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How do you ride in cooler weather?

Old 09-12-12, 03:57 PM
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How do you ride in cooler weather?

Hello,

I have been riding regularly over the spring and summer, with a short sleeve jerseys and shorts. What do you wear in cooler weather? I live in the Houston area by the way.

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Warmer clothes. It's not complicated.
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Check out the Winter Cycling forum for some ideas ...
https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Winter-Cycling
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Depends but arm and knee warmers for starters help when temp drops only slightly. More may be needed for really drastic temp changes.
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Add arm and leg warmers when it gets too cold for jerseys and shorts.
Put on windbreaker and/or winter jersey, same thing for the legs - add
wind blocking pants and/or winter bibs/riding pants and lightweight gloves
when the temps go down further. When that's not enough; use balaclava
on head, add sweater and/or sweatpants, winter shoes.


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Originally Posted by therh View Post
Hello,

I have been riding regularly over the spring and summer, with a short sleeve jerseys and shorts. What do you wear in cooler weather? I live in the Houston area by the way.

RH
Good Lord. How many times will this question be posted?

There is a "Search" field in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
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Layers that are easy to shed as the temp and/or you warm up.

Most valuable this time of year is a wind vest. I used it this morning for the first hour of my ride.
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Originally Posted by therh View Post
Hello,

I have been riding regularly over the spring and summer, with a short sleeve jerseys and shorts. What do you wear in cooler weather? I live in the Houston area by the way.

RH
Comfortably.

Short sleeve jerseys are good down to about 45 degrees during the day. Below that long sleeves and leg warmers are nice. Below 40 gloves are nice.

I have vague memories of things like tights and ear warmers for actual cold weather, but I haven't needed such things since moving to California.
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How cold?

I have ridden as cold as 32 degrees outside with long knickers, craft pro-zero extreme base layer, REI long sleeve jersey, wind jacket, and head cover.
When it is in the low 40s (like this morning, in Sept, WTH), I ride with craft base layer, full finger gloves, long sleeve jersey and shorts.
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Originally Posted by therh View Post
Hello,

I have been riding regularly over the spring and summer, with a short sleeve jerseys and shorts. What do you wear in cooler weather? I live in the Houston area by the way.

RH
With the average temps in Houston (what, 63 in January?) you can get a lot of mileage out of arm warmers, knee warmers and a vest. Combine those with your summer kit and you should be fine in most of the temps you'll encounter. You might want to add some full finger gloves but I wouldn't get a pair with too much insulation.
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Winter in Houston? Maybe gloves with fingers on them?
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Winter in Houston? Maybe gloves with fingers on them?
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ugh is it that time of year already?
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Originally Posted by BustaQuad View Post
Good Lord. How many times will this question be posted?

There is a "Search" field in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
And a Winter Cycling forum where all these questions are answered.


But it's a bit early for this sort of question, isn't it? Don't they usually come out in October?
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It was 45F when I left for today's ride so you'll have to forgive me, now that I see Houston I realize we HAVE NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT ! COOLER TEMPERATURES, INDEED. (shouted with a grin and smile).
My best suggestion is when/if it ever actually gets chilly for you, begin your ride dressed so that you are, in fact, a bit chilly when you start, otherwise you will become overly warm after you get up to speed.
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it's about wind protection and covering your skin. I would advocate for cycling specific gear even though it costs more. it fits right and performs properly. visit cycling shops in your area and interview locals. I can tell you what I use in New England but that's not necessarily gonna be useful for you.

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You're worried about cooler weather in HOUSTON? Ride harder, warm up, problem solved.
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I live in Louisiana, What is this cooler weather you speak of?
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I think the key is having the right gear and layers. I mean, it is not just about being able to ride without dying, it is about doing it while being comfortable. Even at frosty weather, I can honestly say I am still comfortable.

First of all I wear a cap, which transitions to a fleece "beanie" under the helmet when it gets colder. A base layer (added layers if necessary) and a jacket/jersey hybrid windstopper. I also wear tights and thick gloves. One of those scarf things to cover your face, and extra thick socks. Toe-warmers are also nice.

Around here, the weather never gets so bad that that is not sufficient, as long as there is no heavy rain. That is the one weather condition I do not ride in (and also, have no gear for). When that happens --> Rollers
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In Austin, if it's below 45, I don't ride. There's not many days that I can't ride. For those 45 degree days, I wear leg warmers (not too insulated) with my bibs...on top, I wear a short sleeve base layer, a regular ss jersey, arm warmers (not too insulated) and a thin windbreaker. I normally wear a headsweats do-rag, so I wear that too...or sometimes a synthetic cap on my head instead. It's a little cold starting out but I warm up quickly, especially if it's sunny...and I have to strip stuff off pretty quickly so I don't sweat up a storm. Usually, arm warmers down to my wrists is the first move.
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Originally Posted by Cookiemonsta View Post
I think the key is having the right gear and layers. I mean, it is not just about being able to ride without dying, it is about doing it while being comfortable. Even at frosty weather, I can honestly say I am still comfortable.

First of all I wear a cap, which transitions to a fleece "beanie" under the helmet when it gets colder. A base layer (added layers if necessary) and a jacket/jersey hybrid windstopper. I also wear tights and thick gloves. One of those scarf things to cover your face, and extra thick socks. Toe-warmers are also nice.

Around here, the weather never gets so bad that that is not sufficient, as long as there is no heavy rain. That is the one weather condition I do not ride in (and also, have no gear for). When that happens --> Rollers
No way OP needs all that in Houston.
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I live in Louisiana, What is this cooler weather you speak of?
When it dips below a nippy 65?
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