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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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TCA Men's Excel Runner Thermal Lightweight Running Gilet/Bodywarmer with Zip Pockets

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Apparel

TCA Men s Excel Runner Thermal Lightweight Running Gilet/Bodywarmer with Zip Pockets
 
  • Warmth without weight: padded synthetic down body retains warmth, blocks wind and is super-lightweight
  • Flexible stretch fabric at side and back panels allows unrestricted movement
  • TCA Quality Guarantee + 365-day returns
Product Description:

Run Fast. Stay Warm.

The TCA Excel Runner gives you maximum warmth without the weight. Padded synthetic down retains body heat helping you beat the chill without slowing you down. Zip pockets provide easy storage for phone keys or music player.

Returns are easy!

We offer a 365-day no quibble return policy on all items. We hope you love your item but if you do need to return or exchange it for any reason please send us a message and we will provide full return or exchange instructions.

Sizing

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About TCA

Founded in Hackney, East London in 2012, TCA creates sportswear built for competition. Our full range of products is available to buy on our website.

ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP Thermal Softshell Cycling Jacket Windproof Waterproof 15-k

ARSUXEO
Apparel

ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP Thermal Softshell Cycling Jacket Windproof Waterproof 15-k
 
  • 85% polyester+15% spandex.The fabric consists of three layers that keep you warm and dry. The top layer on the exterior is a rugged windbreaker surface that beads up moisture and prevents stains. The second layer is a waterproof breathable membrane film,and the third layer is a nice soft warm fleece.
  • Two pockets for storage inclde one front zipper pocket,Longer cuff design for extra coverage of your wrist,keeps the cold air away from you.
  • Please read our size chart carefully before order,for this jacket many customers said the size runs small,so now we changed our size and disign,more close to US size,but maybe still runs a litte small.
Product Description:
Size runs small,highly recommend choose 1-2 size bigger! Designed for cold winter weather,windproof.waterproof,inside fleece keep you warm during cycling,best material,black material is breathable and highly stetch,keep you comfortable during cycling,reflective brand logo and stripe keep you safe in darkness,zipper pocket for storage.

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

BALEAF
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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

Przewalski Cycling Bike Jackets for Men Winter Thermal Running Jacket Windproof Breathable Reflective Softshell Windbreaker

Przewalski
Apparel

Przewalski Cycling Bike Jackets for Men Winter Thermal Running Jacket Windproof Breathable Reflective Softshell Windbreaker
 
  • 【Warmth】Brushed soft fleece interior retains body heat. High cut collar for warmth and comfort. Full length zipper for easy venting, internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth. Elastic cuffs to keep the chill out
  • 【Low Light Visibility】Przewalski's men's bike jacket with reflective brand logo and back stripe keeps you safe in darkness. Perfect for cycling, running, hiking or other outdoor activities.
  • 【Satisfaction Guaranteed】100% full refund assurance within 90 days if you are not satisfied for any reason. Lifetime Supported by Przewalski.
Product Description:

Przewalski is endeavoring to provide high-quality but cost-effective apparel for cycling lovers.

 

Afraid of 'Boiling in The Bag Cycling’?

NO MORE! To avoid the bad feelings of “boiling” during cycling, we bring great breathable function to the cycling jacket. Meanwhile, with the softshell fabric, the biking jacket guarantees to protect you from cold weather and to keep you dry and thermal from the inside to the outside. It is really a windbreaker which is windproof, water repellent.

 

Afraid of Unfitting of Your Body?

NO MORE! Our men winter cycling jacket, designed especially for US. The fitting is perfect, neither too tight nor too baggy both in torso and waist, makes you enjoy any sports you want: running, cycling, jogging, ridding and etc.

 

Afraid of Losing Accessories?

NO MORE! Our bike jacket has 2 elasticated back pockets, including a smaller with zipper and a mobile phone holding pocket. You could put all your accessories here, and when you start your trip, things here will drop down and be a load, just let you focus on your rides!

 

Afraid of Cycling in The Night?

NO MORE! With reflective tapes, you could enjoy riding at night freely. These greatly increase the safety of night cyclists.

 

Basic but indispensable, professional but inexpensive, comfortable but durable, Przewalski now will be your best choice!

