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If the 70′s are nice, the 60′s are kinda cool, the 50′s are definitely cool, and the 40′s start to get kinda cold, then the 30′s get into the certainly cold category.
3 to 4 layers, starting with a good short sleeve base layer, a middle-weight mid layer, and a wind-blocking outer layer.
2 layers on your arms, although there are a couple of ways to get there. 1 layer on your legs is sufficient, as they’re working much harder (i.e. more blood flow) than your arms, but you’ll want this to...
Just as Cycling in the 60′s was really an adaptation of what you’d wear in the 70′s, the 40′s are more of an adaptation of the 50′s than a whole new category, which we’ll get to in the 30′s.
3 layers, especially if it’s really windy or at all wet. Add a wind vest to your jersey and base layer.
Arm and knee warmers should still be sufficient, although a heavier pair might make sense.
Long finger gloves, wool socks, toe covers, cycling hat
Optional alternatives -
Optional items from the 60′s become mandatory, and some other items might start to make sense.
Base layer under your jersey, light to middle-weight.
Arm and knee warmers
Long finger gloves, warmer socks, cycling cap
Optional alternatives -
Mid-weight long sleeve jersey in lieu of jersey and arm warmers.
In the 60′s, it’s just cool enough that you may want to add a few things to your usual kit. Obviously if it’s in the upper 60′s and you’re working hard you might not add anything, but if you’re out for an easy spin in the lower 60′s you may want to add more.
Consider a sleeveless base layer underneath your jersey, this is as much about wicking as warmth.
Add arm warmers and knee warmers to keep your arms and legs warm, and protect your knees. Alternately, you could skip the arm warmers...
The possibilities of winter cycling gear are almost endless, and can be overwhelming for the new cyclist. Here’s a list of go-to items that will get you started, and through the colder months. I’m assuming you have a jersey and bibs, so we’ll build from there.
Long finger gloves
Optional Items for rain/temps below ~mid 40′s
Beanie that can cover your ears
If you’re a du- or triathlete, trying to amass winter gear for both sports can get complicated and expensive. Here’s a list of dual-purpose gear that will get you through the winter.
DeFeet Dura Gloves
Lycra tights, no chamois
Base Layer – sleeveless
Base Layer – short sleeve (can be a fitted tech-t)
Middleweight long sleeve jersey
Beanie (should be able to cover ears)
Cycling Toe Covers
If you’re new to running, or just new to running in the cold, here’s a quick list of basic winter running gear to get you started.
Long sleeve tech shirt
You don’t have to buy the most expensive stuff off the bat. Experiment and see what you like, then you can upgrade and add to the list above.
Mixing your own might sound complicated, but it’s easier than you think, a lot cheaper, and works better.
Let’s start with the reasons why you should, and then we’ll talk about how easy it is. The first reason is cost. My favorite commercial sports drink is $25 per container, and each canister will make 25 servings, for $1/bottle. I can mix my own for ~10 cents/bottle. Consider that I went through 5 bottles yesterday alone, and you can see that it doesn’t take long for the savings to add up.
Homemade sports drink will...
Speed laces have several advantages over traditional laces. Let’s take a look at a few of them, and also the drawbacks.
First, your shoes are faster to put on with speed laces, as one might expect. Obviously. But there are two other bonuses you might not have thought about. With speed laces, it’s impossible for your shoes to come untied. Stopping to re-tie your shoes takes time and is intensely frustrating. Plus it can be dangerous if it happens in a crowd; easy for your lace to get stepped on, and really hard to find a safe place...
Last year’s Christmas book list was popular, so we thought we’d do another.
Chrissie Wellington and Craig Alexander both published autobiographies this year, an although I’ve not read them, I have to think they’d be perfect for the triathlete.
We recommended The Feed Zone Cookbook last year, and if you liked that Thomas and Lim have a follow up book, Feed Zone Portables. Since some of their original portables just got me through ironman, the new book is on my “to-read” list.
For the serious runner, the...