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10/29/07 10:31 P

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Well even though the fires are still going it looks like we will have to get back to normal very fast. School has started again and the Navy is running PT as usual. Even though the air quality is bad and I would rather not have to breath in all this stuff but that is the life I chose to live. Thank you to all for your warm wishes and prayers. I will continue to pray for those that have lost. I hope you will too. Again thank you.

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10/28/07 2:32 P

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I think I've got it down! Many thanks for everybody's input. :)

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10/23/07 1:29 P

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So sorry for you with the fires. I have been watching it on the news. Hubby is from that area. He went to college at San Diego state. But of course that was many years ago. Hope you can get back at riding soon.
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10/23/07 1:16 P

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C: Way to go on the extra miles. I'm glad that you felt good on your ride and your clothing selection worked wonders. I'm in San Diego right now and I won't be riding again for about a week or so until the fires clear up. It's too dangerous to go out and try working out right now. It's still pretty warm and it will probably be over 100 degrees today or so the news says. Enjoy and extra mile for me please. I wish I could ride too but it's just not our time.
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10/23/07 11:33 A

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Not sure if I posted in this forum or another one. But on my previous post on what I wore. I found some nice suede gloves for $5.99 at Ross that fit well and worked out great today. They have a light fleece lining. Or maybe it is flannet, not sure. The leg warmers I picked up at Rue 21 by accident when in there to look at jewelry , for $4.99. I saw some nice sythetic jackets at Susie's Deals for $5.99! Comparable to what you find at Wal-mart, in fact almost exactly like them, but they didn't have my size. Ihave to say I love my tights from Longcycle.com with the chamois padding. My but still hurts sometimes though! I feel like I have lost all padding in my butt, now if I could just take some of that stomach and put back there.
Linda (8 miles today, over my usual 5)

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10/23/07 11:27 A

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Hi, thanks for you input too. Today it was 53 here in AZ where I live and light wind. That is cold to us in the morning , but not bad. I wore my tights with leg warmers, tank top , thermal shirt and my sweat jacket. Also did use my headband and ear warmer.(had to take that off after five miles. The gloves I bought yeserday for $5.99 fit well and worked great, no cold fingers. In fact I rode 8 miles today instead of 5. I pushed myself up some hills too. I have one near my house that is long and steady. I got almost an hour in of exercise this morning. Got that heart rate up too, I could feel it.
So for now what I have in clothing is working, but when I find the right jacket I will get a sythetic one and maybe an under shirt to keep sweat away. The coldest I might be riding in for a few weeks of winter is 32 degrees, although last winter we got to 25.
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10/23/07 10:24 A

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I actually like to ride without padded shorts from time to time. However, there is a lot of stuff that is really up to the rider. I have friends that don't use gloves.
If you are worried about using layers you want to have a base layer that is comfortable and will wick away the moisture. The other layers that you add on should be able to wick away moisture as well. Zippers are nice to keep your heat regulated. If it is really cold outside I have a layer that is designed to keep me comfortable down to about 20 degrees. Also you should remember that when you start you will be colder then when you are riding. Your body will generate a lot of heat. You don't want to be completely comfortable when you start out. You should be a little cold when you get going. The only thing I recommend be warm are your fingers. You should find some full finger gloves that keep you comfortable. I have some wicking wool socks that I use when it's cold. They actually make my feet sweat after a while but that's not too bad. I also have toe covers that keep in the heat as well as full foot covers for rain and cold weather. They are good because they stop the wind and weather from getting into your shoes. A good head cover would be nice as well. Usually a separate band that keeps your ears warm is nice so if your ears are cold they can be kept covered even if you remove your main head cover.
I hope these suggestions help out somewhat. I know that there are others that have recommended things that they use. If that works for you then run with it. What works for one doesn't always work for others. I know that my gear isn't what I recommend all the time for others. Good luck to you and all your goals.
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10/20/07 9:56 A

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For those who don't want to give up their bikes when the warm weather is gone, there is this site and the related email list:

http://www.icebike.com/

It has a lot of articles on clothing for lousy weather.

