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Cycling Thermals - What to Wear When Riding Your Bike
A lot of pedestrians looking at cyclists in cold weather imagine that the riders
must be freezing, wet and miserable. However, providing you wear the right gear,
they don't need to be uncomfortable when riding your bike.
The most important thing to remember is that when cycling you need to be able to
easily and quickly change the amount of insulation that you're wearing. When you
first hop on your bike on a cold day, you need to heat up quickly, when you pedal
up the first hill, you'll start to work up a sweat and may even need to cool off,
and when you freewheel down the other side of the hill, the last thing that you want
is the sweat starting to freeze on your skin.
The key to being comfortable is wearing layers of clothing. This way, you can add or
remove layers and thus precisely control your temperature. Furthermore, each of the
layers that you wear serves a different purpose:
The final issue to consider is to make sure that your layers are compatible with each other.
Remember that your outer layers need to be big enough to accommodate both your body and the
inner layers - and you can make this easier by avoid bulky items for the inner layers.
Additionally, you'll want to avoid wearing a mid layer fleece that sticks out from under
your outer jacket (most commonly at the sleeves
or back) as this will tend to suck in both cold air and moisture.
- Base Layer:
The layer closest to your skin is probably the most important one for keeping you
warm, dry and comfortable. You don't want to choose a cotton T-shirt, as cotton
will simply absorb and hold your sweat which will make you feel instantly chilly if
the slightest draught gets to it.
Modern synthetic fabrics such as Coolmax will take the moisture away from the skin,
which is a big advantage. There's no need to buy a vast array of different clothes, as you
can wear the same item in Summer as a jersey, and in Winter as a vest.
On the other hand, if you prefer natural fabrics, you should consider merino wool. This
doesn't retain odours as much as synthetic fabrics, although of course you still need to wash
it every once in a while. Lots of people are deterred from buying wool garments because they
think that they are difficult to wash, however this is a misconception as
most modern wool garments are in fact perfectly capable of standing up to normal 40-degree washes.
- Mid Layer:
The mid layer of your clothing is intended to keep you warm. On very cold days a
fleece is a good choice provided it's not too bulky, but when it's not so chilly,
you'll want something like a long-sleeved jersey in Coolmax.
Whatever you choose, you'll select a breathable fabric, and make sure that the
cut is generous enough that your wrists and the bottom of your back won't be exposed
when you are stretched out on your bike.
One thing to bear in mind is that it's easy to get both cold (from the wind) and
hot (from physical exertion) while cycling, even during a short cycle trip. Many
thin layers are better than one thick layer, because you can add or remove them at will.
Zips are however even better, as you can open or close them to instantly control that
amount of ventilation that you're getting.
- Outer Layer:
The purpose of your outer layer is mainly to keep the weather out. That includes both
the rain and wind.
For your outer layer you want to wear a jacket,
preferably one designed specifically for cycling. As with the mid layer, you'll want
to choose jacket that doesn't expose your
wrists or back when cycling. Additionally, avoid jackets
which are stretched too tightly across your shoulders (because they will restrict
your movement and soon become uncomfortable), or which sag forward when in the cycling
position (because the wind will get in underneath in this case).
Other considerations when choosing a jacket are pockets (for your wallet, keys and so forth)
and safety. In terms of safety, a lighter color will help you
be seen, but if your jacket
has reflective features (or you're prepared to add your own reflective strips), then
even better. Avoid out for jackets with hoods (most cycling jackets don't have them anyway),
as they restrict your vision, especially when turning your head.
Here are some cycling vests:
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|Pearl Izumi - Ride|
SCREAMING YELLOW Apparel
- One back Hook and Loop pocket; Collar tapers from front to back for on-bike ergonomics
- ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance; Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation
- Reflective elements for low-light visibility
The ELITE Barrier Vest is an essential layering piece that's ideal for variable temperatures, changing weather and undulating terrain. Lightweight and packable, it's made with Barrier Fabric for wind and water protection plus a large Direct-Vent back panel for added breathability. Pair it with arm warmers for a versatile system that's perfect for cool-weather rides.
|Gore Bike Wear|
Black/White Sports Apparel
- Lightweight, waterproof. multifunctional pants - reliable weatherproofing for the recreational cyclist on or off-road
- Comfort fit; reinforced wear-resistant seat, pre-shaped knee, easy open zipper, back zipper stow pocket, adjustable waist and leg width
- Contents: 1 pair women's GORE-TEX Active GS AS waterproof cycling pants, black size M
- Slim fit
- Small, zipped pocket on back
- Full length zip with semi-lock slider
Gore WINDSTOPPER Vest for the ambitious road cyclist. Fully equipped with back pockets and loksak for media devices. An insulating Vest for quick warm ups in changing conditions. Shell outside: 100% polyester/gore WINDSTOPPER membrane/shell inside: 100% polyester.
|Louis Garneau|| |
- Material: Diamond Air, Light Mesh AirDry, Micromesh
- Recommended Use: core layering
Changing ride conditions are a nightmare. After all, many of us stock our closets with a kit for nearly every climate, and we're so practiced at deciphering radar that meteorology could be our second calling. But there are times when you simply can't plan for what you'll face out on the roads. That's why a packable vest is an essential part of anyone's wardrobe -- you can take it along, just in case. And the Louis Garneau Nova Vest proves that you don't have to spend a lot of cash for a little added insurance against unforeseen elements. The front of the Nova Vest is made of Diamond Air fabric, a polyester weave that's windproof, resistant to tearing, and treated with a water-repellent finish. It's also breathable, but you'll get most of your ventilation through the Light Mesh AirDry and Micromesh fabrics that make up the back of the vest. The Nova Vest has two back pockets so you don't have to dig underneath to your jersey for your stowed gear, and a zipper garage keeps the zipper tucked away nicely. Reflective piping on the back as well as reflective front and back logos ensure that you'll be seen as you push on through those came-from-nowhere storms. The Louis Garneau Nova Vest comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in three color options: Black/red, Bright yellow, and White.
