Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Munich Germany (formerly Portland OR, Texas)
Bikes: '02 Specialized FSR, '03 RM Slayer, '99 Raleigh R700, '97 Norco hartail, '89 Stumpjumper
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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
normal running tights
windproof cycling tights
thick windproof vest
well-ventilated rain jacket (Burley) with big pit-zips and front and rear ventilattion
really light windproof jacket with removable sleeves (converts to vest)
thin waterproof overgloves (fits over regular golves for wet weather)
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.