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    old USMC 'wooly pully' sweater
    What a great idea! I'm gonna hit my local Army Surplus on Tuesday!

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    skullcap
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    short-sleeve coolmax shirt
    long sleeve jersey (very lightweight)
    Columbia Titanium softshell jacket
    REI Hi-Viz shell

    Pearl shorts
    Sugoi heavy tights
    coolmax socks
    wool socks
    Shimano MTB shoes

    lobster gloves

    It was 38F this morning as the sun came up, and windy. The shell was a bit overkill, as the softshell would have been fine. But the shell is screaming yellow, and the softshell is "aubergine" and not at all visible. I was quite comfy, only had to unzip the jackets a bit.

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    Today I wore:

    Head:

    Helmet, Ear band, Lightweight Balaclava

    Torso

    New Performance winter cycling jersey-midweight,Pearl Izumi Zephyr jacket.

    Legs

    Nashbar Epic Cycling shorts, Foxwear Powershield tights.

    Feet.

    LIghtweight WAlmart socks, Heavy pair of wool socks from Walmart.
    Shimano Mountain bike shoes. HIgh top.

    Hands

    LIghtweight fleece gloves from Target, Heavy weight Thinsulate convertible mittens from Walmart.


    Conditions

    30 F, Started out in the dark. After sunrise sky was clear. Rode 1 hour 40 minutes (21 miles) on dirt gravel roads.

    Notes:
    New jersey is midweight fleece. This is warmer than anything i normally use. Got along ok, but good thing i wore lighter jacket. Jersey is borderline to hot for 30 F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    Head: Helmet
    Hands: Specialized full gloves (lightweight)
    Torso: Longsleeve poly, Windbreaker
    Legs: Fleece tights
    Feet: Wool socks, MTB shoes

    It was a balmy 40F today, so it was almost like springtime riding...
    Ooooops. Don't forget your most important item


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    I know how to use it if I need to use it (God willing I'll never need to)

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    Quote Originally Posted by velogirl
    skullcap
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    short-sleeve coolmax shirt
    long sleeve jersey (very lightweight)
    Columbia Titanium softshell jacket
    REI Hi-Viz shell

    Pearl shorts
    Sugoi heavy tights
    coolmax socks
    wool socks
    Shimano MTB shoes

    lobster gloves
    Same setup, except silk socks instead of coolmax. It was 30F, but less windy than yesterday. My legs and feet were a bit cold, but not enough to break out the booties or the gore-tex wind pants. Maybe next week.

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    Condition: 37F and steady rain

    Clothing: Zakk Microfiber Brief with Clasps

    That's all! . . . . Uhh, that's all for underpants.

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    Fleece balaclava
    EMS techwick t-shirt, EMS Rumney Sweater, PI Barrier Jacket
    PI Shorts, PI Amfib Tights, alpaca wool socks, mtb shoes

    Temp was 35, and overcast.

    A few weeks ago I went for a ride wearing a generic 50/50 polypro/cotton Thermal shirt, a long sleeve cotton T-shirt, a cheap department store fleece jacket with an EMS Gust jacket (windbreaker). Although I wasn't warm or hot, I was cool to comfortable. But, the windbreaker didn't breathe, and I ended up "clammy" and then cold.

    So this time, I wore one of my "wicking" shirts as well as the "dri-release" sweater, got rid of the cotton, and wore what I thought was ample insulation with the POI jacket. But, I was cold. So I added a mountain hardware transition vest, and although I warmed up some, I still considered myself cold. Now to top it off, I was also wet, to the point that some paper money in the pocket of the sweater was damp.

    My face and legs were plenty warm. I wouldn't change anything there.

    But what can I do about the cold and damp feeling? Could I have mistaken cold for wet and cold. Should I add more insulation? If so, a heavier vest or heavier jacket? I was sweating as evidenced by the wet money. Would merino wool against the skin help make me feel warm?

    So many different technologies and layers its hard to decide what to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jfortier
    But what can I do about the cold and damp feeling? Could I have mistaken cold for wet and cold. Should I add more insulation? If so, a heavier vest or heavier jacket? I was sweating as evidenced by the wet money. Would merino wool against the skin help make me feel warm?
    Here's what works well for me between 30-45F

    Poly or wool base layer
    Wool sweater
    J&G Wind Jacket, which is breathable and water resistant...using the front zipper and pit zips to regulate.

    When colder I may add a fleece or cotton/poly sweatshirt under the jacket.
    Wool will keep you both warmer and dryer...and even if you do get wet, you'll feel warm.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    Here's what works well for me between 30-45F

    Poly or wool base layer
    Wool sweater
    J&G Wind Jacket, which is breathable and water resistant...using the front zipper and pit zips to regulate.

    When colder I may add a fleece or cotton/poly sweatshirt under the jacket.
    Wool will keep you both warmer and dryer...and even if you do get wet, you'll feel warm.
    Thanks, so as not to get off topic here, I'll start a new thread.

