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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: Salsa La Cruz with Rohloff; mutt parts
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i'm an iconoclast. besides all of the excellent remarks above, in sub 40°F weather i also use chemical foot warmers on the seat of my trailer (mind you, not a hard plastic rear seat; but a sturdy, heavy-weight cordura nylon seat). i then add a high-loft blanket on top of the warmers to make burning impossible (and my kid is also wearing a high-loft cold suit). the result to the touch after 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours, is a pleasantly warm (never hot) seating area; IME it fades after 2.5 hours. my kid has never complained. in fact, if her enthusiasm to go back outside and do it some more is an indicator (and i say it is), then it's a success.
just make sure you've got proper padding above the warmer. i've tried this down to about 15°F. beyond that, i just don't go out with the little ones.