So I've been driving everywhere for the past couple of weeks thinking it was just too cold to ride. When it was around 20 degrees, I hated putting on knee warmers, my thermal bibs, shoes with booties, a long sleeve base layer, jersey, arm warmers (sometimes 2 pairs), wind vest and my balaclava. So with my refund check from taxes, I splurged on some Pearl Izumi Amfib bibs. WOW, they are awesome!! My knees still get a little cold, but I don't think, in negative degree windchill weather, it's possible to keep them warm since they stick out so much. I also love my lobster gloves. Pure design genius. Warmth of a mitten with a little dexterity available. With the new team kits, I ordered a wind jacket. I'm now wishing I had taken Jonny's advice and went with the thermal jacket. The wind jacket is just too much of a parachute. I thought it was would be form fitting, but I was wrong. Such is life.
I'm still thinking about splurging more to get a set of Lake Winter boots. It'd be nice to just throw on the shoes and head out, instead of shoes, then booties, and eventually wearing out the booties and buying new ones, etc, etc. We'll see.
I also see why some people are wearing ski goggles and some sort of face mask. With negative wind chills, the face skin can get a little painful. I think I might have a neoprene face mask, but as I remember, it's really tough to breath out of. But I think I first got it when I was out of shape a long time ago.
Is it just me, or is it also really tough to ride in this cold of weather?? It feels like I have lead weights attached all over my bike/body. Hills are so tough and even false flats feel like they're a challenge. We'll see when it gets warmer if it's just me, or if I'm actually somehow out of shape.