Winter Cycle Clothing
For the hardier rider, cycling in the winter months can provide a demanding challenge. Constant developments in the science of cycle clothing have made harsh winters a far less arduous ordeal for the committed cyclist.
Warm Winter Cycle Clothing
The key to an enjoyable cycle at any time of the year is maintaining comfort and an even temperature. Due to the colder conditions of winter the prerogative firmly lies in keeping warm. Modern cycle clothing allows the user to stay warm without the restriction of having to wear numerous cumbersome layers.
Long-sleeve jerseys, such as those in the Campagnolo Raytech range, provide extra warmth and even weather proofing to stop the wind and rain that is synonymous with a British winter. If long sleeves won't suffice, there are also ranges of arm, knee and leg warmers to ensure that all joints and muscles are kept warm in changeable conditions.
Winter Cycling Gloves
Full finger gloves come in a range of styles for different weather requirements. There are a range of lighter weight gloves that are ideal for autumn and winter riding as well as a number of gloves with thicker inner linings and windproof and waterproof outer shells for harsh winter conditions. As well as protecting your hands from the elements, gloves provide good grip and comfort and prevent blistering and soreness to the hands.
Waterproof & Windproof Cycle Clothing
If the conditions turn from dull and grey to torrential rain or snow, keeping the elements out will become a priority. Capes and other waterproofs are an indispensable winter garment for many cyclists. They are designed to stop even the most horrendous weather conditions penetrating, whilst keeping the body warm underneath.
As well as protection for the body, protection for the feet is also available. In wet conditions trying to stay dry from head to toe can be an uphill struggle. However, in reference to the latter, oversocks and overshoes can be a valuable asset.
Protection for the legs is another vital part of keeping the body warm and dry in the cold. There is a wide range of tights and waterproof trousers to suit all kinds of cycling activities, from everyday commuting to mountain biking. Produced in a variety of materials, modern trousers are malleable, comfortable and even stylish.
Undergarments such as undershorts and basejerseys also help maintain body temperature and comfort in both hot and cold condition. By keeping close to the body they provide a vital extra layer that allows the wearer extra support and warmth.