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    Buy list for next winter

    Despite the great weather of late, I plan on acquiring some gear for winter riding between now and well...winter. Hoping to find stuff on sale, if it's in stock. Thought it would be interested to konw what others out there are looking to improve in terms of their gear...

    I'm planning on the following as definately/maybe purchases:

    - ski goggles that fit well under my bike helmet and are less likely to fog than my current ones
    - the warmest gloves I can find that still allow for some dexterity (for multiple hand positions on drop bars, and using brifters)
    - 45 degree north boots (name?) if I can find them at a good price (forgot the exact company/name...)
    - a second balaclava (I like the one I have, but want one that is a bit warmer...and a second as a back-up)
    - chemical hand warmers for my feet (heard they last longer)
    - another insulated, spill-proof mug (have one, would like 2 for long rides)

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    For my area I have found late winter/early spring is the best time to get winter stuff for the next year. It is usually on clearance, is actually available and I still remember what I needed and why. By now there is nothing left for me too look at in the stores except for a few very specialized places and there it is not on sale. It is also hard to get stuff in the summer because you cant really try it out until winter and by then if it doesnt work out it is generally too late to return it. That being said, I would love to get a new pair of googles but I keep balking at the price.

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    I've been rebuilding my stash of winter gear this summer. Over the various moves to places without snow, a lot of my winter gear disappeared. After a winter in Wisconsin, I got some idea of what would work and what wouldn't. This summer, I've collected:
    - New studded tires - these were among the things that disappeared, and I made due without them last winter
    - Obnoxious bright green wind resistant/waterproof soft shell
    - Merino wool sweaters of various weights (sourced from online used clothing stores)
    - Medium weight wool socks (the expedition weight socks were overkill for fall and spring)
    - LED safety triangle. Not winter-specific, but will be nice for commuting in the dark.

    Still on my list:
    - Pogies or Bar Mitts, though I might just DIY again
    - Wool hat (also might DIY - I can't knit, but I'm good at sewing things from old socks!)
    - Possibly, new rain pants.
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    I keep a clothing log of the different stuff I wear at different temperatures. Over the years I've made adjustments, find out what works and what doesn't'. The winter forum here on BF has a lot of info on it. Practically everything I've learned, I've learned here on BF. Learning what other people wear. I'm always doing searches on a certain item to see who has it cheaper. I've saved a lot of $$ doing that. I'm starting my eighth winter with pretty much the same clothing I started with. Buy good stuff and it will last a long time.

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    I like hitting the thrift stores for clothing bargains. My current winter mittens came from one. Sometimes you even come across a bike you can't live without
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