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Old 11-24-05, 10:44 PM   #26
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Head: Nothing. Left the helmet in Toronto
Upper body: Cotton t-shirt
Lower body: Shorts
Feet: Socks, trainers

Conditions: Low 70s, gentle breeze, not a cloud in the sky.

Visiting Louisiana. They call this winter?
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Old 11-25-05, 12:01 AM   #27
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Conditions: 24F cloudy. 21-28MPH winds from the west.

Head: EMS Schoeller Alterra Beanie

Torso: cotton T under wool sweater under EMS Gunk Softshell (Schoeller WB-400)

Hands: EMS Gore Windstopper fleece gloves

Legs: Khakis

Feet: poly-blend socks and limited edition Vans Slayer old schools.

Goal: Get home from work, after working 16 hours. 3 miles of varying degrees of uphill.

Summary. Had to fight the wind, first from my left and then head on. My earlobes got a little cold since my beanie was rising up. I kicked the wind's ass despite running a fixed gear at 46x16. My face, earlobes and toes were a little chilly when I arrived home, but I was warm and dry otherwise. A small victory I will not soon forget.
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Thanksgiving: 39F Quick 2 laps - 30mph decents, 8-12mph climbs on 12% grade. Test run on Gaerne winter boot

Head: Balaclava straight-wrap
Torso:ShowersPass Rain Jacket err...cotton pullover
Hands: Axo Mountain gloves
Legs: Err Flare jeans
Feet: Low tech cotton sock. Gaerne winter boot, then Diadora Pablano H20

Summary: Core was perfect even on the climbs. But no liner in new Gaerne...left foot got cold on the first descent. Turned around after 2mi for Pablano shoes. Palanos were warmer in the feet and colder on the ankle.

Conclusion: vrkelley. This is your mother speaking....GET A HAT ON YOU DUMB KID!
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Conditions: 6 F; Winds 5-10 mph ; Windchill -7 F; Roads icy.

Head: Gortex Helmet cover; Neoprene headband; Scott Ski Goggles; Fleece lined nose cover (don't know what you call it)

Torso: 1st layer Breathable Longsleeve shirt; 2nd layer Sporthill longsleeve 60-40F shirt; 3rd Layer Fleece; 4th Layer Gortex Shell

Hands: 0 F Kombi Winter Gloves

Legs: 1st layer Thin Breathable Thermals pants ; 2nd layer Thin Cotton Jogging Pants
3rd Layer Gortex Shell

Feet: THin Hiking Socks; Merrell Chameleon II XCR Gortex Shoes

Goals: Tim Horton's; Murray's Discount Auto Store; Huntington Cleaners
Total Mileage: 12 mi around town

Summary: Torso Overheated by noon. Temps now in the upper 20's to low 30's. Icy conditions resulted in white knuckle riding.

Studded tires come in on Monday.
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Old 11-25-05, 02:45 PM   #30
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Old 11-25-05, 05:51 PM   #31
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Today @ 14 F (with a whiteout) I wore:

Thermal underwear (top and bottom) and wool socks
Jeans, a long-sleve shirt and some worn-out sneakers
Waterproof breathable jacket, balaclava, clear double-lens goggles, helmet with waterproof cover, and heavy mittens.

I enjoyed a trip to the local laundrymat (3 - 4 miles). Did some laundry. Freaked out a few people (They couldn't believe I was riding a bike in the snow). Then went home.
I could have worn my waterproof pants but it was too cold for the snow to melt. I just brushed it off at the end of a ride.

The thermals seem to make the difference.
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Old 11-26-05, 10:21 AM   #32
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Today I wore

1. Cycling shorts under nylon wind pants.

2. 1 wicking style long sleeve shirt with a Gore-Tex shell

3. MTB shoes/MTB with wool socks. (Not cold enough yet for flat pedals, but close)

4. Helmet, face mask and goggles.

5. MSR insulated/wind resistant gloves.

Conditions 7 degrees F with little wind. At 3:00am 11/26/05. 23 mile round trip with one stop.

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Old 11-26-05, 10:33 AM   #33
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Today I wore:

Dry : 35 degrees - mild effort

1) Dry fit long sleeve
2) Turtle Neck
3) Polar fleece
4) thin Lycra - friction reducer!
5) Jeans
6) Ski socks - only 1 par
7) Thin Ski mask
8) Hat
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Today I wore:

Head:

Helmet, Due North baclava (100% polyester), fleece neck scarf, glasses.

Torso:

Short sleeve jersey, fleece sweatshirt, gore tex jacket (www.gore-tex.com)

Legs:

Performance tights.


Feet:

Performance socks, Nashbar Hytrel Sock, shimano sandals.

Hands:

lobster gloves, cotton gloves inside

Notes:

Morning: about 23 degrees with winds WNW 12 mi/hr, rode about an hour, toes slightly cold upon arrival.
Night: About 36 degrees with winds WNW about 6 mi/hr, rode about an hour, toes slightly cold upon arrival.

