Thanks much all. Its not real cold here yet, but I've had a chance to ride in a few 40-50 degree nights....
So far this is what I've learned.
IT's ALL ABOUT THE BASE LAYERS !!! Even a simple jersey can be pretty warm with a good base and arm warmers. Get too hot? Roll those arm/Leg warmers down---or unzip those zips at the neck of your base and jersey. I've also found some base layers at REI, Costco (very warm) and Performance. I may try under armour and Assos for colder winter bases.
So far I've been riding with Bibs and a Jersey/Base Layer combo. I also carry arms warmers that can take the wind off my arms if I cool down. So far so good.
The Assos Element Jersey is very nice but a little to warm for the weather so far. The few rides I've had with it only needed a thin base layer.
I have two sets of Arm warmers, One by Assos, the other made of wool or something. The wool was highly recommended and I like them better than the Assos. Great stuff that rolls down nicely to your wrist if you need to cool down.
I love the bib tights. Nice and warm and fit great. I purchased one Cannondale, Hincapie, and plain tights by Pearl.
All I need now is gloves, more base layers, and a solid winter coat. (leaning towards Gore Wear or Assos). I see no reason the Assos Element cant be worn as a base layers when it gets really cold. I figure I can toss on a larger wind breaking jacket and be very warm.
Here are some pics....I'm almost done. Thanks very much for all the great tips !
Last edited by ilovetheewind; 10-26-09 at 11:30 PM.