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Old 01-16-12, 06:22 PM
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23* and comfortable this morning

My 12.4 mile ride across Raleigh was pleasant at a brisk 23*. Clothing was as follows:

Head: Nylon skullcap under helmet
Torso: REI long sleeve light base layer (100 wt), Pearl Izumi short sleeve shirt, Pearl Izumi Select (200 wt) long sleeve jacket, wind shell
Legs: PI medium wt tights, MtB shorts
Feet: Wool 8" hiking socks, Bontrager MtB shoes, toe wind shield

I was cool as I left the house. Face was cold and I was certain I was going to REI for a balaclava tonight. Half a mile in I was comfortable. Two miles in my face was fine. 5 miles in I was sweating. 10 miles in my toes were getting cool.

All-in-all quite nice. The only change I will make is full booties for the next sub-30* commute.
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Old 01-17-12, 12:39 PM
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Riding in the cold isn't bad if you're dressed for it, have you seen the winter cycling forum? Lots of tips there....
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Its a rare and wonderful feeling when you get it just right.
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I've always found the challenge isn't to stay warm enough, but to not go too far and overheat early on in the ride.
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Yep, a little on the cool side to start is best.

Now, those balmy 80 degree summer mornings.......
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