So, people at work are giving me the whole “You are crazy / Hardcore / Idiotic.” Then they say “Don’t you get cold?” If you bicycle commute in the winter, you know the routine.
Anyhow, no, I don’t get cold, because I have a secret weapon. This.
It’s the most heavenly woolie ever. Wear it right next to your skin, no base layer. A (base layer would spoil the effect anyway.) Throw a windbreaker over it, and you’re all set down to about 20 degrees. Probably colder, but I can’t say for sure, since it hasn’t gotten below 20 yet this year.
It’s the least scratchy wool ever. The inside is kind of fuzzy, kind of like the inside of a sweatshirt. It feels like you’re getting a nice, big hug from big, fluffy polar bears the whole time you’re wearing it.
It costs a lot of money, but that’s probably because it’s THICK. There’s probably a whole sheep’s worth of wool in it. I’d guess it’s about three times the thickness of the Ktena stuff Rivendell sells (which is pretty nice stuff in its own right.)
It also comes in a 3XL size, which fits a bit looser than Rivendell’s “Jumbo” size, so it will actually fit over my beer belly!
The only downside it that it’s not really meant for cycling, and so it should maybe be a little longer in the back. Sometimes it comes untucked if you’re really bent over the bars. It also has a stupid little leather tag on the one sleeve, which is kind of annoying, but you could probably get that off with a seam ripper, if it bothers you.
One of these days, I might pick up the pants and balaclava from the same line, and then I’ll be able to ride to the North Pole on my bicycle.