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Old 10-13-12, 03:37 PM   #1
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What do you guys wear for the colder season?

I was so used to my liner and basketball shorts. Now that it's cold, that's a bit on the nippy side. I was thinking maybe track pants. I don't think that Im ready for leg liners lol.
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go here: http://chefonabicycle.com/2012/10/13...e-granny-gear/ and skim down to what I wore this morning at 31 degrees. It was a 45 mile ride.

When I commute I sometimes wear a jacket, under armour base layer, sometimes a balaclava, full gloves, and neoprene socks. Just depends on whats happening outside.
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70F - Bib shorts & short-sleeved Jersey, half-finger gloves, helmet (of course)
60's - add arm warmers
upper 50's - add under shirt
lower 50's - add knee warmers, wind vest or wind breaker
upper 40's - add light full-fingered gloves, toe warmers
lower 40's - add leg warmers (remove knee warmers), heavier jacket w/liner (remove wind breaker or vest)
30's - add head band, wind breaker below heavy jacket, cold weather gloves (remove light gloves), full booties (remove toe warmers)
20's - SoCal doesn't get that cold
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Layering is something everyone has to figure out for themselves man (I know I did). Generally, its best to go light and be cold for the first bit of your ride. I used to start off with multiple layers and paid for it later on in the ride. I sweat a ton (as most clydes/athenas do) and a single baselayer of wool and and windbreaker or gore-tex (if its raining) usually does fine. If its really cold I'll throw on another windbreak on the chest and make sure the knees are covered. The only real problems I had were the hands and feet, which I solved with nice cycling boots and gloves.
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It totally depends upon the temperature and conditions. Anything from 3/4 tights with a sleeveless base layer under my jersey and arm warmers, to, full length roubaix fleece tights with windstopper front panels, neoprene shoe covers, a long sleeve, windstopper base layer under a thermal jersey with a vest or jacket shell and full finger gloves.

The cold days, that are expected to stay cold are actually less challenging to dress for than the cold mornings that are expected to warm significantly during the day.

Typically, you need to be cool to almost cold as you start your ride, with the exception of fingers and toes.

Layers are your friend, but, I've found few workable layering combo's beyond removable arm or leg warmers and the removal of full finger gloves. Basically whatever short/knickers/tights I have on will be on for the duration. On my upper body the most powerful layering piece is a windstopper vest or jacket. They are light, packable in a jersey pocket and make a substantial change to the overall warmth of the outfit. Only on days that see a significant temperature fluctuation will I actually shed an insulation layer (either base layer or thermal).

Living in the Sourthern hemisphere we're just entertaining spring and I've just completed my first winter of cycling right through in several years. Albeit a moderate winter that is free of snow but not frost. I've also lived in the Rockies and cycle commuted at temperatures down to -35. That requires an entirely different approach. My current selection of kit (thanks to a few outrageously cheap clearance sales) has ended up as follows:

Bib shorts: 5 pairs in various states of wear
Bib Knickers(3/4 tights): 2 pairs
Bib tights: 1 pair
Normal tights: (no pad worn over shorts) 1 pair

Base Layers:
Long sleeve-1
Long sleeve windstopper-1
sleeveless-3

Jerseys:
Short sleeve- 7 (mostly full zip)
Long sleev- 1
Thermal long sleeve- 1

Shells:
Tight fitting wind jacket - 1
tight fitting wind vest - 1
loose fitting wind vest - 1

Extremities:
short finger gloves- 2 functioning paris plus old used ones
light full finger over gloves - 1pr
windstopper fleece over gloves - 1 pr
neoprene overshoes - 1 pair
a selection of socks in various weights
a pair of arm warmers
a pair of leg warners

Things I would add:
light weight waterproof overshoes
a tight fitting convertible jacket with removable sleeves
a pair of medium full finger gloves with leather palms and padding
a pair of knee warmers
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The cold days, that are expected to stay cold are actually less challenging to dress for than the cold mornings that are expected to warm significantly during the day.
Big Fred summed it up nicely.

