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Howard's Thermometer Challenge
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posted 11/2/2006
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Howard had an epiphany yesterday, November 1st, when preparing for a 30-mile winter ride. Flipping through the bike computer, deleting and resetting the old garbage of mileage past, He noticed that the temperature in His garage was... wait for it... 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Then today, the thermometer read a balmy 42 degrees, so He decided to ride 42 miles. Both times He was successful, though mildly frostbitten.

So against all objections and common sense, Howard proposes:

THE THERMOMETER CHALLENGE!

Basically two or three times a week, make the commitment to ride a distance equal to whatever your bike computer's thermometer says at the start of the ride.

If you want to do kilometers instead of miles, that's up to you.
If you want to ride miles equal to degrees Celsius, that's up to you.
If you want to ride kilometers equal to degrees Celsius, well... you get the idea.

Randomness adds spice -- something sorely lacking in the bland and unsavory winter months.

Howard only plans to try this through the winter months since the temps will be down to a reasonable mileage equivalent. If He lived in Tucson, as He once did years ago, this idea would never have occurred to Him, nor is it likely to make any sense to those currently living in Mediterranean latitudes. But in places like Colorado, Minnesota, and other tundra-esque states, it could add some interest to an otherwise ride-prohibitive season.

Or not.
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posted 11/2/2006
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Okay howard.

But what if....

It is ten below?


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posted 11/2/2006
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Get a fixie and a trainer...and ride backwards

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Okay howard.

But what if....

It is ten below?


-- posted by lucine


Howard doesn't ride when temps are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit -- and neither should you, unless you're one of those fair-skinned Scandinavian types.

Your trick question doesn't have any traction. And neither would your bike.

Next?

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Get a fixie and a trainer...and ride backwards
-- posted by dallasbikr


Howard would pay cash money to see this. But first He would put on His parka.

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posted 11/2/2006
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Last December I rode 49 miles in 16F weather... do I get extra credit?

And can someone spot me 4 miles? On the N24HC this year I SAG'd out after 96 miles in 100F weather!

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Last December I rode 49 miles in 16F weather... do I get extra credit?

And can someone spot me 4 miles? On the N24HC this year I SAG'd out after 96 miles in 100F weather!

-- posted by mwburden


No extra credit, bub. Either you do it or you don't. In the first case, you did. In the second, sadly no.

The Challenge, however, is to do it at least twice a week throughout this coming winter.

As for spotting miles, Howard has already offered to buy the mileage of others to help him reach His goal of 8,000 for the year. Can you believe no takers? And here He was prepared to pay as much as $0.10 a mile!

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posted 11/2/2006
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Hmmm... looks like I'm gonna have to spend the winter riding backwards

Perhaps I could ride the temperature in Arizona plus the tempurature here through the winter... eg: 30c in Arizona plus -25c here = 5km to ride.

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Hmmm... looks like I'm gonna have to spend the winter riding backwards

Perhaps I could ride the temperature in Arizona plus the tempurature here through the winter... eg: 30c in Arizona plus -25c here = 5km to ride.
-- posted by clevernamehere


Hey, that's the spirit! What I'm saying is pick some system for determining the mileage or kilometerage you'll be committing to ride only moments before you begin your ride. It's all about the randomness, where you might do a few miles or have to do 50 or 60, that appeals to this particular Howard.

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posted 11/3/2006
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Okay howard.

But what if....

It is ten below?


-- posted by lucine


Howard doesn't ride when temps are below 20 degrees Fahrenheit -- and neither should you, unless you're one of those fair-skinned Scandinavian types.

Your trick question doesn't have any traction. And neither would your bike.

Next?
-- posted by HRlaughed


Get some studded tires and some good cold weather gear . Actually 10 below F is a bit too cold even for me but I do usually ride at -10C and sometimes less. I'd go for this challenge since we seem to be free to randomly chose what system we want to use. As long as we don't have to commit to one and stick to it. I'd use the Farenheit temperatures in the winter and the Celsius temperatures in the summer (only for minimum mileage). I assume we're free to ride more than the temperature if we want to. Randomness Rules!! Right now I'm confined to my 45F garage but one of these days I'll be back outside.
post edited on 11/3/2006 at 4:25:47 AM

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posted 11/3/2006
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Hmmmmm, Mary wonders if INDOOR/OUTDOOR (barely enclosed porch) trainer/stationary miles can be used on the REALLY cold days outdoors....
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