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You ask/you answer: Does cold weather affect your concentration?

"How much does cold weather riding affect your concentration? When I go out in the freezing cold on my long commutes all I seem to think about is getting home quickly and I feel like my concentration starts to slide. I wrap us as warm as my budget allows but after an hour the cold just seeps in anyway. I'd...

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bbstrikesagain

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if you can't keep warm

take the train until you can. Being warm and comfortable is essential.


Winter is the season of Gortex - it drives moisture out from the warmth to the cold and the drier inner layers keep you warmer than moist layers would. I find my old Hein Gericke Goretex needs its thermal linings in and optional bib attached to the trousers when it gets much below freezing, but with just a shirt underneath this kit has worked well down to -11°C! The only problem is when you take it off wet, as once you remove your core the moisture will even out again - put it on clammy and it takes about half an hour for body heat to get the moisture pumping back out again.

Silk helmet liner / balaclava if it's below -5° too.

Best tip? Wrap yourself around the heat of a sports bike and keep yourself out of the wind.

AlpineStars SMX4/5 waterproof boots keep my toes cosy enough.

Remaining problem as the years go by, winter gloves are not enough, phase change materials are okay for 10-20 minutes only, even heated grips are not enough either. Cheap silk inner gloves help but waterproof over-gloves or handlebar muffs really sort out the wind chill and then all is toastie.

In my experience on an upright naked, anything with with off-road aspirations (coldest bike ever - GS650 xcountry), or even a faired adventure style bike, you get much more wind blast from head to toe, especially thighs, belly and shoulders, and you need to pile more layers on to keep warm and safe.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Silk liners can sod off

For me, they just fill any air gap and transfer heat away.  Maybe if my gloves and lid didn't fit to begin with they'd help.

Get yourself wrist deep in muff and you'll never look back.

Goretex lined army boots over decent socks take care of the feet, and the rest is just a merino base layer then wooly jumpers.  A really warm neck face tube is essential.

But for all that, yes, there does come a time when all you can think about is getting home and the concentration goes. But if you're that risk averse, why are you riding a bike in the first place?

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domster

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domster says:

Best to divert cold air around you and use engine heat by adding a tall screen,legshields, heated grips and muffs, all day comfy and safe.

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snev

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snev says:

RogerBorg

I love your innocence..." Get yourself wrist deep in muff" See if I wrote that I'd get Told off.

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SlowLearner

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SlowLearner says:

It's Europe's fault!

Vote UKIP,  stop these European buggers bringing all this foreign cold weather to us every Winter!


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snev

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snev says:

Oh slow learner ....

You're such a card...... Be warned though, some on here don't approve of Sarcasm and Wit...... Not until they reach Bronze member Status at least!

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Best Cold Weather Gloves

Best cold weather gloves I have found are Aerostich Insulated Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves – combined with heated grips there is no need to be arsed with unreliable and cumbersome heated gloves. Have a US friend order a pair for you. Best of all, I can operate my garage door numerical pad, and even pick a coin up off the ground while wearing them.

www.aerostich.com/aerostich-insulated-elkskin-gauntlet-gloves-14.html

 

 

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Heat Exchanger?

Some manufacturer should find a way to keep the rider warm with all the waste heat from the engine.

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shorty42

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shorty42 says:

Yep, cold weather does affect your concentration, BUT, only if you do not kit up in preparation for the cold, if you have 1 ounce of sense you will put your cold weather gear on & keep nice & warm & then your concentration levels will be at the same high level they should be instead of just thinking how chilly you are & how nice that hot coffee will taste !! LOL

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lukejr1

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lukejr1 says:

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I find when going to work in the winter the best thing is to go into your garage take a knee beside your beloved two wheeled mistress and mutter the words "Soon the weather will get better, soon" knowing full well that this is england and the chances are slim, then go to your four wheeled metal carcas and think "I'm moving to Australia" 

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