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Old 01-06-13, 04:12 PM   #26
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I've always used ordinary clothes. I layer up wool sweaters, with perhaps with a sweatshirt on top to keep the wind out a bit. If it's really cold, I use wool snowboarding tights under my pants, several pairs of wool socks, two pairs of glove liners (wool and silk) with thick wool mittens, and a wool balaclave. I have some Swiss military surplus wool that is quite warm, and wasn't too expensive. I used to have some sheepskin mittens that were a little bulky, but very warm.
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Old 01-06-13, 05:38 PM   #27
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Personally, I do use non-bike specific clothing to stay warm. I still have a problem with my feet though; hands too. I do wear bike shoes and biking gloves, and they're just not warm enough. Would appreciate any suggestions. I have found that ski wear (pants and vests) is good for cycling, but obviously it's not good for hands and feet!
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Old 01-06-13, 05:52 PM   #28
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LadyCRides,
For your feet there are shoe covers of varying warmth ratings available. They slip on over your shoes and if you use any type of cleat the covers have cutouts on the bottom to allow the cleat to stick through. For your hands there are many, many gloves available from the open finger top riding gloves to lobster mitts and all kinds in between. Scan back through this thread from the beginning for some glove recommendations.

I live and ride in NW Florida so I don't need really heavy gloves like the lobster mitts. In winter time I have some of Under Armour's Cold Gear liner gloves with the full fingers and palm pads similar to cycling gloves and they actually advertise at their site that the soft panel on the back below the thumb as a nose wiping panel (no I don't do that one, I always carry folded up paper towels in my jersey pockets.) They have lighter and heavier weight gloves on their site, I buy direct from them as they usually have sales on various things and offer free shipping. You can find Under Armour at almost any sporting goods store like Academy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, etc. Not bike specific but the gloves, balaklava and mock turtle LS Cold Gear shirt do the trick for me along with my bib tights, regulat tights, shorts and LS jersey, layered as necessary. I hope this helps you out, best of luck with getting your comfort level dialed in and enjoying your riding.

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Old 01-07-13, 07:10 AM   #29
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Normal clothes for me,, when It's a bit cold I do wear tights under my cargo shorts,
they keep my legs warm and the wind blowing up my shorts is not a problem.

I had one rider tell me the tights made me look gay. I'm glad I'm my own person
and not concerned with peoples opinions about me.
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