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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:
  • 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.
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.

Here are some cycling vests:

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Baleaf Men's Cycling Jacket Vest Windproof Water-Resistant Coat Breathable Outdoor Sportswear

Baleaf
Misc.

Baleaf Men s Cycling Jacket Vest Windproof Water-Resistant Coat Breathable Outdoor Sportswear
 
  • Light-weight, breathable and water-Resistant fabric provides excellent protection against wind and rain
  • Zipper garage for chafe-free, draft flap seals in warmth
  • Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest for extra exhaust
Product Description:

Baleaf Men's Biking Running Barrier Convertible Jacket is designed as an all-in-one jacket and vest which provides versatile protection . Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest keeps your core warm when the weather turns mild. It is also ideal for running, hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor sports.

Special Features:

Windproof and Lightweight Material
-The super lightweight material provides superior wind protection and water resistance

Reflectors
-Color fluorescent yellow and reflective elements on the front and back keep you visible in low light

Zip-off Sleeves
-Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest

Packable Back Pocket
-Jacket can be packed into a small self-contained bundle in the back pocket

Ventilation System
-Direct-Vent panels in the back provide superior ventilation

More Details
-Full length zipper for easy venting, internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
-One large back pocket and two hand pockets with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone
-Elastic cuffs to keep the chill out
-Dropped back hem for extra coverage

Recommend cycling pants:
Thermal Winter Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GUJ2WQ
Thermal Tights Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GVQ6RE
Padded Cycling Tights Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075Z72ZK8

Fastorm Women's Running Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Lightweight Softshell

Fastorm
Misc.

Fastorm Women s Running Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Lightweight Softshell
 
  • This Versatile convertible Runinng Jackets is a good wind breaker at temperatures to about 40 F.Great wind protection and comfortable fit.It's a great gear to have during a chilly, raining or a windy days.Highly visible to traffic and daytime Commutes
  • Front Pockets are great to have; back zippered pocket is plenty big and easy to use and all the zippers function well
  • Lightweight Softshell is perfect for hiking, climbing, cycling, and other activities where rain is a concern
Product Description:

High Visibility Cycling Jacket for Urban Bikers:Our high visibility jacket comes equipped with enough reflective and fluorescent material to keep you visible in any lighting condition, any time, day or night.


Your convenience----Cyclists are everyday heroes:
reversible
Get the most out of your cycling apparel with two stylish jackets in one.
When your safety is on the line, use Urban Circus' unique high visibility material to
help you stand out from the crowd and reduce your risk of road accidents by 70%.
Trying to blend into the crowd? Shift gears and flip things inside out with a look that's
a little more discrete but just as fashionable - perfect for everyday wear.
Mutifunctional:
Sometimes, you need a little extra storage.
With one large pockets in the back and two additional pocket in the two side and two
inner pockets for added convenience, you never need to worry about finding a safe place to stash your valuables.
*Practice safe cycling. Don't text and ride. The most funded cycling jacket in the history of crowdfunding is back. Thanks to the feedback, love and creativity of a caring family, THE MOVA presents you its new face and features. Like always, there will be more.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket

Pearl Izumi - Ride
Multi Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket
 
  • 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. Semi-Form fit. Lining: 100% polyester
  • 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
Product Description:
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.Care- Use Simple Detrgents with no additives. Never use detergents with fabric softeners, perfumes or any additive type product. The general rule of thumb is the simpler the better. Many detergents with additives leave "surfactants" behind on a fabric's fibers that inhibit the technical performance. Typically the best detergents to use will have "Clear" or "Free" in their names. Don't pour the detergent directly onto the clothing, put it in the washer first, when you start the water. If something is not functionally working, but is not dirty, try rinsing it twice in warm to hot water. This will help get rid of the harmful surfactants. On the inside of your garment, or on the hangtag, there are instructions for the care of that individual piece. On garments this will be on a side seam or back seam label. Follow those directions. On finer fabrics, use a "Gentle" cycle. Close all zippers, attach "hook and loop" closures on gloves If you use a dryer be sure to use a lower / warm heat setting Do not use a commercial dryer or a "Hot" setting). This will often restore the fabric and help the water repellent qualities. If in doubt, hang the clothing to dry.

