Day 17. 30 Days of Biking

It’s spring. It’s winter. No, it’s both–let’s call it Springter.

How do you dress for a short road ride in Springter?

If you’re breaking out the dedicated cycling gear, your outfit might look like this.

  • Pearl Izumi bib shorts
  • Old, stretched out bib tights (no chamois)
  • Patagonia Capilene baselayer top
  • DelMonte jersey
  • Giro helmet
  • Weatherneck Mullet Hat
  • Weatherneck Facemask
  • Rear-view mirror (attaches to glasses)
  • Specialized gloves
  • Specialized shoe covers
  • Shimano SPD shoes
  • Smartwool socks

Yes, it takes forever to put all this on. But it sure is nice to have on a 32-degree day.

I took off the facemask about halfway through the ride. Removing the facemask is a one-handed operation because it snaps together behind the neck using magnets.

Then I unzipped the jacket while climbing and completed the ride without any further sartorial fiddling.

Pretty comfortable, all things considered. I know the spectators were impressed.

But it took almost as long to dress as it did to pedal the 11-mile loop. So the obvious solution is longer rides.

NOTE: If you overlook average speed, I’m getting faster. Checkout that downhill speed.

How do I do it? Cheap, heavy wheels and tires. You know, what all the kids want these days.

Seems the bike is dressed in its Springter best, too.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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