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sheeponabike

WINTER CLOTHES

Just wondered how everyone dresses up for winter riding.

I've got a long sleeved maillot and a flourescent yellow windbreaker for when it's really nippy.
Does anybody use a base layer?

I was thinking of getting some of these over-socks or whatever they're called. When the temp's really low, coupled with wind, the cold seems to penetrate my shoes and I start getting cramp.
Ralphnorman

i wear an undershirt and long sleeved jersey, soon warm up after half an hour or so, so i don't relly notice the cold once i get going....
CapeRoadie

50's: regular kit with arm and leg warmers, full finger gloves (neoprene)

40's: add thermal bibs and long-sleeved thermal jersey plus windbreaker, thermal cap with ear flaps and shoe covers, heavier gloves

30's: all that plus foot warmers and winter shoes, heavy jacket instead of windbreaker, and possibly windbreaker over that if windy, also heavy winter gloves (Marmot with Gore-Tex)

below freezing: all that plus Gore-Tex pants, a base layer of Patagonia capilene silk or Mountain Hardware winter base layer or both (that would be up to 5 thin layers), a layer of plastic over winter shoes (under shoe covers), and balaclava made of Gore windstopper. Below freezing I weigh a lot.

I always use Ultimate Ears headphones when riding in the cold, as they seal the ears (they use the ear itself as a woofer for better bass, and the seal lessens outside noise). When I ride alone, I listen to music; when with others I leave them in for their warming effect.
sheeponabike

Two extreme replies: Ralph is obviously a minimilist and cape seems to have every single item of gear available for each 3.5 degree difference in temperature. Very Happy
CapeRoadie

Yeah and whose knees hurt and whose do not?
thunderthighs

COME ON..YOU BABIES.. FASHION B4 FUCNTION..LOSERS !!!!!!

CIAO
CapeRoadie

Spoken like a true Italiano. Who'll probably freeze his arse off in Canada again this winter...
Bartali

Base layer, bib shorts, tights, Assos AirJack, overshoes and thin merino scull cap under my helmet. Plenty warm enough down to zero degrees (and probably beyond)
Ralphnorman

sheeponabike wrote:
Two extreme replies: Ralph is obviously a minimilist and cape seems to have every single item of gear available for each 3.5 degree difference in temperature. Very Happy

means if i'm out for an hour or 2 and it warms up then i don't overheat Wink
CapeRoadie

Ralphnorman wrote:
sheeponabike wrote:
Two extreme replies: Ralph is obviously a minimilist and cape seems to have every single item of gear available for each 3.5 degree difference in temperature. Very Happy

means if i'm out for an hour or 2 and it warms up then i don't overheat Wink


My guess is that prolonged extended periods of inactivity or prolonged stationary positions of your knee cause pain, whereas heat and a thorough warm-up relieve your pain as long as you don't overdo it. Correct, Ralph?
CapeRoadie

Was out for 4 1/2 hours in 20-degree weather yesterday. These are fantastic:

Ralphnorman

you had those on in 20 degree heat? wimp! Rolling Eyes Wink that is true CR, but as i said, you warm up after a while and the blood gets pumping so you are fine....
CapeRoadie

20F not 20C, lad.
cyclingtv

diehard riders.. lads and lasses.. here in canada will ride.. weather permitting ie: not a snow storm..
down to -15C(5F) even to -20C Shocked seems the core body areas.. torso/arms/legs.. are usually fine..
when wearing the right gear.. it's the hands/fingers.. head/face/ears.. feel the cold more-so..
lungs too.. but it's the toes/feet.. that are especially bothersome.. can become a real problem..
the colder the weather.. the looser the shoes/boots are worn.. aids the circulation.. feeling less cold..

fyi.. have heard it be told that pros.. are told to train whilst leaving knee-warmers on..
when the temp during their ride.. will be less than 15C(60F).. good advice to take.. Smile
Slapshot

cyclingtv wrote:

fyi.. have heard it be told that pros.. are told to train whilst leaving knee-warmers on..
when the temp during their ride.. will be less than 15C(60F).. good advice to take.. Smile


When I go back home, you can see a few pros riding around specially EE, and they wear, even in summer, long sleeve and long bibs.

I have a problem with my toes, they get cold very easy and it is a pain in the arse, cos once they are cold there is no way to warm them up!!!!
cyclingtv

berg.. I keep my shoes quite loose.. under a pair of good winter booties..
I'll also wear.. an extra pair of socks when necessary.. then as a last resort..
will use foot-warmers.. like cape has pointed out above.. having poor foot circulation..
for me it can be a real problem Sad so for me looser is better and warmer..

btw.. avoid using plastic bags.. to keep the wind/damp out.. as foot moisture build up is bad news..
Slapshot

I bought one of these the other day to put under my shoe cover.

