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Old 12-26-17, 09:31 AM
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-13F(-25C), Wind 5-7 mph, mostly headwind. UnderArmor coldgear base layer. Another layer of light synthetic fabric long sleeve shirt, Bib tights, wool socks Nike running tights, sporthill pants, cabelas boots, cheap target stretch gloves, cheap target wind proof gloves, showers pass outer shell, balaclava, Giro winter sport helmet, Bolle ski goggles. I use bar mitts too. Torso hands face and feet were good for the 35 minutes. My thighs started to burn at the end. I think I was about right, but need to up the leg protection.
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Old 12-27-17, 08:42 AM
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19F with a wind-chill/"Real Feel" of 11F ...plus at 6:30AM it was still pitch black out. Remind me again why we do this?

- Pearl Izumi cycling shorts
- no-name fleece tights
- two pairs of wool socks
- Answer winter cycling shoes
- Performance Toasties neoprene toe covers
- Early Winters Furnace Shirt base layer
- Sahalie Butter Fleece (Polartec) pullover
- Assos Airjack 851 jacket
- scarf
- hat
- helmet
- Assos 3-piece Winter Glove System

Rode for just over an hour, almost entirely easy spinning (as recovery from yesterday's long hard effort...but also because it's kinda hard to put out too much effort when you're dressed like the Michelin Tire Man). Fingers started to tingle towards the end -- I am supremely underwhelmed by that Assos glove system, despite the fact that two out of the three individual components seem to out-perform any of their equivalents -- but otherwise was dressed okay.
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Old 12-27-17, 06:54 PM
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8F/-3 Wind Chill, about an hour outdoors

Nashbar standard bib tights
Performance long sleeve jersey
Specialized/686 softshell
Red Wing boots w/Smartwool socks
Performance winter toque under my regular helmet
Sealskinz original gloves

Was nice and warm everywhere but hands. Feet were probably overkill.
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Old 12-27-17, 07:44 PM
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8F/-3 Wind Chill, about an hour outdoors

Nashbar standard bib tights
Performance long sleeve jersey
Specialized/686 softshell
Red Wing boots w/Smartwool socks
Performance winter toque under my regular helmet
Sealskinz original gloves

Was nice and warm everywhere but hands. Feet were probably overkill.

Wore the same today at dusk, 3*F 8 mph se wind.

Abdomen and legs had under armour mid weight legging, pearl izumi padded lycra shorts, under armour wind breaking slacks over it all.
Torso had under armour compression cold gear long sleeve turtle neck, lightweight wicking hoodie with wind jacket over top.
Head and neck got two layers of turtle fur, first layer a simple tube, second layer was a bacalava. Wore clear safety glasses, and normal helmet.

Hands got pearl izumi full length 40-60*f gloves, then bar mits on bike.

This setup worked great for mild output. Rode around on some gravel but mostly pavement, a little snow.

Hands not overly sweaty, hoodie dry. I wear the boots in anything below 15*F. I've had great luck in using the under armor windproof light workout slacks in anything from 0*F to 50*F when also possibly combined with a single piece of base layer.

My riding is all recreational, and this is my usual wardrobe, with less base layers used when warmer.
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Old 12-28-17, 07:59 AM
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anyone for battery operated pants?

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Old 12-28-17, 08:24 AM
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-13F(-25C), Wind 5-7 mph, mostly headwind.
In my experience, it's always mostly headwind -- just like most of my rides are uphill both ways...
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21F today. Wore 5 layers torso, plus a newspaper. Bib tights, amphib tights, balaclava, etc. Chemical warmers in gloves and shoes. Fingers were cold for first half hour. Only 32 miles and was relatively pleasant the last half.
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Old 12-30-17, 08:41 PM
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Chemical warmers in gloves
how did you use them in the gloves? meaning where or in what position did you keep them? some gloves have pockets for warmers but the pockets are on the back of the hand. I have a pair like that but haven't tried warmers with them yet
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Old 12-31-17, 06:31 AM
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The warmers rest on the back of my hands as close to the fingers as possible. If my gloves had pockets I would use them. I drop the warmers in the gloves, maneuver them around, then pull the gloves on. They stay warm a long,long time.
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12F with a 15mph wind from the north-west yielding a wind chill/"Real Feel" of 1F ...but, because I'm an idiot -- and because I wanted a nice round number for my yearend mileage total -- I went out for a short ride on the road bike.

Did I mention I'm an idiot?

