As the temperature drops and the autumn light fades to a winter glow, having the right winter cycling gear is important. Here are a 5 clothing tips to get you through the cold months.
A fellow cyclist once mentioned there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Highly suspicious that this cyclist resides in a sunny climate where it’s warm year round with little need for more than a windbreaker, even on the coldest day. You may be like this lucky cyclist, but if you’re one of us facing cycling in sub zero temperatures, there are a few pieces of cycling gear you can acquire that will make your winter cycling much more enjoyable- and safe.
1. Prevent finger freeze
Normal long fingered bike gloves that usually do the trick during a brisk fall ride might not cut it. Consider picking out a warmer glove with extra insulation and water protection. Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell Lobster Glove does just that, without too much added bulk. http://www.pearlizumi.com/
2. Tuck in your tootsies
Fingers aren’t the only extremity that gets chilly while you’re pedaling outdoors. Frozen toes can be uncomfortable and downright painful. Consider a heavier winter boot (often called a winter bootie) to cover your cycling shoes. Louis Garneau H20 Extreme Shoe Covers feature 3mm of neoprene protection covering you from water and wind. Happy Bonus? Fleece lining. http://www.louisgarneau.com/
3. Protect your noggin
You’d never ride without a helmet, but a helmet alone does little good to keep your head warm in the bitter temperatures. Try a lightweight wool headpiece that fits snugly under your helmet. This Rapha wool winter hat features head contouring soft mesh lining, a wool exterior and ribbed ear guard. www.rapha.cc
4. See and be seen
Chances are if you’re headed outdoors during the winter you may be faced with reduced visibility due to rain, fog, snow or shortened daylight hours. Protect yourself by ensuring you’re wearing an article of highly reflective clothing. This Niagara jacket by Canari is not only waterproof and windproof; it has a clinchable waist and wrist feature alongside reflective accents on all side for increased visibility. www.canari.com
5. Re-think your base layer
Warmth for outdoor cycling starts from the first thing you put on next to your skin. That layer should be warm but breathable and lightweight, just like Icebreakers Sprint Long-Sleeved Crew. The primarily wool base layer has thumbholes to keep the sleeves in place, and is naturally wicking and odor-resistant. www.icebreaker.com
Do you dare to brave sub zero temperatures? What do you use to get the job done?