HOW TO DRESS FOR HIGH 30s-TO MID 40 DEGREE CYCLING, SKIING, HIKING, AND SNOWSHOE WEATHER.
I found all of these at the Performance Bike Shop web site. Bonus: I think all of them were on sale.
-Bra top-I wear whatever I grab out of the drawer.
-Base layer- Craft. I like Smartwool but you can't beat the fit of Craft.
-Cycling shorts-today I wore Pearl Izumi capris.
But I also wear the Performance Ultra and Elite Short.
-Cycling long sleeve mid weight jersey
Not too bulky, not too thick. Something that works as a middle layer.
S0metimes I'll wear a Smartwool mid weight top, if I don't need pockets,
which if I'm wearing a jacket over it all , I don't.
If the zipper in back is like a regular jersey pocket, good.
Sometimes I can't get into a vertical back zipper.
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-Tights. I like the Performance Tri-Flex tight (http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?
without the chamois, so I can use it for multi sports) a
nd the other is the Pearl Izumi tights. Either is good.
-Jacket over jersey. I wore the Sugoi Invertor Jacket.
A MUST HAVE!
If the temperature will get into the 50s you can layer with
the Sugoi Defiant wind jacket. What I would do is take that
jacket with another wind jacket of same weight or slightly
heavier and wear both of them until the weather got warmer.
Then it's easy to stash one of them in a back pocket. http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?
-The Sugoi Invertor Jacket is a bit large/bulky to roll up,
although I have done that before.
- Lightweight Smartwool cap that came down far enough
to cover the back of my neck BUT i usually wear a "Buff"
neck, cap, face, thing under my helmet.
-Sunglasses- Rudy Project Wizzards
-Gloves. I must have 100 pairs fo gloves. I am constantly looking
for warm gloves. I have such a hard time keeping the hands and
toes warm. I've actually considered getting electric/battery liners.
But today I have no problem. I wore Pearl Izumi Inferno gloves with
little air hand warmers inside.
And last but not least:
-Booties. If you have lighter weight booties you can always place your
feet in plastic bags and then into your shoes. Of course, wear socks.
I always wear Smartwool socks. All year long. No cotton for me.
Unless the weather is dry and above 50, I wear Performance Neoprene
Booties. These work really well.
I have about 10 pairs of shoe covers. I wear them at different times.
If you want you can wear two layers of light to mid weight booties.
I did that last week when the temperature was about 45 and it worked.
So there you have it. I hate being cold and I don't want to miss out
on winter and early Spring riding so I have perfected the art of staying
warm while doing cardio, outside, when it's cold.
If I can jump into the reservoir when it's 23 degrees outside I should
be able to stay warm while recreating outside.