Pearl iZUMi W Elite Barrier Convert JKT

Pearl iZUMi
Multi Apparel

Pearl iZUMi W Elite Barrier Convert JKT
 
  • ELITE Barrier fabric provides wind protection and water resistance
  • Full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
  • BioViz reflective elements for low-light visibility
  • Elite barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and Water resistance; Direct-vent panels provide superior ventilation
  • One-piece integrated sleeve construction for ease of use and storage
Product Description:
A wind and water resistant shell that quickly converts to a Vest, offering versatile protection in unpredictable weather.

Ultra Lightweight Cycling Jacket Sports Anti UV, Packable, Breathable, Water Repellent, Safe Fluo Green

Lo.gas
Apparel

Ultra Lightweight Cycling Jacket Sports Anti UV, Packable, Breathable, Water Repellent, Safe Fluo Green
 
  • SIZE NOTE: please refer the reviews from other buyers, normally we'd suggest to order 1-2 size larger.
  • BREATHABLE: breathale hole in the back to keep you comfortable when cycling
  • 1 rear pocket with 2-way zipper closure, convenient for daily storage, or pull inside out to make it a pouch to stow the jacket for travel use
Product Description:
Feature:

1.Keep you cool while riding in hot whether with breathable function
2.Water-repellent.ultra light and windproof.
3.Perfect choice for a wide range of outdoor activities, including city sidewalk, cycling, running, climbing, hiking, fishing, travel, fitness or casual wear in all weathers.

Package Included:
1 x Cycling Skin Coat

Cycling Convertible Jacket for Men Reflective with Removable Sleeve Bicycle Windproof Jacket

Fastorm
Apparel
 
  • ★Detachable zip-off Sleeves can easily convert the jacket into a VEST, the Cuff with elastic band keep the wind and rain out.
  • ★2 Hand Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone.
  • ★RISK FREE: Fastorm always committed to provide the perfect item with the perfect after-sales service for every our customers. If you are not completely satisfied, please feel free to contact us for any problems, we'll try our best to resolve the issue, and make the situation right.
Product Description:

Fastorm's Cycling Jackets,Sports jackets for Mens Cycling convertible Jacket for men windproof softshell jacket waterproof running vest water resistant for men sportswear Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest.


Great gift for Thinksgiving Day, birthdays ,Christmas, Anniversary and everyday gift ideas, also perfect for yourself as casual indoor wear or any outdoor activities, such as running, jogging, badminton etc. for it has a performance lightweight fit design.

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing:


-Modern classic fit jacket with 2 colors (Fluorescent yellow,Deep Royal).


-100% Polyester ,Lightweight, Wind Protection and Water Repellention.


- Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest.


-2 Hand Pockets & 2 Inner Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely keep your belongs.


-Ventilation Mesh Panels in the back helps keep you cooling and drying.



-Machine Wash Cold / Hang Dry / spin-dry.



Size:

- Please check FASTORM's detailed size chart in the picture instead of Amazon's official one.


- This Cycling jakets are SMALLER than US SIZE, choose 1 SIZE UP for comfor fit.


- The size data is measured by hand, please allow 0.4-0.8 inches discrepancy.


Washing Instructions:


- No bleach or detergent. 

- No fabric softener or dryer. 

- Water temperature: No more than 100 degrees fahrenheit (40 degrees celcius). 

- Ironing under 250 degrees fahrenheit (120 degrees celcius). 

- Suggested to wash separately. 

Shelcup Women's Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Cycling Running Jacket

Shelcup
Misc.
 
