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Guide 2 Cycling   >   Thermals

 

Cycling Thermals - What to Wear When Riding Your Bike


A lot of pedestrians looking at cyclists in cold weather imagine that the riders must be freezing, wet and miserable. However, providing you wear the right gear, they don't need to be uncomfortable when riding your bike.

The most important thing to remember is that when cycling you need to be able to easily and quickly change the amount of insulation that you're wearing. When you first hop on your bike on a cold day, you need to heat up quickly, when you pedal up the first hill, you'll start to work up a sweat and may even need to cool off, and when you freewheel down the other side of the hill, the last thing that you want is the sweat starting to freeze on your skin.

The key to being comfortable is wearing layers of clothing. This way, you can add or remove layers and thus precisely control your temperature. Furthermore, each of the layers that you wear serves a different purpose:
  • Base Layer:

    The layer closest to your skin is probably the most important one for keeping you warm, dry and comfortable. You don't want to choose a cotton T-shirt, as cotton will simply absorb and hold your sweat which will make you feel instantly chilly if the slightest draught gets to it.

    Modern synthetic fabrics such as Coolmax will take the moisture away from the skin, which is a big advantage. There's no need to buy a vast array of different clothes, as you can wear the same item in Summer as a jersey, and in Winter as a vest.

    On the other hand, if you prefer natural fabrics, you should consider merino wool. This doesn't retain odours as much as synthetic fabrics, although of course you still need to wash it every once in a while. Lots of people are deterred from buying wool garments because they think that they are difficult to wash, however this is a misconception as most modern wool garments are in fact perfectly capable of standing up to normal 40-degree washes.

  • Mid Layer:

    The mid layer of your clothing is intended to keep you warm. On very cold days a fleece is a good choice provided it's not too bulky, but when it's not so chilly, you'll want something like a long-sleeved jersey in Coolmax. Whatever you choose, you'll select a breathable fabric, and make sure that the cut is generous enough that your wrists and the bottom of your back won't be exposed when you are stretched out on your bike.

    One thing to bear in mind is that it's easy to get both cold (from the wind) and hot (from physical exertion) while cycling, even during a short cycle trip. Many thin layers are better than one thick layer, because you can add or remove them at will. Zips are however even better, as you can open or close them to instantly control that amount of ventilation that you're getting.

  • Outer Layer:

    The purpose of your outer layer is mainly to keep the weather out. That includes both the rain and wind.

    For your outer layer you want to wear a jacket, preferably one designed specifically for cycling. As with the mid layer, you'll want to choose jacket that doesn't expose your wrists or back when cycling. Additionally, avoid jackets which are stretched too tightly across your shoulders (because they will restrict your movement and soon become uncomfortable), or which sag forward when in the cycling position (because the wind will get in underneath in this case).

    Other considerations when choosing a jacket are pockets (for your wallet, keys and so forth) and safety. In terms of safety, a lighter color will help you be seen, but if your jacket has reflective features (or you're prepared to add your own reflective strips), then even better. Avoid out for jackets with hoods (most cycling jackets don't have them anyway), as they restrict your vision, especially when turning your head.
The final issue to consider is to make sure that your layers are compatible with each other. Remember that your outer layers need to be big enough to accommodate both your body and the inner layers - and you can make this easier by avoid bulky items for the inner layers. Additionally, you'll want to avoid wearing a mid layer fleece that sticks out from under your outer jacket (most commonly at the sleeves or back) as this will tend to suck in both cold air and moisture.

Here are some cycling vests:

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Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Vest

Pearl Izumi - Ride
SCREAMING YELLOW Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Vest
 
  • One back Hook and Loop pocket; Collar tapers from front to back for on-bike ergonomics
  • ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance; Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility
Product Description:
The ELITE Barrier Vest is an essential layering piece that's ideal for variable temperatures, changing weather and undulating terrain. Lightweight and packable, it's made with Barrier Fabric for wind and water protection plus a large Direct-Vent back panel for added breathability. Pair it with arm warmers for a versatile system that's perfect for cool-weather rides.

