Cycling in winter can be an exhilarating experience, but it requires proper preparation, especially when it comes to dressing for the chilly weather. As the temperature drops, it’s essential to ensure your clothing keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable throughout your ride. On this page you can find some key points to consider when dressing for winter cycling.

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Before you Go

  • Check the forecast and adjust your clothing accordingly.
  • Eat and drink before the ride: Being well fed and hydrated is the base for a safe and enjoyable ride.
  • If going self supported, familiarize yourself with the trail: Check the trail map and familiarize yourself with the route, landmarks, and emergency exits.

Layering is Key

Layering is crucial for winter cycling as it allows you to adjust your clothing according to your body temperature and the weather conditions. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin, preventing you from feeling damp and cold. Add insulating layers such as a thermal jersey or fleece jacket to trap heat while allowing moisture to escape.

Choose the Right Outerwear

Your outer layer should shield you from wind and snow while still allowing moisture to escape. Look for a waterproof and windproof cycling jacket with ventilation options such as zippers or vents to regulate temperature and prevent overheating. Reflective elements on your outerwear can also enhance visibility during darker winter days.

Don't Forget Your Legs

Keep your legs warm and protected by wearing thermal cycling tights or leg warmers. Look for options with windproof and water-resistant materials to shield against the elements. If possible, consider wearing cycling- or skiing-specific pants that offer flexibility and freedom of movement while blocking out cold drafts.

Protect Your Extremities

Don’t forget to protect your extremities—the hands, feet, and head are particularly susceptible to cold temperatures. Invest in a pair of insulated, windproof gloves to keep your hands warm and maintain dexterity for braking and shifting. If you are not able to get good gloves, we usually have couple of pairs to borrow at our office.

Wear wool socks to keep your feet dry and insulated inside your shoes.

A thermal skullcap or balaclava can help retain heat and protect your head and ears from the biting cold.

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winter Shoes with woolen socks

With warm shoe covers even light shoes are warm enough to ride in winter time

Warm winter shoes play a crucial role in ensuring comfort and protection during cold-weather cycling. However, when dedicated winter cycling shoes aren’t readily available, improvising with alternatives like hiking shoes paired with woolen socks can be a practical solution.

The double sock method helps create a barrier against the cold and wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping your feet warm and dry throughout the ride.

Additionally, for enhanced protection against the elements, we rent shoe covers that can be easily slipped over hiking shoes. These covers provide an extra layer of insulation and shield against wind, and snow, ensuring your feet remain comfortable and protected during winter cycling adventures.

What about Covering my eyes?

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Many of us are riding without any eye protection. But you can of course protect your eyes from wind, debris, and glare by wearing cycling-specific sunglasses or snow goggles. Opt for lenses with anti-fog coatings to maintain visibility in cold and damp conditions. To avoid foggy goggles it’s also good to keep your pulse down and avoid sweating when riding. 

Clear or lightly tinted lenses are ideal for low-light winter rides, while polarized lenses can reduce glare from snow and ice.

Consider Accessories

Accessories such as a neck gaiter or scarf can provide additional warmth and protection for your neck and lower face. A pair of shoe covers or toe warmers can help retain heat and keep your feet dry in wet and cold conditions. 

By following these tips and dressing appropriately for winter cycling, you can stay comfortable, safe, and enjoy the beauty of riding even in the coldest months. Remember to stay hydrated, be mindful of changing weather conditions, and always prioritize safety on the road. With the right gear and preparation, winter cycling can be an invigorating and rewarding experience.

Note:  Long scarves, shoulder bags and wide sleeves are a safety risk.

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