Join Date: Jul 2011
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur TR, Cannondale Quick CX dropbar conversion & others
cold knees & groin - baselayer, or outer?
This is my first cold weather cycling season. In years past, I was on the trainer anywhere below 50F. This morning at 5:45 AM it was 32 with a windchill of 27. I would've been warmer in daylight at this temp due to sunshine but I ride every morning 30-45 min before work.
I won't get into my full kit because I was fine except for my gloves, which are being addressed already, and my groin & knees.
I wore some Descent thermal bib tights. They're fairly thick and wind was not a problem. My thighs and calves were great. My groin and lower abdomen was cold and my knees were cool, not quite cold. I had only this single layer.
Things I could do right now:
- Underwear baselayer, and deal with the bunching of material
- Liner cycling shorts baselayer, which have a chamois. Two chamois does not seem like a good idea.
- Sweat pants over my tights. I've walked the dog in sweats before and I doubt they will do a whole lot, but it would be something.
Things I could buy:
- Baselayer tights or shorts
- Knee warmers
- Overpants, like these: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_201579_10000
- Running tights, no chamois. Probably would wear over.
- Yoga pants, definitely wear over.
Feedback is appreciated. Since I'm currently riding less than one hour, overheat is not a major concern. On a weekend or after work ride, I can stop and remove a layer if I need to.