Thursday, November 15, 2007

Apparel Poll

I'm interested in how you guys handle the beginning of chilly season. I'm not talking 20-below-zero. When it's just a little too cold for your usual early-fall apparel, what's the first thing (or things) you add to fight the chill? Take the poll to the right.

And yes, I realize I forgot to add full-finger gloves to the list, AFTER I had published the poll. I'd have to start over again and get rid of the existing votes if I wanted to change anything. :(

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chrysanthalbee said...

we each have our achilles heel. my heel happens to be my hands. so the first thing that i really need to add to my usual layers this time of year are full winter gloves.

Noah said...


Yah, I'm stupid and forgot to add full-finger gloves to the list. I realized this when I went to take the poll myself. DOH!

Unfortunately, I cannot add options or edit the existing ones. I can just delete the poll and start from scratch. :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Noah,

One item that works for me to extend the range of my clothing "kit" is a polypropylene neck gaiter (e.g. see REI's offerings at ).

Easy on/easy off, (though you have to take your helmet off), and it can do double duty as a beanie, ear cover, or lower face shield. depending on length & diameter.

It rides around in my bag about 3/4 of the year even in the relatively benign Mediterranean climate of coastal California.

Also nice to have while waiting for buses or trains as the glow of cycling warmth wears off and the chill of the evening starts to sink in.

Best regards,
Eric in Santa Clara, California

Anonymous said...

You would never know that I came from the frozen tundra...but anything below 70 degrees and I break out the tights and lightweight wool long sleeve jersey. Cold weather riding is only something I endure...

where did the 90's go??? :(


Noah said...

Haha Badger, I think the last 'dude night ride I went on, you were sportin' the long jersey in the lower 60's. Of course, I hadn't quite acclimated either. I was feeling kinda chilly with just a wicking t-shirt up top.

MRMacrum said...

Above 45'F I usually will wear my regular gear if in the woods. On the road will depend on wind and sun conditions.

Below 45"F - I start with a long sleeve jersey with a windshell stuffed in the pocket. Maybe tights - again, on road v off road dictate two different approaches.

When it finally gets cold - around 25"F and lower, that's when I get serious. Winter tights, winter riding boots, poly wicking long john top with generous amounts of polar fleeece topped off with something water and rain resistant. Hands - Wells Lamont insulated lwather work gloves. Work great down to 15'F or so.

I have a balacava I wear under the helmet for my ears.

Basically if I can keep my feet, ears and hands warm, it almost doesn't matter what else I wear. Not really, but if one or more of them is cold, I am cold.

Ed W said...

My rule-of-thumb is to add a layer for every 10 degree drop in temperature, or if I'll be riding in the rain or into a strong headwind. And I always have a pair of arm warmers, a long sleeved synthetic undershirt, and spare socks in my toolbox at work. If the weather changes unexpectedly (a not uncommon occurrence in Oklahoma) I'll be a little more comfortable on the ride home.

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