Layering For Cold Weather Biking
Cold weather biking can be tricky. So it’s important to dress properly including layering for cold weather so that you can add or remove clothing as needed. In cold conditions a cycling base layer is critical. It fits tight to the skin and draws moisture away from you to keep you warm. On top of that add an isulating layer of microfleece or wool, and then a jacket on the outside to keep out the wind. The insulating layers and jackets come in a variety of thicknesses to accomodate all different temperatures. Consider wearing bright colors to increase your visibility on the bike.
In the Fall and Spring, arm and leg warmers can really help take the edge off the cool temps, but you’ll need to move to full tights in very cold conditions. As a general rule, you’ll want to be a little cool when you first start to ride, and you’ll warm up as the ride progresses. Remember to cover your knees in any temperatures below 60 degrees to keep the muscles warm. Covering your hands, feet, and head also help as those are usually the first areas to get cold. Headbands, skull caps, and full balaclavas help keep your head warm, while gloves and booties come in different thicknesses to address different riding temperatures for your hands and feet.
For more information about cold weather biking and proper layering, please feel free to stop by the shop and speak with one of our cycling professionals. One of our latest blog topics was cold weather riding. To read the entry, click here.