I'm seeking advice in regards to winter gear that is geared towards our winter weather here in the Pacific NW, specifically the Seattle metro area.
I had such a great time on my new road bike this summer that I really don't want to stop riding just because the "season has ended". So a few weeks ago I decided that I would continue riding on one condition...that I only ride if it isn't raining.
With that being said I'm beginning my search for winter gear. I've decided on the Cannondale Morphis shell to begin with. I currently have PI leg warmers and a long sleeved Nike DriFit shirt.
What I feel I'll need to get me through comfortably this fall/winter are full fingered gloves, a good base layer, wool socks, ear warmers and possibly a balaclava for colder days. Maybe some arm warmers, but I'm not sure on those yet. On a October/November morning/day I feel that I'll do just fine w/ the base layer, shell, ear warmers, leg warmers and gloves.
I warm rather quickly. I'm not one of those people who "freeze" during a Seattle winter. I just want something that will keep me comfortable.
I've budgeted $200.00 for the gear, with $100 already being allotted to the shell. Considering my "no riding in rain" policy and my propensity to warm easily, can anybody make any suggestions as to how I should wisely spend my remaining $100.00 to maximize my Seattle fall/winter riding experience?