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Arm warmers?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

A couple of my 'friends' have suggested we join the lottery for Leadville next year.


I have placed it on the bucket list.


So, with the temps running pretty cool. I was thinking of investing in arm warmers for the cooler weather races.


What do you all think? Any brand preferences?


Also, I have rather large arms for a cyclist.

post #2 of 14

Ibex makes merino wool lined shell type arm warmers but personally I'd just buy a lightweight wool longsleeve jersey. Skiing I wear midweight.

With wool you want it to be a bit loose, no itch. You'll be comfortable the whole time.

I have their leg warmers but always ride in long sleeves, too much sun as a landscaper in the past. Only wear merino base layers now.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have several wool blend tops that i use both for skiing, and cycling and they area awesome.


From what I read about Leadville, it says to prepare for temps anywhere from 30 to 80 degrees.


I want some thing I can shed quickly. I thought arm warmers would be the ticket.

post #4 of 14


I use some cheapie pearl izumi that are warm and dont fall down I really dont know if you could do better but Id pay another 20 bucks for the ones I got.


BTW you have tougher 100 mile races with a couple hours of your house.

post #5 of 14

If you have to shed them, what do you do, just pitch them on the side and get them later?



I've have ten years of riding in the area and I would say a light water resistant shell would be the most functional garment for conditions.  30 isn't very common in July, but afternoon thunderstorms are!

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Next year is probably going to be an ultra good year.


I had a friend call me and see if I would be interested in driving out to do the Leadman 100 with him and another guy. So, sure why not? Maybe I'm just having a mid-life crisis, that a Mustang convertible won't satisfy. 


I have Douthat, and Shenandoah 100 on the list. I would like to hit up that Nittany valley Wilderness101 race some day (thats the area I'm from originally, and I've never ridden there!) I would like to do another 24 hour race too. My racing friends aren't into the 24 hour thing any longer. I blame a lot of that on Laird Knight. I hope the boys at Big Bear get things straightened out.I'll just have to see what happens.



I think the basic technique is to pull the arm warmers down around your wrists, and pull them back up, or stuff them in your jersey pocket.


I have no less than 3 'gore tex' type jackets. I think they all stink. To quote Newfy "I think its like wearing a garbage bag." I'll probably have one rolled up in my hydration pack to use if its raining. 


Check out the race video


The start temp at 6:30 AM was 38 degrees F

Edited by Johnnys Zoo - 11/5/10 at 2:56pm
post #7 of 14

Did a 165km ride last week that started in the rain.  Tomorrow is a 140km ride and weather looking wet again.  I prefer polypro for bike as it dries quicker and doesn't get heavy (I wear Icebreaker wool when skiing).  In heavier rain I'll wear a short sleave Pearl Izumi nylon jacket that I keep in the jersey pocket - mainly for the wind chill factor.  I have Gortex cycling jackets, but you sweat so much in them you may as well weather the storm; they are also tool bulky to take on a long road ride.  Fortunately the temps here are not too bad (15-20c expected tomorrow).

Edited by Taxman - 11/5/10 at 5:51pm
post #8 of 14

The Gore Bike Wear windstopper jackets (not goretex) are really nice.  I have one that you can zip the sleeves off of to make it a vest. 



post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

The Gore Phantom Jacket may be just the thing.


I was checking the sizing....cycling stuff drives me nuts. With a 45 inch chest size, and a 35 sleeve puts me into an XXXL! I mean come on. I wear a Large or an XL T-shirt. I really feel like an ape now.


I'll probably get some arm warmers as well. Or perhaps just wear leg warmers on my arms...sheesh.



post #10 of 14

Yep, I've got a phantom.  I bought it at REI.  If there is one close to you, you could always see if an XL will fit.



post #11 of 14

I have the high end Pearl Izumi arm warmers, and they are really nice. They're made of PowerStretch (or something just like it), and have seams placed so they don't chafe or bunch up at the elbows. They stay up, too. I wore them today (started out cool and then warmed up on a 50km ride, then got cool again as a front moved in). When it was warm you just push them down and let them sit bunched up at your wrist. Highly recommended. I have the leg version, too, which are almost as nice, but if you don't have good leg grippers on the inside bottom of your shorts they do tend to slip down. They work great with my Craft bibs, but not so well with my Cannondale shorts.

post #12 of 14

Arm warmers and 3/4 length leg warmers are a couple of the best things you can buy for cool weather cycling.  While my buddies are screwing around with long sleeve jerseys and full length tights that they can't take off or stow easily, my leg and arm warmers allow me to peel layers off in a few seconds when I get too warm, and they stow easily in a single pocket of my jersey.  They are some of the most practical and valuable items you can own for cool cycling.


My preference is for Descente, but there are lots of good choices out there.  The Descente leg warmers have a grippy band around the top that mates against a grippy band on the inside bottom of their shorts so the leg warmers won't slide down.

Edited by exracer - 11/8/10 at 7:26am
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Maybe I ask too many questions?


I e-mailed and called one of my bike shop owner friends today.


He sent me an e-mail back "warm junk"



post #14 of 14

The way Leadville plays out in the morning, you will want something you can easily shed. Initially you're cold, standing at the start line. I would choose a base layer, jersey (short sleeve), arm warmers (any wool blends are great - ibex, smartwool, etc), and cycling vest. For the legs, go with shorts and knee warmers (again, wool is a great choice). As you start with the group, it's fast and everyone is in close quarters, so being cold isn't really on your mind. However, after starting up the first St. Kevins climb, you will want to be able to unzip the vest, open the jersey a bit, and pull the arm warmers down to ventilate. Then when you pop out on the road around the lake you can pull it all back up and zip up for the descent to Sugarloaf. Repeat this process as necessary until either Pipeline or Twin Lakes aid stations, where you can shed or take on layers.

Hope that helps!

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