I know, I know. It doesn’t snow like this in Orlando. But with some of the coldest weather of the season so far upon us, I wondered how everyone did with their commute clothing options …
The bank’s digital display read 42 degrees as I began my commute this morning before sunrise. I wasn’t sure if I had dressed appropriately for the weather, but as it turned out, I was pretty comfy for the 12 mile ride into work.
I started with a short sleeve t-shirt (cotton, I know not the best choice), followed by a base layer of general-purpose poly thermal pants and long-sleeve top. For the legs, I added my normal riding shorts over the top of the thermal pants, and over my regular thin-socks added a thick, high-calf sock (again unfortunately cotton, will need to switch that out to a wool blend of some kind) , tucking the thermals underneath it. Shoes remained the same (a water-type athletic shoe).
Over the top of my thermal tops was a biker’s long-sleeve shirt with a mock-turtle neck, followed by a similar short-sleeve shirt. I then used some compression arm-warmers, gloves, and took care of my head with a configurable balaclava-type scarf to cover up most of my head, neck and chin area. Added glasses (to keep wind out of eyes) and of course my helmet.
And …. it worked pretty good. My core area stayed pretty warm without excessive sweating, and legs were fine except for a little cold around the knee area. The feet were a little cold — I need to switch to better socks (not cotton). Head was fine. Got to find substitutes for the cotton items. Of course, since all this was layers, I can take off as much as I need for the warmer temps for the commute home.
How are you coping with the cold? Hoping this cold weather is not keeping your from continuing to commute!!