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    fall riding clothes (newb question)

    Could someone tell me what a basic wardrobe for all-day riding should be once the weather starts getting colder; I'm hoping to do a week of riding (based in motels) in Maryland or Virginia mountains.

    At the moment I figure I would want base layer, usual shorts, wool jersey (short sleeve?), and then those arm and leg warmers seem like a great way to be flexible and reading for colder weather.

    I'm a little puzzled about what to put on over that: windbreaker or waterproof. Can one get away with just the latter?

    I'm hoping to be able to take what I need in one of the larger Carradice saddle bags. Is that too optimistic?

    Any thoughts or references to obvious information sources much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacfarinas View Post
    Could someone tell me what a basic wardrobe for all-day riding should be once the weather starts getting colder; I'm hoping to do a week of riding (based in motels) in Maryland or Virginia mountains.

    At the moment I figure I would want base layer, usual shorts, wool jersey (short sleeve?), and then those arm and leg warmers seem like a great way to be flexible and reading for colder weather.

    I'm a little puzzled about what to put on over that: windbreaker or waterproof. Can one get away with just the latter?

    I'm hoping to be able to take what I need in one of the larger Carradice saddle bags. Is that too optimistic?

    Any thoughts or references to obvious information sources much appreciated.
    Hi,
    There is a thread I have opened that might answer your questions and a lot more: Rain survival gear and procedures to keep dry unsupported
    As for doing a credit card touring with Carradice, hehe, this is how its done
    You travel without all the camping gear, so the rest can be put to a saddle bag.
    On the bike I feel like a conqueror ;)
    4 months touring trip from England to Spain http://www.underadometent.com

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    Long sleeve jersey (mid-weight) or thermal top, bike shorts, long wool socks, bike shoes, helmet, windproof/water resistant top (zip off sleeves would be ideal). Bike gloves + full finger gloves.

    Something warm to put on when you stop, that can double as an extra layer for downhills/colder weather - eg. thermal top.

    +/- leg warmers
    +/- rain pants
    +/- waterproof top instead of windproof (but will be too hot for most conditions).
    +/- shoe covers if shoes are mesh-topped bike shoes

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    The base layer sounds good. For cool and dry weather, I'll use sweat pants and a sweatshirt on top of a base layer. The pants, which tighten around the ankles, create some dead air spaces and will keep me quite comfortable. For wet weather, I'll add waterproof pants and a waterproof breathable jacket. Gloves to keep your hands dry are a good idea too.

    You'll probably need to slow down a bit when you're wearing your rain gear because it's easy to overheat, especially if you're climbing. If you're hot and sweaty by the time you reach a summit, it's easy to feel chilled and cold on the way down.
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    I would take a windbreaker and a waterproof. If the temp drops you can wear both.
    I use tracksters as leggings, they are good for riding but also double as evening wear for ultralight travelling.
    I use a long-sleeved jersey in fall
    A Carradice saddlebag could work, esp if you suppliment it with a bar bag.

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    If the weather is in the 60s, I'd use bib shorts, a short-sleeve base layer and a long-sleeve jersey with a zipper.

    If it's in the 50s, I'd add a thin nylon shell jacket and a skull cap.

    If it's in the low 40s, I'd add tights, a long-sleeve base layer, shoe covers, full gloves. Maybe a heavier jacket.

    Arm & leg warmers are handy, so I usually take leg warmers on tour rather than tights. But you will warm up fairly quickly, so there's no need to swaddle yourself in wool or something. A thicker jacket is handy for the evenings if you're camping; if you're credit-card touring, I'd just bring appropriate civvies and use the thin jacket.

    Also, I try not to worry too much about rain. Rain won't hurt you or get you sick; the main concern is keeping your stuff dry, your tires on the road, your brakes dry, and avoiding hypothermia.

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    I carry a windbreaker jacket, windbreaker vest, and a rain jacket. The first two weigh almost nothing and offer good flexibility. The jacket goes on over other layers to provide warmth as well as protection from rain. I have two long-sleeve polypro shirts from L. L. Bean (because they have tall sizes) - one really lightweight, and one medium light weight. They're both relatively light. They don't retain water. They insulate when wet. I can wear them over a jersey while riding when it gets cold. When I have a cotton t-shirt, then both polypro shirts, then my rain jacket on, I'm warm unless it gets REALLY cold. In that case, I huddle in my sleeping bag! I usually carry 2 or 3 jerseys on tour. One of them is long sleeve when it's going to be cold. I also bring rain pants, rain covers for my shoes, a waterproof helmet cover, and winter-weight gloves when I know it may be cold or very wet. I have a skull cap that I wear when riding in the really cold, but I've never been on tour when it's been that cold. I bring a fleece beanie for when it's cold at night in camp. I like to sleep in it.

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