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Old 11-20-12, 07:58 PM   #1
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How to keep the junk warm?

I got all the bases covered except keeping the junk warm. I am I supposed to wear something under the shorts? it doesn't seam right since the chamois is designed for direct skin contact.
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Old 11-20-12, 08:20 PM   #2
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The key to staying warm in the winter time is to block the wind. If you are just wearing regular cycling shorts you can try switching to a cycling pant that has a windproof front. I am too cheap for that so I wear my rain pants over a pair of bibs with leg warmers and it keeps me warm down into the low teens.
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Nick, you don't list a location beyond the drops. Where are you and what sort of temps are we talking about?

My progression goes 3/4 knickers, or shorts with leg warmers, shorts or knickers with overtights, roubaix fleece bib tights. This gets me far enough below freezing for any "training". -5C/23F or so.

If commuting or touring at even lower temps, I would go to more classic outdoor insulation materials and a shell.
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If you're super cheap, put a plastic bag in front of your junk (between shorts and unpadded tights if you go that route) to block the wind. Or put your junk in a wool sock.
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This got me thinking. I've never really worried about the junk. It's sort of self regulating. As the temperature goes down the junk goes up. With the simple addition of some reasonably thick or wind proof tights I've not had any issues.
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Why do you want them warm? I like them cold.
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Old 11-20-12, 11:10 PM   #8
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twin cities area, mn, wi. the lowest i'll ride is 25. come to think of it, my bum gets num as well and that is with specialized thermal wind blocking bib pants over normal shorts. with front panel containing a wind blocker but the rear is breatheable.
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you put those on first then?
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MN rider here, I'll ride in all temps, ok to be honest -20F is my limit.

Craft wind front briefs are a pretty great thing below 20F. They are the first layer.
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old xc skiers trick is having a square piece of windproof fabric to shove down by the pants jabbies when it starts getting real cold.

Switch to a loose layering system in the cold if you're really having problems....

Chamois, insulating layers, then add a softshell or windshell knickers or pants on top to ride to very cold temps.
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This got me thinking. I've never really worried about the junk. It's sort of self regulating. As the temperature goes down the junk goes up. With the simple addition of some reasonably thick or wind proof tights I've not had any issues.

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I got all the bases covered except keeping the junk warm. I am I supposed to wear something under the shorts? it doesn't seam right since the chamois is designed for direct skin contact.
If the junk is cold you don't have enough insulation or wind resistance on the lower core. It's especially important to keep the thigh and pelvic area warm in cold weather. You need some light tights or pants over the cycling shorts. Or a second pair of no chamois shorts or knee length knickers. What you need to add over the shorts depends on the temperatures your riding in.
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Is it just cold when this happens or is it after a long stop (like a red light) where perspiration has soaked through and now you have a heavy conductive path in the area that can't evaporate quickly enough back to normal? I have that soak-through situation some days, and its effect when below about 15F are enough that I bought a cheap pair of ski bibs and had an alterations shop cut them off mid-thigh. So, I still soak-through with those, but the loose and thick bibs keep the heat in. Commute time is about an hour, sometimes 70 minutes on days below 15F as the temps often bring wind as well.
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Up here where the huskies roam , biking or x-c skiing , frost-bite is a concern ! Short-arm inspection reveals true friends !Wind -proof is needed , chunk of"tyvek "or newspaper .Coldest personal is -25 C. biking, -30 x-c. See cgoab for some really cold , very short cycling !
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