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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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Baleaf Men's Cycling Jacket Vest Windproof Water-Resistant Coat Breathable Outdoor Sportswear


Baleaf Men s Cycling Jacket Vest Windproof Water-Resistant Coat Breathable Outdoor Sportswear
  • Light-weight, breathable and water-Resistant fabric provides excellent protection against wind and rain
  • Zipper garage for chafe-free, draft flap seals in warmth
  • Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest for extra exhaust
Product Description:

Baleaf Men's Biking Running Barrier Convertible Jacket is designed as an all-in-one jacket and vest which provides versatile protection . 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

-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:
Thermal Tights Pant:
Padded Cycling Tights Pant:

Fastorm Women's Running Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Lightweight Softshell


Fastorm Women s Running Jacket Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Lightweight Softshell
  • This Versatile convertible Runinng Jackets is a good wind breaker at temperatures to about 40 F.Great wind protection and comfortable fit.It's a great gear to have during a chilly, raining or a windy days.Highly visible to traffic and daytime Commutes
  • Front Pockets are great to have; back zippered pocket is plenty big and easy to use and all the zippers function well
  • Lightweight Softshell is perfect for hiking, climbing, cycling, and other activities where rain is a concern
Product Description:

High Visibility Cycling Jacket for Urban Bikers:Our high visibility jacket comes equipped with enough reflective and fluorescent material to keep you visible in any lighting condition, any time, day or night.

Your convenience----Cyclists are everyday heroes:
Get the most out of your cycling apparel with two stylish jackets in one.
When your safety is on the line, use Urban Circus' unique high visibility material to
help you stand out from the crowd and reduce your risk of road accidents by 70%.
Trying to blend into the crowd? Shift gears and flip things inside out with a look that's
a little more discrete but just as fashionable - perfect for everyday wear.
Sometimes, you need a little extra storage.
With one large pockets in the back and two additional pocket in the two side and two
inner pockets for added convenience, you never need to worry about finding a safe place to stash your valuables.
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Wantdo Men's Mountain Fleece Vest Outdoor Full Zipper Outerwear Vest


Wantdo Men s Mountain Fleece Vest Outdoor Full Zipper Outerwear Vest
  • New upgrade: According to customer's suggestion, we improved the version design and size to make it more well-fitting
  • Multi-use: Match with a T-shirt or sweater as an outerwear in spring or autumn, the fleece gilet can be also worn as an under layer in winter days
  • Occasions: Wantdo fleece vest is a good choice for running, hiking, fishing, cycling, camping, mountain climbing, jogging, other indoor and outdoor activities
Product Description:

Wantdo Fashion Store is a professional manufacturer and retailer established in 2009.

Recommend match clothing
1. A similar women's vest as lovers' clothes
2. Match with a T-shirt or sweater for whole body warm
3. With a hat, scarf or fleece gloves for double protection
4. The same style lightweight jackets or thick coats for different seasons

Size Chat:
S:Length(27.56"),Shoulder(16.54"),Chest(43.31"),Hem(42.52"),Straight Armhole(8.66"),Collar(20.47")
M:Length(28.35"),Shoulder(17.32"),Chest(45.67"),Hem(44.88"),Straight Armhole(9.06"),Collar(21.06")
L:Length(29.13"),Shoulder(18.50"),Chest(48.82"),Hem(48.03"),Straight Armhole(9.45"),Collar(21.65")
XL:Length(29.92"),Shoulder(19.69"),Chest(51.97"),Hem(51.18"),Straight Armhole(9.84"),Collar(22.24")

Washing & Care:
1.Please hand wash and make sure the water temperature less than 40℃.
2.Drip flat drying in the shade.
3.Iron max 110℃.
4.Normal dry cleaning.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket

Pearl Izumi - Ride

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. Semi-Form fit. Lining: 100% polyester
  • 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.Care- Use Simple Detrgents with no additives. Never use detergents with fabric softeners, perfumes or any additive type product. The general rule of thumb is the simpler the better. Many detergents with additives leave "surfactants" behind on a fabric's fibers that inhibit the technical performance. Typically the best detergents to use will have "Clear" or "Free" in their names. Don't pour the detergent directly onto the clothing, put it in the washer first, when you start the water. If something is not functionally working, but is not dirty, try rinsing it twice in warm to hot water. This will help get rid of the harmful surfactants. On the inside of your garment, or on the hangtag, there are instructions for the care of that individual piece. On garments this will be on a side seam or back seam label. Follow those directions. On finer fabrics, use a "Gentle" cycle. Close all zippers, attach "hook and loop" closures on gloves If you use a dryer be sure to use a lower / warm heat setting Do not use a commercial dryer or a "Hot" setting). This will often restore the fabric and help the water repellent qualities. If in doubt, hang the clothing to dry.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Vest

Pearl Izumi - Ride
Black 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.

