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Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:18:43 PM »
I don't know how many of you ride into the real cold season, I do.  Here in New England I ride until at least a 6 inch snow fall, then I can't get out of my driveway. I am regularly riding into January.  I have ridden many times in the mid teens, Fahrenheit, temps.  The one thing I found was that as good as my gear is, I found the heat being sucked out of my fingers when on the levers. I looked around and found a simple solution that I hope will help. I found these dirt bike covers that don't look to bad and should work.  They need a lot of care and pushing to slide them on to the levers took about 10 minutes each.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/myoMXmHpSVgR9wjS9

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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 08:30:32 PM »
Figured out how to add the pictures now.  Reading 101 fail :138:



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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 08:35:09 PM »
They look quite good.  I find the levers a bit of a stretch anyway, so that would just make them slightly worse, but I'm sure they will help you with the cold.

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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 08:39:08 PM »
*Originally Posted by uglybeard [+]
They look quite good.  I find the levers a bit of a stretch anyway, so that would just make them slightly worse, but I'm sure they will help you with the cold.

Regards,

Richard

Yeah stretch is not an issue for me.  My first ride today I noticed a lot less sliding of the fingers so might help with the stretch, with better grip.
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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 10:06:16 PM »
i just run handlebar mittens, like a snowmobile, turn grip heaters and i'm good. they slip on and off no issue. this allows me to wear light gloves, not heavy gauntlets. :152:

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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 02:24:46 AM »
I don't go as cold as you do, 25F is about my limit, though it is warmer here so black ice is a real danger (melt freeze melt freeze) I can get into December though. 

I have the hand guards on, grip and seat heaters on and I have an electric set of gloves that heat well.  The grips warm the inside of my hand and the gloves heat the back.  I also have a heavy jacket, storm collar and insulated over pants.   

I find the warmer I can keep the rest of my body the warmer my fingers are.


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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2018, 02:28:55 AM »
For those who dabble in electrics, some heatshrink would probably help at low cost.

Fortunately it doesn't get that cold where I am.  I've had cold fingers, but didn't feel it was the levers cooling them down.   I don't ride with my hands on them, normally.  And with quick-shift, now even less clutching.

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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2018, 10:59:05 AM »
OK, at the risk of sounding like a complete tool and upsetting people......   :431:   You must have really sh#t winter gloves to need these as insulation! I would of thought these would add friction between the glove and the lever making operation less smooth and why ride with your fingers resting on the levers the whole time? If you don't then surely a non-issue? If they work for you great but I'm a bit :435:  (people often call me insensitive btw).

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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 02:34:42 PM »
*Originally Posted by XCaTel [+]
OK, at the risk of sounding like a complete tool and upsetting people......   :431:   You must have really sh#t winter gloves to need these as insulation! I would of thought these would add friction between the glove and the lever making operation less smooth and why ride with your fingers resting on the levers the whole time? If you don't then surely a non-issue? If they work for you great but I'm a bit :435:  (people often call me insensitive btw).

Valid point. I am commuter on my bike over an hour each way. I have Gerbing heated gloves and heated grips.  When in traffic you are clutching a lot so it compressing the fabric, at the finger tips, there by losing insulation(R value).  If I was just cruising into work in would be a non issue, a fair amount of stop and go.  No sure about your smooth point, I am finding that I have much more tactile feel of the control levers.

Let me know how often you spend an hour in -10c weather.  I'd be interested in your input.  By the way no offense here.  Just a discussion.
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Re: Covering my levers in prep for the winter
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 02:37:28 PM »
*Originally Posted by vsteel [+]
I don't go as cold as you do, 25F is about my limit, though it is warmer here so black ice is a real danger (melt freeze melt freeze) I can get into December though. 

I have the hand guards on, grip and seat heaters on and I have an electric set of gloves that heat well.  The grips warm the inside of my hand and the gloves heat the back.  I also have a heavy jacket, storm collar and insulated over pants.   

I find the warmer I can keep the rest of my body the warmer my fingers are.

Yeah I don't ride on black ice days either. 2 winters ago even though it did not snow in January I barely rode because of the black ice issues.  I have the Barkbuster Storms installed they help a lot in the cold.
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