This is the year I plan to ride to work in the winter but it is probably going to be limited to 2 or 3 times a week depending on my schedule and the weather. I won't be riding in the rain or snow and my wife doesn't like me to ride after dark so I can't ride on days when I teach late in the day. My plan is to dress in layers and shower and change at the gym when I get to campus.
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I wish I could ride all year long but it depends on what type of winter we have in Ohio. I settle for putting my bike on a trainer in a spare room so I can at least get in my saddle on occasion. I'm an avid Spinner so that takes the place of riding outside too.
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Thanks for the tips! I looked up the Assos and it's just a bit too spendy for this stay at home mom haha :) I'd have to get a job just to pay for that brand. I did some research and think that I'm going to go with merino wool as a base layer and get some type of lighter weatherproof jacket. Maybe some shoe covers or skip clipless pedals when it's real wet and cold. I have the duel sided pedals so I can wear more winterproof shoes if needed. I don't really care if my legs get wet as long as I stay warm and wool seems to be good for that. I hear I won't overheat as easy that way too.
I ride all year round. By far, the very best rain clothing I've found is made by ASSOS, a swiss company. I'll warn you that they're very expensive, but their products are "top of the line". I wear their Jerseys (short/long sleeve), Bibs (summer and winter), Rain Pants, Rain Jacket, Winter Jackets, Hats, Gloves, Rain Booties, etc. Good luck!!
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We ride most of the winter, but in central AL it isn't too bad. I don't mind riding in the cold, I can layer and stay warm. Cold and wet is another matter. I don't like riding in a rain suit so use the trainer on cold rainy days.
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i plan on riding my recubent trike all year. it's front wheel drive (both wheels) and has an electric assist hub motor on the rear tire, so it's all wheel drive for great reaction. on ebay i was able to find surplus US Army PT (physical training) pants that are water resistant, breathable and work well for riding in the rain. i also have heavy duty bib rain gear that are designed for sailing if it's really bad outside. i also use sailing gloves (fingerless) for riding and wear a had under my helmet.
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When I commuted with my fold-up bike during the winter I wore whatever I was going to wear to work and suffered accordingly lol. But what was always essential were gloves and a face-mask that covered my ears and nose. While it was uncomfortable, it kept my ears from freezing off. As far as gloves, I had to go through a couple of pairs before I found a pair that were comfortable while still allowing me to break and shift normally. The first pair I bought were too thin and my knuckles kept freezing up. For comfort (and because in the traffic anything else would have gotten ruined) I usually just layered hoodies depending on how cold it was.
Who here keeps on riding through the winter? I live in Oregon and the temps are ranging from the mid 40s to 50s(will mostly be in the 40s soon) and we get a ton of rain. I really want to keep riding outdoors no matter the weather and plan on getting some better tires with more grip and I already have fenders on my bike(It's a road bike). So far I've tried a non cycling specific rain suit but was too hot/sweaty feeling inside even though it was thin and I got damp from rain in a few places. It was much better than getting completely soaked though. Another time I wore shorts thinking since I was bundled on top I'd be fine but got really cold legs(it was 46 degrees out). It's a odd feeling being both hot and cold at the same time haha. Anyhow I get hot very easily and stay warm in shorts/short sleeves in mid 50 degree weather. So I have a hard time finding that fine line between over heating or being cold. I'm thinking of getting leg warmers and a nice jacket. Most cycling jackets I see just say water resistant though so I'm not sure what will work. The rain jacket I used was labeled as both water resistant and water proof and I still got a bit wet on front. It was not cycling specific but felt like the same type of material and covered me well. So what do you guys use if you ride outdoors through the winter?
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