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Old 10-06-10, 06:10 PM   #1
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Socal Winter Cycling Gear

I'm trying to put a few things together for this winter.

I'm not sure if I can HTFU and ride in the rain just yet but I'd like to get out there in the mornings with 40 degree lows.

So far I'm thinking:

Performance or Pearl Izumi Thermal Bib Tights
Arm Warmers w/ short sleeve jersey
Toesties
Skull Cap under helmet
Full Gloves

1) Am I over doing it?

2) Should I substitue the toesties with full shoe covers?

3) Should I add a base layer for my torso under the jersey?

4) Will the thermal bib tights be enough for my legs?

5) If I decide to ride in the rain, can I just add a jacket to my list and be all set? Or do I need some type of water-resistant pant?

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Old 10-06-10, 08:34 PM   #2
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you should almost always wear a base layer. i have 7 or 8, different weights, some sleeveless, some short sleeves and some long sleeve
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you should almost always wear a base layer. i have 7 or 8, different weights, some sleeveless, some short sleeves and some long sleeve
+1 I have a couple of different weight wool base layers and some coolmax shirts I use as base layers.

Getting the waterproof pants depends on whether it bothers you if your tights get wet. I don't mind if my legs get wet, but I hate soggy shoes. And I wear a jacket because I don't like when water runs off my helmet and down my back.
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Old 10-06-10, 10:29 PM   #4
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you should almost always wear a base layer. i have 7 or 8, different weights, some sleeveless, some short sleeves and some long sleeve
Why is that? I'm really curious because I have no idea about base layers... Are they like thermals?

**Nvermind, I think I got the idea.

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40? Base layer, short sleeve jersey with arm warmers, short bibs with knee warmers (could go with leg warmers but shins have little feeling) light wind breaking jacket with removable sleeves to make it a vest, good socks, headcover like a cap or bandana, long finger gloves. This allows me to not buy lots of long sleeve jerseys/pants and still get a good amount of covering and layering to peel off as I get warmer. I sweat easily so the moisture wicking issue is important.

Another item i'll be using for many commutes is old thin merino wool sweaters. I can use them over or even under a layer to provide some very nice warmth even when wet.
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1200 - Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on things. I would definitely recommend the Pearl Izumi Thermal Tights. I have a pair I bought a few years back and they are a standby for my cold weather commute. They even do a decent job of shedding light rain, but will get wet if it really starts to pour. Base layers in wool or sythetic do a good job of keeping you warm and still wicking away moisture - as Cbad recommended, a variety in different weights, sleeve lengths, etc. will allow you to dress for the weather and stay comfortable.

Never been a big fan of Toe Covers, but that may be because I've never found any that slip easily over my shoes.
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there is no winter here under 5000 msl
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I find myself wearing knickers more in cooler weather, 40's-50's.. I don't put the tights on unless it's in the 30's which is pretty rare.. I found that good wool socks works just as well as toe booties..
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm going to go with leg and arm warmers, base layers, cap, good socks, gloves and see how that works. Add on toe or shoe covers and jackets / windbreakers as needed.
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there is no winter here under 5000 msl
Been up GMR in November through March? I guess not.
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm going to go with leg and arm warmers, base layers, cap, good socks, gloves and see how that works. Add on toe or shoe covers and jackets / windbreakers as needed.
The only way to go is trying combinations till you find what works. Sounds like you have a good starting place.
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Old 10-09-10, 03:46 PM   #12
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Thx, heading over to PB after I get a ride in after work today to check stuff out. Been looking online forever but I can't pull the trigger w/o knowing what size fits right. Too many options out there.
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