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    What's everyone wearing this weather..?

    So there's water falling from the sky. Back in my own country we call this "rain," but in the 3 years I've lived in NorCal it hasn't really happened around here, so I don't know if you have a word for it. Anyway, my PI convertible windcheater won't cut the mustard for these conditions, if they are (as we all hope) to continue throughout the Dec->Feb months (nup, not calling it Winter here either, unless you live above 5000'), so what's everybody wearing? What works to keep you dry/not soaked/comfortable in your wetness? What doesn't flap around in the wind? What lets your skin breathe while keeping the water-falling-from-sky off?

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    i use a house. it provides full protection... it's spendy though.

    but seriously, i wear a gore-tex parka shell w/hood. marmot rain paints (gore-tex) and outdoor research gore-tex gauntlets over ragwool mittens (if it's cold enough). i'll put plastic bags over my socks before the shoes go on too if i think i'll be running through standing water.

    and i sweat like a SOB if the sun every breaks out, so i hope that if the weather is bad (if dressed like this) when i leave the house, i hope it stays bad.
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    Do you ride a triple or a compact on that?

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    Today I wore (from the bottom up): booties over my shoes, kneewarmers, bibs, s/s jersey, armwarmers, windvest, cycling cap, helmet, midweight gloves. Observation: I really wish I had worn a baselayer or a longsleeve jersey. I wish my gloves were more water-resistant. I wish I had remembered to wrap my office clothes in a plastic bag before putting it in my backpack.
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    Up here in Burney where it has been as low as 16, but I mostly wait until it's in the high 30's to low 40's before I go out and ride. I have been wearing leg warmers, base layer upper, insulated layer upper, jersey, windbreaker, balaclava, woolcap, helmet, wool socks and gloves. I start out cold, but come home warm and sweaty.

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    Wool is your friend. Preferably in layers.

    Granted, I try not to ride in the rain, but unless you get caught in a Gulf of Alaska version of a typhoon, the following will even get you through wet weather (wool retains most of its warming properties when wet - most other fabrics don't) and wool breathes (no water-proof material really does, no matter what the labels say - some are less sucky than others in this department, but none of them really breathe well enough for cycling purposes).

    In sufficiently chilly weather, I wear my usual lycra bibs with my 30 year old wool tights over them or leg warmers. On top, I wear up to three layers of wool - a thin merino wool base layer and one or two wool jerseys (short sleeved - much more flexible to use than long sleeves) over that with arm warmers. Medium-thick wool hiking socks from REI for the tootsies. Get toe-covers or shoe covers if your feet tend to run cold. Long-fingered gloves - again, wool is your friend. A helmet cover and an ear-covering headband should be enough.

    I see folks in these parts dressed as if they are off on a polar expidition. I don't get it. I sweat like a pig if I try to ride dressed like that. If you are a little biot on the chilly side the first five to ten minutes of yor ride (assuming you are on the flat), you are probably dressed about right. And no matter where you are, you will be armer than you'd like climbing and you'll be colder than you'd like descending. 'Tis a fact of life.

    To ward off the worst of the chill descending, bring some newspaper with you and shove it up you your front (between jerseys or between jersey and chest) to cover as much of your chest as possible. Doesn't weigh much, is disposable, and it works.

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    I have a pair of toe covers and love them.

    I've never been too cold with just a pair of regular running tights over my shorts.

    I've got base layers, gloves and occasionally headband from Target; I just find the weight better than any of the specialist cycling stuff I've tried.

    Anyone tried the Castelli Gabba in these parts? It seems like it might be a bit too much warmth.

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    Today I wore a beanie (under my helmet), with the hood of my Showers Pass Refuge jacket over the beanie.

    Underneath the jacket was my short sleeve jersey, and underneath that was a long-sleeve, merino wool base layer. I was wearing my regular bib shorts, and over them I wore some mid-weight tights, with rain pants over the tights. Shoe covers went over my mountain bike shoes (I change from Speedplays to Eggbeaters for my winter bike), with waterproof socks covering feet and ankles. Hands had a pair of glove liners underneath some mid-weight waterproof gloves.

    To be honest, this wasn't a very cold storm, and I probably could have done without the tights (or at least used a light-weight pair, or maybe a pair of leg warmers) and the merino wool base (maybe adding arm warmers instead, or just using a long-sleeve jersey).

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    Fenders on the bike wool on me.

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    Rollers anyone?

    I should add that today I rode up Mitchell Canyon (MTB) which I do on a regular basis when the weather is crappy, sweat like a pig no matter what time of year, but coming down in the winter you freeze quickly, so shoe covers (not today) three layers with wind breaker, leggings and warm gloves! Also use a cap which keep the sweat away but particularly the sun smack in your eyes as you go up!
    No mud to speak of, very steep, great views and safely away from the cars who don't see us as well because of the rain and windshield wipers going. The creek was running but not to the staging area yet!

    Better than rollers after all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenshiBiker View Post
    To be honest, this wasn't a very cold storm, and I probably could have done without the tights (or at least used a light-weight pair, or maybe a pair of leg warmers) and the merino wool base (maybe adding arm warmers instead, or just using a long-sleeve jersey).
    I felt exactly the same on Monday. I rode in tights, assuming it would get colder as the evening progressed, but by the end it was clear there was no real need for them, and my gloves and headband stayed in my pockets.

    Playing rugby on Tuesday night I stopped halfway through to take off my baselayer. It's staying solidly in the 50s and 60s, and temperature really isn't a problem right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djkashuba View Post
    Fenders on the bike wool on me.

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    Wool is so scratchy for some of us (allergic), and it is heavy when wet!

    Yes fenders sure help to keep you drier particularly the butt and back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VNA View Post
    Wool is so scratchy for some of us (allergic), and it is heavy when wet!

    Yes fenders sure help to keep you drier particularly the butt and back!
    Try the new-fangled merino wool. It is not the nasty stuff of 20+ years ago. The difference is amazing. If you can't wear merino wool, you probably should not live in a time zone that has sheep.

    Also, consider rain capes (basically bike-specific ponchos with strategically located straps for keeping htem in place) if, but only if, you also have fenders. Rain capes aren't perfect - they can sag and collect water in front and they are kind of like a big sail in heavy wind - but they let air flow around your body which means no sauna-like feeling that comes from rain jackets or rain pants.
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    Cut off BDU pants over tights, with a t-shirt. When it rains I add a Castelli rain jacket. This is how I commute everyday.

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    I ride on the stand. Lol I have rode in 45* on sunny days, I still wear bike shorts. I have thought about getting winter gear, but I don't think it is worth it.

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    Shorts and long sleeve jersey today for a 1-hr spin. The 2 short sleeve layers underneath were probably overkill. Strangely the thermal overshoes felt absolutely perfect.

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    I have found that no matter what I do, I inevitably get wet, so I don't even bother. I will throw on a rain shell, but that only does a limited amount of good. The worst part is getting my feet/shoes wet, so if anyone has found a TRULY WATERPROOF rain bootie, I'd love to hear it. I've tried a few different ones, even tried spraying fabric waterproofer on one of them, but it did no good.

    Apart from that, I just embrace the rain and try to ride hard enough to stay warm(ish).

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    Saturday; Light long-sleeve base layer, warm-but-not-quite-thermal long-sleeve jersey, and short-sleeve jersey over the top, running tights over shorts, running gloves, headband, thermal overshoes. 9am start, a bit chilly to begin with, could've used a thermal base layer instead.

    Set a few running PRs on Sunday in shorts and a thermal baselayer. I guess I was keen to get home quick once I set out.
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