Survival guides to cycle in winter (Part 1)

If you are fully prepared for the riding conditions and the cold weather onset of winter shouldn’t stop you cycling. Even for those who many times before have ridden in the colder months, riing through winter can be a truly daunting idea.

There’s still a lot of enjoyment to be reached from winter riding although we should admit that it’s hard to beat cruising with short-sleeves and sunglasses around in the summer. The winter let alone a bit of fresh air the benefits of keeping your legs turning.

We help you out with some winter cycling tips. Here we outline top key points to consider when you cycle in winter.

If you have any tips for winter riding, feel free to share them at the bottom of this article in the comment section.

  1. Dress suitably

Clothing is the most arguably important and obvious factor in winter weather cycling. You barely notice how cold it is with thermal, windproof and waterproof gear which can keep you warm and dry on rides.

You can have a range of clothing to suit a range of temperatures by choosing carefully and layering up although a large expense seem like to pay for a full set of winter clothing at first.

Even when the temperature is nudging zero, you also have to consider that on thick fleeces and waterproofs will make you sweat although there’s a temptation to stave off the cold by throwing them. You can feel wet, clammy and cold when sweat can accumulate under your clothes.

To keep you moisture-free or the correct fit for your position when riding, use cycle-specific clothing which may not have the correct properties as that for other sports.

Hands and feet are the most susceptible areas to getting cold first so good quality windproof or winter overshoes and gloves will keep your extremities warm.