Cold Weather Riding Beware

by Gina
(Portland, OR USA)

Alright I couldn't wait for nicer weather to ride, it wasn't raining, the sun was out only about 25-30* so why not ride. I rode into work and then when I got off work later around 6:30pm getting ready to ride home, I can feel that is quite a bit colder even though they are saying 35*. I started out then a foggy mist starts coming down with the wind chill factor I don't even know how cold but I was praying on making it home. I was never so happy to see home :) my toes & fingers felt like they might have a bit of frost bite and it took a while for the feeling to come back into my fingers & toes. I say this to make a point how could of I been better prepared for such riding weather? I'm thinking heated gear is a good investment.

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Nov 20, 2010
Heated Handwarmers!
by: copycat

I don't know where you live, but I'm in MN and feel like I can speak from experience on this. :)

My best investments for riding in cold weather:
- A good pair lined jeans (Riggs Relaxed Lined Five Pocket jeans are excellent)
- Heated hand grips (you won't know how you lived without them)
- A windshield
- A good jacket (I have a Tourmaster Epic; it's a little bulky, but I haven't been cold yet)
- A neck gaitor

My next addition will be wind deflectors for my grips.

I've ridden down to 24*F and got a little cool, but I wasn't cold.

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