In 30s and below, I wear Pearl Izumi AmFib tights (they are not padded) so I wear either my bike shorts under them, or long padded cycling tights under them (usually when it's 20s and below).
My fingers are my problem this year, my Cannondale lobster gloves are not great (or maybe it's just me), I even wear a thin thermax liner in them, and when it's 20s and below, my thumbs/fingers are hurting! Maybe it's the brand/material or maybe just me. Don't know. Pisses me off though.
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I usually start with my a summer bike jersey with removable arm sleeves, biking tights, with padded shorts, wool socks, full finger gloves to water proof penguin gloves if needed, shoe covers if it's raining, and then either a fleece or rain/wind jacket that can be removed, I also have a head cap or a full head/neck pull over if needed but usually only for the early morning hours. I ride in a lot of rain in the winter I'm more going for the waterproof affect more than anything else once I'm moving I always warm up except my hands.
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I definitely go windproof head-to-toe. Tights, jacket, balaclava, gloves. If I get warm, I can unzip my jacket. I wear a wool base layer and wool socks because they wick better than synthetics, and they don't get smelly!
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Wind proof jacket on chilly, breezy days is wonderful. Wind proof gloves on chilly, breezy days is even better. Today it was 6 degrees Celsius and if I didn't have windproof gloves I would've been miserable. And merino socks are divine!
I agree about dressing in layers. If it is not too windy 46 can be done easily. I don't have the booties and I need them. The slip of skin between my tights and my socks get very cold as do my feet. I have wonderfully warm gloves. It can be done, but with some preparations. I cannot ride in my winter coat. It is way too restrictive.
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A good rule of thumb I go by: dress as if its 20 degrees warmer than it really is because you will warm up quickly. So, what would you wear in 65 degree weather? I would add extra ear and hand protection, though.
guess i better go shopping! i dont even have any pants to wear other than shorts! no way will i ride with jeans on. no, no, no! got the gloves, wonder about my winter coat if that will work? so much to plan on!
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I went today in about that temperature with wicking underwear, silk long underwear bottoms, long shorts, wool socks,wicking long sleeved shirt, polar fleece vest for awhile, windbreaker, ear muffs, neck warmer, and gloves. As in got into the 60's I took off the vest and neck warmer, and ear muffs and switched to fingerless gloves. Kept the windbreaker on but mostly unzipped.
For me the hardest part was before the ride while getting my trike unloaded. I had on long pants and polar fleece jacket but took them off before we set off.
This was my second time in chilly weather and the first time I had gaps between my gloves and sleeves and socks and pants and the wrong kind of socks (cotton - got cold) but I was alone so just quit but today was with a group.
My car looks like a clothing store exploded in it though from indecision. I kept throwing in clothes just in case.
At 46 you would only need long tights, a long sleeve jersey and a winter bike jacket over it. If it's really cold, I wear merino wool long johns under my tights and jersey, but I usually don't need those until it drops into the 20s. (Unless it's very very windy) DH always wears a hat, and I always wear ear muffs. Heavy sweaters, like a Dale of Norway, can work better than a jacket as long as it's not too windy, because it allows sweat to evaporate out, but keeps the warmth in. We both wear thin wool socks in our shoes, with booties over them. Because your hands and feet don't move, those get cold first.
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I planned to bicycle with a bike group this morning. The temperature at 6:00 am was 46 degrees, and while I contemplated how many layers to put on, the temperature dropped another 2 degrees so I chickened out.
What do you wear when road cycling in 45 degree weather?
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