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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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Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Vest

Pearl Izumi - Ride

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Vest
  • 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
Product Description:
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.

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
  • 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.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Women's Elite Prima Reverse Vest

Pearl iZUMi
Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Women s Elite Prima Reverse Vest
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Full length internal draft flat with zipper garage seals in warmth.
  • Reversible. Elite Thermal Fleece fabric powered by S. Cafe provides superior insulation, moisture transfer, dry time and odor-resistance
Product Description:
Two vests in one, the Women's Elite Prima Reverse Vest delivers lightweight wind protection and warmth

Canari Cyclewear Men's Razor Convertible Jacket

Canari Cyclewear
Sports Apparel

Canari Cyclewear Men s Razor Convertible Jacket
  • Fleece lined inner collar
  • Zip off sleeves converts to a vest
  • 9" back zip storage pocket with reflective trim
Product Description:
When chillly mornings turn into afternoon sun, the Canari Razor convertible bike jacket keeps you riding in comfort thanks to removable sleeves and lightweight, weather-resistant fabric.

Result Men's Safari Waistcoat Outerwear


Result Men s Safari Waistcoat Outerwear
  • Deep cut armholes for added comfort.
  • D-ring.
  • Decoration process: Embroidery, Direct Print, Flock Transfer & Transfer print.
Product Description:
Deep cut armholes for added comfort. 2 inside pockets, bellowed right chest pocket, spacious lower front pockets, handwarmer side pockets, concealed front pocket, large spacious back pocket and float/pen holder to left chest. D-ring. Suitability: Anglers, Gardeners, Travel, Hiking, walking, Photographers, Tradesmen & Layer garment. Decoration process: Embroidery, Direct Print, Flock Transfer & Transfer print. S (38: To Fit (ins)). M (41: To Fit (ins)). L (44: To Fit (ins)). XL (47: To Fit (ins)). 2XL (50: To Fit (ins)). RESULT JACKETS - a collection of performance jackets which are stimulating, inspirational and innovative. Result captures the essence of outdoor life today - and into the future.

Mzcurse Women's Sleeveless Vest Jersey Shirt Blouse Tops Tees Zipper Elastic


Mzcurse Women s Sleeveless Vest Jersey Shirt Blouse Tops Tees Zipper Elastic
  • Note:This product's size is smaller than US size standard, please check the size chart when you choose size
  • These cycling wear with high tech fabric breaths to keep you dryer by wicking sweat away from your skin
  • Jersey Material: 100% Polyester
Product Description:
Size Chart(inch): S:33.86(bust),20.08(front length),27.95(back length) M:35.43(bust),20.87(front length),28.74(back length) L:39.37(bust),21.26(front length),29.13(back length) XL:40.94(bust),21.65(front length),29.53(back length) XXL:42.52(bust),22.83(front length),29.92(back length) XXXL:44.09(bust),24.41(front length),30.71(back length) The size referred please following the image of size chart,as the difference of hand-mesuring method,there may be a little deviation

Craft Run Apparel Men's Featherlight Vest

Craft Run Apparel
White Sports Apparel

Craft Run Apparel Men s Featherlight Vest
  • 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
Product Description:
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.

Shelcup Women's Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Cycling Running Jacket

Black Apparel
  • 100% Polyester fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance
  • Mesh panels fabric design the back keeps good VENTILATION
  • 2 Hand Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely keep your belongs
Product Description:
Runalp Women's Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Cycling Jacket is perfect for running, hiking, camping, cycling and other outdoor sports. It gives you a wind jacket and a vest in one.

Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest keeps your core warm when the weather turns mild. Equipped with a ventilation system in the back to ensure that you stay cool and dry.

The super lightweight material with its special weather-proof treatment keeps winds at bay. Features include reflective elements, one rear pocket, and a durable water repellent coating that sheds rain and road spray. It is also ideal for running, hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor sports.

S: Length: 24.4 --- Chest: 37.8 --- Hem: 38.6 --- Sleeve Length: 29.1 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.3
M: Length: 25.2 --- Chest: 39.8 --- Hem: 40.6 --- Sleeve Length: 29.9 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.5
L: Length: 26.0 --- Chest: 41.8 --- Hem: 42.6 --- Sleeve Length: 30.7 --- Sleeve Opening: 3.7
XL: Length: 27.2 --- Chest:44.02 --- Hem: 42.6 --- Sleeve Length: 31.9 --- Sleeve Opening: 4.1

For detail data, please check the size chart in the picture.

The color in the picture might be a little different from the actual product due to different color display in various monitors.

H2H Mens Casual Waterproof Multi-Pocket Outdoor Active Cargo Camping Vest

  • Style no : #KMOV0143, #KMOV0144 : Waterproof High Quality Vests, #KMOV0145, #KMOV0146, #KMOV0147 - Shoulder Line Point Vests Of Various Colors.
  • Our Vests are Too Slim Fit. So If You want to loose fit, You Had Better Order One Step Bigger Size than Your Original Size. Please note that body builds vary by person, therefore, detailed size information should be reviewed below on the product description.
  • Machine Wash / Hand Wash Recommended
Product Description:
H2H is a Korean brand designed for men and women offering slim fit style with highest qualities. We bring customers to a different outlook on life of fashion.
Most of the styles are tagged in Asian size, so sizes are one to two sizes smaller than US or EU size.
If you are not sure about your size, please refer to the size chart listed below or let us know your weight and height in stones or lbs. and inches. We will surely help you to figure out your size.

  • The vest is suitable for hiking, climbing, fishing, photography and other leisure outdoor sports.
  • High quality & versatile. And Brings you simple & effortless style along with comfort. Also, It makes an excellent gift on any occasion.
  • In the case of order that ships from H2H, (FedEx Priority / USPS) It usually takes around 5-10 days for arrival except for order fulfilled by amazon. Also, APO/FPO orders are welcome here.

    #KMOV0143, #KMOV0144
    US Medium (Asia 95(L))---Shoulder 16.5"---Chest 43"---Length 26"
    US Lagre (Asia 100(XL))---Shoulder 16.5"---Chest 45"---Length 26.5"
    US X-Large (Asia 105(XXL))---Shoulder 17.5"---Chest 47"---Length 27"
    US XX-Large (Asia 110(3XL))---Shoulder 17.5"---Chest 49"---Length 28"
    US 3X-Large (Asia 115(4XL))---Shoulder 18"---Chest 50"---Length 28"

    #KMOV0145, #KMOV0146, #KMOV0147
    US Small (Asia 90(M))---Shoulder 16.5"---Chest 39"---Length 25"
    US Medium (Asia 95(L))---Shoulder 17"---Chest 41"---Length 25"
    US Lagre (Asia 100(XL))---Shoulder 17.5"---Chest 43"---Length 25.5"
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    US XX-Large (Asia 110(3XL))---Shoulder 18"---Chest 49"---Length 27"

  • AWAYTR Reflective Vest With High Visibility Adjustable & Elastic for Running, Walking, Cycling Safe Reflective Clothing

    • REFLECTIVE : 360° reflectivity and visibility in any weather condition at any time with premium silver reflective tape
    • OCCASION : ANY outdoor activity such as running, cycling, walking, Jogging or outdoor related work for high visibility
    • LIGHTWEIGHT : Weighing in at a teeny-weeny 0.44 Pound you may forget you're actually wearing these!
    Product Description:
    This highly reflective vest is the perfect tool to brighten up your outdoor activities.
    It gives you a hassle-free experience doing the outdoor activities you love and has a wide range of applications due to its versatile design.
    Being a pedestrian near or on a roadway can be very dangerous. Wearing our reflective vest gives you the protection and safety
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