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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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Louis Garneau, Clean Imper Bike Jacket, Clear, Large

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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: 1030107-000
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 2.0 Inches by 12.0 Inches by 10.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.4 Pounds
  • Color: Clear
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  • Material: EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), mesh
  • Fit: semi-relaxed
  • Recommended Use: commuting, touring, stashing for a literal rainy day
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
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Columbia Men's Big & Tall Cathedral Peak II Fleece Vest, Collegiate Navy, 3X

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Collegiate Navy Apparel

Columbia Men s Big & Tall Cathedral Peak II Fleece Vest, Collegiate Navy, 3X
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Columbia Men's Big & Tall Cathedral Peak II Fleece Vest, Collegiate Navy, 3X
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Men's Sportswear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1519152
  • UPC: 887253906392
  • EAN: 0887253906392
  • PartNumber: 1519152
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 9.0 Inches by 12.0 Inches by 1.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.95 Pounds
  • Color: Collegiate Navy
Features:
  • Zip-closed security pockets
  • Imported
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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
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  • Size: 2.0 Inches by 13.0 Inches by 7.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.5 Pounds
  • Color: Transparent White
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PEARL IZUMI Men's Elite Softshell Jacket, Small, Screaming Yellow/Black

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Screaming Yellow/Black Sports Apparel

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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
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  • 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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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-
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  • 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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U.S. Polo Assn. Women's Shirred Bike Short with Contrast Color Waist, Black, Small

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Black Apparel

U.S. Polo Assn. Women s Shirred Bike Short with Contrast Color Waist, Black, Small
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  • Manufacturer: U.S. Polo Assn. Womens Activewear
  • Brand: U.S. Polo Assn.
  • Model: 01-4225-PA-BLCK-NAB-S
  • UPC: 883379191971
  • EAN: 0883379191971
  • PartNumber: 01-4225-PA-BLCK-NAB-S
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Contrast color shirred waist
  • 5 inch inseam
  • Two toned metallic pony on upper left front
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Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket, Graphite, Large

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Graphite Apparel

Columbia Men s Watertight II Jacket, Graphite, Large
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  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1533891
  • UPC: 887253302705
  • EAN: 0887253302705
  • PartNumber: RM2433-053
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  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 2.0 Inches by 25.0 Inches by 16.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.8 Pounds
  • Color: Graphite
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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Castelli Sella Rain Jacket - Men's Yellow Fluo/Black, XXL

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Castelli Sella Rain Jacket - Men s Yellow Fluo/Black, XXL
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  • Manufacturer: Castelli
  • Brand: Castelli
  • Model: Castelli
  • EAN: 8033685689989
  • PartNumber: B13085321-6
Physical Description:
  • Size: 2.0 Inches by 15.0 Inches by 9.0 Inches
  • Weight: 1.0 Pounds
  • Color: Yellow Fluo/Black
Features:
  • Elastic drawcord at hem
  • Adjustable velcro closure at wrist
  • Right front chest MP3 pocket with internal cable port
  • Elastic loop at inner collar for securing headphone cable
  • 100% Nylon
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Hincapie Sportswear Edge eVent Jacket - Men's Black, S

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Hincapie Sportswear Edge eVent Jacket - Men s Black, S
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Hincapie Sportswear Edge eVent Jacket - Men's Black, S
  • Manufacturer: Hincapie Sportswear
  • Brand: Hincapie Sportswear
  • Model: R610M13-001-S
  • UPC: 844579075638
  • EAN: 0844579075638
  • PartNumber: R610M13-001-S
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 Inches by 15.0 Inches by 12.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.64 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Special, breathable E5 3L fabric
  • Fully taped seams for 100% waterproofing
  • Waterproof front zipper and weather protective hem, cuffs and collar
  • Generous waterproof zippered back pocket protects contents
  • Reflective treatments for high visibility
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Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Mittens, Black, Medium

Carhartt
Black Apparel

Carhartt Men s W.P. Waterproof Insulated Mittens, Black, Medium
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Carhartt Men's W.P. Waterproof Insulated Mittens, Black, Medium
  • Manufacturer: Carhartt Men's Gloves
  • Brand: Carhartt
  • Model: A616-BLK-M
  • UPC: 061492539041
  • EAN: 0061492539041
  • PartNumber: A616
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 4.0 Inches by 12.0 Inches by 7.0 Inches
  • Weight: 0.36 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • Durable, all-purpose polytex shell
  • Digital-grip palm and stick-grip fingers and thumb
  • FastDry technology lining wicks away sweat
  • Waterproof insert
  • Fleece cuff with adjustable wrist strap closure
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