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Old 10-27-09, 10:48 AM   #376
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40º this morning
I wore-
long ski socks
wicking underwear
jeans
long sleeve lightweight thermal
wind blocking fleece lined jacket...lightweight
asics tigers
balaclava rolled up into a cap
helmet
gloves

What are swish pants?
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Old 10-27-09, 12:29 PM   #377
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Oh, just polyester, thin pants used for jogging or whatever. They make the "swish" sound sometimes when you walk.
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Old 10-27-09, 08:15 PM   #378
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30º F with snow and slush
I wore:
661 mtb shoes
wool socks
Air Force pt pants
Air Force pt jacket
nike golf cap 94% poly, 6% spandex
half balaclava
anon ski goggles
giro atlas II helmet
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Old 10-31-09, 06:06 PM   #379
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45 F
performance bike elite bib
LG knee warmers
performance bike illuminite tights
wigwam mid-weight hiking socks (wool/nylon blend)
specialized BG comp mountain shoes
Champion C9 long sleeve base layer
sugoi long sleeve shirt (probably designed for running)
PI summer gloves
performance bike nylon/poly headband
specialized force helmet w/ visor

Socks and gloves need an upgrade, everything else was good.
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Old 11-09-09, 06:31 AM   #380
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52 F
calvin klein blue jeans
crappy saucony runningshoes
tommy V neck shortsleeve
helly hansen windbreaker
brain bucket
costco leather insulated gloves

First cycle commute to school for the past few years, I dont have anything fancy, in fact my winter bike is an old clunker, Takes me 25 min to walk to school, I got there in 5:47sec

I guess when it gets colder I will have a more elaborate clothing list!
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Old 11-09-09, 11:58 AM   #381
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41F, overcast, no wind.
stocking cap
smartwool lightweight baselayer
longsleeve jersey
windvest
knickers
toe warmers
lightweight ski gloves

I nailed it. I was cool but never cold.
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Old 11-11-09, 09:55 AM   #382
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41F, overcast, no wind.
stocking cap
smartwool lightweight baselayer
longsleeve jersey
windvest
knickers
toe warmers
lightweight ski gloves

I nailed it. I was cool but never cold.
I did the same thing yesterday, got home after a nice cool ride that wasn't too cold at the beginning. What a great feeling.
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Old 11-11-09, 09:11 PM   #383
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Conditions
45*F, rain

Route
32-mile round trip, mostly MUP, some inclines

Legs
Dri-More warm-up pants from Target, Gore Bike Wear Paclite rain pants

Torso
Sugoi long sleeve jersey, Gore Bike Wear Paclite jacket

Hands
Army issue leather gloves with poly-wool liner

Feet
Plastic grocery sacks over shoes, wool socks

Head
Helmet rain cover. Put on skullcap toward end of ride.

Got drenched from sweat, even after carefully controlling my effort. Became mildy hypothermic about halfway home. Seemed like the Gore wasn’t breathing today. Not a happy camper right now…
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Old 11-15-09, 12:31 PM   #384
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38-48*F this morning (3 hours of gravel and singletrack with a bit of road)

Sporthill XC pants over my bib. My first time out with them and they were too warm, I didn't feel chilled even when I first started out on the road. 32*F and below is probably their appropriate range. However, I didn't feel too wet and was still comfy as it got warmer, so I'd say they have a forgiving temp range.

champion C9 cold weather base layer and nike long-sleeve running shirt. Just a bit cool on the road, unzipped the 1/2 zip on the nike shirt for the single-track.
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Old 11-25-09, 09:56 AM   #385
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Today I wore:

Head:

Helmet, Wool Cap

Torso

long sleeve base layer; fleece vest; cycling rain jacket

Legs

bike shorts; cheap running pants

Feet.

liner socks; cheap winter sock & hiking/walking shoes

Hands

old leather gloves


Conditions

45 degrees; cloudy & roads were wet

Notes:
shoes got wet - need to buy shoe covers
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Old 11-25-09, 10:10 AM   #386
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Cold Snap in Texas. Today I wore a sweater. And I sweated. Ironically named.
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Old 11-25-09, 04:16 PM   #387
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48f this morning in a light rain. I wore my showers pass rainjacket, which is excellent and worth the money. And O2 rainpants which are reasonably priced and keep me totally dry. In the light stuff I wear Louis Garneau Stoptech shoe covers which are wearing out after 2 1/2 years. The right is starting to leak. In a heavy downpour I wear the Showers Pass commuter shoe covers which will handle anything Mother Nature throws at them. My feet stay totally dry. Highly recommended for the serious everyday commuter. In the frigid stuff 40 and below it's Sporthill all the way.
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Old 12-01-09, 07:34 AM   #388
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Temps in the high 20s - today I wore:

