Most people tend to go into a form of hibernation over the winter period however, for people who are riding to commute to and from work or training for their next event winter is not something that they can avoid. They typically need to continue cycling all year round so it’s important for them to know how to stay warm riding in winter.
The first golden rule is to ensure that you are able to layer your clothes as this will prevent wind chill and allow your internal temperature to increase to provide you the warmth you need to keep riding. Typically, most people will use a base layer that can push away moisture. A mid layer will usually be added that has some thermal properties for heat retention and the final layer which is usually a fabric type material as a wind stopper.
2. Ride with a spare jacket
You may think that you are layered perfectly however, depending on how far you are riding you will usually notice a temperature change or even sometimes ride through a light shower or worsened conditions.
3. Invest in quality base layers
Cycling gear can be expensive however, it is important to not compromise with quality. Investing in a good base layer can make the world of difference when you are trying to stay warm riding in winter. Look for a base layer that is made from good material, fits well and has a high collar.
4. Use Shoe Covers
Layering is usually the best option to stay warm so layering over your shoes can also prevent any chilled air coming in from your feet. You can usually find shoe covers that are windproof and also waterproof.
5.Keep chilled water at home
Cold fluids are usually not a good idea when you are riding in winter. If you need to take some fluid with you a common option is usually some warm tea in an insulated water bottle
These are our top 5 tips for riding in winter. It’s best to prepare for this time of year so that the seasonal weather doesn’t stop you from succeeding through your next event or making you submit to catching the bus to work. Continue riding year round and enjoy.
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