What clothing to wear?
My bike ride on Saturday was around 60 degrees and I was already cold. I couldn't wear a short sleave shirt and cycle shorts, so I put on a long sleeve shirt and cotton jogging pants over my shorts. What do you ride in as the temps drop? I don't own anything so now is the time to buy.
fleeced arm warmers, fleeced leg warmers, fleeced bibs, a wind proof undervest, a windproof jacket, long fingered gloves, a warm helmet liner. When it gets very cold a thermal long-sleeved jersey.
As it cools below shorts and jersey temps, you can add to your legs or top. I do either depending how I feel.
As it drops lower I cover both.
A windproof smock is useful, esp if it is a bright colour. The microfibre materials pack down really small.
Go for unpadded tights (over shorts) so you dont need to wash them every ride. Cotton jogging shorts are a bit flappy for cycling.
Once you have inner and outer layers you can add any midlayer to suit.
Arm and leg warmers are useful in changeable conditions, more versatile but less comfortable than full length clothing. If you start wearing them all the time, switch to tights sleeved jersey.
I did 42 miles Saturday and it was 60 degrees and windy here. I had on my brand new tights from Performance. They are windproof on the front side, have a bit extra to keep the knees warm, and the backside fabric allows heat/sweat to wick out.
I had on a long sleeve jersey but it wasn't windproof and I was uncomfortable for a few miles until I warmed up. I wore the jersey the next day with a t-shirt underneath and that was a bit too warm. Also, the t-shirt holds moisture like a sponge, not a real good thing.
I had some nice wool socks for cycling. Worked great for that day's conditions.
I've ordered some windproof jerseys that still breathe on the back side and a couple of base layer shirts.
Make sure your jerseys have zippers in the front so you can regulate your temperature.
A headband that covers your ears is a lifesaver, too. Make sure it can wick the moisture away. When it gets colder, I'll put on my shoe covers(not booties) to keep my feet warm. And full-fingered gloves.
Make sure you've got your fans stationed at the tops of the hills so they can hand you newspapers to stuff in your jersey. It'll keep you toasty on that descent.
60F is not that cold. Try some knee warmers and maybe some arm warmers. If you're still cold or the weather is windy, add a wind vest. I don't wear full length tights or a full jacket until the temperatures approach freezing (or it is raining).
Originally Posted by keith_b00ne
The degree of windproofing you need depends on the air temp.
In temperate conditions, a wind resistant outer is sufficient. It is only when you get close to freezing that you need total windproofing layers.
Just Peddlin' Along
It was 63, a little breezy and cloudy/spitting this morning for my ride. I wore a base layer, s/s jersey, PI arm warmers and shorts. I was comfy after an hour in the saddle. 60's are my favorite riding temps.
Get some good bike specific clothes for cooler weather. Tights are a must. So is a long-sleeved jersey. windproof-breatheable jacket. For more warmth, other outdoor clothes will work in combination with the above. E.G. I sometimes wear a fleece vest under my jacket and skiin gloves/mittens on my hands.
Also depends on your body weight. Skinny people may start feeling chilly at 60F, especially on a cloudy and/or windy day. People with built-in body insulation may be pretty comfortable down to the 40s.
Originally Posted by MichaelW
I agree with many...60 degree weather is not cold...repeat...it is not cold. Just add some leg warmers with your usual shorts and a longsleeve, if needed double up and wear a long sleeve with a short sleeve over it. I do that if the weather gets around 60 as opposed to around 69. You will be just fine
Open your cycling clothing drawer...find everything made of cotton. Remove it from the drawer. Put it in the trash. ok, you can keep your socks for good weather.
60f. mesh synthetic undershirt, bib tights, knee warmers, jersey, arm warmers,
regular cycling gloves. In the jersey pocket, a wind vest in case the temps
drop, altitude is involved, or it gets windy. The arm warmers usually come off
after about 30minutes. If it looks iffy on rain, then I take a clear plastic rain
cape. This is when wool blend cycling socks are good to have instead of cotton.
Where I live it was about 60 (felt colder - kind of raw), and drizzling on Saturday. So I added tights over my regular biking shorts, a thin breathable wind breaker/jacket, and wool socks. Worked well.
When it gets colder, I add an under-armor top, shoe covers, long-fingered gloves, and a hat-thingy under my helmet. That usually works well down to about 40-45 for me. When it gets colder than that, there's normally snow on the ground.
I have arm/leg warmers for 50-60 degree weather. 60+ I agree is not cold, esp. during the day.
Wore arm warmers last night in the 60 degree/drizzly weather last night and they were almost too warm. (I have thin lycra Pace warmers)
For 50 & below I have PI sleeveless undershirts, long sleeve jerseys, a skull cap, full finger gloves, and heavier socks.
Nike Sphere DryfitThermal Long Sleave Cycling Jersey with Nike Sphere Dryfit thermal tights over my shorts.
Cotton t-shirts and sweat pants are probably two of the worst things you could wear for cycling. Wind just flows right through it and it soaks up your sweat and keeps you cold and uncomfortable. I'd go with a good short sleeve jersey and arm warmers, bib shorts, and knee warmers if necessary.
Man if you put on all of the stuff most of the people are listing here what are you going to do when it gets really cold. You should be a little cold at the beginning of your rides, if your not you've got to much stuff on and you're either going to melt when you start generating some body heat or your pockets are going to full after you shed everything. That's harder to do with long sleeve jerseys and tights, stick with warmers so you can shed layers if need be. Toe warmers and full finger gloves will do alot since those are going to be the first things to get cold and they aren't going to cause you to overheat.
I wear shorts and short sleeve T shirt or jersey down to 65 degrees. From 65 to 60 I put on a long sleeve jersey. From 60 - 50 I wear long tights and a windbreaker over the T shirt or jersey. From 50-40 I wear long undies under the tights and switch a windproof jacket for the windbreaker. I also add a balaclava or head liner under the helmet. Below 40 I usually stop riding although I may go down into the 30's this year. Can't tell you what I'll wear then if do it but I'll figure something out.
I think it depends on your own metabolism. I normally wear the same gear when it's 60 as I do when it's 90. In other words, shorts and a jersey. But then, I'm also comfortable in 64 degree water without a wetsuit.
This morning it was 51 when I left. I wore knee warmers and a long sleeve jersey over my short sleeve jersey. I was a bit on the warm side.
Basically, when you start your ride you should be just slight cooler than comfortable. If you're comfortably warm when you start, you are probably overdressed.