I had refitted the mudguards, replaced a faulty gear cable, lubed the chain with winter lube ( oils not used these days all Synthetic stuff).
The outer clothing was new 2 years ago but only used once in the Autumn last year.
Under clothing was thermal long johns, thermal vest, thermal shirt. I did not wear my neoprene overboots as it was dry and not too cold.
The helmet looks like a pot pie on my head but that’s the rain cover to keep out the wind. I wore a thermal skull cap with a thin wool hat over that.
I wore 2 pairs of cycle gloves but need to swap to more thermal ones.
It’s a fine balance what you wear to just stay warm but not sweat. If you stop during the ride ( coffee shop) you begin to sweat and then it’s uncomfortable after setting off and you get chilled.
The colour of the jacket is “ to be seen” by others.
I have another outfit for colder weather.
The ride was only 9 miles, 5 against the 15 mph wind, 2 cross wind, 2 downwind.
9 miles was enough as a starter for the winter rides. It was a check ride anyway.
If there was a bit of Sun out I would normally do more say up to 18 miles any more then you need a coffee stop.
The amount of daylight is a restriction at this time of year as you cannot go out much before 10 ish and must be back by 15.00.
Anyway just a different type of post.
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