Cold Weather Cycling Tips
Biking in cold weather is always a challenge. The issue is that you'll start out cold, then warm up and break a sweat, making you wet. Then, when you go down, the combination of damp skin and wind-chill will be very cold!
Below, you'll find a list of the chilly weather garments that will make cold weather cycling less of a bone chilling experience.
In freezing temperatures, the feet are the most susceptible part of youranatomy. Pressure from pushing on the pedals can cut off the blood flow to your toes, putting you at a risk of frostbite. In cold weather, neoprene booties are a must have. They can slip over your shoes and should have a pattern in the bottom of the bootie where you can remove a piece for your cleats.
There are several manufacturers that make "lobster gloves", a hybrid glove that keeps apart your index finger and thumb from the rest of your hand. These gloves are much warmer than usual gloves, and the distinct index finger will allow you to operate your shifting and brake levers.
In case your hands do get cold, you should carry a set of lightweight glove liners with you as well. When stop to take care of a issue, the liners will shield your hands from the frigid temperatures.
Goggles that wraparound your head and provide maximum protection from the wind are best to have in the cold weather. You can shield yourself from branches, as well as the wind.
You need to put on heavy socks although not too heavy. A sock that is too dense will make your footware tight, cut off blood flow, even make your feet freezing. You should find lighter socks, as they will keep your feet warm without bulk. If you require an extra layer, try silk ski socks because they are very warm and also very lightweight.
The best material to choose in this category is polypropylene, because it is lightweight and the best choice for colder temperatures.
Shielding From The Wind
Wind Chill is the largest issue for losing body warmth. By having good protection from the wind you'll be able to get rid of dampness while also protecting yourself from wind-chill. You should choose pants and a jacket based on toughness, venting ability, and cost as these types of clothing can get very expensive.
Head Protection And Liners
Your head is critically important, as you will lose up to 50% of your body heat from your head. A proper helmet is made to keep you cooler in the warmer weather, not warm in the cold. A liner inside your helmet is going to keep your head and ears warm during cold weather cycling.
Now that you know what to do in the winter, you also need to ensure that you always carry a - Portable Bike Pump