Winter cycling on a budget
My ride in this morning was proper freezing! It was 3 degrees outside and I wasn't prepared. I didn't realise it was that cold and only checked the forecast the night before to see if it was going to rain or not. All I was wearing was my lycra undershorts, a pair of shorts, a cycling jersey, arm warmers, a high viz vest and fingerless gloves.
Once I got up to speed, I realised I didn't have enough layers on. I thought to myself, once I've been cycling for 10 minutes I'll warm up. As it happens I sort of did, but not enough. My upper body and fingers warmed up as did my face and neck but my nose, ears, legs and feet all stayed cold. By the time I got to work, 37 minutes later I had to warm up, rather than the usual cool down.
Having looked at winter cycling gear, it all seems expensive. Money I just don't have. I have an idea of what I need but I don't know what the best bargains/alternatives are to the big brand cycling items.
Here's my challenge to you. Give me your suggestions for cheap branded and cheap alternative items, I (and others in the same situation) might need.