I do most of my long rides (4-5 hours) spring through fall, with the longest ones in the summer. When the temperature starts dropping I find myself riding no more than 2 hours at a time.
For those of you who ride 'long' in the colder months (I'm talking < 0 celcius, sometimes -10 to -20c), what do you bring with you off the bike, if anything extra? And how do you carry the extra gear? Spoiled at the moment as I can ride over five hours within nothing more than a couple of water bottles (that get re-filled) and some food/money in my pockets. I would love to continue these long rides when the temps start dropping.
When it's < 0 celcius I use very warm gloves, balaclava, chemical toe warmers, and the rest of my body is fine. For rides of 4-5 hours can I simply carry another pack of chemical toe warmers and make sure my route includes some cafes and other places to stop and refuel (this time of year I bring an insulated, leak-proof cup and drink hot beverages). Anything else I need to bring, or think about? I ask because I can't think of anything else...
note - I realize I could have posted this in the winter forum...but I wanted to ask those distance folks what they do/think.