Our ride started at a temperature of about 40ºF (4ºC), which in the past has been the coldest temperature I will ride in. I made sure to bring all the usual items you’d expect to bring for a chilly day: full-length leg warmers, a long-sleeved, brushed jersey, etc., but in addition to the toe covers, I also brought my full-fingered cycling gloves and liners.
I had more than just toe warmers on my feet — I used the polypro socks beneath my wool cycling socks. It’s another great combination, until the temperature gets below about 45 — then I need something more. That’s where the toe warmers come in.
I also took along a cool weather headband. This one is also slightly brushed on the inside, and is shaped to completely cover the ears. One thing about my ears — they’re hard to miss. I do have to make sure they’re covered, or they’ll get cold quickly.
Although the ride started in much cooler temperatures than I prefer to ride in, I was comfortable throughout. The next day, under much the same conditions, I was cozy all over again. Do yourself a favor when riding in the cold winter temps this year. Take care of your extremities, and the rest of you will be happy for it.