When you are pedalling in to work, you want to feel warm on the bike but you don’t want to get so hot that you start sweating.
Here’s how I achieve that.
The first item in my arsenal against the cold is the buff.
A favourite amongst protesters in Athens and cyclists in London. If it is really cold, I can pull it up to cover my mouth, but in most scenarios I’ll just wear it to keep my neck warm.
This is one of those items, that as your body temperature climbs, you can quickly remove at the traffic light and shove in your pocket.
I personally chose this Merino one for £18.
Gloves under your gloves
After a reader suggested these £10 EDZ Merino Gloves, I ordered a pair. I’m glad I did. They are so warm and comfortable, on even the coldest of days!
You can wear these either under your normal gloves or simply wear them on their own. As I get particularly cold hands, I tend to start my ride with another pair of gloves on top. I then remove the top pair when I get warm.
Hat with ear flaps
A picked up a “christmassy” hat with ear flaps in Copenhagen, when I couldn’t take the cold any longer and I was already wearing every single layer I’d taken with me! I’m glad I did. This hat is now hung up by my front door, ready for every outing!
As I get warm, I put the hat in my pocket or tie it with the pigtails.
For those looking for something a little more professional, the Berghaus Men’s AQ2 Mountain Hat is a good option. It is especially waterproof. For those with a helmet, you may wish to pickup some kind of cap, such as this one from DHB, to fit underneath.
Keeping your feet warm
Are you spotting a theme with all the references to Merino? Well, that isn’t going to stop now that we get to my personal bugbear. Cold feet!
I’ve got a couple of pairs of Sealskinz Thermal Liner Socks that I bring out when the thermometer is showing 0 degrees!
These add an additional thermal layer, that prevents cold toes.
For warm legs I recommend tights beneath your trousers or shorts. You can go professional with these and splash out £80, or you can pickup a pair for £15 that will do much the same job.
Alternatively, these DHB Knee warmers are a great solution.
For the rest of the body
I personally find that by keeping my extremities warm, the rest takes care of itself. I’ll wear my normal clothes to cycle in, with a winter cycling jacket on top.
What solutions do you use? Leave a comment below.
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