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How do You Stay Warm in <40°F Weather?

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Trevor
I'm now commuting year round on my bike which I haven't done before. I can handle off road rides in the cold, but the chill of road speeds is a lot more intense.
How do you stay warm in serious cold weather?

I have a heated jacket, but my legs and neck get extremely cold. Those two are my main focuses.

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Tom
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I stay quite comfy with ballistic overpants. As for my neck, my first gear Kilimanjaro has a collar and never have a problem keeping my neck warm. A silk scarf works well, thin enough that it won't bunch up an the fine weave keeps wind out.
 

Texas T

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You're part of the way there... heated gear is the only way to go. Gerbings or Warm n Safe. See @Ken Phenix for custom heated gloves and WnS heated gear, or if you so desire he has some of the older Widder heated gear available.

Balaclava for your face/neck is going to be best for keeping that part of you warm and shielded from the wind/cold.
 
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I went electric last year (right after a VERY cold couple days of riding), and LOVE it. The magic of electrics is that you wear layers enough for the ambient temp, say 35 or 40, then use the electrics to counteract the 70 mph wind chill. Stop at a red light or enter city traffic, and switch it off to prevent sweating. For me, keeping my core and hands warm also keeps the rest of me warn enough, but if that's not enough for you:

Legs: I guess get heated pants. My legs don't bother me with high-quality thermals and pants with winter lining.
Neck: I use a wool scarf usually, or a bakalava-type thing that is really uncomfortable but warm. I like the idea of a silk scarf - it's surprising how warm that stuff is. I have a silk sleeping bag liner and it makes a huge difference on chilly nights.
 
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I don't tend to ride in temps less than 50, but when I do, I use something called a gaiter that fits around my neck and just long johns under the jeans. I have heated grips for my hands.

The gaiter is something like this and I got mine from Academy for about 10 bucks
 
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I would put on snowpants over my jeans for my legs in the cold. Wind proof, water proof and warm. Now my commute is too short for that.
 
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Ride a fully-faired touring bike. :rider:
Short of that, windproofing and electric heating. I only have a heated vest, but the bike has heated grips and seats. The combination of the fairings and heated seat work well enough for me that I have not needed to consider heated pants riding around Texas. I have heated gloves for longer rides in the cold since the grips don't do a great job; they help, but my fingers still get cold.
 
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I would put on snowpants over my jeans for my legs in the cold. Wind proof, water proof and warm. Now my commute is too short for that.
2nd on this one. I purchased some returned men's ski pants off Amazon for $26. I pick black and a couple of sizes larger so I could slip them over my clothes. Road to work at about 30F at 75MPH for 40 minutes and they worked fine. Ad said they were water and wind resistance.
 
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I used to wear a rainsuit over warm base layers. Lately I just have rain pants to keep my knees from freezing. A fleece vest under my leather jacket and a silk western bandana over my neck and face. I have some warm guantlet gloves that are good down about 40 degrees, but below that and I need grip heaters. I reminded myself that my grip heaters need to be repaired soon after these last couple mornings. When it gets in the lower 20's I get headaches anymore from the wind, so that is usually my cut off. This is for an hour commute, shorter rides the cold don't really matter. I can tell you long days in the cold wear you out. Do not ride to Ohio to visit family over the holidays....
 
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Actually the most annoying part is what to do with all the layers you don't need on the ride home in the afternoon most days. Don't forget to pack your normal weight gloves in the morning.
 

Texas T

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Some good recommendations here on rainsuits and ski pants. When I first started riding I wore my dad's USAF parka underpants as outer gear over my jeans and they worked well.

Frogg Toggs are also excellent for keeping the wind from ever hitting your clothing to begin with, which is a big part of keeping warm in the first place.
 
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I typically ride with two baclavas in the cold. One is a super thin one that pulls over the nose. The other is called turtle fur. It's a think piece over the head so it fits in the helmet and the lower section is thick fleece. It pulls down over my jacket collar. I also have a wind hammer on my helmet so with that combination, I'm general good down into the mid 30s.



****Windjammer might be somewhat permanent. They say it can be removed but I don't see it possible without leaving a mess the helmet. That being said I love it and don't see a reason to take it off even during the summer. *******
 
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I've definitely had headaches lately from the cold air on the back of my head.

Looks like I'll start wearing the frog togg pants on top and invest in a balaclava.

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Did not happen to me nor did I witness it but I did see pictures of the aftermath. I promptly took my Balaclava out of my riding gear.
I have a very close friend with a long time association of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) and on one of his winter rides a few years back. One of the older and very accomplished Brothers had on a balaclava and it slipped down over his eyes and with the heavy winter gloves he was unable to get it readjusted. He had to attempt to get off the throttle and get stopped with zero visibility. Totally destroyed his Gold-wing along with his right leg. Now has multiple plates and pins and can no longer hold up a heavy bike. Dude is a trooper though he is still carrying on his mission only on three wheels now.
 
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Did not happen to me nor did I witness it but I did see pictures of the aftermath. I promptly took my Balaclava out of my riding gear.
I have a very close friend with a long time association of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) and on one of his winter rides a few years back. One of the older and very accomplished Brothers had on a balaclava and it slipped down over his eyes and with the heavy winter gloves he was unable to get it readjusted. He had to attempt to get off the throttle and get stopped with zero visibility. Totally destroyed his Gold-wing along with his right leg. Now has multiple plates and pins and can no longer hold up a heavy bike. Dude is a trooper though he is still carrying on his mission only on three wheels now.
Had that happen to me. Luckily, I was on a long straight stretch of US90 out by Marathon. I was able to get a finger of my left hand in one eyehole and pull it over enough to kinda see. I down shifted without the clutch and got in neutral so I was able to come to a stop. Ended up taking it off and hanging it on a fence post. Next trip out it was still there but the trip after that, it was gone.
 
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