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Guide 2 Cycling   >   Thermals

 

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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First Mfg Co - Gun Runner - Men's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - Medium - Conceal Carry Pockets

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  • Manufacturer: First Manufacturing
  • Brand: First Mfg Co
  • Model: FMM611BSF-M
  • UPCs: 643850158981, 753524140867
  • EANs: 0753524140867, 0643850158981
  • PartNumber: FMM611BSF-M
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  • Product Category: Automotive
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  • Size: 2.4 Inches by 14.7 Inches by 10.1 Inches
  • Weight: 1.8 Pounds
  • Color: Black
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  • Functionality: Two slash pockets, Two conceal carry pockets with tapered holsters, Interior cellphone pocket on left hand side, Single back panel, Mesh lining
  • Style Features: Western style vest with V-neck, buffalo nickel snap at the front
  • Versatility: Made with Cowhide leather, supple and flexible, Molds to the rider's body over time providing a comfortable fit
  • Men's vest
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First Mfg Co - Sweet Sienna - Women's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - Medium - Stretch Panels

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First Mfg Co - Sweet Sienna - Women's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - Medium - Stretch Panels
  • Manufacturer: First Mfg Co
  • Brand: First Mfg Co
  • Model: FML500CR
  • UPC: 643850158202
  • EAN: 0643850158202
  • PartNumber: FML500CR-Black-M-S Sienna
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  • Product Category: Automotive
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.574803148 inches by 9.448818888 inches by 5.511811018 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 Kilograms
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Functionality: Classic Motorcycle fit, Satin liner
  • Pocket Details: Two welt hip pockets
  • Style Features: Western style with V-neck, Classic four snap front
  • Versatility: Soft Lightweight Lambskin, Comfortable to wear, Provides resistance against abrasions and punctures, Helps regulate body temperature
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Louis Garneau Men's Modesto Jacket 2, Black/Red 2XL

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Louis Garneau Men's Modesto Jacket 2, Black/Red 2XL
  • Manufacturer: Louis Garneau
  • Brand: Louis Garneau
  • Model: 1030147-350
  • UPC: 775504357713
  • EAN: 0775504357713
  • PartNumber: 1030147-350
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  • Product Category: Apparel
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  • Size: 1.0 inches by 11.0 inches by 7.0 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds
  • Color: Black/Red
Features:
  • Diamond Air. Light Mesh Airdry
  • Full length zip: Allows maximum ventilation, Inner flap: Reduces drafts
  • Zip garage: Prevents neck irritation, Back pocket with zip and flap: Shields content from bad weathe
  • Multimedia pocket: Allows for headphone wires to be channelled inside the garment
  • Elastic at wrists and hem: Provides a good fit
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Smatstyle Men's Tank Top Compression Shirts Athletic Workout Sleeveless Shirts Fit Slimming Body Shaper Vests Shapewear (US, Alpha, Small, Regular, Regular, Black)

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Smatstyle Men's Tank Top Compression Shirts Athletic Workout Sleeveless Shirts Fit Slimming Body Shaper Vests Shapewear (US, Alpha, Small, Regular, Regular, Black)
  • Manufacturer: Smatstyle
  • Brand: Smatstyle
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Weight: 0.220462262 pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Rapid drying: men's sleeveless compression tank top has a breathable fabric that immediately absorbs sweat from training, and keep you dry and comfortable
  • High performance compression: sports fitness sleeve compression T-shirt skin-hugging fit for a comfortable feeling, the ergonomic fit improves your activity by actively reducing muscle fatigue levels and provides support for your muscle system
  • Excellent elasticity: compression base layer tank top 4-way stretch fabric with excellent elasticity and freedom of movement, as well as flatlock seams without discomfort for a comfortable sports experience
  • Designed for all seasons: sleeveless tank top great performance in hot or cool weather. Sweat and moisture can be quickly wicked away from the skin; sweat can be easily air dried to prevent the clothes from sticking to the body
  • Wide application: this sleeveless T-shirt can be used as a base layer for daily wear or outdoor activities, such as training, gym, running, training, cycling, hiking and jogging, etc
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NCAA V-Tech Cycling Jersey (Large,Red/White/Orange)

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NCAA V-Tech Cycling Jersey (Large,Red/White/Orange)
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: V-Tech
  • UPC: 810599015473
  • EANs: 7447708790766, 0810599015473
  • PartNumber: V-Tech-L-Jersey
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches
  • Color: Virginia Tech Hokies
Features:
  • Dri-FIT Moisture Control Polyester Fabric with Sublimated Graphics
  • Hidden ¾ Length Zipper,Raglan Sleeves and Three Rear Pockets
  • Wash in cold water with a powder detergent. Allow the garment to air dry. Drying the garment in a drying machine will reduce the effectiveness of the Dri-Fit technology. Do not bleach. Wash inside out with like colors.Do not dry clean.
  • Cycling Jersey
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NCAA Ohio State Cycling Jersey, Large,Red/Grey

