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    Winter clothes that don't bunch between thighs and belly while riding?

    I'd like to ride this winter.
    The drop bar bent over position I ride in makes my street winter clothes (shirt layers, jackets) bunch up between my thighs and belly. Very uncomfortable.

    How to dress so this doesn't happen?
    I cannot afford fancy winter cycling garb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    I'd like to ride this winter.
    The drop bar bent over position I ride in makes my street winter clothes (shirt layers, jackets) bunch up between my thighs and belly. Very uncomfortable.

    How to dress so this doesn't happen?
    I cannot afford fancy winter cycling garb.
    I never go in the drops except coasting down very long hills. I just wear a pair of winter cycling tights over my padded shorts and there is no bunching up. They are not too expensive and really all you need and you can wear most anything your comfortable with for shirts and jackets.
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    Most 3/4 winter jackets also zip up from the bottom of the zipper so you can lean over.

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    My gear doesn't ride or bunch up on me.
    I buy them to fit properly, & they're tight like most cycling gear.
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    It's probably just your coat; look at the design and fit, and figure out what's causing the problem. Maybe it's design elements like pockets, buckles or zippers, or maybe it's the shape and length. A simple, light, nylon shell down or synthetic down jacket, e.g. the Northface Nano Puff, will almost certainly not cause problems like you're experiencing.

    The other option, of course, is to adjust your riding position to better suit your activity's needs.
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    Thin layers is where it's at. Look for sales on Nashbar.com. All my winter riding stuff has come from there and I was actually sweating this morning at around 40°F or just under with 20+ MPH tail winds. I used my bike shorts and lined tights, a long-sleeve tech base layer (from Target), long-sleeve jersey, and a very thin Cannondale wind breaker. Ear warmer band around my head under my helmet. Cycling half-finger gloves with regular cashmere-lined leather gloves over them. Only part of me that really felt cold were my toes. Haven't figured that out yet.
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    Wear less bulky layers.

    If you're going to spend money anywhere, spend it on a decent set of long underwear. Merino wool or some synthetic. No Cotton. It should be relatively thin and fit snuggly. The middle or "warmth" layer will be thicker but make sure it fits properly. Something like a fleece pullover works well. A wool sweater might be another option. While this layer shouldn't fit tightly, it should fit well without a lot of gaps. You don't want to waste your body heat warming any more space than necessary.

    The last or outer layer is where you might be running into the most trouble. Don't use a typical winter coat. All you need is a windproof shell. Mine was designed for runners and has reflective strips. I got it at a thrift shop for $10.

    This is what I wear into the single digits below zero (Fahrenheit). When it gets colder than that I'll typically add another warmth layer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Thin layers is where it's at. Look for sales on Nashbar.com. All my winter riding stuff has come from there and I was actually sweating this morning at around 40°F or just under with 20+ MPH tail winds. I used my bike shorts and lined tights, a long-sleeve tech base layer (from Target), long-sleeve jersey, and a very thin Cannondale wind breaker. Ear warmer band around my head under my helmet. Cycling half-finger gloves with regular cashmere-lined leather gloves over them. Only part of me that really felt cold were my toes. Haven't figured that out yet.
    Feet I think are the biggest challenge for most people.

    Try wool socks. Maybe two pair and shoes large enough not to be tight with two paris of socks
    If you're not riding with a psychedelic gecko on your shirt, you ARE having a substandard experience.

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    Lighter layers and a coat that unzips from the bottom will help. When I wore street clothes, I also had to unbutton the top button of my jeans. And forget entirely a belt.

    I got through my first winter that way, then saved up for winter cycling gear. It really is worth the extra money. And now you know why cycling jackets are so short in the front. The gorilla-length sleeves are a godsend as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
    The last or outer layer is where you might be running into the most trouble. Don't use a typical winter coat. All you need is a windproof shell. Mine was designed for runners and has reflective strips. I got it at a thrift shop for $10.
    This. The Cannondale shell I scooped up on sale at Nashbar recently is really working great. I still have my doubts about how well it will hold up and last through washings, etc. but the performance of the shell itself seems great. And it's SUPER bright! It can also roll up into itself and be stuffed into a pocket on the back.
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    Under Armor gear, tights, poly propylene etc.

