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    Default Concise Cold Weather Advice.

    How about a thread of concise cold weather riding advice. Suggest keeping it to three concise phrases in bullet format. Here are my three.

    1. Toes lightly covered in petroleum jelly stay warm

    2. Too thick of socks can reduce blood flow to the feet making them colder

    3. Slice out all elastic wrist cuffs on jackets/jerseys as these can reduce blood flow to hands.


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    1. Layers (wool against your skin)
    2. Layers (not too tight)
    3. Stop and take off layers if you're too warm
    Last edited by dasgeh; 01-08-2014 at 12:20 PM. Reason: Mikey's point

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    Never heard the Vaseline tip before, but I like it. Might have to give that a try sometime. Cheaper than YakTrax!

    Similar, but likely unrelated to the my wife's assertion that she feels warmer going outside in the cold if she puts on moisturizer/lotion first.

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    If you're warm when you get on the bike, you're overdressed.

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    I do this trick (I copied from Pete Beers): Move my fingers and toes in my gloves/shoes about every couple of minutes. I sing to myself, "Fingers and Toes, Fingers and Toes, see how we move our Fingers and Toes" Sounds kind of silly I know but it does help to keep the blood flowing to them BEFORE they get cold, which keeps them warm longer. Also, no one is around in this weather so I can sing like an idiot as much as I want. "Summer Breeze" was in my head yesterday as I crossed the 14th street bridge.

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    Other tricks include:

    Layers are good, but remember, don't constrict one set of gloves/hat/shirt, etc by shoving them (too tightly) in another set. Insulation works by allowing spaces around your body to heat up and having that heat not escape either by conduction/convection/radiation. If your clothes/gloves are too tight you lose the R-value of your insulation and heat transfers by conduction away from your body.

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    Pee in your bib if your legs get cold. If your butt is cold,,,,

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    http://www.madalchemy.com/products-p...g-embrocation/

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    Put a chemical toe warmer on the toes of your shoes on the outside, then put shoe covers over the top. It does wonders.

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    Slow down - don't overdo it. You are probably carrying an additional 10-15 lbs of clothing on your body, that is also constricting your breathing. Hills will be harder, winds will be stronger. You will get a bigger workout than you do in the warmmer months. Try to regulate (remove clothing, lower zippers) prior to sweating. When you sweat, your clothes (with the exception of some wool clothing) become bad insulators and you cool off quickly. Stop for any bit of time and you will instantly be cold when you return to the wind. Even people in great shape can overexert them selves and cause injury. Don't be a hero.

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