I commute year round, winter is my favourite time of year. Very little wind and you can man do you feel alive. If it rains I bus it.
I HATE THE COLD. Now that I have that of my chest i dont change my riding routine due to the seasons. If i end up driving to work I mix it in with doing the shopping after work etc. to justify not riding. I have bought a Scott CX bike to use all winter. Will also drag out the SS MTB for some slop fest. I use ear warmers, knee warmers and embrocation and have a selection of jackets. Adelaide hills are spectacular in winter, Monti, Clarendon, Basket Range in deep fog are amongst my favourites. Did 4 hours sunday morning on the cx bike in the rain and dirt roads from Nortons through Blockers, Deviation Lofty - was a great loop even though i suffered like a dog.
WHAT? So with all these people quoting Belgian this and Belgian that and they dont use the Belgian leg warmer. Hmm too bust talking it and not living it. Reprimand over.
If only I was a member last winter we had a swag of freebies that we were giving out in the store.
I have used Qoleum and Rapha. The Rapha has a really nice glow to it and is probably the warmest of the two. I have overheated using it on 10+ degree days particularly if it is on underneath something like knee warmers or I have it on my back. The extra hot Qoleum I found had no heat to it what so ever but i didnt really feel cold. Both can be effective on your hands under gloves and on feet as well. One negative to both is that they can be a little greasy so you can get a bit more road grit sticking to your legs. Havent used regular leg warmers for two years, just knees and embrocation.
Top of my Google hits:
Perhaps they should have sponsored Green Edge?
that looks good. Once the rapha is gone im going to give it a go
Love the blurb
"Embro is being ready for 130 miles, in April, 45°F, raining, but still loving the ride. It’s sprinting for the Provincetown line @ mile 140, against 7 of your best friends. It’s talking about your 7½ hour ride on the ferry back to Boston, dehydrated, but still sharing stories over a beer. Embro doesn’t hang the bike up in the winter. It simply lowers the tire pressure in the snow, puts on a wool base, and 2 pairs of shoe covers and rides. Embro is Portland in December, and New England in February. It’s rain, it’s snow, it’s mud and sometimes it’s even sunshine. It’s always about the experience. It’s about attacking on the hardest part of the course, or down that perfectly symmetrical, maple-tree ally. It’s about cobbles and cinder, new pavement and gaps. Embrocation will not make you faster. It won’t make up the difference between 4th and 40th, but it will most assuredly make you feel like a “better” cyclist, a more significant part of our community. Not everybody is ready to Embrocate, though everyone has Embro potential. We Embrocate for legs, we Embrocate for our experience, we Embrocate for the love of cycling.
I'm going ot have to try some of this simply because they call one of their embrocation products 'Russian Tea' !
The LaFemme Chamois creme with lavender catches my attention too... I love lavender.
I think Adelaide Cyclists' hardest man Harry Jim Woods used piri-piri chicken sauce on his thighs, and on particular cold mornings Dencorub on the frank 'n' beans for that added "Fueled Up. Gorn" gee-up experience!
Has anyone heard how Jim is going? He had some health issues but managed to cycle far and fast.
I caught up with him at the dawn service on Anzac Day. He's still riding although not as far or fast and is into a more laid back "cruiser" scene at the moment.
Don't let him hear you call him Harry, you'll get more than Dencorub on your frank'nbeans
Learn something every day, had to google to understand this new cycling term, embrocation. Now having discussion at home about the "strange" things cyclists do.