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MCN  says:

Does the inconvenience of wrapping yourself up for winter outweigh the benefit of riding?

Base layer. Heated vest. Jacket. Goretex. Socks. Boots. Inner gloves, then outers. Buff, or balaclava. Getting ready to go out on your bike in this weather often isn't the most straightforward task, if you're layering up against the cold. It's a lot of kit to wear, let alone to find somewhere to store and dry it all out again! Having to...

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May 10

Posts: 102

Bebobobob says:

that many layers?

I've kept a good pre-sweat core temp up with just a t-shirt and my goretex (fantastic at keeping all air out, thermal padding zips in) in -3*C for prolonged periods on the motorway :S could have done with heated grips though as the fabric of the gloves was plummeting and my arms were cold, neoprene face mask was too warm still but that's better than too cold!

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Mar 11

Posts: 464

johnlad1 says:

if i hadnt had an off

because of the snow on my road id be out riding slong as the roads are clear why should anyone stop riding its hardly inconveint putting on one extra layer or some warmer gloves

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Aug 09

Posts: 2726

MarcusMarsh says:

Extra kit

For those that do not have to ride in the worst of the weather maybe the extra kit (and risk) isn't worth it.  However, for those who's bike is their main means of transport the extra layers are more than just worth it - they are essential!    

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Aug 02

Posts: 3293

eatcs01 says:

Winter kit

Bar muffs and heated grips make a LOT of difference. Also a Gaucho will negate the need for lots of layers.


However, many people won't fit them as they don't look "cool". Biking isn't a fashion statement.

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Jan 13

Posts: 13

YamAustin says:


I dont think you can take the fun and enjoyment out of riding haha

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Jul 08

Posts: 165

Carlosoul says:

There isn't...

bad weather just bad clothing.  From the feet up; good boots, good trousers with waterproofs on top to add another layer, tshirt, shirt, jumper, sweatshirt, good jacket, two bandanas, Gerbings heated gloves and Arai lid.

Like I say no bad clothing and your good to go

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Jan 11

Posts: 8637

snev says:


Yeh but can you get my Busa out of my Driveway ,,, without dropping it because I can't.?

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Dec 09

Posts: 2494

supermario says:

Maybe you need stabilisers

snev. Have you considered something a little more manageable? What about a Honda Melody?

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May 09

Posts: 508

speedo007 says:

It's -29C here today, it's not the wrapping myself thats stopping me from riding, but actually a law on snow tires from December 15th to March 15th preventing bikers to ride period (Quebec, Canada). All vehicules must have certified winter tires during winter, and since they don't make any for bikes (they do make studded tires but no certified winter tires) by default we simply can't ride even if weather was fine. So if on march 14th it's 15C outside, dry roads, great weather, it's illegal to ride. If on march 16th theres a snow storm, legally we can ride.

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Jan 13

Posts: 10

Bikerste says:

Winter Riding

When you use your bike for work because the buses are so crap, winter riding makes sence, tog up well and enjoy, at least we are being paid to ride to work, the down side is keeping the bike clean, and your kit.

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