Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-09-05, 12:33 AM   #1
citizen560
Beamish enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Libertyville, IL
Bikes: '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
Posts: 163
Cycling in a Chicago winter?

Financial Aid checks are getting mailed out this week, and I'm spending every spare cent on cycling. To continue riding for most of the winter, I'd like some advice on a windbreaker. Here's what I'm looking at for layers:

Performance Polypro Crew by Duofold
Terramar Merino Menís Wool Crew

I can add a thick wool sweater if it's crazy cold.

I probably won't be out much below 20, since I seem to have a problem with my brakes freezing up. I'd like to stay below $100 on the jacket, and I'd prefer something with underarm zippered vents so I can cool off if need be. I like softshell stuff the best. Has anyone ridden in Mountain Hardware softshell jackets? They're a bit more than I'd like to spend, but so sexy-looking - I just don't know how well they work for cycling.
citizen560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-05, 03:23 AM   #2
Guest
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
I just used a pearl izumi jacket. It was an excellent windbreaker. I had a great fleece warmth layer I got from target, then I had my jersey on underneath. It kept me warm. I could ride in just about any weather. Now the feet were a different problem- I wore my Shimano sandals all year round, so I had to get those hydrosocks and heavier socks to wear under those socks. Then I also had the neoprene booties for really cold days, but when it wasn't really cold, I could wear the toesies instead of the booties.

Koffee
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-05, 11:16 AM   #3
jscott
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 34
I used to XC ski a lot and now comute on a bike.

Wool sweter excellent.
I bought a wind shell from MEC mountain equipment co-op in calgary with the underarm vents. Think it was less than $100.

Never get wet when its cold. The wool wicks the under arm vents. We ski regularly at -7 C to -15 C.
jscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-05, 07:26 AM   #4
fitmiss
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Bikes: Trek Pilot 5.0
Posts: 208
Quote:
Originally Posted by koffee brown
I just used a pearl izumi jacket. It was an excellent windbreaker. I had a great fleece warmth layer I got from target, then I had my jersey on underneath. It kept me warm. I could ride in just about any weather. Now the feet were a different problem- I wore my Shimano sandals all year round, so I had to get those hydrosocks and heavier socks to wear under those socks. Then I also had the neoprene booties for really cold days, but when it wasn't really cold, I could wear the toesies instead of the booties.

Koffee
What kind of Pearl Izumi Jacket? -- Do you mean just a wind breaker like the "Whisper" jacket?
fitmiss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-05, 05:49 PM   #5
Guest
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
It was some kind of gore tex wind breaker. Not very thick at all. But if I layered correctly, it did the job totally awesomely.

Koffee
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-05, 12:41 PM   #6
robmcl
Prairie Path Commuter
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Forest Park, IL
Bikes: Marin Palisades Trail
Posts: 663
If you can make it to Oak Park you don't have to pay for shipping. I just bought this jacket after reading a number of favorable reccomendations. Have not had a chance to try it yet though.



http://www.lickbike.com/productpage.aspx?PART_NUM_SUB='6580-50'
robmcl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:26 AM.