They’re part of the conspiracy

Today was rainy and in the 40s (5-9°C) all day. I biked to work and wore:

I was lucky to not get caught in the rain on the way there or back so I didn’t get to test the waterproof-ness of the jacket or pants. But! I can tell you that the windproof-ness of both was fantastic. The only parts of me that were cold were the ones that weren’t covered: ears and hands. I should have worn my skullcap under my helmet (which would have covered my ears!) and I need a pair of full-fingered gloves that aren’t heavy winter gloves. The thin gloves I used to wear ripped at the seams… but they weren’t very wind-resistant even when they were intact so I have mixed feelings about getting another pair.

You could let yourself just slip away

Something that cheered me up today: USPS left a package inside the building instead of having me go to the post office to pick it up! (It really is the little things that make us happy.) It’s full of bike attire:

I’m gearing up for the winter! I expect to keep riding until snow makes it impossible for me to do so.

Here she comes in a suit and tie

Since I never know what to wear (and have panic attacks when trying to plan an outfit for the day), figuring out what to wear while on my bike (to ride the 3mi [4.8km] to work) is even harder. So I’m going to try to keep track of my more comfortable outfits based on the weather.

Allie decked out in bike gearIt was in the 50s (10-15°C) yesterday. I try not to be too Lance Armstrong-y about my outfits but I need to stay warm and dry. (I’m a generally sweaty person. In warmer temperature, I bring an entire change of clothes with me to work.) This is what I wore (and what is pictured here):

On my ride to work in the morning, I was a little chilly. (The temperature was in the mid-40s at 9 AM.) However, I arrived at work feeling relatively warm and virtually sweat-free (score!). I changed just my top (and rolled down my pant legs) and off I went to work. It was then that I quickly put on a sweater and scarf I keep at work because it is freezing in the office.

The ride home was even better because it had gotten warmer (mid- to upper-50s): I didn’t feel too hot or too cold, it was just right. I would maybe wear thicker/longer socks. I am also still trying to figure out the best footwear for the occasion.

Any other cyclists out there want to share what you wear on your commute in 50°F weather?