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You got "balls" riding your bike in this weather,hope you had a good breakfast.
It was cold this morning in DC, a brisk 18F / -8 C, three degrees F colder than yesterday morning, but without the biting headwind.

No time to work out the kinks of cold weather commuting with the cold hitting us like an open palm on the face, so I loaded up best I could guesstimate and went with it:

SmartWool heavy crew socks
Regular Sidi shoes
Gore toe covers
Gore shoe covers over the toe covers
Nashbar leg warmers
Champion technical boxers
SmartWool wind proof boxers
Aerotech Designs bib shorts
Champion long sleeve base layer
Merino wool BCC Rogue jersey
Rapha riding coat
Wool glove liners
Pearl Izumi heavy riding gloves
Old school pullover ski-mask baklava
Rudy Project glasses
Specialized Echelon 2 helmet

This was just slightly overdressed for these conditions. The top of my head and my chestal area were both warmer than needed. The unlined leg warmers were chilly at first but I warmed up, and the fingers and toes went from warm to cold to warm again over the 20 km.

I have apparel for even colder conditions, and I want to say winter only dipped below this temp twice all of last year with the 'normal' bottom temp in DC around 22 F / -6 C.

I love riding my bike to work.
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