Yes, it can get quite cold in California every once in a while. Aided by a cold front from Alaska, we have been in a bit of a cold snap. To all you easterners, go ahead, have your laughter.
Now what do I mean by cold? Well, freezing temperature. 32° F, or 0° C for all of my metric friends. So will that mean I’ll stop riding during this cold snap? Hell no! I gotta prove that even though I’m from California, I can be bad ass too.
So what do I wear? Well, I’ve got a 3/4 leg warmer (goes down to my calves), wool socks (which in combination with my 3/4 leg warmers covers all of my leg), fleece long sleeve jersey (which I absolutely love), skull cap (which I can pull down to my ears), toe warmers, light jacket, and wind resistant long fingered gloves. It’s not cold enough to require a balaclava, but I do see others with it, and I chuckle seeing that. If it was in the 20s, I could see wearing that, but it’s not that cold yet.
On my commutes into work, it has dipped to 32° F every day for the past 3 days for the while ride, so it’s not like I get into a small ravine … It is constant.
Too bad there is no precipitation in the air. Would have been cool to ride with some snow flakes falling.