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Old 11-02-11, 09:42 PM
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Clothing Suggestions for the Fall/Winter in SoCal

I just began road cycling this past Spring, so this is my first Fall and Winter riding. As I searched through the forums, I found some advice for clothing for colder riding weather - mostly freezing and below.

I'm in Long Beach, and aren't going to see temps like that. Probably most of my cold weather riding will be in the 40's. Would love some clothing suggestions
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I don't know... there were definitely days last year where I went out riding in January in a tank top. Today I went through Live Oak Canyon - it's November and I burned through 3 bottles of water in 40 miles and sweated like a pig. The only time it's going to be super cold is either at night or early in the mornings. Last weekend on the Sat. morning group ride I didn't have arm or leg warmers and I was a bit cold at the start (high 50's) but by 9:00am people were already pealing off their extra layers. I have a long sleeve castelli jersey that I wore at night a few weeks okay and it was a little on the hot side - I will probably save it for the few cold and overcast days we get in the winter. I'll probably get arm warmers soon. I think the trick is to get layers that are easily removable.

Oh... and full fingered gloves. That's the one thing I've found that even in the 60s can be kind of cold is my fingers.

Anyone have a suggestion on ears?
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The coldest I have seen in North OC is mid-40s, with that I wear Hincapie Arenberg tights (love these), Castelli or Endura jacket with a light base layer type shirt under it, full finger (PI) gloves and wool Hincapie socks. My PI leg warmers are great as well. Over 60 and I go with just gloves and arm warmers and maybe a long sleeve jersey. I do have a Hincapie hat and booties for the colder days - which we may have one or two... There have been days when I have arm and leg warmers on and I get passed by guys in regular kits, so I guess its all how cold you like it
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Depends on where you are in SoCal I guess. Been on OakGlen on cold days, GMR at night in the 30's and 40's with the usual, underlayer, jersey, windbreaker and tights. Now the descent on Breathless was cold the year I did it but same outfit.

I was at the Honda Center stop one winder day when a rider rolled up with booties and full fingered gloves. He said I must be crazy wearing what I was wearing (same as above). He was really shocked that I was wearing half fingered gloves. It was like 60 degrees, not cold at all.

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Originally Posted by mgolds
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A light vest, arm warmers, knee warmers and a pair of glove liners should get you through 90% of the winter. For th eother 10% you can either buy more stuff or take a day off.

I like De Feet arm and knee warmers and Performance Bike blue polypropylene glove liners. Any major brand vest that's easy to stuff in a pocket will work fine.
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A light vest, arm warmers, knee warmers and a pair of glove liners should get you through 90% of the winter. For th eother 10% you can either buy more stuff or take a day off.
This. If it's colder than that, even in the mountains it's either during a storm or a wind event and that's a good day to take off.
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awesome. thanks so much for the help! i had arm warmers, i'll get leg warmers now and will look into a a vest and glove liners
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I used to spend gobs of money on cold winter gear buying cycling specific clothing etc. Now I spend much less. Target and places like that (plus REI) carry Dri-Weave active clothing that can just as easily be used for cold winter and other activities. I just recently purchased 2 long sleeve pull over tops (with a zipper) that work beautifully. Many of my friends don't buy tights or leg warmers (I've never liked leg warmers - they always seem to slide or fall down) and instead, purchase Dri-Weave running or active gear if can be pulled on over cycling shorts and taken off and stowed away from its gets warmer on the ride. I've used all this Target stuff on long MTB or road rides without any discomfort.

