The proper cycling clothes can protect you on your winter bike rides
Not wearing enough cycling clothes can keep the body from warming up properly, leaving you with a greater chance of injury and staying cold. Your cycling clothes can also help protect your skin by helping to prevent chafing and irritation. The material helps to limit the loss of body heat by keeping your skin dry.
When cycling in cold weather, it’s usually best to wear layers. Layers will give you the option of taking clothing off if you become too warm, but otherwise keeping you warm enough to stay safe.
Winter cycling clothes checklist:
- Toe/shoe covers
- Full-fingered gloves
- Coolmax undershirt
- Arm/leg/knee warmers
- Ear covers or skull cap
These items in combination with your standard cycling shorts, jersey, and socks will keep you happy all winter long. Don’t forget to conduct this pre-ride safety check and follow these group ride guidelines before your next ride.