As long as it is safe to ride, there is probably only one thing that might keep you from enjoying the time outside: Your cycling kit!
As long as it is safe to ride, by means of no sudden significent change in weather or slippery roads, there is probably only one thing that might keep you from enjoying the time outside, regardless the current weather: Your cycling kit!
- And that's what we will talk about today: Dressing right for a wet and cold day on the bike.
Beside some cycling-specific techniques to stay warm and comfy, we should basically stick to our parents old advise of wearing several layers. Don't change a running system.
This means that we will start with a thermal baselayer, followed by a jersey (sleevelength depending on temperatures) and a wind- and waterproof toplayer. Based on the frequency of your winter rides, a waterrepellent bib-tight is absolutely priceless. It does not only keep your legs as warm and dry as possible, but also ensures that your lower extremities will not start freezing from the top down.
Talking about feet and hands - That's a difficult topic for sure! Some of my teammates also ride without gloves and shoe-covers even in when the temperatures drop to zero, what would be an absolute mission impossible for me.
Wintersocks, a good pair of padded neoprene shoe-covers and waterproof winter-gloves, that still allow you to control your bike perfectly, are a key-essential to defy the weather.
To complete the winter-kit, investing in a quality under-helmet-cap, covering your ears and the sensitive forehead as well as a set of neck-warmers, that will not only keep your neck warm but also safe you from tension in your shoulder area.
A helmet with aero-cover (also good for keeping snow and sleet off your head) and shades are mandatory.
Last but not least, do not forget to fuel for your ride.
Of course we are all not that thirsty or hungry on our winter-rides, but better be safe than sorry. Your need for energy will be different, when your body also has to produce a certain basic heat and keep the engine running on top!