We had some very cold weather at the beginning of October and I found that I had trouble keeping my hands warm. (We tend to have wind most seasons and the wind chills get downright unpleasant in the winter.) I finally ordered pogies for my handlebars. I'm waiting on them to arrive; they should get here next week. How many of you use pogies? I ordered some with a wide cuff so it would be easy to get my hands in and out of them.
pogies are almost required when it gets seriously cold. I commuted one year, 15mi each way, with my cut-off point at -30F. (both my wife and I commuted). I don't think I could have done it without pogies. If you don't use them, your gloves will either be too cold or you will end up with sweaty gloves (dangerous). Bottom line is they can be very, very useful for seriously cold temps. Here are the best pogies made http://picasaweb.google.com/EpicDesi...86093853692434
I am VERY happy with the "pogies" I have made by SideTrak. I Put them on last week when we had a morning with 30F weather. I have a set of PI Cyclone gloves that I wear when the temps start to drop into the 50's and below, but around the high 30's they start to be insufficient to keep my hands properly warm. I had been using a pair of old ski gloves durning below freezing weather, but even with Goretex, they can't let out enough sweat. By switching to the pogies I now ride with my summer gloves (no fingers) to around 40F and then can switch to a cheap pair of full fingered gloves right down into the 20's. For temps in the single digits and low teens it is nice to wear the Cyclinons in addition to using the pogies. What is also great is how they keep your hands dry. The other day we had low 50's weather with heavy rain. That would have left my hands soaking wet and ice cold if just wearing gloves. Even riding in a downpoor (yellow on the weather radar) for about 20 minutes my hands stayed dry and warm. If memory services me, I paid about $35 for the SideTrak "pogies."
I put a pair of gallon zip-locks over my shifters and brakes on my mtb when it's rainy or below about 40F. I wear a pair of light duty neoprene gloves. It looks kinda sloppy, but I don't need insulated pogies yet, it won't get that cold for me.
Trek Pilot 1.0, Giant Sedona (old, winter/rain bike)
As mentioned, pogies are great for very cold weather. On my short 4 mile commute, I use them below 20F or so. They are warm enough that I don't need anything other than normal bicycle gloves underneath.
Also, what I use are the ATV Mitts from Cabelas (they only work on flat/MTB bars).
Just got back from a quick ride. It's +10 out and using pogies lets me ride with reasonably thin gloves, so turning my headlight on or off or adjusting the angle of my bar light, or getting in my panniers to take off or add a layer is easy to do. It's just more comfortable to be able to wear thinner gloves when temps get chilly. Once we are under 0 deg, pogies really become a near necessity.