December
7

Random video to get you stoked…

I came across this video and it got me stoked on riding so I thought I’d share the stoke…

FRAMED-Andi Wittmann Rider profile from Felix Urbauer

-James Wilson-

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  1. Simon says:

    Hi: Great video, though not up to the standard of the Collective.

    I wanted to ask folks out there what gear they recommend for cold weather riding. Most of my (ancient) clothing comes from road riding and as I replace it, I want to get hipper MTB gear. What combo of stuff do people use? Long johns/thermals? Any recommendations for good winter gloves? Also, this is the first year I’ve done much riding in my 5-10s during winter. Can’t wear the booties any more – any good ideas for keeping toes warm? Thanks in advance.

    Reply • December 8 at 4:07 pm
  2. MANNY says:

    Short but powerfull! Superb scenery……Thx James.

    Reply • December 10 at 7:15 am
  3. WAKi says:

    Simon – what temperatures are we talking about? Which location?

    My riding motivation gets chilled under -5. Until it gets that cold I use the following:
    Gloves: Gore Countdown gloves – works fine until -5 for one hour riding. Later is starts to be a bit cold.
    Boots: 5-10 Low Impacts with 400grade wool socks works great for me.

    Upper body:
    If you can afford it: Goretex is perfect under 0 (above +5 it is useless – not only IMO) especially the E-vent membrane. North Face uses it a lot. Very popular Soft Shell is useless for a cyclist and anyone doing any intensive activity. It does not “breathe” at all. It will make you more wet from the inside than even a sludge type rain can make you from outside. Good for a autumn/winter walk to a shopping mall, terrible for active use. I use following layers:
    – synthetic base layer: NIKE compression long sleeve to separate skin from thermal layer
    – 400 grade wool sweater as a thermal layer
    – depending on whether it rains/snows or I go to open windy areas I use a thin Goretex jacket. If it is around -5 I use softshell with 150grade fleece as I have anything else. If there is no rain and I ride in woods sheltered from wind I Only wear some long sleeve summer jersey for possibly best breathability. For lower temps I use another additional 200 wool layer under jersey.

    -legs, I just use what I have and it is not good, so I can’t recommend anything here. In general though make sure your knees are warm. I will have to update that department.

    In general after years of using synthetic stuff like polartec I got into wool and it is just great. Dries slower, but keeps you warm. Wet synthetics can loose over 50% of insulation charactersitics. I mean you know, these alpinist pionieers in 1930s, they had no goretex: they just had wool sweaters, sat up there bivaking in subzero temperatures…

    Reply • December 10 at 9:37 am
  4. WAKi says:

    I meant I use long sleeve DH jersey above wool thermal layer…

    Reply • December 10 at 9:40 am
  5. Rob says:

    Great video
    Looked a bit like some of the spots close to where I live in NZ. (The dry bits!)

    Reply • December 13 at 2:53 am

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