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How do you dress for chilly mornings and hot afternoons on long rides?

Old 04-22-19, 07:16 AM
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How do you dress for chilly mornings and hot afternoons on long rides?

Hello everyone,

This weekend, the weather was nice and sunny here in Atlanta. I went for a long (5+ hours) ride, leaving early-ish (8am) in the morning.

The weather was cold in the morning: 7C (44F) and windy. But it would warm up a lot around noon to about 26C (79F).

How the hell do you all dress for this weather? I went out with a base layer + long sleeve jersey and long tights + buff / scarf for the wind. By the time it got warm, I took off the baselayer and buff, and stuffed them in my jersey pockets. I was pretty comfortable all day, a bit on the warm side by the end. I was wondering: is there a better way?

How do you dress for these pretty drastic temperature changes?

Thanks!
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Old 04-22-19, 07:30 AM
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Went out in similar conditions w/ thin arm & leg warmers and a cycling vest augmenting a SS jersey and shorts.
Feeling chilled at the start is a good sign that one won't be overdressed when warmed up.
With little bulk the gilet & warmers can be stashed in jersey pockets as the temps rise.

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Old 04-22-19, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Hello everyone,

This weekend, the weather was nice and sunny here in Atlanta. I went for a long (5+ hours) ride, leaving early-ish (8am) in the morning.

The weather was cold in the morning: 7C (44F) and windy. But it would warm up a lot around noon to about 26C (79F).

How do you dress for these pretty drastic temperature changes?

Thanks!
That weather is fairly common for Phoenix, in the worst part of our winter. I usually wear a long sleeve baselayer, arm + knee warmers, bibs and a short sleeved jersey, and a set of toe warmers. The 3 different warmers can come off when things warm up.
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Old 04-22-19, 07:50 AM
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You can find some expandable seat bags that will remain small while you have your gear on and then give you the room to peel off clothing as it becomes necessary and stuff them in the pack. About 50% of my rides are on my hybrid and the trunk pack on my rear rack covers all the bases but I don't think you're looking for that solution.

I know what you mean though about the temp changes. I live about 6 miles from the beach. Sometimes there can be a 10 - 15 degree difference between the last 6 miles from the beach to my house.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:03 AM
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Arm warmers, toe warmers, lycra base layer, superlight wind vest, XC Lite full finger gloves, and cycling cap under helmet. Sometimes leg warmers.

If I need a bit more warmth, I'll stuff a layer of paper towel down front of the jersey too.

The arm warmers can be pushed down and the vest unzipped or removed and stuffed in pocket as it warms.

The toe warmers, cap, base layer, and gloves are tolerable even into high temps.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:04 AM
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There's not really a better way for what ends up being a 40+ temp swing, assuming you left before sunrise since it was full sun.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:29 AM
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Arm warmers, knee or leg warmers, wind vest.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:35 AM
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I have similar conditions in Houston. I usually start the ride around noon when it has warmed up some. My typical attire: shorts, leg warmers, thermal long sleeve jersey, wind jacket. As it get warmer I just sweat it out to the finish.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:39 AM
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To me, 44 isn't bad, 'specially if it's going to be rising above 50 within an hour or so - I'd wear regular bibs, ss jersey, sunsleeves, vest, cycling cap, and light gloves. I might be a little chilly the first 15-20 minutes, but I'll be perfectly comfortable in 80 by just taking off the vest.
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To me, 44 isn't bad, 'specially if it's going to be rising above 50 within an hour or so.
You won't find anyone in my area that agrees with you.
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Temps 6 degrees c? I'd go with base layer, longer sleeve jersey, knee/leg warmers, wind vest, toque to keep the ears warm and five finger gloves.
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Old 04-22-19, 09:51 AM
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I often wear knickers & ski socks for cold but warming- socks can be pushed down later & knickers are much more functional than leg warmers for me.

I also wear thin knit, coated palm gloves under 1/2 or full finger gloves. Can be taken off later & take up little room in jersey pocket.

Hat w/ ear flaps- tuck the ear flaps up while riding as needed & remove later.


If it was almost 80˚ at noon, it can't have been cold for very long in the morning- arm warmers & a vest would do for lots of folks.
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Old 04-22-19, 10:11 AM
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I am not against wearing several light base layers, usually a SS thermal under a LS one. That way I can pull off the LS later as it gets warm. Plus almost always armwarmers, always kneewarmers (I have knee issues; they are required) and legwarmers over if cold enough.

Two simple tricks. a fleece cap under your helmet will go a long ways. Probably the best trade-off for warmth and jersey pocket space. And a full sheet of newspaper with one fold slipped under your outermost jersey up to your shoulders with a short rip at the neck. (Don't laugh. The pros have been doing this for 100 years and still do. Watch Tour de France footage. No, not of the GC favorites or KOM winners. The lowly workers on the so-so teams who are never going to get a logo'd jacket handed them at the summit. They reach into their pocket, pull out that newspaper and stuff it in before that fast, cold descent.

I also often wear long fingered MTB gloves.. They are light enough to stay on when it gets warm. I started doing that to ride fix gear in hills to protect my fingers from the undersides of the brake levers and found them quite good even on very warm days. I never needed much hand padding but love the chafe protection.

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For a day like that I'm wearing:
- wind vest
- arm warmers
- knee warmers (or maybe leg warmers)
- ear warmers
- full-fingered glove liners
...all of which will eventually come off and get stuffed into my pocket, leaving just
- short-sleeve wool baselayer
- short-sleeve full-zip jersey
- shorts
- fingerless gloves
- shoes
- socks
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Another vote for leg and arm warmers and a wind vest. Additionally, I wear a skull cap that covers my ears and full fingered gloves.
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Long sleeve Craft base layer, GTX Shake Dry jacket, and a big cup of something warm. The GTX packs down to the size of a small apple.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Arm warmers, knee or leg warmers, wind vest.
This.
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A capacious saddle bag works for me:

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I find it a little amusing that the Californian is recommending a lot less clothing than some members from far northern climes.
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I find it a little amusing that the Californian is recommending a lot less clothing than some members from far northern climes.
Yes, but your answer was right on!
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Normal for PNW as long as it isn't raining. I use a light SS base layer, SS jersey, wind vest, sunsleeves, arm warmers over, shorts and leg warmers, light LF gloves. SF gloves in pocket, replace with arm and leg warmers, wind vest.
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I find it a little amusing that the Californian is recommending a lot less clothing than some members from far northern climes.
You should see what some people in Phoenix wear in those temps.

Im not one of them.

Tights are never ever used for daylight rides.
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Simple for me. HTFU. There is almost nothing worse than riding with too much kit on when it gets hot. Maybe because I simply come undone in hot weather, but I'd much rather be cold for 10-15 minutes before I warm up than wear or carry extra crap with me.
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Knee warmers, arm warmers and packable gillet. Maybe packable cap, headband or multipurpose buff neckwarmer. In variable weather I'm a fan of using a small handlebar bag like this one instead of a seatpack to stow the extra clothes.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
You should see what some people in Phoenix wear in those temps.
When I was in VA recently, there was a cold snap and 5 of my 6 rides were below 40*. I saw very few riders on those rides, but a couple that I saw were straight up wearing parkas.
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