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cold cycling clothing

Postby MikayP » Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:13 am

one of my biggest motivation killers for training is cycling in the cold. especially in the fall/winter months its really hard for me to keep warm.

i dont live where it snows. but it can be really windy and cold. got any good clothing suggestions to stay warm(er)? all i have now are bibs, jersey, and arm warmers
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby fredrikw » Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:15 am

Define cold ;)

A wind west is an excellent extra wind proof protective layer. Leg warmers are also good to have, as well as some kind of overshoe (depending on how much you suffer from cold feet this could mean anything from cover socks to a wind proof toe guards or a neoprene bootie). Sometimes if it's chilly I add an extra pair of bibs as well. Many people use wind proof jackets, but I find them much too warm for anything that above -5C. Gloves that are wind proof, or have wind proof layers is also a good idea if it's chilly.

But when it comes to cycling clothes and temperature it's very individual, so your best bet is to try out what you need for a specific temperature.
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby bob_summers » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:10 am

if you go to the assos website, they list the clothing according to temperature range. if you don't have assos money (who does?), use the site to get an idea of what kind of garment is suitable for your climate, and find similar stuff cheaper :-)

http://www.assos.com/en/44/als.aspx
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby fredrikw » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:07 am

I would melt if I'd follow that guide... :shock:

early fall reaching up to 18C, that's summer here :lol:
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby bob_summers » Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:57 am

heheh me too (roubaix tights at 16 degrees?!) but we are northern europeans!
if the OP is feeling the cold in a californian winter then he's probably more within the scope of the guide.
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby GY Jon » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:51 pm

Northwave Gore-tex cycling boots are wonderful down to about 0 celsius and far warmer/more watertight than neoprene overshoes. Gore windstopper gloves are great at 5-10 celsius and pack down small if you/the weather warm up a bit. However I'm still in denial of the onset of Winter and am still wearing shorts in Wales for my early morning commute :roll:
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby MikayP » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:07 pm

well im from california so our definition of freezing is like summer to some. but for me the coldest id bike in is about 50 F or 10 Cel, and theres almost always wind where i bike which is a big bummer so theres good wind chill. almost impossible for me to warm up in those conditions, with my clothing i have now.

opinions on this? base layer, jersey, arm warmers? bibs, leg warmers, boots maybe?
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby fredrikw » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:46 am

wow, always interesting with constrasts. my limit for cycling is -20C (-4F) :)

ok, for a windy 10C road ride I would wear:
- some kind of base layer, probably a meraklon mesh shirt
- bibs
- jersey
- arm warmers
- leg warmers
- wind vest/gilet
- oversocks or perhaps a thin wind proof shoecover or wind proof toe covers
- long fingered gloves (not wind proof)
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Re: cold cycling clothing

Postby bob_summers » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:42 am

i'll wear more or less the same for a 10º road ride, although minus the overshoes and legwarmers. 10º is when i dig my 3/4 knickers out, which aren't as versatile as legwarmers but as i'm lazy and rarely get out in the morning, the temps stay much the same while i'm out.
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