Time-Proven Clothing Tips for Commuting During Winter

Smart clothing is more important for cyclists who travel regardless of any weather concern. Be it a chilly breeze, blizzard, or winter rain, we need extra protection, so we’ve rounded up the best time-proven clothing tips for bicycle commuters: 

Multiple Layers  

This is pure science – several layers of clothing will work better than one heavy outfit. Wear tight baselayer underneath to prevent cool airflow. Use a fleece for the second layer and a light jacket for the third. Also, wear a cap/bandana and a hat as a second layer beneath the helmet. In case of extreme weather, use more layers instead of heavier clothing. The merino wool base layer is also a time proven material which ensures that your body keeps the most warth inside of the layers.

A good snood will also help keep your neck and face warm, and stop you getting ill.

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Winter Socks

The last thing you want on cold days is even colder toes. That’s why investing in a good pair of winter socks (ideally waterproof ones) is a great idea.

READ: Best Winter Cycling Socks

Waterproof Socks
Dexshell Ultralite Socks
Longer Socks
Sealskinz Mid-Length Socks
Thermal Socks
GribGrab Thermal Cushioned Cycling Socks
Breathable
GORE WEAR Unisex Thermo Winter Bike Socks
Heated Socks
SNOW DEER Upgraded Heated Socks
DexShell Ultralite Biking Sock - Hi Vis Yellow, Medium
SEALSKINZ Unisex Waterproof Cold Weather Mid Length Sock, Black/Navy Blue, Medium
GripGrab Winter Insulated Thermal Padded Cushioned Ankle Cycling Socks Breathable Soft Merino Wool Black Navy Blue Red
GORE WEAR M Unisex Thermo Socks, Size: 41-43, Colour: Black/Grey
SNOW DEER Upgraded Heated Socks,7.4V 2200MAH Electric Rechargeable Battery Heated Socks for Men Women,Winter Ski Camping Hiking Motorcycle Warm Cotton Socks Foot Warmer for Bikers
Waterproof Socks
Dexshell Ultralite Socks
DexShell Ultralite Biking Sock - Hi Vis Yellow, Medium
Longer Socks
Sealskinz Mid-Length Socks
SEALSKINZ Unisex Waterproof Cold Weather Mid Length Sock, Black/Navy Blue, Medium
Thermal Socks
GribGrab Thermal Cushioned Cycling Socks
GripGrab Winter Insulated Thermal Padded Cushioned Ankle Cycling Socks Breathable Soft Merino Wool Black Navy Blue Red
Breathable
GORE WEAR Unisex Thermo Winter Bike Socks
GORE WEAR M Unisex Thermo Socks, Size: 41-43, Colour: Black/Grey
Heated Socks
SNOW DEER Upgraded Heated Socks
SNOW DEER Upgraded Heated Socks,7.4V 2200MAH Electric Rechargeable Battery Heated Socks for Men Women,Winter Ski Camping Hiking Motorcycle Warm Cotton Socks Foot Warmer for Bikers

Proper Gloves or Double Gloves 

Palms and fingers are probably thefirst body parts to get cold when cycling. During longer rides when fingers get really cold – it may lead to frostbite.

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READ: Best Winter Cycling Gloves

Once the temperature gets to the freezing point, be sure not to cycle without at least a single layer of gloves. The best option would be to go for double gloves, just remember to leave some extra space for the fingers.

Hand warmers (like those sold in fishing stores) might also help survive a few hours longer. And, of course, these days it’s very helpful if you can find gloves that are smartphone friendly – that way you can keep using your phones to make calls, browse the web, find the latest sports odds, learn a language  or what you do on your phone.

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Vaseline & Moisturiser 

Lips are one of the most sensitive part of the body. Yet most of the times they receive the least attention. They often become chapped and patched after a colder ride. Not only does it make you look unappealing but it can often lead to some serious condition. Make sure to apply a layer of Vaseline on your lips before the ride. 

Face moisturiser and a bit of sunscreen might save the day as well since cold wind and sun sometimes get even more potential in winter.

Windproof Clothing 

To stay safe from the chilly winter wind, make sure to invest in quality windproof clothing. Though there are many brands to choose from, any windproof brand would do better than usual clothes if you’re on a budget. The best option would be to go for wind stopper gloves, pants and a jacket.

Stay Dry

Rain is basically a guarantee during winter. And while your water-resistant attire may hold up in light drizzle, when it’s really belting down, you need some proper waterproof gear. I’d always recommend keeping a pair waterproof overtrousers and a jacket in your bag, so that you can throw them over your normal clothes if you encounter a downpour.

Likewise, keeping your bike dry when it’s not in use will prevent rusting and significantly increase its lifespan – invest in a decent waterproof bike cover and you’ll save a lot of money in the long term!

Best Lockable Cover
BikeParka URBAN Waterproof Bicycle Cover
Budget Bike Cover
Aival – Cheap Bike Rain Cover
Heavy Duty Bike Cover
Goose Bike Rain Cover
Double Bike Cover
ODSPTER – Outdoor Double Bike Cover
Bike Cover for Car Rack
Pro Bike Tool 2/3 Bike Cover for Car Rack
BikeParka URBAN Waterproof Bicycle Cover (CAMO)
Aival Bike Cover, Bicycle Cover, 190T Nylon Waterproof Anti Dust Rain UV Protection for Mountain Bike, Road Bike with Lock-holes, Storage Bag
Goose Bicycle Cover Premium Grade Lockable Bike Cover - The Original - Heavy Duty 210D Waterproof Oxford Fabric - The Best in Cycle Protection
ODSPTER Bike Cover,Bike Covers For Outside Storage 2 Bikes,210d Heavy Duty Waterproof Bicycle Covers For 2 Bike Outside Storage/Bike Storage For Mountain Bike, Road Bike
Pro Bike Cover for Outdoor Bicycle Storage - Heavy Duty Ripstop Material, Waterproof & Anti-UV (Travel - Large for 1 Bike)
Best Lockable Cover
BikeParka URBAN Waterproof Bicycle Cover
BikeParka URBAN Waterproof Bicycle Cover (CAMO)
Budget Bike Cover
Aival – Cheap Bike Rain Cover
Aival Bike Cover, Bicycle Cover, 190T Nylon Waterproof Anti Dust Rain UV Protection for Mountain Bike, Road Bike with Lock-holes, Storage Bag
Heavy Duty Bike Cover
Goose Bike Rain Cover
Goose Bicycle Cover Premium Grade Lockable Bike Cover - The Original - Heavy Duty 210D Waterproof Oxford Fabric - The Best in Cycle Protection
Double Bike Cover
ODSPTER – Outdoor Double Bike Cover
ODSPTER Bike Cover,Bike Covers For Outside Storage 2 Bikes,210d Heavy Duty Waterproof Bicycle Covers For 2 Bike Outside Storage/Bike Storage For Mountain Bike, Road Bike
Bike Cover for Car Rack
Pro Bike Tool 2/3 Bike Cover for Car Rack
Pro Bike Cover for Outdoor Bicycle Storage - Heavy Duty Ripstop Material, Waterproof & Anti-UV (Travel - Large for 1 Bike)

Cooling Down/Removing Layers

Everyone who cycles during winter knows the feeling of entering a warm room straight after an intense ride in coldness. Huge temperature differences make you sweat instantly. A simple, yet great prevention is to cool a bit down before the end of the ride or removing a layer a few minutes before entering a room. 

The article was written by Adam from Wearethecyclists.com.

Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

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