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McFsC

Original Poster:

553 posts

57 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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This morning I was wearing some long john thermals, a base layer and my winter lyra over the top. I was lovely and warm but couldn't help but think more of my energy was going into actually moving my legs ( due to the tightness and amount of layers ) than actually moving the bike, I just felt abit restricted and tight really.

Anyone else? Too many layers, is it possible to hinder performance?


duckson

390 posts

87 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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As long as you feel comfortable (not overly hot or cold) then i would say you got it right.
We are all different remember.

roadman

461 posts

43 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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take a small rucksack, stick the gloves you want to strip off in there....works everytime

bertieg

519 posts

46 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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long johns? pffft! get the shorts out!

McFsC

Original Poster:

553 posts

57 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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Shorts in this weather? No thanks, laugh .

I felt warm enough, I just couldn't move my legs very easily. I felt like Mr Blobby. I'll try just the base layer and lyrca trousers next time. The long johns can stay at home.




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bertieg

519 posts

46 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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i've been in the shorts for my commute all year, as i will be bright and early tomorrow morning. as soon as you get moving its fine i find. that said, its only a 6 mile commute which i can get away with sprinting the whole way

McFsC

Original Poster:

553 posts

57 months

Sunday 2nd December 2012
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Yeh, that makes a difference. I was doing 30 mile this morning with some steep climbs/drops and wouldn't have liked to have been in shorts, even after I've warmed up. The wind chill effect going downhill can be massive.


Jimbo.

3,197 posts

94 months

Monday 3rd December 2012
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Bad (wrong way round) layering. For a start you've things under the lycra: it's meant to be worn tight against the skin so it can move with you. Anything worn underneath that will bunch up, irritate, restrict movement and make the lycra seem even tighter...which hinders movement.

[Inside/skin/base]Lycra - something thermal (but not too thick/heavy/warm - windproof[Outer]

McFsC

Original Poster:

553 posts

57 months

Monday 3rd December 2012
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Ahh, that's just how I felt actually. I'll give another combo a try next time.

Thanks for the suggestion.

spongy

2,221 posts

66 months

Monday 3rd December 2012
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I tend to find it harder going with layers on as a rule.ive got a good base layer then my normal bib and top then my bib tights,and the then my top jacket,good over shoes,gloves and that is it.I see going out like this adds to my base training,it aint fast or particularly that comfy but im out,biggrin