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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010
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    Georgia
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    Winter Clothes Needed

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    I'm in need of some winter cycling gear but on a tight budget. I'd be willing to pay, I just can't pay much.

    I'd love some arm/leg warmers, shoe covers, and even jackets/vests/tights/jerseys,etc. I only have shorts and short sleeve jersey. I'm 5'6 about 115lbs

    THANKS!!!!

  2. #2
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    Jul 2007
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    Hey Jordyne,

    I don't have any clothes to pass on to you, but I can tell you that all my winter gear pretty much came from the Salvation Army. Instead of shoe covers, I put sandwich bags over my socks. At SA I bought runners tights to wear over my shorts, and a couple of polyester or other wicking fabric turtlenecks for under my regular jerseys. The only real investment I made was in a durable and high-vis windbreaker, and even that I bought used (here on TE.) I found I didn't need arm or leg warmers because the tights and long sleeved turtlenecks usually fit the bill. I am pretty proud of some of the great gear I have found at thrift stores - if you go in knowing what you are looking for, you can find a lot! I found a great underarmour turtleneck (in the men's section), a nice orange tech fabric jacket (for non windy days), and a pair of bmx cyclist gloves in the boys' section. For me, if my toes and fingers are warm and useable, I am usually happy. I wear a no-frills cap with ear flaps (yes, found second hand) under my helmet, and a bandana on my neck for when I need to cover my nose/mouth on really cold days. This is why I have no gear to give you because it's all this used non-name brand gear that I cobbled together and have been using for five winters straight. Oh also if you have an old holey wool sweater, put that over your polyester/wicking shirt, then a light shell/windbreaker over that and you are covered down to like 10 degrees with wind! The plastic sandwich bags work just fine for the toes, but better if you have wool or alpaca socks. Good luck!
    I can do five more miles.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Erin, Ontario
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    Yes. I have picked up a couple of merino wool sweaters at Value Village. They have lots of items that are not cycling specific but could be put to use for layering!
    Lucy 2012 Surly Cross Check
    Sally 2009 Specialized Dolce Elite
    Peppermint Patty 2009 Trek 4500 WSD
    Marcie 2008 Giant Sedona
    Violet 1994 Norco Kokanee

  4. #4
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    Apr 2010
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out some thrift shops and see what I can find.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
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    TJ Max has a lot of inexpensive workout wear, too.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
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    I am a total cheapskate when it comes to cycling gear and I don't think I've ever paid full price for anything in my closet. I don't generally buy a lot of cold weather gear because I'm in California--I only have arm warmers, a headband thingy that goes over my ears, and a windbreaker. That is enough for cold days for me.

    I know REI has sales a few times a year with used gear for co-op members. (It's a $20 one-time fee, and you get great benefits like being able to return items for life). I'm a co-op member but I've never gone to one of the sales so I can't say whether they're worth it.

    Have you checked out the TE sale section? Amazon is also good. And Bike Nashbar. You might also want to check places like Target for non-cycling specific fitness items like tech shirts for layering. And things like arm warmers and leg warmers are used by runners as well, so you might want to check out your local run shops.

    Lastly, you can check into what local running and cycling events are going on nearby. Those events almost always have tents with vendors selling gear at steep discounts. There is one cycling event with a sock guy where I load up on socks for $2.50 a pair.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
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    Yes! I am need of some winter cycling gear but on a tight budget. I'd be willing to pay, I just can't pay much. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out some thrift shops and see what I can find.

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    brand55

 

 

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