Riding in sub-zero temps.


I had my wife’s car this weekend for use to get to out on my hiking adventures. She’s spending her weekend in a gorgeous rented house on the other side of town. She’s hosting a knitting retreat. She’s big into knitting, spinning and weaving of fibers. I needed to get the car back to her since it’s her main form of transportation most days. So I threw a bike in the back and drove across town to drop off the car. We were having another gloriously sunny January day combined with bitter cold. Temp at the time of my ride back home was -2F/-19C degrees with a mild windchill.

Even though I love winter, it does take me a few weeks before I fully acclimate to this kind of cold. I can tell when I’m acclimated. It’s when a sub-zero ride like this doesn’t feel uncomfortable any longer. I was quite comfortable. I enjoyed a ride in the late afternoon sunshine.


I never tire of this view of Duluth’s Aerial lift bridge and Lake Superior beyond. With the air temperatures below zero and the water temperature slightly above zero, there is always vapor rising off the surface of the big lake.

Happy Riding.

4 thoughts on “Riding in sub-zero temps.

  1. adventurepdx January 18, 2016 / 3:39 am

    I heard that the coldest place in the Continental United States today was in Minnesota. -36F in Fosston!


  2. Darin January 18, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    When you said -2F I wondered what city you were in. Then I realized,”oh yeah, the lake.” Gotta love Lake Superior.
    I went for my coldest ride ever at -5F yesterday. It was just 3 miles. I’m planning on a longer ride today. I think I’d better pick up some toe warmers!


    • fourseasoncycling January 18, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      I remember in great detail my first -5F degree ride. It was during the winter of 2002-03. I thought I was going to die. My commute was only 4 miles back then. And I thought I was going to die. Way to go Darin with a new personal low…..er…..personal best!


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