As the mercury drops and the landscape transforms into a glistening winter paradise, it's not the time to stow away your bike. It's the time to embrace the crisp, invigorating rides that only winter can offer. I'm here to share my go-to strategies for dressing for winter cycling, ensuring you're well-equipped to tackle temperatures from a biting -40 to a more temperate +30°F.
Winter Riding: It's Not Just Cold, It's an Adventure!
Let me tell you, there's something magical about winter cycling. The quietness of the trails, the soft crunch of snow under your tires, and the challenge of navigating the elements—it all adds up to an experience that's both exhilarating and serene. But the real secret to enjoying this winter wonderland on wheels is dressing smart.
Mastering the Layering Game
Layering isn't just a strategy; it's an art, especially in winter cycling. You're dealing with cold air, sure, but your body is also working up a sweat. The goal with layering is twofold: shield yourself from the harsh elements and allow your body to breathe, preventing any sweat from turning into an icy enemy.
Here's How I Layer Up:
Base Layer: I start with a snug, moisture-wicking base layer. It's like a second skin that keeps the sweat off.
Insulating Layer: Next comes the warmth. A cozy fleece or wool layer retains the heat your body generates.
Outer Layer: Finally, a sturdy windproof, and waterproof shell to fend off the biting wind and any snowflakes that dare to land on me.
Remember: Sweating is a no-no. If you start feeling a bit too toasty, it's time to peel off a layer. Don't hesitate to pause your ride to adjust your layers. Your comfort is worth that stop.
Choosing the Right Gear
Here's a tip: you don't need to limit yourself to cycling-specific gear. My winter rides are a blend of cycling, skiing, running, and even some hunting gear. It's all about what keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable. Of course, I have my favorites from my sponsors like Big Agnes, Smith, and Revelate Designs, but your winter cycling wardrobe can be as unique as your ride.
Riding Through Winter: My Top Tips:
Layer wisely: It's all about balancing warmth and breathability.
Stay dry to stay warm: Sweat is your enemy in the cold.
Think outside the bike shop: Mix and match gear from other sports.
Adjust on the go: Don't shy away from taking a layer off or putting one on.
Champion sponsor gear: Gear from Big Agnes, Smith, and Revelate Designs is tried and tested by yours truly.
Winter cycling isn't just another ride; it's a whole new perspective on the sport. With the right approach to dressing, you'll find that even the coldest days can lead to the warmest cycling memories. So suit up, stay cozy, and let's make this winter cycling season one for the books!
Check out the attached video for a peek into my personal gear selections for those chilly rides and my full gear list with links below. Whether you're out for a quick spin or braving the trail all day, the right gear makes all the difference.
Stay warm and ride on!
FULL GEAR LIST WITH LINKS:
Smartwool Thin Socks - https://amzn.to/3vDAk4S
Smartwool Thick Socks - https://amzn.to/47BYQ3A
Turkey Baster Bags - https://amzn.to/48Dzvrs
45NRTH Wolfgar Cycling Boots - https://shorturl.at/iwxN7
Leg Gaiters - https://amzn.to/3vMHT9a
Over Boots (not exact ones shown in video) - https://shorturl.at/bqI58
Velocio Apparel half shorts - https://shorturl.at/rvAUY
Black Diamond Merino Wool Base Leggings - https://shorturl.at/hAFJV
First Lite Catalyst Soft Shell Pants - https://amzn.to/48WjpZK
Outdoor Research Leggings -https://amzn.to/3S2rapT
Nordic XC Sking Pants -https://amzn.to/3Hkxm7N
The North Face Over Pants - https://amzn.to/48VvxtL
Merino Wool Sports Bra - https://amzn.to/3U8iocV
Velocio Basic Wool Base Layer Tee - https://shorturl.at/gimBV
Velocio Merino Wool Tank - https://shorturl.at/BPX57
Velocio Long Sleeve Base Layer - https://rb.gy/h19q5t
Velocio Alpha Merino Jacket - https://rb.gy/h19q5t
First Lite Soft Shell Catalyst Jacket - https://amzn.to/3u1Qd4r
Velocio Ultralight Jacket - https://rb.gy/zsrorl
Big Agnes Larkspur Puffy Coat - https://amzn.to/48SOwVS
Big Agnes Down Jacket - https://amzn.to/4aVOdvl
Velocio Rain Jacket - https://rb.gy/3udj85
HEAD & HANDS:
45NRTH Cycling Cap - https://rb.gy/4o3x6l
Big Agnes Beanie - https://t.ly/yrcZp
Cold Avenger Mask - https://t.ly/5eSgq
Smith Trace Helmet - https://amzn.to/48AFblW
Smith Boomtown Glasses - https://amzn.to/3HlZnvP
Smith SQUAD MTB Goggles - https://amzn.to/3tYm0n1
Velocio Soft Shell Glove - https://t.ly/ZNWUq
45NRTH Gloves - https://t.ly/NiYgV
Revelate Designs Pogies - http://tinyurl.com/3mucfjy8
*Disclaimer: This description contains affiliate links. That means that I am awarded a small commission for purchases made through them, at no added cost for you.