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How many layers?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by wafflycat, 19 Feb 2008.

  1. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    It's freezing fog out there this morning. Brrr... Got Mr Norbert Frosty out of the garage ready for a pootle and my fingers nearly fell off it's so cold.

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    So how many layers will be required to be worn whilst out cycling today, then?
     
  2. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    Two layers on top and one down below as normal for me - you soon warm up if you're going fast enough and more than that and you get too hot and sweaty. Good gloves essential though... Specialized Sub-Zeros for me.
     
  3. I had a short slieve cycle top, a aldi soft shell and my Endura biker jacket and hi vis vest, spesh radiant gloves and Altura nightvision overtrowsers. I was a bit too warm.
     
  4. Aint Skeered

    Aint Skeered New Member

    Min 5, max 6 this time of the year. I would rather take a layer off, than find myself freezing my a*se off half way through the ride.
    It does get very cold in Sussex you know;)
     
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Freezing fog here, too.
    I was wearing bib longs and base layer under a s/s top.
     
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I'm wearing:

    Shorts
    Bib longs
    Waterproof over trousers
    Base layer
    wicking t shoots x 2
    merino wool jumper
    jacket (aldi special or a night vision)
    glove liners
    gloves
    woolen sock x 2
    neoprene over shoes
    balaclava
    hi vis vest
    ankle hi vis straps

    ...and I am still freezing towards the end of the ride.

    ...I call this my blubber replacement suit:biggrin:
     
  7. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    I cannot believe that kit list. A helly hansen top with a windproof jacket and some bib tights is all you need. I took off my neoprene over boots at the weekend as my feet were sweating so much. However, I wish I had put on my skull cap as my ears were a little nippy this morning.
     
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Today I'm in my normal jeans, teeshirt, thin longsleeved top, thick fleece longsleeved top, and Endura jacket over the lot, and Altura waterproof gloves. But then coming in here is a third of a mile, and I'm hoping the fog will have lifted by lunchtime when I need to go up to campus...
     
  9. I had ice in my hair after this morning's outing. Brrrrr..!
    I was wearing two top layers and a waterproof shell; windproof gloves, shorts, thermal windproof aldi special longs, and overshoes over my boots. I was nice and warm apart from my head.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    As usual I was wearing thermal (non wind stopper) bib longs and a similar long sleeved jersey. Neoprene overshoes, windstopper gloves and a winter cycling cap.

    I find the windstopper stuff can actually make you colder and more uncomfortable than just thick thermal stuff as the sweat builds up underneath.
     
  11. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    dhb bib 3/4s (winter weight)
    Altura ascent shorts (for the pockets, rather than any additional warmth)
    Baselayer (LS)
    Jersey (short sleeve)
    dhb Amberley jacket

    glove liners
    aldi winter gloves

    buff
    Endura skull cap

    My big mistake was only one pair of socks :/
     
  12. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    The key thing has to be to have a pannier or bag on the bike. Then your can happily start off erring on the side of caution in the knowledge that excess clothing can be stuffed into said bag.
     
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    it was cold enough for the aldi bib longs to put in an appearance. still had frozen fingers though, and i would have had the ski-mask on, but for the fact i'm only out for 15 mins. or so.
     
  14. ransos

    ransos Legendary Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I find I can keep extra winter clothing to a minimum by wearing a fleece headband under my helmet - kepps me nice and toasty.
     
  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Cycling Shorts
    Trackie Bottoms (yes I know but walking about a campus to my office in Lycra is a no no)
    Defeet Base Layer Top
    Decathlon Winter Windproof LS Top
    Altura Gloves
    Biemme Thermal Skull Cap (goes over ears)

    No overshoes today - was warmer than yeaterday.