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Guide 2 Cycling   >   Thermals

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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 Men's Elite Softshell Jacket, Small, Screaming Yellow/Black

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Screaming Yellow/Black Sports Apparel

PEARL IZUMI Men s Elite Softshell Jacket, Small, Screaming Yellow/Black
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PEARL IZUMI Men's Elite Softshell Jacket, Small, Screaming Yellow/Black
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi Ride
  • Brand: PEARL IZUMI
  • Model: 11131331
  • UPC: 703051011383
  • EAN: 0703051011383
  • PartNumber: 11131331
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Weight: 0.25 Pounds
  • Color: Screaming Yellow/Black
Features:
  • Fall/Winter 2013
  • Full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
  • One back and one chest zippered pocket
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Conv Jacket, Safety Orange/White, Small

PEARL IZUMI
Safety Orange/White Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Conv Jacket, Safety Orange/White, Small
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Conv Jacket, Safety Orange/White, Small
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi
  • Brand: PEARL IZUMI
  • Model: 11131108
  • UPC: 703051721671
  • EAN: 0703051721671
  • PartNumber: 11131108
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Color: Safety Orange/White
Features:
  • Fall/Winter 2012
  • Read the care content label on the inside of your garment for specific instructions; use simple detergents with no additives.
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Castelli Sottile Due Shorty Jacket - Men's Transparent, XXL

Castelli

Castelli Sottile Due Shorty Jacket - Men s Transparent, XXL
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Castelli Sottile Due Shorty Jacket - Men's Transparent, XXL
  • Manufacturer: Castelli
  • Brand: Castelli
  • Model: Castelli
  • EAN: 8033685690169
  • PartNumber: B13087-001
Physical Description:
  • Size: 2.0 Inches by 13.0 Inches by 7.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.5 Pounds
  • Color: Transparent White
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Fox Juniors Rogue Zip Jacket, Black, Small

Fox
Black Apparel

Fox Juniors Rogue Zip Jacket, Black, Small
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Fox Juniors Rogue Zip Jacket, Black, Small
  • Manufacturer: Fox Juniors
  • Brand: Fox
  • Model: 07897
  • UPC: 887537140580
  • EAN: 0887537140580
  • PartNumber: 07897-001
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 19.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.91 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Contrast color uncoated fleece sleeves. Exposed zipper at cf with logo zipper pull
  • Logo snaps at neck and twill tape at front. Fox head embroidery at back sleeve.
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Columbia Men's Watertight II Waterproof, Breathable Rain Jacket, Black, Medium

Columbia
Black Apparel

Columbia Men s Watertight II Waterproof, Breathable Rain Jacket, Black, Medium
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Columbia Men's Watertight II Waterproof, Breathable Rain Jacket, Black, Medium
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Men's Sportswear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 153389
  • UPC: 887253302644
  • EAN: 0887253302644
  • PartNumber: RM2433-010
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 12.2834645544 Inches by 1.4173228332 Inches by 15.74803148 Inches
  • Weight: 0.85 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket is crafted of a waterproof nylon shell durable enough to withstand anything from drizzle to downpour at a moment's notice.
  • HANDY FEATURES: This rain jacket features an abrasion resistant chin guard, two zippered side pockets, elastic cuffs, and an elastic hem.
  • COMFORT & WARMTH: Crafted of a waterproof 100% nylon shell, this rain jacket is lightweight while remaining protective. It also packs into your hand pocket.
  • SNUG FIT: Elastic details and a zippered closure provide a snug, yet comfortable fit that allows for movement.
  • OMNI-SHIELD - Go ahead, try and get dirty. Omni-Shield helps you stay clean and dry by resisting the absorption of liquids. Unlike most fabrics that absorb moisture, Omni-Shield repels moisture and dries quickly—avoiding stains and keeping you clean.
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Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, Large

Louis Garneau
Clear Apparel

Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, Large
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Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, Large
  • Manufacturer: Louis Garneau
  • Brand: Louis Garneau
  • Model: 1030107
  • UPC: 775504051116
  • EAN: 0775504051116
  • PartNumber: 1030107-0-L
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.75 Inches by 14.5 Inches by 20.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.4 Pounds
  • Color: Clear
Features:
  • The Clean Imper jacket is transparent to expose team apparel and race bib numbers while providing total wind and rain protection.
  • VISIBLE: Reflective trim enhances visibility in foggy/rainy road conditions.
  • SIMPLE: The front hook and loop fastener opening makes it easy to remove when riding.
  • BREATHABLE: Mesh underarm and side panels evacuate moisture.
  • SEALED: The fused seams and elastic wrist help keep wind and rain out.
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5.11 Tactical Bike Patrol Short Sleeve Polo Shirt, Moisture Wicking Polyester, Style 71322

