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    Look! My Spine! RubenX's Avatar
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    Cold Weather Clothing (Not cycling specific) plz help

    Keep in mind that I didn't grew up here. Till 2 years ago I've never used a heater and just last winter I discovered the trick of using the dryer's exhaust to warm up the laundry. My standard operating temperature is 90 degrees. Having said that:

    This is my first time cycling on cold weather. Is already getting chili in the mornings but not having the budget for proper winter cycling gear, I bought some cheap football tights and used them under the regular cycling shorts. They worked like a dream. Normally (when not riding) I use thermal pants from Walmart and multiple layers of regular clothing. But it feels uncomfortable to wear all that. Lately I tested hanging around the backyard on the tights and I was surprised that they worked better than using multiple layers of pants.

    I've now theorize that close-to-the-skin clothing works way better to keep you warm because being close to the skin, doesn't leave any space for pockets of cold air to form. Also, the fabrics on the material are closer together and doesn't let the cold air enter so easy. Ergo, when buying winter underwear (base layers) either for cycling or for whatever, I should look for tight spandex-like fitting over thick fabrics.

    So, tight clothing better for cold weather?
    Yay or Nay?

    Thanks in advance,
    RubenX - The Winter NOOB

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    maybe tight base layer - then something looser (wool, fleece)over that to trap warm air. Add water and/or wind proof outer layer as needed.
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