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Cold (New England) Weather Riding Tips For A Noob(10 posts)

Cold (New England) Weather Riding Tips For A Noobowmynads
Nov 10, 2003 1:27 PM
Howdy Road Warrior-Poets:

This is my first season, and I'd like to get out in the cold, but in New England, light is at a premium (but, as a teacher, I can hit the road at 3 pm three days a week). The first thing I've noticed, however, is that even though I've bought tights, the wind goes right through them. Mr. Happy is complaining about the dangerously cold temperatures. My do-dads are clacking together like castinets out there. Any help for this noob? Can't afford the $200 tights, but then, low-budget would be sticking my junk in a plastic sandwich bag, and I'm not doing that either. So...

Ideas on getting out through the winter?

Nov 10, 2003 1:31 PM
get cheap plastic windbreaker from walmart. Cost- 10 bucks. Better yet, wear jeans or fatigues (they breath) over your tights. Cost - free.
If you don't mind looking un-fashionable ...Humma Hah
Nov 10, 2003 1:41 PM
... I've found an old, worn-out pair of slacks work very well for winter riding. Polyester stretch slacks are pretty comfortable, if you can get past the fact that they're the bane of men's fashion. They dry quickly if they ever get wet. Wool is also a good choice. Worn over tights or long polypro underwear they're plenty warm enough once you get going.

When rafting, I was advised NOT to wear jeans, but to wear polyester slacks instead, as wet jeans would basically never dry.

For the top, layers. Whatever is handy, and not excessively bulky, topped off with a windbreaker. Preferably not cotton, which tends to get wet and stay wet.
How bout shorts under your tights???biknben
Nov 10, 2003 1:52 PM
Are you wearing bike shorts under the tights? Can you just double up and be OK?
re: Cold (New England) Weather Riding Tips For A NoobAndy M-S
Nov 10, 2003 2:06 PM
I'm assuming that you have tights that go over your shorts. In that case, a quality kitchen food storage bag is the way to go. Put the bag between the shorts and the tights in your strategic location. Smaller bags work well inside your shoes as toe covers.

You might also consider a long windproof jacket that comes low enough to protect your southern bits, but over several years of Wisconsin riding, I've found the plastic bag to work best.
re: Cold (New England) Weather Riding Tips For A NoobKEN2
Nov 10, 2003 3:07 PM
Worn over bike tights, wind pants for runners work well if they have zippers near the cuffs i.e. don't billow at the bottom. They're basically just like a cycling jacket/shell except for the lowers. Any running store pr sports mart should have a selection.
Nov 10, 2003 5:42 PM
Value Village for old Pendelton wool shirts. Dress in layers. No cotton.

You will roast in a wind breaker.
No need to spend $200Lone Gunman
Nov 10, 2003 5:45 PM had wool no name tights that were cheap cost; Check with Hank at, he has some Santini bib tights for $59, winter weight and they may be wind front type. Also check, they sometimes have crossover gear, base layer tights that can double as bike kit over bike shorts or bibs, they won't have a chamois which saves you money. The key to the warmth thing is layers (probably know this) but when buying bike specific gear, for some reason the price goes way up. Skull cap or balaclava is great for cold weather riding. Cheap wool sweater under a wind breaker is tough to beat. just a few suggestions.
No need to spend $200geeker
Nov 10, 2003 6:49 PM
Also check They have "Roubaix fleece" bib tights, with and w/o chamois, w and w/o windfront. I think the no chamois top out at $59. Shipping is $12, though.
Try polyproplene long underwear under the tightsbimini
Nov 11, 2003 7:07 AM
I have a pair of thin tights and when it gets below 40 I wear a pair of polyproplene longjohns under them and that takes me down to the low 20's. You can get the polyproplene underwear at most outdoor stores cheaper than at a LBS. It has good moisture management properties and allows moisture to pass out. Some wind does get through but it is a lot better than the tights alone due to the layering. I wear a pair of shorts under the long johns.

I also use polypro long sleave undershirt under a long sleave jersey which gets me down to 45-50. last year I used a nylon cycling jacket I got off ebay cheap to get me down to 20, but it had horrible build up of moisture. This year I broke down and got an IP thermafleece jacket and have been down to 30 degrees comfortably with just the polypro under it. We haven't had lower tempreatures yet, but with more layers the jacket should get me down to 20.

Below 20 I found it difficult to keep the face warm enough so as not to risk frostbite. Anything I put over my face restricted my ability to breath properly. Also, you can feel the cold down in your lungs when breathing hard, so my limit has been 20.