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Old 11-01-14, 08:05 AM
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My winter gear.

So, i've decided to make a list (photos to come) of my winter gear after reading numerous winter cycling threads.


I have 2x of these

They are a life saving thing, especially when the temperatures dip below freezing. I also wear them out when snow shoveling etc if needed. Very comfortable.


Then i have a black knit mets hat similar to this one: I put this on in leu of helmet pads, but only when it's below freezing.
Here is a photo of me wearing it: With head liner and helmet:

Then i have a smaller mets knit skull cap that i picked up at the team store on 42nd across from bryant park. Here it is with the headliner, yes i was out on a bike trip in this photo:

I have another knit hat that sits in between these two for warmth. The top of this one can be seen here: It used to have a pom on the top, which i removed for use with helmet, and it says "sonic" on it, which is "cool"

In those photos you can see me wearing my north face triclimate jacket and the vest i sometimes wear over it. I can also wear the vest over sweat jacket(s), or just the liner of the triclimate. This all depends on humidity, wind, absolute temperature, and the trip i intend to make.

A bit later i will take photos of my gloves & thermal pants so you can get an idea of what works & how i use them.

Regardless of clothing, i always wear my crocs bistro, as they have excellent grip on pedals, anti-slip on slick surfaces (great for those wet areas on floors that happen in winter near store entrances). They are great at blocking wind as a result of not having any fabric, plus weigh all most nothing.

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Busy few days upcoming, will take some photos after i'm in for the day tomorrow if possible... Volunteering at polling place for 2 hours. It's walkable, which is fun!

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my winter gear for upper body the hood fits under my helmet for when temps are below 0C



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my winter gear for upper body the hood fits under my helmet for when temps are below 0C



That looks comfy, where to purchase?

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That looks comfy, where to purchase?

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This years model is here:

CRAFT VL LEISURE FZ HD M och andra Herr p stadium.se

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Wow, that is an amazingly tall price, i think i am too short for it!

Neat info on the race, funny enough i use most of my cycling warm stuff outside not riding too. The big difference is constant wind vs none or not as much.

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Wow, that is an amazingly tall price, i think i am too short for it!

Neat info on the race, funny enough i use most of my cycling warm stuff outside not riding too. The big difference is constant wind vs none or not as much.

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Not so tall ... 10 pints of beer or a reasonable dinner for two with wine

I find CRAFT quite durable for the cost ... I've probably got 500 commutes with the jacket and still looks good enough to wear around town if it's not stinky.
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I like that magic 8 ball helmet. I'm glad it doesn't get that cold here. I'm sure I'll have a few mornings in the 20s, and anything below that I'll skip the ride. The few times I have been out when it is that cold I just felt beat up the whole way...granted it was mtn biking.
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I need to cover the bridge of my nose when it's really cold, so face masks & balaclavas with eye and mouth holes are my preference. Walmart sells them cheap. I eventually found more upscale better products, but still I found covering my nose really important
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This is the coat I picked up for this year
Men's SELECT Thermal Barrier Jacket, 2013 - Pearl Izumi

The front is wind and waterproof, the back is more of a mesh to help reduce sweating. Having worn it on 1 ride so far, I am quite impressed. I think it is heavy enough to wear when layered with other things to keep me plenty comfortable in my climate.
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I need to cover the bridge of my nose when it's really cold, so face masks & balaclavas with eye and mouth holes are my preference. Walmart sells them cheap. I eventually found more upscale better products, but still I found covering my nose really important
I breathe out of my nose only, keeps it warm, i find.


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I like that magic 8 ball helmet. I'm glad it doesn't get that cold here. I'm sure I'll have a few mornings in the 20s, and anything below that I'll skip the ride. The few times I have been out when it is that cold I just felt beat up the whole way...granted it was mtn biking.
It's all ready dipped into the 40's here a few times. My uptown is in shop getting all new spokes on rear wheel, so i'll miss the first nights of below freezing. I have a fuji RLX helmet for warm rides.

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Not so tall ... 10 pints of beer or a reasonable dinner for two with wine

I find CRAFT quite durable for the cost ... I've probably got 500 commutes with the jacket and still looks good enough to wear around town if it's not stinky.
I am alcohol free, but i do see the long term benefit of quality products that are not low end/low price. My nutcase helmet for example, not cheap, but it has all the right features and level of protection for serious frequent trips in/with traffic.

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This is the coat I picked up for this year
Men's SELECT Thermal Barrier Jacket, 2013 - Pearl Izumi

The front is wind and waterproof, the back is more of a mesh to help reduce sweating. Having worn it on 1 ride so far, I am quite impressed. I think it is heavy enough to wear when layered with other things to keep me plenty comfortable in my climate.
I have seen many of these around. I am not sure if it would be worth the cost for me due to me all ready having a pretty decent set of stuff i can use. Same goes for the other jacket. I don't mind saving up for a durable quality thing, but it has to fill a need.

I am going to take photos of my hats, gloves, thermal pants etc in a bit. Some do need replacing from years of wear.

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Wow, that is an amazingly tall price, i think i am too short for it!

Neat info on the race, funny enough i use most of my cycling warm stuff outside not riding too. The big difference is constant wind vs none or not as much.

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That price is in swedish crowns, I think. That comes out to like $100.
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That price is in swedish crowns, I think. That comes out to like $100.
Yeah, like 10 pints or a dinner for two.

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edit: Swedes are the only people I know that end a price with ":-" versus SEK. The Danes always seem to use DKK and the Norwegians NOK. Not sure why
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I am not sure I would have gotten my coat if i had to pay anywhere near retail price for it. But it is proving a good investment since i had no warm cycling clothes
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That price is in swedish crowns, I think. That comes out to like $100.




Not so crazy after all. My north face rain coat was around that price.

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My "sonic" hat sitting on the newer of my two headliners. This hat is warmer than the small knit cap and thinner than the larger knit hat. It breathes a lot better than both, but in super cold it lets in too much air, so this one is only used down to around 25 degrees.


In single digits i may use this to guard my neck from airflow... I put it in with the ear bits pointing up over my blood flow areas.

This scarf is massive warm and i cannot put on inside, i use it in single digit temps only:

Black thermal pants from target a few years back:

I have a blue pair which is thicker and a more snug elastic band at top and at ankles, makes for a slimmer fit. Photo to come, it's in laundry.

My medium gloves, good for anything below freezing. My smaller thinner gloves (laundry also) can ft inside these:

Arctic weather gloves, only ever needed them two times, thin gloves can fit in these as well:

I gotta get photos of my blue thermal pants, my (reversible) vest by itself, thermal shirt, and a few other things. I will get them later or tomorrow.

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