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Old 09-25-02, 02:14 PM   #1
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Its getting cold....what should i wear?

its getting colder here in syrcause, ny. Its hitting mid 50's in evenings when i usually go out biking. What do you people usually wear in this weather? I got some nice spd shoes but im picturing myslef as a dress code harzard when wearning them with my usual warm clothing. Any suggestions on what i should get when i go biking in this weather?
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Booties are a lifesaver, as are quality tights (I use Patagonia now). Don't even worry about looking cool, it's hard to do that and stay warm.
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Old 09-25-02, 04:33 PM   #3
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Cover up evenly over your whole body. Keep your legs warm to avoid injuries with leggings. Use wickable inner layer, a windproof (not waterproof) outer jacket, and insulation inbetween as neccessay.
You dont need to use cycling jersies, any long sleeved wickable thermal will do.
Full length gloves, a neck warmer, a sleeveless pullover/light fleece all help to regulate temperature. Use plenty of bright colours and reflective stuff.
Ditch those mesh summer shoes for proper winter shoes which dont let in the wind and rain.Use woolen socks in the cold rather than thin cotton ones, so chose winter shoes a bit bigger. Waterproof jackets are never breathable enough, save them for when its raining.
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well, it depends on the conditions: cold, wet, ice, etc...

really important are:
* neoprene booties
* windproof jersey/jacket

usually the biggest problem is that you still generate TONS of heat when riding in the cold, so even at freezing you're likely to overheat. you either have to accept that you will be cold the first few minutes and then warm up or you have to stop and take off a layer about 10-15 minutes after starting.

for me, keeping the hands and feet warm are the only real problems and for my torso it's more finding the right balance between sweating and being cold. wind-proof and breathable stuff with pit-zips or whatever is a good way to go as you can open it up if you start to burn up.

i personally have the following that a mix for different conditions:
winter shoes (Gaernot Polar)
neoprene shoe covers
warm socks
gore-tex socks
leg warmers
normal running tights
windproof cycling tights
thick windproof vest
windproof jersey
well-ventilated rain jacket (Burley) with big pit-zips and front and rear ventilattion
really light windproof jacket with removable sleeves (converts to vest)
snowboard gloves
glove lines
windproof gloves
thin waterproof overgloves (fits over regular golves for wet weather)
windproof headband
helmet cover (keeps out wind)
studded bike tires

i don't wear all of these together and you don't need all this stuff, but i ride almost every day for commuting and/or training down to about -10C (0F) in snow or ice

as with most winter sports, wear wicking clothes and NO COTTON!

Windproof is a new technology that is really cool as a windproof jersey keeps your warm, is very small, but also allows much more of your perspiration to get free than a comparatively warm jacket. i really love all my windproof stuff that you couldn't buy just 5 or 10 years ago.
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Old 09-26-02, 01:45 PM   #5
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Windproofs are pretty old. The traditional English touring jacket was made of ventile cotton, originally developed for use in survival suits for aircrew. Ventile is still used by Antarctic Survey crews and is good in dry conditions as a windproof, even though it was developed as a waterproof material.
I have a polycotton windproof that i bought almost 20 years ago, that is excellent on cold days. I have a modern lightweight one in polyester , but it isnt proof enough for cold days. Pertex material is excellent as a winter windproof.
Check out
http://www.buffalosystems.co.uk/ls6.htm

Its on my shopping list for this winter.
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Old 09-26-02, 03:37 PM   #6
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Read the dressing tips on the "My Favorite Winter bicycling article" thread:

This is my favorite article about winter bicyling/commuting

I thought the part about wearing a sock on his weaner was pretty novel.
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dont you think its gay looking to wear tights? I mean, come on! If i was a road bike yes, maybe i would. But im not, im a ATB biker. What alternative do i have to latex tights?
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With my chicken legs, I dont go for the spray-on look either, so I use some loser fitting tracksters, or for that casual yet sophisticated look, a pair of polyester or poly/cotton windproof hiking trousers.

I have cycling/running friend who is into skin tight leggings. His assets seem to worthy of the display, but it does make old ladies and horses nervous.
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Horses?

I'm not going to ask.
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