Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Beamish enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Libertyville, IL
    My Bikes
    '87 Trek 560 Pro Series (Reynolds 531 goodness)
    Posts
    163
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.
    So very poor...

  2. #2
    Guest
    Guest
    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

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    34
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Harrisburg, PA
    My Bikes
    Trek Pilot 5.0
    Posts
    207
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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?

  5. #5
    Guest
    Guest
    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

  6. #6
    Prairie Path Commuter
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Forest Park, IL
    My Bikes
    Marin Palisades Trail
    Posts
    654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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'

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •