Ski wear is great for cold weather. Sure you will sweat, but you can always vent or take off. Nothing like toasty fingers and toes on a brisk morning. I use a pull over old snow board jacket. I think flat pedals and boots are the warmest and least costly. For clipless the winter shoe are the way to go. I don't know what happen to lake shoes. I guess too many fair weather ethusiast. The shimano mtb are okay but the rubber on the bottom has torn pretty quickly the water proof goretex is nice. Another key is really putting it into base mode especially on the climbs. I guess easier gearing would be smart where there are hills.