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I run into the same problems horseback riding as I do cycling--both require ease of movement, comfort and warmth over an extended period of time. But I am a wimp about cycling in cold weather, so I can tell you what I'll wear for the horses today:
* thermal long johns and lycra ski pants under my riding pants
* UnderArour compression shirt (like what the football players wear as a base layer--tight and wicking), turtleneck, sweatshirt under a fleece lined windbreaker jacket.
* bandana on my head, with an ear wrap, under my helmet (blocks the wind without bulk--although I wish I just had a skull cap) and a fleece neck gaiter (from the "ski collection"). I am not sure what gloves it will be today--probably the work gloves, although they are a bit awkward.
* finally, "toastie toes" in my shoes and "hot hands" in my gloves!
And the reason for riding horses and not bikes--we don't go as fast, so it's not as windy, and the warmth of the horse's body always helps. Don't worry--I'm still the weather wimp around here!
ditto on all the below. I use a longsleeve base layer that's tight and wicking and then layer up over that what seems appropriate. Sometimes just a short sleeve jersey for the pockets and then a jacket over that, sometimes with my arm warmers to strip off if I get too warm. It's all about layering and being versatile.
Keeping your feet warm is the big trick. I've found this year that the best thing for me is a good thick pair of wool socks. No fancy cycling name brand, or special high tech materials; just a pair of wool hiking socks that I've found too warm for anything else. I usually can't stand thick socks as they make my feet sweat after about 30 seconds. For me the wool socks have kept my feet warmer for longer, and dryer than anything else I've tried.
The other key is a good pair of glasses to keep your eyes from tearing up in the cold and causing sight problems. I use an inexpensive pair of safety glasses that look like Oakleys. They do a great job at keeping the wind out of my eyes.
'08 cycling : 0/1500 miles
'08 running: 446/1500 miles
My favorite keep-warm gear pieces are my sleeves (esp. for those days when it's warm in the sun and cold in the shade), my fleece vest, my skull cap (under my helmet), and my toe covers. If your head and feet are warm, the rest of you will be warmer.
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I do layers.. I start with a light jersey short sleeved jersey, then sometimes, depending on weather, I then put on a snug campy jacket, a barrier jacket and then sometimes a fleece over that. I have winter cycling tights, and I double up on socks, plus you can get those booties to go over your cycling shoes. I also wear a cap to keep my ears warm, under my helmet. And gavia gloves.
Works pretty well. Heck on new years my boyfriend and I were riding around town in weather in the single digits, with no issues.
So yah... layers layers layers.
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jess.. i live in nebraska and there becomes a point that you cannot wear light and thin cloths to stay warm when biking. the wind chill will get you. your legs and calves will stay warm because they are working. your toes, fingers, nose and ears get cold fast. i was biking here until the first of dec and the cold and the darkness got the best of me. i ended up getting snowmobile gloves for my hands, a ski face mask for my face and a pair of snow boots and gaitors for my feet. with that heavy apparel i could bike pretty comfortably (albiet not very gracefully) in temps in the low 20s.
i tried the layers of socks route and found that my shoes did not fit, my feet fell asleep, and then i could not feel how cold my feet were. not a good idea if you want to keep your toes attached to your feet
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Layers are the best way to go. Things that are light and thin so you can shed as it warms up. I live in Houston, so it always warms up. I know it's different in other places.
My problem is that my feet get cold and stay cold no matter what kind or how many socks I wear.
what are some good light clothes that you can wear to keep you warm from head to toe?? And some that protect against wind? while riding
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