Guest Blogger Keeps Bike Out of Hibernation

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November 6, 2012 | By: Jeff Maddox

Editor’s Note:What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.

Where did the summer go? As we get just that much closer to November and December I realize that most folks are putting their bikes up for the season. I’m not sure if I could take the thought of not riding and that’s probably why I keep mine out of hibernation. We all know it’s a little ridiculous to ride in 10 degree weather, but it doesn’t turn that cold overnight (at least not here in Kansas). Why is it that 40 degrees in the spring feels warmer than 40 degrees in the fall? It’s the gradual change in the temperature and the constant will to ride that keeps me going, day after day, mile after mile. Or is it the price of gas…

Either way, I bundle up and hope for the best. I should get paid to try out winter gear and write reviews. It would be hard for me to give up the stuff I use now because it has proven itself down to three degrees on my 22 mile commute. I don’t really want to know the wind-chill as that would probably be enough to make me park it right there. I hear stories of this “heated vest” and those “heated gloves” like they are something from the future, but I have yet to try them out. Uh yeah, I wouldn’t want to spoil myself.

So I grin and bear it. I complain in the heat, so it’s inevitable I’ll complain in the cold. But one thing is for sure, if I don’t ride, I always wish I did. Have you ever had that feeling? Half-way to work, I question my sanity. If I take the truck, I go insane. Go figure. I don’t think the words “I wish I wouldn’t have ridden today” have ever come out of my mouth. But you will hear “why didn’t I ride today?”

So as some of you are putting your bikes away for the winter and placing your helmet on the shelf, think about me and all of us that are out there riding through the cold. Don’t feel sorry for us as we are exactly where we want to be – riding. And when you pass us by admit it to yourself…you wish you were too!

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Comments (11)

I ride year round as well, here in the North West it is a challenge sometimes. But not owning a car and I’m not too fond of walking. I haven’t used the heated gear found thermals and insolated bib overalls and a good pare of snowmobile gloves work for me. This year will be interesting as I changed from Dunlop’s to the Michelin Commander 2, there is a large difference in tread pattern or lack there of. , If they prove to be a problem Ill ride the 1979 FL found it works well with 15 to 20 LBS of sand in each saddle bag. Cold weather riding is enjoyable if you set up right

Planning a trip to DC from San Antonio the first week of December. Any advice from the cold riders. My bike is my only transportation, rain or shine.

It is 20 degrees F. here today and we have had snow since Oct 22 so my bike is parked. I have found mt Widder Heated vest to be a super piece of riding gear which gives me a couple of extra weeks of riding at both ends of the season. I have used it on long rides in the rain as well and that was when I appreciated it the most. Gloves or heated grips will be my next purchase as I have arthritis in my hands and need the warmth.

I lived in Chicago for over 53 years before retireing and started riding 2 years ago and have no problem rideing all year long. Forgot to add I have lived in Daytona Florida the last 2 years. LOL

I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I ride my ’87 Decker year ’round here. A little cold doesn’t hurt anyone, the pleasure so outweighs it.

Went on a poker run last year in Omaha, rode in from Western Iowa where it was 28deg at 6AM – wore good jacket and chaps, no problem, no chill. When we lived in Denver always rode to work thru Dec except when snowing. Now in Florida, far worse risk is the traffic!
Ride safe…..

I too ride year-round. I do use heated gear though. I figure as long as the roads are clear of snow/salt, I’m good to go.

Mich here. I m still riding and will be as long as there is no ice or snow on the road.

I ride if it is above 25-30 and no snow/ice.

Still riding here in MI as long as there is no snow! Was 29 this morning and had very cold hands on the way to work, I would love tips on keeping the hands warm! I truly live to ride!

I ride here in Cleveland until they coat the roads in salt. I use First Gear heated shirt and gloves. They plug into the electrical system. They are Awesome! Hoping for the pants and socks for Christmas

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