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1/16/13 9:48 P

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I'll vouch for the sandwich bags, or plastic grocery bags in a pinch (same ones some folks use to cover their seats when they lock up outside on a rainy day).

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1/16/13 12:17 A

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When I was an impoverished college student, I put sandwich bags over my socks. It creates a vapor barrier that blocks the vents in your shoes. It's not fancy, and it would be miserable for a really long ride, but it worked for me.

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1/15/13 9:39 P

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I'm going through my first Lincoln winter after 15 years in Tucson--this cold weather has got me totally thrown! I'm glad I found this thread; I'd like to get out on the sunny days but wasn't sure what gear I would need. After reading everything you experienced cold-weather cyclists wear, I think my #1 priority should be my feet. Nothing's fun when my toes are cold!

Thanks for all the great info!

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1/11/13 8:31 A

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Cycling in the winter depends on how much snow we have. Usually I wear my wind-proof cycling pants, wicking turtle neck top and a lined, light-weight cycling jacket. I'm cold for about the first few minutes, but then I heat up. If it's in the low 20s I'll wear lycra tights under my pants and add another top or a vest. I've found that wearing my regular knitted mittens with a "hot hands" pack laying on top of my fingers works better than winter cycling gloves. And I have shoe covers. Next year I may invest in a pair of winter cycling boots. I ordered a pair of Lakes this year, but they were too small and they didn't have my size when I tried to exchange them.

Tomorrow should be a good day for cycling--in the 50s, but there is a chance of rain.

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1/9/13 2:44 P

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I cycle commute about nine months out of the year. (In fact, I may start up again next week.) I live in a brush steppe, which is similar to a high desert: hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and mostly very dry. At my absolute coldest (low 20s)*, I wear wool socks knitted by my mom, neoprene booties, capilene thermal bottoms under over my shorts & under lycra tights, a thermal turtleneck, a wool sweater, a light wind shell, a silk balaclava or a fleece neck gaiter & thermal skull cap. I usually wear lightly padded winter gloves.

I also have a pair of cycling tights that are stretchy neoprene in places (front of the leg, lower back/rump) to keep out water but the other areas are lycra to let heat escape. They're fabu in the rain, but they get too warm if the weather is dry. I have a cheap, non-breathing cycling rain jacket that is 100% waterproof that I wear when it's raining, too. But given that we only average 8" of precipitation a year, I don't wear it often.

* NB: It gets a lot colder than low 20's here. That's just the point at which I embrace sloth and stay inside.

Edited by: HILLSLUG98239 at: 1/11/2013 (11:53)
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1/3/13 10:40 P

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Wow! Way cool (pun originally unintended) ...that's the spirit! :-)

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1/3/13 10:34 P

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Rode to work today wearing jeans, sneakers, skull cap under my helmet, gloves and two sweatshirts. I think the temp was in low teens.

As long as it isn't sleeting or freezing rain, I ride. Too cheap to pay for a bus or parking.

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12/30/12 11:28 A

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My cold weather gear includes:

Pearl Izumi Elite insulated cycling pants;
Royal long sleeve cycling jersey;
Ultramax moisture wicking ski socks;
Novara Cycling windbreaker or Northface gortex pullover jacket;
MSR Cold Pro Gloves; and
Turtle fur ear band or ski tuke under my helmet.

I switch to flat pedals and wear insulated boots. Clip-in pedals transfer too much heat through the bottom of my foot.

My cold weather gear is good to -10F while snow riding. I go back and forth on wearing my insulated Under Armor. If the ride is going to be fast and relatively flat, I wear the under armor. If I am going to be climbing a lot of hills, I forgo the under armor.

I have also found that my SRAM bike shifters can get really sticky and sluggish at very low temperatures. My bikes with Shimano XT shifters shift better in the cold.


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12/29/12 10:33 A

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Congrats on your Trek! Talk about having a carrot dangling in front to motivate you through the winter...! :-)

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12/29/12 10:21 A

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With all the salt and chemicals the DOT uses I refuse to ride when they start. So for me, I'm stuck riding indoors till spring.

