Got out last night for a ride down the length of Old Quaker Road. Felt great on a crisp ride with moderate hills; I was surprised that traffic was heavier, but then I was out a little earlier as well – 6:30-7:30.
24 degrees F. I purchased my final piece of wool for the season – a Banana Republic Merino sweater with a full zipper. They list for $80 and I got it for $15. When it arrived yesterday Red said it looks more like an office sweater and was too nice for biking. Still, I opted to try it under the Illuminite jacket. It was perfect. I didn’t notice, but when I got back the inside liner of the jacket was wet, but I couldn’t really feel any moisture on the sweater. I’m sold on merino wool. Any colder and I can layer the lightweight shirt underneath the sweater; any warmer and I can go with just the shirt. Either way, I’m going to give the Underarmor to my son since he is always nicking it anyway.
For pants I wore a pair of Cannondale winter tights with lycra padded shorts underneath. At first they were (are) cool on the backs because that is where the lighter breathable fabric is; but once you warm up they feel fine. So all in all, I believe I finally have all the winter riding gear worked out and have a pretty good idea what works under which conditions.
Distance: 13.3 miles 2009: 22.7