The weather’s cold and it’s time to get on your bike.

Now that the cold weather is upon us, you have a choice stop riding outside or change your wardrobe.  Obviously not riding outside isn’t an option.

Now that we’ve decided you’ll be riding outside this winter, it’s time figure out what to wear. You can start with some base pieces and augment them with items you already own.  For example I rode this morning, it was 35 degrees with light wind today.

Here’s what I wore:

  • Long Sleeve Base Layer
  • Long Sleeve Jersey
  • Vest
  • Tights
  • Medium Weight Socks
  • Neoprene Booties
  • Insulated Gloves
  • Hat
  • Helmet ( always where a helmet.)

If it was 40 degrees I would of worn my long sleeve jersey, but replace  my tights with shorts and leg warmers. If it was 30 degrees I probably would of added a light jacket to my outfit. If it was 25 degrees, I would either where a warmer pair of tights or  my light weight tights over leg warmers on top I would of added a warmer jacket or another layer under my long sleeve jersey.

If it gets really cold I’ll put chemical warmers in my gloves and shoes.

When putting together your winter wardrobe You don’t have to buy everything at once. Start with a gloves and neoprene shoe covers. If your hands and feet are cold you’ll be uncomfortable the whole ride. After that look for tights and a jacket. Don’t forget chemical warmers, I buy them in bulk from Costco.

If your still unsure what to wear, there’s a lot of resources on the web one I’m a big fan of the What to Wear Cycling App, you input the weather and it gives you guidelines for what to wear.