It's been a pretty brutal winter in NYC. From a clothing perspective I am well equipped to deal with winter riding but a few weeks ago I had to step my game up a bit. The only two parts of my body that I have to work extra hard on keeping warm at times are my hands and feet. I wear wool socks to help keep my feet warm when the temperature drops and in most cases I wear gloves to keep my hands warm.
However when the windchill got extra brutal this winter I found that the pair of Pearl Izumi gloves I normally wear were not cutting it. One morning I arrived at work (when the windchill was around zero) and I had lost feeling in all of my fingers. As the feeling painfully started to return to my digits I realized that it was time to break out the mittens.
The mittens I have are actually snowboard mittens. The thing that is nice about mittens is that your fingers are grouped together rather than separated and this helps to form a heat pocket.
I actually face a different problem with my mittens when riding - my hands start to sweat. Of course this is a much better problem than not being able to feel your hands. And for those worried about dexterity, I have found this to be a non-issue.
I have two bikes, one with thumb shifters and standard brake levers and another with index shifters/brakes for drop down bars. I have had no issues with hitting any of my brake levers or changing gears while wearing my mittens. Thus you can say I am smitten with mittens!
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