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My two secret weapons: grocery bags and bubble mailers

Old 01-01-19, 08:57 PM
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My two secret weapons: grocery bags and bubble mailers

I keep two items in my bag for extra insulation: plastic grocery bags and bubble mailers.
I cut up the grocery bags and put them over my toes before I stick my foot in my shoe. I find this adds at least 10 degrees F to my shoes. Meaning I can wear my road shoes into the 20s.
I will also shove some grocery bags down my pants on those really windy days below 20F. You know the ones that literally frost bite a penis. I have tried various solutions, including various technical underwear options, and a plastic bag does a great job of insulating, blocking wind, and staying in place.
I slip a bubble mailer between my shirt base layers and tuck the bottom into my waist band, I do this on the windy days that dip below 10F. The ones that frost bite my stomach. This is a solution born out of necessity on a particularly nasty ride that forced me to empty my bag and put everything in there on my body. The bubble mailer earned a permanent spot in the load-out that day.
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Each person is different.

I found winter cycling shoes recently. I have a pair of Shimano MW-81 which seems well suited for northwest weather. But, there are some designed for cold weather too.

As a commuter, & rain commuter, I use a rain slicker a lot. Slicker over fleece is usually good enough down to a bit below 30. Open if I get hot, zip up if I get cold.

Slicker pants also help for cold weather riding.
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I prefer proper clothes and proper winter boots rather than dressing in plastic bags and bubble wrap.
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Originally Posted by Bat56
I cut up the grocery bags and put them over my toes before I stick my foot in my shoe...I will also shove some grocery bags down my pants..I slip a bubble mailer between my shirt base layers and tuck the bottom into my waist band...
I'm sure this causes quite a scene in the checkout lane at the supermarket. Very clever, thanks for sharing.

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I prefer proper clothes and proper winter boots rather than dressing in plastic bags and bubble wrap.
I know from experience that store-bought, purpose-made gear lacks the added warmth that comes from the self-satisfaction and smugness of designing or bodging something together yourself.
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I've used grocery bags and a piece of Tyvek house wrap across the chest in an emergency.

Castelli Sorpasso 2 Wind bib tights block wind from the knees to the lower abdomen and are warm into the teens. The Polare 2 are even heavier.

GripGrab Race Thermo or Arctic shoe covers with chemical warmers are toasty.

The word "Winter" means different things to St. Paul MN and Atlanta GA. Either way, do what you gotta do.


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Originally Posted by wolfchild
I prefer proper clothes and proper winter boots rather than dressing in plastic bags and bubble wrap.
Do you leave the tags on? Thatís what the cool kids do around here.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Each person is different.

I found winter cycling shoes recently. I have a pair of Shimano MW-81 which seems well suited for northwest weather. But, there are some designed for cold weather too.

As a commuter, & rain commuter, I use a rain slicker a lot. Slicker over fleece is usually good enough down to a bit below 30. Open if I get hot, zip up if I get cold.

Slicker pants also help for cold weather riding.
I only put a shell on below zero. Windproof pants below -10. I suppose that baseline makes a difference.
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Originally Posted by Bat56


Do you leave the tags on? Thatís what the cool kids do around here.
No, proper gear has adverts emblazoned all over them. If your freezing to death anything will do. Kudos.
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Bat -- I'm with you. An inner layer of plastic sometimes is a necessity. I've been cycling for decades and have tried all sorts of bicycling-winter-specific clothing. I've resolved that sometimes the best clothing for winter cycling isn't cycling clothing at all.

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thanks for the bubble mailer tip! very clever!
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Interesting ideas. If I were to design cycling wear that's suited for winter riding I'd certainly put more pudding in the front than the back. In fact, the back could be fine with minimal insulation. I haven't used bubble wrapping, but I have used a vest inside my jacket on occasion when it's super cold. Again, the problem is that the back gets sweaty because of the extra and unnecessary insulation.

As for plastic bag for the feet, I haven't had to do that. I bought a pair of Spec Defrosters. They are sufficient for most conditions.
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My first "pogies" were old bubble mailers covered with duct tape. For extremely cold days, it was pretty effective.
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Jump to 5:53 where he talks about ziploc bags:


BTW This is the commercial product he mentions: https://exotogg.com/
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Originally Posted by mcours2006
Interesting ideas. If I were to design cycling wear that's suited for winter riding I'd certainly put more pudding in the front than the back. In fact, the back could be fine with minimal insulation. I haven't used bubble wrapping, but I have used a vest inside my jacket on occasion when it's super cold. Again, the problem is that the back gets sweaty because of the extra and unnecessary insulation.
You thinking is spot on.

Wind block and/or insulated in front with lighter or air permeable panels in the rear - this is exactly how many high end cycling garments are made.

Castelli Perfetto and Alpha, 7Mesh Synergy, some Giro gilets. Raphael Brevet garments and many Assos pieces are designed this way. These work extremely well for the exact reason you stated.


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I ride the winter with vintage golf shoes (metal spikes) so as soon as my foot touches the ground, those sharp metal spikes dig deep into the ice.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006
.... I'd certainly put more pudding in the front than the back....
Sounds messy....

Originally Posted by Obeast
I ride the winter with vintage golf shoes (metal spikes) so as soon as my foot touches the ground, those sharp metal spikes dig deep into the ice.
Removable option - https://stabil.implus.com .
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