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:
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!