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winter clothing recommendations?(9 posts)

winter clothing recommendations?BenR
Sep 17, 2003 4:06 PM
I'm not new to the sport but haven't tried much clothing and don't have the money to buy something that won't work. What do people recommend for winter riding gloves? I currently have a set of non-waterproof $35 Pearl Izumi gloves with split seams that were too warm in the fall and way too cold below 38-40 degrees. Before that it was REI specials & ski gloves, which obviously didn't work very well for cycling tasks. Before that I didn't ride in bad weather since I didn't live in Pullman.

I'm probably looking for a set of liners that would work for fall days and as an extra layer for cold, wet rides in January. Also need recommendations for a set of warm gloves (lobsters, gloves, mittens, whatever). Warmth and windproofness is more of an issue around here than waterproofness, but let me know what you like and why. I'm a size 7 1/2 surgical glove, with short fingers and thick palms. I'm dirt poor but willing to pay more money for good function and longetivity, short of extravagence.

My team clothing is also wearing out and I need some cheap shorts to make it to next season. I was looking at Performance Century shorts because I had a performance pair 6 years ago that were darn good for the money. Is this still generally the case? How about suggestions for a decent pair of lighter-weight tights? I have a pair of paper-thin Sugois with repeated seam tears (there's just nothing left to stitch to) that worked well for 4 years, but they're a bit out of my price range right now. I've got a pair of Pearl Izumi amfibs for nasty weather and I could use them if needed, but they're a bit much in dry,45 degree weather. Thanks.
re: winter clothing recommendations?Lone Gunman
Sep 17, 2003 5:38 PM
Look at Longscycle.com, think they may have wool winter tights, possibly winter gloves. Wool clothing is hard to beat for winter riding.
ditto Longscycle.cominnergel
Sep 18, 2003 7:28 AM
They have some DeFeet winter gloves that should work out nicely for you for maybe $6. As an alternate, go to WalMart or somewhere that has hunting clothing and find a pair of Thinsulate glove liners. I paid $4 for mine and wear them under a pair of Manzella Windtex gloves I got on sale for $15 or so from Performance. There is no padding, but my fingers have never gotten too cold in this setup. You can always layer on thicker/thinner gloves over the liners depending on the temp.

As for tights, if you are wearing cycling shorts, any decent pair of non-padded running tights will do. Check out Oshman's for a sale, or look around on the web for a sale. You can always layer up two pairs of tights if it's really cold.
Army surplus glove liners work great.dzrider
Sep 17, 2003 6:03 PM
There's 2 kinds, very thin polypropelene and heavier wool. I like the thin ones with wind-stopper gloves. Usually $3.99.
Rag wool gloves and socksboyd2
Sep 18, 2003 3:51 AM
Very cheep at the surplus store and they work great. Get the gloves with leather stitched into the palms to help with grip.
ditto the ragwoolSteve_0
Sep 18, 2003 4:00 AM
wool outperforms 'performance' clothing, IMO.
check voler for affordable tights: www.velowear.com nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 18, 2003 7:32 AM
Found this online...MShaw
Sep 18, 2003 11:41 AM
http://tinyurl.com/npom

Should give you an idea what one individual rides at what temps.

Give thanks to Ryan Cousineau.

Mike
thanks all (nm)BenR
Sep 18, 2003 3:51 PM