I worked hard this year to regain some of my youthful stamina and I’ll be danged if I’m going to let cold weather keep me from riding. I didn’t want to invest much money in my endeavor to weather the winter so I went to Walmart to get my much thought out riding apparel.
I’ve read that I’m supposed to dress in layers. This is how I did it.
I started with a toboggan, I picked out one of florescent orange so I could be seen on cold cloudy days, a black ski mask (it only came in black and the check-out clerk told me not to wear it in the store or into a 7-11). I got Fruit of the Loom long johns, tops and bottoms. I went with a first class name brand since it would be against my tender skin. A long sleeve tee-shirt, large so it could go on easily over the long johns top. I have several extra large sweat shirts that I can wear over the long sleeve tee-shirt. To top it off, I bought a red sweat suit that Sue said looked like something Santa would wear, or maybe that was something he wouldn’t wear. Whatever. I almost forgot that I needed gloves for winter. All my gloves are work gloves with holes worn in the tips of the fingers and I wouldn’t want to give the impression that riding a recumbent was anything like work. So, I got the black padded ones, not so padded that I couldn’t shift gears but padded enough to keep my hands warm. To top it off I have my big black clunker sun glasses that the eye doctor gave me when I had my cataract surgery. There big enough to go over my regular glasses that I never wear since I had the cataracts removed. I had to use electrical tape to tape on my mirror because the ear piece was so wide.
Day before yesterday I went for my first sub 40 degree ride this year with my new Walmart riding apparel. I got about a mile down the road and had to stop and take the ski mask off. It kept riding up over my eyes and I couldn’t see through the little holes in the knit. After climbing the hill leading up to Willow Springs Baptist Church I had to stop and take off my jacket, you really work up a sweat climbing hills. But guess what? I was very comfortable riding late into the afternoon. I’ll have to get a larger ski mask, but other than that I ready for at least 30 F dry weather. Bring it on!
I don’t know if you can see out the window behind me or not. This morning it is 35 F and raining, I don’t ride when it’s raining. I know, I know. I hear you.