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Old 12-22-09, 08:48 PM   #1
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Post a picture of yourself in winter outfit

Want to see how you guys prepare for the winter riding. Feel free to post a pic of how/what you wear when you go outside and ride.
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Old 12-22-09, 09:14 PM   #2
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Old 12-22-09, 09:28 PM   #3
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That's the one I post all the time, arriving at work one Saturday morning in March '08. Pretty warm that day, around -3°C I think.

Since then, I found nicer, windproof tights, and I use a cycling-specific jacket. That one is visible all right, but the flapping in the breeze over around 15 mph drove me nuts.


Dec 08, the Santa Hat Ride. Yes, those Santa hats fit over helmets. We throw money into a paper bag and drop it off at a children's shelter. This year's Santa Hat Ride was tonight. I missed it due to work.


The avatar shot from Feb 08 I think. It was about -5°C that day, roads were clear and dry and I was tired of wearing hi-viz and riding the studs. Took the roadie out for a spin. That's from a hilltop at the highest point in the city, downtown looming in the background. Oh, and that's my BikeForums.Net Great Lakes Forum Jersey.
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Does anyone wear shorts (cycling shorts, not baggy) over their tights actually? Something like this...............

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Old 12-22-09, 10:48 PM   #5
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Old 12-23-09, 12:03 AM   #6
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Does anyone wear shorts (cycling shorts, not baggy) over their tights actually? Something like this...
Uh, no. Doesn't that just duct cold air right up to the boys?

Oh, wait. Not baggy? Still no. The chamois goes next to the skin. I wear unpadded tights. Saves on laundering them which helps the water-resistance last longer between applications.

I saw a photo recently of one of the Pro Tour guys wearing his shorts on the outside over tights. I guess they don't have to worry about laundry, and they have to keep all the sponsor's logos showing in order to get the check every month. Still, the thought of the chamois being a layer or two away, or possibly even worse, two of them, just makes me queasy.
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Ok, so I only it wore it once. But my Pearl Izumi Amfib bibs remind me a lot of a wet suit and the Performance booties remind me of, well... booties.
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We have six inches of snow now.

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I need to start a new thread... What kind of reaction do you get when you walk into a bank?
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I need to start a new thread... What kind of reaction do you get when you walk into a bank?
Seriously?

I take off my helmet and remove my sunglasses (if wearing them) outside, and push my bala back and down into the neck gaiter position. Never a problem.
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Normal winter kit for me when the temps are below 20 degs. I am wearing a pair of winter cycling shoes but with colder temps it's not enough for me so I have to wear some shoe covers too.


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I take off my helmet and remove my sunglasses (if wearing them) outside, and push my bala back and down into the neck gaiter position. Never a problem.
Yes...of course... and I'd probably take off a sweater or two if the line was very long.
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Yes...of course... and I'd probably take off a sweater or two if the line was very long.
Hmmm... Doing a strip-tease for the bank cameras makes me wonder about you...
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Old 12-24-09, 01:19 PM   #14
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Hmmm... Doing a strip-tease for the bank cameras makes me wonder about you...
Which bank you go to, it's gonna be fun.

Btw just had my first winter ride today in this season. -7 degree celcius, not too bad.

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Old 12-24-09, 01:25 PM   #15
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Normal winter kit for me when the temps are below 20 degs. I am wearing a pair of winter cycling shoes but with colder temps it's not enough for me so I have to wear some shoe covers too.



Nice winter outfit there
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Old 12-27-09, 08:28 AM   #16
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Showers Pass jacket with Sporthill jacket underneath, Sporthill XC pants, LL Bean Snow Sneakers w/toe warmers and gaitors from Outdoor Research. Mittens and goggles. Riding on Nokian 294's. 18 degrees. Warm as toast. The balaclava is a lightweight Wickers from Sierra Trading Post for $7.


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Old 12-27-09, 08:33 AM   #17
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Amazing.. I would do all in my power to not even drive a car in some of the road conditions shown above..
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Not so cold here in Nor-Cal, probably high 30 to mid 40 when I was taking off for this ride.

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I am only replying to this thread so I can post a picture at another time
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Hmmm... Doing a strip-tease for the bank cameras makes me wonder about you...
Nothing worse than coming indoors after riding hard and suddenly start feeling... warm. Who cares if a few tellers start rolling their eyes?
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Old 12-29-09, 11:04 AM   #21
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Sorry I do not have a full view of my winter weather riding gear but I will list what goes on when the temperature goes down.

Base layer:
Louis Garneau Chamois Shorts.
Louis Garneau long-sleve tech fleece top.
Two pair Smart Wool Socks.
Hi-Tech runners top.
Louis Garneau Winter Tights.
Merino Wool Glove Liners.

Outer Wear:
Seirra Designs Cycling Gortex Jacket.
Campagnolo TG Thermal Balaclava.
Sidi Diablo GTX Gortex Cycling Shoes.
Louis Garneau Lobster Gloves.
Helmet.

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Didn't know about the icicles until I got home. Was a decent blizzard and my eyelashes were freezing shut from the outside in.
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Didn't know about the icicles until I got home. Was a decent blizzard and my eyelashes were freezing shut from the outside in.
How cold? I would die with an outfit like that above 0F. I have a pair of Nashbar winter gloves that look like yours. No matter how cold it is outside, they always get soaking wet after a ride... rendering them useless for a return commute, for example.

[Truth in advertising:] my photo above (#5) features a mask that I tend to wear more as a scarf than a mask. On the coldest days, I am constantly pulling it up and down. It does tend to overheat me.
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How cold? I would die with an outfit like that above 0F.
I don't remember, it was a year ago. Must have been warm if it was snowing, usually doesn't snow here below 15F. The wind did plenty to keep me chilled though.

Keep in mind that other than a light windbreaker and ski mittens, that's all wool and doesn't really hold sweat in.
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Note the rear-view mirror!

I rarely wear more than two layers. Almost never in fact. A good set of poly fleece pants and a wicking shirt topped by an uninsulated rain jacket is sufficient down to 0 f. Below zero I switch to a warmer jacket and thicker pants, but I still generate enough body heat to stay toasty. My eyeball did freeze shut one time, otherwise I haven't been injured by the cold. I'm built like a marine mammal. I love the cold!

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