Old 10-20-04, 10:15 AM
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Suggestions needed for reasonable Nov commute attire

Hoping to be able to commute in Nov, but concerned about what would be reasonable attire and am looking for suggestions from the experts.

From my limited knowledge, I gather their are two approaches:

Approach A- draft as many of previous clothes as possible to do the job
Approach B- get specialized clothing that will make biking more enjoyable.

Approach B would be nice but budget has been severely hit. I have spend 2/3rds the cost of the bike on biking "needs" already, and still need: 1. head light, 2. tailight, 3. horn, 4. booties, 5. cyclometer, and maybe 6. cargo bags. I would like to find somethings I can wear now and later add specialized clothing. One way commute distance is about 8..10 miles. I have not got back in shape enough to ride the full distance yet and have no cyclometer.

November climate here:
Low: 23F
High: 52F
Avg: 37F
Rain/snow days: 6
Sunrise about 7:45am, Sunset about 6 pm. [Estimates, couldn't find data on web yet for Denver]

I expect to ride near both lows and highs, so versatility will be key.

Approach A, possible clothing:
gloves, jacket, long johns for am commute, double socks/wool socks, booties, cloth ski hood, vest, UV arm shields

Approach B, possible clothing
gloves, wind jacket, UV shield, riding tights, booties, leg warmers, riding termal layer.

1. Any changes you would recommend to approach A?

2. Any changes you would recommend to approach B?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom.

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