Old 11-30-07, 03:53 PM
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I've been using my usual winter mittens on the bike. They're a traditional style of Norwegian mitten, knit at a looser gauge than a traditional pair would be. 100% wool, fairly long cuffs, fairly loose for a mitten. If I'm out and active, my hands can end up *too* warm and start sweating. Once temperatures reach 0 F with strong wind, that will stop, but today's 19 F meant sweaty hands. I can handle gear shifts easily, since the mittens are loose enough to give me the use of individual fingers.

If the wind and temperatures get to the point where my usual mittens don't work, I'll knit myself a second pair at a more traditional gauge. It may seem counter-intuitive, but on a traditional mitten, little tiny stitches tend to mean it's a warmer mitten. Larger stitches mean the mitten is less wind resistant.

I tend to avoid gloves in very cold temperatures. It's pretty rare for a glove to be loose enough to keep my hands warm *and* provide a real dexterity advantage over my mittens.
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