Head:

Helmet, Balaclava

Torso

long sleeve base layer; long sleeve fleece shirt; cycling rain jacket

Legs

bike shorts; tights & gortex wind/rain pants
Feet.

liner socks; cheap winter sock; hiking/walking shoes & rubber over-boots

Hands

ski gloves


Conditions

28 degrees clear & dry some icy patches

Notes:
toes got cold by time I got to work
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Old 12-03-09, 07:30 AM   #389
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today I wore a motel shower cap over my helmet due to the rain. It worked great and even fit over my visor. the elastic was tight enough to keep it on with being to tight as to bend the visor. the cap isn't baggy at all - seems custom made and I like that it is very thin because perhaps the reflective tape still reflected ...?
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Old 12-03-09, 01:53 PM   #390
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10F - clear and sunny, no wind - a little ice and snow

Performance fleece balaclava -
Underarmour tactical long sleeve baselayer - love the underarmour compression stuff
Patagonia merino wool 3 long sleeve - very thin but warm
generic cashmere zip sweater - rarely used, too warm really
Mountain Hardwear transition zip-t - used most of the year even in summer
Hind cycling shorts - no longer made and I am down to my last pairs
Hind munich tights - 15 years of use and abuse and still going strong
Sombrio roam pants - waterproof convertible to shorts mountain-biking pants
Underarmour socks - knee highs I found at Marshalls for $2/2 pairs
Dadora patrol shoes - don't breathe so they are like a poor man's winter shoe
PBK booties - don't work worth a dang and are falling apart after 3 days
Pearl Izumi lobster amfib gloves - big honking mitts that only kind of work below 10F, my thumbs still get cold
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Old 12-08-09, 09:13 AM   #391
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-28C or so this morning.
-Balaclava
-Winter jacket
-Heavy winter mitts
-Long Johns, jeans and "rain" pants
-Cotton "sport socks" wool socks, combo boot-shoes

I took off my googles (due to fogging) for the 2nd time this morning. It was a little cold on the exposed skin, but nothing too bad and the clear vision more than made up for it. The top and hands were too hot and the lower body was just right, little cool, but not cold. Will have to figgue something else out for the upper body.
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Old 12-08-09, 10:24 AM   #392
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PG - There's nothing better than a base weight merino sweater under another sweater... I wear 200 weight polar fleece pants (Mec) under my jeans and haven't had a need for my shell pants yet.

I bet you had a big assed smile on your face when you rode in today.. so far I have only been out for a 10 block stroll to drop the girls off and what keeps me warm and cozy on the bike isn't quite enough for walking in these temps.

I did get some new boots with a -30 C rating and added some felt insoles... these have been wonderful for walking and riding.
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Old 12-08-09, 07:38 PM   #393
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Conditions
39*F, clear and calm, after dark

Head
Microfleece cap to cover head and ears

Torso
Kirkland merino wool sweater under light nylon windbreaker

Hands
Army issue poly/wool lined leather gloves

Legs
Pearl Izumi cycling shorts and Pearl Izumi knee warmers under Dri-Star tights, under microfleece lined running pants

Feet
thin socks under Kirkland merino wool socks, tennis shoes/sneakers

Notes
Initially was chilly, but very comfortable about 5 minutes in. Actually had to unzip the windbreaker at about 5 miles. Hands got a little cold, but not too bad; feet about the same. Avg. speed 15 MPH.
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Old 12-09-09, 10:56 AM   #394
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8F this morning- I've been doubling up on shirts, gloves, and socks this spell below 20. Today was a hair warmer than yesterday (or is 8F 133% the warmth of 6F?). I found, the other night, a pair of vanishingly thin fleece glove liners. Today I decided to put them into action, if 2 is good, 3 must be better! So I put on the fleece liner first, then the ~3/16"-ish wool liners, then finally the gore-texy gloves. I've been doubling up the gloves since below freezing. I had screaming pain in my fingers around 2 miles into my ride, so I stopped and took the fleece layer out and went back to my usual doubled setup. Recovered pretty well, had a bit more finger pain than usual when I got the office but it cleared up quickly enough.
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Old 12-09-09, 11:43 AM   #395
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Conditions
-13*F, sunny, clear

