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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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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.

Baleaf Men's Windproof Water Resistant Running Cycling Convertible Jacket

Baleaf
Misc.

Baleaf Men s Windproof Water Resistant Running Cycling 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

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Sportswear Outdoor (Vest-Green, Large)

Wolfbike
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Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Sportswear Outdoor (Vest-Green, Large)
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  • Suitable for long and short riding, night riding, mild cross country,and short distance racing cycling. as well as other leisure outdoor activities.
  • [Material] Lightweight & Windproof & breathable, packable protection from dry and wind, with maximal breathability. Just what you need, and no more.
  • [Reflective logo] Reflective logos and details in the most visible position including shoulder,front, and back for other road users.

Louis Garneau Men's Blink RTR Cycling Vest

Louis Garneau
Misc.

Louis Garneau Men s Blink RTR Cycling Vest
 
  • Hex O2 RF: Reflective, light, breathable, windbreaking
  • Strategically placed reflective inserts
  • Reflective accents
Product Description:
The Blink RTR Vest is part of our #ReclaimTheRoad collection, designed to deliver superb visibility. A highly-reflective printed dot pattern is sure to keep you safe and seen, while the full length zip is reversed and features a 'garage' enclosure at the neck - to minimize irritation on contact with the skin. The two rear pockets add storage space and are trimmed with reflective materials. A silicone gripper at the hem keeps the vest in place and stops it from riding up, while the lightweight main fabric is great for blocking the wind and keeping you snug. Mesh sections on the sides offer superb breathability, to stop you from overheating.

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.

Bpbtti Men's Hi-Viz Safety Running Cycling Vest - Windproof and Reflective

Bpbtti

Bpbtti Men s Hi-Viz Safety Running Cycling Vest - Windproof and Reflective
 
  • About the size - Please see the size guide for the recommended size. All measurements are approximated and we strongly recommend you check your own measurements before you place the order. Or you can see other customers' opinions from the Q&A for reference.
  • HIGH VISIBILITY - Hi-Viz yellow color with extra light-reflecting tapes placed on the front and back, enhance the visibility greatly. Make sure you can be seen from long distance or in low-light environment. It can make you safer when walking, jogging or motocycling along the road.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT BUT DURABLE - The material is lightweight and rip-stop. It is thin but durable.
Product Description:
This basic bike vest is perfect for your daily ride. It can effectively stop the cold winds from sneaking up on you. The surface fabric can also repel small rains. Bright fluorescent color and sufficient light-reflecting tapes ensure you are highly visible under kinds of weather conditions and dark night, keep you safe from coming traffics. Sleeveless and super light design makes you can act freely and comfortably. This vest will be your essential gear for biking.

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Outdoor Sportswear

Wolfbike
Misc.
 
  • [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

Wolfbike Cycling Jacket Jersey Vest Wind Coat Windbreaker Jacket Sportswear Outdoor

Wolfbike
Apparel
 
  • Suitable for long and short riding, night riding, mild cross country,and short distance racing cycling. as well as other leisure outdoor activities.
  • [Material] Lightweight & Windproof & breathable, packable protection from dry and wind, with maximal breathability. Just what you need, and no more.
  • [Reflective logo] Reflective logos and details in the most visible position including shoulder,front, and back for other road users.

Giro Wind Vest - Men's

Giro
Misc.
 
  • 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.

Asrlet Unisex High Visibility Lightweight Adjustable Elastic Safety Reflective Stripes Running Cycling Night Vest Belt

Asrlet
Apparel
 
  • Made from light reflective material for a soft feel and breathable weave, comfortable wearing. 360° reflectivity and visibility reflective vests to be seen in any weather condition at day or night.
  • High strength reflection, assure the night pedestrian or night worker security.
  • Unisex style and fit. The go-to product for men, women, as well as teenagers.
Product Description:
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Fashion design, high quality!

Product type: reflective vest

Softness: soft

Waterproofness: waterproof

Breathability: breathable

Reflector effect: good

Size : One Size: Bust 50cm/19.69in---Length 53cm/20.87in

Please allow 1-3cm differs due to manual measurement, thanks(All measurement in cm and please note 1cm=0.39inch)

Package Content: 1 x reflective vest

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