Louis Garneau Nova Vest - Men's

Louis Garneau

Louis Garneau Nova Vest - Men s
 
  • Material: Diamond Air, Light Mesh AirDry, Micromesh
  • Recommended Use: core layering
Product Description:
Changing ride conditions are a nightmare. After all, many of us stock our closets with a kit for nearly every climate, and we're so practiced at deciphering radar that meteorology could be our second calling. But there are times when you simply can't plan for what you'll face out on the roads. That's why a packable vest is an essential part of anyone's wardrobe -- you can take it along, just in case. And the Louis Garneau Nova Vest proves that you don't have to spend a lot of cash for a little added insurance against unforeseen elements. The front of the Nova Vest is made of Diamond Air fabric, a polyester weave that's windproof, resistant to tearing, and treated with a water-repellent finish. It's also breathable, but you'll get most of your ventilation through the Light Mesh AirDry and Micromesh fabrics that make up the back of the vest. The Nova Vest has two back pockets so you don't have to dig underneath to your jersey for your stowed gear, and a zipper garage keeps the zipper tucked away nicely. Reflective piping on the back as well as reflective front and back logos ensure that you'll be seen as you push on through those came-from-nowhere storms. The Louis Garneau Nova Vest comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in three color options: Black/red, Bright yellow, and White.

Gore Bike Wear Men's Power Windstopper Soft Shell Thermo Vest, Red/White, Large

Gore Bike Wear
Black/White Sports Apparel

Gore Bike Wear Men s Power Windstopper Soft Shell Thermo Vest, Red/White, Large
 
  • Lightweight, waterproof. multifunctional pants - reliable weatherproofing for the recreational cyclist on or off-road
  • Comfort fit; reinforced wear-resistant seat, pre-shaped knee, easy open zipper, back zipper stow pocket, adjustable waist and leg width
  • Contents: 1 pair women's GORE-TEX Active GS AS waterproof cycling pants, black size M
  • Slim fit
  • Small, zipped pocket on back
  • Full length zip with semi-lock slider
Product Description:
Gore WINDSTOPPER Vest for the ambitious road cyclist. Fully equipped with back pockets and loksak for media devices. An insulating Vest for quick warm ups in changing conditions. Shell outside: 100% polyester/gore WINDSTOPPER membrane/shell inside: 100% polyester.

WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear

Wolfbike
Misc.

WOLFBIKE Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear
 
  • [CHOOSE 1 OR 2 SIZE LARGER THAN YOU NORMALLY WEAR] Super light and water-resistance make your enjoy cycling in the rainny day
  • The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
  • The Cuff with elastic band keep the wind and rain out
Product Description:
About WOLFBIKE
As professional cycling brand, WOLFBIKE offers a wide selection of cycling sports life including cycling apparel, protective gear, helmets and cycling accessories at high quality yet low price because we are also the manufacturer who can cut off all the middleman expenses. You can expect to find quality materials, professional performance, reasonable price and great customer service in WOLFBIKE.

Features:
1. Super light and water-resistance, made make your enjoy cycling in the rain
2. Reflective line on Shoulder and on Back, High visibility, do not need to wear reflective vest when running in the dark
3. The breathable mesh on the back keep your cooling all the way! Plus back breathable Window
4. 1 pocket on the back and 2 pockets on the side with zipper
5. Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation
6. The Cuff with elastic band keeps the wind out

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket

Pearl Izumi - Ride
Multi Apparel

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men s Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket
 
  • Elastic draw cord at waist with hidden barrel adjust in the front pockets; Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest
  • ELITE Barrier fabric provides superior wind protection and water resistance; Direct-Vent panels (on Vest) provide superior ventilation
  • Sleeve zips can be partially undone for additional venting
Product Description:
One of the most versatile pieces you can own for changing weather conditions, this all-new design gives you a wind jacket and a vest in one. Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest delivers core body warmth on cool days. And for more protection in the wet or wind, just reattach the sleeves and go. 360-degree reflectivity helps keep you extra visible in low light conditions.

