40 degrees! What’s that going to feel like?


And more importantly, what should I wear?

It looks like the weather might break here in Chicago. Predictions of temps in the 40s for next week leave me yearning for long rides and much-needed stress relief. It’s going to feel downright warm after the frigid temps that we’ve experienced.

As cyclists, we obsess over the weather. We check it the night before a ride, and again when we wake up. We have apps on our phones and links to weather stations on our computers. We live for comfortable temps and long for those days when getting dressed to ride doesn’t take longer than the ride itself.

People often ask me what I wear when heading out in different temps, so I posted something about my preferred clothing last fall when riding temps were PERFECT: 40-ish degrees, sunny…. (oops, started daydreaming there).

It’s 40 degrees. What should I wear?

It's 40 degrees. What should I wear?

– Suzanne

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4 Responses to “ 40 degrees! What’s that going to feel like? ”

  1. Eric Hutchins on March 16, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Finally got a chance to get back on one of my very favorite sites and the first one I pull up is about the weather. 🙂 I am in Siberia right now and have done some outdoor runs that have set a new standard for Chilly. (nice post by the way).

  2. Daniel Christianson on March 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Enjoy! I am back in the arctic and dreaming of getting back to a bike. -37 and 15 mph ‘wake you up’ breeze today. Hope you get out there and ride to your heart content 😉

    • suzanne deveney on March 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      thanks Daniel. well, we did have a nice day in there, then back to snow. this has been a confusing — and crazy long — winter. hoping the end is soon…..

  3. Darryl is Loving the Bike on March 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Been there, done that. I’m so happy that every day is pretty much the same temperature now that I’m in Grenada. I never have to guess at what to wear, and so happily never have to wear all that clothing. Enjoy Your Ride, Suzanne.


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