We had quite a few responses from the survey indicating that some comment re dressing for the weather would be helpful. There's a ton of stuff that you can read on the web. This article is quite useful as it actually gives temperatures
The risk is always overdressing for the ride. I have never yet been too cold but have frequently had to ditch clothing as I go. In my case, as long as my hands, feet and ears are good then I can handle anything else.
Theresa and I are huge fans of arm and leg warmers. Using them with a light windbreaking cycling vest is a flexible way of going for a ride where the temp may start off cool but warm up as the sun rises. You don't need to spend a ton of money, as long as they break the wind. We actually have some Spoke n'Hot arm warmers left, I'm not sure of the sizes. E-mail me if you're interested.
The other go-to for us is a thin merino wool long sleeve jersey. A couple of years ago we picked up some Paradox merino wool blend jerseys at Costco, super cheap $30 or so, and just excellent value for money. Probably my favorite piece of clothing.
I'll leave the glove choice to you.
Keeping your feet warm is incredibly important. If you wear cycling shoes then be aware that most of them are designed to flow air through to keep your feet as cool as possible. There's a couple of ways you can deal with this. You can duct tape over the vents, kinda ugly but neat in a street cred," I don't care what I look like" way or...wear toe covers.
If you're going to be out all day and it's miserable then get some booties, there's tons of choice out there. One comment I'll make is that they tend to get pretty beaten up in a short period of time so buy decent but not stupidly expensive ones. Or you can get a pair of old socks, cut a hole in the bottom for the cleat and call it good..I've done it and it works. Theresa was a little embarrassed though...
Wet weather is a bit of a challenge. What we have found is that waterproof leggings are a waste of time. If you wear waterproofs then you end up sweating so much that you may as well not bother. Put a pair of tights or legwarmers on and accept the fact that your legs will get wet. Your legs will still stay reasonably warm unless you are in the mother of all downpours ( thinking Golden Triangle last year for some of you)
Get a lightweight rain jacket, preferably HiViz, with a hood. Some of the better ones have vents on the side and are actually quite comfortable. Get one that is cycling specific with pockets in the back, really handy. You could also rock a garbage bag...
A tip from a couple of riders is to get a shower cap to put over your helmet. Cheap and very effective.
Cycling is an active sport. I heard someone say that there are no bad riding days, just bad clothing decisions.
Weather for Monday is ?? but I really want us out there so think about what you have or need. Freddy has a ton of good stuff to keep you warm and dry and don't forget that you always get the Spoke n'Hot discount,
See you Monday,
Mark and Theresa.
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.