Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Winter 2010-11 equipment/gear report

    Gloves: 3x unlined white leather work gloves with plain wool gloves inside.
    They work great; I didn't use mittens at all this winter. I like the white
    color because the cars can see my hand signals at night when I commute
    (I think). I bought em from mproline.com, Minnesota. Cheap.
    Shoes: Another pair of Shimano MW-80's except two sizes bigger. I think the main
    requirement for warm feet is having enough space for thick socks without
    compressing them and thus defeating their insulation properties. I think any
    boot or shoe with enough internal volume that fits will work.
    Inner tubes: Got rid of the butyl, changed to Challenge latex on the theory that the
    heavy butyl tube has high hysteresis in cold weather. My commute times
    with the latex are all down, but I dont have enough data to say it's
    significant or not. The bike seems livelier though.
    Clothing: Pearl Izumi white farmer-johns. Certainly more visible than black in the dark.
    More aero than my other winter clothes (I have a long ride and it's always
    upwind). This was about the only low-drag stuff I could find that isn't black.

  2. #2
    on by skijor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    Waterford RS-33, Salsa Vaya, Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT
    Posts
    880
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by stefank View Post
    Gloves: 3x unlined white leather work gloves with plain wool gloves inside.
    They work great; I didn't use mittens at all this winter. I like the white
    color because the cars can see my hand signals at night when I commute
    (I think). I bought em from mproline.com, Minnesota. Cheap.

    Shoes: Another pair of Shimano MW-80's except two sizes bigger. I think the main
    requirement for warm feet is having enough space for thick socks without
    compressing them and thus defeating their insulation properties. I think any
    boot or shoe with enough internal volume that fits will work.

    Inner tubes: Got rid of the butyl, changed to Challenge latex on the theory that the
    heavy butyl tube has high hysteresis in cold weather. My commute times
    with the latex are all down, but I dont have enough data to say it's
    significant or not. The bike seems livelier though.

    Clothing: Pearl Izumi white farmer-johns. Certainly more visible than black in the dark.
    More aero than my other winter clothes (I have a long ride and it's always
    upwind). This was about the only low-drag stuff I could find that isn't black.
    That's better.

    Gloves: Neon yellow w/3M reflective strip also help cars see hand signals better.

    Shoes: Ankle-high hiking boots on BMX pedals.

    Inner tubes: nothing special

    Clothing: Old Performance 'loose' tights with windblock front. Layers on top, usually t-shirt, sweatshirt, and windbreaking shell with fuzzy-lined neoprene skull cap. Add fleece vest under shell if it's really cold.

  3. #3
    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Brand New Old Catamount! Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized FSR, Salsa Vaya, Salsa Chile Con Crosso
    Posts
    1,736
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gloves: Lightweight fleece under homemade bar mitts.

    Shoes: Cheapo insulated boots on BMX pedals.

    Inner tubes: Whatever I have.

    Clothing: Skull cap, layers of shirts, jeans. Soft shell jacket for warm days (above 25 degrees) and down parka for cold days.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Regina, SK
    My Bikes
    2009 Trek 520
    Posts
    953
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most of my rides have been in -15 to -25C weather.

    Gloves: poly liners, wool with leather palm, shell mitt for colder days or strong headwinds

    Head: open face stretch balaclava, respirator, ski goggles, helmet, neck gaiter

    Feet: light wool socks, Lake MXZ-302 winter cycling boots

    Legs: stretch thermal underwear, poly fleece thermal underwear, cycling liner shorts, wind shell pant

    Upper body: long sleeve poly baselayer, poly fleece or heavy weight cycling jersey, wool sweater, scarf around stomach


    I tried several balaclavas that cover my mouth and nose, but none prevented my glasses from fogging. Neither did the psolar heat exchanger mask. I like that the Gorilla Balaclava that I bought has a removable face cover. I had some velcro sewn into my stretch balaclava so I can use the face cover with it. On warmer days I'll velcro one side and let the cover dangle so I can open and close it as necessary.

    I like the Lake cycling boots, but they don't have much insulation. I highly recommend trying them on first if possible as mine aren't large enough to wear a heavy sock. If you can't try them on it might be worth order two different sizes and eating the return shipping for one of them. Going with the wide instead of regular width may also help.

    After getting drenched in sweat on many rides before Christmas I stopped wearing a upper body shell layer. No matter how breathable a windproof layer claims to be, they trap too much moisture. After I switched to a wool sweater as my outer layer, I was much more comfortable on my rides. I still carry a windshell in my pannier just incase I need it. My stomach gets much colder than my legs or the rest of my upper torso. Wrapping a long scarf around my waist works very well and keeps me from needed another full upperbody layer.

