Cold Lunch Ride

I’m back from my lunch ride: 27 degrees1Btw, I love this cold weather. I wear my flannel-lined jeans to work; no one knows they feel just like jammies. ;-)1Btw, I love this cold weather. I wear my flannel-lined jeans to work; no one knows they feel just like jammies. ;-) with 20 mph winds (gusts to 30). No wonder I felt like a slug going upwind. Well, that, and the fact that it’s pretty hard to get enough oxygen through those little holes in the face mask.

Morning Commute, Part XVIII

Today was another chilly, sub-freezing morning, though the picture I snapped on the way to work could pass for early spring.1Fewer leaves thana month ago.

I dressed for bicycling in the cold: rain pants over long pants, rain jacket over a long-sleeved T-shirt and a long-sleeved pullover, Gore-Tex helmet liner, headband over nose and mouth, full-finger gloves, and sunglasses. Amazingly, I did not overheat. Instead, my feet got cold. If this weather continues, I think I’ll try a couple of pairs of socks.

Snow Dusting

Biking in the cold is a challenge.

I’ve figured out how to stay warm. I wear my rain suit over my street clothes, a beanie under my helmet, waterproof, full-fingered gloves, and clear protective glasses. I’m plenty warm.

That’s the problem. By the time I get to work, I’m too warm. I’m experimenting with unzipping my jacket and riding slower, but I still have work to do.

One unexpected discovery: it’s easier to maintain cooler temperatures in the rain — the cool rain on my suit and face cools me quite nicely.

If you’re biking this time of year, how do you regulate your temperature throughout the ride?