At this time of year, much of the discussion on the list relates to clothing, as people are getting prepared for slush and ice and rain and cold.

See if there's anything useful to you.

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Hi,
I took yesterday off, had to go to Vegas and had a flu shot the day before, so wasn't feeling all that hot.
But today I pushed and did 7 miles, about 45 minutes instead of my usual 5 miles. I also took a long steady hill. I had to lean down to do that one and was only going about 5 miles an hour. Then cooled down on my street before coming in, just some slow cycling.
I am watching my calories too and journaling my food to make me more aware. But boy was I hungry after cycling. I had a sausage , egg, and muffin sandwich. Is this a good thing to have after a ride? I eat that about an hour after my ride. This packs about 390 calories and I have 8 ounces of orange juice and some water before I leave for my ride. Mor water while riding. I've had an apple for snack around 10:30, so I am already at 630 calories.

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10/19/07 1:32 P

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I agree also that wide bottomed pants are not the way to go for cycling. Even if you tie them at your ankles, fitted legs are so much safer.

As for the position on your MTB, you probably are leaning forward. If you are sitting upright, you would have some big problems on hills. That being said, a running jacket still might be good enough for you. You had asked about the difference, though.

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10/17/07 8:22 P

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You are right to stay away from cotton. Once you sweat, you're in trouble.

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Thanks to all who replied on this thread. I am trying to figure out what to buy next for winter. You sent some good sites. I checked out Wal-Mart today for running jackets and pants. The jackets seem nice, synthetic. From what I am reading these may be better than my light cotton one or my sweatshirt jacket. Am I right. I did not like the pants though, as they were belled at bottom or at least too big. I have some sweats like that and they are not good for riding a bike. I do like my longcycle tights, so I am thinking a good sythetic jacket is what I should get next with good gloves and leg warmers.

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I have a mountain bike, so there's not really any leaning over the handle bars - I guess that's why my running jacket's ok :)

Even my full-fingered cycling gloves (Novara) are not warm enough for me now, that's why I bought the fleece. I couldn't afford the wind-blocking gloves, and on another thread someone suggested the fleece to me as good winter gear.

I think pretty much anything except cotton will work, it just depends on how much you want to spend. I've also seen in another (running) thread that there are pretty good thermals and wicking clothes at Target/Walmart for cheap.

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The biggest difference between a running jacket and a cycling jacket is probably that the back of a cycling jacket is a little longer. Thereforehangs over you waistband even when you are leaning forward over handlebars. They also usually have a pocket in the back, like shirt, but with a zipper to keep things dry.

I don't have windblocking gloves, but did find full fingered cycling gloves. I think they are PearlIzumi. They were with the mountain bike gear.

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Hi there. I live in Seattle, and bike commute to work. I get hot very easily so I don't necessarily wear as many layers as you'd like, but here's what I wear. I don't have much money to spend on bike clothes, so I wear the padded underwear (~$20) so I can wear them under either shorts or pants depending on the weather. Now it's cooler and rainy, so I wear the same pants I wear for running and cinch the right leg. On top I wear a wicking tee-shirt and a running jacket. I imagine it's the same as a lightweight biking jacket (wind- and water-resistant, ventilated), I just bought this one because it was bright yellow so cars could see me. I tried wearing a thermal shirt yesterday because I was cold, but I was really sweating halfway there.

The best advice I got was to "overwarm" before leaving the house. Put on the clothes that you are going to wear before you leave the house and get a little warm. Then when you go out into the cold, it'll feel good for a little while, and before you have a chance to get cold, you'll be warmed up! I also just bought a pair of fleece gloves since my normal biking gloves aren't warm enough, and a hat that goes underneath my helmet to keep my head/ears warm and drier. To really stay warm, I've heard wool is the best in our area since it stays warm even when wet, and is a good wicking material. Have fun riding!

