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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.:grin2:
 

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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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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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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. :grin2: 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. ...:grin2:
Wear it proudly! My wife, who's another odd duck, chooses to use toilet seat covers for lobster bibs!!
Whatever works!
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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.
Good times!
 

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Another great tip which I will be using tomorrow as it is cold here now is latex surgical gloves on first then my winter gloves over the top. I have heard of blokes when touring buying large dishwashing gloves as overs when caught short in the rain. Whatever works!
 

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Dry, is so much better then Wet and Cold...

more so if you ever got frost bite, ( fingers and toe's )
'not from motorcycle riding'


dehydration. something else to avoid... this I got while riding...
Arizona desert ....

and yes, I was drinking a lot of water.. and still...


Ride Safe, Ride Often.
 

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The cyclists in the tour de france used newspaper under their shirts and/or plastic bags on their shoes when going up the mountains cause of the sudden temp. changes. I prefer heated gear or extra layers.
 

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caught in the rain on the highway? an old trick was to pull into a rest area. usually there was a spare garbage bag under the one in the trashcan and hopefully the maps or ad papers were big enough to slip n your shirt. but anymore if i'm going far from home I take some kind of raingear.
 
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