Gearing Up for Winter Cycling
This is my first post here, so before I begin, I just want to thank everyone for all their help!
I want to keep cycling this winter until it gets freezing outside, and if possible, I'd like to make do with what I already have. I'm planning on going out till it gets below 40, if I still enjoy being outside in that weather, I'll consider buying more things. I'd rather first learn how to use what I have to layer up and keep warm before I spend a few hundred dollars on winter cycling gear (I think it might be more practical for me to just buy spinervals and a trainer since I don't plan on going out past freezing).
This is the list of stuff I currently own.
2 Short Sleeve compression shirts.
2 Long Sleeve compression shirts.
2 Pairs of biking shorts.
1 Set of leg warmers.
A few fleece jackets, which are warm but offer no wind resistance.
A tennis warmup jacket which is pretty good at wind resistance but isn't very warm.
A fleece vest (I think it was designed for skiing).
I also have winter jackets that were used for skiing.
Few pairs of track pants that offer decent wind protection.
Would I be alright layering up with a full sleeve compression shirt with the wind resistant jacket on cooler days and adding a layer of fleece in the middle on cold days?
Also would wearing just leg warmers on the cooler days and adding a pair of track pants on colder days be sufficient?
I plan on buying glove liners and using those and wearing my regular trek half finger gloves over them.
I'm probably also going to duct tape the vents on my shoes closed.
My rides are normally in the 25-35 mile range and I'm guessing it's going to be around that if not less during winter. I plan on mixing things up with lifting and intervals/spinervals on a trainer, and I'm hoping that you will lend your experience with winter cycling and help me out.
If it helps, I live in CT.