Head
Fleece balaclava, Tifosi Q3 sunglasses

Torso
Underarmour long-sleeve compression shirt, cashmere sweater, MH transition windstopper zip-t, high-viz windbreaker

Hands
Pearl Izumi winter amfib lobster gloves

Legs
Giordana bib shorts, Hind pro-core Munich tights, Sombrio Roam rain pants

Feet
wool socks, Diadora Patrol shoes, Pro Blaze shoe covers

Notes
Hard to keep the glasses from fogging in the first 15 minutes. Froze some toes after the first 20 minutes. I broke down and ordered some Lake winter shoes and Gore storm socks. My hands get cold sometimes but sometimes they are okay. Tough to figure out what is causing them to freeze up sometimes and sometimes they are fine. The front of my balaclava froze into a solid chunk of ice when I removed it from my mouth.
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29* with 40 mph winds, light snow

Today I wore

Long sleeve cotton T shirt
Short Sleeve cotton T shirt
Acrylic Button up shirt

Boxers
Generic brand cycling tights
Two layers of socks
Shoes

Winter Jacket shell
Insulate winter gloves
Balaclava
Bike cap
Helmet
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22F, 10mph wind, partly cloudy
Head
polypro balacklava
clear safety glasses

Torso
polypro long sleeve
cotton t
cotton polo
Endura yellow jacket

Hands
neoprene "cop" gloves
Thinsulate mittens

Legs
polypro underwear
cotton thermal underwear
lycra knee warmers
Endura rain pants

Feet
polypro sock liners
rag wool socks
trail hikers

Notes
7 mile commute. Took me about 3-4 miles to get warm, but at 6 miles, I was sweating a bit, though my feet started geting cold at about 5 miles. Getting used to breathing thru my nose so I don't get a wet spot on my balaclava. Snot froze to my mittens! Neoprene gloves have thin rubber palm and otherwise are a mild weather item, but they're snug enuf to tie my shoes with them on, and have made a good base layer under the big Thinsulate mittens.
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10*F out, feels like 6*F, Icy and slushy

Head
Balaclava
Spy Ski goggles
Bike cap
Helmet

Torso

Long sleeve cotton T
Short Sleeve cotton T
Button down acrylic shirt
Winter Jacket
Messenger Bag (keeps the back warm)

Hands

Insulated winter gloves
Summer bike gloves


Legs
Boxers
Generic brand tights
Dickies cutoff work pants

Feet

Cotton work socks
Poly/ acrylic work socks
Saucony sneakers

Notes
Cold windy ride. 35mph winds today. My gloves are still wet and I couldn't feel my hands for a while. Sucks because my power is out at home. I really need a rear fender, its wet out there!
5 mile ride up town to the library and 5 mile ride back eventually.
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Conditions: 11F, wind chill -4F, winds 15-30mph, fairly clear skys, roads were clear enough not to take the ice bike.

Head: balaclava, fleece cap, goggle/glasses

Torso: ls poly/wool base, merino wool sweater, J&G wind jacket, non-mesh reflective vest

Legs: poly/wool long johns, Novara headwind pants

Hands: snow boarding gloves

Feet: smartwool socks, diadora shoes, LG booties

Notes: That darned balaclava I got from target is a warm sucker, probably don't need the fleece cap over it. Had some minor fogging problems with the goggle-glasses when stopped or out of the wind, probably due to my sweaty head. If I would have been on the ice bike with the handlebar mirror, I would have just worn my goggles with the little fans in them.
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I'm using a ski mask to cover my sinuses and so can't use my regular glasses. so I'm going without eye protection. so far the road debris; sand and salt aren't so bad but I suspect it will get worse. I looked at ski goggles but they are expensive. my kids goggle fit but they are tinted. I think I'll look for motorcycle or aviator goggles - those old fashioned kind like big swim goggles

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_clos...php?id=1321150

http://www.amazon.com/Aviator-WWII-R...ref=pd_sbs_a_1

... just ordered the last pair of these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

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