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Cold to Me Riding Tips

Old 01-21-09, 08:15 AM
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Cold to Me Riding Tips

I know this is balmy for some of you but here in SW Fl we have been having some rides in the 55 to 65 degree range. Any tips for staying warm beside arem and leg warmers for a thin blooded Florida resident who it feels more like it is 45 degrees?
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If your feet are cold, put your hat on.
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Wear more clothes?
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Old 01-21-09, 09:06 AM
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I rode 60 miles yesterday and I was cold as well, the temps were a tad under 60 but a strong crosswind. I only had a problem when I started riding after my 5 minute rest stop. I was sweaty and the wind was blowing hard. I won't even attempt to ride tomorrow or friday if the temps are what they are predicting.
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Old 01-21-09, 09:10 AM
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What I wouldn't give for a 55-65 degree day... last week we had a couple of days with lows of -20 to -30 degrees. Back to normal today 12 for a low and 28 for a high. I'll be wearing a base layer, insulated tights, wool socks and booties, lobster gloves, baclava and helmet cover, long sleeve jersey, and a good cycling jacket or 2. I'll also take a couple of chemical hand warmers in my jersey pockets for emergencies (flat tires) and warm water in my bottles.
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Old 01-21-09, 09:14 AM
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After my 15F ride this morning I wish I could consider 55-65 anywhere even close to being cold but it's all relative. I'm still in shorts up to 60F but below that leg and arm warmers are fine, if your torso gets cold toss on a base layer and you'll be fine. Get some toe warmers if your feet are getting cold.
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55-65 sounds perfect to me too, I've been riding in the 30-40's for a couple months, it almost hit 50 this week and I wore a thermal base layer, long sleeve jersey and knee warmers and was toasty.

45 or so, thermal base layer LS shirt, thermal jacket and either leg warmers or fleece tights and shoe covers.
Colder than that and I'll out another fleece jersey on under the jacket and chances are I'll be on the warm side right down to 25 or so.

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I know I need to HTFU, but what i wouldn't give for 85 degrees lol.
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Originally Posted by jesspal
I know I need to HTFU, but what i wouldn't give for 85 degrees lol.
It's just a matter of conditioning and having the right gear, in Dec. I was riding in snow storms and p****ing rain, so a dry 45 degree day feels comfortable to me now.

But yeah, I'm looking forward to warm, sunny rides too.
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It has been a little cool down here (or up here in Gainesville for you south Florida guys). Yesterday's ride finished with 17 miles straight into a 20 mph headwind with temps in the low 40's F. It was OK wearing leg warmers, long fingered gloves, and a cycling jacket over a short sleeved jersey although I should have put on some shoe covers.

This morning it was a brisk 24 F riding into campus but only a slight headwind. The NWS says it will get to the upper 40's F later today, but it's only 35 F at 11 am so I don't think that will happen. It's supposed to get down to the "teens" tonight. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's ride in to work.
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lobster gloves, baclava and helmet cove
I prefer a balaclava to baklava (a rich, sweet cake) for cold days.
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Honestly; 60F is shorts and jersey only.
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As to 50 - 60 degrees? long sleeve jersey and addition of (knee warmers or tights).

60+ is shorts and jersey.
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If your feet are cold, put your hat on.
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I'm a wimp when it comes to the cold. If it's 60 or below, I've got a long sleeve jersey on, probably a base layer, knee warmers, thick socks, and full-finger gloves. When I get too hot for comfort, I unzip enough to get ventilation.

With good enough gear, even a wimp like me can ride comfortably in sub-freezing conditions. Though when it gets below 20F, it stops being fun.



By the way, is there such thing as an insulated jock strap? Even with my nice winter bib tights, my crotch still gets way too cold.
 
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go faster

you'll warm up pretty fast
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65F (18.3C) is a lovely warm summer day!!!!

If, for some reason, you're a little bit chilly at 65 degrees, wear a light jacket, a vest, or two jerseys.

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Old 01-21-09, 12:18 PM
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To us 90 is a warm summer day. We are get a lot of staying hydrated practice with the proper use of sun guards. Thanks for the tips. Will go with a base layer top and knee warmers.

Thought when I started riding again after a 20 plus year layoff I just would not ride on cold days but have contracted the "got to ride addiction" for which the only fix is a ride of 30 plus miles on a road or off road 2 hour mountain bike ride.
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Originally Posted by Ames
To us 90 is a warm summer day. We are get a lot of staying hydrated practice with the proper use of sun guards. Thanks for the tips. Will go with a base layer top and knee warmers.

Thought when I started riding again after a 20 plus year layoff I just would not ride on cold days but have contracted the "got to ride addiction" for which the only fix is a ride of 30 plus miles on a road or off road 2 hour mountain bike ride.
If I were you, I'd still bring a very light jacket (one that can be folded up into a pocket) or a vest. I don't know about down there, but up here it can go from 25C down to 15C in about 15 minutes if a hailstorm rolls through.
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Originally Posted by JPallino
I beg to differ. I wore my hat today and I was WAY too warm.
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It's 10C here. The weather man says it will get to 13C which is just about where I can stand it.
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It's 10C here. The weather man says it will get to 13C which is just about where I can stand it.
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