Went out for a ride today...nearly cried

robpal

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So took the bike to visit J and S in northwich couldnt remember the way to the new location from the A49 and for some reason my phone died even though it had 15% charge it was like a block of ice my pocket so couldnt check google map air temp was 4°and I only have summer gloves plenty of snow still around delamere.My fingers were really starting to smart by the time I got 10 miles from home didn't know where tonput my hands when I got in owwww like my finger tips being hit with a hammer.. Need winter gloves!!
 

Bumpkin

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If you ride a lot at this time of year heated grips and/or bar muffs are a good idea.
 

PAD

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Or heated gloves - Gerbing are worth every penny.
 
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moonster

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So took the bike to visit J and S in northwich couldnt remember the way to the new location from the A49 and for some reason my phone died even though it had 15% charge it was like a block of ice my pocket so couldnt check google map air temp was 4°and I only have summer gloves plenty of snow still around delamere.My fingers were really starting to smart by the time I got 10 miles from home didn't know where tonput my hands when I got in owwww like my finger tips being hit with a hammer.. Need winter gloves!!
Heated grips required
 

oldrat

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Feel for you!
Many many moons ago when bikes were my only method of getting around, I used to do a 50 mile round trip to see my girl almost every day.
My hands were always frozen, thick but useless gloves, no heated stuff then, with at least 5 miles to go! My knees took hours to defrost- didn’t wear overtrousers unless it was wet.
Foolish youth eh!
 

JZH

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So took the bike to visit J and S in northwich couldnt remember the way to the new location from the A49 and for some reason my phone died even though it had 15% charge it was like a block of ice my pocket so couldnt check google map air temp was 4°and I only have summer gloves plenty of snow still around delamere.My fingers were really starting to smart by the time I got 10 miles from home didn't know where tonput my hands when I got in owwww like my finger tips being hit with a hammer.. Need winter gloves!!
Well, why didn't you just go to J&S?

:couch:

Ciao,

JZH
 
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robpal

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Yeah so my 1st VFR I used to rely on for commuting all year round as I hadn't passed my car test so I did a 40 mile round trip to Manchester everyday unless it had snowed. I had textiles heated vest, heated grips some beringher winter gloves ( i got from a place called on ya bike in Manchester it's closed now at least they don't have a pshycial shop maybe online)
but they said the couriers all used them.
It said -10 one morning when i duly went into work so I was much better prepared!! And more foolish! But as I've just got the bike recently I don't have all the bells and whistles yet, though thankfully I kept my leathers and textile and boots as people wanted them for buttons so I put them in the loft... I'll have a look at the gloves and will invest in heated grips again though as I remember eventually even with heated grips and thick gloves that wind chill would need to be blocked with hand guards as it still got my fingers but my palms being warm helped me forget
 
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PAD

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...I remember eventually even with heated grips and thick gloves that wind chill would need to be blocked with hand guards as it still got my fingers but my palms being warm helped me forget
That’s why I much prefer heated gloves - they warm the backs of the hands, not the palms - much more effective. They also warm the fingers regardless of position - relaxed fingers aren’t in contact (or not in effective contact) with heated grips and neither are fingers covering brake and clutch.
 

Bumpkin

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Feel for you!
Many many moons ago when bikes were my only method of getting around, I used to do a 50 mile round trip to see my girl almost every day.
My hands were always frozen, thick but useless gloves, no heated stuff then, with at least 5 miles to go! My knees took hours to defrost- didn’t wear overtrousers unless it was wet.
Foolish youth eh!
Remember riding home to Tewkesbury from London on My XS250 (blush...) across snowy, subzero Cotswolds. Next to useless Lewis Leathers Larry boots. Feet in 'cool' oven of my mum's Aga for 20 mins and a warm cuppa... bliss.

 

Pete/48

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OLD TRICK FROM YEARS AGO ------That is If you only occasionally ride in the cold,
A great trick we used to do way back was to get a couple of bubble wrap bags,
(similar to what you would find inside a decent sized jiffy bag,) (the smaller the bubbles the better for feel) pull these bubble wrap bags up over your normal riding gloves, note where your thumb is, then cut a small hole for the thumb to go though, an elastic band over everything around the wrist area and you were good to go, wearing the cheapest pair of insulated gloves you could get,
Admittedly not exactly the bee's knees, but it did mean that those parts of your hands that were normally out in the cold elements were now covered in a nice warm insulated and waterproof glove,
As I remember these used to work quite well and last for a couple of weeks using them each day, depending on how you treated them,
The good old days of biking, hey what
Variations ---
Some folk used to put a cut up between the middle fingers, then cover the cut with wide insulating tape, (would be even better with today's Gaffa tapes) doing this means you would end up with having two sections in each insulated glove,
Others used to make a sheath to cover each thumb, Never bothered with this myself as I always seemed to keep my thumbs out of the wind blast,
 

oldrat

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Remember riding home to Tewkesbury from London on My XS250 (blush...) across snowy, subzero Cotswolds. Next to useless Lewis Leathers Larry boots. Feet in 'cool' oven of my mum's Aga for 20 mins and a warm cuppa... bliss.


Ha ha, I’ve recently sold a pair of those on flea bay.

I rediscovered them when having a clear out in the loft. They were job issued and brand new, albeit (ahem) many many years ago, and still unworn.

I’d totally forgotten that I had them, think I got £80 for them.

Nice looking summer boots but useless in the wet/ cold.
 

oldrat

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That prompted a memory about job issue gloves. Well mittens really.
White PVC backs and black leather. None of us really minded using these ‘bags’ for gloves, nor the fact that they leaked like a sieve..

But finishing a tour of duty with jet black palms because the dye ran was really taking the pi55

:thumbsup::tongue:
 

PAD

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A 100 metre roll of bubble wrap can be had for a few quid. Equipped with such a thing, the possibilities are near boundless...

Why not cover yourself from head to toe, leaving a breathing hole naturally, and stay warm, dry and cushioned from impacts? Better still, wrap the bike too to protect it - no more winter corrosion from road salt...

And don’t forget the savings on expensive winter bike gear.
 

Mrbiggabit

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So took the bike to visit J and S in northwich couldnt remember the way to the new location from the A49 and for some reason my phone died even though it had 15% charge it was like a block of ice my pocket so couldnt check google map air temp was 4°and I only have summer gloves plenty of snow still around delamere.My fingers were really starting to smart by the time I got 10 miles from home didn't know where tonput my hands when I got in owwww like my finger tips being hit with a hammer.. Need winter gloves!!
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StuartG

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I have heated grips, Keis heated gloves, heated body warmer and heated boot insoles, warm as toast this time of year.
 
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