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For those of you who cycle all winter, I need some suggestions.

Old 09-19-07, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
the headband is exactly what I was looking for.. Thank you!

and Ill check the rest of the brand/web sites you guys gave me.
I've tried the PI and didn't really like it much. It's a little narrow and doesn't cover my ears. Personally, I prefer the Seirus headband. The coverage is better and I don't have cold ears down to around 25F. Below that I add a very thin hat.

Seirus makes other good products as well. Here is their catalog. I use their Hyperlite gloves to around 25F and one of their fleece gloves for lower temps.
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Check the first link in my What Works For Me page called "Cold Feet" for what works for me to keep my feet warm in the winter. http://www.machka.net/whatworks/whatworks.htm

As for the ears, I wear a warm headband, like you'd wear for skiing. And if it is really cold, I wear a balaclava over it.

If you're planning to do a lot of cycling in the winter, don't bother with the so-called "winter specific" cycling stuff ... go into your local skiing section. That's where the good winter gear is located.

Also don't forget to check the Winter Cycling Forum here ... lots of advice over there.
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Originally Posted by jcwitte View Post
My main problems are my fingers and the groin area. I haven't found anything yet that has worked as well for me.
Try placing a flat sandwich bag between your shorts and tights. The problem you are fighting is that much of the air caught by your torso ends up at your hips. The baggy will stop the wind.
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Chemical toe warmers changed my world. Nothing beats them with a pair of booties and wool socks. I keep them on my feet for the ride home too - love them toasty toes!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I've tried the PI and didn't really like it much. It's a little narrow and doesn't cover my ears. Personally, I prefer the Seirus headband. The coverage is better and I don't have cold ears down to around 25F. Below that I add a very thin hat.

Seirus makes other good products as well. Here is their catalog. I use their Hyperlite gloves to around 25F and one of their fleece gloves for lower temps.
Will check thanks! I dont want something too narrow that Ill keep pulling down.


and thanks Machka! I didnt even think of the winter forum

sometimes I think BF stops after road, foo and the woman's forum
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Old 09-19-07, 11:57 AM
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Try here for great cold weather gear made by those norwedishland folks... and they're pretty good at it!

http://www.craft-usa.com/frameset.php?back=152
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Ear bags are good for me down to the teens (*F).
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I find that Neoprene socks are a lot less of a hassel than neoprene booties over shoes. The Neoprene socks will easily keep your feet warm in temps above 30 degrees.
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Pearl Izumi Microsensor balaclava for the win.
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here, this is the LG one i have:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...ouis%20Garneau
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my wife found me earmuffs that connect around the back of my neck, so I can wear them with my biking helmet. They work real well at keeping my ears warm in subfreezing commutes here in upstate NY, I combine the earmuffs with a balaclava
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Originally Posted by aicabsolut View Post
Perfect!!!!
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Performance bike has a helmet liner that is all I usually need. It comes down over the ears and is super warm & comfy. I use that all winter down into the 20's. It's like $10.

Here it is... out of stock now, but they'll have more:

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1343
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I have the LG headcover as well and it works well with the helmet straps holding the cover over the ears. On windier days, I've added a clear helmet cover (okay, it is a shower cap "borrowed" from a hotel and very non-OCP and also works well on rainy days) that helps keep the head a little warmer. Shoe covers are LG wind-tex and hands are covered with Adidas Clima-warm long fingered gloves. That all works for me in the 30-40 degree range. YMMV.
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Put the small chemical warmers (the ones for hands) under your toes - they'll be toasty.
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I have an Eddie Bauer ear band that works too well. My ears get way too hot. I'm not sure if it's me, or the San Diego warm weather.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
Will check thanks! I dont want something too narrow that Ill keep pulling down.


and thanks Machka! I didnt even think of the winter forum

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One thing I forgot to mention before I went out for a absolutely glorious Colorado mountain bike ride today, is to consider your helmet too. If you are riding with a good summer helmet, you are venting too much air across your head for cold winter use. Consider a Bell Metropolis helmet with a winter kit. I've been using one for about 4 years now and it really makes a difference. The Metropolis isn't a good summer helmet but that's kind of the point, isn't it?
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Originally Posted by spokenword View Post
I commute year round in Massachusetts, and for winter I usually have a balaclava for head protection and Pearl Izumi AmFib booties for my feet. The only caveat I have about the booties is that if you walk around on them (like, say, for me riding home and doing some grocery shopping w/ SPDs) then they'll got torn up fairly quickly as the bottoms are pretty fragile. PI just seems to assume that most cyclists don't walk.
I never could get the AmFibs on any shoes I have...and I don't have big feet. Look at the Performance brand booties. The things wear like iron. I have a pair that I've used for more than 5 years and they are still going strong...a little funky, maybe.
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I wear a regular old hat under my helmet. And the neck gaiter for colder days. I used to have an old helmet I used in the winter & took out the pads to make room for the hat. I also taped up the vent holes.
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I have some neoprene covers for my shoes that only cover the front half, and they work great in the coldest of temps. Its the toes and the front fo the feet that get cold. There's a big openeing in the bottom for the cleats and they come on and off very easily.

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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
I cycled the whole winter last year
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Im in NH and where I am is pretty windy so I wont go out if it's under 30.
Global warming?

If you want to stay fit get a cheap mtb and studded tires, and real cold weather clothing. Don't be a wimpy roadie. If you ski you have most of the right stuff already. It's the best thing thing you can do to be a better roadie. In the spring you will be a lot stronger.
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I use a Buff in the winter too. I start with it around my neck, and pull the back up and over so it covers my ears and head. I can pull it over my chin and mouth too, and it can easily be moved and shifted as the temperature changes during a ride.From the buff website: On slightly warmer days, I use it more as a headband, to cover ears and head without the chin/neck coverage.
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I've used the Specialized Pro Skull cap and head band, I actually like the detail like the small holes over the ears so you can still hear pretty well.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/Manufacturer...ar%20-%20Cycle
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Skull cap here too.
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