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Canadian Winter Cycling Bibs

Old 11-20-17, 02:06 PM
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Canadian Winter Cycling Bibs

Hello all,

I've been working as a courier in Toronto for the last month and while I've always been into cycling, I've been more of a generalist with my kit choices and commuted/rode in hiking/mountaineering gear as I generally commuted to an outdoor labour job. Now that my only job is to ride a bike, I've gotten more into bibs and cycling kit. Currently I have two pairs of Castelli Polare 2 bibtights which are great for now, but I feel as though in the deepest, darkest days where it is -15C I will need something a bit more.

Do folks here in similar climes generally just add another layer of tights over their bibs or is there a brand with an extreme cold version you would recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 11-20-17, 02:31 PM
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There is a pretty fair number of manufacturers that make winter bib tights. They need to be wind-proof as well as having a brushed inner surface to promote insulation.

Because of the warmer temperatures of California I have never had to ride in the extreme weather of the northern states or Canada.

Most of the ski gear I've used while keeping you warm is much too bulky for cycling.

But I'm sure that there are riders on this site with good practical experience.
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Old 11-20-17, 02:56 PM
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how about these bad boys?

https://www.landrys.com/product/spec...s-278210-1.htm
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Old 11-20-17, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Those look awesome! Would probably only need them 5-10 days a year but they look like the most bombproof option. Thanks for the recommendation!
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Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
Most of the ski gear I've used while keeping you warm is much too bulky for cycling.

Unfortunately, bulky=insulation=warm. There's no way around it.
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Old 11-22-17, 04:58 AM
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I used to commute in temperatures down to about 5 degrees Fahrenheit (= 15C). Rain pants over fleece pants did the job. If you don't already have rain pants, you should get a pair.
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Old 11-22-17, 07:19 AM
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If I were you I'd go for snowmobile gear.. or Nordic XC ski wear if you are trying to be fast, and workiing hard putting out a lot of body heat.

but Yea thick polar fleece and rainpants over them have the advantage that they would dry, separately , indoors , before you put them on again,

better than if sewn together..






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Old 11-22-17, 08:08 AM
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got some fleece tights from EMS a few years ago. use them as pajamas sometimes, but yeah, they are great on top of thin lined trishorts & under rain pants (single or double walled). last year I experimented w XXXL queen sized womens' fleece tights (don't laugh) & they actually work quite well. not as thick as the EMS, but for transitional temps under regular cycling pants like y Novara Headwinds, they work quite well
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Originally Posted by asmac View Post
Unfortunately, bulky=insulation=warm. There's no way around it.
Also unfortunately most ski wear is designed to keep snow out and cannot work well in very rainy areas like Seattle or Portland.

They make more or less waterproof wind jackets for cycling that have enough venting around them so that it clears excess heat/sweat out. But in very wet areas you are stuck using those awful plastic jackets that contain every bit of sweat so that you are just as wet as if you didn't have a jacket on at all and smell like a cow.
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Old 11-22-17, 03:14 PM
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We're talking Toronto here, right? Not Winnipeg, Manitoba! Simple solution is just add another thin layer over your bibs, though if I were riding my bike all day long I wouldn't want to be wearing bibs. At some point I'm going to have to use the bathroom, and with layers upon layers over the bibs...well, you get the picture.

For me, at -15C, which is might be a handful of days in January and February, and usually not all day long, I'd wear a pair of cycling tights with a pair of loose fitting xc skiing/running tights over it. Or possibly a pair of base layer tights and then cycling tights, or in your case, bib tights, over them. That should serve you well enough for those handful of days.
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Old 11-22-17, 03:33 PM
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Live in Toronto, not a courier but cycle all winter. My keeping warm on the coldest days is only for an hour not as long as you have to work. I use Uniqlo Heat Tech long underwear, sometimes I double up on these, plus a winter cycling tights from MEC.

I find the hardest part of keeping warm are my feet but that wasn't part of your question.
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Old 11-22-17, 03:43 PM
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Take a look at some cross country ski pants.
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Originally Posted by cyclintom View Post
Also unfortunately most ski wear is designed to keep snow out and cannot work well in very rainy areas like Seattle or Portland.
That's the problem with "cold", it means many different things from cool to bitter deadly cold and from extremely dry to damp to pouring rain. And they all require different clothing.

For Toronto cold (10f or so) I wear an insulated hiviz jacket like this -- https://www.uline.ca/Product/Detail/...E&gclsrc=aw.ds -- with a thin athletic layer next to my skin and a thin wool sweater over that. Add a fleece balaclava, some heavy mitts with thin gloves inside, very warm socks with shoe covers to keep out the wind and a pair of tights. It seems to work ok -- legs and torso are never a problem -- but hands and feet need special care.

When I XC skied in Winnipeg -- often 20 below or worse -- keeping warm was never a big problem once you got moving as the intense exercise kept things going. Downhill skiing is another matter, not much effort and lots of cold wind.
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Near GTA here. As others have voiced, I'd probably try a combination of normal pants, long johns and wind-proof pants and layer as needed. I have one set of water-resistant pants from MEC that both serve as short-term rain pants and keep-me-warmer pants in the deepest of winter (over top of my normal pants). I haven't had to add a third layer, yet, but I can see this being helpful in the coldest conditions. In general, I find that sweating is not that much of an issue on my legs compared to anywhere else, thus normal layering seems more appropriate to me. Generally, I am more concerned about keeping hands and feet warm + regulating moisture and temperature with my upper body. Legs come last.
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Old 11-23-17, 01:26 PM
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I've been looking at both of these: both windproof and waterproof: waterproof may be good on slushy days on the bike.

Men's SELECT Barrier WxB Pant | Pearl Izumi Cycling Gear

https://garneau.com/ca/en/torrent-rt...r/black-020-60
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Old 11-23-17, 07:49 PM
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This product over top of micro fleece does a very good job of the warmth vs breathable equation:

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5033-250/Adanac-Tights
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