British Biking

art.robinson art.robinson at
Tue Jan 6 04:54:52 PST 2009

Hello Robert:

IMHO an Aerostich Roadcrafter suit is the ultimate in weather
protection, comfort and safety... They don't come cheap, but can be
ordered custom to your size. 

Check out their website as they frequently have sale items which are
customized, but for a variety of reasons were never sold. You may just
get lucky with a 6'5"er. That and an electric vest and you'd be OK to
ride to the North Pole... except for the wet bit to the north of you.

.... And I know all about riding in Scottish weather. It was 50 years
ago but I can still remember the bone chilling cold.

Good luck with bike and the search,

Arthur Robinson

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert.Justice at [mailto:Robert.Justice at] 
Sent: 06 January 2009 06:40
To: gpzlist at
Subject: British Biking

Hi All,

Happy New Year!

As a new member I thought it would be good to get other peoples opinions

on tips and tricks for daily riding in wind, rain, sleet and snow. I 
bought my GPZ at the end of last summer and have had little time to
my ride in a comfortable environment.

Scottish weather is not the best for biking and additional gear is a
if you don't want to end up dreading your ride as your putting on your 

At the moment I'm using my parents winter trousers and jacket and
bought myself some Alpinestar Vega Drystar gloves @ £70, all of which 
prove ineffective at keeping the general cold out. Not to bad if you
in California but when your riding in -5 with wind chill close to -20 it

becomes incredibly uncomfortable, even dangerous.
I've been looking at the option of heated gloves, heated grips and
body warmers but the information out there is contradictory and limited 
and when the prices are starting at £150 for quality gloves, further 
advise is a must.

In addition I am tall, 6ft 5, with size 15(UK) feet and arms like 
orangutans therefore I need kit that can accommodate my size.

Any tips and tricks for getting started in the morning or keeping going 
around roundabouts while suffering from carb freezing, would be 
appreciated too.

Hope you all had a good time during this festive period and I may see
at the Isle of Man TT?

Rob Justice
System Administrator (GEMS)  - PGDS Finance
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