The last few weeks most people would say that the weather has been perfect. Lovely warm fall weather, mid 70’s and sunny, you couldn’t ask for better.
Unless your up early and riding a motorcycle. The reality is that early in the morning it’s cold. I’ve said it many times before, anything below 50 degrees is damn cold. Especially when moving at 70mph.
So last week I broke out the winter gloves and made sure I put an extra layer on before riding to work in the morning. It’s amazing how much this helps.
Staying warm on a bike really comes down to two things; keeping your core warm and keeping your hands from freezing. I do this by wearing a heated vest and some great thick gloves that I got years ago.
Keeping your Core warm on those cold mornings is really important. What it does is it tricks your body into thinking everything is dandy so it doesn’t stop circulating all that warm blood to your extremities. You can read about it here if you want to know more. If you can keep that core warm you should be fine for anything but the most bitterly cold days. I use an amazing heated vest for this. The best layer of warmth I’ve ever used and extremely flexible with the air pockets it has. Other tricks for staying warm involve newspaper in the front of the jacket, but in general layers are important and especially your chest.
This leaves you nice and toasty. Except your fingers… your poor fingers. They’re left out there, taking the brunt of the wind and since they’re small they really shed heat quickly.
If you’re lucky you can just spring for some heated gloves (which I’m sure are amazing) but for most of us this is either too much of a pain in the ass or too expensive.The best you can do then is get some thick gloves and some glove liners. I would suggest going to a few motorcycle gear places and try on a bunch of thick gloves. Water proof is desired as well since you’re likely to be caught out in the rain if your riding in the cold. Silk glove liners can make any glove a bit warmer.
Be careful when riding with these gloves though, since manipulating your brakes, throttle and clutch are going to be much different with thick gloves on. Make sure you think about this and take it easy as you get used to the lack of feeling and the lack of precision you may be used to.