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Old 11-01-10, 10:11 AM   #1
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Gloves for 45F

it's getting down to 45 degrees this friday and I'm thinking of getting full gloves. I'm not sure if I need them at this temp though. What do you think?
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Old 11-01-10, 11:30 AM   #2
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it's getting down to 45 degrees this friday and I'm thinking of getting full gloves. I'm not sure if I need them at this temp though. What do you think?
I use light glove liners for temps down to about 40 or so. From about 20 to 40, I use heavier fleece liners. Anything below 20 gets the full mittens.

Even if you have poor circulation, you may find that full gloves will be too hot especially if there's any sun.
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Old 11-01-10, 11:49 AM   #3
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They're your hands, man. If your hands are cold, it's time. If they're not, it's not.

I have friends that put long fingers on at 52. I don't need them until somewhere in the 30s. Everyone is different.

Throw the short gloves in your back pocket. If your hands start to get all sweaty, switch.
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Old 11-01-10, 12:19 PM   #4
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They're your hands, man. If your hands are cold, it's time. If they're not, it's not.
This. Rode today in the mid-40's and i was fine with my fingerless Treks. If you're worried, though, better safe then sorry.
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Old 11-01-10, 06:38 PM   #5
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I use Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves. They seem to work well for me to about 35. Then I go to a little thicker glove.
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45F in Winter Garden is COLD. I know. I used to live in Orlando.
If your hands are cold, they're cold. Talking or manning up won't keep them warm. Do what you have to do to stay warm.
Don't get wimpy, thin gloves. Get something heavy enough to keep your fingers warm.
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I've found the Novara Headwind to be comfortable down to the high 30s (F). Dexterity isn't much to write home about but I guess that's to be expected.
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it's getting down to 45 degrees this friday and I'm thinking of getting full gloves. I'm not sure if I need them at this temp though. What do you think?
Not sure if you would need full-fingered at 45 degrees...but I would..
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Old 11-02-10, 04:40 AM   #9
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I wore some basic glove liners this morning (36F) to work. I would have worn heavier if my commute was more than 2.5 miles.
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it's getting down to 45 degrees this friday and I'm thinking of getting full gloves. I'm not sure if I need them at this temp though. What do you think?
Temp is only one part of the equation. You need to consider speed (windchill) and ride duration along with your own comfort issues. IOW, no one here can give you the right answer, except by coincidence.
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Old 11-02-10, 01:09 PM   #11
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thanks everyone for the advice. I ride about 1.5-2hrs starting at 5:30 or 6am and I'm a pretty big wuss when it comes to cold. I think i'll try liners first for a day. I don't think i'll need to go thicker, but I'll just see how it goes
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Old 11-02-10, 01:15 PM   #12
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I just use regular work gloves that you can pick up at most hardware stores for a few dollars. Works fine at those temps.
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Old 11-02-10, 03:45 PM   #13
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I do the same. I wear those brown cotton work gloves you see in convienence stores for about $1. They work for me down to about 32f. Below that its Loki mittens.
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Old 11-02-10, 10:49 PM   #14
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thanks everyone for the advice. I ride about 1.5-2hrs starting at 5:30 or 6am and I'm a pretty big wuss when it comes to cold. I think i'll try liners first for a day. I don't think i'll need to go thicker, but I'll just see how it goes
Get yourself the liners and some nylon glove shells. The shells are light and you can carry them in your pocket. IF the liners are not warm enough on their own slip on the shells. The liners will be much warmer with the shells on them. I find that the easiest way to get a good quality lightweight shell is to buy a pair of cheap insulated ski gloves from Walmart that have a good shell on them and cut out all the liner and membranes. These are usually under 10 bucks. Ski gloves in this price range are usually touted as waterproof because they have a waterproof lining. They do but they don't breath so they are only good for one bike ride. With this approach you can use either a thin glove liner for insulation or a medium thick cheap fleece glove which will be a lot warmer than the thin glove liner. So you have four combinations for different temps.

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Old 11-03-10, 02:19 AM   #15
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I wear windproof gloves from Performance during the morning commute into work and it's been in the 40s. During the ride home I'll sometimes wear my full fingered Fox gloves but more often than not, it's the same pair of gloves if it's still chilly (50s).
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Old 11-03-10, 05:31 AM   #16
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I used these yesterday in the high 40's for about 2.5 hours, pretty cheap and worked great.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,...-For-Men-.html

You can use the coupon code "PARKS" to get 20% off on that site for the month of November. Pretty good deals on lots of winter stuff like baselayers.
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Old 11-03-10, 04:57 PM   #17
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Gloves at 45?? I don't even think of gloves until the lower to mid 30's. Though I guess it depends on the length of the ride, the wind, etc.
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Old 11-04-10, 10:22 AM   #18
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I use MEC full fingered cycling gloves along with Arcteryx Merino wool liners - they work great down to about -5C.
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Old 11-05-10, 07:37 AM   #19
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I ended up getting these. It was 54 degrees this morning but windy and chilling. They did a good job on a close to 2hr ride. NowI need a jacket. Also, my toes were coooold.
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The body pulls warming blood flow away from extremities in favor of the head and core organs. What it means is that keeping the head and torso warmer often helps the extremities to stay warm.

TIP: An easy way to accomplish this is to tape over helmet vents as needed. I use 1" blue painters tape. It's easy to remove tape strips while you ride if it gets too warm.
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Old 11-05-10, 08:30 AM   #21
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great tips roger. I'm new to cycling and especially to cycling in the cold. Much appreciated.
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I ended up getting these. It was 54 degrees this morning but windy and chilling. They did a good job on a close to 2hr ride. NowI need a jacket. Also, my toes were coooold.
I think those gloves will work pretty well for you down to a certain temp. You'll have to find out what that temp is. I would still recommend a windproof shell to carry with you on the colder days.

Ya, you got to get a decent cycling jacket for winter riding. Absolute must. Then you can work on the feet. A cheap solution to help keep your toes warmer that works with cycling shoes down to about 45 degrees F is to duct tape over the toes to block the wind from coming in. That is if your using cycling shoes. You can also use clear vinyl tape as it doesn't look so corny but it may not stick as well as duct tape.
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Old 11-14-10, 09:12 AM   #23
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Here's a glove option that I discovered by accident. Wear silk glove liners under your regular (short-fingered) cycling gloves. Dirt cheap and works to surprisingly low temperatures, easily down to 45 F for me.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ms_ohs_product

They are a little slippery on grip, but that hasn't bothered me much. Your fingers may feel a little cold at the start of a ride, but once I get going this combo works well.
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