  • High Visibility Cycling Jacket for Daytime Commutes-Fluorescent Material with a contrasting fabric, the visibility of the jacket is increased under direct sunlight and low natural light, so you never need to worry about getting lost under cloud cover, fog, at dusk, or at dawn.
  • Wind Resistant and Water Resistant-Made with wind/water resistant, odorless and comfortable material. Elastic bands are strategically put on the armholes and waist to seal out the breeze.Dropped back hem can resistant water to prevent the cushion get wet.
  • About the Size - Please see the size guide for the recommended size. All measurements are approximated and we strongly recommend you check your own measurements before you place the order. Or you can see other customers' opinions from the Q&A for reference.
Product Description:
Shelcup Cycling Jacket for Urban Bikers

High Visibility: Our high visibility jacket comes equipped with enough reflective and fluorescent material to keep you visible in any lighting condition, any time, day or night.

Reversible
Get the most out of your cycling apparel with two stylish jackets in one.
When your safety is on the line, use Urban Circus' unique high visibility material to
help you stand out from the crowd and reduce your risk of road accidents by 70%.
Trying to blend into the crowd? Shift gears and flip things inside out with a look that's
a little more discrete but just as fashionable - perfect for everyday wear.

Mutifunctional:

Sometimes, you need a little extra storage.
With one large pockets in the back and two additional pocket in the two side and two
inner pockets for added convenience, you never need to worry about finding a safe place to stash your valuables.
*Practice safe cycling. Don't text and ride.

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear

Wolfbike
Misc.
 
  • [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
Product Description:
About WOLFBIKE
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.

Features:
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

J.CARP Women Cycling Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Softshell

J.CARP
Misc.
 
  • 100% Polyester fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance
  • 2 Hand Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely keep your belongs
  • Jacket can be packed small enough to be stored in the back pocket; two hand zippered pockets securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone

Bpbtti Women Sleeveless Cycling Base Layer Bike Biking Undershirt Vests-Breathable,Superlight and Moisture Wicking

Bpbtti
Apparel
 
  • QUCIK-DRY - Quality and technical hexagonal mesh fabric can transfer the sweats quickly. You will always feel dry and the fabric won't adhere to the skin after sweats.
  • SOFT and COMFORTABLE - Quality material is with great softness and offers next-to-skin comfort.
  • STRETCHABLE MATERIAL - The material is stretchable and it can adjust to your body build. Compression fit bolsters muscle support and increases circulation. Easy pull over and ergonomic design means you can act freely. Idea for all kinds of activities, like running, riding, fitness, gym workout, commutes and jogging.
Product Description:
This active under baselayer is breathable. It can transfer the perspiration away effectively. The material is with flexibility, you can act without limitation by wearing it. This athlete undershirt is a very good cooling gadget for hot weather activities. It is very suitable for both indoor and outdoor sports. Performance Baselayer: Ideal for hard training. Great foundation for a layering system. A great baselayer for putting in the base miles whether on regular rides, or commutes. Fabric: The compression effect helps with strength and endurance while the high wicking fabric moves sweat away from the body, keeping dry and comfortable no matter how hard they're working - in all conditions. Flat locked seams add to the comfort level and on bitterly cold days, the second skin fit makes this an excellent base garment for a layering system, when worn under other wicking garments. More Info Compression fit - supports and strengthens hard working muscles. Directions for use: To get the most out of your high-performance base layer, it's important that your entire outfit works well together. The purpose of base layers is to get rid of body humidity; to do this, the layers above must be equally as breathable" (jacket, trousers) to enable the outflow of the humidity. In the case of strenuous exercise, when wearing clothing which provides too much warmth, you may feel cold as the perspiration cannot be released. Stock Adivse: Make sure product is fully dry before storing. CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Wash before first use. Machine wash at 30°C. Synthetic cycle. Turn inside out. Dry flat in a well ventilated place. Do not tumble dry. Do not dry clean. Do not iron. Do not place on a radiator.



 
 
 
 

 
 
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