Yes. We realise it’s not quite autumn yet and it’s certainly not the depths of winter. But this time of year can be a good time to start thinking about the kit that you will need when the seasons do change. And you can often find good bargains for cold weather gear when you shop in the summer months (and vice versa for summer clothes in the winter! My nanna was a divil for shopping for clothes this way!)
Cycling in colder weather requires proper clothing to keep you comfortable and safe. The key is to layer your clothing so you can adjust your attire as your body temperature changes during your ride. Here's a suggested clothing guide for cycling in colder weather.
Start with a moisture-wicking and insulating base layer. This layer should keep sweat away from your skin to prevent you from getting cold and clammy. Look for materials like merino wool or synthetic fabrics designed for cold-weather activities.
Depending on the temperature, you might need one or more mid-layers. These are meant to provide additional insulation. A long-sleeve jersey, a thermal cycling jacket, or a fleece-lined jersey are good options. Make sure the materials are breathable and allow for moisture transfer.
Your outer layer should protect you from wind, rain, and snow. A windproof and water-resistant cycling jacket is crucial, especially if you're cycling in wet or windy conditions. Look for jackets with features like ventilation zippers and reflective elements for visibility. We do stock windproof jackets and gilets but the hunt is still on to find the perfect water resistant coat - keep your peepers open for new products soon though!
Cycling Tights or Pants:
For your lower body, consider wearing thermal cycling tights or pants. These provide insulation while allowing freedom of movement. Some options even have windproof panels on the front to protect against the wind chill. We’ve just received a delivery of our cosy bib leggings and they’ll be added to the website really soon.
Insulated and windproof gloves are essential to keep your hands warm and maintain dexterity for controlling your bike. Look for gloves with good grip and touchscreen compatibility if you need to use your smartphone or cycling computer (but not while your cycling. Unless it’s for a selfie. We love a selfie. Who doesn’t!). Our personal favourites are Grip Grip Primavera Marino gloves (probably shouldn’t be pushing other brands but when you really like a product, and you’ve got three pairs in three different colours - how can you not recommend them!)
Cycling Shoe Covers:
Cold feet can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Use neoprene or other waterproof and windproof shoe covers to keep your feet warm and dry. Consider using thicker socks or toe warmers as well. Not the most stylish of cycling gear to wear but over the cooler autumn and those chilly winter months, you’ll be glad you popped them on before heading out on your bike.
A lot of heat escapes through your head, so wearing a thermal cycling cap or a skullcap under your helmet can help retain heat. If it's extremely cold, consider a balaclava or a neck gaiter to cover your face and neck. We’ve two lovely buffs in stock - one in navy and one in pink!
Don't forget about accessories like arm warmers, leg warmers, and knee warmers. These allow you to adjust your clothing as your body temperature changes during the ride.
Remember that your clothing choices will depend on the specific weather conditions and your personal preferences. It's better to start your ride feeling a bit cool rather than too warm, as your body will generate heat as you pedal. Make sure to also stay hydrated and take breaks if needed to avoid overheating.