Hi, I've been searching through a lot of forums and had no luck so I thought I'd make my own thread, most other topics seem to stop around -5C.

I live in Seoul and the winters here are brutal. I commute everyday, from -20C up to 40C and have survived for the last two winters in a pair of Sports Direct Fox bibs that my mum bought me that are woefully inadequate. I did the first year in a pair of summer gloves too, my motivation to ride was apparently enough for me to freeze half to death (Gloves are now covered).

Now is the time for some proper winter bibs, but most seem to be rated around -1C, do you any of you have recommendations for bibs that will keep me warm from -10C/-20C. Waterproof isn't important, just warm. My budget is around $80/$120.

 

Cheers.

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Rod Marton [95 posts] 1 year ago
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Salopettes.

Quite seriously, I know some cyclists in Russia and they use skiwear in winter. Those that go out anyway, most give up and wait for the spring.

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macrophotofly [283 posts] 1 year ago
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I think at that temperature, close-fitting  aerodynamic  bibs have to play second fiddle to multiple layers. Remember it is always warmer to wear more thinner layers than a single fat layer. Hence thermal underlayer ("long johns" - https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/men/innerwear-loungewear/heattech/long-johns   ) with  riding trousers (providing they have wind-proofing) Or as Rod says above, wear your bibs with saloppettes over the top

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gunswick [109 posts] 1 year ago
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http://www.icebike.org/ice-biking-how-to-do-winter-cycling-in-ice-and-snow/

They that website for ideas, they are Canada based I think so similar temps.

I have used DHB winter extreme tights (like a wetsuit) with unpadded shorts underneath, merino base layer and Gabba jacket in -8c and it was OK. I think the salopettes may work. It depends on how much snow etc, in the UK we just don't get extreme enough for that. I think that think bib tights with a merino tights/long-johns underneath would work too.

They also suggest snow boots / hiking boots rather than cycling shoes etc.

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Leviathan [2776 posts] 1 year ago
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Rather than ski kit you can get cycling specific trousers like Showerspass, combined with normal fleecy tights underneath.

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drjohn [42 posts] 1 year ago
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Yes, layer up! If conditions are baltic I wear an old (lycra failed, gone a bit baggy) pair of unpadded tights over thermal bibtights.  If that's not warm enough when moving, you are probably at risk of frostbite anyway!

Some tights have a membrane to keep the wind chill off while you are moving. These are engineered garments. I had some cheapish Decathlon ones like this that, frankly, were not great. The membrane material was just too thick, and it ruined the fit around the hips.

In my experience Galibier are good value for the quality, so I trust them. I haven't tried their mistral bib tights myself but they fit your budget, and Galibier ship worldwide.

 

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majormajormajormajor [1 post] 1 year ago
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Thanks, I'm still going to get some decent bibs, but I think the longjohn/standard tights underneath option is the route I'll go. I found some Gore bibs for a good price so I think I'm going to get them.