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Old 01-11-06, 12:23 PM
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riding in mid to high 50's

I have never ridden in this type of weather, only 60's plus and 40's lower. What do you normally wear regular jersey and arm warmers and knees warmers or more. Tomorrow is supposed to top at 57, and is the only rain free day on the forecast for the next week or so, so I want to get a nice long ride in. What do you all wear in these types of temps. TIA
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I usally use 60 degrees for my cut off for shorts or tights and 40 degrees if I'm going to use a base layer.usally at mid 50's i'll wear a lite winter weight fleece lined long sleeve jersey,but if it is going to top 60 during the ride I'll use arm warmers with a SS jersey. at 57 degrees I'd wear my most lite weight LS jersey and adjust the zipper to regulate comfort level . gloves ,I have some very lite windtex gloves I wear them from 40-60 degrees then for colder ,40 down to the twenties ,I use my PI inferno gloves.any temps below 32 degrees I use overbooties.all these combos work well for me.You have to experiment for what suites you best. I usally ride all winter as long as there isn't too much snow.
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For upper 50s, I'll just wear a moisture wicking base layer with long sleeve jersey, and then light weight tights. I find that 50 and above there's no use for booties.
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In the middle temperature ranges, wind/rain/sun conditions make a huge difference. If there is no chance of rain, I would bring at least a wind vest, especially if there are long downhills.

Your body weight also makes a big difference. I know some skinny guys who always wear full shell jackets in sub-60F weather while some chubby guys are still in their short sleeves.
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Upper 50's is no big deal.

I've ridden with guys that are in their 60's and they're in excellent shape.
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In the same temperatures I would wear a long sleeve winter jersey, long legged winter tights with a chamois, long fingered yet thin gloves and thats all.

You could just about get away with summer gear once you have warmed up but its nice to keep your knees warm and you would freeze up on any long decents.

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Between 50-60 I wear a long sleeve jersey and windbreaker with regular biking shorts. Below 50 out comes the tights and arm warmers and above 60 I shed the windbreaker. Growing up in the upper peninsula of Michigan 50 was the cutoff for t-shirts and shorts weather!!!
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Jersey & arm warners or long sleeve jersey
Toe covers

Optional:

Full finger gloves
Vest
Just a short sleeve jersey

Depends on sun, wind, temp (warming or cooling), etc... It's always good to cover the knees under 60. Knickers or knee warmers work great.

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