The one cycling related item that is invaluable are arm warmers (I personally prefer DeFeet or Pearl I gear). I use arm warmers for other activities as well such as hiking and running. Like best thing ever invented! Oh also, consider a pair of toe warmers. As silly as I thought there were, they have been really helpful in cold weather. I always wear long fingered gloves, but if you don't you should invest in at least one pair or save some money and buy a cheap pair of "liners"; a thin finger covering gloves that you can use under or on top of your cycling gloves (runners use them alot). Also you can get light weight vests at Target and/or REI. Personally for So Cal riding I would not spend a fortune on cold weather gear since its generally not that cold.
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40 degree cold days here are rare in So Cal, unless you ride in the mountains. Base layer short or long sleeve under the jersey would be fine. All depends on how cold you get. I too purchased the tights, thermal jacket, etc. I dont use them hardly. If your not cold when you start the ride, you are probably over dressed.
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Originally Posted by Jan Feetz
40 degree cold days here are rare in So Cal
the past few weeks, it's been in the 40's every time i leave my house to ride. i ride early, before work - usually leave the house by 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by mgolds
the past few weeks, it's been in the 40's every time i leave my house to ride. i ride early, before work - usually leave the house by 5:45 am
That is true, but it does not stay 40
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Originally Posted by mgolds
awesome. thanks so much for the help! i had arm warmers, i'll get leg warmers now and will look into a a vest and glove liners
Good start for clothing. I live in Long Beach and have ridden when we have our 40 degree mornings. If you want to splurge, I would even suggest a nice long sleeve wool undershirt!! And if you get up to GMR when it is in the 30s, I add a balaclava to the mix.
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I agree with Jan Feetz. I'm able to endure most cold morning commutes (1st 10 minutes are always the hardest) with a thin base layer from REI, jersey, arm warmers, and normal bibs. You'll want a waterproof shell for the top if you ride in the rain. Something to keep your head warm such as a beanie under your helmet.. Last winter I used leg warms. They are nice, but not a necessity. A few weeks ago, I rode in full rain wearing everything I mentioned above (minus the leg warmers). I wouldn't bother with waterproof pants. I'd rather just get soaked and take a shower/clean off at my destination.
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The last time I was In SoCal (San Diego, 1973?) there was freezing rain/sleet mix. COLD.
Try wearing several light layers. Wicking base layer. Lightweight wool jersey/shirt/vest, shorts and socks.
You can top the whole thing off with wind proof jacket and pants if necessary. If you can afford it, look for Goretex with zipper vents, like this https://www.windstopper.com/remote/Sa...ail&gender=Men
Gloves and a head warmer, and something to stuff the outer layers into when they are no longer needed.
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I'm in So. Cal. and ride year round since I also commute.

Pretty much the same gear just the ability to remove some things quicker and store easer.

But my general rule is I look at the temp when I start and what is expected by the end of my ride.
I always start off so I'm not confer-table as you warm up fast I seem to always wear a Shorty skull cap no mater what.

Starting temps that are 53 -59 and expected to end mid 60's (maybe) knee warmers but do use arm warmers or a long sleeve jersey and a very light wind breaker, which comes off rolled up and put in pocket. If it gets warm enough arm warmers come off also, I use short fingered gloves also and a P.I. Barrier skull cap that cover my ears.

Temps 30's that I don't expect to be over mid 50's I will wear a long sleeve jersey or arm warmers and a P.I. Quest jacket or wind breaker and long fingered gloves and cary my short fingered gloves so I can change if I can. I also use the P.I. Barrier skull cap that cover my ears and if I really don't expect it to warm up at all I will use a full face balaclava and toe covers

Temps that are going to stay in the 40 - 50 range I will also use a balaclava and toe covers.

Other than that it's short sleeve jersey and shorts half finger gloves after all this is So. Cal.
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Went out at 530 this a.m. with Castelli light jacket, undershirt, leg warmers and PI gloves, came back soaked through but not cold. Looking at the snow that dumped on Baldy today, its a good time to try out your cold riding gear before winter actually arrives (high was 41 today)
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Originally Posted by GP
A light vest, arm warmers, knee warmers and a pair of glove liners should get you through 90% of the winter. For th eother 10% you can either buy more stuff or take a day off.

I like De Feet arm and knee warmers and Performance Bike blue polypropylene glove liners. Any major brand vest that's easy to stuff in a pocket will work fine.
+1 I also use the glove liners from Performance. They work well enough for our local weather.
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I have some base layers from Under Armour that are incredibly thin/warm but I don't like to wear them so much because once they're on you can't peel them off. It's just not cold enough for that here. If I put on my tights and shirt I'd be fine all day in the high 40s.
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It took me about 45 minutes to warm up this morning. I was wearing bibs and leg warmers down below. Up top I had short finger gloves, a thin sleeveless baselayer, arm warmers, short sleeve jersey and a super thin optik PI jacket. I think it was about 50 degrees when I began my ride.
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It doesn't get all that cold here. And then it doesn't usually STAY cold.

