Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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My clothing is almost similar to what I wear when I walk outside, although I favour more the layers system.
I usually wear a Goretex windbreaker (rated 0°C), trousers and long underwear. When it's too cold or windy, I use a polar vest under the windbreaker.
One of the key points is being able to zip or unzip the windbreaker very quickly, because I might need it very much while I ride in one direction (headwind, downhill...), and not need it after I turn at the next intersection.
I use either full cycling gloves or cross-country ski gloves, as well as light overshoes.
Mechanical problems. I never had brakes failing on me, mostly because I ride in the city and therefore use them a lot. I once remember finding the brakes were "stuck" open, after I had cycled a 10-km stretch without using the brakes... at -5°C under icing rain.
Two "surprises". I park outside the office. Having to chop the ice off handlebars is something I can't get used to. Once my cogs were covered with ice... which limited the usefulness of some gears.