Cycling in the cold is pretty cool and can generate epic and memorable moments, as long as we’re well equipped! For a comfortable ride a bike without the need of special care, consider the room temperature above 20 degrees. Below it, and in some specific conditions, as we check over this post, our “pedal” needs some care ranging from a simple vest type “Windbreak” to more specific clothing and “heavy”.
Logical that the thermal sensation is very subjective and personal, and it is common to find cyclists “t-shirt” with only 10 degrees, as well as other “super comfort” with 18 degrees of temperature. The general rule should always be the comfort and common sense!
One advantage of winter are mild temperatures during the day, less humidity and the absence of that”burning sun” to the pedal! But as disadvantages we have the lack of rains that, allied to the so-called “greenhouse effect” and conditions of air pollution of major urban centres, causes the air quality worsens considerably, often not even being indicated outdoor exercises. And in these circumstances we always perform the “indoor cycling”. The important thing is not to stop pedaling.
Currently, we have a large range of equipment and accessories that make the Act of riding at low temperatures as well as in the heat. Are the so-called “technical equipment and clothes”. But be careful: to be specific, equipment prices often reach the heights!
By our experience, you can equip yourself properly with a very reasonable investment. And of course we’re not talking about how cyclists “old school” did: put paper under your clothes! Believe me, this works and we’ve got rid of a lot of ‘stolen’.
A very common mistake is the use of the famous sweatpants with cotton shirt. They accumulate a lot of moisture produced by the body and it takes a while to dry, which can cause rashes, fungal infections and colds, due to constant contact with the wet of sweat. In addition, the Sweatshirt is usually very loose in the body and can get caught in tree branches, poles or even on the bike itself, generating up to accidents.
Clothes For The Cold
At low temperatures, the most important thing is to dress “in layers”, like an onion. When we started the pace we “cold” and feel the urge to be bundled up. As we’re warming up, we start to feel warmth, and the layers of clothes can be removed gradually. Therefore, use only a t-shirt and a heavy jacket.
The ideal, then, is to use as “first skin” a t-shirt or shirt “dry fit” type, which absorbs and expels sweat, take a sweater to warm up, which can be of type “polartec” or “fleece”, a kind of “modern” sweatshirt, which also acts as a “dry fit”. In this type of coat, we find various thicknesses that can “hold” a warm autumn morning until almost a “Pall”. Choose the middle ground. Finally, a vest or jacket of the type “windbreaker”, preferably waterproof. The important thing is to always keep the chest area warm and protected, to prevent respiratory problems.
Depending on the temperature, we can use hats, caps and even thermal balaclavas. It is very important to protect the head, since it is largely responsible for the loss of thermal energy. We have available until “ear protectors”, usually made with the same warm polartec material above.
In addition to these tips, there are still the so-called “smart fabrics”. The most common are the stores of type “termodry”, “coolmax”, “” and “” goretex “dryfit”. Talk about your needs with your dealer and look to buy inspecialist shops, which do not necessarily need to be, but can be “outdoor sports”. In these stores we find more varieties of equipment, because the need for climbers, hikers and other outdoor sports in the cold are very similar to the cyclist.
Besides all this, we still have the traditional “cuffs” and “pernitos”, which are exclusive pieces to be worn on the legs and arms, as if they were “big socks”. The advantage of this equipment is that it is easy to take and keep. It is very common to see cyclists, especially the more experienced, if use of this garment, because many times we were able to pull them out and fold them during the pedal! Usually they are also made in the materials mentioned above, because your function is to warm up.
There is a difference between the heating and clothing clothing for protection against the wind. The ideal is to compose the visual thinking of the two situation. A tip is to start with clothes that warm (second for cycling shirt, sweater light, electric and pernitos) and finish with clothes that protect from the wind (jackets and vests like “wind cutter”), constantly reminding the traditional long finger gloves (which may, under very intense cold, be more accommodating a thermal sleeve under the glove of cycling), goggles and helmet.
In the pants Department (despite the resistance of some as to the effect “ballerina” – a silly, by the way), the ideal is to use the cycling shorts with “pernitos”. If the temperature is too low, we can use trousers of type “second skin”, with the cycling shorts on top. Depending on the temperature, we can use the “overshoe” (or overshoes), a species of great socks without soles put on the shoes, making the binding of the feet with the legs, an area usually discovery and very sensitive.
Cyclist wrapped up and with ear protector under the helmet, but bermuda
We must remember also to use lip balm and, in cycling, eye drops and/or saline to keep the eyes free from dryness. And always remember to remove all wet and dirty clothes immediately after the pace.
Ready! I’m dressed, prepared and equipped for the pedal. Now then just cycling. No! In winter, the need ofstretching and warming up prior is much larger. We should extend the time of stretching, not the intensity of the movements, warming his hands and feet also.
Start with a lightweight pedal and, if possible, with very high rotation (above 90 RPM) using a very light March. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. Also remember to “desaquecer”, doing the same thing at the end of the pedal.
Keep your hydration without changes, with a generous SIP every 30 minutes, even without desire to drink.If the pedal is long, increase in about 1/3 which usually takes to eat, because in winter usually feel more hungry. Avoid going out in the early morning, when temperatures are still too low, and during the night. The most suitable for the pedal under these conditions is at lunchtime, until the middle of the afternoon, for as many as you can.
Below is a suggestion of equipment x temperature:
-Extreme cold (below 10 degrees): second skin technique with long-sleeve cycling Jersey (if possible also sleeved) blouse technique (of type “fleece”), vest or jacket “wind cutter”, thermal pants, cycling shorts, hat or balaclavas, gloves closed about thermal gloves and over-shoes.
-Cold (between 10 and 12 degrees): second skin technique with long sleeve (or electric), cycling shirt (long sleeve too if possible), vest or jacket “wind cutter”, or “thermal” pernito pants, cycling shorts, hat and gloves closed.
-Moderate Cold (between 13 and 17 degrees): Cycling shirt (long sleeve too if possible), jacket “wind cutter”, “pernito”, cycling shorts and gloves closed. For more calorentos, here we can use only the shorts.For the more sensitive, we can continue using the CAP.
-Mild Cold (between 18 and 20 degrees): Cycling shirt cuffs, gloves closed, cycling shorts and vest “windbreaker”. The cuffs can be replaced by a cycling shirt sends long. The downside is that the warm up we can’t remove the shirt as cuffs, if applicable.