Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Cold weather

Old 09-27-10, 10:50 AM
  #1  
marksru16
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cold weather

Hi all.

I'm looking to continue riding through sholder seasons in NY area (so through November, prob take a break Dec - Feb, and start up again in March). Should I be investing in a pair of thermal tights and polar jacket - links below? Is this overkill? Do I wear this alone or with base layers and wind jacket? Any advice is appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark

http://www.hincapie.com/custom/produ...spx?id=C402M11
http://www.hincapie.com/custom/produ...spx?id=C601M11
marksru16 is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 11:07 AM
  #2  
JRonaTrek
Senior Member
 
JRonaTrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 548

Bikes: 2018 Trek Madone & Emonda H2 Geometry

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I know that up East, it gets pretty cold. I dont know how cold it is in November, but I can assume it gets colder than where i live.

With that said, i can tell you that You should probably invest in something like this, instead of packing on arm warmers, leg warmers, skull caps, etc.... what i mean is sometimes its impossible to ride in the cold, because its so cold, and even though you're excersizing, you still need the warmth.....the cold temps feel like you cant move. That's my opinion.
JRonaTrek is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 11:25 AM
  #3  
marksru16
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
40s is probably the lowest I would realistically ride in. So your view is that its better to get some serious winter clothing as opposed to trying to layer on warm stuff?
marksru16 is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 11:28 AM
  #4  
electrik
Single-serving poster
 
electrik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 5,098
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Dress for success, you'll need wind-proof/resistant clothing with a bit of fleece backing at 40-30.

Layering is best, specialization is for ants.
electrik is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 11:35 AM
  #5  
leooooo
Senior Member
 
leooooo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NYC (Forest Hills)
Posts: 221

Bikes: Gaulzetti Cazzo, Gaulzetti Corsa, Gaulzetti Ti, Gaulzetti SS prototype, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Ridley XFire

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Personally, when my extremeties are warm, my core is warm too. So I have booties, good pair of gloves, and a beanie.
Every persons physiology is different but you should have some idea of how you react to extreme temperatures.

Use your experiences from camping/hiking/football, outdoor activities/sports that you may have done in the past.

Think about that before you invest heavily in more expensive items, such as thermal bibs (which you may not need).
leooooo is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 01:12 PM
  #6  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 19,358
Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8312 Post(s)
Liked 372 Times in 222 Posts
Originally Posted by marksru16 View Post
40s is probably the lowest I would realistically ride in. So your view is that its better to get some serious winter clothing as opposed to trying to layer on warm stuff?
I ride my bike when it's 18 degrees ( F ) out, which is as cold as it's been in a few years in my neighborhood. I go kayaking when it snows, too; it's a pretty spectacular thing to sit in a small, low boat and watch the snow flakes land in the water all around you. Better yet, I wear mostly the same clothes whether I'm doing either of these, or hiking above timberline in the mountains.

Get a soft merino (wool) base layer, which means long underwear and a long sleeve tee shirt. Wear these against your skin, with wool hiking socks and glove liners, plus a hat. Then, add layers as appropriate. If you won't ride below 40 degrees ( F ) you won't need a mid layer, just a shell. It might need to be waterproof or windproof, depending on the circumstances.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 01:30 PM
  #7  
joe_5700
CAT4
 
joe_5700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 1,681

Bikes: 2009 Cervélo S1, 2009 Felt F75, 2010 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5, 2011 Cannondale CAADx, 2011 Specialized Transition Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Uh oh here we go.

In best auctioneer voice. "I have 18 degrees, do I hear a 10 degrees?"
joe_5700 is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 01:42 PM
  #8  
cyclingd
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
+1 seattle forrest.

Depends on length of your ride. I wear base layer, wool socks, lobster claw gloves, baclava. Makes you feel alive to ride in the cold.

Ski suits would probably works too if you can keep it away from the chains.
cyclingd is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 02:06 PM
  #9  
electrik
Single-serving poster
 
electrik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 5,098
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Uh oh here we go.

In best auctioneer voice. "I have 18 degrees, do I hear a 10 degrees?"
Haha, i don't think will degenerate into another cold-weather pissing contest... besides it is so cold here the stuff is frozen before it hits the ground! (BEAT THAT)
electrik is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 02:23 PM
  #10  
joe_5700
CAT4
 
joe_5700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Posts: 1,681

Bikes: 2009 Cervélo S1, 2009 Felt F75, 2010 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5, 2011 Cannondale CAADx, 2011 Specialized Transition Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by electrik View Post
Haha, i don't think will degenerate into another cold-weather pissing contest... besides it is so cold here the stuff is frozen before it hits the ground! (BEAT THAT)
Nope can't beat that. I ride my 5 mile short rides regardless of the temperature in the winter. It gives me just enough time to feel like I rode my bike, (while not freezing body parts) when most of my time is spent on the trainer. There is a guy that I see commuting to work through winter here. He rides a road bike and I have seen him in temps below 10 F with snow blowing around. I feel like a wuss everytime I see him out there.
joe_5700 is offline  
Old 09-27-10, 02:26 PM
  #11  
Quel
Senior Member
 
Quel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 3,653
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If this is anything like the first winter I decided to HTFU and ride outside, you will spend about $300 buying stuff that people recommend. Then you will keep 75% of it in your closet full time because it doesn't work for you personally. So you'll spend that money once over again to buy stuff that you know will work for your body.
Quel is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Seizedpost
General Cycling Discussion
1
04-10-16 08:32 AM
europa
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
2
04-11-14 07:42 PM
spinner5339
Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area
0
09-27-05 06:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.