Clothing Guidelines

New England weather forces us to make difficult clothing choices in the spring and fall. It seems that each year I have to relearn what to wear in different temperature conditions. In addition, I believe that spring and fall are quite different and that even for the same temperature different clothing may be required.

Below are dress guidelines for comfortable riding for various temperature ranges. In addition, we try to compensate for rising temperatures as I typically ride in the morning.

Temperature Clothing Comments
< 30 Too cold!
30-35F
  • Ear warmer
  • Lobster claw gloves
  • Silk undershirt
  • Long sleeve jersey
  • Windproof jacket
  • Heavy tights
  • Thick booties
This will keep me comfortable for a little over an hour.
36-40F
41-45F
  • Ear warmer
  • Lobster claw gloves
  • Long sleeve jersey
  • Windproof jacket
  • Heavy tights
  • Thick booties
This is quite comfortable, not too hot or cold.
46-50F
  • Ear warmer
  • Lobster claw gloves
  • Long sleeve jersey
  • Windproof jacket for light workouts/jacket or vest for hard workouts
  • Heavy tights
  • Thick booties
After a good warm up, the ear warmer will come off. There is no need to bring lighter gloves as it is too cold for them.
51-55F
56-60F
61-65F
66-70F
> 70F