On days that go from cold to warm are the hardest to plan for because it takes more thinking and more room in the panniers to carry clothes.
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I have been looking into this topic and the problem for me is finding anything in a Big Clyde size. 2X is about the largest size I have found in anything relating to winter cycling clothing. Any suggestions?
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cold here is 40-50s when the sun is up, arm & leg warmers and a vest/jacket and some good gloves on the longer rides.
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Big Fred summed it up nicely.

On days that go from cold to warm are the hardest to plan for because it takes more thinking and more room in the panniers to carry clothes.
Thanks Chef,

Keep in mind I am almost exclusively riding for fitness and not commuting. However, I still ride in the rain, wind and cold (at least by our standards). Carrying on from other conversations on this subject my basic progression from warmest to coldest goes something like:
Warmest: Bibs, Jersey, short finger gloves and reasonable socks

Less Warm: Bibs, sleeveless base layer, jersey, arm warmers, short finger gloves and reasonable socks

Cool: 3/4 length Bib Knickers, Sleeveless baselayer, jersey, arm warmers, or, long sleeve base layer & jersey depending upon whether it is expect to stay cool or not for the duration of the ride, short finger gloves with a pair of light knit overgloves reasonable socks.

If there’s threatening showers I’ll quickly substiture a tight fitting wind/rain vest or jacket

Cool/Cold but expected to warm: Knickers or Bibs with leg warmers, similiar to the upper body above with the addtion of either a stretch fit shell or thermal jersey over it all, short finger gloves with either the light knit or windstopper fleece over gloves, warm sock and neoprene shoe covers.

Cold and not warming: Roubaix fleece tights, long sleev base layer, thermal jersey, strerch fit jacket or vest, windstopper fleece gloves over short fingered, warm socks, neoprene overshoes.

Those combo’s for me down to about -5C. The biggest challenges are of course rain and the fact that we can produce a lot more heat and sweat when climbing hills and then get hit with the wind chill when descending. Not such a problem when you are in the mountains and climbs last long enough to shed and add a wind layer. But, really difficult to deal with on the 90 second to 9 minute climbs that we contend with around here.

Bascially, in the rain, I anticipate that I will get wet. It's just a matter of bloking the wind and providing the correct amount of insulation to counter the moisture. The only other option would be to invest in fairly expensive seam sealed goretex and then moderate ones exertion level to minimize perspiration.
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It depends on how much of a Clyde you are (weight can be a factor in the advice given), and the environment you are riding in. "Environment" means temps & humidity, changes in elevations, the type of bike you are riding, etc.

Ultimately, you need to figure out these things for yourself because you are in the best position to solve your own problems. Advice can send you down a better or worse path because the way which others benefited may or may not not match your environment or style of riding.
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I was so used to my liner and basketball shorts. Now that it's cold, that's a bit on the nippy side. I was thinking maybe track pants. I don't think that Im ready for leg liners lol.
Light sweater. That's only if the temperature goes below 65 degrees F, which is mid-January. El Paso is a great cycling city!
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I recently swapped over to 3/4 knicks and knee-high wool socks. The knicks are Endura Zyme 3/4, a little bit less vented than their HummVee, and heavier weight cloth. A wool longsleeve up top, and maybe a softshell rain jacket.

When it gets colder, I'll switch to some light thermals under the knicks and socks. Colder than that, and I'll go with long rain-pants and shoe covers, wool helmet liner, and if need be, light balaclava and heavier gloves.

Worst of snowy winter days, I'll wear thermals, long pants, wool socks with poly sock liners, shoe covers, wool top and jersey with a softshell on top, balaclava, goggles, and lobster mitts.
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What do you guys wear for gloves? I just ordered some long fingered gore gloves... not sure if they're what I need but hey.
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What do you guys wear for gloves? I just ordered some long fingered gore gloves... not sure if they're what I need but hey.
I bought some wind+water resistant gloves as well. They have worked well between 40 and 60 degrees for me. My hand were still getting a bit cold in the 30s, so I may yet switch to some insulated motorcycle gloves.
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I find these thin enough not to make my hands sweat, but the wind protection is awesome compared to other brands I tried in the past. They don't not do well in rain though.

http://trekbicyclesuperstore.com/pro...es-76710-1.htm

and in the mts I also have these under...i believe in layers
http://trekbicyclesuperstore.com/pro...s-172120-1.htm
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I should probably admit what it was I bought - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00

Gore mistral gloves. i've had great luck with Gore cycling products in the past so I'm taking a tiny little chance on these. I guess the real question is what temperature range / wet range they'll protect me through.
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I am a daily commuter going through my first autumn weather and planning to keep plugging right through our midwestern winter.

