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Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

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Old 10-05-09, 10:02 AM   #1
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Found some great cold-weather pants

Last week I got a pair of stretch fleece tights from Aerotech Designs that have turned out to be absolutely fantastic. They're very soft and comfortable and surprisingly warm considering how thin they are. The fabric does a good job of cutting the wind too. I've worn them on rides when it was as cold as 36 degrees and stayed perfectly warm without wearing anything under them (except shorts for padding). With a pair of long underwear under them I'm sure they'd be good down into the 20s, maybe even a bit lower.

If you don't need a tall size, the price is $39.95. If you wear tall sizes, the price jumps up quite a lot to $59.95. I had to pay extra because I'm 6'4", but the size large tall fits me great. And for tall cyclists, this is the only game in town as far as I can tell after an awful lot of searching.

(I'm not affiliated with this company in any way - Just trying to spread the word about a good find).

Now if I could just keep my toes warm...

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Old 10-05-09, 02:28 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info, AcornMan; I will be riding in colder weather myself this year, but don't expect that it will get below 30 here outside of a few fluke days. I have relied on a pair of thick fleece sweatpants for other outdoor activities with good results, and I like the idea of these in a thinner version.
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Old 10-06-09, 12:14 AM   #3
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This is a personal-preference issue, but I really find bib tights nice for keeping your pad snug, when you do a lot of out of saddle riding (standing up, stops and starts at intersections). I just hate getting my chamois hung up on my saddle nose, or having to artificially "rise up" to get it over, when sliding up and on is much more efficient.
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Old 10-07-09, 03:37 PM   #4
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I've bought some long sleeve jerseys and some sleeveless jersey's from Aerotech Designs. They make good stuff. Good customer service too. Personally, for cold stuff below 45 degrees to 15 degrees I use Sporthill XC pants. They're expensive. But worth every penny. And they'll last years.
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Old 10-07-09, 04:00 PM   #5
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Now if I could just keep my toes warm...
Wool socks and loose fitting boots/shoes are your friend.
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Old 10-09-09, 04:54 PM   #6
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you provide a good information about weather paints
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Old 10-10-09, 07:29 PM   #7
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Has anyone tried those first pants at the top? I'll be riding all the way down to zero degree temps this winter. These look like what I'll need (plus fleece long underwear).
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Riding down to 0 (F not C) and below is a balancing act. If your core gets cold, it will shut down circulation to your extremities (toes and fingers). If it is warm, it will let blood flow to them.

If your nose gets cold eoungh, you could get frostburn. Cover it, and your eyewear will likely fog, then the moisture will condense and freeze, and you can't see clearly. Not so much if you keep moving, but when you have to stop. Take your eyeshields off while riding, and you may tear and freeze your eyelids shut as your upper lashes stick to your lower lashes.

It's a challenge. Some people surrender and go to indoor trainers and rollers or jog on indoor tracks. Others switch to winter-normal activities like ice-skating and skiing. Some just put on weight not doing much. Others figure out ways to keep riding outside.
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Old 10-11-09, 03:54 AM   #9
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Riding down to 0 (F not C) and below is a balancing act. If your core gets cold, it will shut down circulation to your extremities (toes and fingers). If it is warm, it will let blood flow to them.

If your nose gets cold eoungh, you could get frostburn. Cover it, and your eyewear will likely fog, then the moisture will condense and freeze, and you can't see clearly. Not so much if you keep moving, but when you have to stop. Take your eyeshields off while riding, and you may tear and freeze your eyelids shut as your upper lashes stick to your lower lashes.

It's a challenge. Some people surrender and go to indoor trainers and rollers or jog on indoor tracks. Others switch to winter-normal activities like ice-skating and skiing. Some just put on weight not doing much. Others figure out ways to keep riding outside.
Oh yes... I learned all these things last year the "fun" way The only thing I had issue with was the top of my thighs getting cold. I was wearing very heavy long underwear which were a spandex/poly/wool blend with my rainpants on top of that (to cut wind). I still had some red skin on my thighs when I got home for about an hour. If I can get the pants thing sorted out I'll be fine this winter.
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Oh yes... I learned all these things last year the "fun" way The only thing I had issue with was the top of my thighs getting cold. I was wearing very heavy long underwear which were a spandex/poly/wool blend with my rainpants on top of that (to cut wind). I still had some red skin on my thighs when I got home for about an hour. If I can get the pants thing sorted out I'll be fine this winter.
If you don't mind spending the money try these: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/tights.htm#thermalpants
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I've bought some long sleeve jerseys and some sleeveless jersey's from Aerotech Designs. They make good stuff. Good customer service too. Personally, for cold stuff below 45 degrees to 15 degrees I use Sporthill XC pants. They're expensive. But worth every penny. And they'll last years.
Love mine. Just be sure to keep them out of the dryer.

The only problem with them is that they are not cycling specific. The butt area wears out a little. Minor problem though. I think they rate them for 0-40 f. Colder than that add some type of long john underneath.
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Old 10-11-09, 11:53 AM   #12
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My favorite cold weather pants are Sugoi Espresso. They are loose enough that you can wear something thin under them, thermal underwear, even tights. They don't look or sound like much, but I wear them as much as all my other cold weather gear
(for my legs) put together.
http://www.sugoi.com/usa/usaeng/Prod...-Espresso-Pant
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