Clothing

Winter cyclist with gloves

How to Choose Between Winter Cycling Gloves, Pogies and Mittens

Besides the fact that they are out in the cold and the wind chill, your hands are also locked in the same position on the bike for your entire ride. This can reduce circulation and you can get really cold hands, perhaps frostbitten in short order. Many options help you cover your hands in the

Cars on a road

Pam Blalock’s 5 Best Tips to Winter Cycling

A lot of people have asked me how I can ride through a New England winter. Dressing properly for the weather certainly has a great deal to do with my enjoyment of it, but I have to admit that I also really get a kick out of the looks on people’s faces when I ride

Ottawa Canada, Terry Fox statue

How to Commute In Winter- Cycling in Ottawa, Canada

Winter cycling offers the opportunity to retain, and even enhance, your cycling skills over the whole year. There are very few days during the winter in which cycling becomes impossible. If you’re able to cross-country ski, then you’re ready to cycle. The secret to successful winter cycling is that you stay warm and dry, maintain

Group of cyclists in shorts

8 Things To Consider While Buying Padded Bike Shorts

I am going to start this article off with a bold statement; “Wearing padded cycling shorts will boost your comfort and health while riding your bicycle”. In my opinion, padded bike shorts add as much to your biking experience as clip-in shoes. Now I know it may be hard to initially wear a pair of

Winter cyclists

What do Ice Bikers Wear For Underwear?

Icebikers have special needs when it comes to the layers next to the skin. While normal outdoor winter activity may require a simple pair of cotton long johns under jeans, this simply won’t do for winter cycling. Cyclists produce great amounts of heat (and sweat) and the traditional approaches to warmth just don’t work. First,

Winter rain pants

How I Got Custom Made Winter Rain Pants

Last fall I noticed that my well used rain pants were no longer waterproof. They tended to cling when wet, and the nylon had worn thin in the seat. The zippers had long since failed, and been replaced with Velcro, and even that was failing. No matter how much ScotchGard Outdoor I used on them

Winter cycling tights

How To Layer Winter Cycling Pants and Tights

Looking in the various bike catalogs you see that the super warm tights are good down to – get this, 45 Degrees (F). Well, that takes care of October, but what about Winter? The availability of cold-weather tights has been spotty at best. This has caused some icebikers to seek other sources of clothing such

Winter cyclists with different cycling jackets

How to Layer Winter Cycling Jackets

What to wear in the winds of winter? How to keep from freezing? This is what keeps a lot of folks from icebiking, fear of the cold. But as we have stated elsewhere, fear of overheating is more warranted. This is not to say that you can’t get cold out there. However, as long as

Winter cycling in a blizzard

All You Need To Know About Winter Cycling Caps, Hats And Headgear

What’s there to know about keeping a head warm? You put on a hat and that’s all. But wait! There’s more to it. You lose a lot of heat through your head. When icebiking, the heat loss through your head can be a blessing if you are working up a sweat. However, most of the

Winter cycling goggles

How to Choose the Best Winter Cycling Goggles

Icebikers have more reasons to wear glasses than most cyclists, and more problems with them too. In addition to prescription lenses, other reasons to wear glasses include howling winds and blowing snow. When riding on broad expanses of snow, such as a frozen lake, sunny days can be so bright as to be downright painful,

Extreme ice biking

How to Choose Extreme Winter Cycling Shoes, Boots and Footwear

What to wear on your feet is a big question and the source of much discussion among icebikers. There are basically two schools of thought one the subject. Use shoes designed for cycling, making additions or changes to accommodate the cold, such as adding neoprene booties over the shoes or Gore-Tex socks to retain the

Cycling in winter clothing

Winter Cycling Clothes – The Ultimate Clothing Guide

Each climate requires different clothes. Being somewhat more stubborn than others, it took me two years to figure out combinations that worked well in all conditions. With an aim toward shortening the learning curve we present the following discussions on clothing options. Now, just because you don’t see it here doesn’t mean it won’t work.