Monday, November 10, 2014
Cold Weather Gear
Now that the weather is turning cold, most bikers put away their machines. Not me. I enjoy riding so much that I never store my bikes. I ride year-round.
Winter in New York can get cold but if you dress right, it's bearable. Saturday night I went out on my sportbike (Yamaha FZ-1) for three hours in the bracing cold. It was 40-degrees but I was fine.
What helps is the right gear. Like this shirt. It's made of high-tech material that traps your body-heat. Most times, we get cold not because of the external temperature but because we let our own heat dissipate. Trapping it keeps you warm.
I also have five different pairs of riding gloves, of varying weight. For hot weather when your hands sweat, my perforated gloves let air keep them cool. For normal weather, I have regular leather. For the cold, I have three pairs of increasing thickness and warmth. The cold-weather gloves all have gauntlets which cover your wrist and prevent cold air from sneaking up your sleeves. The tradeoff is their thickness, which keeps you warm, impairs your hands from moving easily. My warmest gloves, for truly frigid temps, move as little as astronaut gloves.
How do you dress for cold weather?