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cold weather clothing?(6 posts)

cold weather clothing?raynim
Nov 15, 2003 3:02 PM
just moved to a colder area than i'm used to and winter is coming. what does anyone reccomend wearing on a ride in 50, 40, and 30 degree weather?
re: cold weather clothing?Elefantino
Nov 15, 2003 6:55 PM
50: undershirt, long-sleeve jersey, vest, maybe knee warmers.
40: undershirt, long-sleeve jersey, jacket (lined), tights, full-finger gloves, maybe light shoe covers
30: undershirt, polypro long-sleeve jersey, polypro tights, jacket, lobster gloves, neoprene shoe covers, skullcap that covers the ears, maybe a balaclava.
20: Stay home. Watch football. (Sorry, I live in Florida.)

FWIW,
Mike
re: cold weather clothing?PEDDLFOOT
Nov 16, 2003 9:45 AM
In the 50's I ride with a wicking tshirt ,short sleeve jersey with arm warmers.Riding shorts with Light weight tights for the legs.Smartwool socks are really great for almost any temperature.Get yourself a few pair at different thickness.

The 40's I just sub a long sleeve undershirt for the short sleeve and don't use the arm warmers.Add a lightweight shell jacket for the outer layer.

The 30's can be tricky depending on wind conditions and cloudy or sunny skies.Most of thetime i will add an insulated jacket instead of the shell.In the low thirties I'll add some polypro underwear as my base layer.A skull cap of lightweight fleece with ear protection is good.Wear full finger gloves.

The feet are tricky.I wear mountain bike shoes below 50.Smartwool socks are the best.When it gets below 40 try chemical toe warmers;they seem to help.I've also have shoe covers that really help when temps are in the low 40's and less.

The 20's you can try one more lightweight layer like a vest over your riding jersey.A balcalava is a must for me at those temps.Good luck and have fun.Rideing in the cold is actually alot of fun.Enjoy it.
"Riding in the cold is actually alot of fun.Enjoy it"Birddog
Nov 16, 2003 11:56 AM
Only if there is some other fool or fools out there with you. Then you can make fun of each other for being so stupid/obsessed, etc. Misery LOVES company.
Birddog
re: It is cold here, here is what I dohudsonite
Nov 16, 2003 12:14 PM
When riding in the cold I dress in layers. Here are the layers I use depending upon the temp.

50's - Long sleeve cycling jersey, with a windproof vest. Long cycling pants, with a wind/water proof front. Light weight gloves, with the fingers completely covered.

40's - Same as above, with a Gore-Tex windbreaker over the vest.
30's - Long ski underwear on the legs, with the cycling pants on top. Swap the vest for a heavy wool sweater. Still use the windbreaker. Change to ski gloves. Add headband under helmet. Add shoe covers.
20's - Add windproof vest over sweater. Wear full head hood. Wear two lightweight socks, wool is best.

This morning when I left for my ride it was about 16 degrees and I was warm. The key is to keep your head, hands and feet warm. Wool is great insulator and it breathes. When riding, I keep the vents on the windbreaker open to keep air circulation inside. It helps a bit, but I still get home soaking wet from sweat.
BalaclavaUncleMoe
Nov 16, 2003 5:31 PM
I bought one a just started wearing it. It is of the lighter variety, I got it from Campmor. Made to fit under a helmet.

I am amazed at what a difference it makes. Not too warm, even when the day starts to warm up. I commute year round so my day begins in the dark and cold.