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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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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.

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.

Gore Bike Wear Men's Power Windstopper Soft Shell Thermo Vest

Gore Bike Wear
Black/White Sports Apparel

Gore Bike Wear Men s Power Windstopper  Soft Shell Thermo Vest
 
  • Mesh pocket on back
  • Full length zip with semi-lock slider
  • WINDSTOPPER Soft Shell 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.
  • Watertight plastic bag for electronic device, attachable in pocket
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
 
  • 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 Durable
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. Direct-Vent panels for superior ventilation
5. The Cuff with elastic band keeps the wind out

Castelli Velo Vest - Women's

Castelli

Castelli Velo Vest - Women s
 
  • Material: ForceField micro ripstop
  • Venting: mesh side panels
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 30 days
Product Description:
Mother Nature's varying conditions often call for an extra layer -- when a jersey won't keep the drizzle away, but a full jacket is overkill, Castelli's Women's Velo Vest steps in. It's a lightweight, breathable alternative that easily packs in a pocket. Castelli's Forcefield fabric is used throughout the Velo not only for its low weight, but its windproof and water-resistant traits, too. It's a 30-gram, ripstop fabric with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating, so it retains the fabric's natural breathability. Airflow is enhanced further by mesh panels that help ventilate the core. The Velo Vest is cut with a longer back to block wheel spray. And it's held in position with a wide silicone gripper to prevent upward migration. A high collar keeps light rain from running down the neck, and it turns into a stuff pocket for the vest. When packed away, the Velo only takes up half a jersey pocket. For low-light safety, Castelli added a reflective logo and back tabs. The Women's Velo Vest comes in five sizes, X-Small through X-Large, and in the colors Orange Fluo, Lime, and Black.

Louis Garneau Nova Vest - Women's

Louis Garneau

Louis Garneau Nova Vest - Women s
 
  • Material: Diamond Air, Light Mesh AirDry, Micromesh
  • Recommended Use: layerin' your core
Product Description:
We're fairly certain that the peace of mind you'll get from having the Louis Garneau Nova Women's Vest along with you on your training rides is worth its reasonable price. Think of a time when it was so nice outside you didn't feel the need to check the weather report before you left -- and then the sky opened up an hour or so into your out-and-back spin. Or, recall a ride where you were feeling so good that you couldn't resist staying out past sundown, and then had to face a chilly, windy ride home that made you wish you hadn't been so ambitious. At times like these, a good vest is invaluable. 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 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 Women's Vest comes in sizes X-Small through XX-Large and in two color options: Black/white and Bright yellow.

Pearl Izumi Men's Elite Barrier Vest

Pearl iZUMi
* Sports Apparel

Pearl Izumi Men s Elite Barrier Vest
 
  • The elite barrier vest delivers comfortable, breathable, lightweight and packable protection for a wide range of weather conditions
  • One back hook and loop pocket
Product Description:
Ultra-lightweight and highly packable, this windproof and water-resistant cycling vest provides breathable protection in a wide range of weather conditions.
  • Elite Barrier fabric combines windproof and water resistance with breathable comfort and packability for all your foul weather aerobic undertakings
  • Direct-Vent panels provide superior ventilation
  • Semi-form fit keeps you cycling with ease
  • Full zipper with garage and internal draft flap seals in warmth
  • Collar tapers from front to back for on-the-bike ergonomics
  • Elasticized hem stays in place
  • Drop tail hem provides extra coverage
  • Reflective elements add visibility
  • 1 back Velcro pocket for stashing essentials

Louis Garneau Womens Nova 2 Cycling Vest

Louis Garneau
Apparel

Louis Garneau Womens Nova 2 Cycling Vest
 
  • Louis Garneau Size Guide
Product Description:
Louis Garneau Size Guide Hit the trails in the Nova 2 Cycling Vest. Diamond Air ripstop fabric provides breathable, windproof capabilities for all-day comfort. DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds moisture. Lightweight Airdry® mesh paneling for stylish ventilation. Stand collar for added protection. Full-length zip closure. Sleeveless design. Center-back zippered pocket. Reflective brand logo at left chest. High-low hemline. Main: 100% polyester;Secondary: 92% polyester, 8% spandex. Machine wash, hang dry. Imported. Measurements: Length: 24 in Product measurements were taken using size SM. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

Canari Cyclewear Men's Razor Convertible Jacket

Canari Cyclewear
Sports Apparel

Canari Cyclewear Men s Razor Convertible Jacket
 
  • Fleece lined inner collar
  • Zip off sleeves converts to a vest
  • 9" back zip storage pocket with reflective trim
Product Description:
When chillly mornings turn into afternoon sun, the Canari Razor convertible bike jacket keeps you riding in comfort thanks to removable sleeves and lightweight, weather-resistant fabric.

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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