Other than toes, absolutely no problems with cold. Usually, I'm sweating by the time I arrive.
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Today I wore:

Head:

Helmet

Torso

Performance Winter Cycling Jersey, Lightweight unlined vest

Legs

Nashbar Epic Cycling shorts, Leg Warmers

Feet.

Defeet midweight Merino Wool socks, Shimano High Top MTB shoes.


Hands

Long fingered cycling gloves.


Conditions

53 F. South Wind 25 mph and gusting.

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.Today I wore:

Big mistake today

Head:

Lava Wool head and face mask

Helmet
Marker ski helmet (that was the mistake)

Torso

Solcace wicking shirt with Gor-tex shell

Legs

Bike shorts with nylon wind pants

Feet.

MTB shoes/MTB with wool socks.


Hands

MSR insulated/wind resistant gloves.

Conditions

On the way in 10 degrees F with a head wind out of the south about 12mph. On the way home, I had temps in the low 30F. Wind out of the south. That should have been my first warning of warm temps. (South winds bring warm temps)

Notes: Always check your forecast out before leaving home!

On the way in I was nice and warm. On the way home I was way to warm. Because of the ski helmet
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I learned that yesterday ... I thought It would be cold all day.
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Conditions: Overcast, 50F, calm winds, roads were wet, slushy in some places, full of salt, but a great day for riding considering it's the weekend after Thanksgiving in NE Ohio!

Head: Same old sweat-stained ball cap

Torso: base layer ls shirt, 3 dollar green merino wool sweater I picked up at the Thrift store, Nathan reflective vest.

Hands: PI un-padded fingerless gloves

Legs: Canari Tundra tights

Feet: Smartwool crew socks, Shimano mtn shoes, Bellwether toe covers

Goal: A nice 32 mile ride over one of my usual 'training' routes

Summary: Just a great ride, I coulda done a century today without even thinking about it, probably would have if I had gotten an earlier start.
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Old 11-27-05, 07:41 PM   #40
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Conditions: 42F

Head: Giro Helmet with homemade fleece/plastic liner
Torso: Wool Sweater and Showers Pass Rain Jacket
Legs: WB-400 Schoeller ski pants
Hands: Axo Mt. Bike Glolve
Feet: Cotton Crew sock, Gaerne Winter boot

Summary: Excellent 30mi ride. After 2.5hrs had to slow down to warm up. Cold fingers and torso
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Conditions: 29 F; Winds 0-5 mph ; Windchill 25 F; Roads icy/wet/slushy.

Head: Gortex Helmet cover; Neoprene headband; Clear elcheapo shop glasses; Fleece lined nose cover (don't know what you call it)

Torso: 1st layer Sporthill longsleeve 60-40F shirt; 2nd Layer Fleece; 3rd Layer Gortex Shell

Hands: LG 40 F gloves

Legs: 1st layer Thin breathable Thermals 2nd Layer Gortex Shell

Feet: Over the calf athletic cotton socks; Merrell Chameleon II XCR Gortex Shoes

Goals: Ace Hardware Store; Subway for Lunch; Snowboarding/Skate Board Store; Joe's Army Surplus Store; MooseJaw Outfitters; Border's Books; REI; Rider's Hobby; Sports Authority; Taipen Pastry Shop; Vietnamese Noodle Resturaunt for Dinner...

Wow! What a fun day it was yesterday. Gotta go back to work this morning...blah. Spent almost the whole day on my bike. It was total bliss. Wife wasn't too happy

Rained heavily at times. Got real warm in the evening. Possibly hitting the upper 30's. I was sweating like a pig! Wow, just the other day it was like -7 F. Now the forecast says low 60's for Monday afternoon!!! It's classic Michigan weather.
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19F, 5mph wind.

Head: Micro fleece type Balaclava, helmet
Torso: Cheap poly T-shirt, thin XC-ski jacket, Cannondale shell (a little hot)
Legs: Sugoi XC ski pants, lightweight silk underwear
Feet: Smartwool socks, MTB shoes, Neoprene over booties
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-18C windy 2-3inches of snow of varying from fresh to packed to ice

Head: Headband, helmet with taped vents, snowboarding goggles and neck/mouth warmer

Hands: Snowboarding mitts

Torso: T-shirt, sweater, shell

Legs: Tights, sweatpants, windpants

Feet: Socks, co-op bags, running shoes

I tend to overdress because I'd rather strip down that ride uncomfortably
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Conditions: 25 F; Winds 0-15 mph ; Windchill 20 F; Roads Soft Snow/Packed/slushy/Ice.

