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post #1 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Riding Gear for the Warm-Blooded

Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and to owning an red n black '05. I'm a student at the University of Georgia (go dawgs) and I got this bike to save on gas and to well, just to have one.
The problem is this; I'm going to be riding in wet and somewhat cold weather and I despise being cold and wet. I skipped spring break this year in order to put in a 40 hour week and buy some quality gear, so my budget is around $400.
(What I think I need) - a jacket/pant combo that is waterproof, possibly with zip-out liners? - warm, waterproof gloves, I've heard that sealskinz are good? - some type of warm riding boots - heated hand grips? - a baklava or something of that type - a comfortable helmet -
I've got some stuff like long underwear. I don't really know what I need, but I want pretty good quality stuff. I know that with my budget I won't be able to get top of the line gear. Thanks, Gabe <><
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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Hey Gabe,

Welcome aboard.

I just bought a nice jacket from www.leatherup.com It is a Tour Master
Saber Series 2. I have not yet been able to ride yet because of the weather but the jacket seems to be very nice.

I am sure you will get plenty of info here.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 05:47 PM
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If you plan to use the gear on an every day basis, the best gear for that will always be the easiest to use. You want the best outfit that goes on and off quickly and doesn't require the use of anything else other then regular clothes underneath. Simple Simple Simple, that's the key. If it's cumbersome, you won't be very happy having to get in and out of it everywhere you go.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-19-2008, 08:13 PM
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+1 on what Wanderer said... Keep it simple

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Started street riding in Minnesota, and that taught me mucho about cold-weather gear. Once you get the waterproof stuff figured out, adding electrically-heated stuff works amazingly well. After I got a Widder electric vest & gloves, I kicked myself for not buying them sooner. There are other brands out there, just make sure you get one with a thermostat so you can control the temp. Boots are a little tougher. I settled on a pair of leather riding boots one size larger than usual, then layer underneath with a polypro sock, then a thick fleece or wool sock over that. If I think I'll be riding in hard pee, I'll throw on Sealskinz socks before putting on the boots (which I've waterproofed with several rubbed-in coats of Aquaseal).
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-21-2008, 05:17 PM
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Welcome Gabe.First off,you picked one of the most affordable and versatile bikes out there.Kudos.I can't say enough about the importance of riding gear. one thing I can say is this is an area not to skimp on.Been ridin on 2 wheels since 1971.Kissing the asphalt or taking a dirt sample is not always an enjoyable event.There are plenty of manufacturers of riding gear and personal preferance is the order of the day.I take ATGATT very seriously and always try to convey that to all riders.Here are a few sites that will get you started,and if your close to an IRON PONY store they have racks upon racks of riding gear.Have fun

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-22-2008, 12:43 AM
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If you plan to use the gear on an every day basis, the best gear for that will always be the easiest to use. You want the best outfit that goes on and off quickly and doesn't require the use of anything else other then regular clothes underneath. Simple Simple Simple, that's the key. If it's cumbersome, you won't be very happy having to get in and out of it everywhere you go.
Yeah ok well what brand is that or where do they sell that stuff at
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Yeah ok well what brand is that or where do they sell that stuff at
Well, I rode to work yestday in 15F temps.. I thought about my motorcycle stuff and my electric vest, and instead grabbed my Polaris snowmobile jacket and bibs, and the warmest gloves I own, and my Turtle Fur Balacava..

I got to work, 10 miles later, completely warm..

I figure if it's what keeps me warm when riding my snowmobile at -10F, it should keep me warm on the bike..

It was 25F when I rode home, and I ended up riding an extra 25 miles because it was fun and I was comfortable.

My Polaris Fusion jacket was $160 and the Polaris insulated bibs were $60. The balacava was $25, and the gloves were another twenty spot..
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