Hit the road today on the bike for a 20 mile ride after a couple weeks of cold, wet , and as of two days ago, snowy weather. It was 32 degrees when I left the house. There was considerable ice and slop on the driveway, but on the asphalt the surface was mostly clear.
Some of my southern brethren are amazed at what we have to endure to keep moving outside here in Maine.
Here’s what I wear from top to bottom when bicycling down to 14 degrees, which is my own personal record for riding outdoors.
-Patagonia Windstopper balaclava
-Tifosi wrap around glasses with interchangeable lenses
TORSO= next to skin
midlayer- Patagonia long sleeve turtleneck
outer layer- North Face softshell Windstopper jacket
Reflective mesh vest
hands- chemical heat packs inside of US Army surplus mitten shells with wool mitten liners
-regular Lycra bicycling shorts
-Patagonia -Coolweather tights
-light wool socks
-Northwave winter riding shoes with neoprene inserts
( if below 25 degrees or windy out I wear battery powered electric socks)