Let's do a Century
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
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First ride in the teen's!
I've read about a lot of you riding in colder temps (20 degree F and below) and had to give it a try. We didn't have any of the frozen stuff on the ground to deal with as we had clear skies but there was a pretty good headwind to deal with.
My wife knows how much I enjoy riding but even she said I was nuts. My kids thought I was crazy. But I was excited to try out my really cold cycling gear including my new pair of long fingered gloves. I was really curious to see about how the gloves would do in the colder temps.
What I wore:
Head: PI Balaclava + Helment + cycling glasses
Body: Giordana undergarment, thin long sleeve cycling jersey and a PI cycling jacket
Legs: Cycling shorts, cycling specific leg basewear and cycling tights
Feet: wool socks, windstopper cycling shoecovers plus regular shoe covers plus the "toasti toes" over toes and under my feet
Hands: Specialized Subzero gloves
What I discovered:
I never had to worry about my fluids getting too warm
I could tell where I had sensitive teeth when I breathed in the cooler air through my mouth
My nose runs constantly
I had on too much stuff-didn't need the cycling jersey
The PI jacket is amazing-I bet that thing would work well in -F temps
I enjoyed riding in the colder temps and nothing even got cool
I had to undo the drawstring on the cuffs on the gloves to let some cool air in
I needed to keep moving-I stopped once to take some pictures and got chilled-it took a couple miles to get comfortable again
Don't understand it but there were a lot more dogs out than usual-don't they know it was cold!!
I just don't drink enough-I only drank about 1/2 bottle over 60 miles........pathetic
Riding in colder temps is harder on the body......some of it I'm sure was due to the lack of fluids but I was really glad to be back home at the end
All in all-I'd much rather ride in 20 degree weather than 90 degree weather. I can stay pretty comfortable riding in the colder temps.