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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 Barrier Vest (Safety Orange/White, X-Large)

Pearl iZUMi
Safety Orange/White Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Vest (Safety Orange/White, X-Large)
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (Safety Orange/White, X-Large)
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi
  • Brand: Pearl iZUMi
  • Model: 11131016
  • UPC: 703051721213
  • EAN: 0703051721213
  • PartNumber: 11131016
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 17.0 Inches by 10.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.35 Pounds
  • 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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Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, X-Large

Louis Garneau
Clear Sports Apparel

Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, X-Large
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Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, X-Large
  • Manufacturer: Louis Garneau
  • Brand: Louis Garneau
  • Model: 1030107
  • UPC: 775504051123
  • EAN: 0775504051123
  • PartNumber: 1030107-0-XL
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.75 Inches by 14.5 Inches by 20.0 Inches
  • Weight: 1.0 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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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, Large)

PEARL IZUMI
White Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Vest (White, Large)
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Description:
Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, Large)
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi
  • Brand: PEARL IZUMI
  • Model: 11131016
  • UPCs: 703051736798, 760921191200
  • EANs: 0703051736798, 0760921191200
  • PartNumber: 11131016509L
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 17.0 Inches by 10.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.35 Pounds
  • Color: White
Features:
  • Spring/Summer 2013
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, XX-Large)

PEARL IZUMI
White Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Vest (White, XX-Large)
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Description:
Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, XX-Large)
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi
  • Brand: PEARL IZUMI
  • Model: 11131016
  • UPCs: 703051736811, 760921191224
  • EANs: 0760921191224, 0703051736811
  • PartNumber: 11131016509XXL
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 17.0 Inches by 10.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.35 Pounds
  • Color: White
Features:
  • Spring/Summer 2013
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Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, Small)

PEARL IZUMI
White Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Vest (White, Small)
Lowest New Price: $80.00*
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Description:
Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest (White, Small)
  • Manufacturer: Pearl Izumi
  • Brand: PEARL IZUMI
  • Model: 11131016
  • UPCs: 703051736774, 760921191187
  • EANs: 0703051736774, 0760921191187
  • PartNumber: 11131016509S
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 17.0 Inches by 10.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.35 Pounds
  • Color: White
Features:
  • Spring/Summer 2013
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Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket, Collegiate Navy, Large

Columbia
Collegiate Navy Apparel

Columbia Men s Watertight II Jacket, Collegiate Navy, Large
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Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket, Collegiate Navy, Large
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Men's Sportswear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1533891
  • UPC: 887921952188
  • EAN: 0887921952188
  • PartNumber: RM2433-464
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 14.4094488042 Inches by 2.6771653516 Inches by 15.8267716374 Inches
  • Weight: 0.95 Pounds
  • Color: Collegiate Navy
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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Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Jacket, Black/Grill, 3X

Columbia
Black/Grill Apparel

Columbia Men s Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Jacket, Black/Grill, 3X
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Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Jacket, Black/Grill, 3X
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Men's Sportswear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1442362
  • UPC: 886108705456
  • EAN: 0886108705456
  • PartNumber: 1442362-Blck, Grl-3X
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 10.0 Inches by 11.0 Inches by 3.0 Inches
  • Weight: 1.0 Pounds
  • Color: Black/Grill
Features:
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: This men's waterproof rain jacket features our signature Omni-Tech fabric for ultimate protection and comfort. This included waterproof and wicking fabric that's breathable and durable.
  • HANDY FEATURES: This men's waterproof rain jacket features a softshell exterior and a mesh lining for protection and breathability. It also features zippered pockets.
  • ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: This men's waterproof jacket features a stowaway hood and adjustable cuffs and hem.
  • VERSATILE FIT: This rain jacket's features a timeless, versatile fit for rainy-day wear.
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Dickies Men's 1-1/4 Solid Straight Clip Suspender, Black, One Size

Dickies
Black Apparel

Dickies Men s 1-1/4 Solid Straight Clip Suspender, Black, One Size
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Description:
Dickies Men's 1-1/4 Solid Straight Clip Suspender, Black, One Size
  • Manufacturer: Dickies Men's Accessories
  • Brand: Dickies
  • Model: 21DI5100-Black-One Size
  • UPC: 017149703518
  • EAN: 0017149703518
  • PartNumber: 21DI5100-Black-One Size
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.1 Inches by 12.0 Inches by 1.5 Inches
  • Weight: 0.3 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • PERFECT STYLE: High quality, heavy duty X-back shape design. Enjoy a great fit with our four metal clips that attach to any kind of pants, jeans or trousers. These clasps will grip on securely without unintentional unbuckling.
  • UNIQUE DESIGN: Suit up and add style to your business attire with this solid X-back clip suspender brace. Classic and timeless in style, these suspenders will elevate your wardrobe to the next level.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE: These classic solid suspenders are 1 1 by 2"wide. They feature an embossed leather patch with the Dickies logo. One size fits up to 42. We also have an extended size for Big & Tall.
  • HOW TO USE: Just quickly and easily release the two side clips when needed. Ideal for work, occasions, or to dress up a casual look. This accessory works best with dress pants, trousers, or jeans.
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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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Description:
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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Carhartt Men's High Visibility Force Color Enhanced Short Sleeve Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large

Carhartt
Brite Lime Apparel

Carhartt Men s High Visibility Force Color Enhanced Short Sleeve Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large
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Description:
Carhartt Men's High Visibility Force Color Enhanced Short Sleeve Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large
  • Manufacturer: Carhartt Sportswear - Mens
  • Brand: Carhartt
  • Model: 100493-323
  • UPC: 886859114521
  • EAN: 0886859114521
  • PartNumber: .100493.323.S008
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.7 Inches by 5.0 Inches by 5.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.5 Pounds
  • Color: Brite Lime
Features:
  • Carhartt Company Gear Collection
  • Relaxed fit
  • 4.25-ounce bird's- eye knit: 100% polyester force fabric wicks away moisture for comfort
  • Stain release to help combat stains
  • Rib-knit crewneck collar
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