Layering is definitely the approach to use. You can use much of what you probably already have. I have seen that it is definitely easier if you have one of several options to choose from for different situations.

I have never watched weather nowcasts & forecasts as frequently and with particular attention to wind speed and direction as I have now.

Some basics that I am loving this autumn are a light nylon windbreaker, nylon athletic pants, and midweight merino wool socks. I have also added some wool (balaclava, longsleeve shirt, long underwear) to my collection anticipating weather changes.

Probably my #1 MVP for cool/cold weather so far has been a light nylon windbreaker with pitzips (zippers under the arms you can open when you get warmer). I vary the shirt(s) underneath, but the windbreaker is the MVP. Here is the one I bought that I absolutely love (I am 6'0" & 250 lbs and a 2XL is perfect on me) - they offer 3XL and 4XL as well, and the company was good for service/shipping:
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Wind-Jackets.html

I am finding that it takes committment to keep going when the weather sours. And a little toughness and attitude. My wife and I have gone "car lite" and I am committed to success here. You can do it too.
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seems like a good deal for Gore products. If its pouring enough to soak those gloves, I'm sure everything else will be wet & miserable. Personally my feet are my weak points in the rain. I HATE having cold water pool in my shoes will soak the warmth from my legs.

My first time up GMR side was in pouring rain and even worse on GRR to the village. Bad part was I didn't know anything n had just a rain jacket and worst part we started in Yorba Linda....ewww that was a wet century!!
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Bascially, in the rain, I anticipate that I will get wet. It's just a matter of bloking the wind and providing the correct amount of insulation to counter the moisture. The only other option would be to invest in fairly expensive seam sealed goretex and then moderate ones exertion level to minimize perspiration.
There you go again, nailing it! A lot of people dont want to get wet but the fact is, you will get wet. No worries, no one will melt.
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I have been looking into this topic and the problem for me is finding anything in a Big Clyde size. 2X is about the largest size I have found in anything relating to winter cycling clothing. Any suggestions?
What size do you need?

Peter_C has the solution for great priced custom made stuff.

Kingsizedirect is where I ordered a lot of stuff when I was bigger. Same with Casual Male. Just have to take a look. It wont be cycling specific and trust me, it doesnt have to!
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What do you guys wear for gloves? I just ordered some long fingered gore gloves... not sure if they're what I need but hey.
This will depend on your tolerances to cold and what the weather is like. This was the tough part for me but I found some pairs that I can wear down to 17 degrees F. I have seen these and head awesome things about them. I will try them this year. http://barmitts.com/index.php

The gloves I have now for winter rock when commuting but anything over 40 miles it can get cold, especially in the 30 degree area.
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Probably my #1 MVP for cool/cold weather so far has been a light nylon windbreaker with pitzips (zippers under the arms you can open when you get warmer). I vary the shirt(s) underneath, but the windbreaker is the MVP. Here is the one I bought that I absolutely love (I am 6'0" & 250 lbs and a 2XL is perfect on me) - they offer 3XL and 4XL as well, and the company was good for service/shipping:
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Wind-Jackets.html
+20000 billion!

That wind jacket from J&G rock. I just bought it and got it in the mail. 4x for me and I am 6 foot four 290ish pounds. I love it!

The company is pretty nice too to be honest. Watch the videos.
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+20000 billion!

That wind jacket from J&G rock. I just bought it and got it in the mail. 4x for me and I am 6 foot four 290ish pounds. I love it!

The company is pretty nice too to be honest. Watch the videos.
How tight is that 4X on you chef? I'm also 6'4" but I tilt the scales at 360. I'm thinking this 4X jacket would not give me any room for layers underneath.
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How tight is that 4X on you chef? I'm also 6'4" but I tilt the scales at 360. I'm thinking this 4X jacket would not give me any room for layers underneath.
You might want to look at the website in the sizing area. It is not tight on me.
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