Giro Wind Vest - Men's

  • Water / Wind Resistant
  • Front Zipper
  • 100% Nylon Rip-Stop
Product Description:
Among the most functional layers you can grab when suiting up, a good vest is a true essential. Giro's Men's Wind Vest is your personal weather protection system. Made from moisture-wicking fabric with strategic mesh vents in the back, it keeps you rolling at a comfortable temp, but still delivers solid protection from the wind and light rain. Designed to pack down small, it's easy to deploy when you need it, and easy to stow when you don't.

Cycling Convertible Jacket for Men Reflective with Removable Sleeve Bicycle Windproof Jacket

  • ★Detachable zip-off Sleeves can easily convert the jacket into a VEST, the Cuff with elastic band keep the wind and rain out.
  • ★2 Hand Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely store your items like 5.5" mobile phone.
  • ★RISK FREE: Fastorm always committed to provide the perfect item with the perfect after-sales service for every our customers. If you are not completely satisfied, please feel free to contact us for any problems, we'll try our best to resolve the issue, and make the situation right.
Product Description:

Fastorm's Cycling Jackets,Sports jackets for Mens Cycling convertible Jacket for men windproof softshell jacket waterproof running vest water resistant for men sportswear Zip-off sleeves and shoulder yoke easily convert the jacket into a vest.

Great gift for Thinksgiving Day, birthdays ,Christmas, Anniversary and everyday gift ideas, also perfect for yourself as casual indoor wear or any outdoor activities, such as running, jogging, badminton etc. for it has a performance lightweight fit design.

What You Need To Know Before Purchasing:

-Modern classic fit jacket with 2 colors (Fluorescent yellow,Deep Royal).

-100% Polyester ,Lightweight, Wind Protection and Water Repellention.

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

-2 Hand Pockets & 2 Inner Pockets & 1 Back Pocket with zippers securely keep your belongs.

-Ventilation Mesh Panels in the back helps keep you cooling and drying.

-Machine Wash Cold / Hang Dry / spin-dry.


- Please check FASTORM's detailed size chart in the picture instead of Amazon's official one.

- This Cycling jakets are SMALLER than US SIZE, choose 1 SIZE UP for comfor fit.

- The size data is measured by hand, please allow 0.4-0.8 inches discrepancy.

Washing Instructions:

- No bleach or detergent. 

- No fabric softener or dryer. 

- Water temperature: No more than 100 degrees fahrenheit (40 degrees celcius). 

- Ironing under 250 degrees fahrenheit (120 degrees celcius). 

- Suggested to wash separately. 

Ceroti | Custom Apparel Service | 【PRO Class】 Men's Biking/Cycling Vest, Hi Vi Fluorescent Wind Vest, Micro Softshell Windproof & Reflective Cycling Vest, Bicycle Gilet

  • TECH FABRIC micro fiber windProof softshell, breathable Stretchable panels increase ventilation and airflow, keeping you warm even during your hardest efforts, perfect for cool mornings
  • STABLE full length YKK zipper with chin guard to prevent chafing, and a lockdown puller to eliminate rattle.SAFETY Reflective logo& Hi-Vi color offer Essential guard when riding on the Road. Rear zipper pocket give safe room for Value belongings like Cell Phone/Credit cards/Keys etc.
  • CUSTOM CYCLING APPAREL SERVICE--STEP 1: Select any size you want on this page . STEP 2: Click "CerotiWear" which will be displayed on right upper side after size selecting STEP 3: Click" Ask a question", then you can send us e-mail, we will reply back to show you how to get you unique design gear easily. Contact Ceroti For quality sample and fitting samples.

ARSUXEO Winter Warm UP Thermal Softshell Cycling Jacket Windproof Waterproof 15-k

  • Windproof waterproof warm up fleece design for cold weather
  • Zipper pocket and back pocket for safe storeage
  • Size runs small,choose 1-2 size bigger if necessary.
Product Description:
Size runs small,highly recommend choose 1-2 size bigger! Designed for cold winter weather,windproof.waterproof,inside fleece keep you warm during cycling,best material,black material is breathable and highly stetch,keep you comfortable during cycling,reflective brand logo and stripe keep you safe in darkness,zipper pocket for storage.

J. Carp Women's Packable Windbreaker Jacket, Lightweight and Waterproof, Outdoor Active Cycling Running Skin Coat

Fluorescent yellow Misc.
  • High Waterproof --- made of 100% Polyester, very waterproof in light rain, durable and quick dry. if in Heavy Rain, suggest wear an umbrella.
  • Very Soft and Packable --- it improves in high technology, more soft than other raincoats. so you can carry it conveniently. Lightweight sun protection soft shell coat can be packed into a small water repellent bag
  • High Visibility --- reflective elements on back, allows to run/cycle freely and safely in the night; Perfect for outdoor sports wearing including running, jogging, riding

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