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Fall/winter riding(9 posts)

Fall/winter ridingrubendc19
Sep 12, 2003 4:40 PM
Ok so I live in Jersey, and it's already getting pretty cool out there, what am I supposed to get for fall/winter riding. I've seen the long legged tights, is that what everyone uses? Do you use jackets ? This would be the first winter for me, I started riding in the begining of this summer, and I really enjoy it so I don't want to stop for so long. If you guys can give me some ideas of what you guys do, so that I can get started with some myself.
Ohh no!the bull
Sep 12, 2003 5:22 PM
Here comes winter.
I start off by riding in shorts and bibs for as long as I can. When the temperature drops you'll need to start adding layers. I start be wearing knee warmers and leg warmers and arm warmers in the morning.When the sun comes out and you start to get warm you can peel them off.When it gets really cool I will wear a wind breaking vest. Gloves are nice too! I own several differnt styles depending on the temperature.
When it gets to a point beyond ears being covered up, a full jacket wind breaker and long pant bibs I usually start to ride a mouintain bike.The lower speed in the woods makes things warmer.

Remember if you fell warm and comfy at the start of your ride you overdressed.
No jacket for meAllUpHill
Sep 12, 2003 5:44 PM
I prefer to just layer up on long sleeve jerseys. A single good quality long sleever will keep you in good shape to surprisingly low temperatures. At worst I have a thermal undershirt, two long sleeve jerseys, and a short sleeve jersey on top.

Tights yes. Plus a pair of thermal unders if it's really bad.

For the head, find a thin but warm balaclava to fit under the helmet. When it's truly insanely cold out I augment that with ski goggles. Looks idiotic but does wonders.

Also, get some wool socks, shoe covers, and whatever gloves tickle your fancy. I run two layers of gloves: neoprene/leather on the bottom, thinsulate on the top. All in all, i love riding in the cold months. I have my clothing routine tailored well enough that the weather isn't a problem -- definitely beats rollers and trainer.
My "essentials" for cool weather riding;KG 361
Sep 12, 2003 6:15 PM
1) arm warmers
2) knee/leg warmers (if you have leg warmers, you don't REALLY need tights unless it gets REAL cold)
3) a vest
These 3 will keep you warm alot of the time. Add gloves to that and/or glove liners and booties of some sort. That's a good start and you won't have to shell out a whole lot of $$
need more than that in NJclimbo
Sep 13, 2003 6:29 AM
you will freeze without tights in winter here in NJ. It all depends on how long in to winter you ride but if you plan on being outside from December to February, you are going to need some tights and a rain jacket, or atleast some long sleeve thick jerseys. Craft undershirts with windproof material in the front are also fantastic for keeping warm without wearing a lot of layers.

For the very serious, I do this, buy a pair of extra shoes a size bigger and wear some thicker wool socks, I can also wear goretex socks in there if it's raining, these are a great thing to have, dry feet feel so good on a winter ride.
Need more than that in PA, too.KG 361
Sep 14, 2003 5:37 PM
Those were ESSENTIALS just to get started. I, for one, did not go out and buy all that I have at once. The items that I suggested will get you started in cooler weather.
A Mountain Bike with Knobbiesbimini
Sep 13, 2003 6:09 AM
I was out cross county sking on a multiuse trail last year after a foot of snow and saw a couple of these out on the trail. They were getting around pretty good considering. I am certain they were getting a tremendous workout, they were having to plow through a foot of snow.

On a road bike. Just like any winter sport dress in layers, and get heavier all weather tires. Plus the sand and salt is very hard on the bike. If you have a bad weather bike great. If not, you may want to find an old beater for winter. The sand and salt can eat up chains, drive trains and tires FAST!
My strategy (long, sorry)...timfire
Sep 13, 2003 6:49 PM
Be warned that I have a fairly high tolerance for cold weather, but here goes my winter strategy.

For Cool Days (40-25 degrees):

Body: A long sleeve wicking shirt and possible a short sleeve shirt over/under that.
Legs: A normal pair of bike shorts under a pair of tights.
Head: Maybe a thin winter cap under my helmet in cooler temps.
Hands: Thin glove liners under my biking gloves.
Feet: Thin wicking socks under wool socks.

For Cold Days (25-10 degrees):

Body: Thermal long-sleeve shirt, short sleeve jersey, and a fleece jacket.
Legs: Normal bike shorts, tights/thermal long-johns,and a pair of wool thrift-store slacks.
Head: A thin winter cap that will fit under my helmet.
Hands: Medium weight winter gloves, plus thin glove liners in colder temps.
Feet: Thin wicking socks, wool socks, and chemical warmers.

For REALLY Cold days (10 to -5 degrees), all the above plus:

Body: A wind-proof outer-shell.
Legs: Either a second pair of tights or I wear snow pants.
Head: A scarf or a balaclava, plus a set of ski goggles.
Hands: Glove liners plus heavy-duty ski gloves.
Feet: Neoprene Booties.

The real problem area seems to be keeping your feet warm. Once they get cold there seems to be no way to warm them up. For rides longer than about 45 minutes, the only thing that seems to work for me are chemical warmers. I must say, though, that this year I'm going to try some of those winter-specific shoes, hoping that they'll help.

I did find that when I dressed for my trunk to be comfortable, my feet and hands seemed to get cold. If I dressed so that my trunk would get slightly sweaty (but not too much), than my feet and hands seemed to stay warmer. I think it's easy to underdress and not realize it, and that's when your trunk sucks the heat from your limbs.

Some people really like wind-proof outer shells, but unless it's really cold I personally get too sweaty. I need clothes that breath.

Lastly, fenders are a really good idea. Not only are they good for the bike, but they keep road slush off your legs. Road slush is a real problem, because if it gets your legs wet, your clothes and shoes will literally ice up and freeze, and then there's NOTHING you can do to to keep your feet from freezing.

Sorry for such a long post.

Hey thanx alot guys...rubendc19
Sep 15, 2003 10:43 AM