It’s around this time of year we take the Summer for granted. Looking outside at the biting winds and gloomy sky, you can’t help but long for the short sleeves and sunglasses of the Summer months. That’s not to say winter cruising doesn’t have its own benefits. Sure it can seem a little daunting out there, but embracing the dramatic weather rather than passively sitting inside and waiting for a sliver of sunshine can be an exhilarating experience. Wrapping up warm is one thing, but when you’re whipping through the freezing air at 20mph while Cycling in Winter, you’re going to need the proper kit to prevent freezing toes and numb noses. Here’s our guide to the clothes you’ll need to enjoy Cycling in Winter even when the weather gets blue:
It’s your feet that see all the action when cycling, so it’s important your chosen socks combine warmth with comfort. Look for high-rise socks with elasticated ankles to keep them firmly in place, as well as plush loops (thick thread) at the front to ensure warm toes that don’t chaff as you peddle. Our B’Twin 700 Cycling Winter Socks are a great example of a versatile winter sock, combining a blend of merino, Primaloft, polyamide and acrylic fibres to ensure fantastic insulation and breathability.
Overshoes are indispensable for serious cyclists during the winter months. Cycling at speed dramatically increases the sensation of cold, so a fully waterproofed and windproofed overshoe is a must. Make sure you pick the right type for your cycling activity, as different products exist for mountain bike touring and road cycling. Or you can get the best of both worlds with our Shimano and S2000D Hybrid Cycling Overshoes, which are great for all occasions.
Cycling Feet Warmers
If your feet are still feeling chilly even with socks and overshoes, feet warmers are your next port of call. Similar to deep heat patches, these are adhesive stickers that can provide long lasting heat to the underside of your feet. We recommend checking out our Aptonia Feet Warmers. Simply place under your feet on the outside of your sock, and enjoy five hours of blissful warmth – more than enough to last your entire ride.
Winter gloves have two goals: to stop cold getting in, and to prevent heat from escaping. A good pair will feature wadded lining, foam padding, and will be as water resistant as possible. Gloves such as our B’Twin 500 Winter Cycling Gloves have been specifically designed for cycling, featuring chicron palms and foam inserts to help grip handlebars, and even the ability to use the touchscreen on your phone without removing them.
Cycling Neck Warmers
Come rain, wind or snow, a neck warmer is the perfect piece of kit to ward off the elements from the lower half of your face and neck.Also known as a buff, neck warmers are a tube of fabric that can be worn around the neck, face, or in some instances (such as our B’twin 300 Cycling Fleece Neck Warmer) on your head underneath your helmet. The hallmarks for a good neck warmer are that it is light, warm, and not too thick so as not to aggravate turning your head.
For More Information
Before getting ready for Winter Cycling, it is important to make sure your bike is ready too! Read our friendly tips on How To Convert Your Bike Into a Winter Road Bike!