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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

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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.

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.

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Barrier Vest

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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.

Przewalski Men’s Sleeveless Cycling Undershirt Quick Dry Bike Base Layer Vests Breathable Tops Bicycle Clothing


Przewalski Men’s Sleeveless Cycling Undershirt Quick Dry Bike Base Layer Vests Breathable Tops Bicycle Clothing
  • 【Breathable & Quick-dry】This cycling undershirt designed with big hole mesh, high moisture wicking and venting. Which can quickly removes sweat from your body and helps you stay comfortable and dry during cycling sessions
  • 【Premium Fabric】90% polyester / 10% Spandex, lightweight and compression, the high stretch baselayer will give you high performance and exceptional comfort without any itching feelings
  • 【Satisfaction Guaranteed】100% full refund assurance within 90 days if you are not satisfied for any reason. Friendly customer service
Product Description:

Maintain your core temperature in any weather condition.

Przewalski sleeveless and lightweight base layer keeps you cool in warm weather, or provides a layer of insulation in colder weather.  It wicks away moisture and dries quickly to improve your performance for the ride ahead.





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Please see size picture for  reference.

Note: Cycling Base layers needs to be tighter than cycling jerseys,we suggest to buy according to the size chart.

Package contents:

①1 Pack: White

1*Cycling Base Layer (White)

  1*Przewalski warranty card

②1 Pack: Black

1*Cycling Base Layer(Black)

1*Przewalski warranty card

③2 Packs:Black&White

1*Cycling Base Layer(White)

1*Cycling Base Layer(Black)   

 1*Przewalski warranty card

Castelli Velo Vest - Women's


Castelli Velo Vest - Women s
  • Material: ForceField micro ripstop
  • Length: hip
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
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.

XPOSURZONE Men Packable Lightweight Down Vest Outdoor Puffer Vest


XPOSURZONE Men Packable Lightweight Down Vest Outdoor Puffer Vest
  • Machine washing
  • On-seamside-entry zipper pockets with flap
  • Lightweight and warm-keeping, XPOSURZONE down vest is suitable for outdoor and sports wear:golf,hiking,climbing,traveling,riding,driving,walking,casual and other sports
Product Description:

XPOSURZONE Men Packable Down Puffer Vest

XPOSURZONE is a professional manufacturer of cold weather outwear, especially ultralight down jackets. We produce a wide range of jackets, vests, blankets, and other cold weather apparel, using the best quality, highest performing materials. Our premium down is incredibly lofty, weighs practically nothing, and amazingly compressible. The shells are made of lightweight nylon, so they are weather resistant and silky smooth. We put the stylish touch on practical pieces, so you will look fashionable as well as feeling warm and cozy.

Product Details
A thin, light, and warm down vest for men. The slim collar is made with less down, and fits your neck closely to keep drafts out. Stretch armholes add comfort and fit. The slender, stylish cut is great for layering over a shirt or hoodie, or under a coat or jacket without the bulk. Pack it down compactly into an included carrying pouch so you can take it with you everywhere you go. Suitable for outside activities: golf,hiking,climbing,traveling,riding,driving,walking,casual and sportswear.

Detail Sizing information(inch):
SIZE US / Tag S : Bust(41)Shoulder(16.50)Length(25)
SIZE UM / Tag M : Bust(44)Shoulder(17.25)Length(25.5)
SIZE UL / Tag L : Bust(47)Shoulder(18.00)Length(26)
SIZE UXL / Tag 2XL: Bust(50)Shoulder(18.75)Length(26.75)
SIZE UXXL/ Tag 3XL: Bust(53)Shoulder(19.50)Length(27.5)

Size Disclaimer :

Our size is in US version. While the size is measured by hands, so please understand that there might exist a little bit unavoidable mistake. It is better to check the size chart below to choose the most suitable size according to your own detail measurements: shoulder, chest, sleeve, length.
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PALMFOX Men's Sleeveless Sport Shirt Bike Jersey Classic Tank Top Base Layer Vest Breathable Quick Dry

  • SOFT and COMFORTABLE - 97% polyester-3% Spandex. Excellent elasticity with enhanced range of motion.
  • GREAT VENTILATION - Dri-Power moisture wicking technology keeps you cool and dry.
  • UPF 30+ provides protection from harmful UV rays.
Product Description:
1.Material:Cotton + Polyester.
2.Our popular PALMFOX sweat-wicking sleeveless shirts for men, breathable tee, a gym shirts for men now available without sleeves for an even more athletic look and easier movement.
3.And, as always, it's a real value that makes this tee a reliable workout favorite.
4.Wear For All Occations: Improtant meeting,Personal date,Wedding day,Dance Party,Gymnasium.

Size Chart:
S/M: Front Length:26.7"; Chest:33"; Height:61"-65"; Weight:121-132lb
L/XL: Front Length:27.5"; Chest:34.3"; Height:65"-66.9"; Weight:132-165lb
XXL/XXXL: Front Length:28.3"; Chest:35.8"; Height:66.9"-70.8"; Weight:165-198lb

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.

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:
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.

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

Shelcup Women's Windproof Water Resistant Convertible Cycling Running Jacket

  • High Visibility Cycling Jacket for Daytime Commutes-Fluorescent Material with a contrasting fabric, the visibility of the jacket is increased under direct sunlight and low natural light, so you never need to worry about getting lost under cloud cover, fog, at dusk, or at dawn.
  • Wind Resistant and Water Resistant-Made with wind/water resistant, odorless and comfortable material. Elastic bands are strategically put on the armholes and waist to seal out the breeze.Dropped back hem can resistant water to prevent the cushion get wet.
  • 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.
Product Description:
Shelcup Cycling Jacket for Urban Bikers

High Visibility: 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.

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.
*Practice safe cycling. Don't text and ride.

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