Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Senior Member Nick Bain's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    MINNESNOWTA!
    My Bikes
    raliegh pursuit, Caad8, Tarmac comp, Raleigh R700, Raliegh M80, Schwinn prostockIII, Sawnwa Mixte custom Chopper
    Posts
    1,665
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

  2. #2
    Senior Member chriskmurray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    My Bikes
    Borealis Echo, Ground Up Designs Ti Cross bike, Xtracycle, GT mod trials bike, pixie race machine
    Posts
    856
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NZ
    My Bikes
    More than 1, but, less than S-1
    Posts
    3,545
    Mentioned
    17 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member himespau's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    7,543
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NZ
    My Bikes
    More than 1, but, less than S-1
    Posts
    3,545
    Mentioned
    17 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.

  6. #6
    Sprinter linus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    1,068
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Why do you want them warm? I like them cold.

  7. #7
    Senior Member JAG410's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Moorhead, MN
    My Bikes
    A few ;)
    Posts
    904
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  8. #8
    Senior Member Nick Bain's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    MINNESNOWTA!
    My Bikes
    raliegh pursuit, Caad8, Tarmac comp, Raleigh R700, Raliegh M80, Schwinn prostockIII, Sawnwa Mixte custom Chopper
    Posts
    1,665
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Nick Bain's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    MINNESNOWTA!
    My Bikes
    raliegh pursuit, Caad8, Tarmac comp, Raleigh R700, Raliegh M80, Schwinn prostockIII, Sawnwa Mixte custom Chopper
    Posts
    1,665
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JAG410 View Post
    you put those on first then?
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

  10. #10
    ride for a change modernjess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata
    Posts
    2,022
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  11. #11
    totally louche Bekologist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    A land that time forgot
    My Bikes
    the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
    Posts
    18,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    "Evidence, anecdote and methodology all support planning for roadway bike traffic."

  12. #12
    Senior Member Thulsadoom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Gouverneur NY
    My Bikes
    2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
    Posts
    1,242
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    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.

    ahh.......no comment

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    1,628
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Bain View Post
    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.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Fishers Indiana
    My Bikes
    Longbikes Slipstream
    Posts
    312
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Longbikes Slipstream

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    B.C.
    My Bikes
    ritcheys{2** rm blizzard Geo elrick drop frame and acollection of parts bikes in waiting
    Posts
    174
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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 !

  16. #16
    ouate de phoque dramiscram's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    St-CÚsaire, Qc, Canada
    My Bikes
    Bianchi, Nakamura,Suteki, escapade 10 speed, 1973 CCM Elan
    Posts
    1,625
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I leave it home...
    Originally Posted by Leebo

    Headwind is like a hill without a soul. Just gear down and suffer.
    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Headwinds are hills dipped in evil!

  17. #17
    Senior Member Nick Bain's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    MINNESNOWTA!
    My Bikes
    raliegh pursuit, Caad8, Tarmac comp, Raleigh R700, Raliegh M80, Schwinn prostockIII, Sawnwa Mixte custom Chopper
    Posts
    1,665
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    I leave it home...
    King Missile style?

    Thanks gents.
    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

Posting Permissions

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