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Old 11-24-2012, 08:53 PM
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Well tomorrow I am going take a ride and try out my new Gerbings jacket and gloves, since I never wore heated gear before, it will around low 30's tomorrow and since my controller will be in my jacket I have a few questions, with my tourmaster transitions 3 jacket, should I remove the liner and approx what settings should I start with on the jacket & gloves and how long before they get up to set temps.

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:03 PM
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Around town 30-40mph, you will need far less than a 70mph highway ride. It's just something you're going to have to experiment with an figure out where your comfort zone is. Don't wear too many layers, you don't need them. Turtleneck or mock turtleneck, the Gerbing and then the outer jacket. See how that goes. I never needed more than that riding in Michigan around the freezing mark.

You're going to feel the heat within a minute of turning it on and you're going to wonder how/why you rode in the cold without that stuff before...
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Actually I turn the controller on and if it doesn't get warm enough I turn it up. It helps sometimes to crank it up and let it get warm and then turn the controller down to suit your need.
I do the same with the Oxford grips.
Most of the time they can be on a very low setting but freezing ambient temps will be a good test. Layering over the Gerbing jacket can affect it too. With a Darien jacket and liner over the Gerbing I didn't need the heat much at all.
All depends on how you dress.
For really cold rides putting the rain suit over all the other stuff will cut down wind loss and you'll stay warmer. I've done several hundred mile days in freezing and survived.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:33 AM
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Around town 30-40mph, you will need far less than a 70mph highway ride.
Yes!
I rode with Gerbings gloves yesterday at about 40deg F - no controller - just "on"/ plugged in. Forty minutes on the slab at 65mph I was comfortable - didn't even feel warm, just "room temperature". Later doing 20-30 on a gravel road, my hands got uncomfortably hot.

I'm also surprised how warm the gloves are even without the heating. Several times riding around town/ commuting I've unplugged them and stayed warm in temps my other gloves would have given me frostbite.
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Thanks for the prompt reply's, will let you guys know how I make out this afternoon, one thing I was reading was the gloves have to have a treatment with some type of a protection, did not get the stuff to do that yet, but I believe it is for waterproofing.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:03 AM
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The controller has never let me down. The high setting under a quality wind proof jacket (one that has a longer tail so as to discourage updrafts so common on Stroms) has always kept me warm. I clip my controller to my tank bag in a position that I have easy left hand access to the controller knob. Makes adjustments on the fly easy and allows you to find the exact watts you need for varying conditions (speed, ambient temp, sunshine-vs-overcast, etc).
Good luck with your winter riding.
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Glove treatment. Camp Dry is one way to go. Over mittens of nylon is another. I had big rubber over gloves years ago and those worked fine too until they rotted away.
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My new micro wire Gerbings respond within seconds to setting changes. I clip the controller to one of the straps on the exterior of my Jacket and run cables under the edge into the vest. And somebody else posted, I put my vest on over a T shirt or better yet a micro fleece turtle neck and cover it all up with a textile Jacket that has a rain/wind proof liner in it. I removed the insulation layer from my coat as it is not needed and makes the jacket too thick.

I do not need gloves as electric Gortex works fine for me and I have wind deflectors on the bike. Feet stay warm also. But I quit riding below freezing mostly to avoid salt and ice.

I can not believe I ride and froze so many years without egear. I ride almost all winter now and it may just be my favorite time as the leaves are down and there is no bugs. But I miss seeing other bikes out to talk to at stops.
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