This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter clothing

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don't really get too involved in "dressing for cycling."  A lot of people use a lot of cycle specific clothing and that's ok, but I do more on my bike than just ride around in circles real fast.  There are devotee's of the sport who wouldn't be caught dead without some very expensive and revealing spandex on when they ride.  I don't really see that it's necessary.  During the winter, I wear an all purpose base layer (aka. longjohns)under jeans or slacks, a long sleeved sport shirt and a fleece jacket.  The only additional cold protection I use is a pair of convertible mittens:

They allow your bare finger to be exposed whenever you need them

and very simply cover them for warmth when you don 't.  Made of Thinsulate these do a great job of keeping the hands warm, provide extra visibility in traffic and only cost a 5-10 dollars at the local discount/or hardware store.
I also where a bakalava type of head gear, this one is made of Polartec and is called a Headsock.
I generally don't wear it over the head because it simply gets too hot, but provides great protection for the face and neck in the wind.   All together it is pretty simple to stay warm without looking like a "spandex hamster"  run amok.

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