What part of your anatomy gets cold first... to the point of being uncomfortable?
Ears? Nose? Fingers? Toes? Somethin' else?
My fingers are always the first thing that "stings," if I'm not wearing the full-finger gloves. Maybe it's because I'm using my fingers, and my ears and nose are just up there, hangin' useless on my head.
Below 40F, my fingers get uncomfortable. I'm good down to about freezing, without ear protection. Pretty much everything else can handle the 15-minute commute ride without discomfort, down to single digits or so.
Fingers first, ears second. I wear wool army liners as they breathe at higher temps.
Toes first, then fingers. I guess I should ride with something warmer than canvas shoes though...
Good point, Jake!
When I'm wearing "textile" shoes, my feet get cold WAY faster than when I've got some leather shoes on. I guess that's a good thing on a 95-degree day, but not necessarily on a 25-degree day.
Ears. I actually think I must have damaged my ears somehow, because in the last 10 years, just the least bit of cold -- especially with wind -- hurts my ears. I sometimes wear an earband even when I'm riding in short sleeves.
Seeing as it drops to a low of about 70 in the dead of winter, nothing gets cold. In the States, though, my toes felt it first. Merino wool socks and neoprene booties helped with wind, but my cleats seemed to transfer cold from my pedals right into the balls of my feet.
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