The man friend is an avid cyclist and has plans to keep us biking throughout the frigid cold of winter - and not just on the trainers. He's started Saturday morning bike rides. The plan is to start at 10am and ride anywhere from around 1-4 hours depending on who shows, weather, etc. He sent out an invite to do a test ride in the cold temps the Sunday before last and we were the only crazies to show. We made it 1-1/2 hours in around 30 degree weather. Everything was fine except my hands and feet. The feet had 2 pair of wool socks, shoes, and PI barrier shoe covers. When we finished my feet were cold and wet. :-(
So, 2nd go around was this Saturday. It was colder, but we had other crazies to join us - 4 others to be exact - awesome! We left the house at 9:30am in order to ride to the start point. It was 20 degrees, felt like 15 when we left the house with winds out of the NW. I changed up my gear on the feet. Wicking socks, wool socks, then Gore waterproof booties, followed by shoes, and PI barrier shoe covers. It was still cold and I had to continue to move my toes around to keep feeling, but I survived 3-1/2 hours in those temps. My fingers were still fairly numb so I made the decision to order the PI barrier lobster gloves. I have the regular ones and I love them in cold temps, but freezing temps are pushing it. I ordered a men's small so that I can hopefully wear a liner under them. I'll post on how that works out. In defense of all the gear I have I should mention that I have extremely poor circulation in my fingers and toes so if it will keep me warm it should keep anyone warm.
My core stayed toasty. I wore some inSport insulated running tights, my wool socks were of the knee variety, knee warmers, my Exte Ondo Ribbon bib shorts on the bottom. The top was a bra top, tank, long sleeve Columbia techy shirt, arm warmers, and a long sleeve fleece lined Columbia shirt. I also had a Columbia Omni-Heat neck gaiter and a Buff to wear up over my ears and face to protect from the wind.
So, this Saturday I'm hoping to be more prepared. By spring I will have mastered cold weather biking (and forget all I learned by next winter - guaranteed). ;-)
Keep riding, keep warm!