Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La. aka New Orleans
Seems like war stories are being offered of what worked and what not-so-much.
Mine is in the latter category. Coming back from a trip to Big Bend in January, I rode the last leg from College Station, Tx to New Orleans and this was the coldest I'd ever been on the bike, or in my life. It was 37 and rainy. Winter layers under my one piece rain suit were not nearly enough.
I remember stopping outside of Baton Rouge at a gas station to get some hot chocolate and I was shivering so much it was hard to dismount and hold the cup still under the spigot. Two cups later I was approaching a shiver-less state. I had a gerbings heated liner on, but, the one-piece rainsuit prevented plugging it in. And the rain precluded taking it off or unzippering.
When I got home I installed a perforated grommet in the rainsuit so I could run the gerbings plug through the suit to power. That works well. A perforation SHOULD be standard on any one piece suit, I think.
Previous to this I had ridden in 23 degrees, in the dry, and subsequently across the pass at Angel Fire, NM in snow, Monarch in the snow, The Sierras in sleet and hail, but I have never experienced the cold like I did on the mentioned ride. I am certain I was hypothermic, and there was no question it was dangerous.
Stay warm at all costs is the takeaway.
Cold not only affects your motor control, especially fine motor control--like your hands, but also cognition. Cold is an anesthetic.
Aside: when really cold I will use ski mittens instead of gloves: waterproof and warmer and thick liner friendly
Last edited by Dr. Strangelove; 09-Nov-2018 at 07:35 AM (566).