Originally Posted by emptym
As it gets colder and wet, I've been wondering if anyone else uses a bicycle to commute, and if so, what clothes and shoes/boots you've found particularly helpful.
There are a lot of choices that are function of 1. how much you wish to spend and 2. how technical the gear can be (in other words, will you change completely out of what you wear when you ride when you arrive at your destination?).
The most technical clothing will allow you to bike in awful conditions. Assos makes a full range of well designed technical wear: Assos
For less than awful conditions, there are nice, but simularly pricey options from: Rapha
There are also less expensive options that are good. Sierra Trading Post often has a fair variety of discount choices
If you are not into something that dedicated, cycle in uncleated shotes, or prefer not to look like a simulated professional athlete, then...
1. If you bike in the wet, the first place to start would be to put fenders on your commuting bike. Any bike shop can offer suggestions.
2. Wool knickers or breeks will be practical: knickers
3. Head insulation will make a surprising difference to your warmth, and allow you to wear less elseshere: wool cap
or wool cap
4. Your other main enemy will be wind...keep it off your hands, chest, and toes with something wind resistant.
a. Full finger, wind resistent gloves...thousands of choices.
b. A jacket with wind resistant material on the front. A light shell over your favorite sweater or light jacket can work well.
c. Toe or shoe covers are surprisingly effective...check with your local bike shop.