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Best Winter Cycling Gear
Best Winter Cycling Gear

Best Winter Cycling Gear

Best Winter Cycling Gear

When I started cycling, I was a fair weather cyclist. Winters in Michigan can be brutal, without the right winter cycling gear. However, I hate working out indoors. It is so boring. I have a Sportneer Bike Trainer Stand, but I prefer to hit the open road and enjoy the sunshine. When the sun is shining and the wind is calm, my cycling buddy and I hit the road every Saturday we can even in the fall and winter.

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Rides Before I Found My Winter Cycling Gear

The first few cold rides were tough. As the temperatures began to drop, I realized that my fair weather gear wasn’t going to be enough and my winter running gear didn’t translate to winter cycling gear. My toes were freezing, my fingers were numb, and my sweaty skin was chafing. After doing lots of reading, this list has helped keep me warm and happy for many winters now.

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Winter Cycling Buddies Finishing a Beautiful Ride

Winter Cycling Gear List

  • Thermal Cycling Jacket
  • Waterproof/Windproof Shoe Covers
  • Waterproof/Windproof Gloves
  • Toe Warmers
  • Fleece lined Leggings
  • Wool Base Layer
  • Wool Socks

Thermal Jacket

This thermal jacket is amazing. It is wind resistant and water resistant, but still breathes. When I am riding, I am not completely soaked by the time I am finished. Along with the warm, it is bright and reflective. Once, a driver even stopped to tell me how awesome it was. She said she could see me from a mile away. Finally, it has lots of pockets for storing additional dry gloves and gators to keep dry after you are sweaty.

Winter Cycling Jacket
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Thermal Shoe Covers

I was hesitant to buy shoe covers because I didn’t really believe that they would make much of a difference. On top of that, I had also heard that they were expensive. Boy, was I wrong. At $15, these are a game changer for winter cycling. Most importantly, they block the wind and water, keeping my toes dry and warm. Generally, my feet are freezing all the time. With these booties combined with toe warmers, I can ride for a couple of hours in twenty degree weather before my little toes start to get chilled.

Winter Bike Shoe Covers
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Toe Warmers

Again, I thought these were a little excessive, but in combination with the booties they keep your toes warm in sub-freezing temps. I don’t use them when it gets above freezing, because they are just too warm and my feet get too sweaty. The great part about these is that they have a sticky back and fit into any shoe. Therefore, I use them for snowshoeing, skiing, and winter hiking as well. So go ahead and splurge on the box of 40. You won’t regret having them around once you have them.

Toe Warmers
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Although my fingers are usually cold, they warm up quickly when exercising. I only breakout these super warm cycling gloves on sub-freezing days. Since they are windproof and waterproof, they don’t breathe as well, so they get really sweaty pretty quickly. However, they will keep you warm on a long ride.

Winter Cycling Gloves
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Wool Base Layers

I love wool. I like to wear it as a base layer on my feet and everywhere else. As I mentioned in the last paragraph, I am a very sweaty person. The wool keeps me dry by wicking away my sweat. Although wool is often more expensive than synthetic base layers, this is an area to splurge a little, especially if you are sweaty like me. Wool is naturally oder resistant. That means, it doesn’t start to smell like feet after the first few rides. If you sweat a lot like me, wool is a great option for all training gear in all weather. Here is a link for some more great reasons for choosing wool.

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Me in My Winter Cycling Gear

What winter cycling gear has been a game changer for you? How do you stay warm on long winter rides? I would love to hear in the comments. Also, check out my list of Saddle Bag Essentials to make sure you have everything you need when out for a ride.

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