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    Jan. 1, 2006
    Head: helmet, lightweight balaclava, and Oakley M-frames
    Torso: longsleeve generic underarmour, shortsleeve jersey, longsleeve jersey, and Novarra softshell wind jacket
    Legs: generic underarmour, Novarra tights, and Velowear bib shorts
    Hands: thin polygloves under Thinsulate wind gloves
    Feet: thin poly sock, and heavy Thinsulate sock
    Conditions: mid 30's F, cloudy, and dry
    Notes: This was my first cold weather ride. I was very comfortable, and warmed up quickly on this 12.5 mile ride. This experience has me convinced that riding in the cold is very do-able, and fun.

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    It's interesting that I just noticed this thread today, because two days ago, before I saw this thread, I had an idea for a database very similar to this. You would be able log conditions, gear, and results, then this information could be used in the future to make recommendations for similar conditions. For I was envisioning it being personalized, to help remind you what has worked well in the past for you in these conditions. But I suppose it could also roll together everyone's data to make a "group recomendation" as well.

    The tricky part will be coming up with the formulas to compare the conditions being queried to the conditions in the database and rate each gear combination accordingly. Might be a lot of trial and error.

    It would be way cool to have this on an Internet page. And in a perfect world, I would have an infinite amount of free time to do it myself. But don't hold your breath waiting for it. If any other computer geek out there wants to steal my idea and implement it, be my guest!
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    Head: skull cap, helmet
    Torso: Nike pro fit jersey, thermal poly top, red poly short sleeved loose shirt (it serves no purpose but for my vanity), and an old nike windbreaker
    Legs: Cycling shorts and tights
    Hands: lightweight novaro gloves
    Feet: cotton socks and a set of wool socks. Not to metion my tennis shoes.

    Weather: 20-24F, dark, and no wind. Distance and time: 15 miles at 1 hr.
    Notes: windbreaker needs to go. Everything else breathes quite well. No point when the windbreaker turns me into a sauna. The tights\cycling shorts combo were at the lower end of my tolerance level.

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    Conditions: Windy, about 35deg., dark
    Route: 4mi (I know, hardly worth dressing for), in 20 minutes.

    Head and torso: Old polypro underwear top. Crappy hooded [m]Old Navy fleece pullover that someone gave me for Xmas 5-6 years ago. Performance wind jacket. The ON fleece works surprisingly well, actually. It's cut slim, the hood is lined and fits under my helmet (Old Specialized Mtn Man).

    Legs: Bibs and old Dark Continent overpants. Wool socks. Street shoes (using clips/straps on commuter bike).

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    Today I wore:

    Head:

    Helmet, Ear band, Lightweight Balaclava

    Torso

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

    Legs

    Nashbar Epic Cycling shorts, Foxwear Powershield tights.

    Feet.

    Synthetic midweight socks from Walmart, Heavy pair of wool socks from Walmart.
    For shoes I wore a new pair of size 47 Lake MXZ300 Winter Cycling shoes. Just got them yesterday so this was my maiden voyage. Shoes did fine but I am wondering how cold i can wear them in.

    Toes were getting just noticeably cold even at these temps. Hmmmmmmmmm.



    Hands

    LIghtweight fleece gloves from Target, Heavy weight Thinsulate convertible mittens from Walmart.


    Conditions

    22 F, North wind 10 mph. Started out in the dark. After sunrise sky was clear. Rode 2 hrs, 5 minutes. (25 miles gravel, dirt roads)

    Notes:
    Removed vest 3 miles into ride. Too hot. These shoes are supposed to be the shiznit for Winter cycling. I'll give a few more rides to before i give a review. Initial concern is potential for cold toes.

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    Weather 26 F windy, light snow

    Descente balaclava

    Duofold 100% merino LS baselayer
    Noth Face Flight Series midlayer
    Gore Bike Wear Tool Tricot jacket (vents open)

    Gore Bike Wear Action bibs
    Fox MTB ranger shorts

    2 pairs wool socks
    Addidas MTB vented shoes

    Swany leather gloves with polyester lining

    First cold weather ride that I didn't wind up soaking wet with sweat.
    Toes cold, but everything else was perfect.

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    Thought maybe I would chime in with a report of what worked for those who dont have a lot of fancy stuff.

    Today the weather was high 38, this morning is was 33 (feels like 24).

    Silk mid-weight long underwear top and bottom
    Skintight cotton/acrylic underwear top, t-shirt on top
    Hooded zip up sweatshirt
    Wool skullcap over baseball hat
    Jeans
    Full fingered cycling gloves, with polypro liners but I didn't end up wearing them.
    Wool Hiking socks
    Hemp skate shoes

    I don't have a real long commute though. I was going to wear my fleece balaclava but I didn't feel that cold once I was outside. My commute is only a mile or so, however, but I took a short jaunt through downtown and this setup was more than adequate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    Today I wore:

    Conditions

    10C/50F, South wind light. Started out in day, but the sun started to set, and it got cooler. Rode 1 hour. (20 kms)

    Head:
    Helmet, Headband

    Torso
    Sleeveless jersey, long-sleeved jersey, lined winter jacket.

    Legs
    MEC shorts, Illumilite tights.

    Feet
    Thermal socks, Lake mtn bike shoes.

