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Old 12-22-08, 08:07 AM   #351
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Conditions
Temp: 1 deg (neg 20-30 windchill)

Legs
knee warmers under tights
cycling shorts over tights

Torso
Nike Pro Fit base layer, fleece, and Hincapie kevlar jacket over fleece

Feet
gor-tex socks & wool socks, hiking boots

Hands
marino gloves under ski gloves

Head
helmet, balcalva, wool hat, ski goggles

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40 mile "regular" commute/training ride. Googles kept fogging up. Other than that, I felt great and loved evey minute of it!!

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Old 12-22-08, 09:05 AM   #352
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Conditions
Temp: 0F, -15-20 windchill, 15+mph headwind

Legs
poly/wool long johns
J&G Patrol Pants

Torso
poly/wool LS base
2 wool sweaters
J&G Yellowjacket

Feet
Polypro liner sock
winter smartwool socks
Answer Kashmir boots

Hands
polypro glove liners
snoboarding gloves

Head
Grumpy Old Men hat
balaclava
Smith Turbo goggles

Notes:
Every car that passed me gave me a honk. 2 actually stopped and asked if I wanted a ride.
I was plenty warm...maybe too warm when fighting both the headwind and the inclines.
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Old 01-01-09, 05:44 PM   #353
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Sneakers, jeans, and a long sleeved T-shirt. Got a little warm (70F),and I had to stop and roll up the sleeves.
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Old 01-02-09, 10:58 PM   #354
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Conditions:
-20, some wind

Legs:
Bike shorts, with Ibex guide pants over

Torso:
Wool baselayer, wool sweater, light fleece, softshell jacket

Feet:
Smartwool mountaineering socks, Lacross pac boots

Hands:
thin polypro liner gloves, MEC Goretex/fleece-lined mitts

HeadL
Wool hat, wool gaitor, helmet, oakleys


Most of me felt relatively ok. One problem was the gaitor wasn't high enough to cover mouth and cheeks, and my face was getting very cold, as was my forehead from the wind. Felt like I had to work a lot harder breathing in the cold air, and had to stop at one point cuz I started feeling faint! After a few minutes, that subsided, and I kept going, a little slower though!
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Old 01-09-09, 05:40 AM   #355
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condition: -10 deg Celsuis, no wind, sunny. road bike ride

legs/feet: socks, knee warmers, long softshell fleece-lined bib tights, bib cycling shorts, neoprene gaiters

body: longsleeve "functional" undershirt, longsleeve cycling shirt, windproof light softshell for fall rides, windproof softshell fleece-lined cycling jacket

hands: chiba gloves dunno the name but they're darn warm

head: baclava and tube-type bonnet, sunglasses

all worked fine for about an hour's ride and would have for a couple more. only thing I would have added: windproof socks or toe warmers of some kind. toes got cold :s


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Old 01-19-09, 03:51 PM   #356
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What I wore today

Conditions:
23F, wind 10MPH out of NW, cloudy conditions

Ride:
10.5 miles (commute) in to work.

Legs:
Craft wind front bib tights (my stock sub 30 wear)

Torso:
Reebok base layer (like UnderArmour), light fleece jersey, wind/water repellent bright orange Performance jacket

Feet:
Defeet woolybooli socks, Specialized MTB shoes, Performance neoprene booties

Hands:
PI winter gloves (not lobsters)

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Light balaclava, Nike woolish hat, Giro Pneumo lid, Nashbar shades with orange lenses

Notes:
Wind at my back for half the ride. All good once my fingers warmed up.
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Old 01-26-09, 03:50 PM   #357
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Conditions: 35 F, 8-10 mph wind, partly cloudy.

Ride: 20-mile training loop.

Legs: Performance Ultra Shorts, PI Thermafleece tights.

Torso: Defeet SS base layer, Defeet ArmSkins, SS Jersey, Voler thermal jacket

Feet: REI merino wool socks, Nashbar-branded Look road shoes, Bellwether Illuminite shoe covers

Hands: Bellwether WindTex golves.

Head: Generic cycling cap, Giro Monza lid, $5.00 flea market shades.

Me: Five feet, five inches, 132 pounds of climbing fury.

