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Old 11-27-15, 02:50 PM   #201
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I'll bike well below zero, and here's my usual gear.

Shell: flip between an Arc'teryx shell and a Marmot shell. I really need to get a better shell for biking as the Arc'teryx doesn't breath well enough and the Marmot isn't waterproof.

Shirts:
  • wicking t-shirt
  • Stoic long-sleeve 150 merino -- those two are enough down to 30
  • thick Smartwool PhD 1/4-zip (bought a few winters back -- no link) -- add this when it dips into 20s and below
underwear:Pants:
  • Jeans or whatever
  • Columbia storm pants -- whenever it's raining or once it gets snowing & the ground is slushy
Footwear:Gloves:Neck & face:
Helmet:
  • >33 = normal summer helmet
  • <33 = Bern G2
Eyewear:
Light:
Niterider 550
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Old 11-27-15, 03:18 PM   #202
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Do you find that the first time you hit a particular low temp, such as 30F, you dress according to your guide here but later in the season when the temp goes up to 30F, you need less? I have found that. It used to be that between 10 and 5C (~50-40F) I'd need tights over my shorts but later this "fall", when I rode in at 0C/32F (wearing tights over my shorts and long merino socks) and then rode home at 5C, I was perfectly fine in just shorts and short socks.
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Do you find that the first time you hit a particular low temp, such as 30F, you dress according to your guide here but later in the season when the temp goes up to 30F, you need less? I have found that. It used to be that between 10 and 5C (~50-40F) I'd need tights over my shorts but later this "fall", when I rode in at 0C/32F (wearing tights over my shorts and long merino socks) and then rode home at 5C, I was perfectly fine in just shorts and short socks.
Absolutely. It's all relative.
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Old 01-14-16, 11:36 AM   #204
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what i wrote for someone else who asked for a guide for winter cycling:

for winter cycling (commuting in AM and PM, so usually colder than daytime temps):
depending on whether it's 10-20F, 20-32F, or 32-40F i usually use some combination of the following


tops
- a wool base layer - (top) i.e. smartwool from REI
- a thin fitted fleece or similar midlayer (top) -> if 32-40+, leave this off and just use rain/wind shell if there's rain or wind.
- a rain/wind shell (top) -> leave this off in over freezing temps (32-40+) if no rain or wind.


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- cycling short (maybe w/chamois depending on your husband) + fleece tight (varying in lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight).
- or use a thermal cycling tight (again, maybe with chamois), rated for temps below freezing.


basically you want something that will keep you dry but also warm: wool wool wool. however washing and drying wool is tricky so best to learn if you do not otherwise it's very easy to ruin wool in the wash. (and never put wool in the dryer!)


***also do not forget the most important parts to cover when winter cycling:
-hands - use wool or silk liners inside hardware or work gloves
-face - use a balaclava in less than freezing temps. alternative: skullcap liner plus fleece skull cap and wool or fleece neck gaiters work fine too.
-feet - 1-3 pairs of wool socks depending on the temps & wind, rain/wind proof cycling shoes.


getting appropriate layering for the extremities is by far more important than what you wear on your body. the body will generate enough heat to keep itself warm. however in winter conditions, your face hands and feet are the most vulnerable and layers will be essential for the cold.
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Old 02-13-16, 06:47 PM   #205
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My new list is perfect. Went offroad riding today in 19 degrees and I was toasty. When the temps hit 24 degrees I was thinking I should have left the polartec fleece at home.

-Mavic Inferno Jacket with Balaclava -Excellent Jacket with lots of zippered vent were I need them. Today I had all vents opened with my set up even at 19 degrees.
-LL Bean Mid Weight Polartec Fleece long sleeve under. Should have left it home tho.
-Castelli Gabba Jacket/jersey. Excellent alone with temps as low as 45-50 degress.
-45NRTH Merino Wool Cap - which when paired with helmet cover I sweat my brains off but cap stays warm.
-Duluth Waterproof Winter Gloves these work great and only $40
-Wigwam medium wool socks
-Bontrager OMW SPD Boots. EXCELLENT FREAKING WINTER BOOTS. NO COLD WHATSOEVER. I added aerogel insoles.
-4ucycling Windproof Athletic Pant - Excellent pants for $40 over
-Pearl Izumi Elite Thermal Tights
-Oakley Racing Jackets which when I stopped yes they fogged up even with the vents.
-Bell helmet with no cover. I was sweating my head off. I probably should have took off the balaclava and just used it for a neck warmer after I warmed up.
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a jacket that's windproof and has some "fleece" on the inside. The jacket has zippers to take the arms off
can I trouble you for a brand & model?
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Layers. Always layers.
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This pretty well sums up my nearly 60 years of winter cycling experience, ranging down to -20 F: Copenhagenize.com - Bicycle Culture by Design: Overcomplicating Winter Cycling - Why It's Bad
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