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    Staying warm while riding without spending a bundle.

    Don't have a lot to spend, but I do want to ride through the winter this time.

    Someone said thermal underwear under sweatpants.

    Looking for suggestions!

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    When riding my motorcycle I have been using the wick away gear from wally world as a base layer. It seems to work fine so far. I haven't seen any pants made out of that material yet but I keep an eye out when I am there.
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    I'm just getting back into riding after long absence and the first time i've tried cool/cold weather riding in even a longer time!

    I just bought my first stuff from Under Armour... I bought a cold wear mock turtle neck. I could not believe how well it worked! I was so impressed i went and bought a second one! The wicking action is amazing. I can work up a sweat and still stay warm, not cold and clammy... I was actually amazed... I paid $49 at a local sporting good store... I had a hard time spending that much one a single shirt, but after the first time wearing it, i knew it was well worth the $49!

    Just the other day i picked up a Under Armour hooded sweatshirt (another $49). When i started out yesterday it was 39 degrees, so i put the sweatshirt on over the mock turtleneck shirt... by the end of my ride, my clothing was absolutely soaked, BUT i was still WARM! Again, very impressed.... And it turns out Under Armour has a store at the outlet mall not far from my house, so i may be making a trip!

    For legs, i've just been wearing a set of tights....

    I picked up a 3 season, runners gloves from Nike... I really like them!

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    ^ Under Armour cold gear.
    And when you aren't wearing it riding you can wear it when settin in a tree trying to fill the freezer or <GASP> when running.

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    Omni Wool sells through Sam's Club and other retailers as well as on line. Tops, bottoms and socks are all available in a wool blend at very reasonable prices compared to other popular brands. Their base layer has a 1/2 zip top which works great with a long-sleeve jersey and zippered shell jacket for temperature control. Add a pair of winter weight, store brand running pants and some neoprene shoe covers and you should be ready to handle all but the worst of NC's winter weather.

    Never, ever use cotton long johns for anything! Polypropylene or polyester base layers work well and when blended with wool are even better.

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    Are you factoring in gloves?
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    It all depends.

    How long are you planning on riding? Cotton sweat pants might work well for 5 miles to a coffee shop and return, but they'll absolutely suck at a 50 miler.

    How cold will you ride in? What's the weather going to be? If you're looking for 45F, sunny, and light breezes, you'll get a different answer than 35F rainy commute in the wind and the dark.

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    Local thrift store. Look for wool undergarments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SammyJ View Post
    Don't have a lot to spend, but I do want to ride through the winter this time.

    Someone said thermal underwear under sweatpants.

    Looking for suggestions!
    I mentioned Nashbar's deal on PI Thermal Tights ($33 a pop right now), which are great, in another thread. I would say that Sweatpants won't work for riding my bike (anything too baggy at the bottoms will get caught up with my crank), but might work on a more comfort orientated wide crank setup.

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    I'm not sure what to tell you, Jan is your towns coldest month and it averages 59, that's a warm day in my world. I would be afraid to put thermal base layers on at those temps due to fear of overheating. I'll be riding at temps colder than that tonight and I may put a thermal base layer on, but I am still unsure as I don't want to overheat.
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    You can get champion brand mock T base layers for cold weather for about $20 - not quite as good as the UA stuff but pretty reasonably priced. Get a head band of some sort to keep your ears attached and then consider just getting leg warmers instead of dedicated cold weather knickers.

    Really, it depends on how cold it gets and your activity level. I'm pretty comfortable clear down to 60 degrees with my regular sunny-day gear on.

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    Socal winters are pretty mild so cheap, think the coldest it got last yr was like 30* at the start of my rides and warms to 50-60's. So i had to bundle up for a couple hours of the start of the club rides

    baselayer of some sort under regular jersey $20
    Arm warmers $20
    Knee warmers $20
    Vest $varies (my capo was $35)
    Defeet gloves $12
    Defeet shoe covers $12
    face mask $5

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    I like to wear layers so I can shed them if necessary on morning rides. On evening rides taking extra layer allows you to add as much or as little as necessary.

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    OMG... just got done from shopping at the Under Armour Outlet store! WOW... like a kid in a candy store! LOL

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    Absolutely avoid any cotton or cotton-blend under layers. Poly or merino under layers only! Polyester passes moisture off better, merino wool feels better even when damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yendor72 View Post
    I'm not sure what to tell you, Jan is your towns coldest month and it averages 59, that's a warm day in my world. I would be afraid to put thermal base layers on at those temps due to fear of overheating. I'll be riding at temps colder than that tonight and I may put a thermal base layer on, but I am still unsure as I don't want to overheat.
    Climate Summerville - South Carolina and Weather averages Summerville
    Looked up my location... January... average High is 29... average Low is 15... BRRRR...

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    my 2 cents - think wind protection ... since we generate heat, we need less thermal insulation than you might think. so, if the sweats don't stop the wind, it might be wasted bulk. thin rain pants over long underwear might make more sense and be more comfortable. but this is where cycling specific clothing comes in like my Novara Headwind pants. they are just the right thing. also long underwear without cycling shorts next to your skin might cause chaffing
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrming View Post
    OMG... just got done from shopping at the Under Armour Outlet store! WOW... like a kid in a candy store! LOL
    I'm wearing a pair of their golf pants right now ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Winter is pretty much the only time I can get away with wearing cotton while riding. Yeah I know sweat pants aren't a fashion statement but truthfully neither is heavy guys in tights. Just wear whatever you are comfortable in. I've been wearing a poly/cotton blend long sleeve shirt and pants down to 40 degrees. Champion athletic wear shirts and jogging pants from Target are inexpensive and quite nice as starters. Below that I'll start adding a wind resistance jacket, etc. I never had a much of a problem with my torso/legs getting too cold, it's always my face, arms, hands, and feet I'm concerned about.

    Then again, I just looked at your location.. Your SC winter is like our spring up in northern NY.
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