Cold weather cycling clothing

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    Nov 26, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    What do I look for when deciding on what cold wear gear to get? Brands? Material?

    Whatever you experienced guys know about.

    Thanks.
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    Nov 27, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    depends what you mean buy cold... there is gear for moderate to extreme cold.
    so you might only need leg and arm warmers , or you might need underwear and lined tights, wind breaker jackets, neoprene socks, shoe covers, thicker gloves , head band etc.

    brands : Louis Garneau, Pearl Izumi, Sugoi , Craft ...
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 27, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Everyone is a little different, but here are my personal rules of thumb for dressing right for cold temperature road rides (mtn bike I tend to not need to bundle up so much since wind isn't a factor and I'm redlining the whole time):

    50s: usually a base layer top with jersey, arm warmers; bib shorts and knee warmers (if in the high 50s I skip the knee warmers)

    40s: base layer, arm warmers, long sleeved jersey and wind vest; bib shorts and leg warmers. Maybe a beanie to keep my head warm. Light gloves

    30s: base layer, arm warmers, second long sleeved layer under a jersey, thermal vest; bib tights. Beanie on head, shoe covers on feet. Heavy gloves

    20s: same as above, but with full thermal shoe "booties", second layer usually a thermal shirt. I double the glove layers: one thin, one heavy duty

    I've been out in 16/17 degrees before, but it very rarely gets that cold here in NC, and that's about my limit anyway.

    As for brands, most of my stuff is through whatever company is doing the custom order for my team (usually Voler--good solid stuff, not terribly expensive, but also kind of boring), but you can find good deals on winter gear at www.realcyclist.com.
    Pearl Izumi makes great gloves and shoe covers/booties.
  • calibro

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    Nov 27, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    are we talking just cold or we talking snow too?
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    Nov 27, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    about 20 degrees Fahrenheit is usually my lower limit and I find a good pair of gloves, winter cycling pants and booties are enough (warm jacket obviously too). If you are prone to cold toes and fingers those chemical warmers are great.
  • Medjai

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    Nov 27, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    I don't cycle much for fitness, just for transportation. However, for running, MEC has some great gear for all conditions, running or cycling.
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    Nov 27, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    xassantex saiddepends what you mean buy cold... there is gear for moderate to extreme cold.
    so you might only need leg and arm warmers , or you might need underwear and lined tights, wind breaker jackets, neoprene socks, shoe covers, thicker gloves , head band etc.

    brands : Louis Garneau, Pearl Izumi, Sugoi , Craft ...


    +1 Agree, I love Pearl Izumi, although is expensive is the best for cold weather as well as summer wear, great quality.
  • LJay

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    Nov 27, 2012 8:40 AM GMT
    Go play on the REI site.
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    Nov 27, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    Are you talking for road riding, mtn biking, or just commuting? And how cold is cold for you? I live in the snowiest major metropolitan area in the continental US, commute by bicycle year-round, and have ridden down to -16F. Sometimes not the most pleasant ride, but it's do-able.
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    Nov 27, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Thanks for the great responses, guys. Very kind of you all to take the time to do so.


    I doubt I'll be out in less than the 20s. Most probably only in the 30s.

    I won't be riding in the snow. How do you keep from slipping?

    This is just biking on the bike trails in the DC area.

    I will probably go to Spokes etc. store and buy. But I want to have an idea before I go in there what you guys think.
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 27, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    Caslon, your best friends in cold weather riding are good gloves and warm shoe covers. If your hands and feet are miserable, you will be, too! Also, something to keep your head warm (cycling beanie).

    The rest is just gravy: arm warmers, a long-sleeved jersey, and either leg warmers or tights (either tights over your shorts or tights with a built-in chamois that essentially function as your shorts). Warmers you can always remove if you get too hot.

    It sometimes takes a while to figure out what works best in whatever temperature.
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    Nov 27, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    Check out Asos gear. Its all road specific and really really well made. They have pretty much a layering system for every temperature and weather combination.
    I have a few different pieces from them and everything is really well made and lasts forever. The chamois they use have lasted me something like 4 years, which considering how much I ride is pretty dam impressive.
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    Nov 28, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    Underarmour Cold Gear
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 28, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Yikes, I can't even imagine riding in the 30s.
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    Dec 01, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    You can spend as much as you dare on cold weather gear. General rule of thumb is to stay dry. Wear base layers with material that will wick away sweat like under armor or nike dry fit style. You can usually get store brand for a fraction of the cost. It also depends on where you're the most sensitive for cold, and how cold. If it's windy you want to keep your torso, feet, knees, and skull shielded.

    Check out this video. It has some good info. But stay dry and shield the areas where you are most sensitive (hands, head, knees, etc).