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Hey guys!

It's currently a little nippy over here in New Jersey, though its not quite cold yet. However, i'm concerned, going forward, of the weather and want to be as comfortable as possible! What I noticed when I am done riding, I feel a little bit of pain in my chest as if I just ran a mile or two in cold weather, my lungs feel off. Is this normal?

Also, what do you guys recommend for base layers? Currently (as a new riding) i kind of just bundle up. Long johns, underarmor cold gear, and johnny rocket winter gloves. I also have a johnny rocket bike jacket that holds a couple layers, what do you guys do?
 

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I had been in the same boat as you. Just picked up my bike in August, got addicted, now it is cold. At first I bundled up but got tired of wearing several jackets, pants, and such. I finally went and picked up a legit 4 season jacket that comes apart in layers. Then bought Freeze Out base layers. The minute I put the base layers on I no longer had any problems riding. I arrived at work ready to go, not battle torn from the ride weather. I ride an hour each way to work and have put 8000 miles on my bike since Aug 28th. After all of those miles I finally found a combination that works. I do feel like I need to find something more warming if I ride any lower then 37 degrees.
 

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I had been in the same boat as you. Just picked up my bike in August, got addicted, now it is cold. At first I bundled up but got tired of wearing several jackets, pants, and such. I finally went and picked up a legit 4 season jacket that comes apart in layers. Then bought Freeze Out base layers. The minute I put the base layers on I no longer had any problems riding. I arrived at work ready to go, not battle torn from the ride weather. I ride an hour each way to work and have put 8000 miles on my bike since Aug 28th. After all of those miles I finally found a combination that works. I do feel like I need to find something more warming if I ride any lower then 37 degrees.
MACNA HotVest

These work very well and fit under any jacket. Comes with charger and one battery. Extra batteries are $28.50 on eBay. Last 3-6 hours, depending on heat setting. Verified by me; I have one. Keep your core warm and the extremities do okay.

Use coupon code FCMOTO15 at checkout and get 15% off.

https://www.fc-moto.de/Macna-Hotvest


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MACNA HotVest

These work very well and fit under any jacket. Comes with charger and one battery. Extra batteries are $28.50 on eBay. Last 3-6 hours, depending on heat setting. Verified by me; I have one. Keep your core warm and the extremities do okay.

Use coupon code FCMOTO15 at checkout and get 15% off.

https://www.fc-moto.de/Macna-Hotvest


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Going to put this on my list for christmas gifts to myself! That's a really good buy, thanks!
 

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You know what, i accidentally purchased a layer jacket as my starter jacket thinking i was getting a regular average bike jacket (I got lucky). Having it really does me wonders, and I have to look into the Freeze out base layer brand that you're speaking of! I think that's a great place to start.
 

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What ever you use as your underlayer, make sure it doesnt pass wind, otherwise you will still get chilled. The freezeout stuff works, or any wind-breaker liner.
 

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Those are all great suggestions, but the OP was having trouble with breathing cold air. The challenge is warming the air before you breathe it, while not fogging your faceshield with your exhalations. The little nose-piece that comes with higher-end helmets can help with fogging if it isn't too uncomfortable on your nose. Wearing a light mask (either a cotton surgical style mask, or a molded dust mask) helps warm the air a lot, but you'll probably need to crack your faceshield and/or leave helmet vents open to avoid fogging.
 

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Visor fogging is completely eliminated with a good pin lock visor. I can't believe most people that do happen to get one with their helmet just throw them away.
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And a good modular helmet like the Schuberth C3 actually seal the leather chin curtain tight to your throat for maximum comfort. For commuters that want to keep riding in cold rainy weather, the Schuberth is worth every penny.
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http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/schuberth-c3-helmet
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If you have a longer commute like mine and ride at temps under 40F, Seirus makes the "thick thin" balaclava to keep your throat warm without added bulk under the top of the helmet.
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http://www.amazon.com/Seirus-Innovation-Thick-Headliner-Black/dp/B0018BL11M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1447610982&sr=8-2&keywords=thick+thin+balaclava
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28F for 45 minutes this morning. Reminded me of something else that I haven't recommended yet. It obviously helps to get out of the wind as much as possible. It is much more comfortable to ride in a tuck if you have a large tank bag stuffed full of something to lean down on. The expandable Dowco that I have which is perfect is no longer available so we will have to go with something else such as the slightly pricier Cortech 2.0
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http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/cortech-super-20-18-liter-magnetic-tank-bag
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Those are all great suggestions, but the OP was having trouble with breathing cold air. The challenge is warming the air before you breathe it, while not fogging your faceshield with your exhalations. The little nose-piece that comes with higher-end helmets can help with fogging if it isn't too uncomfortable on your nose. Wearing a light mask (either a cotton surgical style mask, or a molded dust mask) helps warm the air a lot, but you'll probably need to crack your faceshield and/or leave helmet vents open to avoid fogging.
http://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/rs-taichi-rsx134-h-g-full-face-mask-black/
maybe these works? it's still at 50s here in NorCal that doesn't get me to order these yet. I'm just doing regular neck warmer from alpine star for easy put on/removal
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-neck-warmer
 
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