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Winter Fashion Tips & Observations(12 posts)

Winter Fashion Tips & ObservationsSadlebred
Nov 21, 2003 7:24 AM
I'm trying tocome up with a little piece for my website about winter fashion tips and observations. Some are meant to be funny and fashionalbe; some are helpful. This is what I've come up with so far. Any more suggestions?

Winter Fashion Tips and Observations

1. Knee warmers and leg warmer are meant to be worn under your shorts. Arm warmers are supposed to be put under the jersey sleeves.

2. Booties and Gortex Socks keep feet toasty. The same for windproof gloves for hands.
3. Don't worry, everyone looks like the Michelin Man, too.
4. Be visible at night. Wear light colored clothing. Put a red blinkie the back and a white light on the front. If you really want to be visible, buy an Illumilite jacket.
re: Winter Fashion Tips & ObservationsWrigleyRoadie
Nov 21, 2003 7:48 AM
Layering is key - even on your hands. Try placing a two-dollar set of thin cotton gloves over or under your normal fingerless gloves for temperatures that are slightly too warm for the full-on gore-tex stuff.
re: Winter Fashion Tips & ObservationsPEDDLEFOOT
Nov 21, 2003 7:55 AM
Ive used chemical toe warmers with some luck.Not the perfect sloution to warm feet but they do help.I've also used laytex surgical gloves as a base layer for my hands for temps below freezing.Wear full finger gloves over them.The only draw back is that your hands may sweat alot.They do stay warm though.

A CamelBack filled with hot TAP water acts as a nice hot water bottle for your back when worn under your outer layer.
re: Winter Fashion Tips & ObservationsBowWow
Nov 21, 2003 8:00 AM
Three-hole balaclava (the eyes-only ones freeze up way too fast, and the one-hole ones expose too much skin!), take the pads out of the helmet so it'll fit.
Couple ideas...biknben
Nov 21, 2003 8:04 AM
-Plan additional time to get dressed and undressed.

-Use the bathroom BEFORE getting dressed.

-If you realize you forgot to put on your HRM chest strap after getting 3 layers on, forget about it. It's not THAT important.

-Pay attention to the order you put the cloths on. Start with your feet and work your way up and out. Socks first, shorts and tights, then upper layers. Hat and helmet, then gloves. You can't tighten shoes or clip your helmet strap with 2 layers on your hands. One exception: Shoes. Leave those for later because you will be walking around the house trying to find all this crap.

-Dress to be cold for at least the first ten minutes. You will warm up. If you don't warm up, then you dressed wrong. Have fun freezing your butt off.
LOL, ditto on the HRM strap. That's prob the real reasonFez
Nov 21, 2003 8:25 AM
I haven't worn that thing since September.
Keep the HRM strap in a very warm place before strappin on! YIKES! nmBowWow
Nov 21, 2003 8:36 AM
Couple ideas...Sadlebred
Nov 21, 2003 8:41 AM
Ooo! I love the HRM strap one!
re: Winter Fashion Tips & ObservationsJS Haiku Shop
Nov 21, 2003 8:54 AM
re: arm warmers...mine usually start under and end up over the sleeves as i use them up/down to regulate temps in moderate cold.

some things i've learn't:

the warmer your core and head, the warmer your feet and hands. no extra socks/gloves required. two winters ago i had the worst frozen fingers and toes, all bundled up on my extremities, on only a few winter rides. this winter i rode extensively outside with only wool socks, neoprene booties, chem warmers, and very very light & thin PI gloves. down to the single digits. how? overwarm core and thin/wicking balaclava with helmet cover. no worries!

chemical warmers in the shoes (sticky side to the top of your toes) work wonders.

merino wool turtlenecks. 'nuff said.

agree with "winter beater" responses in rollers thread. it's nice to have a bike you don't worry about rusting or obsess over cleaning after each ride. IMHO best addition to a winter beater is fenders, if it'll take 'em. IMHO best prep for a winter bike is lube--all rust points, including all hex bolt heads.

wool or synth/wool socks are worth their weight in titanium.

cold? ride harder.

expecting an extended stop? bring warmer gloves to put on while not physically active.

riding at night? spares, spares, spares. plus, being lit up like a halloween bush (sorry i'm trying to be holiday friendly) is always a good thing. more visual = usually safter.

don't forget to drink. bottle contents will rarely freeze at >25*F, but lower and you may need to add some extra salt to prevent the slushee effect.

ski goggles. 'nuff said.

the best thing i've bought in the last 3 years for winter riding, aside from the merino wool turtlenecks, was a louis garneau helmet cover for $14.

wool or fleece headbands meant to be worn around the ears/keep ears warm are essential. also, winter is not the ideal time to wear a bandana as a do-rag. no flames necessary from do-rag snobs.

HTH.

-J
Warm feet in winter? I wonder what that feels like... nmAsiago
Nov 21, 2003 9:07 AM
Keep your clothes and gear in a warm place . . .ms
Nov 21, 2003 9:15 AM
Although my good bike lives indoors (in the laundry room), I keep most of my cycling stuff other than shorts and jerseys (e.g., helmet, shoes, gloves, jackets) in an unheated breezeway between the house and the garage. I've learned the hard way that it really is stupid to put cold shoes on your feet or cold gloves on your hands at the start of a ride. Make sure that everything that you are going to wear is as warm as possible when you put it on.
Cheap stuff I likedzrider
Nov 21, 2003 10:01 AM
Army surplus wool/polypropelene sox, poly-pro glove liners and balaclavas.

Big shoes. So thick sox fit without constricting your feet.

Thrift store sweaters. Buy them tight enough to wear under cycling jackets. Mock turtleneck work best for me.

Hind dry-lete tights from Campmor - $15.00.