    Hands
    LIghtweight lined, waterproof gloves.


    Notes:
    Comfortable.

    Drop the temperature 12 degrees celcius and there was a bit of a change in clothing!

    Today I wore:

    Conditions:

    -2C/28.4F, North-west wind light. Started out in day, but the sun started to set, and it got cooler. Rode 1.5 hours. (34.5 kms)

    Head:
    Helmet, Headband, Neck gaiter

    Torso:
    Polypro base layer - long sleeved, Wool layer - long sleeved, Fleece layer - long sleeved, Winter jacket - lined.

    Legs:
    MEC shorts, Illumilite tights, Sweatpants - thin, light.

    Feet:
    Thin socks, Heavy wool socks, Lake mtn bike shoes, nylon booties.

    Hands:
    Lightweight lined, waterproof gloves.


    Notes:
    Comfortable, except for my feet which started to get a little cool toward the end.

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    30 degrees with wet snow, and wet roads.

    Today I wore:

    Head:

    Helmet and nothing else on head

    Torso

    Northface Mountain Light Gortex jacket, over an REI light merino wool sweater

    Legs

    boxer shorts, and Foxwear Durastretch Rain Pants

    Feet.

    LIghtweight sock-guy mtn bike socks. Vasque gortex hiking boots

    Hands

    Kombi winter gloves, non waterproof


    Conditions

    30 F and clowdy in the morning on the way into work. 30F and snowing on the way home. Roads were wet, without sticking snow.

    Notes:
    Just got my new Foxwear Durastretch Rain Pants and they were really great. Made by a guy out of Salmon, Idaho, and recommened by icebike.com....I'd concure with the recommendation. No complaints during my 15 miles of riding today, but if I were going any further in the snow, I think I would have prefered to wear some type of head band.

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    Today I wore:

    Head:

    REI polar fleece balaclava, LG fleece skull cap, Briko helmet w/LG cover, Bolle goggles

    Torso

    Patagonia expedition weight capilene, Canari fleece jersey, REI fleece lined vest. Arcteryx sidewinder jacket.

    Legs

    Patagonia expedition weight capilene, Performance T*****x bib tights

    Feet.

    Heavy Polypro socks, Lake MXZ 300's

    Hands

    REI thin polypro liners, Nashbar lobster claw mittens


    Conditions

    -31F, light Ice Fog, no wind

    Notes:
    Lots of Icing problems on my commute to work, the fleece balaclava is too thick to really breath through and the the moist air collects on the goggles, the problem goes away when I leave my nose out but then I have to watch my speed or I frostbite my nose again. Feet and hands were fine, torso and legs were good too. This is mostly skiing and climbing gear I'm wearing. Biggest problem is that 1 or 2 minutes indoors with this outfit and I'm sweating like a hog.

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    1/17/05 ride:

    road/city 30 miles
    40f +/- and drizzling

    helmet & headband
    insulated long-sleeve ski shirt/long-sleeve cotton t-shirt/Fox plastic rain jacket
    Pearl Izumi winter gloves (still got frozen fingers from time-to-time)
    long tights/jeans
    SockGuys socks/SIDI Dominator I (since it was Ben Franklin's b-day, I had on his beer quote socks, which I decided at the last minute would be OK alone, so I skipped the Gore-Tex footies. Wrong answer!! When I got back home, it took some massaging to get the feeling in my tootsies again.)

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    Head: Black vinyl waterproof liner + custom wool ski cap (both inside helmet), poly gaitor
    Hands: Cross country ski gloves
    Torso: Marmot ATV softshell, medium wt wool sweater, sport top
    Legs: Gap flare jeans
    Feet: Ultimax Wool socks, Gaerne Winter boot

    Conditions: 41F misty, wet roads. TL Distance 11mi. Comfortable on 3mi descent 25-35mph
    Comments: Did not need soft shell or gloves for return ride. Comfortable, blended in well at the store. Side spray from cars, dried and blew off pink sweater!

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    Tempature in the mid to upper 50's here today.Really nice for Janurary.First I started with a pair of Spandex shorts.Then some flannel lined,nylon warm ups.Top half got a short sleeved spandex jersey and covered that with a cotton,hooded,sweat jacket.Cotton Wal-Store sockies,my well worn leather slipper shoes,a light balaclava and snow board gloves,went and did about 20 miles.Who the hell has got the cash for space age clothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebornroadster
    Who the hell has got the cash for space age clothing?

    people with jobs who ride bicycles by choice?

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    Conditions today: low fourties, rainy, but not too rainy.

    I wore:

    Head: Gore Windstopper next2skin beanie, helmet

    Top: Wool LS t-shirt, heavyweight wool sweater, blaze orange hunting safety vest

    Bottoms: wicking briefs, cotton pants, wool socks, leather shoes, deerskin work gloves.

    rode my basket bike for two hours running errands, maybe 15 miles or so.

    Comments: Comfy, warm, a little damp at the end of the ride, stylish.
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    Yup,That's me.Got a job and a bike.And a mortgage,three kids to feed,a couple of cats,a truck,a car.Who the hell has money for space age clothing?

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