Hello, I just joined, this is my first post here. I am also a virgin winter time rider & have some questions. Can anyone help?
I have ridden in cool weather, but never anything below 45 degrees.
I have learned on my own that layering is the key. It is better to have too much on & shed layers then not have enough & need additional layers.
I live in the mid-west. So winters here get pretty cold. I will ride until there is snow & ice on the ground or until it is too cold. Right now I do not know what too cold is. I suppose it will be the limit of my cold weather riding gear.
What I normally wear in warm weather is always synthetic material that pulls moisture away from skin. Usually a performance type t shirt or bike jersey & performance type undershort with a loose fitting short over that. I plan on using my normal riding apparel as my base layer for cold weather riding. My biggest concern is keeping my core area warm enough. To me that is from betwen my knees to my neck.
Starting with my head here is what I have & up to how many layers:
Head: Under Armour Hood & bike helmet, 2 layres total.
Chest & arms: bike jersey, poly-pro long sleeve shirt, moisture wicking fleece jacket, moisture wicking, breathable, waterproof wind break jacket, up to 4 layers on my chest & back & 3 on my arms.
Legs: Base layer undershort, poly-pro long long pant, loose fitting over short, moisture wicking, water proof, breathable wind break long pant. Up to 4 layers between my waist & knees & 2 layers from my knees to ankles.
Feet: regular bike socks, wind proof over socks & bike shoes. Up to 3 layers.
Hands: Neoprene gloves. I also have a lighter weight DeFeet brand long finger gloves as well.
I will only wear all this at one time if I need to. It is just a list of what I have right now to start with before I buy anymore. I have a limited budget & can not afford high dollar items.
One of my concerns is my legs. I am not sure if just the poly-pro long pants & the wind reak pants will be enough to keep me warm once the temps. start dipping down to 35 degrees & below. Granted my legs are moving which means more circulation & blood flow & that will help my legs stay warm.
They type of riding I will be doing is commuting to & from work. Only about 3.5 miles one way.
Here is where I need your help. What can you recommed to keep myself warm & comfortable while commuting this winter? Am I off to a good start? What else may I want to use or what should I maybe change?