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    I use a raincoat/windbreaker as a top layer and layer underneath. I've tried using a traditional ski jacket shell in the past and it was too bulky to ride with. Under Armor makes nice stuff, but it's pricey. I have some Champion wicking layers that I bought at Target that do the job.

    I wish I had worn my waterproof pants this morning, nothing sucks like riding in the rain/snow slop without waterproof pants.

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    I'm Retired, so no longer dress for success, [not that I was good at rising up the ranks when I did]
    so I wear Sweatpants .. rain shell trousers over them when needed.

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    I've found that the layer next to my skin is the most critical, and have a couple of pairs of long johns that work well when I'm not wearing tights. The outer layers aren't so critical for me, and have worn sweatpants as the outerlayer. I currently have an old pair of worsted wool dresspants I wear over long johns or tights, and they work great while blending in when I wear them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    I'm Retired, so no longer dress for success, [not that I was good at rising up the ranks when I did]
    so I wear Sweatpants .. rain shell trousers over them when needed.
    Sweatpants? With elastic cuffs? Fetching, I'm sure Fietsbob!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    I'd like to ride this winter.
    The drop bar bent over position I ride in makes my street winter clothes (shirt layers, jackets) bunch up between my thighs and belly. Very uncomfortable.

    How to dress so this doesn't happen?
    I cannot afford fancy winter cycling garb.
    I am guessing from the context of your post that you are looking for something to compliment street clothes, not cycling gear. I've had lots of luck with the synthetic type base layers at Target. Those are maybe 20-ish bucks a piece. More expensive, but my favorite so far, Thermawool base layers:

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___75182

    But base layers are where it's at. What it sounds like you are doing is adding bulk, because that's what most folks do when it gets cold. If you're going to be active outside, smart layering reduces bulk.

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    I had problems with cold toes last year. This year I got some medium weight wool socks from LL Bean and don't have that problem anymore. They also sell heavy weight. I think I'll also look for the polypropylene sock liners for the really cold days, used to wear those when hiking.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Thin layers is where it's at. Look for sales on Nashbar.com. All my winter riding stuff has come from there and I was actually sweating this morning at around 40°F or just under with 20+ MPH tail winds. I used my bike shorts and lined tights, a long-sleeve tech base layer (from Target), long-sleeve jersey, and a very thin Cannondale wind breaker. Ear warmer band around my head under my helmet. Cycling half-finger gloves with regular cashmere-lined leather gloves over them. Only part of me that really felt cold were my toes. Haven't figured that out yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    The drop bar bent over position I ride in makes my street winter clothes (shirt layers, jackets) bunch up between my thighs and belly. Very uncomfortable.
    I had the same problem. I fixed it by getting a bike that didn't require me to hunch over, but sit upright. Much happier. This isn't for everyone and for commutes longer than 7 - 10 miles can add some time, but for me it turned out to be the best option.

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    Use thinner layers, but use more of them. Works for me.

    ...myabe some situps, too??
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
    I am guessing from the context of your post that you are looking for something to compliment street clothes, not cycling gear. I've had lots of luck with the synthetic type base layers at Target. Those are maybe 20-ish bucks a piece. More expensive, but my favorite so far, Thermawool base layers:

    http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___75182

    But base layers are where it's at. What it sounds like you are doing is adding bulk, because that's what most folks do when it gets cold. If you're going to be active outside, smart layering reduces bulk.
    Campmor is the greatest ever. I get out to their brick and mortar store in NJ every so often. Most of my camping gear came from Campmor.
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    Snowmobile Jumpsuits?


    [ my new Faves tracksuit warmup trousers, in a compound knit, nylon shell poly fleece lining,
    no cuff elastic on those ..

    A fabric that gives while pedaling the bike, is a better thing, in Practical black..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
    Campmor is the greatest ever. I get out to their brick and mortar store in NJ every so often. Most of my camping gear came from Campmor.
    I've been a happy Campmor customer for years, I highly recommend them too.

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    I started riding with some MUSA long pants that have a small elastic waistband and that is much better.
    My street pants have like 2 inch waistbands that jam into my gut, giving me that uncomfortable bunching.
    So I am gonna stick to the MUSA and layers and see how it goes. So far so good. But need more base layers for layering rather than street tops.

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