Member19 November 2016 at 5:45 pm
So, what is the style conscious MTBer who wants to avoid hypothermia wearing this winter?
This will be the first winter back on the bike for about 15 years for me…
Currently, I start with bib-shorts (because of my muffin-top) with a Tenn Outdoors MX top and Tesco cargo shorts over them. This combo obviously isn’t waterproof. I have a pair of Endura Singletrack trousers and an Endura Gridlock “Waterproof” jacket, but they are splashproof at best. I also have non-cycling specific fleece tops for layering. Cold is fairly easy to deal with, it’s wet and/or cold that is the issue.
I’m thinking of sticking with bibs, but either 3/4 of full length and lightweight, possibly waterproof, shorts over the top as they will be quick drying. The disadvantage with this is shoes filling up with water. I dug a pair of Northwave Arctic 210 boots out of the garage the other day, along with a pair of Sealskinz socks of similar vintage so hopefully that’s my feet sorted…
Member19 November 2016 at 10:43 pm
Decathlon Btwin 700 everything with an Aldi base layer if and when required. Decathlon do a Btwin 900 but it is to warm for me even a t -18C.
i commute in all weathers every week day.
Member20 November 2016 at 12:28 am
Bought a pair of goggles this week. I did
Expecting snow I am – yes ?
Also been watching Star Wars
Member20 November 2016 at 1:35 pm
A decent base layer is a must, I also swear by sealskinz socks.
Nice lightweight layers and plenty of them is the best way of staying warm, I’ve yet to find the perfect cycling waterproof jacket though. I am going to try an Endura MT500 II Jacket next, it’s bloody expensive but gets great reviews and I have good experience with other Endura gear.
A buff is a great cheap bit of kit too, I use summer gloves all year round as I don’t like bulky gloves, I do have a pair of thin glove liners if it gets too cold and I use disposable nitrite inspection gloves underneath if it’s really cold and wet (a trick I learned when surveying sites in Scottish winters).
I wear 3/4 length shorts all year round with my knee pads and it’s pretty much good enough, I wear thermal leggings underneath if it does get too cold though.
I love riding on the winter! 😀
Member21 November 2016 at 9:47 am
Also been watching Star Wars
😆 😆 😆
Member21 November 2016 at 9:51 am
Used me skull cap for the first time in ages today. pissing down with cold rain and blowing a gale 🙁
a skull cap is good bit of kit when it is absolutely shite outside, 8)
I actually considered putting my steamer wet suit on this morning 😆 😆
Member24 November 2016 at 8:33 pm
I picked up a set of pearl ismus thermal bottoms in Feb and they are great. A micro fleece layer on the front of the legs to keep the cold off, and bib style to prevent them slipping. I swear by them now, brilliant piece of kit. I also bought some overshoes in a sale in the summer so wear them over my normal clip on shoes, again they do a great job.
The rest is my normal riding stuff but with a couple of layers I.e. long sleeve t-shirt, cycling jersey and the lightweight jacket. Gloves are Aldi/Lidl specials.
Layers always work and can be just as effective as expensive clothing.
Member25 November 2016 at 11:16 am
For the last two weeks I have been permanently wearing my waterproof jacket, trousers, gloves and overshoes – as well as a balaclava and a Neck Tube over that again!
It won’t be long before I switch to the snow boots and even my new goggles.
I am even considering a full face helmet – just for warmth!
Currently – the single speed is prepped with the Ice Spiker Tyres and 32/20 ratio – ready for any ice and snow that may arrive without warning.
Trouble is – it looks that aggressive with those tyres on, that I can’t see me resisting taking it out tomorrow and thrashing it around the mountains 😈