Would you mind expanding on what some of the items are, generically speaking, so I can try to work out what I might wear out of my closet?
How do you deal with wind chill?
I subtract 5° for a steady headwind and 10° for a really strong headwind. I add 5° for a bright sunny day.
Douglas - thanks for asking.
This was meant for you to fill in your own, but here goes, from left to right.
I have two knit caps, a thin green one and a thicker black one. They are a good base layer when adding a balaclava.
G-Tex = Goretex or an equivalent breathable material. I have 5 different balaclavas that are different thicknesses, including a thin Goretex one.
LST = Long Sleve T-Shirt, and I have them in light and medium thicknesses that I can layer and layer.
I have two jackets, a breathable rain jacket (light green) and a thicker (1/8") Marmot jacket that is my go-to outer layer from 45° and down.
QD = Quick Dry pants. These are cheap, loose and baggy but dry quickly. They have an outer layer and an inner mesh layer.
Wick = Wicking tights. I have light, medium and heavy (L/H).
Ski = ski pants that are well insulated.
Neo = Neosock which are breathable neoprene socks (amzingly waterproof and warm).
eSoles are electric insoles that stay warm for a coulple of hours. Expensive.
Shoes go from light to heavy. I take a Corel boot liner out of its boot and insert it into yellow plastic rain boots.
I have electric gloves and electric mittens (expensive) to keep my hands warm, but each needs a liner glove for best results.
For 20s and below I use ski goggles.
I bicycle five or six days per week, 52 weeks per year and have never missed a commute due to weather ... even in polar vortex weather of a few years ago. The worst I have ridden in is -12 with a 15 mph wind in my face, but I prefer that to 33° and rain.
I am a baby boomer, so if I can do year-round riding, you young whipper-snappers can, too. It is all in the layering. If it is on the outside, it should be Goretex-like. If it touches your skin, it should wick perspiration. The rest is just adding layers in between.
Happy winter riding.
I find with cold weather it all depends on how cold and how long you're outside. If it's in the low 20s I can only ride so long before my hands and feet get cold and I have to go inside to warm up and then resume my ride. If it's in the mid-teens, it's a shorter time before I feel cold.
If it's really cold, near zero, I say the hell with it and ride to the train. And when it's super cold, like -13, I go straight to the nearest bus stop. That time it was -14 I went to the bus stop but the bus didn't show, and after 10 minutes waiting I had to ride to the nearest store (Wal-Mart) because I was freezing!
I ride all the time, year round, but I don't have anything to prove to anybody. Sometimes it's just too damn cold, and not worth it.
I'm a bit lucky in that I only have 2 miles to bike each way. I have a single cap, single balaclava, light and medium weight gloves, breathable vest, breathable lightweight jacket, rain shell, and winter jacket.
Most of the year I wear my casual work shoes, but I have a mid-height casual boot for the winter months.
My casual khaki pants work fine for most of the year, but I have a pair of rainpants that I can throw over them when it's extremely cold and/or wet.
The combination of the various pieces works throughout the year. I have been trying to find a breathable rain shell and winter jacket/shell in safety yellow, but I haven't had any luck so far. It seems that fat guys don't ride bikes. The few manufacturers that make 2XL+ sizes are always out of stock.
Each leg of my commute is 5 miles, but I ride pretty hard which keeps me warm.
Anything over 50, I just wear shorts and a jersey.
30s and 40s, I'll add a base layer under my shorts and jersey, plus gloves with fingers.
Under 30 = warmer gloves, pants, jacket, and ear protection.
Sub-zero, I'll add more layers and a balaclava, but fortunately we don't get too many days like that.
This is fantastic. I need to do something like it because every winter I have to remember what to wear in each temperature range/weather condition. Like if I ride to work tonight, do I need to wear the winter boots to prevent frostbite on my toes? I don't remember what the temperature was last year when that happened....