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    Hi Guys,

    By some miraculous chance of luck and the planets aligning, I have scored a job riding a motorcycle for a living documenting graffiti location and sizes to be removed. They have put it back on me to organize the gear I'll need and having not actually ridden a Canberra winter yet, I was hoping for some feedback on the types of gear you guys use on a daily commute?

    On my bike commuting to work at the moment I've been quite comfortable but the weather has been pretty tame, wearing thermals and a thick winter jacket it hasn't been too bad. It hasn't been below 6 degrees though. Will be getting heated grips on both my bike and the (probably CT110) work bike & hoping that helps when he weather gets a bit cooler in the coming months.

    Any tips, tricks or comments will be greatly appreciated!

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    Congrats on the job!
     
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    Thanks mate!

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    I find that thermals are good for the ride to work in the morning or at night, but during the day when its warmed up a bit they are usually too much for stop/start riding.

    Get some good winter gloves with the 3M lining inside them, and get a fleece neck sock. Those two thing will make a huge difference.
     
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    Yeah I was a bit concerned about the thermals getting a bit warm... at worst I'll just take them off during the day.

    Forgot to say I have a neck sock! They're fantastic! My helmet is a bit small for it to be around my mouth but it definitely helps.
    I'll have a look at gloves. I'm more concerned about being waterproof than warm. A bloke at cmc said on the sly to have some disposable gloves in your pocket... I assumed that to mean put plastic gloves on to stop the wind chill. I'm yet to try it.

    I'll go this arvo to price gloves. Thanks mate!

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    Neck sock thing is a must.

    My only other suggestion would be something to wear underneath that you can take off and put in a backpack. It might be -5 in the morning, but during the day if you're riding all day, it will get a bit warmer and may start to get a bit too much gear for the weather. I wear a hoodie under my leather jacket that I can ditch during the day if I go out.
     
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    I find hoodies a bit too thick for my winter jacket it gets really Hard to move.
    Although that being said it might be a good idea to go to Kathmandu and get a light hiking type one.

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    Down jacket underneath textile jacket. Packs down tiny in a stuff sack during the day, warm and toasty thanks to the feathers of departed quackity-quacks, and with a lot of textile jackets there's enough flaps and shit to pull the jacket in enough to accommodate said down jacket underneath said textile jacket.

    EDIT: Also, normally I'd say thermals but they're a bastard to take off on the move during the day. What I did working in outback WA in winter were oversized snowboard pants over work pants (in your case, kevlar jeans say). Take 'em off, stuff 'em down into a backpack or something, and job done. Keep you toasty and warm in the morning and evenings, too, and way quicker to slip off over boots than trying to divest yourself of thermal underwear... unless you fancy riding around just in thermals during the middle of the day, Scandinavian style #tightsarenotpants
     
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    Awesome, very informative... I'll definitely look into both products mentioned. Snow pants sound like a fantastic idea. Might look like a bit of a knob but I'll be a warm knob....

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    Probably will be a couple of weeks till it's actually on sale, but it's perfect timing for all Canberra motorcyclists. Aldi thermals aren't the best but they're cheaper than the Kathmandu polyprop thermals (merino better; if Aldi do merino this year then stock the fuck up!); the snowboarding pants are awesome cold weather overpants too.

    Oh yeah, other stuff I forgot, good winter gloves (CT110 would struggle running heated grips fwiw, the charging system won't keep up & they have a piddy battery and no room for a larger one) and REALLY GOOD SOCKS. Icebreaker merino socks are the absolute business; Paddy Palin carry them iirc. Neck sock wise I love my turtle fur balaclava/neck sock combo. Thin balaclava, thick nick sock. So good. Mine's from down at Rhythm at Cooma (top place for your ski and boarding gear), but I'd be surprised if ski shops up here in Canberra didn't carry them too.
     
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    Thanks mate! Really appreciate the input.
    Thanks for the heads up on the ct110 I know a grand total of 0 about them.
    I've got a neck sock thing that seems to be working pretty well at the moment. Will see how it goes as time goes on.
    I'm not huge on the balaclavas. I find them uncomfortable.
    Will keep an eye out for the rest. Thanks heaps champ!

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    Yeah CT110s juuuuuust put out enough juice from the charging system to run their piddly headlight + keep the battery topped up. Heated grips add another 50W or so draw which is more than the rest of the lighting system on a CT110 combined draws.

    On most bike it's overhead that the battery and the charging system can absorb, but piddly bike where every 10th of a hp counts, there just isn't the power alas.

    There are battery powered heated vests and stuff available from tool places from memory. Total tools is one place I've seen them, I think they had a Milwaukee one that used Milwaukee cordless tool batteries to run it.
     
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    Yeah I've thought about doing that. They're quite pricey though. Desegnated motorcycle ones aren't too bad from the states... I'll see how bad it gets. I'll just have to have a class full of concrete every morning ;-)

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    congrats on the new job!!
    I bought some Hot Hands heated hand and toe warmers last year from the chemist..
    haven't used them as yet, but they could be an option.
    it's good to have toasty toes in the winter...not sure how they'd go shoved into gloves, but you could keep in a pocket and warm up your hands when off the bike between stops.

    Also I noticed yesterday some fresh graffiti on the wall at the back of where I live in Always Sunny Queanbeyan...
    Will you be covering that area? :)
     
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    Cheers!! Yeah the disposable ones? I use them for camping at eucumbene but might get a little expensive to use every day. The exterior battery pack seems to be the go after supamodels comments on the ct110 battery.

    I don't think we will be serving qbn... sorry! I'm sure Queanbeyan city council might do something about it though..

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    You can get the renewable ones you boil for 10 mins to reset them re: hand warmer things. That's also a reasonable option I guess.
     
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    I was quite surprised how a good pair of motorcycle boots kept me warm. Silk balaclavas and inner gloves are warm!
     
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    Silk balaclava and inner gloves? What is this wizardry I've never heard of before?!
    I've got a shit $10 balaclava that feels like sandpaper and summer racing gloves which haven't actually been too bad

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