How do all of you in hill/mountain country deal with sweat-inducing ascents followed by wind-chilling descents?
Up here in the New England hills I find myself in a world of fire and ice - either I'm climbing a 12% grade trying to unzip every vent and cuff, cursing my balaclava, or I am flying down the backside with a 38 MPH windchill getting aero not for the speed, but to stop the bitter assault!
Wear a fleece (esp a sleeveless one) on top of your windproof on descents. It is much quicker to add/remove.
Use a windproof outer and jersey with a long front zip.
Get a bike with a wide range of gears so you can climb at lower intensity and sweat less.
wool is great as an undergarment but you also need to block the wind in front and vent the entire back. vest and jackets that have mesh backs are great. Pants; I wear sporthill XC (very cold conditions) and sporthill voyager pants above freezing. These pants block the wind and vent well.
I continue to climb even when it gets cold (-5°c). When going up I wear a cold weather bib (it protects the legs and the stomach area when I am hunched on my bike), one long sleaved jersey (some sort of microfibre that evacuates the sweat to the outside) that I also use for xc skiing, one wind blocking jacket completely unzipped. Once the climb is over, I stop and put on either an extra layer of a dry sleaveless wind blocking fleece or simply newspaper, zip the jacket and down I go. Never felt the sting of cold except the hands. So far the only gloves that works for me are my downhill skiing gloves but they are just too cobersome. Anyone got good ideas for the hands?
edit : Sorry, I just read the glove thread. Forget the last question.