Head: Gortex Helmet cover; Neoprene headband; Ski goggles; Fleece lined nose cover (don't know what you call it)

Torso: 1st layer Sporthill longsleeve 60-40F shirt; 2nd Layer Fleece; 3rd Layer Gortex Shell

Hands: REI Vertigo Gloves (w/o Liner)

Legs: 1st layer Thin breathable Wool Thermals; 2nd Layer wind proof lycra; 3rd Layer Gortex shell (2 ply)

Feet: Ankle hi wool hiking socks; Merrell Chameleon II XCR Gortex Shoes

Goals: Walmarts for a box of contacts (12 miles)

There is no coasting with snow and studded tires. Overheated quickly due to the extra effort needed to pedal thru the stuff. Removed 2nd layer on torso, and 1st layer for legs. Felt much better afterwards. I actually had to take it easy (=slower) so that I did not sweat too much. Sweating can become a bad thing when out at these temps.
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Today I wore:

Head:

Helmet, Light weight balaclava, with midweight balaclava over top. Ear band over ears and one also worn inverted over nose, mouth.

Torso

NIke Dri fit top as base. Performance Winter Cycling Jersey, Lightweight unlined vest. Gore Tex Cycling jacket.

Legs

Nashbar Epic Cycling shorts, Foxwear powershield tights. AMPK2 midweight tights.

Feet.

Heavyweight Wool socks X 2, Woverine Thinsulate Hiking Boots.


Hands

Lightweight Fleece gloves Heavyweight Thinsulate Convertible mittens/gloves.


Conditions

12 F. Partly cloudy. Light wind

Notes:

2 miles into the ride i was heating up to quickly. Had to make quick adjustments to avoid overheating. Removed midweight balaclava completely. Opened pit zippers. Comfortable for the rest of the ride. Toes were slightly cold after 1.5 hrs.

Rode 1 hr 45 minutes.

20 miles.
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Today I wore :

HEAD: microfleece skullcap under helmet, bandana across face under nose

TORSO: long sleeve Drifit turtleneck, insulated vest,

LEGS: Drifit windpants

FEET: Cotton crew socks, tennis shoes

HANDS: Mechanix gloves

Conditions: 39 degrees, no wind, dark with a light fog

Notes: I had a windbreaker in my rack pack, but didn't need it. I wore the vest unzipped as it was a little much. Coming home at 7PM I was about 8 degrees warmer, removed vest. I've learned that if my head is warm, I feel much warmer.
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Head: Polypro ski cap, amber lens glasses.

Torso: Polypro singlet, Duofold polypro l/s undershirt, Giordana l/s jersey, Nike windvest

Legs: PI shorts, kneewarmers, REI loosefit tights

Feet: Cotton sox, SIDI Genius 4 shoes, neoprene toewarmers

Hands: poly glove liners, fullfinger REI gloves

Conditions: 32F/0C, calm, patchy fog. About as cold as it gets here in Sacramento.

Have to say that I guessed right today. My toes alway freeze but everything else was pretty comfy.
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you are so stoked. i am in nyc and quite envious after a 20 mile ride to the nearest trader joes.
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I'm changing it up a bit

Yesterday I wore

Conditions -21 Celsius (real cold in F), with some wind (variable direction)

Head: Sirius windproof skullcap (with integrated earmuffs)

Face: Sirius neoprene face mask (sweaty but worth it)

Eyes: nothing (bad idea, eyelashes kept on getting stuck!)

Torso: Stanfields thermal undershirt, Periodic table T shirt, long sleeved collar shirt, Polartec 200 fleece from MEC, Supermycroft 2 windbreaker from MEC

Legs, etc: MEC cycling underwear, MEC quick dry boot-top long johns, Levis 501's

Feet: Wigwam super hiking wool socks, Magnum security boots

Hands: MEC nanu lobster gloves

THe commute is 12 km long, on mixed road, some hardpack snow, loose snow and ice, and clear pathway with icy patches.

It was pretty cold, and I had to stop for a few minutes in a coffee shop, but my time was good.
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Today I wore:

Head:

Helmet, Light weight balaclava, with midweight balaclava over top. Ear band over ears and one also worn inverted over nose, mouth.

Wore Visorgogs over eyes. Thought i needed them because of strong wind and snow. WRONG!!! They were nice until I heated up and they fogged badly. I couldn't see. Had to remove them 15 minutes into ride. I am so glad i have contacts this season. So much nicer to deal with covering the face. No fogging to worry about.

Torso

Underarmour base layer Performance Winter Cycling Jersey, Lightweight unlined vest. Gore Tex Cycling jacket.

Legs

Nashbar Epic Cycling shorts, Foxwear powershield tights. AMPK2 midweight tights.

Feet.

Heavyweight Wool socks X 2,LIght cycling socks X 1, Woverine Thinsulate Hiking Boots.


Hands

Lightweight Fleece gloves Heavyweight Thinsulate Convertible mittens/gloves.


Conditions

8 F. 20 mph NOrth wind. Heavy Snow. Poor visiblity.


Notes:

Still can't tolerate midweight balaclava. Thing is just too hot this year for some reason. 45 minutes into ride, i removed midweight balaclava and put just the lightweight and earbands on.



Rode 1 hr 35 minutes.

15 miles. Very slow going in wind and snow.

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