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Follow up to mr_spin longest ride so far(13 posts)

Follow up to mr_spin longest ride so farPatM
Jan 17, 2002 7:09 AM
I feel the need to get out and ride some sort of distance over 30-40 minutes on the trainer. All of you from the cold regions - what do you wear for 20-30 degree temps ?
I have my head covered with a balclava and use my ski gloves. But I know my feet get cold in temps of 30-40 even with full neoprene boots, so what do you do about your feet ? How about the rest of your body ? How many layers ?
Do you go cheap - plastic bags or high tech ?
Clothing for centuries in 20-30 degrees FMB1
Jan 17, 2002 7:26 AM
I wear Lake winter cycling boots with smart wool socks, Miss M wears leather Sidis with smart wool socks and Terry shoe covers that use velcro and can be opened to vent.

We wear thick poly tights from Gekko Gear over cycling shorts. If it is really cold or windy we will add leg warmers over the tights.

Silk long sleeve undershirts, long sleeve Castelli jerseys fleece lined. Pearl Izumi vests with full zipper.

Silk glove liners under thin poly glove liners under windblock gloves. Sometimes we wear thick poly gloveliners if it is really cold. Your hands will be the last thing to warm up so get used to it.

2 balclavas 1 thin and 1 thick.

Helmets with visor.


I wear a Burley Cycling Jacket Miss M wears a Bellweather. Both have back vents, long pit zips, 2 way full length zippers and velcro wrist closeurs.

I think the key to long rides in cold weather is to not get hot or wet. Make sure everything you wear breathes, vents well and wear lots of thin layers so it isn't hard to carry anything you take off. This time of year you will likely be adjusting your clothing all day long. Try out new ideas on shorter rides, don't mess around on long rides. We also don't stop much or for long when it is cold.

Avoid plastic, cotton and neoprene.
Those Lake boots are tough.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 17, 2002 8:56 AM
They look more like motorcycle boots than cycling shoes - lots of buckles and padding under a hard shell. I've been wanting a pair badly since a dealer showed them to me last winter.

Incidentally, Lake Cycling offices are one block down and one block over from my apartment, and they have a big presence in the shops around here.

They are amazingbigdave
Jan 17, 2002 9:12 AM
The Lake MXZ-300s are unbelievable... they do look like motorcycle boots, but not as high. I've ridden 1 hour + in 20F weather with no booties and 12F with neoprene booties and my feet have never been cold. Never! And trust me, I'm a guy who *hates* cold feet. These things are a godsend.

I got mine at (which is probably near Alex) for about $170. Anyone who thinks that is too expensive... no way. I thought the same, but the first ride I took with them in sub-freezing temps told me I made a wise investment.

If you like to bike in cold weather, get 'em, you won't regret 'em.

Do you ride a white Paramount?Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 17, 2002 9:48 AM
Just curious,

Nope, blue Pelotonbigdave
Jan 17, 2002 9:52 AM
in Wisconsin... :-)

re: Follow up to mr_spin longest ride so farvitusdude
Jan 17, 2002 7:39 AM
At @30 degrees I wear:

Shorts, tights with a windblock panel. (Bellweather)
A sleeveless thermax undershirt, long sleeve undershirt, long sleeve jersey, nylon vest, and nylon jacket/pullover.

smartwool socks, shoes, P.I. shoecovers

ski gloves w/ polypro liners.

balaclava and helmet.

I still get cold. But I do survive.
re: Follow up to mr_spin longest ride so farBikinCO
Jan 17, 2002 7:39 AM
I live in Edwards, CO (15 minutes west of Vail) and work in Eagle, CO (30 minutes west of Vail). I have ridden 400 miles this winter on the road between the two. When it is below 30 degrees I wear:
Pearl Izumi or Bell Weather tights
bib shorts
long sleeve jersey
DeFeet undershirt
Pearl Izumi Zepher Jacket
regular cycling socks
Sidi Gen. 3
Bell Weather Wind Tex booties
Castelli gloves, and a Rox head and ear cover under my helmet.

If it is sunny and above 30 I change out the tights for leg warmers and the the jacket for a vest.

I don't ride outside when it is below 15 degrees.
Not Mr. Spin, but ...pmf1
Jan 17, 2002 7:47 AM
I did a century on 12/31 and it never got above 35 the whole day. I think it was below 20 when we started.

I use neoprene booties and chemical toe warmers for my feet. You can buy these at any outdoor store. They're well worth a dollar or two. I don't use real heavy socks -- toes need room to wiggle. I used Pearl Izumi lobster mits which I've found to be pretty toasty gloves. I even wore a Gore-Tex jacket, which I usually consider to be too hot. I wore a LS under a SS jersey under the jacket. I've got a Gore-Tex balaclava which I rarely wear, but did wear on that day.

Spring is right around the corner.
a second on the chemicalsslow-ron
Jan 17, 2002 8:32 AM
I've tried just about everything to keep my feet warm in sub. 30 deg temps. I've had mild success with electric socks & neoprene over boots but the chemical packs work the best, by far.

I buy these at Home Depot for around $1 per pack. Open them just before you ride and stuff them under your toes outside your socks (you can burn your feet if you put them inside). I think they get up to 90 deg or so for up to 4 hrs.

Good luck
Yesterday it dipped below . . .morrison
Jan 17, 2002 7:54 AM
65 in San Diego, so I put on a heavier pair of socks to go with my shorts and short sleeve jersey. :-)
re: which booties?cyclopathic
Jan 17, 2002 7:58 AM
I've heard good things about Performance, they ugly but keep your feet warm. pers I use Gore-tex oversocks and combined with warmer high ankle mtb/hiking shoes (had to borrow mtb pedals too) If your feet don't sweat 2 pair of socks with plastic bag would work, tried. Make sure shoe isn't tight and there's enough space for circulation (upping up 1 or 2 sizes would help) good luck
Im outside if its above 30RayBan
Jan 17, 2002 9:12 AM
Thats where I have been drawing the line as far as road riding goes. I am doing my base training on a fixed gear so I'm not building up a sweat. Longest Ive gone so far is 3 hours. I put baggies over my socks, and neoprene boots over the shoes. I found that using regular ctcling socks with the soles of the shoes left in is warmer than neoprene socks with the soles taken out. Regarless I'm still cold when I finally get back home...