On a side note, I have a brand new Trek just sitting there waiting. Thank You Santa...lol

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12/18/12 4:22 P

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I have a range of outfits for various temperatures. If it is just a little cool than chances are I will be cold while warming up but ok once riding. In this case I wear leg warmers until just before we take off. If it is a little cool for shorts but not cold enough for tights I put mineral or baby oil on my legs and wear a long sleeve jersey. This keeps legs a little warmer by preventing perspiration from evaporating. When it is too cold for bare legs I'll wear lycra tights over my shorts and a light wool jacket. When it is a little colder than that I'll use tights with a wind breaking material in front. When it gets really cold I'll wear the wind tights over my lycra tights, booties, skiing gloves, a winter coat, and remove helmet pads and wear it over a balaclava. I'll ride down to 20F; I think 20F is damned cold but some cyclists I know from the great white north call me a wimp for not riding when it is colder. One other thing I do when it is cold is ride with Mr. Tuffys in my tires. Having to fix a flat when it is freezing doesn't sound like fun.

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12/17/12 11:10 A

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I love wool. Technical wool is just awesome.

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12/16/12 10:19 P

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The coldest I've ridden so far has been 32F, and I've worn long merino wool underlayer leggings with my bike shorts over them, thick wool socks (but I asked for toe warmers for Christmas), a long-sleeved performance shirt with a wind-proof jacket on top and a fleece jacket over that if it's damp-cold. I have a Buff that I wear on my neck & head under my helmet, and if it's super cold, I'll wear earmuffs over that, but usually the Buff is enough. My thicker fleece gloves seem to be enough so far, and once the snow hits, I won't be riding unless the roads are absolutely clear and there's almost no wind. 'Til spring, anyway!

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12/9/12 11:27 A

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my winter outfits for cycling in our 40 degree weather consists of a tee shirt covered with a warm fleece and then a thin rain jacket, i found us army pt pants online at ebay that are water resistant. wind proof and work very well for cycling. i also have a lined goretex hat with earflaps that i can wear under my helmet to keep my head warm. heavy socks and shoes complete my outfit. if its really cold out i can add fleece sweat pants under the pt pants.

i plan to continue to ride my recumbent trike all winter and can't hardly weight for snow so i can test the all wheel traction of the trike (both front wheels are drive wheels and the rear wheel has the electric hub motor).

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12/8/12 7:07 P

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I haven't ridden outdoors yet this winter, unfortunately since it hasn't been above 15 degrees since October 6. Just not my favorite kind of winter!

When I do, I wear merino wool long johns (tops/bottoms), wool bike/ski pants, heavy wool sweater with a wind-proof lining (it breathes really well, unlike most coats), wool socks, booties, hat, neck warmer, (which can be pulled up to cover nose, or pushed down when over heated), insulated gloves or if it's really cold, that glove-thing that fits on handlebars which is a "mono-glove". Most of the winter riders around here wear Lake insulated boots, which seem to work really well, but I don't have any and my feet only stay warm for about 1-2 hours; less if it's really cold like 10. When it's below 10, I don't ride. I just get too cold.


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12/7/12 11:08 P

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Sadly, I don't ride when it gets below 40. I actually wouldn't mind doing it but DW thinks it is foolish and I already do enough foolish things so I better not push it :-). Nevertheless, since my winter riding is mainly just commuting to and from campus (3 to 5 miles each way depending on the route I take) I don't do anything special. I usually just wear gloves and dress in layers.

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Whatever Assos makes for real cold weather, that's what I wear.

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I hate bundling up to cycle and just pass on it altogether and head for the gym!

Now: if Mother Nature cooperates with some SNOW I'll head out with my cross country skis! :-)

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12/7/12 8:51 A

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When temps are below freezing, I wear the following:

long johns (tops/bottoms)
winter weight biking pants
winter weight biking top
wool socks
insulated shoes
neoprene booties
bacalava under helmet
wind resistant jacket
ski gloves
hand and foot warmer inserts
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Rode today for a short utility run in low 30Fs, low wind, dry. Could get away with wool socks, no booties/toe covers. Tights and wind pants over them. Long sleeved technical base layer with a high neck, tech hoodie over that, light cycling wind shell over that. Tech skull cap under the helmet, face mask. Standard mtb full fingered gloves. Actually got hot as the day went on. How about you?

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