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cold gear(14 posts)

cold gearlane_a
Jan 6, 2004 8:21 PM
this is my first winter with a road bike and i was wondering what kind of cold gear would work. silk? synthetic? it would need to be something i could use in other situations besides biking. thanks

Jan 6, 2004 8:28 PM
How cold? Wind? Rain? Snow? How long of rides? ...

Jan 6, 2004 8:35 PM
ummmm..........mostly around the 20-50 mile range. no rain or snow for the rides. i don't know how cold i'd go...probably around 40 is my guess. i'd like to get something i could use while hiking as well. i saw these since my first post, any thought:

I understand that silk doesn't breathe -BowWow
Jan 6, 2004 10:23 PM
I have a silk hawaiian print shirt that feels great on, but does get kind of sweaty. I think you'd be best served with merino wool - soft, not itchy, warm in winter, cool in summer (naturally wicking, doesn't get stunk-up like poly). I'm still looking for something in my budget range, will probably pull the trigger next paycheque.
Go to a thrift store.dzrider
Jan 7, 2004 6:05 AM
If you're in reasonable shape you can find sweaters that people outgrew or shrunk. I get at least one every year. Some years I find cashmere which is even nicer than merino. You can leave a $2.00 sweater in a trash can on a day that warms up while you're riding although sometimes they work well enough to become valuable to me regardless of what they cost.

Army surplus is another source for budget items. They make glove liners in both poly-pro and wool. Windstopper gloves over poly-pro is remarkably warm without much thickness and two layers are more adjustable while you're riding. I use the wool in a larger size for running. Their wool/polypro blend sox are the warmest I've found and cost about $5.00.
Probably don't need muchmickey-mac
Jan 6, 2004 10:32 PM
I live somewhere with no snow and little rain. I do early morning rides when the starting temperature in winter sometimes gets into the mid-30s but is more typically in the high 30s to 40 in the early morning. The most I wear is a pair of winter weight bib tights from Santini, a craft short-sleeve undershirt, a fleece-line jersey, and a vest. Even this is overkill on all but the coldest mornings around here. Unless you're really susceptible to cold, you should be all right with arm warmers, knee warmers, a warm undershirt, a jersey, and some full-fingered gloves.
Second the Craft gear, it's excellentinnergel
Jan 7, 2004 6:56 AM
Check their website They have always have a clearance section. I picked up one of their turtle-necks for like $20. They go for about $50 at my lbs. I've worn it biking, skiing, and hunting at it's great in every situation.

you should be all right with arm warmers, knee warmers, a warm undershirt, a jersey, and some full-fingered gloves. This combination works perfectly for me as well. You might add some shoe covers and a skull cap under your helmet to the mix.
Second the Craft gear, it's excellentmickey-mac
Jan 7, 2004 7:40 AM
I agree that some kind of shoe cover is a good idea, but for temperatures going down to just 40 degrees, I find toe covers (PI Calientoes) to be sufficient. If things get really cool, I'll wear the toe covers with two pairs of socks. At least for me, full shoe covers are like foot saunas after 30 minutes or so.
Second the Craft gear, it's excellentinnergel
Jan 7, 2004 11:26 AM
My shoe covers are uninsulated windtex, not neoprene like most some of the others I've seen. I can see how they could get really hot. I wear them with Smartwool socks when it gets down below 55 degrees or so, but I'm a cold weather weenie. I'm 6'5" and have long legs, so my toes get cold easily. And being from Texas, I can handle the heat much better than the cold. I tend to err on the side of overdressing in the cold. It's easier to strip stuff off it I'm too hot, than try and scroung up another layer or suffer with cold feet.

Anyone from north of the Red River is probably a little more hearty when it comes to cold weather :-)
40 or even belowbimini
Jan 7, 2004 5:23 AM
At 40 I wear just a pair of tights (with my cycling shorts underneath), a thermal biking jacket (not a windproof jacket, they cause you to get soaking wet underneath and then cold, I like my IP Kodiak jacket), a light scull cap style hat and neoprene booties.

When it drops below 40 I add a layer of polyprolene underwear, a baclava (sp?), a long sleave jersey if it is real cold, and a second layer of polypro socks. This takes me down to 20, colder than that I wimp out and ride the trainer or go XC sking. Use the same gear for XC sking minus the cycling shorts and helmet.
re: cold gearmargoC
Jan 6, 2004 11:00 PM
I live in coastal ga and it doesnt' get very cold here compared to most of the country but I will ride down to 40 (I think). So far I've ridden in the high 40's. It's hard to decide what to wear cause it's pretty nippy starting out but after you warm up things can get pretty warm. I just recieved my nashbar order today and got some awesome deals! I got a coolmax jersey that would be good for many things. I like bike specific things for riding cause they are cut longer in back, they are soft and stretchy, and can have pockets in the back that are handy. So far sweat pants and padded underware work for tights. Certain sweats work better on the bike than others, I look at the legs to make sure they are not to big or bunchy at the end, same with the waist. Sometimes I wear a tshirt or silk or polypropolene underware I got for hiking under a long sleave jersey and a sweatshirt over that if it is very cold. I just got a shell today that I think is going to work well but won't be able to try it out till tommorrow. I think padded riding tights would work better than sweats but there is only so much money to go around.
re: cold gearowmynads
Jan 7, 2004 4:20 AM
Here in New England it gets cold. How cold? F*@!!# cold. They're talking about wind chill that puts us sub-zero this week. Now I'll get to try out that new combo balaclava/face mask, lobster-claw gloves, gore-tex helmet cover, and polypro base layer I got for Christmas. Over that, I'll be wearing my thermal ls jersey, winter pants I got this summer from LL Bean's factory store, and neoprene booties I got cheap ($15) from I have a wind/rain proof jacket, but it's got a hood on it (got it for hiking a few years back). It does the job, but I like to call it my "drag chute" because every time I go out, it's like instant wind resistance (not to mention that the jacket itself isn't exactly what anyone would confuse with "aero".

But that's what I'll put on before going out. That said, as you might imagine, I'm bundled up like that kid in "A Christmas Story" who runs around saying, "I can't move my arms!" All that clothing is restrictive, and with wind chill at that level, it's just as well. I normally train at 17-19 mph average. I'll be shooting for something more like 14 mph average, because I like my face, and don't want it to fall off.


re: cold gearbigrider
Jan 7, 2004 5:20 AM
I agree with above post that you don't need a whole bunch if you are only going down to 40 degrees.

long sleeve jersey
wind vest
arm warmers
ear band

If your chest gets cold just put on another short sleeve jersey. If it goes up in the 50s lose the arm warmers, booties, and vest and wear a short sleeve and long sleeve jersey combo.

If you are really looking for something you can wear in other situations, the tights could be used as well as your cycling jersey for a base layer. I have heard some amazing reports about Under Armor Cold Gear (50 bucks for a long sleeve shirt) Anyone ride with it?
Jan 7, 2004 4:35 PM
make sure you layer. It's better to have a bunch of layers rather than one big bulky layer. You will want a moisture wicking layer close to your skin (regular jersey), an insulating layer over that(long sleeve jersey; polyprop), and a wind/rain layer (wind vest; rain vest) over that.

For the gloves, lobster and mittens are the warmest but any decent full finger cold weather glove will work for 40 degrees. Put on some booties and a skull cap and your set.

When its real cold use those chemical toe warmers, they are the real deal.