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post #1 of 34 Old 09-14-2011, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Cold weather gear.

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I am going to be running my bike all year, even when the temps are in the 20s and 30s. I need to stay warm on 85 mile trips. Please give me your thoughts. I do not want electric gear. There has to be gear that will work without heating elements.
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post #2 of 34 Old 09-14-2011, 09:46 PM
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I'm not up on the Outer wears but I'm a big fan of silks underneath. I never go snowboarding with out them. My biggest must is comfort & from reading your post it's a big one with you. Silks man...Silks!

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I have gotten some really nice stuff for winter riding from chaperall.
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the best setup on our inuvik trip was dry wear base layer, long sleeve down puff jacket then klim traverse gore outer. as soon as i can afford the outers ...IMO dry is better than heated.

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post #5 of 34 Old 09-15-2011, 01:11 AM
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Good question. I'll be watching. I want to extend my KLR commuting as long as possible this year. 43 on the way home tonight and my arms were getting cold. 43's not bad, but I swear it seems 10 degrees colder when it's dark and it's a 40-minute trip.




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I ride down to 33 anymore (I don't need to find ice and the midwest is full of it) but have ridden colder. I like Under Armor hunting long johns for a base. The best top layer I've found is the Air Force's winter flight suit, but you could buy a dozen of Cabela's best snowmobile suits for less.
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Guys,

I am going to be running my bike all year, even when the temps are in the 20s and 30s. I need to stay warm on 85 mile trips. Please give me your thoughts. I do not want electric gear. There has to be gear that will work without heating elements.

Layers... good synthetic base (not cotton) insulatiing layer and windproof/waterproof outer. Seal up you neck area, windproof is a must. WebBikeWorld has a lot of good cold weather reviews. I wear a balaclava below 40 deg. in additon to the neck gaitor. Motorcycle specific ones are generally longer and stay tucked in when turning your head.

Hands are the hardest to keep warm IMHO. I tried most everything short of heated gloves even bought some pricey ($150) gloves. What works is heated grips and handle bar mitts. I know you said that you don't want electric but grip heaters are so worth it! I use the cheap Rocky Mt. mitts but I have bark buster type guards that hold the mitts off the levers.

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post #8 of 34 Old 09-15-2011, 12:26 PM
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My winter gear is the cheapest gear i have. A pare of coveralls from walmart for 60 bucks (water resistance, extra strength from knees down with extra water proofing), a set of steal toe rubber boots from walmart 24 bucks, an armored vest from riders discount 100 bucks, and water proof slip on jacket 20 bucks from bike bandit. And a set of gore-tex winter gloves.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Walls-Men-...erall/14893232

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Men-s-14-S...Boots/16648069

Depending on how cold it is i throw on what is necessary underneath... tshirt, long sleeve, sweater, jeans, insulated jeans. And of course use the tail bag to hold extra layers or to shed them.
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I do it on the cheap, also. A pair of Carhartt logger jeans, which are 15 oz. denim with double knees, with a pair of sweat pants underneath. Work boots with heavy socks. Long sleeve wicking shirt with a long sleeve pullover. My Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket with the liner in. Neck gaiter. RedHead 70 gram Thinsulate gloves. Keeps me warm down to the mid 20's.
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post #10 of 34 Old 09-15-2011, 02:03 PM
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I wear motorcycle specific outer gear especially gloves in the winter also.

I figure you have even a higher chance of an accident in the winter. Also the Michelin Man look doesn't lend itself to mobility/dexterity.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9
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