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Vest and arm warmers--how about you?(22 posts)

Vest and arm warmers--how about you?velocity
Sep 30, 2003 9:30 AM
50 degrees Fahrenheit in NYC this morning. When I heard this on the radio I went digging in the bottom of my cycling apparel pile for a vest to wear for my commute. Glad I did so as, dressed appropriately, the crisp weather was bracing and enjoyable.
yep. two jerseys, arm warmers, vest....scrublover
Sep 30, 2003 9:40 AM
full finger gloves, skullcap, leg warmers, and two pair of socks. ~40-45F. oh, and shorts too. looks to be getting ugly today; got out early and went for a loop to my fav coffee/breakfast burrito place.
Long tights and long-sleeve jersey last weekend ...Humma Hah
Sep 30, 2003 9:46 AM
... felt pretty good.

In the dead of winter, I wear polypro or Damart long underware under my pants on the coldest days, a sweater and windbreaker on top. As long as I keep moving, I'm fine even at 25 F, or even a little lower. In winter, who cares about fashion? The rare cyclist you see is more worried about keeping warm than about what you're wearing.
Santa Barbara Reportlotterypick
Sep 30, 2003 9:49 AM
CHilly 65-68

We've all broken out the vest and arm warmers.
I was considering knee warmers in L.A.fracisco
Sep 30, 2003 10:02 AM
But it wasn't chilly enough. I did give my girlfriend a vest to wear, which did little good since it is way too big.
Today was my first day in tights...biknben
Sep 30, 2003 9:56 AM
I wore tights this morning for the first time this season. 47* for my morning commute. I grumpy today, watch out!
Today was my first day in tights...utxjohne
Sep 30, 2003 10:21 AM
Yeah what a bummer, considering it rained most weekends this summer in NYC. I can probably get away with the shorts for another month but definitely the arm warmers are out and likely a vest in the mornings.
Why don't you wear leg warmers with regular shorts?lotterypick
Sep 30, 2003 10:28 AM
Also, if you wear tights do you wear your shorts under them or have tights that have a pad.

I heard that wearing over shorts is good for road rash, any advice is appreciated.
I wore them at Solvang a couple of years back ...Humma Hah
Sep 30, 2003 10:44 AM
... and they look AWFUL. The only picture the photo crew took of me was in those goofy things. My legs were comfy, tho'.

Later, when it warmed up, I found a nice place to sit, and took them off. That's something you can't do with any other system on the side of the road in the middle of a ride. As I was getting up, I noticed somebody else had done the same thing, but had simply thrown theirs in the bush.

I may think mine look goofy, but I still HAVE 'em.
I don't like leg warmers....biknben
Sep 30, 2003 10:53 AM
The following is just my opinion. It may not make sense. I'm just thinking aloud because I have no work to do.
I like arm warmers. Turn any short sleeve jersey into long sleeve and they can be taken off when you get warm. I'm also a big supporter of knickers. They are just slightly thicker and cover the knee. I can often ride with knickers into the 30's. So, I have a pair of knee warmers so that I can turn all my shorts into knickers. Makes me anyway.

Continuing with my theme I could use leg warmers to turn all of my shorts into tights, right? But...At the point I need to cover my legs, my regular shorts are not think enough around my waist. My upper legs and waist get cold anyway.

I prefer to wear tights over a pair of regular shorts. It provides better insulation around the waist and the shorts provide the pad (tights are unpadded).

To answer your question about road rash:
Having an extra layer of clothing will help slightly with road rash. It will also cost you twice as much to replace cloths after a crash. I don't consider crashing when dressing for a ride.
yes, yes yes. Leaves are turning, I'm thinking that since..eyebob
Sep 30, 2003 10:27 AM
daylight savings time hasn't kicked in yet and the mornings are dark, later now, that I'll pop on the lights and start hitting the mtb trails in the eve. With my jacket, arm warmers and special wind-resistant tighty-whiteys under my shorts.

