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.