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  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: Ohio State
  • UPC: 810599014032
  • EANs: 7447703946977, 0810599014032
  • PartNumber: OhioState-L-Jersey
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches
  • Weight: 1.0 Pounds
  • Color: Ohio State Buckeyes
Features:
  • Dri-FIT Moisture Control Polyester Fabric with Sublimated Graphics
  • Hidden ¾ Length Zipper,Raglan Sleeves and Three Rear Pockets
  • Wash in cold water with a powder detergent. Allow the garment to air dry. Drying the garment in a drying machine will reduce the effectiveness of the Dri-Fit technology. Do not bleach. Wash inside out with like colors.Do not dry clean.
  • Cycling Jersey
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NCAA Illinois Cycling Jersey,Large,Orange/Purple/White

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NCAA Illinois Cycling Jersey,Large,Orange/Purple/White
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: Illinois
  • UPCs: 737069654034, 810599012359
  • EANs: 0810599012359, 0737069654034
  • PartNumber: Illinois-L-Jersey
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  • Product Category: Apparel
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  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches
  • Color: Illinois Fighting Illini
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  • Dri-FIT Moisture Control Polyester Fabric with Sublimated Graphics
  • Hidden ¾ Length Zipper,Raglan Sleeves and Three Rear Pockets
  • Wash in cold water with a powder detergent. Allow the garment to air dry. Drying the garment in a drying machine will reduce the effectiveness of the Dri-Fit technology. Do not bleach. Wash inside out with like colors.Do not dry clean.
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NCAA Indiana Cycling Jersey,X-Large

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NCAA Indiana Cycling Jersey,X-Large
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: Indiana
  • UPCs: 810599012427, 737069654096
  • EANs: 0737069654096, 0810599012427
  • PartNumber: Indiana-XL-Jersey
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches
  • Color: Indiana Hoosiers
Features:
  • Dri-FIT Moisture Control Polyester Fabric with Sublimated Graphics
  • Hidden ¾ Length Zipper,Raglan Sleeves and Three Rear Pockets
  • Wash in cold water with a powder detergent. Allow the garment to air dry. Drying the garment in a drying machine will reduce the effectiveness of the Dri-Fit technology. Do not bleach. Wash inside out with like colors.Do not dry clean.
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NCAA California Cycling Jersey,Large, Blue / Yellow

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NCAA California Cycling Jersey,Large, Blue / Yellow
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: California
  • UPCs: 737069653389, 810599010683
  • EANs: 0737069653389, 0810599010683
  • PartNumber: California-L-Jersey
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 Inches by 0.0 inches
  • Color: California Golden Bears
Features:
  • Dri-FIT Moisture Control Polyester Fabric with Sublimated Graphics
  • Hidden ¾ Length Zipper,Raglan Sleeves and Three Rear Pockets
  • Wash in cold water with a powder detergent. Allow the garment to air dry. Drying the garment in a drying machine will reduce the effectiveness of the Dri-Fit technology. Do not bleach. Wash inside out with like colors.Do not dry clean.
  • Cycling Jersey
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5.11 Tactical Bike Patrol Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, Moisture Wicking Polyester, Style 71322

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5.11 Tactical Bike Patrol Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, Moisture Wicking Polyester, Style 71322
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5.11 Tactical Bike Patrol Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, Moisture Wicking Polyester, Style 71322
  • Manufacturer: 5.11 Tactical Apparel
  • Brand: 5.11
  • Model: 71322-693
  • UPC: 844802225595
  • EAN: 0844802225595
  • PartNumber: 5-71322-693-ROYAL BLUE/BLACK-L-
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 inches by 13.25 inches by 10.25 inches
  • Weight: 0.8 Pounds
  • Color: Royal Blue/Black
Features:
  • SUPERIOR FABRIC CONSTRUCTION - This polo is made from a premium two-way mechanical stretch fabric, providing a flexible, durable, and breathable garment for your optimum performance
  • MOISTURE-WICKING FABRIC - A highly absorbent shirt, this product quickly dries as it moves sweat and moisture to the outer surface of the fabric. Feel cool and comfortable in this polo shirt from 5.11
  • PRACTICAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Tailored with underarm gussets for optimum mobility and an integrated reflective tape as an alternative to traditional baggy patrol vests for visibility in style
  • CONVENIENT TO WEAR - Its integrated mic loop at front placket and chest pen pocket provides enhanced reliability for a safe and thoroughly professional polo shirt with lasting comfort
  • TRUSTED BRAND - Developed with quality in mind, 5.11 Tactical offers a wide range of products that includes shirts, pants, bags, accessories, and more. Defining their brand through challenge and fortitude, 5.11 promises readiness beyond limits
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