Cold Weather Clothing to Wear While Riding Road or Mountain Bikes
Are you ready to ride this fall and winter? No matter wear you live from sunny San Diego to Maine everyone needs layers to wear while riding. Here are some suggestions on items to have with you so you're prepared no matter where you live or ride.
Cold-weather gear extends your riding season earlier into spring and later into fall. Rain/wind protection is a wise addition to your pack year round. Add insulating layers and you can be ready to roll any time the forecast mentions “cold front.”
You find fewer mountain-bike-specific designs in outerwear. The primary difference from road outerwear is more durable fabrics. You do want a cycling-specific design, though, because it can offer better wind protection on front and will be tailored to provide comfort through the shoulders and coverage when you lean forward in the saddle. It should also have a helmet-compatible hood.
For serious protection, a waterproof/breathable jacket is a must. For short rides and moderately gloomy.
Bike Tights and Pants
Bike tights, most of which are padded, can be substituted for your liner shorts on cold days. And similar to bike jackets, you’ll want a pair of waterproof/breathable pants if you intend to ride when the weather gets damp. If you live in milder weather Leg Warmers allow you to warm up then remove to continue riding.
Arm/Leg Warmers and Hats
Arm warmers, leg warmers and a cap or headband are versatile layering options because they’re easy to put on and take off as conditions change throughout your ride.
For colder weather a pair of wicking, breathable, full finger bike gloves are a must.
Warmth (but not too much)
The colder the conditions, the thicker the base layer you should use — it's as simple as that.
Tip: Keep in mind before the start of a long climb, remove layers until you feel cool. If you start out feeling warm and comfortable, you’re likely to feel overheated for most of the climb.
How warm do you want your base layer to be obviously that depends on how warm you naturally are, and how warm you want to stay. Some people can ride in sub-zero conditions with just a thin base layer and a shell, while others need three inches of fleece just to go out in autumn.
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