- [CHOOSE 1 OR 2 SIZE LARGER THAN YOU NORMALLY WEAR] Super light and water-resistance make your enjoy cycling in the rainny day
- The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
- The Cuff with elastic band keep the wind and rain out
As professional cycling brand, WOLFBIKE offers a wide selection of cycling sports life including cycling apparel, protective gear, helmets and cycling accessories at high quality yet low price because we are also the manufacturer who can cut off all the middleman expenses. You can expect to find quality materials, professional performance, reasonable price and great customer service in WOLFBIKE.
1. Super light and water-resistance, made make your enjoy cycling in the rain
2. Reflective line on Shoulder and on Back, High visibility, do not need to wear reflective vest when running in the dark
3. The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
4. 1 pocket on the back and 2 pockets on the side with zipper
5. Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation
6. The Cuff with elastic band keeps the wind out
|Louis Garneau|| |
- Material: Diamond Air, Light Mesh AirDry, Micromesh
- Recommended Use: layerin' your core
We're fairly certain that the peace of mind you'll get from having the Louis Garneau Nova Women's Vest along with you on your training rides is worth its reasonable price. Think of a time when it was so nice outside you didn't feel the need to check the weather report before you left -- and then the sky opened up an hour or so into your out-and-back spin. Or, recall a ride where you were feeling so good that you couldn't resist staying out past sundown, and then had to face a chilly, windy ride home that made you wish you hadn't been so ambitious. At times like these, a good vest is invaluable. The front of the Nova Vest is made of Diamond Air fabric, a polyester weave that's windproof, resistant to tearing, and treated with a water-repellent finish. It's also breathable, but you'll get most of your ventilation through the Light Mesh AirDry and Micromesh fabrics that make up the back of the vest. The Nova Vest has two back pockets so you don't have to dig for your stowed gear, and a zipper garage keeps the zipper tucked away nicely. Reflective piping on the back as well as reflective front and back logos ensure that you'll be seen as you push on through those came-from-nowhere storms. The Louis Garneau Nova Women's Vest comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in two color options: Black/white and Bright yellow.
|Pearl Izumi - Ride|
- Elastic draw cord at waist with hidden barrel adjust in the front pockets; Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest
- ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance; Direct-Vent panels (on Vest) provide superior ventilation
- Sleeve zips can be partially undone for additional venting
One of the most versatile pieces you can own for changing weather conditions, this all-new design gives you a wind jacket and a vest in one. Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest delivers core body warmth on cool days. And for more protection in the wet or wind, just reattach the sleeves and go. 360-degree reflectivity helps keep you extra visible in low light conditions.
- Material: [front panel] Pertex (nylon ripstop), [back panel] vented mesh
- Hood: no
The designers at Giro know that a lightweight vest is a crucial piece of the riding apparel puzzle. That's exactly why they developed their version of the Wind Vest for their new clothing collection. This lightweight vest was made using a durable ripstop nylon, which effectively blocks those chilling winds from reaching your core. A vented panel was strategically placed along the back, serving to evacuate warm air and moisture buildup from within. The result is a superlight outer layer that keeps your torso shielded from icy air. And when you've successfully conquered that dicey descent, simply unzip and stash it in a jersey pocket--the lightweight design packs down nicely. Finishing off the vest are reflective accents throughout, as well light elastic treatment at the arm holes. The Giro Wind Vest - Men's is available in sizes Small to XX-Large and in the colors Glowing Red, Jet Black, and Pewter.
- Durable ripstop fabric for wind and water resistance.
- Side zippered pockets for secure storage.
Nike Polyfill Men's Running Vest keeps you running through the seasons with low-profile insulation and water repellency. It is lightweight and durable making it the perfect layering piece.
|Craft Run Apparel|
White Sports Apparel
- Ultra-lightweight woven polyester fabric in front
- Elastic mesh at back for enhanced ventilation and an optimal fit
- The vest packs into its own back pocket and is easily stowable in jersey pocket
- Durable water repellent (DWR) finish
The Craft Sportswear Feather light Vest is ultra-lightweight, wind-protective and water-repellent vest (DWR-treated). Our vest packs into its own back pocket and easily packs into your jersey pocket. There is elastics edging at the bottom to keep your vest in place. Brushed fleece fabric at inner collar for comfort next to skin.
- ForceField micro ripstop fabric is fully windproof and offers DWR rain protection
- Reflective Castelli wordmark logo
- Cut long for lower body splash protection
NEVER GET CAUGHT OUT. We've engineered an extremely high amount of protection into a minimum-sized package. Using a 30 g/m2 water repellent and windproof fabric, we've created a jacket that disappears into half a jersey pocket when not in use, yet provides wind and rain protecion when needed. Fit is predictably Castelli: close to body to minimize flapping fabrics. Serious equipment for unpredictable conditions.