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Riding in cold weather.

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So I've been riding since August of this year and try to get as much riding as possible. It has been getting very cold here in New England. I've been riding in 50 degree weather no problem but this morning when I decided to take the bike to work, it was 30 degrees out. I decided to take the city roads instead of the highway but even through the city riding, I was very cold by the time I go to work (20 minutes). The most problematic for me is the knees getting very cold. It's been 5 hours since my ride and my knees are still cold.

How many of you ride in below freezing temps? What are your ideas on staying warm? Any thoughts or comments?
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I'm up in Canada and the past couple weeks it's normally been 25-35*F; I still ride to work every day etc (only short rides though; nothing longer than 30 minutes normally). I wear my Puma 1000 boots (no ventilation is actually a plus for once), riding jeans + thermal leggings, then tshirt, sweater, and fleece under a regular Belstaff leather jacket. Balaclava and some 30 year old insulated leather snowmobile gloves finish it off.

Been using this combo for 3 years now (I ride until the snow starts, normally the beginning of December) with quite a bit of success. I keep saying I'll buy heated grips and/or some of the motocross-style handle guards or whatever they're called... but haven't felt the need really.
Cold weather riding is fine and all, but... I think I'm going to have to put the bike away soon.

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^My 30 year old snowmobiling gloves are freaking incredible. It was 12*F on the ride in this morning (0*F with windchill) and I wasn't cold at all.
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