- Early Winters Furnace Shirt base layer
- heavy fleecy long-sleeve cycling jersey
- Assos Airjack 851 jacket
- Primal quilted vest
- PI bib shorts
- Performance winter tights
- wool sock liners
- wool socks
- Answer winter cycling boots
- Performance Toasties neoprene toe covers
- no-name balaclava
- Sugoi tocque (sp? It's a freakin' hat)
- helmet
- Assos glove liners
- Specialized SubZero two-part cycling glove (so, 3 gloves total)

And after ~70 minutes my fingers and toes were still freezing!!! fts
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12F with a 15mph wind from the north-west yielding a wind chill/"Real Feel" of 1F ~70 minutes
if you survived to write this you're not an idiot. you're a leader. would you do anything differently?
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Old 01-01-18, 01:19 PM
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would you do anything differently?
Chemical warmers for the feet and hands, I guess. And I might have started out without the vest on, but then put it on for the last third of the ride.
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Old 01-01-18, 03:24 PM
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Today I wore:

Head: Merino balaclava, homemade wool face wrap gaiter thing, ski goggles, snowboard helmet.

Torso: Thin merino baselayer (Ibex Woolies 1), normal merino baselayer (Icebreaker 100g or some such), Mammut Ultimate Hoody.

Legs: Cycling shorts, synthetic long underwear, fleece long underwear, poly blend ribbed tights.

Feet: REI Expedition socks, knee high winter boots, Hot Hands foot warmers.

Hands: Dakine Sequoia gloves - fleece liner + shell combo.

Conditions: 0F/-18C, sunny, N wind 5-10 MPH. Outdoor time 2h 10m; ride time 1h 43m. (Met up with a group partway through.)

Notes: Torso/legs/hands were PERFECT...core kept warm and only slightly sweaty.
Hands got sweaty but the gloves let out some moisture that formed ice crystals.
Toes got cold; the chemical warmers were ice cold when I took off my boots.
Head and face OK; only minor goggle fogging in the last mile.
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Old 01-03-18, 04:29 PM
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36 miles. 2:30 ride time and 3:15 outdoor time. Temps hovering right at the freezing point.

Castelli wool socks
Side Genius road shoes
Grip Grab Racethermo shoe covers
Castelli Sorpasso Wind bib tights
Under Armour Cold Gear mock turtleneck base layer
Arc'teryx Delta LT half zip mid layer
7Mesh Strategy Jacket shell
Swany 2 piece ski gloves
Pearl Izumi Barrier balaclava
Smartwool PhD neck gaiter

I'm 54 and susceptible to bronchitis. The need to keep cold off my chest and neck is real and a major factor in how I dress.


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Old 01-03-18, 06:38 PM
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Tim- how did those shoe covers work out? You posted when you ordered them but I haven't seen a review.
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Old 01-04-18, 04:27 PM
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upper
- icebreaker merino baselayer, 260 weight
- burton fleece hoody
- arcteryx LT atom hoody (the best midlayer ever)
- MEC goretex shell

lower
- icebreaker merino baselayer, 260 weight
- craft storm pant

feet
- one wool sock (CostCo)
- Baffin snow boots

face
- thin wool buff
- thick fleece gaiter
- big/thick wool gaiter (handmade)
- MEC skull cap
- used hoodies of jackets over all

hands
- hestra ski gloves

conditions
- windy 20 mph gusting to 30 mph with snowfall.
- about 20 F
- blizzard/snow conditions

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a cheap motel style shower cap over my helmet & I poked a hole in it for the sportcam mount

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Fogging goggles solved ?

I use an old Iditarod trick I saw back in 09 of Jay Petervary,a veteran rider of the 1000 mi trip to Nome. In addition to wearing a balaclava, I cover my nose and cheeks with a fleece headband. This gives my breath an opening to escape without going up my goggles when covered with the balaclava. This is my 11th winter of daily commuting. I always had fogging problems below 10'f. I used it at 0'f and it worked great.
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at 27 degrees, these turned out to be good choices

long sleeve zip neck base
favorite fleece shirt
North Face brand thick fleece jacket
wind vest (hi-viz, day-glo, cycling jacket w sleeves zipped off)

full face balaclava (but I brought other options in case this was overkill)
clear glasses w strap
new grey helmet (it's been working out for cold rides cuz it's roomier for head wear)

Zoot brand trishorts
Novara brand Headwind Pants
Showers Pass brand Transit Pants
(1st time using this combo, worked out pretty well!)

1 pair thick socks
hand warmers taped to socks
old roomy walking shoes
(this was the only weak link but I survived)

Pearl Izumi brand lobster gloves under the road bike bar mitts
I threw a cpl hand warmers into the bar mitts so they would sit in the bottom
not sure if they helped cuz they sat so far down in the barmitts (but they sure didnt hurt)
hands were so cozy, was able to ride on top of the bars
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Originally Posted by snow_echo_NY View Post
upper & head
sounds like you had a lot of stuff around your neck & head

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