Old 10-21-04, 10:31 AM
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Arm-warmers and leg warmers are for variable temp rides. For cold commutes it is better to use long sleeved jersey and full leggings.
Use a wicking base layer; it doesn't have to be cycle specific 'cause you cant use the rear pocket. A cheap hiking jersey is good value. Use a windproof outer with a high collar and pit zips. In between, add thin woollen jumpers /sleeveless body warmers to get the right insulation.
For legs, wear cycling shorts if you prefer, and over the top, cycle-specific leggings or windproof polycotton hiking pants.
Bib tights are better in the cold but running style tracksters are OK.
For your feet, use larger size footwear with 2 layers of wool-rich socks. Avoid mesh shoes. Getting up in overshoes can be a lot of hassle (same as arm/leg warmers), so a winter boot or lightweight hiking boot may save time.
I would suggest a neck tube, thin hat, balaclava and good gloves.
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