Winter Cycling - Wool for Winter?
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10-02-02, 03:57 PM
Has anyone had experience using wool for overclothes in the winter? I have found a cheap place I can get wool pants and jackets, and was thinking they might work well to go over my regular clothes. When I get to school I can change out of them.
I have one old wool jersey. I only wear it in the winter when it's really cold. It's too itchy and thick for anything less. If you can get it cheap, good. It will keep you warm, but I surely don't think they're very comfortable.
10-03-02, 03:43 AM
I use wool as a mid layer all winter, used between a wickable inner and a windproof outer. I really like thin jumpers and sleeveless pullovers for fine-tuning the insulation.
My fav wool is Alpaca, it has hollow fibres so retains its insualting properties when damp . Ive never had a wet wooly, even in the rain.
As an outer layers,Im not sure its so good. Harris Tweed is a very tough material, and handles water quite well. It used to be the material of choice for gentlemen cyclists in the early days, and is de-rigeur if you ride a Penny Farthing (Ordinary Bicycle).
Ive ridden in my tweed jacket around town. Tweed trousers may be good on very cold damp days, if you need to look smart at the end of the ride. Before I wore a helmet, a tweed deerstaker hat served me very well.
I'm with MichaelW all the way on this. Alpaca ROCKS! Tweed is neat too, in cool conditions.
I wear wool, but wind cuts through woven fabrics including wool.
If you live in a windy or very cold climate, you need some kind of wind-breaker over your wool clothing.
10-03-02, 10:10 AM
I wear LL Bean Power Dry pants under Johnson Woolen "turkey" pants. I stay toasty warm and the Power Dry's keep the sweat under control. I do switch to Gortex pants in the nasty stuff (rain, sleet, snow).
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