It almost seems that my past has been preparing me for riding my bike to work in all kinds of weather.
Several years ago, a friend had a Chrome bag. I was fascinated by the seat belt buckle straps and clasp. I believe I bought it for my birthday one year. Now it is perfect for carrying things to and from work (it is a messenger bag after all). And it's great on those rainy days being nearly waterproof.
Today I had to be prepared for the cold. There was a 10 degree difference in temperature from Emeryville to Walnut Creek, and that 10 degrees was colder to the east. I wore a long sleeve pullover, a thick hoodie, and a North Face rain jacket my parents gave me many years ago. Now this is without the removable liner, which being a North Face liner, would bake me in my own juices while I sat on the BART train. Today, it was perfect for blocking the wind.
Then there's this little scarf I have. It was probably a hand-me-down from my dad who as provided me with many cool pieces of clothing through the years (not the least of which is a great red and paisley button up shirt that he thinks may be anywhere from 30 to 50 years old). This scarf is black, synthetic, and very thin. However, it is incredibly warm. It's perfect for biking.
My gloves lately have been CLC hi-visibility work gloves that are bright orange with a reflective stripe as well as reflective finger tips. They're not too thick, but have a padded grip, and keep my whole hand warm while also making me feel safer when I signal.
And finally some behind the head fleece earmuffs.
So, I promise, I'm keeping warm.