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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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Anything above 40 degrees is fine, and anything above 30 is tolerable. You don't need all this fancy cold weather gear either, though it helps.

Use your normal gear with layers underneath, and, an absolute MUST for cold weather riding is balaclava and glove liners underneath your gloves. For me, it's only my face and hands that get cold out there in this type of weather, and that solves both issues.

Is it as fun as summer? No, not really. But sometimes it is, because people look at you like you're nuts :D.
one other thing, the gas tank gets very cold, that gets very uncomfortable when you're basically humping the tank and holding your knees against the tank.

I was thinking of getting some knee pads maybe for the times that it gets very cold. Won't look cool but it might help.

I'll look into the one piece suits. It would suck though having to change before and after work just to ride the bike.
Looking cool shouldn't be all that important while riding.

And, most people change before and after riding the bike anyway because they have gear..
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