A year ago 11/18 to be exact, I wussed out and stopped riding because of the cold (I also gained 12# over the winter). I live in Southern Illinois, so really i should not even be allowed to use the term cold. Sure, we may get the foot of snow, or the -15 temps, but those are rare. Daytime averages are probably in the 40s or higher from Dec-Feb.
So, I tell you that, to tell you this. In an attempt to not repeat last winter, today, I took my first "cool" ride. I have started days in low 40s, but have ended a couple hours later in the 60s. This was my first "in the 40s" ride, and I want to brag up a piece of gear, The Seirus Neo-Fleece Combo Mask/Scarf. What a great product. I rode my first 5 miles without it and I felt terrible. After coming off of Pneumonia this summer, I seem to be a little more sensitive to temps and humidity. The temps were in the mid 40s and I felt like I had a mild ice cream headache and a borderline ear ache. I rode the last 5 miles with the Seirus Clava and I was just as toasty as could be (in the face and head at least).
This is a great product and if anyone is considering extending the biking season, this should be on the list. I have the scarf version, but I will probably get the full hood for when it gets worse, though I think 40 and sunshine may be my limit, which if funny because one of my favorite things in the world is to don a thick pair of Smart-Wool Undies and my Kokatat Gore-Tex drysuit and play in icy cold whitewater, but there is just something different with the biking and cold that does not agree with me. Must be the wind chill.
Here is a link to the one I have. I think I got it at Dick's http://www.backcountry.com/store/SIR...mbo-Scarf.html
My next "NEED" is an affordable (I am being fiscally conservative right now) "Wind Breaker" any suggestions.