I know there have been a few threads on this subject so forgive me for going over old ground. I went out the other day in the beautiful sunshine , but it was so so cold.I worry about making excuses not to go out over the coming months so I really need to get kitted out, but on a budget! I firstly had to wear leather gloves under my fingerless, it was OK but not ideal. Recent postings about gloves had some people recomending what seem to be thick gloves. I have fleece walking gloves but they are too thick to manouver the gears. I bought some thermal leggins which were quite pricy but my quads still seemed to be tightning with the cold. On top I do have a cycling fleece with short sleeve jersey under but I only wore my shower jacket, I do have a warmer rain jacket which probably would have been better. To be honest I expected that once I got going I would warm up and be fine. This took longer than usual (to be expected) but it was short lived and soon the cold was seizing up my muscles and seemed to be sapping my energy. Is this normal or is it down to fittness as I really struggled? I only ended up doing 20 miles as I had to head home I was so cold. Any advice on surviving the cold please!!!