to stick to you. It did burn off as the day progressed but we did ride through a snow storm on the way back from the mountain. I think I had the beginnings of frostbite in my finger tips as it seemed to take a long time for the tingly feeling to go away once I got back home. I think for next winter I need to upgrade to something more substantial than just winter gloves.March 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm #17270RidleytheRedParticipant
There are heated jackets/gloves/etc. for that kind of riding. Meant for snowmobiles, but you can get the hookups for bikes as well.March 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm #17278eonParticipant
I don’t need a heated jacket as it is just my fingers that get cold. I have heard conflicting stories on how useful heated gloves are. I think the heated grips work but I’m not sure I will still have this bike come next winter so I am hesitant to shell out money on it.
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