    I'm going to keep my eyes open for thick wool thermal underwear for my legs, I think they could be quite good. I might also get a snowboard helmet, preferrably non-insulated and with large vents. I think my current bike helmet is inhibiting the airflow through my ski goggles. The vent at the top of the goggles rests against my helmet which may be resulting in some fogging.

  5. #5
    "Per Ardua ad Surly" nelson249's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Kitchener, Ontario
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Specialissima, Mongoose Hilltopper ATB, Surly Cross-Check, Norco City Glide
    Posts
    1,410
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gloves: Depending on the temperature, cheap department store ski gloves with grippy bits on the fingers and palms or an old pair of thinsulate leather gloves.

    Shoes: Canadian Forces surplus combat boots with double layer socks and platform pedals.

    Inner tubes: Normal ones.

    Clothing: Skull cap, cheap wicking sports shirt, light weight jogging jacket and/or a fleece sweater, waterproof/windproof work jacket with pit zips (with a construction reflective safety vest). Stanfields thermal underwear and cheap waterproof rain pants. When it got really cold I wore, Sugoi Entrant thermal tights under the rain pants.

    One thing in relation to wheels. I really want disc brakes and an internal geared rear hub on my next winter bike.
    1997 Mongoose Hilltopper, 1988 Bianchi Specialissima, 2006 Surly Cross-Check, 2010 Norco City Glide, 1947 CCM Single-speed.

    "Take him to the forge and show him the instruments"
    Bernardo Gui, Inquisitor The Name of the Rose

  6. #6
    Certified Bike Brat Burton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    Posts
    4,203
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My location is Montreal Canada and temperatures here can vary tremendously so winter conditions can include driving in -30degree weather one week and driving in 6in of water the next. I`m a skier so some things do double duty. Aero and winter don`t make much sense to me because road and snow conditions are the limiting factors here.

    Helmet: Carrera downhill racing helmet. Warmer and better coverage than a bicycle helmet.
    Full-face balaclava (a couple that get rotated)
    Ski gloves: In my case Liki and Desent but any good gloves will do
    Goggles: Oakley ( only used in extreme conditions)
    Boots: Sorel with felt liners. These are winter boots and do their job well.
    Pedals: EVO BMX pedals with screws not pins
    Tires: Nokian 240 studded tires
    Pants: North Face full bib or Rip Curl snowboard pants
    Jacket: Bolder Gear uninsulated shells or Rip Curl uninsulated shells. Warmth is never a problem cycling or skiing - perspiration wicking is.
    Shirt: MEC nylon/spandex turtlenecks
    Socks: Sport specific socks
    Sunglasses: Oakley M-Frame usually with orange lenses to improve contrast.
    Grips: Ergon GC-3
    Brakes: Shimano cantilevers with CoolStop salmon pads. Perfectly capable of locking up a studded tire (which isn`t a good idea anyway).

    Potholes and other challenging driving conditions cheerfuly provided by those fat cats at city hall.

  7. #7
    Dirt Bomb sknhgy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,597
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought some Swiss Made hiking boots from Target, 1/2 size larger than usual. Cost $50. Those boots, with one pair of wool socks have kept my feet plenty warm. I won't be doing the chemical-handwarmers-in-the-running-shoes trick much anymore.
    Those boots work with either platform or toe strap pedals and weight is not an issue as it is with other winter hiking boots.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Utah
    My Bikes
    Trek Mondane 5.9,Scott CR1 Pro, Kona Jake The Snake, LeMond Zurich, Raleigh Mojave 8.0
    Posts
    1,273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well the coldest I saw this winter was -7F.

    Gloves: Thinsulate gloves with a foldable thinsulate mitten section that could be folded back if not needed. On really cold days I wore a thin set of nike gloves underneath.

    Headgear: polartec balaclava, or lightweight fleece balaclava, knit cap with face mask worn over throat, or thin coolmax type cape

    Tights: Pearl Izumi mid-weight with standard bike shorts underneath. On a few really cold days I wore a loose-fitting pair of lightweight running pants over top.

    Jacket: Foxwear in all weather, snow, rain, windy, etc. Always paired with a coolmax baselayer an on cold days with a mid-weight fleece pullover mid-layer.

    Shoes: Columbia winter boots paired with platform pedals or my MB SPD shoes with neoprene booties or my standard cycling shoes with booties. (Based on what bike I was on)

    Socks: Normally a mixed ski sock with wool toes and heels under a heavier merino wool sock and with toe warmers on top of the toes and between the pairs of socks.

    Rode two different MB this winter and can say that disc brakes do rule in the messy conditions. Also want a IGH for next winter as I had too many days of the rear cassette pretty much freezing solid.
    Steel is real.... cheap and comfy!
    2000 LeMond Zurich, 2003 Kona Jake The Snake, 2008 Raleigh Mojave 8.0, 2009 Scott CR1 Pro, 2011 Trek 5.9,

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •