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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 - 2X Large - Conceal Carry Pockets

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Black Automotive

First Mfg Co - Gun Runner - Men s Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - 2X Large - Conceal Carry Pockets
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First Mfg Co - Gun Runner - Men's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - 2X Large - Conceal Carry Pockets
  • Manufacturer: First Manufacturing
  • Brand: First Mfg Co
  • Model: FMM611BSF-XXL
  • UPCs: 753524140898, 643850159018
  • EANs: 0753524140898, 0643850159018
  • PartNumber: FMM611BSF-XXL
Details:
  • Product Category: Automotive
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.4 inches by 26.3 inches by 22.4 inches
  • Weight: 2.15 Pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • 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
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Columbia Men's Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew, White, Large

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White Apparel

Columbia Men s Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew, White, Large
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Columbia Men's Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew, White, Large
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Men's Outerwear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1457681
  • UPC: 886108039544
  • EAN: 0886108039544
  • PartNumber: 1457681-100-L
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 2.0 inches by 14.0 inches by 10.0 inches
  • Weight: 0.0025 Pounds
  • Color: White
Features:
  • OMNI-SHADE: Be safe and protected. Omni-Shade blocks UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage. The tight weave construction with UV absorbent yarns block the full spectrum of harmful UV rays.
  • SIGNATURE LOGO: Our signature Columbia logo is featured at the chest for subtle style.
  • COMFORTABLE FABRIC:100% polyester fabric is soft on the skin and allows for a comfortable fit.
  • VERSATILE STYLE: A crew neckline and short sleeves make this shirt versatile enough for everyday, casual wear.
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Men's Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew Shirt features our signature UPF 15 fabric that helps to blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays as well as wicking technology to help keep you dry and cool on the trail.
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Wrangler Men's Unlined Vest, Denim, Large

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Denim Apparel

Wrangler Men s Unlined Vest, Denim, Large
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Wrangler Men's Unlined Vest, Denim, Large
  • Manufacturer: Wrangler Men's Sportswear
  • Brand: Wrangler
  • Model: 74130PW
  • UPC: 084084318176
  • EAN: 0084084318176
  • PartNumber: 74130PW
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.8 inches by 12.0 inches by 11.9 inches
  • Weight: 2.75 Pounds
  • Color: Denim
Features:
  • Traditional western styling
  • Front pockets with w stitching
  • Buttons
  • Vest
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Columbia Women's Arcadia II Jacket, Black, Large

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Black Apparel

Columbia Women s Arcadia II Jacket, Black, Large
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Columbia Women's Arcadia II Jacket, Black, Large
  • Manufacturer: Columbia Women's Activewear
  • Brand: Columbia
  • Model: 1534111
  • UPC: 887253299753
  • EAN: 0887253299753
  • PartNumber: 1534111-010-L
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 8.5039369992 inches by 5.7480314902 inches by 12.7559054988 inches
  • Weight: 0.6503636729 pounds
  • Color: Black
Features:
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Women's Arcadia II Jacket features our signature, air-permeable protection that’s waterproof and breathable to shield you from drizzle to downpour.
  • ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: This shell top jacket features an adjustable storm hood, drawcord adjustable hem, and zippered hand pockets for ultimate comfort. Center Back Length-26 inch
  • LIGHT & PACKABLE: The waterproof, lightweight design packs into your hand pocket for convenience on days when the weather is unpredictable.
  • DURABLE FABRIC: 100% nylon 2L fabric with a 100% polyester mesh lining keeps you warm, yet remains breathable.
  • OMNI-TECH: Our Omni-Tech technology features air-permeable protection that’s waterproof and breathable. It provides excellent waterproof protection, keeping mother nature's elements out, at the same time allowing the inside to breathe.
  • How to Measure Use a soft, flexible tape measure from a sewing kit. A metal tape measure from your toolbox or a yard stick may give you inaccurate readings.
  • Care instructions:Gentle machine wash separately with cold water and remove promptly.Tumble dry in low speed.Do not bleach.Iron at low temperature.Do Not Use Fabric Softener.Do not dry clean
  • Waist:Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • Omni-tech waterproof/breathable fully seam sealed
  • Attached, adjustable storm hood
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Packable into hand pocket
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First Mfg Co - Sweet Sienna - Women's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - 2X Large - Stretch Panels

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First Mfg Co - Sweet Sienna - Women s Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - 2X Large - Stretch Panels
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First Mfg Co - Sweet Sienna - Women's Motorcycle Biker Riding Black Leather Vest - 2X Large - Stretch Panels
  • Manufacturer: First Manufacturing
  • Brand: First Mfg Co
  • Model: FML500CR
  • UPC: 643850158233
  • EAN: 0643850158233
  • PartNumber: FML500CR-Black-2XL-S Sienna
Details:
  • 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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Carhartt Men's High Visibility Force Short Sleeve Class 2 Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large

