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    What do you use for a Spring jacket

    The jacket I have used for several years disappeared.

    So I need a new one. I don't need a rain shell, I want something that
    has a thin insulating layer.
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    What do you when the weather is cool?
    Last edited by late; 03-14-11 at 11:41 AM.
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    I went out today in a long sleeved jersey and base layer.
    Thought I might be a bit cold but after 10mins I was just fine.
    Temp in the UK was about 7C today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
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    What do you when the weather is cool?
    Ride harder


    Don't know if it is even considered bike clothing but I have this pull over thing that is long sleeve, light and even will shed rain. If I get hot I can take it off and roll it up in a little ball.
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    This works very well for me. It's not water proof, but takes a while to soak through. It blocks most of the wind, but not all, which is a bit like air conditioning. Very light weight and packable, but it's unbelievably durable.

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    My wife and I have Pearl Izumi Zephyr jackets. She wears hers quite often when it is cool. I've yet to need mine.

    I've also got a Nashbar Essential Jacket in one of the panniers on my commuter. Hasn't been needed for a couple of years but is there just in case.

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    I usually layer my clothing and have a bunch of different outer shells. Most of my clothing has come from discount stores like TJ Max or you might be able to find some things at your local salvation army.
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    If its cool outside I usually wear a long sleeved thermal shirt under my tee shirt and it works well. I also have a slazenger golf pullover thingy that I got on the discount rack at Dick's sporting goods, works well and its made from that dry wick stuff so is very light, I normally wear shorts when I ride even when its cooler outside and either of these options works good at keeping me comfortable.
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    I have 2 levels of base layers, PI arm warmers, long sleeve jersey, and a Louis G cycling jacket. I use some combination of these depending on the temps, winds, and if there will be any sustained downhill sections.

    The cycling jacket is the least comfortable, I only wear that if the base layer and long sleeve jersey is not enough. Arm warmers work good when it's chilly first thing then warms up later.

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    For this spring I'm using a Novara shell that I bought on sale at REI last year. I'm forgot the model name, but it is breathable and the key is that it has some zippered vents in the front that I feel gives me total control of my comfort level. The combination of the zippered vents along with the option to vary the thickness of my base (wicking) layer give me the ability to adjust to the wide variety of spring temperatures here in NJ that could range anywhere from 40-65 degrees.

    Below 40 I consider cold-weather riding and use my Gore Tool jacket.

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    Below 50F I wear a thermal base layer (Champion C9 from Target), long sleeve jersey, and a Champion C9 softshell jacket (also from Target). The jacket was inexpensive at $35 and works remarkably well. As the temp gets above 50F the jacket goes away in favor of some combination of long or short sleeve jersey, baselayer, and arm warmers (if wearing a short sleeve jersey). Humidity, precipitation, and wind also play a lot into my decision on what to wear.

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    J&G Wind Jacket

    It's been my (non-steady-rain) outer layer from fall to spring for the last five years
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    J&G Wind Jacket

    It's been my (non-steady-rain) outer layer from fall to spring for the last five years
    +1 on this jacket.
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    For those in this thread and others that have resorted to a woven water resistant fabric for the rain how did it go?
    Im tired of being completely waterproof because I just sweat under my jacket. Im thinking of using a water repellant woven jacket for the sping-summer-fall. I dont care if I get wet on the way to work as long as the jacket will dry by the end of my shift.
    Anyone have any suggestions on this, is it a bad idea? I live in Vancouver, BC so the weather is usually rain and mild temp. Thanks

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    I have a jacket (post #5) who's fabric is made to work with DWR ( durable water repellant ). It keeps me dry for about an hour until it begins to soak through, with the trade-off being that it breathes amazingly well.
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    I just put on an extra shirt. I have a Magellan fishing shirt from Academy Sports that
    is 100% waterproof I use when there is a chance of rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I have a jacket (post #5) who's fabric is made to work with DWR ( durable water repellant ). It keeps me dry for about an hour until it begins to soak through, with the trade-off being that it breathes amazingly well.
    Yea, the jacket in your post drew me to this thread. I found a similar jacket on sale at my LBS that im thinking of using as I described. http://www.louisgarneau.com/ca-en/pr..._JACKET#second

    When your jacket soaks through do you find yourself getting cold or can it hold in the warmth?
    Does it dry quickly? Ill have 8 hours to let mine dry during my shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    Nobody?

    What do you when the weather is cool?
    How cool?

    I wear a short sleeve jersey down to 50-55 degrees depending on whether it's after dark and how hard I plan on riding.

    I wear a heavier long sleeve jersey from 50-55 down to 40-45 unless it's raining and I want more water resistance.

    Approaching 20 degrees I'll wear an uninsulated ski shell.

    Cycling at 200W you're producing 600-800W of waste heat which is like a small space heater. Your core will stay warm down to rather low temperatures as long as you manage to keep the wind out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycle.stig View Post
    (1) When your jacket soaks through do you find yourself getting cold or can it hold in the warmth?
    (2) Does it dry quickly? Ill have 8 hours to let mine dry during my shift.
    (1) I don't get cold in that situation, but the jacket has little to do with that. One reason I got the particular one I got, is that it adds/holds as little heat as possible, for an extra layer. Underneath, I almost always have a merino base layer, and when the temp is going to be somewhere in the 40 - 50 F range for the whole ride, I wear a cashmere mid layer. Wool retains about 80 % of its heat when it's saturated, which is what keeps me warm. Wool also pulls sweat away from your skin and helps regulate body temperature. The jacket's role is to keep me dry, and protect me from the wind.

    (2) I've never timed it, but I think soaked to bone dry is in the ballpark of an hour, if I drape it over the handlebars so there's a lot of surface area.

    (3) If you can, buy whichever jacket you decide on from REI, Backcountry.com, or another store like that. These two (and several others I'm sure) will let you return anything, for any reason. If you get something that doesn't work for you, get your money back. Otherwise, to be honest, I don't think I'd trust random opinions from the net.
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    Really cold, by So Cal standards that is, long sleeve jersey. Not that cold, but still cooler then comfortable, arm warmers.
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