There’s something to be
said about going out in horrid
conditions and being comfortable
and warm for the entire ride.
It takes practice, proper gear
and dedication. It helps to be
consistent because then you start
to know just how much clothing
to add or remove for temperature
changes. 10 degrees up or down
from 30 degrees or colder can
be the difference between freezing
and being miserable or being
warm and happy and looking forward
to getting back out tomorrow.
Goal: To bring you
a quality, functional product
that works well and lasts,
make changes to improve our products,
not to change for the sake
of change and to use feedback
from our customers to bring you
the best product we can. Bar
Mitts were not developed sitting
on the couch. I ride almost every
day (rain, snow or cold). It’s
my sanity and I hope that Bar
Mitts work for you and helps
to get you out there.
Hands: The Bar Mitts of course are very
warm and help protect your hands from the wind, rain, and
snow. Varying the thickness of the gloves you wear with
the “Bar Mitts” depends on the outdoor temperature.
I prefer using full fingered gloves but the thickness will
vary depending on how cold it is. Partially un-zipping the
“Bar Mitts”, will help with ventilation if your
hands get too warm.
Upper Body: From 40 degrees or less,
I layer with the poly clothes (2-3-4 layers) under an over
sized long sleeve jersey (pockets are a must for me). When
it is really cold, I add a thin fleece under the jersey.
As with all cold weather sports, getting wet will usually
or eventually make you cold. I start out with a windbreaker
vest and carry a long sleeve windbreaker in the back pocket.
I put that on about half way.
Legs: I wear bib shorts with tights of
three different thicknesses according to the temperature.
Feet: I am still a bootie guy. I use a
lace up pair of shoes that slide in and out of the booties
easily. I have two different thicknesses and sizes of booties
depending on the temperature. The thicker and larger pair
for cold days. I have a thick sock that slides over my shoe
(cut a hole for the cleat). Then put the thicker bootie
over that. This increases the insulation layer.
When it is crazy cold, I use a rubber band to hold a heat
pack over the shoes on top of my toes. Add the sock and
then the bootie. During the winter months, I generally ride
1 ½ to 2 hours. The heat packs can last 2 - 3 rides
if I shut them off. I use a baby food jar which is air tight
and works really well (no air, no heat).
Head: Use a different thickness size balaclava
and a fleece ear headband around my neck. Some days I use
a thin beanie hat. I switch to a slightly larger helmet
for the colder days to accommodate the extra thickness.
Sometimes just removing the padding from the helmet will
give you the extra room needed.
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