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WHAT WE ARE RIDING….IN.

A stunning day for a spin.

The need to adapt your clothing choices as a cyclist is a must.  Living in a mountain location adds yet another level to this all together.  We live in town at 6700’ above sea level and get on average 350’’ of snow per year.  Oh, and on top of that it gets really cold at times….so cold that when it reaches +20F you feel the need to crank out a 20 mile loop. This “winter thing” can last 4-6 months depending on the mood of mother nature so if you want to ride, you’ve got to be ready to put on some gear.

Yes, we live here by choice and nobody is holding a gun to our heads telling us we need to live here.  …and please don’t take this as a complaint.

Here at Moots most everybody rides…..you guessed it…a Moots! Whether a Road, mountain or my favorite Cyclocross.  So we have that nailed….nice bikes for sure.  So what does one ride in when it’s “warm enough” to warrant a ride in the winter? And I’m talking clothing here…. Well, mainly at the moment everyone has their commuting get up….layers and layers of jackets, gloves, hats and assorted helmets to keep one on the bike as much as possible.  Many of these items come from the skiing family of clothing so that’s a pretty easy one to adapt.

REAL RIDING IN THE WINTER

So back to getting out on a ride…..  At the moment we have not had too much snow, so skiing is okay…we need a storm to freshen things up around here.  So we ride…. some still training for that last Cyclocross race and some putting in early 2013 base miles.

I went for a “real deal” outside ride today in order to keep pushing towards Masters Cyclocross Worlds at the end of the month.  One can only spend so much time inside on the trainer be for going koo-koo.

It was a “balmy” +20F outside and the sun was out.  Here’s what I wore:

My pile of clothing….for one ride.

Starting from the feet up:

Moots/Swiftwick wool socks

Giro mountain bike shoes

Gator neoprene booties

Vermarc Roubaix leg warmers

Vermarc Roubaix bib knickers

Craft Bullet cycling pants

Craft long sleeve polypro top

Craft short sleeve polypro (Windstopper) top

Vermarc winter jersey (long sleeve)

Vermarc winter jacket

Moots light wind jacket

Vermarc neck gator

Vermar winter hat

Helmet (Giro winter liner w/plastic bag insert)

Giro Pivot winter glove

Mountain Hardware windstopper fleece over gloves

……and just a touch of Mattyp’s secret coffee embrocation to the knees and lower back.

What are you riding in this time of year?? Enjoy!

 

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