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Brite Lime Apparel

Carhartt Men s High Visibility Force Short Sleeve Class 2 Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large
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Carhartt Men's High Visibility Force Short Sleeve Class 2 Tee,Brite Lime,XX-Large
  • Manufacturer: Carhartt Sportswear - Mens
  • Brand: Carhartt
  • Model: 100495-323
  • UPC: 886859115405
  • EAN: 0886859115405
  • PartNumber: 100495BLM-XXLREG
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 3.1 inches by 10.0 inches by 5.9 inches
  • Weight: 6.25E-4 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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Wrangler Men's Unlined Denim Jacket, Vintage Indigo, Large

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Vintage Indigo Apparel

Wrangler Men s Unlined Denim Jacket, Vintage Indigo, Large
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Wrangler Men's Unlined Denim Jacket, Vintage Indigo, Large
  • Manufacturer: Wrangler
  • Brand: Wrangler
  • Model: RJK30VI
  • UPC: 051071010979
  • EAN: 0051071010979
  • PartNumber: RJK30VI
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 19.0 inches by 28.0 inches by 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.19 Pounds
  • Color: Vintage Indigo
Features:
  • CLASSIC FIT. Made with comfort in mind, this relaxed fit classic denim jacket can be worn alone or with layers on cooler days. With room through the torso, you won't feel restricted in movement
  • VERSATILE WEAR. The perfect jacket to wear out to lunch with friends or for a durable layer of protection and warmth on the job. This denim jacket is a wardrobe essential
  • HEAVY-DUTY. This denim jacket is built with long-lasting materials and durable reinforced construction. Made from 100% cotton for added comfort and finished with a heavy-duty brass button closure
  • UPDATE YOUR LOOK. This rugged unlined denim jacket is sure to add a touch of style to your outfit. Choose from various color options to best match your personal style
  • QUICK-ACCESS STORAGE. (2) button-flap chest pockets and (2) side pockets, for easy-access storage for your everyday necessities
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NCAA Iowa Cycling Jersey, Black/Yellow, Large

Adrenaline Promotions
Iowa Hawkeyes Sports

NCAA Iowa Cycling Jersey, Black/Yellow, Large
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NCAA Iowa Cycling Jersey, Black/Yellow, Large
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: Iowa
  • UPCs: 737069654140, 810599012472
  • EANs: 0737069654140, 0810599012472
  • PartNumber: Iowa-L-Jersey
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports
Physical Description:
  • Size: 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches by 0.0 inches
  • Color: Iowa Hawkeyes
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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Carhartt Men's Loose Fit Heavyweight Short-Sleeve Logo Graphic T-Shirt,Heather GrayMedium

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Heather Gray Apparel

Carhartt Men s Loose Fit Heavyweight Short-Sleeve Logo Graphic T-Shirt,Heather GrayMedium
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Carhartt Men's Loose Fit Heavyweight Short-Sleeve Logo Graphic T-Shirt,Heather GrayMedium
  • Manufacturer: Carhartt Sportswear - Mens
  • Brand: Carhartt
  • Model: K195-HGY
  • UPC: 035481625367
  • EAN: 0035481625367
  • PartNumber: K195-HGY
Details:
  • Product Category: Apparel
Physical Description:
  • Size: 1.0 inches by 13.0 inches by 11.0 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 Pounds
  • Color: Heather Gray
Features:
  • Rib-knit crewneck
  • Side-seam construction minimizes twisting
  • Tagless neck label
  • Carhartt signature logo printed on chest
  • Loose Fit t-shirts are cut larger with a roomier fit in the chest and shoulders
  • Loose Fit, previously known as Original Fit, is a label update in name only. Loose and Original size and fit remains the same. Stock may vary in labeling
  • Previous Product Name: K195 Loose Fit Heavyweight Short-Sleeve Logo Graphic T-Shirt
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NCAA Indiana Cycling Jersey, Large,Red/White

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Indiana Hoosiers Sports

NCAA Indiana Cycling Jersey, Large,Red/White
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NCAA Indiana Cycling Jersey, Large,Red/White
  • Manufacturer: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Brand: Adrenaline Promotions
  • Model: Indiana
  • UPCs: 737069654089, 810599012410
  • EANs: 0737069654089, 0810599012410
  • PartNumber: Indiana-L-Jersey
Details:
  • Product Category: Sports
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.
  • Cycling Jersey
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