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How can I get less clammy on bike rides?

Asked by emilyrose (2269points) March 19th, 2009

I ride my bike a lot, and often in cold/damp (not really rainy) weather. Even though I wear all the nerdy gear, synthetic fibers and the like, I find myself often having a very hard time regulating my body temperature. Since where I live is very windy, it really makes things worse. The only thing I can think of is switching my sports bra to one that has 0% cotton (mine is currently a mix). Wearing wind resistant layers just seems to make me even more wet. What has worked for you? Also—I am talking about being out on my bike for anywhere from 2–6 hours. Thanks!

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A_Beaverhausen's avatar

drink lots of water.

SeventhSense's avatar

If you are sweating you’re going to get clammy right? How can you avoid it? Maybe bring a couple of extra undergarments?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I wear a hat underneath my helmet when it’s cold. I don’t know if you’re already doing that, though.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Give up on the synthetic fibers and get some marino wool base layers (Smartwool, or IceBreaker make some good stuff). It can be a bit expensive but wool will keep you feeling warmer when wet and also it don’t smell as bad as polypropylene.

emilyrose's avatar

oh yeah—should have also said that I wear wool….. I have wool arm warmers but maybe I should get a wool jersey too…..... good idea!

SeventhSense's avatar

Man all this wool I keep hearing about. I can’t stand anything but cotton ahhh…and synthetic-UGhh!

Lightlyseared's avatar

@SeventhSense trust me, once you’ve tried a super fine Marino wool T you won’t look back.

SeventhSense's avatar

I’ll have to check it out…but then again I have a merino wool sweater, it’s soft but the hairs of animal fibers are present even if fine. I wouldn’t want to sweat in it.

I always wondered about sheep. Don’t they get itchy?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Why wouldn’t you want to sweat in merino wool? Merino wool isn’t itchy.

SeventhSense's avatar

Nothing but cotton for me.

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