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10/17/07 2:14 P

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Places I buy gear:

US--Campmor and Sierra Trading Post as well as Nashbar.

Canada --Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)

I only buy stuff on sale. But over the years, I have gotten lots of good stuff.

MEC has great gloves.

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You can find Louis Garneau wind blocker gloves, like the ones I wear, on sale at Performance online. Here’s the link: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profil
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Hi everyone, The biggest trick to layering is never wear cotton, synthetics are your best best when layering. I like Patagonia products for. REI has a real good assortment of this type of clothing. Patagonia products are very durable, comfortable and wear well.They also have windblocker gloves. Another piece of advise I can give is don't over dress. For cool/cold weather cycling you should be cool before taking off, not warm and not cold. if you go outside and you are cold put on another layer if you are warm take off a layer. The reason for this is if you are already to warm when you start you will sweat more than your body needs to and than you will get cold from wet clothing and not be able to get warm. When I first started winter cyling in Wisconsin I would always over dress. Over prespire and just be wet cold and misserable for most of the ride. Have fun with when you get the layering down it is very fun I love it now. Good luck!!!

 
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Hi,
Can you find windblocker gloves on line? I have some leather gloves I am wearing now , but they are bulky, and my bike gloves with the fingers open don't keep my hands warm.
Thanks,
Linda

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I guess I have a lot to learn...I have never heard of knee warmers! I think I need to make another trip to the bike shop.

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Padded shorts to start. If the temperature is @45 I wear a sports bra, a sleeveless T-shirt to keep my core warm (I got it at the bike shop), a short sleeve jersey w/arm warmers and put a wind breaker over that. I also wear knee warmers. I used to wear tights over my shorts but those can be too hot. The knee warmers are just a good as full leg warmers in terms of keeping your legs warm. If my feet are cold I put on the neoprene socks over my cycling socks and take them off when the temperature or my body gets hotter. It has to be below 40 for me to put on a long sleeve jersey.

I have wind-blocker, full finger gloves and that besides the knee warmers are the most important piece I wear in the cold. It sure is hard to shift and brake when your fingers are numb from the cold!


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I agree, the padded shorts are a must! I have a couple pairs of shorts and a pair of thermal tights & I love them. The thermal shirt is a great idea--warm without the bulk. What about the lightweight "cycling" coats? My mom said they are super warm. Anybody wear one? Thanks again! ;)

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Hi,
I just recently purchased a pair of cycling tights with padded seat and the fabric that wisks away the sweat. I love them. It is currently around 50-55 degrees here when I ride. I wear those by themselves (but was told by Longcycle, where I bougth them, to layer something over them when it gets colder, themals or sweats. I liked the idea of leg warmers though, sounds easier. I wear a thermal shirt right now and sweatshirt jacket and gloves. Seems to work for now. The padded tights are great. So comfortable I haven't changed yet since I got home.
Linda

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First piece of advice for clothing--padded shorts! It will make you so much more comfortable over distances.

Another thing you asked was how to get the layering right. I would suggest getting arm warmers and leg warmers. You can start the ride off wearing them, and then take them off--they will easily fit into you shirt pocket. An easy layer to adjust while you are riding. Sometimes, I start without them, get cold and stop to put them on.

I can get into more, as I know other team members can too, but I just wanted to get you started.



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Hi Everybody,
I have been on Spark for a while, but joined this team recently. I have never done a ton of biking....just around town for fun. I recently became more interested and bought an "entry level" hybrid. Well, I have been doing a lot more riding, which is great. So here's my question.....I am so confused by all the bike clothes....what's for cold weather, warm weather, in between weather. I can't seem to master the layering....I am either to hot or to cold. Any advise? Favorite items? I live in western WA--it's very mild, but chilly--high 40s-low 50's.
Thanks for any help you can give, Leah

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