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Bike clothes in DC
I wonder if anyone can help with what, to my wife, would be a non-question. Here's the thing.
I started commuting by bike this year in the Washington DC area, it is a 28 mile round trip. Before I came here I lived in California where I would also commute by bike, a 22 mile round trip.
One major difference I find between California and Washington DC is that in California I would wear the usual old shorts, usual old shirts, usual old everything else - all year round.
Washington DC does not seem to work that way so well, like, for example, this morning, it was COLD!
Now, I have this problem:
a) I hate shopping.
b) I hate buying clothes.
c) If I spend more than five minutes in a shop I need oxygen.
d) The above does not apply to bike shops and hardware stores.
So I am at a disadvantage as to what to wear and where to get it. I see folks on the trails and roads with all sorts of odd stuff. I need the following:
a) Keep my ears from dropping off.
b) Keep dry (I actually have a rain-jacket that works fine, but it is plastic and I sweat buckets on a warm day)
c) Keep legs warm.
d) Keep top warm but able to remove layers rapidly.
I have bike gloves, helmet, above mentioned rain jacket, regular gloves and shoes for SPDs. All the rest is up for grabs. Jeans, regular shirts, t-shirts, etc., don't cut it for a commute like this.
Any ideas what I should be wearing over here and where I should get it?
Thanks - Lawrence