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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-07-2006, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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cold track day

hey guys and gals. my first track day coming up and kinda nervous. its gonna be pretty cold. anything i should pack for the weather?
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How cold is it going to be??? Your in FL can't see it being that cold, I have seen snow on track days before.


I think it's common sense to dress warm, take it easy for 3-4 laps if your not running warmers, and just except the fact that the track will never get up to temp. :twocents

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first, define cold...

underarmor for cold weather(uppers and lowers), leathers that are not perforated, turtle neck shirt, still drink lots of fluid, very easy to get dehydrated when its cold.

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Where is p.c. fl? Are you heading to jennings? Once you get working on the track you will not even notice the cool weather! just make sure your tires are warmed up before you push it too hard!
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Cold would be under 40Deg F. :twocents

Just warm up the tires for another lap and make sure you have good tires. NOT OLD TIRES.Trust me I know.
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yup jennings. headed out there friday afternoon to camp out. i wont see snow but it'll be around low 30s in the morning which is colder i can handle. ill try to wait till midday to run i guess. thanks guys
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i wont see snow but it'll be around low 30s

It's That warm in the height of summer here.......

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Cold? I bet several other guys on this board that were at an early Summit trackday last year can define cold. How about coming up the backside of Jefferson circuit thru a snow squall? Buring charcoal in your grill after dinner just for warmth at the track...lmao...hope to never see a trackday like that again.
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This season's opener at Pocono East with Team Pro-Motion had a chilly start, 28 degrees and an ice storm. Needless to say it was cancelled a couple laps into the day. Never booking April track days at Pocono again...Waiting until May next year unless I go someplace South.
Track photographer took these pics from that morning. It was so cold and rainy that I just had no desire to put my leathers on. Glad I did not. The rain kept coming down and the wind chill turned it into ice in a matter of minutes.
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awesome picture man.

last season, Febuary saw a Sunday Talladega GP WERA race that started and ended with Snow Flurries.

I am a big fan of heated gear. Nothing leeches concentration away from me more than cold. I have a heated vest that keeps me comfortable to ~40 degrees with nothing else on but underarmour and leathers. Less bulk equals more freedom of movement. I use the Widder vest, whole setup runs ~$150, and well worth it. I am thinking about adding on the heated chaps too, but I can already ride well below temps my buddies are willing to ride in, so more gear will just mean more alone time. And nobody to see my super Nicky-esque moves!
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Talking Sheee's 30..... Try 21 to 22!..With NO Heated Gear!.. Crazy,

WOW! I'll 2nd that picture! Ken, that looks pretty hairy I mean COLD

I've been on the road 1 time with snow just starting to come down I ride everyday as long as I don't think there's ice on the road. So I've been out in 26degs before coming to work, cold yes it was/IS, OH I don't have any heated gear either! So anyhow 26 was my record until this morning, when I left my house to come to work this morning it was 21/22degs.! You know what, I'LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN! I can NOT believe the pain I was in, ONLY because of my fingers though, but OMG! 10min. into the ride and I was hurting SO Bad
Grabbing my exhaust all the way to work, trying to feel if I was "all of a sudden" going to burn the SHIT out of myself!>??? I NEED heated grips BAD


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Subtract an average of 1 degree mile per hour after the first 20 mph. So 26* @ 60mph is close to -20*
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The opener last April at Road America had the afternoon sessions canceled because of snow. Steve finished the last session of the day at 11:00 am and the temp was 28-30 degrees. Enclosed trailers and space heaters ROCK!

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wow that pic just gives me chills looking at it. here in fla we get freak cold days every now and then and yesterday was one if them. one of the locals said it got 19 degrees at night. we brought a small space heater for the tent and i wouldnt trade it for gold that night. after about 10:00 it was a good day. warmed to 50ish. lowsided in turn 8 left hander . bent clipon and broke shifter. buddy drilled shifter and put a screw in it so i can get one more session in. clipon bent but held (thanks varium for the great product). i couldnt shift very well due to clip on being bent so i stayed in one gear. but first track day went good and now im addicted like everyone else. people there were great. i cant thank the staff enough for making me feel comfortable and the other riders for helping out where they could . thanks for listening end of transmission
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ThermaCare Heat Wraps, they're not just for old guys...

This is too late for your track day, but I use Thermacare heat wraps from Target pharmacy.

One on the lower back and one back of the neck...they work for 8 hours and put out LOTS of heat...if it gets too hot, put it in a zip lock bag and squeeze the air out...that stops the reaction, but it'll rewarm when you open the bag to the air...

I've also used little disposable hand warmers inside my gloves on top of my hands and toe warmers from the sporting good store and they work well...hunters use them in the field to stay warm. I keep a set in my tankbag for use in the winter.

They're less hassle then an electric vest. I've worn them on the street as well, because on cold days I get a pain between the shoulder blades...yeah, you young guys can laugh, but hey, if you ride smart, you'll get to be old too someday!

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that sounds like a great idea. i just saw something like that on tv actually. im pretty sure there will be more track days cold or hot. just hope my wallet can support it. thanks for the input
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