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Old 10-28-07, 08:41 PM
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Windproof jacket

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I'm have recently (3months ago) rediscovered cycling. I love it and look forward to riding way into the winter. I have a trek 7300 and love it. I have a question about wind gear. I live in "the city of wind" Chicago and the wind cuts right thru you. I have been researching windproof jackets for cycling. I have anorak pullover jacket. Does any one know if this type of jacket will provide adequate wind protection? I have invested in wick shirts, pullovers and longundies, cycling pants, shorts and I dont wnat to spend more money. Can anyone help!!

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Old 10-28-07, 09:23 PM
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I wear a long sleeve soccer jersy when the temp drops below 50F, and dont care for windproof jackets because the perspiration builds up inside. I prefer a jacket upen at the cuffs and with zippers under the arms and down the sides. If the weather gets down to freezing add a thin knitted sweater, and something to keep the ears warm.
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Old 10-28-07, 09:26 PM
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Thank You

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Thank you for your information. I was concerned that the windproof jacket would cause persperation(sp?). Most responses suggest layers and wool/wick items.

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Yes, wicking is preferable to get the moisture away from the body. The old (and I mean really old, as in 'vintage') way was to simply crumple up some newspaper and place under a wool jersey next to the skin (kept the wind from going through you).

That's not necessarily the best way, though . Although it is cheap...

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Welcome to the forums from a fellow North Branch Trail rider!

On the coldest days I've been out this fall (lower 50's) I've been wearing thermal tights, a long sleeve Under Armour cold gear shirt, and a sweatshirt. When I finish a ride both shirts are a little damp although I'm completely comfortable. I think if you're perspiring when you're wearing a windproof jacket that doesn't breathe well you're going to trap too much moisture, but there's only one way to know for sure whether or not it's too much and that's to go out and give it a try.
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i live in nyc and was a bike messenger all last winter. the wind gets pretty intense here during the winter. i used a mountain hardwear windstopper jacket all through the fall and winter. it was breathable enough for me and i swear by it. only need a few layers of wool underneath that you can pick up at thrift stores. i just invested in a new one for this winter because this years model is very lightweight with a hood. i believe the mountain hardwear transition jacket is the only one with a hood. although the previous years models are not windproof throughout. the older ones have stretch side and arm panels that are open. maybe good for you if you are worried about breathability. also they are overstock from last year so can be found cheap, although no hood on those.

as far as the anorak, if its waterproof, it will be even less breathable than windproof. im definetly very sensitive to the cold so windproof throughout is essential to me. i even got the windstopper tights (which i havent tried out yet) for those below 10 days....

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Old 10-29-07, 11:57 AM
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Thank you

Hello East hill
Thanks the the newspaper tip. Believe it or not my grandmother 96(past this year) swears that newspaper keeps you warmer than any other material. I had forgotten her advise.
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Hello East hill
Thanks the the newspaper tip. Believe it or not my grandmother 96(past this year) swears that newspaper keeps you warmer than any other material. I had forgotten her advise.
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Well, it's certainly an inexpensive thing to try, and if it comes recommended by your grandmother as well...what can I say ? Grandmas are always right!

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