Result: Toasty warm most of the way. Toes got a bit cold at the end.
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Old 01-28-09, 08:36 PM   #358
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Today I Wore

Conditions
Temp: 11*, Winds 5-10mph, Sunny

Legs:
Windproof Tights, Cycling Shorts

Torso
Thin Polyester Base, Polypro Mid-layer, and Pearl Izumi Slice Jacket

Feet
Wool Socks, Nike Running Shoes

Hands
$15 Ice Fishing Gloves from Gander Mt

Head
Helmet, Balaclava, Sun Glasses
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Old 02-04-09, 04:36 PM   #359
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Today I wore:

Head:

Krama (a very thin cotton scarf) wrapped around just under my nose underneath a stocking cap with my jacket hood on top

Torso

Long sleeve t-shirt under medium weight fleece jacket under hooded shell

Legs

Fleece tights and some windproof pants

Feet.

wool sock and my regular boots under Neos overshoes.

Hands

Cheapie thinsulate gloves under my poagies

Conditions

0 degrees with 5-10 mph headwind. Not too much ice left on the roads.

Notes:

Cold enough to close my pit zips today.
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Old 02-04-09, 09:57 PM   #360
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Conditions-extreme cold-5 degrees with wind chillfactor of 1 degrees?
Wore: Under Armour top and bottom, wool socks, heavy workman shoes, ski gloves and a short jacket with a fleec liner. Did not wear my sunglasses home. Oh yeah wore a face mask. Rode four miles home.

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Old 02-15-09, 06:50 PM   #361
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-0c to -10c

Face: Light cotton balaclava; helmet; and if its too windy or sunny, goggles.

Torso: Cotton undershirt (wear these everyday of the year, except when I use a rash guard); cotton t-shirt; wind breaker/rain jacket.

Legs: Some thermal merino wool tights; cotton shorts; wool leg warmers; wind breaker pants.

Feet: Just wool socks and shimano cycling shoes.

Hands: acrylic gloves with fleece lining.

Bellow -10 I usually use a thicker wool/cotton lined face mask, thicker gloves, and maybe a extra pair of shorts.
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Old 02-16-09, 11:57 AM   #362
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Last night about 5F, light breeze.

5 mile round trip to bar for pub quiz.

Torso: T-shirt, Wool sweater, Carhartt style jacket.
Face: Nada.
Head: Carhartt hat, helmet with vents taped up.
Legs: Flannel lined jeans.
Feet: Leather shoes, gym socks.
Hands: Waterproof mitts w/o liners.

Think I have finally acclimated to winter. Bundle up a bit when I'm not just running errands around town and actually spending more than 15 minutes on the bike at a time.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:18 PM   #363
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Conditions
Temp: Low 40s, light winds (~5 mph)

Legs
Jeans

Torso
long sleeve wicking t-shirt, hoodie, windbreaker

Feet
1 pr socks, leather shoes

Hands
Mechanics gloves

Head
Helmet

Notes
Torso was a tad warm, but my ears were cold.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:40 PM   #364
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shopping trip this afternoon at 55F:
Feet: Regular socks, trainers
Legs: Shorts (65% ploy, 35% cotton)
torso: thin polo shirt
I sweated under my back pack, which made me chilly when I took the thing off. My arms were cold, so a long sleeved shirt would have been better. I took off my jumper before heading out, because I thought I'd get too hot.
Rest of the day: Temperatures were varying between 43 and 52. I wore a hoodie over my shirt, and in the morning (43) I wore full finger gloves, in addition to the above. The hoodie was warm after a mile or so at 52 degrees.
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Old 02-19-09, 02:21 PM   #365
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my hooded sweat shirt, North Face Apex, hanes long johns, jeans, hat, gloves, goggles, scarf tube thing. Thermal socks. and Nikes. 5 mi ride. Also wore my 70's Schwinn beater.
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Old 02-21-09, 06:16 PM   #366
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Thermal top, t-shirt, fleece and SHORTS!!! Finally.

it was 45-47 today, the downhills were a litle brisk but nice to be in shorts for a change....
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Old 03-09-09, 10:23 AM   #367
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Guess I'd just be gloating if I listed what I wore on yesterday's ride
Gorgeous >65°F sunny windless day

I'll be back in layered fleece & booties for tomorrow's ride though.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:33 AM   #368
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Conditions

15F, -6C. Very light breeze.

Head

helmet w/ cover, ear band, and a neck warmer.

