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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Good cheap bike tip

For those heading into spring/ summer, and possible silly daylight saving, I share my early morning riding tip. Newspaper (ta/ta!) I find that early morning ride into work a bit cool but don't want to jacket up as the ride home in the warm is great with just a short sleeved shirt. Two sheets of newspaper down the front of the shirt stops the cold wind on your chest and when you get to work you can just fold it up and backpocket it ready for tomorrow. Now it is winter here, I carry some newspaper folded up in my bike jacket and on the way to meet up, on group runs, I have a back up if it is colder than I think. Not classy I know, but hey, one million homeless people cant be wrong. It is warm. If you are one of those people with hard bags that carry everything around with them, just in case of every emergency and manage to increase the weight of your bike by sixty pounds, disregard, as you probably have seven spare windcheaters, two vests and a bar/b/que just in case.
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Meant to add, turn up for the group ride early and you have some reading material. Get caught short and you can tear it up for toilet paper. Anyone else on the forum made use of newspaper to stay warm while riding?
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From what I gather from Lofty's post it's inscribed TP LOL
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few remaining in this country....

but YES a "WELL" known way to retain some warmth... for a cold ride....
but also known here since the 40's for motorcyclist ..

but a GOOD reminder... for the "Young" ones with us..

thin walmart plastic grocery bag .. with a layer or 2 of paper inside .....
water resistance warm pack...
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From what I gather from Lofty's post it's inscribed TP LOL



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Don't forget one of those large black garbage bags with a couple holes poked in for arms & head as a poor man's poncho. Rolls up pretty small to fit in a pocket.

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Don't forget one of those large black garbage bags with a couple holes poked in for arms & head as a poor man's poncho. Rolls up pretty small to fit in a pocket.
Yup, been there done that but they don't last a real long time at highway speeds, I know this from first had experience. Keep a couple on hand, they don't take up much room.
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…….Newspaper (ta/ta!) I find that early morning ride into work a bit cool but don't want to jacket up as the ride home in the warm is great with just a short sleeved shirt. Two sheets of newspaper down the front of the shirt stops the cold wind on your chest and when you get to work you can just fold it up and backpocket it ready for tomorrow. ...
Wear it proudly! My wife, who's another odd duck, chooses to use toilet seat covers for lobster bibs!!
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Took a ride from Washington State to Sacramento. Naturally, it started to rain as soon as I hit Oregon, so I just pulled into the border station, and hung out with the staff until the rain stopped. Didn't need a poncho, and got all the donuts I could eat.
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