Riding at this time of year is a psychological battle for me. It's too cold, isn't it? NO. What do I wear?! What do I wear?! I know I'll be happy once on the bike, but the rapidly changing temperatures make it hard for me to remember what works well in this weather.
It was 26 F when I was riding tonight. Low/no wind. I wore:
--heavy winter boots
--heavy-weight, knee-high wool socks
--a long-sleeve thermal shirt (the heaviest baselayer made by Eastern Mountain Sports. similar to the warmest kind of Under Armor)
--balaclava + hat + helmet
Assessment: My hands got sweaty. My head was a little cold, but anything more and it starts to sweat. I want to look into getting a wind-proof headband like Carly uses. My shirt was just right, but it's not windproof. My skin felt a little cold underneath it, but I didn't feel uncomfortable. I packed a windbreaker and a scarf just in case.