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Old 09-21-09, 04:54 PM   #1
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It was chilly

I rode yesterday in low to mid 60 degree weather and got a killer headache. What do you guys use to keep warm when it's a little chilly?
I'm not ready to break out the Cyclops yet, but it was really tough to get going yesterday
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Old 09-21-09, 05:01 PM   #2
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I don't add anything until about 55 then its just leg warmers.
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Rode to school today in sub-50 weather, and home in sub-45 weather (all degrees F). Wore a rain jacked, gore-tex wind pants, and long-sleeved wicking shirt under the jacket. Also wore a thin headband under my helmet, and plastic over the top holes on the helmet. Gloves that do keep fingers warm are a necessity!
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The headache is probably from the air flowing around your head. Get a helmet cover, they are intended for rain but they do a good job of blocking the air/wind. If it's really cold, get an insulated headband to cover your forehead and ears. For severe conditions, consider a baklava.

What I've worn successfully (@ commuting speeds):
below 70 - leg warmers, full cycling gloves, thin long sleeve underlayer
below 60 - leg warmers, full gloves, long sleeve underlayer, helmet cover, thicker socks
below 50 - leg warmers, full gloves, long sleeve underlayer, poly shirt, helmet cover, thick socks, insulated jacket (mine blocks the wind in addition to insulating)
below 40 - insulated tights, full gloves, long sleeve underlayer, warm long sleeve shirt, helmet cover, thick socks, insulated jacket, poly headband (cover the ears)
below 30 - haven't tried it yet
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60 degrees is ideal for me up here in New England. 50's start bringing out the cold gear and by that I mean long sleeves.
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In the 60's I will use an underarmor type layer under a jersey. ($10 at Target) plus tights over my shorts. Better to shield the knees form the cold air to keep them warm and happy.

A must for me is half a sheet of tissue paper stuffed in each ear. I can still hear but shields the cold air. Without it, I get a brainfreeze!
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Shorts for 60's or higher.. Knickers for 40-50's.. Tights for mid 40's or lower..

Good base layers are a key.. Craft base layers will give you lots of warmth under your jersey.. There Pro Zero windstopper is unbelievably warm for cold weather.

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I rode yesterday in low to mid 60 degree weather and got a killer headache. What do you guys use to keep warm when it's a little chilly?
I'm not ready to break out the Cyclops yet, but it was really tough to get going yesterday
I'd kill for some weather like that about now. In the 60's I am still in short sleeves and shorts. Below 60 I start to go to the long sleeve jersey or an UA underlayer long sleeve under a short sleeve jersey. The closer to 50 it gets I may go to leg warmers or set of UA tights. Full gloves, head/ear covers, and shoe covers come in as it nears 40. You can ride nearly all year round here. It does get butt chillin' cold on occasion, but those days are reserved for the indoor trainer.
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Knickers and long socks, light smartwool baselayer when it's a little chilly.
Long gloves and second longsleeve wool layer, microfleece beanie when it's cold.
Wool socks, PI Gavia Plus bib tights, shoe covers, wool base layer, polarfleece vest, Performance Tundra II longsleeve jersey, balaclava, wool liners in the long gloves, gore-tex overshoes and a pair of ski goggles when it's snowing really cold.
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