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When the sun dips lower on the horizon and the temperatures begin to drop, it can be tempting to hang up your bikes for a few months. But, riding through the winter months is fun, adventurous, and easy with a touch of proper planning and gear selection.
We’ve put together this cold weather riding gear guide to help you Keep Pedaling warm and comfortably all winter long. If you have more questions, please call our Gear Advisors at 888-880-3811 to get more help.SHOP APPAREL
This guide focuses on how to build a proper cold weather kit for either road or mountain biking. Your choice of helmets, jerseys, shorts and shoes will vary depending on your style of riding, so be sure to also check out our other guides that will aid you in choosing the right clothing options for both road or mountain biking.
Whether heading out on the road, exploring gravel paths, or pushing the pedals through miles of singletrack, managing your body temperature is extra challenging during cold weather cycling. This is because your body is working hard and producing a lot of heat from inside, while the outside of your body is being hit by cold from the wind and possibly from snow or rain. This is further complicated because cycling targets muscle activity (heat generation) from certain areas, like your legs, while producing little to no heat from movement for other areas, like your hands. This means that you must manage your body temperature differently for differing areas. The components that make a good cold weather kit can be summed up in 2 major tenants:
Weather conditions can vary widely during the winter and having an adaptable apparel setup will allow you to accommodate these changes with ease. Choosing apparel pieces that can be adjusted, removed, or open/closed easily will allow you to balance comfort, element protection, and warmth. As your ride progresses, you may find the need to add or remove layers, so we recommend considering ways to store items on-bike or in a pack.
A layered riding apparel kit allows you to add more cold protection to some areas and reduce it in other areas. Layering also allows you to tailor the specific types of materials of each layer to provide key performance characteristics and protection from the elements.
Winter riding often means facing less-than-ideal conditions. To take on the elements with gusto, you will want to create a diverse material strategy to perfect your kit for any conditions you may encounter. A well-rounded setup will be built with layers that address these factors.
Here are some other apparel accesories you may consider for cold weather conditions.
If you choose to ride in a normal winter boot or shoe, a flat pedal is highly beneficial for snowy days. When the trail surprises you with a spot of extra slipperiness it is easy to quickly foot dab and resume pedaling without skipping a beat, and you can pair just about any good snow boot with them. Further, you don’t have to worry about clogged up pedal mechanisms that might make it tough to clip back in.
We recommend following the wash and dry instructions found on the tags on your specific mountain bike clothing items. We generally recommend hanging mountain bike clothing items to dry as it helps to improve the longevity of materials. If protective apparel items are damage or torn, it is often good to replace these items, so they can continue to provide the highest level of protection while riding.
We want to make sure you can go from shopping to riding as soon as possible. We’ve provided fit charts on all our mountain bike clothing products and have additional customer feedback in our reviews sections on product pages to help you choose the correct size. If the fit isn’t quite right, we’ve got you covered with free returns on all unused apparel and protective gear