As the nights grow longer and the weather ever colder, you might be considering how you will get through your winter’s training. Maybe you’re not a fan of indoor training or maybe you’re a die hard outside rider. Whatever the reason, here are my top ten tips for riding in the cold.
- Layers. Put multiple layers on, they will keep you warmer and will give you an option to take off should you overheat.
- Spare Layers. A rain jacket or a waterproof layer can be useful even if it’s not raining to keep you toasty in the cold. Keep it in your jersey pocket just in case.
- Overshoes. A decent pair that insulate and keep your feet dry. The latter is very important as wet feet will get very cold very quickly. Think about doubling up on socks too.
- Gloves. Get a quality pair as your hands are right at the front of your bike in the wind, and they don’t move much so will suffer with inadequate ones.
- Face. Cover it! Use a buff or face mask or your skin will take a battering in the cold air. You’ll also do your throat and lungs a favour by not breathing cold air.
- Be Prepared. This is a no brainier, all year round, but take money, your phone, and anything you might need until you get rescued including the means to buy a hot drink if you get caught out.
- Be Sensible. Is it really a good idea to do a hilly ride or a route through lanes where the sun can’t reach them during an icy spell? No.
- Bike. Swap some components on your bike; wheels, tyres, ride a different bike or keep off the road entirely if it’s too bad.
- Turbo Trainer. It’s what they’re invented for! If it’s dangerous out stay indoors, apps like Zwift make longer rides inside more bearable.
- Warm-Up. Always ensure you are adequately warm enough for the ride or session. No big geared efforts with cold knees.
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