Top Winter Cycling Must-Haves
Our friends at Summit City Bikes and Fitness recently shared some winter riding must haves and we want to share them with you.
1. Shoe covers - Keeping those little piggies warm is a must for comfortable riding in the cold. These booties zip over your cycling shoes leaving room for your cleats on the bottom to snap into your pedals.
2. Gloves - Keeping your hands warm, in my opinion, is one of the most crucial parts of winter riding. Having your fingers go numb and losing crucial function for braking and shifting is uncomfortable and unsafe. Try to pick something windproof and waterproof and well insulated. Your fingers are up front getting the most wind, so make sure they are well insulated!
3. Insulated Windbreaker - Keeping your core warm is essential. Cycling jackets are a great way to stay warm and not feel restricted like a big bulky winter coat. A lot of winter jackets have back jersey pockets like many of your summer jerseys to store essentials.
4. Base Layer - The great thing about the base layer and windbreaker combination is that it's all you need to keep your core warm. A nice snug fitting base layer will keep your body temperature warm and most have moisture-wicking material to help you stay dry from sweat.
5. Balaclava - A warm face always makes for a more comfortable ride in winter weather. The beauty of a balaclava is the face mask can be pulled down if your face gets too warm, or if you need to sip water out of your bottle. It also protects your head, ears, and neck from the elements. Throw in some ski goggles for those really snowy days and your covered top to bottom. Don't forget your helmet folks! Balaclavas are fairly thin, so a helmet will still fit comfortably.
6. Insulated Tights - The last must-have is insulated tights. A lot like the windbreaker jacket, these are insulated and windproof protecting you from the elements. Zip the bottom up right over the top of your shoe covers and your bottom half is warm and toasty. Many are made with moisture-wicking material to help you stay dry while keeping you warm.
If you have any questions or need some personal tips feel free to stop in at Summit City Bikes so they can help you pick out the winter cycling apparel that is right for you. They have a great selection of gear and several employees that ride all year round.