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Old 01-24-08, 01:15 PM
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Is this odd.

39 degrees.

10mph headwind.

Attire:
Two short sleeve jerseys.
lightweight rain jacket - one layer of "breathable water resistant material." It is not airtight.
Gloves.
Novara wind rider cycling pants.
Head covering.

I was still a bit too warm. I could have gone without one of the jerseys. That would have left one jersey and one layer of breathable polypropylene with tiny holes.

A thin shell and one jersey and comfy at 39 degrees with a headwind?
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Old 01-24-08, 01:22 PM
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39 is fairly warm for me when I'm on the bike. Covering your head keeps a surprising amount of heat in. Try it without the head gear next time and see if there's a difference.
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I never wear my rain shell. It is always too hot in the sense that it makes we sweat. However, I do have some jackets and jerseys with wind barrier material and they work great. This morning, with the temperature about 33F or OC, I was perfectly comfortable wearing my Pearl Gavia jacket and a longsleeve baselayer. Sweated just a little, but not uncomfortably so.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:46 PM
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The head covering is the killer. I can't wear one above freezing.
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depends on your intensity as well. I have been freezing at that temp as well as sweating.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
39 degrees.

10mph headwind.

Attire:
Two short sleeve jerseys.
lightweight rain jacket - one layer of "breathable water resistant material." It is not airtight.
Gloves.
Novara wind rider cycling pants.
Head covering.

I was still a bit too warm. I could have gone without one of the jerseys. That would have left one jersey and one layer of breathable polypropylene with tiny holes.

A thin shell and one jersey and comfy at 39 degrees with a headwind?
At anything above 30F I wear a light windbreaker with my underarmour short-sleeve running shirt underneath.

Click here to see what I've been wearing for various conditions.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:52 PM
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39 is nearly as cold as it gets here. At least with rain. I'm considering instead of layers and layers of long sleeve jerseys, just going with a shell and one or two jerseys. That would make getting dressed a lot easier.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:59 PM
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39 degrees. ODD

10mph headwind. EVEN

Two short sleeve jerseys. EVEN

one layer of "breathable water resistant material." ODD

I could have gone without one of the jerseys. ODD

That would have left one jersey and one layer of breathable polypropylene with tiny holes. ODD & ODD

A thin shell and one jersey and comfy at 39 degrees with a headwind? ODD & ODD

Total: 7 odds, and 2 evens... so overall, yes it is odd.

As I quickly duck for wasting everyone's time.
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Does your rainshell have pitzips? Those are essential. Although I kept getting hung up on the door levers at the dentist's office this am. I had one l/s shirt under the single layer coat w/ pitzips cranked open, pretty fine all other things considered (17F). Cold ears though.
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With the head covering, yes, that's probably slightly overdressed for 39f. I don't do a full head cover until close to -10f.
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That is not odd at all. I wore similar clothing this morning at 40 degrees.

1 poly pro shirt
1 jersey
arm and leg warmers
bib shorts
rain jacket
booties
gloves
and balaclava

I was sweating badly after 10 minutes of riding and I had to unzip my jacket halfway down through the rest of the commute. I knew I could have taken off the balaclava and the arm warmers. But that tends to make me very cold afterwards because of a sudden layer change.
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Originally Posted by Paul L. View Post
depends on your intensity as well. I have been freezing at that temp as well as sweating.
Absolutely! The amount of clothing you need for a given temperature will depend a lot on if a guy rides like a wuss or not.

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Old 01-24-08, 03:31 PM
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Everyone is different. So, it could be odd and it may not be.

I had the same temps yesterday on the way home.
I was in:
Jeans with thermal underwear. I did not need the thermals but I left them on all day from the mornings commute.
Wool socks and hiking boots.
PI Jacket
Light LG gloves.
A tshirt
A lightweight thermal top.
LG Powercap.

It was a tad windy but I was reasonably warm.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
39 degrees.

I was still a bit too warm. I could have gone without one of the jerseys. That would have left one jersey and one layer of breathable polypropylene with tiny holes.

A thin shell and one jersey and comfy at 39 degrees with a headwind?
Comfy? I'd say hot. You California guys end up with some seriously miscalibrated themostats.

39 degrees, I'll probably go with a single jersey and something very thin and breathable over that. Probably wear shorts if 39 is the colder ride of the day. No balaclava unless I want to sweat through it.
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Originally Posted by mtnwalker View Post
That is not odd at all. I wore similar clothing this morning at 40 degrees.

1 poly pro shirt
1 jersey
arm and leg warmers
bib shorts
rain jacket
booties
gloves
and balaclava

I was sweating badly after 10 minutes of riding and I had to unzip my jacket halfway down through the rest of the commute. I knew I could have taken off the balaclava and the arm warmers. But that tends to make me very cold afterwards because of a sudden layer change.
Ugh talk about overkill. Rain jacket?Booties?Balaclava?Arm/Leg Warmers? In 40 degrees?
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It's the jacket that's making you hot I think. I was in the identical weather in bib knickers, merino baselayer (this is the key garment) and longsleeve jersey. Super comfy.
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Old 01-24-08, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
39 degrees. ODD

10mph headwind. EVEN

Two short sleeve jerseys. EVEN

one layer of "breathable water resistant material." ODD

I could have gone without one of the jerseys. ODD

That would have left one jersey and one layer of breathable polypropylene with tiny holes. ODD & ODD

A thin shell and one jersey and comfy at 39 degrees with a headwind? ODD & ODD

Total: 7 odds, and 2 evens... so overall, yes it is odd.

As I quickly duck for wasting everyone's time.
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A balaclava when it's above freezing? Man, you California guys are pampered weatherwise
It's probably not even relevant because our baseline is way different, but I think you are overdressing. Especially the rain gear, it always claims to be all hi-tech and breathable and all that. Perhaps it is, for hikers, but for bikers it never breathes enough. I won't wear mine unless it's really pouring or snowing hard.
Today was about 25F and snowing a bit. I wore bike pants with windbreaking material on the front, long sleeve Under-armour shirt, thin fleece jacket and scull cap. I felt I was overdressed and I was dripping when I got home. I'm sure the Canadians feel I'm a wimp and overdress all the time.
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