I also wear 2 pairs of socks, one thin and one thick, merino tipe, but in extreme cold I'll use thick mountain socks!!!!
redster73

I generally wear whatever's clean usually:

cotton T-Shirt base layer
Long sleeve jersey
short sleeve jersey
Ron hill cheap as chips tights
bib shorts
socks
overshoes
magic gloves (one size fits all 1 down the market) under my track mitts
Tesco thermal gloves (if too cold for mitts)
Cap under helmet
If real cold a buff
paperman

Yep cotton T shirt base layer, long sleeve jersey, for really cold days a fairly heavy wind proof thermal jacket. Other than that bib shorts and tights, neoprene gloves over shoes. Rarely wear a skull cap under my helmet. If I do I end up taking it off. This winter has been mild so far. I get warm very quickly, find it hard to get my choice of kit right this winter. Hate feeling like I want to remove a layer.
CapeRoadie

Cotton T-shirt base layer?

Don't you know that's like wearing a soggy noodle? Cotton is not warm when it's wet. You'd both be better off wearing the long sleeve jersey as a base layer and layering over that. Fleece, wool, polypropelene and related materials are warm when it's wet, and it's going to be wet when you're sweating...
redster73

Only notice the dampness post-ride. Strangely acts as a cheap wicking material as opposed to your more expensive brands...mind you if I was cycling in 20C temps I'd probably invest heavily...or just stay in doors!
cyclingtv

CapeRoadie wrote:
Cotton T-shirt base layer?

Don't you know that's like wearing a soggy noodle? Cotton is not warm when it's wet. You'd both be better off wearing the long sleeve jersey as a base layer and layering over that. Fleece, wool, polypropelene and related materials are warm when it's wet, and it's going to be wet when you're sweating...
+1.. bang on cape.. a cotton undershirt will keep you wet.. for sure you must wear something..
which wicks away any moisture.. not cotton though at any temperature.. thats for sure.. Smile
kellyrocheearly

just bought some new gloves, hat and socks for this winter to keep me warm. Thinking about getting one of those base layer things for the below 35F weather in January & February.
sheeponabike

cyclingtv wrote:
berg.. I keep my shoes quite loose.. under a pair of good winter booties..

I think this might also be what's causing my foot cramps - my shoes are a bit too tight.
chasm

cyclingtv wrote:
CapeRoadie wrote:
Cotton T-shirt base layer?

Don't you know that's like wearing a soggy noodle? Cotton is not warm when it's wet. You'd both be better off wearing the long sleeve jersey as a base layer and layering over that. Fleece, wool, polypropelene and related materials are warm when it's wet, and it's going to be wet when you're sweating...
+1.. bang on cape.. a cotton undershirt will keep you wet.. for sure you must wear something..
which wicks away any moisture.. not cotton though at any temperature.. thats for sure.. Smile


+2 Merino Smartwool is the thing. Sounds counterintuitive to be using pure wool as a base layer, but this stuff is warmer, wicks better (and is less smelly when you sweat) than synthetics.
http://www.anatom.co.uk/public/brands/smartwool-nts/

Silk is good too. Cotton is a disaster in the cold
CapeRoadie

redster73 wrote:
Only notice the dampness post-ride. Strangely acts as a cheap wicking material as opposed to your more expensive brands...mind you if I was cycling in 20C temps I'd probably invest heavily...or just stay in doors!


More expensive brands? Dude, polyester is CHEAPER than cotton!
redster73

I have a draw of old works/fun run t-shirts all freebies you don't get cheaper...
CapeRoadie

Yeah, well, I can't really argue with that. Laughing
redster73

...also bear in mind Cape this is the UK where it's November and we're still riding in shorts and track mitts! If it got to the -20 type temps of your part of the world a damp base layer may well become a factor
paperman

Also just because it says base layer, wicks away moisture, cycling specific and all that crap.. the greedy cycling shops lash a nice few euro onto the price.

But using another jersey as a base layer...I tried it cape it was good.
BTW never felt cold using cotton. Except going down hill. but as long as I was working on the bike I wasn't cold.
CapeRoadie

Okay, okay, it's warmer there. I thought this was a "winter clothes" thread, not a "boy it's just like summer here in December" thread. Laughing

Glad the jersey as base layer trick worked, too.

It's getting cold here... brrrrrrrr...
cyclingtv

Laughing Laughing Laughing
redster73

Didn't so much need a high tech base layer today but snorkel and flippers...wet doesn't come close to describing the weather this morning!
CapeRoadie

I did a cyclocross race this morning and the temp was 23 degrees F during my warm-up.  I dressed too warmly and then overheated during the race, then froze again once I stopped.  It was the hardest race of my season, which is now officially over.  Phew.

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