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Winter Cycling Guide – Part 2


Welcome back to Gloria Cycling’s quick guide to winter cycling. Things have certainly changed since Part 1 of this series, with the temperature now well into the frosty, even sub-zero numbers, and we’re sure you have all been adding some layers when you’ve been out for a ride. In this second instalment of the article, we will look into the sort of clothing and accessories that a rider will require in order to be able to thrive in the cold weather this time of year.


Contents:

1. Jackets

2. Gloves

3. Overshoes

4. Kit



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1. Jackets


The first thing to consider is the clothing you will wear whilst you ride. The combination of rain and bone-chilling winds is an understandably cold-inducing mixture that can very easily ruin your time on the bike, quickly turning what should be a fun and exhilarating experience into a rather deplorable one. Apart from a helmet (which should be a given throughout the year), the obvious one is a waterproof and windproof jacket. This will be the first barrier against the weather and, when performing successfully, you will be surprised at how little is needed underneath to keep you at the right body temperature (the definition of “successfully” in this context would describe a jacket that has the ability to keep out the majority of the rain and wind, whilst retaining a certain level of breathability, so that you do not end up turning into a boiled potato halfway down the road).



2. Gloves


Extremities are for obvious reasons always a matter of concern when it comes to cold weather, and your fingertips will thank you if you have the wisdom to equip yourself with a good pair of gloves. You will need something that keeps your hands warm but does not cause you to overheat and therefore affect your ability to ride your bike. Good dexterity is another thing to look out for, allowing you to have enough sensitivity to use your brakes and shift gears correctly. Finally, for maximum protection, go for a pair of gloves that is fully waterproof and breathable. At Gloria we believe that you need not look further than the Spatzwear range, where you will find only the highest level of engineering and attention to detail.


https://www.spatzwear.com/collections/gloves



3. Overshoes


Protecting your hands is one thing, but let’s not forget about our feet! Your toes will quickly turn to ice when riding in the cold winter weather, and will leave you feeling rather sorry for yourself and potentially spoil the ride. As our much-adored cycling shoes tend to be very well-ventilated (great for staying cool, not so much for keeping warm), it is always a good idea to layer up at this time of year, and overshoes are designed specifically to be used in tandem with cycling shoes to give you that added layer of protection and warmth for when you need it. Once again, ideally they should be waterproof, windproof, breathable etc… And once again, there is only one brand that Gloria concerns itself with, if you are looking for the very best in quality: Spatzwear.


https://www.gloriacycling.com/spatzwear





4. Kit


Of course, when out training, commuting, or even touring on your bike during the winter time, you will want a kit which is optimised for the kind of riding you are doing and whose design reflects the characteristics of its surroundings. A winter jersey will be heavier and more densely layered than its summer counterpart, and use materials that are better at retaining heat and keeping your core body temperature up. Long-length bib tights will probably be a wise choice over shorts, although another option is to cover your limbs using leg and arm warmers, which can be a perfect middle ground between hot and cold. Finally a good gilet will give you that extra bit of warmth as well as protection against wind and rain. Our new Gloria x Gobik winter cycling kit is now available to purchase in-store as well as online.


https://www.gloriacycling.com/gloria-x-gobik




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