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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 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

-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:
Thermal Tights Pant:
Padded Cycling Tights Pant:

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


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!

Little Donkey Andy Women's Waterproof Cycling Bike Jacket, Running Rain Jacket, Windbreaker, Ultralight and Packable

Little Donkey Andy

Little Donkey Andy Women s Waterproof Cycling Bike Jacket, Running Rain Jacket, Windbreaker, Ultralight and Packable
  • 2.5 layer Waterproof & Breathable Technology - Outer shell is made of ripstop, high density nylon fabric. Interior is laminated TPU membrane with 5000mm waterproofing and 5000g/m2/24hr breathability. Seams are 100% fully sealed and welded with TPU membrane.
  • Ultralight & Packable - Jacket is super lightweight. Can be folded and tucked into its back pocket and convert to a small bag. Folded jacket is of small volume. You can even put it in your pocket.
  • Extras - One zippered back pocket with reversible double zipper pullers, easy to use when jacket is converted to a bag. One zippered chest pocket for easy-reach storage. Elasticized hem and cuffs seal out the elements. Drop tail hem is slightly longer, designed for both cycling and running.
Product Description:



Made for rain, this waterproof cycling and running jacket is built to keep you dry, fast and comfortable 

in the worst condition. 2.5 layer waterproof and breathable technology delivers exceptional breathability 

for high aerobic outputs. To boost the breathability, back mesh vents are there to welcome in cooling air 

and keep you from sweating through your layers. 


Perfectly suited for dewy spring mornings and cool fall afternoons, it is also an active jacket for cool runs 

in transition seasons.


Jacket is ultralight. Can be packed into its back pocket and converted to a small bag. 

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


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.

Castelli Entrata 3 Sleeveless FZ


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.

Bpbtti Men's Sleeveless Cycling Base Layer Bike Undershirt,Breathable,Superlight and Moisture Wicking


Bpbtti Men s Sleeveless Cycling Base Layer Bike Undershirt,Breathable,Superlight and Moisture Wicking
  • 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 Bpbtti 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.

Custom Fabric: No fading, No shrinking

Moisture wicking ☆☆☆☆☆

Color fastness ☆☆☆☆☆

Breathability ☆☆☆☆☆

Lightweight ☆☆☆☆☆

Golden section curve & 3D draping cutting

The perfect golden section curve Flat-locked grey stretch thread lines on the two sides of shirts are directly from front to back is biggest highlight. Friendly compression and stylish looking.

Exclusive custom global starter

This exclusive custom base layer only fulfilled by Amazon and brand owner "Bpbtti". If offered by other sellers in this listing will be different item and service.

Package Contents:

1 Pack: White

1*Cycling Base Layer (White)

1 Pack: Black

1*Cycling Base Layer(Black)

1 Pack: Grey

1*Cycling Base Layer(Grey)

1 Pack: Orange

1*Cycling Base Layer(Orange)

1 Pack: Blue

1*Cycling Base Layer(Blue)

2 Pack:Black&White

1*Cycling Base Layer(White)

1*Cycling Base Layer(Black)


90 days Warranty, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bras - High Impact Workout Gym Activewear Bra


MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bras - High Impact Workout Gym Activewear Bra
  • Pullover Style and Removeable Pads High support Sports Bra.
  • The Ladies High-support Bra Top Is Perfect For Training Sessions Down At The Gym, Constructed With A Built In Bra For Added Support Along With Ventilation Panels And Wide Shoulder Straps For A Cool And Comfortable Fit. This Sports Bra Also Benefits From An Elasticated Hem, Finished Off With Reflective Detail To The Racer Back Sport Bras.
  • Why We Made This High-support sport bra?This Double Straight-Strap Bra Is Killing It From Every Angle. In The Front, High Coverage Keeps Us Feeling Comfortable During Plank Pose. In The Back, A Wide Racer And Strategically-Placed Cut-Out Provides Support And Keeps The Air Flowing. The Result? An All-Around Winner.
Product Description:

Mirity Sports Bra Feature:
High-support Support
Pullover style
Performance & Fabric
Perfect for spinning, kickboxing and circuit training
Nylon performance fabric with 4-way stretch
Sleek,stretchy fabric is wicking,breathable
Lightweight,super soft,smooth,stretchy
Removable cups for extra coverage
Racerback gives maximum freedom of movement

Benefits of Sports Bras:
Sports bras are best for support during exercise.They are important for maintaining the integrity of the breast wall and the shape of the breast.Too much intense movement can cause ligaments surrounding the breasts to stretch and tear.Much of this damage is irreversible,and it causes drooping,sagging breasts;however,the right sports bra offers enough support to prevent this condition from occurring prematurely.

Minimize Movement
Whether running on a treadmill or playing a sport, a sports bra helps minimize the movement of your breasts. Band-like compression-style sports bras hold the breasts tightly to your chest and are well-suited for small to medium-sized breasts. The encapsulated-style sports bra more closely resembles a regular bra.

Maintain Breast Shape
Exercising without the proper chest support may contribute to pain and discomfort,and stretched skin and ligaments,which may lead to droopy,saggy breasts.Sports bras offer support to keep this condition from happening prematurely.When choosing a sports bra,consider the kinds of activities you participate in.Furthermore,select a sports bra that stays in place yet doesn't cut into your skin.

In order to get a More Suitable Bra, Please Check The Size Guide as following:
S Fit 30B 30C 30D 32B 32C 34A 34B
M Fit 32D 32DD 34C 34D 36A 36B 36C
L Fit 34DD 36C 36D 38B 38C 38D 40B
XL Fit 36DD 38DD 40C 40D 42B 42C 42D
2XL Fit 38E 40DD 40E 42C 42D 42DD 44B
3XL Fit 42DDD 42E 44C 44D 44DD 44DDD 46C 46D

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear

  • [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:
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

Fastorm Women Cycling Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Lightweight Softshell Running Outdoor Sportwear

  • Wind Resistant and Water Resistant Jacket that easily converts into a vest,help fight the chill until you warm up,a zip off sleeve feature that you could utilize,the detachable sleeves make it wonnderfully versatile
  • This Versatile convertible Cycling 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
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:
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.
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.

J.CARP Women's Packable Windbreaker Jacket, Super Lightweight and Visible, Outdoor Active Cycling Running Skin Coat

Fluorescent yellow Misc.
  • High Waterproof --- made of 100% Polyester, very waterproof in light rain, durable and quick dry. if in Heavy Rain, suggest wear an umbrella.
  • Very Soft and Packable --- it improves in high technology, more soft than other raincoats. so you can carry it conveniently. Lightweight sun protection soft shell coat can be packed into a small water repellent bag
  • High Visibility --- reflective elements on back, allows to run/cycle freely and safely in the night; Perfect for outdoor sports wearing including running, jogging, riding


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