5.11
Royal Blue/Black Sports

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
  • Brand: 5.11
  • Model: 71322-693
  • UPC: 844802225595
  • EAN: 0844802225595
  • PartNumber: 5-71322-693-ROYAL BLUE/BLACK-L-
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports
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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Glamorise womens Full Figure No Bounce Plus Size Camisole Wirefree Back Close Sports Bra #1066, White, 40DD

Glamorise
White Apparel

Glamorise womens Full Figure No Bounce Plus Size Camisole Wirefree Back Close Sports Bra #1066, White, 40DD
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Glamorise womens Full Figure No Bounce Plus Size Camisole Wirefree Back Close Sports Bra #1066, White, 40DD
  • Manufacturer: Glamorise
  • Brand: Glamorise
  • Model: 1066
  • UPC: 840468087881
  • EAN: 0840468087881
  • PartNumber: 1066WHTDD40
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.5 Inches by 9.5 Inches by 7.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.15 Pounds
  • Color: White
Features:
  • BOUNCE CONTROL - Lightweight mesh camisole front panel provides cooling ventilation and secure upper bust containment, so you can jump, cycle, yoga, stretch, run and workout with confidence.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE - Quick dry, breathable material, wicks sweat and moisture. Reinforced wirefree cups delivers flattering lift and impact support.
  • MAXIMUM COMFORT - Two way back stretch allows for free range of movement while securely holding your bra in place. Extra plush adjustable hook and eye closure protects your back. Wide, adjustable, padded straps help relieve shoulder pressure and back pain.
  • DESIGNED IN NEW YORK SINCE 1921 - We have 100 years of experience thoughtfully crafting bras for full figured, plus size women. Our goal is to make your favorite bra - the one you can trust to wear all day long.
  • 70% Polyester, 25% Nylon, 5% Elastane
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Duofold Men's Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant, Black, X-Large

Duofold
Black Apparel

Duofold Men s Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant, Black, X-Large
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Duofold Men's Mid Weight Wicking Thermal Pant, Black, X-Large
  • Manufacturer: Duofold Men's Sleepwear - Layering & Thermals
  • Brand: Duofold
  • Model: KMW2
  • UPCs: 400003908479, 043935435974
  • EANs: 0400003908479, 0043935435974
  • PartNumber: KMW2
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 13.0 Inches by 8.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.49 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Classic 2-ply cotton-rich thermal underwear
  • Choose these base-layer bottoms for everyday warmth during low activity levels
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Gore Bike Wear Men's Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket, Neon Yellow/Black, X-Large

GORE WEAR
Neon Yellow/Black Sports Apparel

Gore Bike Wear Men s Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket, Neon Yellow/Black, X-Large
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Gore Bike Wear Men's Phantom 2.0 SO Jacket, Neon Yellow/Black, X-Large
  • Manufacturer: Gore Bike Wear
  • Brand: GORE WEAR
  • Model: JWPHAS
  • EAN: 4017912339575
  • PartNumber: JWPHAS089910
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.97 Inches by 9.84 Inches by 13.78 Inches
  • Weight: 0.881849048 Pounds
  • Color: Neon Yellow/Black
Features:
  • Versatile windproof Soft Shell with zip-off sleeves makes this an all season jacket, jersey and vest combo for the ambitious cyclist
  • Protects against the elements; windproof, breathable and water repellent WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell technology
  • Comfort fit; freedom of movement with stretch insert across back, convenient detachable sleeves, easy access 3 compartment patch-pockets
  • Safety conscious reflectors on front, back and sleeves. Easy clean, machine washable
  • Contents: 1 Phantom 2.0 men’s WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell cycling jacket
  • Stretch inserts for optimum freedom of movement
  • 3-compartment patch pockets on back
  • Slightly slanted back pocket at side for better access
  • Versatile and reliable WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell jacket with zip off sleeves for the ambitious cyclist
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