Here, no vest and no warmers.....PatC
Sep 30, 2003 10:29 AM
...too warm for that ! Just short-sleeved jerseys and short bibs. Autumn feels like spring.....But this is quite unusual ! By the way, 'here' is France......the Auvergne region ...
I froze my tail off yesterdayboyd2
Sep 30, 2003 10:51 AM
I swam for 30 min at the local YMCA before biking to work. I only had short sleeve and short bibs and I froze my tail off. I could not warm up all day!
Geez you guys, what're you gonna do when it gets COLDterry b
Sep 30, 2003 11:09 AM
My morning rides lately have started at 45ish degrees and ended in the 70s. I'm still wearing my regular summer kit. I start adding arm and leg warmers when I leave at 40 and come home at 50. It's funny, I find the fall temps to be much less abusive than the spring - the same 45 in April does not feel (to me anyway) like 45 in September. Must be the black body radiation from the asphalt.
wear even warmer clothingoff roadie
Sep 30, 2003 1:07 PM
I've been wearing light tights or long jhons under nylon shorts for a month now, and a headbabd under my helmet to keep my ears warm. On Sunday I busted out the lightweight wool turtlneck to wear under my MTB jersey.

Lest you think I'm a wuss, its was 35ºF this morning. I could have gotten away with no tights, but why bother? If yah got them, wear them!

I live in Minneapolis. I commute year round by bike, so I have more of the "really really warm" XC ski type stuff than I do of the "armwarmers for when it gets nippy" type stuff.
you're no wuss! (nm)terry b
Sep 30, 2003 1:59 PM
re: Vest and arm warmers--how about you?MShaw
Sep 30, 2003 1:04 PM
I have a completely free tip for all of y'all that need a windbreak in the AM, but not in the PM.

Get the Sunday paper. The bag that all the ads come in is about the perfect size for your chest. Put on your base layer, then the bag, then your jersey. Presto chango! Instant vest. As an added benefit, the bag folds down to a 3cmx1cm square that takes up almost no room in your bag/pockets/etc.

You get added cool points from the guys you're riding with 'cause you're not all bundled up, and they are, so they wonder how you can stay warm... Till they learn the secret that is.

If you wanna spend $$ on something a little more permanent, I'd go with one of the windbreaker base layers under your normal cycling gear. Stealth warmth! Make those sponsors happy by wearing your team jerseys longer.

Heck, it's only 52deg now at 4pm!Asiago
Sep 30, 2003 1:04 PM
Supposed to be 30 degrees tomorrow morning. Yes, tonights's ride has leg warmers, long sleeve jersey and vest.

I'm heading out now to my 4pm ride right nowterry b
Sep 30, 2003 1:55 PM
and it's 91 degrees with 12% humidity. No arm warmers for me!
Just finished a night ride...byker
Sep 30, 2003 5:35 PM
here in Michigan. It was cold, I wore a vest, long sleeve jersey, winter hat, full finger gloves and tights. The ride was pretty sweet though!!!
47* in So. Mississippi for a.m. commute...what to wear?Milliet
Oct 1, 2003 5:56 AM
Brand new to RBing and have been commuting for 7 weeks now. All of sudden...damn it is cold out. I do not own ANY cold weather cycle gear and do not know what to buy. Monday morning I **thought** I dressed warm with some of my soccer gear (wind pants, pull over fleece sweat shirt). Just about froze to death. Particularly hands and arms. So this morning pulled out some hunting gear (thermals and thick camo gloves). Much better. Not cold at all, but was a little warm when I got to work (9.1 miles).

The Problem: This junk is very bulky and must be taken home in the 75* afternoon to be used again the next morning.

So what should I buy for this type of riding? Basically: 30 min commute at 5:00am in the cold mornings, then another 30 minutes home in the warm afternoons.

It's worth it to invest in cycling specific gearvelocity
Oct 1, 2003 10:54 AM
For autumn, arm and leg warmers and a lightweight vest usually suffice. Once I get warmed up might slide down the arm warmers to my wrists. I haven't donned leg warmers yet this fall but they're a cinch to remove if your body feels too hot.

For colder weather the palette includes: a long sleeve jersey, a winter jacket or winter vest, windstopper-type tights/bibs, booties, winter gloves, a winter cycling cap and/or balaclava.

Good luck!