Giro Wind Vest - Men's

Giro

Giro Wind Vest - Men s
 
  • Material: [front panel] Pertex (nylon ripstop), [back panel] vented mesh
  • Hood: no
Product Description:
The designers at Giro know that a lightweight vest is a crucial piece of the riding apparel puzzle. That's exactly why they developed their version of the Wind Vest for their new clothing collection. This lightweight vest was made using a durable ripstop nylon, which effectively blocks those chilling winds from reaching your core. A vented panel was strategically placed along the back, serving to evacuate warm air and moisture buildup from within. The result is a superlight outer layer that keeps your torso shielded from icy air. And when you've successfully conquered that dicey descent, simply unzip and stash it in a jersey pocket--the lightweight design packs down nicely. Finishing off the vest are reflective accents throughout, as well light elastic treatment at the arm holes. The Giro Wind Vest - Men's is available in sizes Small to XX-Large and in the colors Glowing Red, Jet Black, and Pewter.

Men's Nike Polyfill Running Vest

NIKE
Black Apparel

Men s Nike Polyfill Running Vest
 
  • Durable ripstop fabric for wind and water resistance.
  • Side zippered pockets for secure storage.
Product Description:
Nike Polyfill Men's Running Vest keeps you running through the seasons with low-profile insulation and water repellency. It is lightweight and durable making it the perfect layering piece.

Ueasy Running Cycling Safety Vest Reflective Vest With Reflective Stripes

Ueasy
Apparel

Ueasy Running Cycling Safety Vest Reflective Vest With Reflective Stripes
 
  • Made of 120G breathable mesh fabric and high visibility reflective fabric.
  • Fashion sports design, comfortable to wear over clothing or sports gear.
  • High visibility, good for jobsite construction workers, riding, climbing, outdoor activities, or in any emergency.
Product Description:
1. Made of 120G breathable mesh fabric and high visibility reflective fabric.
2. Fashion sports design, comfortable to wear over clothing or sports gear.
3. Size: 56cm * 41-55cm, with velcro, waist circumference can be adjustable, fits for most people.
4. The formation of a strong light beam in the light irradiation, with the safety warning function.
5. High visibility, good for jobsite construction workers, riding, climbing, outdoor activities, or in any emergency.

Baleaf Men's Windproof Water Resistant Cycling Running Convertible Jacket

Baleaf
Misc.

Baleaf Men s Windproof Water Resistant Cycling Running Convertible Jacket
 
  • Jacket can be packed small enough to be stored in the back pocket
  • One large back pocket and two hand pockets with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone
  • Zipper garage won't chafe your chin, draft flap seals in warmth
Product Description:

Baleaf Men's Windproof Water Resistant Cycling Running Convertible Jacket gives you a wind jacket and a vest in one. Simple to convert mid-ride with its zip-off sleeves, the vest keeps your core warm when the weather turns mild. It is also ideal for running, hiking, climbing, camping and other outdoor sports.

Special Features:

Windproof and Lightweight Material
-The super lightweight material provides superior wind protection and water resistance

Reflectors
-Color fluorescent yellow and reflective elements on the front and back keep you visible in low light

Zip-off Sleeves
-Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest

Packable Back Pocket
-Jacket can be packed into a small self-contained bundle in the back pocket

Ventilation System
-Direct-Vent panels in the back provide superior ventilation

More Details
-Full length zipper for easy venting, internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
-One large back pocket and two hand pockets with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone
-Elastic cuffs to keep the chill out
-Dropped back hem for extra coverage

Recommend cycling pants:
Thermal Winter Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GUJ2WQ
Thermal Tights Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GVQ6RE
Padded Cycling Tights Pant: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075Z72ZK8

Craft Run Apparel Men's Featherlight Vest

Craft Run Apparel
White Sports Apparel

Craft Run Apparel Men s Featherlight Vest
 
  • Ultra-lightweight woven polyester fabric in front
  • Elastic mesh at back for enhanced ventilation and an optimal fit
  • The vest packs into its own back pocket and is easily stowable in jersey pocket
  • Durable water repellent (DWR) finish
Product Description:
The Craft Sportswear Feather light Vest is ultra-lightweight, wind-protective and water-repellent vest (DWR-treated). Our vest packs into its own back pocket and easily packs into your jersey pocket. There is elastics edging at the bottom to keep your vest in place. Brushed fleece fabric at inner collar for comfort next to skin.



 
 
 
 

 
 
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