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Really COLD weather gear questions(16 posts)

Really COLD weather gear questionsTNRyder
Sep 25, 2003 7:36 PM
I have lived in the south for the last ten yrs. My winter gear consists of

1 pair lightweight tights
1 pair legwarmers
full finger MTB gloves
1 long sleeve jersey
2 downhill MTB jerseys
1 rain jacket
2 pair wooley bully socks

I am moving to North Dakota in November, and was looking for some good advice on jackets, tights, gloves, headgear etc. I know that no cycling clothes are going to keep me warm when it gets MINOT cold (-40 degrees w/out windchill), but I would like to be able to extend the riding season as long as possible before my only rides end up being those on the trainer in the basement.

Thanks for any help!
re: Really COLD weather gear questionsctisevn
Sep 25, 2003 8:12 PM
should you decide to ride all year youll need
1 a balaclava-your face is more sensitive than (mine is anyways) anything else.) so get a good balaclava
2 fenders: its not clothes but itll keep snow/sleet off ya
3 pi lobsterclaw or other good gloves
4 your jacket, oddly enuf in my opinion, is flexible. IVe used everyting from a pi jacket to a nike widproof vest. be your own guide.
5 use lights and reflecyors of whatever variety youve got. it gets dark early
6 good luck
7 good luck and stay warm/dry
ConcurAndy M-S
Sep 26, 2003 3:18 AM
In ND, you may want to add 'cross tires. Goggles are a reasonable defense against cold high velocity winds.

I commute well into the winter here in WI, and one of the things that I found helpful was to use my rain pants as wind I layer (from inside out, obviously) shorts, light tights, rain pants, and this is more than enough to keep me toasty down into the 20s.

You will need shoe covers and/or non-ventilated shoes--most bike shoes are designed to keep your feet nice and cool. If you can deal with SPD cleats, MTB shoes will be your best bet.
forget shoes altogether...Steve_0
Sep 26, 2003 6:58 AM
sandels are the cold-weather shoe of choice. Can put on unlimitted layers of wool and neoprene without your feet feeling like a bullfrog in a garter snake.
I'm loving this!!!!deHonc
Sep 25, 2003 8:22 PM
Here in Brisbane (Queensland Australia) it was 20 celsius this morning (68 F) @ 5.15am- very sweet following our winter!!!!

PS - Sorry to gloat but I've had a gutfull of being cold.
hey honc....cp123
Sep 25, 2003 9:52 PM
how many -7's did you get in Brisse this winter?

I rode in shorts for the first time in months yesterday. The fluoroescent white is obscene.

I'm loving this!!!!willem72
Sep 25, 2003 10:56 PM
I'm with cp123 on the Brisvegas lack-of-winter caper. Cooler (in a climatic sense only) in Toowoomba, but nothing like Canberra. I rode in shorts the first time in about five months this week - I'd forgotten what my knees looked like. Still, it'll be 40 in a month and we'll be wishing for a frost or three.

Have a coffee on Mt Nebo for me next time you're up there.
try hereMJ
Sep 25, 2003 11:51 PM
Thanks for the link. Maybe I can keep my feet warm this year. NMbimini
Sep 26, 2003 4:33 AM
I'll add a thing here or there...biknben
Sep 26, 2003 4:02 AM
I was really impressed by the PI Am-Fib tight last year. The were TOO warm in temps in the upper 20's.

Stock up on some good wicking base layers. Those thin little tanks by Craft and others are the base for everything else.

Like someone else said, normal shoes will require booties. A few shoe co. have come out with some nice "all-conditions" shoes in the last year. Those are big ticket items but might be easier/more convienient than booties.
Hmmm... REALLY ColdB2
Sep 26, 2003 4:55 AM
-40 Cold you say? - Try this :)

re: Really COLD weather gear questionswily in pacifica
Sep 26, 2003 10:53 AM
Here I am in three jerseys-two LS
Wind Vest
two pair of tights
wool cap
long thick bike gloves.
as many pair of sock that will fit
After this ride I got a pair of Neoprene toe covers

But the riding is fun since very little traffic but you have to look out for slush and ice in the shade.
re: Really COLD weather gear questionswily in pacifica
Sep 26, 2003 10:55 AM
Here is the picture
re: Really COLD weather gear questionswily in pacifica
Sep 26, 2003 10:56 AM
try it again, sorry
re: Really COLD weather gear questionswily in pacifica
Sep 26, 2003 10:58 AM
My snow bike
re: Really COLD weather gear questionsTNRyder
Sep 26, 2003 1:42 PM
Thanks for the info. Glad too see that it is not as bad as I had feared on this one!