Once again I turn to you for help! I am doing the Great Ghost Rider Ramble in IN this Saturday (anyone else??). My distance, 50M, starts at 9:30am. The high for the day is supposed to be 64. If I were running I would be good to go. However, I am feeling a bit out of sorts on the bike.
Is this tights and jacket weather? I don't usually wear bike gloves. Would this be a good day to start?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
You will need to dress slightly warmer than you would for a run. I'd probably go tights or leg warmers. Long sleeve jersey with zipper. Light weight jacket. You probably won't need them, but light weight gloves wouldn't be bad to keep in a pocket. Oh, and remember a hanky unless you wanna be blowing snot rockets.
assuming it's say 55 at start and will warm into low 60's, I'd wear arm warmers, knee warmers, light gloves or no gloves and a nylon vest and figure I'd finish with the vest and gloves stuffed in my jersey. Any chance of rain put a plastic or nylon rain jacket in your jersey pocket.
If it's real damp or windy, add a layer like a wicking top or second jersey and even a light hat if it's quite rainy. I like a wool jersey for that type of weather, it keep you warm when wet and isn't too hot when it warms up.
I tend to not wear a hat until it gets below about 40*. Even though my helmet is adjustable, it never fits right with a hat. Just a personal preference!
Also, I tend to wear a base layer that is skin tight. I think it holds in heat better.
I have some old helmets that I keep around just for winter use. I remove a couple of pads so the helmet fits over my various nanook of the north hats. I have a lot of friends who just skip the helmets in the winter but I try to set an example for my kids.