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Old 02-09-23, 07:15 AM
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The long sleeve hi-viz T arrived and I've worn it twice. It is exactly the same weight and material as the dark long-sleeve shirt it replaces. On yesterday's ride home it was warm enough that I wore my long pants, wicking short T, new long T and new wind breaker. It felt the same as the previous set-up. The previous ride I had substituted a long-sleeve turtleneck for the Magic Liz shirt and it was not quite warm enough in the morning and just a little too warm in the afternoon.

Sunday, I rode a slightly longer 8-mile ride to brunch in street clothes, which I almost never do. Cotton T, Cotton sweatshirt, jeans and a light cotton jacket. It was okay on the way there when it was about 48F. On the way home it was 62F and I rode in just jeans and a cotton T.

I took it easy so as not to get sweaty, but when I got home I was a little moist and uncomfortable. I guess I just run hot. I spent my childhood riding around in jeans and a cotton t-shirt. I definitely prefer poly, or poly-blend active-wear now, and shorts whenever possible.
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Okay, the white long sleeve polo replacement for Liz Claiborne arrived Thursday. It is remarkably similar to the 'magic' shirt it replaces. It was comfortable over a wide range of temps just like the original shirt.

So after all my worrying, the new shell, t-shirt and polo were all similar to the items they replaced. Considerinng I bought them off the web I was lucky that all three were so close in weight and warmth.

I know this wasn't the most exciting post, but I'm sure it was a relatable one.
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In cool/cold weather, I use the three-layer system: base, insulator, shell. I made a table of which piece of clothing to wear, in which temperature range. This is in the very changeable Great Lakes region. I’ve got that table dialed in, so I don’t get too cold or too sweaty. (Chilly for the first mile or so means you’ve got the insulator right.)

I’m retired now, but I still use the table for workouts and running errands. Commuting was my opportunity for exercise, and I worked in a “business casual” environment, so I needed to change upon arrival. I tried keeping a week’s worth of work clothing at work, but it was simpler to bring the work clothing with me daily. I rode in temps down to 15F or -10C. Below freezing, I use a dedicated winter bike with hub gears and studded tires.
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