Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: A land that time forgot
Bikes: the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
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Days are short, nights are long.
You know the winter camping tricks? two foam pads, insulated cup, stove board, hot water bottles inside the jacket. Candle lantern for tent warmth, true double wall tent without mesh panels. hang things to dry, top of tent gets nice and toasty!
keep a lot of things in the sleeping bag at night . water bottle in the sleeping bag to have unfrozen water to start cooking in the morning, Put your shoes in your coat first thing in the morning or keep them from freezing at night by putting THEM in your sleeping bag. thin wool gloves for camp chores and cooking.
keep flashlight/headlamp inside sleeping bag. not at 10 degrees, but a bit colder, a flashlight left out runs for only a few minutes on alkaline battteries. I wear a mini headlamp around my neck at all times.
always having a puffy outfit like a USMC happy suit and booties is the way to go, with a hood, for off the bike lounging in cold weather.
bike touring wise? get a saddle cover. For riding, a very air permeable jacket like a MEC supermicrofit bike jacket or a windshell like a patagonia helium. I like a Gore N2S helmet liner for a hat, keeps the windchill down while riding in such cold. leather gloves with wool liners. knee socks to keep calves warmer. Bring a small square of nylon to shove down the front of your pants if need be to protect the family jewels.
Last edited by Bekologist; 01-06-10 at 09:21 PM.