Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Wooster, Oh, USA
Cold Weather (Gear) Advice
First, I live in N.E. Ohio. I road one morning last week and it was 38. This started me thinking, which some would say is dangerous in itself.....
For the next 18 months I will be commuting about 65 miles one way (130 RT) 5 days a week. Not complaining, but..... I have an F-150 that gets 14 mpg and two bikes. A 2000 LT and an 01 R1100S. They both get 40 something mpg. Kind of a no brainier, if you know what I mean.
Another note to this: I leave at 5:30 AM each day, so not only is it chilly right now, its dark.
While blowing down I-76 somewhere above the posted speed on my LT at 38 degrees outside I stayed very warm, but the wind did come around "behind" me and my back was the only thing that got a little cold during the hour drive. So this of course turned my thoughts to all of you, and the HUGE amount of knowledge on this site. So here's my question(s).
Any advice on cold weather riding gear? Heated vest? Pants? Suite? It also rains. (If you live in Ohio, you know just how un-funny that has been this year!) I plan on riding every day that I can for the next 18 months so any and all suggestion's are appreciated.
Also, I have an HID low beam kit coming (Didn't take too many dark rainy mornings to make this investment!) and wondered if there are any other suggestion's for lighting. Is it worth the investment to add the hi beam too? Is it as easy as the low beam gig? And for those of you not accustom to Ohio, especially NE Ohio, we have deer. lots and Lots and LOTS of deer. The first half of my drive in the morning is interstate or major highway. The second part of the journey is farm country. As in lots of corn. And hay. And other things deer love to eat. So, being able to see them as early as possible is just pretty darn important to me. (And my family!)
Any advice here too?
Thanks to all for all the info I've already gleaned off this forum!
Last edited by jtfoto; Sep 20th, 2011 at 10:49 am.