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What do you wear in the winter? Help outfit me for the cold

Old 01-03-11, 09:42 PM
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What do you wear in the winter? Help outfit me for the cold

Well I'm tired of not riding because of the very cold winter we've been having and I'm tired of a trainer.

Help outfit me for the cold. I want clothes that will help keep me warm from about the 30s to 40's.

What do you guys recommend?

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Ok, I'll bite....

Wool socks and booties.

Knee warmers, bibs and thermal cycling bib tights.

Base polypro layer, one of three different weight zip turtleneck tops alone or in combination...most likely a 'light' and a mediumn.... thermal vest, thermal top [but not a heavy winter 'coat'].

Sealskin winter gloves [purchased online from the UK]

Neck gator if you're a wuss.

Ear covering skull cap under your brain bucket or a wool hat that doesn't ride up if your head goes commando.

I won't wear any more then that. If I'm cold I'll wear a Thermal Care back heat belt and use hand/foot warming packs.

Or move further south.
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I ride all Winter nearly everyday in the following
+0 F: Thicker T-shirt (long sleeved when near 0) and a windbreaker with a winter hat and gloves. A cheap pair of nearly windproof nylon pants.
-0 F: T-shirt, breathable sweatshirt, wind breaker, winter hat and gloves. Downstairs get a thicker pair of socks and long underwear under the nylon pants.

Keep the ride short enough you don't lose extremities and remember to warm up and cool down. You want to start out being slightly chilled and keep the intensity high enough to stay warm. Ask anyone from somewhere dangerously frigid and they will agree that the cold is not measured in temperature but by the wind. The real key is being windproof and having proper ventilation. Well that and keeping water and food from freezing.

I keep a down sweater or some form of insulation with me to protect my core temperature should I flat.

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Originally Posted by nick the swede View Post
Well I'm tired of not riding because of the very cold summer we've been having and I'm tired of a trainer.
Brrrrr
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"Very cold summer?" This is how we handle the cold up here.
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For 30's - 40's, I wear:
Balaclava
Windproof, long fingered gloves
Long sleeved base layer
Long sleeved jersey
Windproof shell
Leg warmers AND tights
Bib shorts
Wool socks
Toe warmers
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Originally Posted by miyata man View Post
-0 F: T-shirt, breathable sweatshirt, wind breaker, winter hat and gloves. Downstairs get a thicker pair of socks and long underwear under the nylon pants.
That's insane.
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Old 01-03-11, 10:57 PM
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I should point out that is taking the wind chill as reported at the nearby airport as the measuring stick. Not the 20+ mph bike speed though. The part about measuring the cold by the wind is very true in harsh winter environments even if they are at a high elevation.

Insane is considering TX inhabitable country. I'm probably more used to the temps than most given years of outdoor hockey rinks, snowboarding, and 4 season bike riding around MN and WI. Oh and Wyoming is a real treat if you like wind mixed with hard country and bad weather. The Texas jokes probably got picked up from the cowboys there.
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Old 01-03-11, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
That's insane.
+1, hes'most likely trolling again. A wind breaker does jack squat as far as heat retention goes. You need a layer of fleece underneath to stay warm

What i recommend:

Castelli jacket they have over at bonktown with the arctic fleece fabric. I wear mine down to 32F in sunny weather with only a jersey underneath, and the thing will get even a bit warm when you start doing high intensity stuff.

Ditto for your legs, some tights with fleece like material over your bib shorts. I wear my cw-x insulator tights from back i ran a lot

For extremities, the rule is that warmer the core, warmer the fringes. So having a warmer jacket will help, and so will lobster gloves over liners. Specialized subzero gloves are great

Your feet are the parts that will get really cold if you aren't careful. I wear Sugoi shoecovers (neoprene with fleece) over toe warmers. Furthermore, i wrap the front of my shoe with a plastic bag. When it gets really really cold, the performance booties go over the Sugoi. It looks as if i had clubfoot.