Torso

Too many layers, 1st layer LG thermal, 2nd poly long sleeve, Adidas golf short sleeve wind breaker, and a long sleeve Gortex jacket. Very warm indeed.

Legs

Winter tights with cycle shorts under.

Feet

Wool blend socks, poly liners, cycling shoes, and Gortex booties.

Hands

Down mitts with leather shell, (warm).

This is my first ride into work this year and I did over do it but I would rather strip off layers then freeze. For the trip home I have a lighter pair of lobster mitts. The weatherman predicts +5 C for my ride home.
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Old 04-27-09, 07:27 AM   #369
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Conditions
43 degrees, winds gusting 20 - 35 mph, with rain ranging from drizzle to downpour. It may be late April, but the weather made me feel like it was later winter or early spring. I'm not sure what the wind chill was, but it was bad enough to keep most everyone else in.

Head
Bell Influx helmet and safety glasses.

Torso
Performance Illuminite jacket over 2 midweight baselayers and a Champion C9 shortsleeved shirt.

Legs
UA compression shorts and Novara tights.

Feet
Wool socks and the "water resistant" shoes my GF gave me this Christmas for riding in the wet.

Hands
Old ski gloves.

I rode through the coldest wetest weather I've ever rode in Saturday night, and got wet (except for under the jacket) but stayed warm and comfortable. The trip was only 5 miles, but it wasn't that bad since my gear helped me deal with the conditions.
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Old 06-04-09, 02:50 AM   #370
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haha! what makes you to make some database like that? i don't know i just found it weird but actually it really helps a lot! thanks for that idea.
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Old 10-02-09, 10:39 AM   #371
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33F:
Normal team kit (shorts and jersey) as base layer
Pear Izumi amfib tight (wind barrier on leg)
Normal cycling socks
Pearl Izumi Toe warmers
Two long sleeve thermal jerseys (no wind barrier on torso today)
Bandanna over ears and head
Two pairs of $1 dime store stretchey gloves

Result:

1: Pretty happy with the torso (could have gone another 5-10 degrees before a wind barrier (today was an experiment as I usually am in my vest by now with fewer layers up top)
2: Legs were great, maybe even a bit too warm as they were slightly clamy when I peeled off the tight.
3: The Reaer of my ankle got cold being out of the tight and only covered by a single sock. May be time to move to warmer socks.
4: Toes were just fine (love the toe warmers with a good shoe)
5: Hands were suprisingly just fine but probably near the lower limit of the dime store glove method.
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Old 10-02-09, 11:06 AM   #372
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It was 54F this morning and I couldn't find one of my kneewarmers so I wore my knickers for the first time this season.

A little sweaty by the time I got to work, but I'd rather keep my knees too warm than too cold.
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41 degrees with 15mph (cold) wind.

Starter brand long-sleeve spandex base layer
Louis Garneau long sleeve jersey (not very thick)
Performance wind vest
Performance short bibs
Adidas leg warmers
Acrylic socks (tucked into warmers)

No beanie or headgear (except helmet), regular cycling shoes, no gloves (forgot them). My hands weren't too cold, and the acrylic socks did a great job of keeping my feet dry and warm. I was listening to my iPod which protected my inner ear from the wind, and it was great. Face, head and ears weren't very cold.
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conditions: 40degF, 0-10mph wind, consistent drizzling rain

ride: 8 hour courier day

head: thick cotton beanie, helmet

core: cotton beater, thin long sleeved T, short ski jacket (pit vents open)

hands: thin cut-off ride gloves, always a sweat bracelet to wipe nose!

legs: off brand under armour, canvas military fatigues sprayed several weeks and several rains ago with cheap waterproofing

feet: cotton ankle socks, mtb shoes

my toes and fingers went cold at a few moments of the day, particularly when standing waiting outside. everything was soaked, but i never felt the wet on my body, only feet and hands. it's hard to stay dry riding 3 inches from cars and semis all day! tomorrow it'll be the same weather, only a few degrees colder. i'll move to smartwool socks. and i'll carry warm gloves for non-riding times.
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47F This morning.

rag on my head under helmet, covering ears

One cotton t-shirt

Quilted flannel jacket left unbuttoned

swish pants

thin poly socks

regular tennis shoes

Very comfortable!
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