Minus 25 And Still Alive

As I rode to work today, I thought of this saying, since it was -25C (at least): “Minus 25 and still alive”. If anyone remembers the Short Circuit movies, they’ll know what I’m talking about. Since this is my second day riding in sub -25 Celsius weather, I thought I would list some of the things that do and don’t work in this cold. P.S. that’s -13F but I’m pretty sure yesterday was -18F.

Does Work

My clothing (see winter gear) is keeping me nice and warm. I’m wearing cycling shorts + long johns + sweat pants + wind pants on the bottom, and long-sleeved compression shirt + technical pull-over + windbreaker on top. I felt cool but not cold and my thin glove + Dakine mitt combo got my hands warmed right up after about 10 minutes of cycling. I think I figured out my fogging problem too! I’m wearing contacts and I put my goggles on below all other layers, so that the seal is against my skin. Even my headband goes over my goggle strap. I do put my face mask on first, though.

Doesn’t Work

Batteries. My cycling light, which has been awesome so far, has found it’s limit for holding a charge. I have been able to ride 4-5 days, times 2 45-minute rides with the light at full before needing a charge. Yesterday, I had charged it fully but on the way home the light went into battery-saving blinker mode and the battery indicator was flashing red. So about an hour of ride time in -25C will kill the battery. For reference, it’s a Light and Motion Urban 300 lamp. It’s super bright, has 4 modes, and is really easy to use and strap on. Aside from this new battery issue, I love the light.

I suppose if I do ride in -30, I’ll be saying: “-30 and lookin’ nerdy”. Cheers!

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About Kurt (Lightning) Bredeson

I am a married man, a follower of Jesus, a Mechanical Engineer, and a lover of cars, cycling and music. Things haven't always been easy; things haven't always been hard. I'm just trying my best in this life to enjoy what's been given to me by God and make the most of it.
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