Cold weather riding

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by oldmanb777, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I know this has been discussed before. But with winter coming on,:vardy a revisit won't hurt.
    Here in Colorado, we can ride most of the year, and most of us do. On the dirt bike, it's not a problem since you are physically working. but on the street. Whats your tricks to being comfortable?

    I have heated gear, but that's not always enough if you don't protect the exposed areas, and if you don't keep the wind off. So I layer it. Thermax long underwear as a base, then the electric gear, the normal riding gear over that, then rain gear like Frog togs as a top layer. that keeps the wind out. I wear a balaclava type stocking cap under my skid lid. I have heard Gators to protect you ankles. Have not tried that yet, but I will. This keeps me pretty comfy down to 40F degrees or so when its sunny. below that I am concerned about water on the roads in shady areas that might be ice.
    So whats your tricks for staying comfy on these nice winter days?:ricky
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Yes that's snow in the background. So extend your riding season.:clap
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  3. Proveick

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    Just got a Firstgear Kathmandu jacket and pants (with liners).
    With no fairing thinsulate layers for me the way to go.
    Care to ride this Sat (Nov 2)?
    Planning on Terryall Rd via 211 to Deckers?
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  4. beernutt

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    I keep warm by thinking about socialism.
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    Ride faster.
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  7. Blakebird

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    UnderArmour T&B, long sleeve ski thermal tee with turtle or mock t neck... heated gear, jacket.
    No rain gear as all my jackets are waterproof.
    A turtle fur balaclava if needed.

    Heated gloves or glove liners w/ merino wool lined Elkskin gauntlet gloves, Belstaff waxed cotton mittens over the gloves if I use a lighter glove
    Keeps the hands warm in single digit temps for long distances.
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  8. SaharaJp99

    SaharaJp99 Been here awhile

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    Lol, perfect! The shoe definitely fits with that one.
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  9. pjm204

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    Teiz lombard with thermal liner in, Schampa long balaclava (best thing ever), gerbings t-5 heated gloves, long underwear, jeans, sweater. With this setup I am good into the single digits. Rode a SS1000 last weekend in the low 30's
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  10. atokad

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    Adapt-A-Cab :lol3
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    Pretty much the same as you and everyone else on the gear, grips, layering. Winter riding can be awesome!

    January ride to Bishop's Castle a few years ago
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  11. eakins

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    smartwool or ice breakrz base layers (top, bottom, socks) - wool is THE key!
    bmw neck gaiter - cold air sneak in here
    klim goretex outer wear (pants & jacket) - keeps the wind out
    windproof fleece mid layer - another layer of windproof helps seal 100%
    warm Revit winter gloves - cold hand kill a ride fast
    stay inside if it's too cold - i don't need to ride that bad that i'll do it when it's miserable outside.
    and finally plan riding trips down south
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  12. RockyMtnScotsman

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    pretty similar: smartwool base, then fleec-lined tights and microfleece pullover, then normal riding gear with all vents zipped shut. I've got heated grips but haven't made the jump the electric underwear yet.
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    I keed, I keed... :D
    I would have killed kittens just to use them as gloves that day.
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  14. delta21

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    I think we're going to ride the opposite direction, Buffalo creek to Terryall:wave
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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  16. tkent02

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    Great idea!
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    Down to around 40 I was fine with my jacket with liner in it and just a jersey. Light gloves with heated grips.

    I swapped my gear around some this year, now I'm going with light long underwear, jersey on top, Klim jacket/pants, BMW atlantis gloves.

    I may have to add a light fleece layer too, depends on how cold it is.
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  18. Proveick

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    The weather looks GOOD. I think going to ride Redskin Rd (500H) to Wellington Lake then Stoney Pass Rd (560) to 211. Goose Creek Rd to Tarryall.
    Bought one of those Coleman comfort ride seat protectors today. I'll see if my keester is any happier.
    Cheers
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  19. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

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    OK, so I need some new thermal underwear (top and bottom), and likely a pair of winter gloves too, can anyone recommend any specific brands/models.

    Don't want any electric stuff, I have heated handgrips and a vest already.
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  20. RockyMtnScotsman

    RockyMtnScotsman Been here awhile

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    I've been a big fan of Smartwool for a long time though recently tried the Paradox gear at Costco which is great for the price. I'm partial to Olympic gloves but to me gloves are like boots and you just have to see what feels right.

    Same here but heated grips only warm the inside of your hands and I've been out when the back and fingers got chilly. Still, it hasn't bothered me enough to buy electric gloves yet.
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