Cycling in the Cold – Must-Have Winter Cycling Gear
Gloves are probably the most critical part of the gear you need for cycling in the cold. Your hands are the most exposed and being on cold handlebars makes it even worse. The Pearl Izumi – Ride Women’s Thermal Conductive Gloves fit and look great but they won’t keep your fingers warm below around 40-45 degrees. If you are cycling below those temperatures, you probably want to look for cycling mittens of some sort. They also make handlebar covers but they cover everything.
After your fingers, your toes are the next hardest to keep warm. I found success with Pearl Izumi – Ride Elite Tall Wool Socks & Meister 2.5mm Thermal Neoprene Toe Warmer Booties over them and Heat Holders Thermal Socks on top. Below 30 degrees my toes still get a little cold after 6 or so miles but it’s tolerable.
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When it comes to cycling in the cold, the key is to be prepared. Your fingers and your toes will require the most careful attention when it comes to selecting the appropriate gear but you also may want to consider a few extra safety tools just in case because being stranded with a flat tire or other issue in the cold is just not any fun.
Cycling in the cold is challenging, but it’s also fun and exhilarating. Much like driving in the snow, you have to be a bit more careful, but it’s worth it. When you finish your ride, not only will you feel like you got a great workout, you will feel a sense of accomplishment over having tackled something most people don’t do.
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