It only seems fitting after our top 10 summer cycling accessories, we do a roundup of our top 10 winter cycling accessories.
DHB EQ 2.5 winter cycling jacket
This jacket is built for cold, wet weather. With seams taped and waterproof zips, as well as a high neck and long back, you’ll arrive dry at work. Unfortunately, for the high level of waterproofing the trade off is that things can get pretty hot inside the jacket. You can look at that as an advantage, as you don’t need many layers beneath or if you have a long commute and tend to get sweaty quickly, you can look at that as a disadvantage. You can cool things down a bit by opening the under arm vents.
You get a bunch of great extra features such as reflective panels, large pockets at the back and large zipped pockets at the front for your mobile phone, keys and anything else you need quick access to.
You’ll really be happy to have this jacket at the ready when the real cold and wet weather arrives. The DHB EQ 2.5 is a true winter busting jacket and fortunately, won’t set you back too much. There’s a discounts currently on the normal price, checkout the Wiggle website for more details.
EDZ Merino Gloves
If you are like me, then there’s nothing worse than getting cold hands, especially the fingers. More recently, I’ve started wearing a pair of liner gloves that goes beneath my cycling gloves. My hands are now more toasty and comfortable than they’ve ever been. I personally wear the EDZ Merino Gloves.
Often favoured by cyclists as the wind blows up from beneath and you cover more of your body from the rain. You’ll typically find good ponchos in outdoor shops. For example, Cotswold Outdoors have a poncho for as little as £4. It’s a great item to have nearby, so you can throw over yourself and even your backpack. Plus it gives you that classic cyclist look.
Fibre Flare bike light
We’ve reviewed the Fibre Flare bike light previously and highly recommended it. It’s a light offering all round visibility and is highly flexible so you can either attach it to your clothing or your bike. It’s impressively bright and offers excellent battery life, although unfortunately it is not rechargeable.For winter, it’s the perfect light to keep you visible.
A good beanie is a necessity with the cold weather. I find wearing one makes an enormous difference to how warm I feel. Typically, I’ll put my beanie on at the start of the ride and then as things warm up, pull it off and put it in my pocket. It’s good to have nice easy layers such as this one that you can quickly remove. I’m a big fan of the ones that cover the ears too.
Waterproof helmet cover
A reader recently asked me if there is such a thing as a waterproof helmet cover. A quick look on Amazon proved that there is such a thing. If you choose to wear a helmet, then this can be a great way to keep your head dry.
The cold weather is bound to bring out dry lips and these are never fun after a bike ride. It’s good to keep a stick of vaseline nearby in your saddle bag or jacket pocket.
Another easier layer to remove, as you get warm on your commute is a scarf. I’ve got a merino buff, which works really well.
Arm and leg warmers
We’ll be covering arm and leg warmers on Monday of next week on London Cyclist. A while back I got painful knees whilst cycling through winter and invested in a pair of knee warmers, which solved the problem. Our roundup will cover which ones we recommend.
New brake pads
Winter is the perfect time to replace your brake pads and adjust them, so that when you pull your brake lever, your bike will quickly come to a halt. Your local bike shop should be able to replace them cheaply, or if you are pretty handy on the DIY front then you can buy a pair of new pads and fit them yourself.
Waterproof bag cover
Whilst panniers such as those sold by Ortlieb come with incredible waterproofing, most backpacks probably need a helping hand. You can buy waterproof bag covers in all outdoor shops and they’ll help keep water out your bag.