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    winter cloths

    What do you guys were in the winter. I live in North Carolina. It would most likely be 25-45 degrees farenhite. Any help is appreciated.

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    i think they wear clothes. if they were cloth than in a previous life they were a towel.

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    the key is layering. stay away from cotton. pay special attention to the feet, hands and ears.
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    {in my rainman voise** ya...ya cotten sucks....
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    If its not raining, then dont wear a waterproof. Use cheaper, more breathable and comfortable windproofs. You need a winter weight windproof, with good wrist and waist seals, and a high neck. Polycotton, polyester or nylon microfibres are good.
    Winter thermal layers dont need stuff like rear pockets, so use std hiking versions.
    A sleeveles ,lighweight fleece "gillet" is a useful garment.
    Use full gloves, neck-warmer tube, woolen socks with non-mesh shoes, and some wind-resistant leggings. Its easy to overdress, so start feeling too cool.
    Donnt forget to take spare layers (eg a waterproof and/or jersey) if you need to stop or conditions deteriorate.

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    I curios to know where riders usually stash their layers while out on a long road ride. I have a rack on my commuter/touring, but nothing on my road & mtb bike. Using a backpack is uncomfortable and increases the amount of perspiration on my back - so is the only option a fanny pack?

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    I have wondered the same thing, Gordon. I have never been dedicated enough to ride in cold weather, but am planning on it this years.

    In the spring/fall long sleeves or a jacket ma be good to get started but is too warm after 30-40 minutes. I have stowed the stuff in a saddle bag but they cannot hold much (tube, tools, phone, etc.).
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    When I was in France and riding up the Tourmalet or Luz Ardiden, most of the cyclists in my group would use a mussette bag/ aka messager bag to carry warm clothes for the summit time. I had a small aero. pannier and rack so I didn't use one but that is what I saw.

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    If your "cold" temps are around 45F, all you'd need are a pair of tights, a long sleeved jersey and a jacket. If your hands tend to get cold even in warmer temps, you might consider a pair of mini-gloves (those one you can buy for $1 at Walmart) under your regular cycling gloves.

    If it gets a bit colder than that, you might consider a sweatshirt over your long sleeved jersey, and possibly light nylon toe covers or booties.

    When it gets below freezing, that's when you have to start to get serious about what you wear out there.

    Last February I rode a century. The ride started out at -32C/-25F and reached a high for the day of -25C/-12F. Here's what I wore:

    Head:
    - balaclava http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_...D=1065145178773
    - headband
    - scarf
    - helmet (Bell)

    Body:
    - sports bra
    - longsleeved Coolmax jersey (MEC)
    - longsleeved fleece jersey (Nashbar)
    - sweatshirt
    - "fall/spring" vented jacket (a fabulous jacket I got from Nashbar - but I see they don't sell it anymore . . . pity!)

    Hands:
    - mini-gloves
    - windproof mitts or ski gloves (I had to change these every so often to let one pair dry a bit) (Canadian Tire Where else! )

    Lowerbody:
    - cycling shorts (Nashbar or MEC)
    - tights - fleece lined (Nashbar - very comfortable in cool weather)
    - non-cycling knee length shorts
    - windpants

    Feet:
    - "metallic" socks
    - wool socks
    - Sorel boots

    I also used little heat packs in my boots to help keep my feet warm.

    On less cold days, I wear my regular cycling shoes with neoprene booties. I did a 200K brevet in November 2002 that started at -12C/10F and peaked at 0C/32F with wool socks, regular shoes, and neoprene booties. I used those heat packs for the first 50K on that ride too.

    I don't like to wear anything over my face - even in the cold temps I've mentioned above (and I've commuted to work in temps down to -40 too) - because scarves, masks, etc. cause my glasses to fog up, and I don't think that covering my face is really all that necessary. The skin on your face is pretty tough because it is exposed to the weather all the time. In the really cold temps, if I'm going to be out there for a few hours or more, I will smear my face with Johnson's & Johnson's Daily Protection Cream to prevent frostbite.

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