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Windchill and Adventure Riding

December 17th, 2015 | Author: Dale Rabideau
Category: Rides | Tags: , ,

I thought it was cold on the ride to work yesterday. Didn’t realize the air temp was below freezing at 30 F. Add in a wind out of the West at 15-20 mph, and it was cold heading West.

Let’s look at the different feels-like temperature based on which direction I was going:

Windchill in 10 Degree Bands

Windchill in 10 Degree Bands

Going with the wind at 10mph, there would be a 5mph at my back and the temp would feel like 25. But head into the wind at 5mph, there would be a 20mph in my face and the temp would feel like 17.

In actuality, the difference in direction felt like much more than 8 degrees. It was the difference from a pleasant ride to a painful ride for any exposed skin around my balaclava.

Everyone has a different comfort zone, from searing cold to stifling heat; and different band widths of tolerable, comfortable, enjoyable. For me, part of the calculus is psychological as well, until I reach the boundary of prolonged pain from cold in my extremities, specifically hands and feet, or the small area of exposed facial skin. This moves the psychological pain to physically detrimental.

The psychological part comes from understanding the amount of heat we generate while riding. We are a veritable furnace that works like heating a building that uses windows to adjust the temperature, i.e. with layers of clothes that we can adjust via zippers or remove. We can also adjust the temperature by the effort we are putting out. Most of it has to be at low speeds because of the windchill affect. But climbing hills, increasing snow depth, or challenging snow ruts all can be used to adjust our heat to ride in our comfort zone.

For me, it is easier to wear normal seasonal clothing for shorter rides in the cold because I can adjust the heat with effort; whereas in hot temperatures, I sweat just standing around in the 80′s. There, riding at a couple miles per hour will cool my sweating body until air temps reaches about 100, then one must be very careful not to get heat stroke no matter the effort.

In either temperature extreme, the longer rides should be curtailed unless artificial heating or cooling can be obtained periodically. But for a 4 mile ride to work, the windchill needs to be in the single digits or less for me to consider canceling because of physical danger. Time wise, that is putting me outside for 20-30 minutes.

Wind is more critical than temperature. I have ridden at -5 degrees when the wind is dead calm, chimney smoke going straight up like something out of Mary Poppins. This sight is beautiful because of its uniqueness in the crisp, clear air. But about 30 minutes of putting around at 5 mph is about all I want. A trip through the neighborhood and around Standing Bear Lake fits the bill well.

I encourage all of us to push our comfort envelope and ride short distances in slightly uncomfortable temperatures. We may find after the initial few minutes of coldness, our effort is generating enough heat to create a short, enjoyable adventure. And if we experiment further with clothing and varying environments, we may expand our comfort zone and come across new adventures, maybe even replacing the motor vehicle on short trips to the store, restaurant, coffee shop, or pub. We may work ourselves up to night time snow flake rides on quiet streets except for the snow crunching beneath our tires.

Post Midnight During a Snow Storm to Catch a Great Ride!

Post Midnight During a Snow Storm to Catch a Great Ride!

Enjoy the ride! Experiment in this Winter season and find new adventures!

2014 Bike De’Lights

December 14th, 2014 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Rides

What a great turnout on a beautiful night!  We estimate that over 75 riders came to see the holiday lights in Midtown Omaha.

Please take a moment to complete our survey about the event!


Come be a part of the next stage for Omaha Bikes…

July 28th, 2012 | Author: OmahaBikes
Category: Advocacy, Bicycle Friendly Destination, Bike Parking, Bike Route, Bike Shop, Bike to the Ballpark, Community, Events, Get Involved, Handlebar Happy Hour, Rides, Stolen bike, Valet Bike Parking

As many individuals are aware, Omaha Bikes has recently launched a new website (are you coming to our special HHH to celebrate?), and we are entering a new stage of our journey. We are looking for talented individuals to join the Omaha Bikes leadership team in one of many specific capacities. Do you have a special interest or skill set that can elevate Omaha Bikes’ impact in the metro area? Take a look at the positions we hope to fill and if you are interested or have questions send an email to or leave a comment. Or you can stop by any of our upcoming events and talk with someone about the organization.

We hope to select folks to fill these spots at or before our next meeting on August 14th.

Hey, we’re kind of new at this, so take a look at these responsibilities and tell us what you think. Chances are you can do at least one of them better than we can, and we would love your help. Let us know why you’re the right person for the job:

  • Events and Outreach Coordinator
      • Oversee planning for events such as Bike D’Lights, Discover Omaha tours, Dust Off Your Bike events, and Handlebar Happy Hours
      • Manage and coordinate the Bike Friendly Destination program
      • Ensure events and tags on website are accurate and complete
      • Receive and respond to emails submitted via “events” widget
      • Manage newsletters, email groups, and social media
      • Activate members around advocacy opportunities
  • Volunteer and Bike Valet Coordinator
      • Act as the point person for events wishing to use Omaha Bikes’ valet system
      • Work with events to plan for use of the system
      • Provide expertise on use of the Bike Valet system
      • Maintain and track data on system users for each event
      • Work with the Treasurer to record revenue and donations from Valet
      • Work with Events Coordinator to recruit volunteers as needed for other events (e.g., ride leaders)
  • Blog and News Coordinator
      • Ensure blog is updated with regular content
      • Manage website “users” and monitor blog submissions
      • Recruit other Omaha Bikes leaders to write content
      • Monitor local and national news outlets for relevant stories and compile for blog
      • Monitor and post stolen bike alerts
      • Manage tags for blog post content
  • Bike Shop and Club Liaison
      • Regularly communicate with local bike shop managers and club presidents
      • Ensure managers and presidents are aware of Omaha Bikes’ priorities and events
      • Recruit shops and clubs to help with membership drives, volunteer recruitment, donations, and so on
      • Closely work with Events and Outreach Coordinator to continuously cross-post shop and club events on
  • Treasurer & Membership Coordinator
      • Pull monthly membership data
      • Provide regular reports to group on financial situation and memberships
      • Track financials and work with leadership team to develop Omaha Bikes’ annual budget
      • Work with LiveWell Omaha to establish a financial reporting plan
      • Receive emails submitted through the membership widget
      • Regularly review and approve membership payments

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