Before you run out and get a whole bunch of expensive bike gear, remember what your mother said before you go outside:
- Tuck in your shirt! Forget those low-slung trousers. Nothing feels worse than a cold blast of Chicago wind on your back. Make sure your shirt is long enough to slide inside your waistband, and your waistband comes up high enough to keep it there.
- Where is your scarf?! OK, if you're cycling, you may substitute a neck gaiter, balaclava, or even a snug turtleneck, but keep that neck covered. This is the second place where that cold wind can really getchya.
- Stuff your cuffs inside your gloves, or the gloves inside cuffs. It doesn't matter. Just keep that cold blast from making direct contact with the skin.
- Same goes for the pants. Stuff'em inside your boots or socks.
- Pssst.... did you put on your long underwear? You might need it today. Just stay away from the cotton stuff.
PS. Really, we want you to buy bike gear, but, more importantly, like your mother, we want you to stay warm.