So, the trick is to layer with lightweight stuff.

Underlayers depend on what month it is. Nov-Dec I just wear a long sleeve jersey. Fleecy if it's forecast to be cold (under 65) all day. Otherwise, just a long sleeve jersey w/o fleece lining. Jan sees me back in a short sleeve jersey.

I have bike tights but I would rather wear running tights over my shorts. You can get them with or without fleece lining and they're cheaper than bike tights. Peel 'em when it warms up.

Because of the temp change during the day, you don't need thermal layers under your spandex unless you're one of those who are always cold. And even then I'd think twice about it.

Overlayers, again, depend on what month it is. Nov-Dec it could be a vest or a jacket. Jan-April is usually just a jacket but sometimes there are cold winds. When that happens I wear the vest and the jacket if I don't take the day off.

Full fingered gloves are better than liners. You don't need shoe covers for the most part. Ears can be kept warm with an ear warmer or cap/baclava - pick what suits your fashion sense and/or embarrassment factor.

For those on a tight tight budget, get a wind / rain jacket and some long fingered gloves. Then wait an hour before setting out in the morning. Yeah, it'll be cold but you won't freeze or break the bank.
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Just a note... learned from my ride Sunday when all my warm clothing got wet so was not so warm afterall...

If rain is impending, bring along a trash bag or better yet, put all of your extra clothes, changes, in plastic to avoid them getting wet. If even for a short time, a warm DRY pair of gloves is heaven! The trash bag, although unfashionable, can be pulled over your head to act as a rain coat.
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https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-93...d_sbs_sg_t1_27
I haven't used this, but my commuter friend swears by it during the cold. I just started commuting this summer.

As for right now, shorts, t-shirt and gloves are all I'm using, except when it rains (yes, only twice so far....). Then I add a showers pass club jacket. Light and waterproof.
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Originally Posted by Pamestique
I used to spend gobs of money on cold winter gear buying cycling specific clothing etc. Now I spend much less. Target and places like that (plus REI) carry Dri-Weave active clothing that can just as easily be used for cold winter and other activities. I just recently purchased 2 long sleeve pull over tops (with a zipper) that work beautifully. Many of my friends don't buy tights or leg warmers (I've never liked leg warmers - they always seem to slide or fall down) and instead, purchase Dri-Weave running or active gear if can be pulled on over cycling shorts and taken off and stowed away from its gets warmer on the ride. I've used all this Target stuff on long MTB or road rides without any discomfort.

The one cycling related item that is invaluable are arm warmers (I personally prefer DeFeet or Pearl I gear). I use arm warmers for other activities as well such as hiking and running. Like best thing ever invented! Oh also, consider a pair of toe warmers. As silly as I thought there were, they have been really helpful in cold weather. I always wear long fingered gloves, but if you don't you should invest in at least one pair or save some money and buy a cheap pair of "liners"; a thin finger covering gloves that you can use under or on top of your cycling gloves (runners use them alot). Also you can get light weight vests at Target and/or REI. Personally for So Cal riding I would not spend a fortune on cold weather gear since its generally not that cold.

+1 on Target's Champion C9 gear. I've purchased several of the compression fit long sleeved base layers, great ear warmers and hats, for a fraction of the price you would pay at your LBS. I commute year round and have found that a base layer, short sleeve jersey, full fingered gloves, and leg/ knee warmers will pretty much keep you warm down to 40 F. If its really cold, I break out the Pearl Izumi tights - used to get some pretty strange looks on the Red Line to downtown, but I guess they're used to me by now . . .
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Originally Posted by Jan Feetz
That is true, but it does not stay 40
I take it back. After this mornings commute, my arse was nowhere to be found because I froze it off...major shrinkage as well.....Brrrrrrrr
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