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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Let's talk winter weather gear ...

So, I'm new to riding, and have none of the "cold weather" gear I'll need to keep riding through winter here in the Washington DC area. However, I do commute by bicycle all year long, so I know that good gear is crucial to a successful ride.

I'm looking for suggestions. What must I have, on my limited budget for this type of thing, and what can I do without? In particular, I'm wondering about all of this electric clothing I keep hearing about.

On the bicycle, layering seems to work just fine. I imagine at the higher speeds associated with motorcycles windproof becomes more important?

Tell me what works best for you, and what kind of temps/weather conditions you deal with where you live.

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If you're on a tight budget don't be looking at the electric heated stuff I've got a good pair of winter gloves that work great without heating elements. You will want some chaps for sure.

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Under-armor is nice It will help keep you worm it's not bulky and also will make you feel sexy
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I personally have a LOT of insulation so I usually just layer and get a good pair of gloves. It also depends on whether you ride full face helmet or half helmet because then you'll want something to cover your face/neck/ears.

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With temps in the mid to low 30's a good pair of winter gloves will get you about 10 miles before your fingers start screaming. 'lectric heated gloves are worth evry single penny.

Full face helmets are your absolute best choice.

If I had to pick one of the above it would have to be the helmet with the electric gloves



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With temps in the mid to low 30's a good pair of winter gloves will get you about 10 miles before your fingers start screaming. 'lectric heated gloves are worth evry single penny.

Full face helmets are your absolute best choice.

If I had to pick one of the above it would have to be the helmet with the electric gloves
Yea, last year I used:
Full face helmet, leather jacket layered with a hoodie & neck gaiter, a pair the insulated walls/carhart overalls layered over jeans, and a pair of insulated leather gauntlet mc gloves.
I found this get-up to be plenty comfy down to about 30. But get below that and the fingers were the first to go!

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Well, since the last 2 mornings' rides to work have been in the low 30s and I had to recently dig out my "cold weather" stuff, here's what I wear.

My regular leather riding jacket with the liner, over a sweatshirt; leather chaps over my jeans, long underwear under my jeans. Double-layer socks and my regular riding boots. Leather gauntlet-style gloves that fit snug over my jacket sleeves to keep the wind out; my gloves also have nylon rain covers, which actually work surprisingly well to keep the wind off my hands. I also re-installed my hand shields on the bike to further help reduce wind on the hands. I wear a half-helmet with the wind skirt on, and a double-layer neckgaiter for my face and neck. No electric gear for me, although I can't say that it won't happen in the future.

This is what I wear when it gets below 35 degrees or so, and I've been comfortable down to the mid-20s for my 20-mile ride to work. Above 40 some of the layers disappear. People at work look at me funny when I ride in and it's below 30 degrees; I just tell them it was a beautiful morning for a ride.


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you're all very helpful, thanks. i never thought about the added warmth afforded by a full face. that and good gloves seem to be at the top of my shopping list. any particular helmets/gloves you'd recommend for winter riding?

it's good to hear the rest of my winter attire can mostly be cobbled from my existing commuter gear (except for chaps of course ... bidding on a pair now on ebay).

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Our pleasure Soulsk8r.....so, tell us how, exactly, does cold weather riding affect the female body? Please be very specific!



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