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Old 10-04-12, 06:38 PM
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It got cold for the first time this fall...

Time to start thinking about winter riding! I learned today that my warm weather gloves are not going to cut it in the mid-range temps. And my cold weather lobster claws are overkill for the 40-50ish range. I'll need to get some new gloves that fall in between what I have. Also pondering getting some snow tires for the winter this time around. As well as some pants... I don't have any pants to keep me dry in rain or snow yet(my snowboarding pants might be a bit much).

Any suggestions for gloves, tires(700x32), and overpants?
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Have a 20 year old pair of Nokians.. still OK .. 160 stud 26"

Got mudguards? jacket cover your backside?

I found no seam tape lasts long riding on it.. chaps are easy to put on
and will keep your legs dry enough..

wet on the Coast.. cycle rain cape is my dry place in the storm.
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Sounds heavenly! I used to love the autumn changes, and the arrival of crispy air. Around here it's same-old-same-old all year long. :/
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The last couple mornings have been very cool... near freezing. Afternoons are still warm though, so I'm finding I need to take two different sets of cycling clothes.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Have a 20 year old pair of Nokians.. still OK .. 160 stud 26"

Got mudguards? jacket cover your backside?

I found no seam tape lasts long riding on it.. chaps are easy to put on
and will keep your legs dry enough..

wet on the Coast.. cycle rain cape is my dry place in the storm.
One of the first things I did when I bought this bike, was to add the planet bike fenders on it.

Hadn't thought of chaps.
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I bought a pair of cold weather work gloves at Harbor Freight a couple of weeks ago. They're thinsulate lined, have a grip and are waterproof. $13. I've worn them a couple of times and I like them.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cold-we...rge-96606.html

For when it gets colder, keep an eye on the stores for deer hunting gloves. I have a couple of pair that are blaze orange, waterproof and ridiculously warm (kept my fingers pretty warm down to -20*F) and I picked up for $10 a pair. They're basically ski gloves but not sold into the ski market (which adds approximately 2000% to the price, just like taking something and putting "for bicycle use" on it).
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Performance has some good gear at reasonable prices (for bike clothes, anyway) for those temps in the middle. I like their long finger Century gloves for 30-50F, and they have several weights of tights.

Days with temps from 40 to 75 are difficult. I usually end up with a warm weather outfit (shorts and jersey), with tights anda vest or jacket over it. Roll up the tights and jacket if you get to leave work while it's still warm, and maybe switch from long to short finger gloves in the afternoon. Aggravating, because I end up with a set of work clothes AND a set of cool weather gear to haul home.
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I just picked up a pair of Planet Bike Borealis gloves. They are a combination of windproof, water resistant fleece lined outer shell with liners. The liners work well down to about 45 degrees, and I just rode this morning with just the outer shells in 29 degrees and my hands were a little warmer than I like (better than too cold, I guess). I can't say yet how cold you can ride with both the outer shells and liners, I imagine they can handle some pretty cold temperatures. I have Nokian Hakka 294s on my mountain bike that I use in the snow and ice, and they are incredible. They make a version for 700x40 wheels (if you can squeeze an extra 8mm of tire on your rims this should work), I think they have around 240 studs instead of 294, which is still probably more than adequate (here's a link to their site http://www.suomityres.fi/w240.html). If 40mm wide is too wide, you can try the 35mm W106, which has 106 studs.
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