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  • I used to put spray-on deodorant on my feet when it was cold out. This meant that they didn’t sweat. Not sure I’d go the other direction and put embro on my toes!

    • Scuddsy

      Wrap glad wrap around your socks – Boltsy swears by it!

      • lowercasev

        Now that is gross!

    • lowercasev

      That’s a new one Wade!

  • jules

    what never ceases to amaze me is people commuting to work in winter, in shorts and t-shirt. I often have colleagues ask me “wow isn’t it too cold to ride?” no, not with the amount of gear I’m wearing. but I can guess what they’d wear if they decided to commute. mind you if I added up the amount of time in a given year I spent putting on/pulling off all my gear…

    • Warwick

      You get it in group rides too where you turn up like you’re off to the antarctic and theres the guy there in shorts and maybe a long sleeve jersey if he’s lucky. Brrr makes me cold just looking at them.

    • Winky

      I’m the opposite. I look at how much stuff people pack on as soon as the sun goes behind a cloud and I wonder how they don’t become dehydrated from sweating in the porta-sauna they have created for themselves. I ride summer gear down to about 12 degrees, and it has to be actually snowing before I’ll put on a jacket.

      • lowercasev

        You are too hard core for me!

    • Nick

      There is a guy on the Northern Beaches of Sydney who is famous for this. Summer, Spring, Autumn or Winter he rolls along Military Road Mosman in nothing but shorts, t-shirt and – wait for it – no shoes (he’s got old school flat rubber pedals). This guys is hard as nails (or crazy)

  • Warwick

    I’ve been finding two pairs of thinner gloves seem to be working better for me on the real cold days than one pair of thick ones, I’m currently using a set of softshell outers with a merino liner. I also read somewhere if you can keep your arms warm this will help with circulation to the hands, so this year I’ve been wearing arm warmers under winter jackets/jerseys and it does seem to work.

    • jules

      yes, your hands don’t lose circulation only cos you’re not wearing warm enough gloves, it happens as a defence mechanism by your body to start switching off circulation to low priority body parts, to preserve circulation to priority ones (e.g. heart). your hands and feet are first cabs off the rank. so making other parts of your body warm to protect your hands is effective.

    • Karl

      I like the double glove approach too. Inside glove is a thin knit (cheap polypro or coolmax), outside a thin fingerless. Fine for sub-zero temperatures in the dry and down to maybe 8º in the wet. For me, sweating is always worse than plain cold so breathabilty is essential.

    • Karl

      I like the double glove approach too. Inside glove is a thin knit (cheap polypro or coolmax), outside a thin fingerless. Fine for sub-zero temperatures in the dry and down to maybe 8º in the wet. For me, sweating is always worse than plain cold so breathabilty is essential.

  • mouse

    A certain unnamed latex shoe cover has been my saviour this Melbourne winter. I really like having dry feet when it’s p*ssing rain. In spite of that, my toes are a bit damaged from all of the repeated frost nip (or chillblaines or whatever your cultural background calls them). It’s been a particularly cold and wet one this year. It’s the first time I can recall riding in 4 degrees and pouring rain in the 10 or so years that I’ve been commuting here. Roll on spring!!

    • Karl

      Was wondering about those. How’s the durability?

    • Karl

      Was wondering about those. How’s the durability?

  • Cat Haggart

    Wearing my merino skiing socks that go right up to my knees under my merino leg warmers and my rapha merino neck warmer – these are my favourite winter woolies !!!

    • lowercasev

      Haha Cat – great tip with the ski socks!

  • Paul Jakma

    Merino leg warmers. I was very surprised last winter when I found they were warmer than my dhb roubaix bibs.

  • Richard

    And you have cold plus wet, don’t jump in the hot shower too quckly. The pain as the blood returns to hands and feet can be worse than anything on the ride.

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