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Sportswear Outdoor (Vest-Green, Large)

Wolfbike
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Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Sportswear Outdoor (Vest-Green, Large)
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  • Suitable for long and short riding, night riding, mild cross country,and short distance racing cycling. as well as other leisure outdoor activities.
  • [Material] Lightweight & Windproof & breathable, packable protection from dry and wind, with maximal breathability. Just what you need, and no more.
  • [Reflective logo] Reflective logos and details in the most visible position including shoulder,front, and back for other road users.

Castelli Entrata 3 Sleeveless FZ

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Castelli Entrata 3 Sleeveless FZ
 
  • Material: [body] Prosecco GT, [side panels] mesh
  • Zip: full-length zip
  • Reflective: reflective highlights
Product Description:
When stifling summer heat comes around, you're usually limited to training in early morning and late evening hours when the sun isn't directly overhead, frying your body and brain like an overcooked egg. However with the right cycling gear, you can push through oppressive heat without sweating excessively and overheating. Case in point, the Castelli Men's Entrata 3 Sleeveless Full-Zip Jersey keeps you utterly cool and comfortable with its sleeveless design, moisture-wicking Prosecco GT fabric, and ventilated mesh side panels. The Entrata 3 Sleeveless Jersey sports a form-fitting design that hugs your body, but without restricting motion, thanks to its shoulder stretch panels that conform brilliantly when you're in an aggressive cycling position. It's finished with a full-length zipper for releasing excess warmth on those summer suffer fests and three rear pockets for plentiful storage of extra water bottles and nutritional needs. And if you do venture our in the late evening when it's not so warm, Castelli places reflective highlights throughout for extra visibility to passing traffic.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Vest

Pearl Izumi - Ride
Black Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Vest
 
  • One back Hook and Loop pocket; Collar tapers from front to back for on-bike ergonomics
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.

Proviz Sports Men's Reflect360 CRS + 100% Reflective Cycling Vest/Gilet

Proviz
Apparel

Proviz Sports Men s Reflect360 CRS + 100% Reflective Cycling Vest/Gilet
 
  • The Proviz REFLECT360 CRS Plus (Colour Reflective System) cycling vest is the newest introduction to the range. It is the first vest that gives all over reflectivity yet comes in 3 distinct two-tone colours to give you a sleek and fashionable garment and incredible reflectivity by night.
  • About the fabric: The material has millions of tiny reflective beads embedded in the material so when a vehicle's headlights hit the vest, the beads reflect the light back to the light source meaning the driver should be able to identify the cyclist further in advance than normal and manoeuvre appropriately.
  • Tailored Fit: The shoulders of the CRS Plus Vest are fitted to avoid excess material flapping about and to ensure that, on cooler days, cold air is kept out and body heat is retained. There is also a micro-fleece collar for extra warmth and comfort during colder months.
Product Description:
The Proviz REFLECT360 CRS Plus (Colour Reflective System) cycling vest is the newest introduction to the range. It is the first vest that gives all over reflectivity yet comes in 3 distinct two-tone colours to give you a sleek and fashionable garment and incredible reflectivity by night. The REFLECT360 Plus vest has been designed to give good breathability (10,000/24hr) and waterproofing (10,000 mm), a tailored fit helps to give a more streamlined look while the two added side pockets help to increase the functionality of the vest. About the fabric: The material has millions of tiny reflective beads embedded in the material so when a vehicle's headlights hit the vest, the beads reflect the light back to the light source meaning the driver should be able to identify the cyclist further in advance than normal and manoeuvre appropriately. The REFLECT360 CRS (Colour Reflective System) Plus fabric combines the best qualities of the REFLECT360 Plus and the REFLECT360 CRS fabrics to give a highly technical, fully reflective vest.

Dakine Men's Poacher Ras Vest

Dakine
Apparel

Dakine Men s Poacher Ras Vest
 
  • More days on the mountain and more days in the water
  • Environmentally friendlier materials
  • Lived, tested and improved
Product Description:
Why carry more than you need? The Poacher R.A.S. Vest keeps backcountry essentials close at hand and gives you the option for an avalanche airbag without leaving you feeling overloaded. Designed with lift-assist laps and heli or snowcat trips in mind, the vest features an integrated low-profile pack for avalanche safety gear and front pockets to keep the small stuff within reach. It's compatible with the Mammut Removable Airbag System 3.0 and features Dakine's exclusive RollTop closure.

Shelcup 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.



 
 
 
 

 
 
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