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If the actual temp is below zero and the windchill spells double digits there is no doubt that I have no exposed skin and am wearing more than a couple thin layers. The above is what I wear nearly every day of Winter. For example tomorrow has a high of 20 with @12 mph wind. There will be the needful tics of constant toe wiggling and wiping of eyes. Much like an endorphin rush at some point the slight numbing feeling in your face goes from unnoticed to rather pleasant. Light snow and low traffic countryside meld into something warming till the crunching of the derailleurs pulls you back. It can be rather short sighted to just look at the temps as it speaks very little for the range of conditions you may experience.
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Old 01-03-11, 11:09 PM
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Mr. Sandwich, go do some mountaineering in your time off the bike and tell me low elevation mild weather Winter temps are de rigeur for bundling up.
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you sure have a knack for non-sequitors
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Old 01-03-11, 11:20 PM
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And Easterner's it appears.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
you sure have a knack for non-sequiturs
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Old 01-03-11, 11:31 PM
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Depending on your budget you might try buying your gear at The Academy or Target. Buying all of that at once can be expensive.
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At that temperature, I wear the following:
-two pairs of socks, one must be wool
-a skull cap that covers the ears.
-thin, long finger biking gloves
-a thin long sleeved wicking undershirt
-a thermal soft shell jacket/jersey that keeps the wind off of you (i.e. https://bontrager.com/model/08579)
-thermal fleece biking tights (i.e https://bontrager.com/model/07922).

Under 30 degrees, I stay home and hit the tread mill.
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Yesterday was 10 degrees avg ride temperature and I wore the following:

Cheap Sidi's with less ventilation
Wool socks
Toe covers
Leg warmers
Base layer
Pearl Izumi shorts
T-shirt
Base layer
Arm warmers
Pearl Izumi windbreaker type coat
Balaclava
Ear Warmers
LG Double layer gloves.
Glasses that cover the exposed portion the balaclava doesn't cover.

Stayed warm, except for my index and thumb on each hand. Need to remedy that part of the equation.
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Originally Posted by nick the swede View Post
Well I'm tired of not riding because of the very cold winter we've been having and I'm tired of a trainer.

Help outfit me for the cold. I want clothes that will help keep me warm from about the 30s to 40's.

What do you guys recommend?
Imagine a Swede needing to know how to dress for the cold.

You're going to have a tendency, as most people do, to over dress, so use a layered approach so you can shed some of that excess when you figure it out.

Have look at this thread where lots of people have logged their clothing choices under various winter conditions: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...0-Today-I-Wore...
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It's hard to say for others because everybody has their own comfort zones... some guys get cold toes, others get cold hands etc... but the 30's 40's is quite normal to ride in, just use thin layers and learn what works for you.

as for health / safety, frostbite on exposed skin can be a real risk so read the windchill charts. also, you want to run things a fair bit on the cold side, for a couple reasons. one, if you sweat that's just going to chill you worse later. two, you can workout harder when the heat is dissipated, or to flip it around if you're a bit cold you'll have to pedal harder to stay warm.

one last thing, learn to keep a close eye on the weather, temps can change rapidly when days are short and the sun/clouds are playing peekaboo.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
It's hard to say for others because everybody has their own comfort zones... some guys get cold toes, others get cold hands etc... but the 30's 40's is quite normal to ride in, just use thin layers and learn what works for you.

as for health / safety, frostbite on exposed skin can be a real risk so read the windchill charts. also, you want to run things a fair bit on the cold side, for a couple reasons. one, if you sweat that's just going to chill you worse later. two, you can workout harder when the heat is dissipated, or to flip it around if you're a bit cold you'll have to pedal harder to stay warm.

one last thing, learn to keep a close eye on the weather, temps can change rapidly when days are short and the sun/clouds are playing peekaboo.


Great advice
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Originally Posted by nick the swede View Post
Well I'm tired of not riding because of the very cold winter we've been having ... Help outfit me for the cold. I want clothes that will help keep me warm from about the 30s to 40's.
Very cold winter ... I think you made a typo there and meant to say "minus 30s to minus 40s" ... right? Because anything over 32F is warmer than freezing and therefore not that cold.


And for more information on riding in winter conditions, check out the Winter Cycling forum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Winter-Cycling
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my 0c weather riding gear.

booties, shoe, sock, plastic bag, sock, bib tights, shorts, base layer, long jersey, t-shirt, wind breaker, scarf around face, hat, helmet, long finger warm gloves.
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my 0c weather riding gear.

booties, shoe, sock, plastic bag, sock, bib tights, shorts, base layer, long jersey, t-shirt, wind breaker, scarf around face, hat, helmet, long finger warm gloves.
I will be trying out my new balaclava next time the weather gets to freezing.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
my 0c weather riding gear.

booties, shoe, sock, plastic bag, sock, bib tights, shorts, base layer, long jersey, t-shirt, wind breaker, scarf around face, hat, helmet, long finger warm gloves.
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