Baby it's Cold Outside

Monday, January 6, 2020
By Ed Hazelwood – ExCom Member at Large.
The coldest part of the year is upon us, but some of us don’t want to stay indoors and off the bike.

It’s hard to keep riding when your feet feel like frozen cinderblocks, your hands like bricks, and your face is freezing. But it can be done, and it can be done safely. What follows are some tips on how to dress for a variety of temperatures. As you probably figured out back in November when it gets to 60° or colder you need to star with a base layer a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, shorts, lightweight socks, regular gloves and bring a wind vest.
At 60° swapping knickers for shorts or add knee warmers go with thicker socks and forefinger gloves at a cycling cap.
At 55° Switch to bib-knickers from shorts or add legwarmers or swap in tights. Wear a
midweight long sleeve wicking jersey and carry a wind jacket just in case. Full fingered gloves are a good idea too.
50° Go with thicker gloves add a thin hat under the helmet and consider toe covers for your shoes to help keep your toes warmish.
45° Break out the thermal tights or thermal shorts with thermal legwarmers switch. Time to start using a heavier base layer. Depending on your preference either a thermal vest or jacket.
40° We start getting serious. If it is a wet day or even just threatening it, never go out for a ride without your rain gear. Use thermal shoe covers or switch to winter shoes if you have them. Wear a thermal jacket or thermal vest paired with a wind jacket. A neck gator or balaclava will help you neck, face and keep the cold wind out of the top of your jacket. Lined windproof gloves really help that first 5 to 6 miles before warm blood is flowing to your fingers.
35° Heavier tights with wind block panels or bib tights with the same. Mittens generally are warmer than gloves but less agile for breaking and shifting. My preference is serious winter gloves with a pair of windproof lobster gloves over them.
30° Add a windproof long sleeve jersey or a windproof base layer. This can be better than the added bulk of layering multiple jerseys.
25° And below consider wearing a base layer underwear. Use addition leg or knee warmers under your bib tights. Finally add windproof shoe covers.
Any colder than that and you are on your own.

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