Just in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s raining. Quite a lot, actually — a grim reminder of the soggy six months that was last winter.
Will it stop us riding? Not a chance, but anyone serious about the off-season really should invest in the proper kit.
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Right on cue, we bring you our 11-page winter clothing guide in this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine (October 16 issue), including overshoes, gloves and everything else that will keep you in the saddle when the skies turn grey.
“Cycling is all about the dressing-up,” remarked my nephew, a recent convert to bike riding. Having started riding in the summer, winter kit and the quantity of it needed has come as a bit of a surprise to Luke Garbutt, who has only needed shorts, jersey and arm-warmers up to this point.
He’s been busy clearing space in the wardrobe for his waterproof jacket, thermal jacket and tights that take up quite a bit of space and can cost about the same as a mid-range bike.
Another option, which won’t break the bank, is to change your tyres to rough, tough winter types.
I don’t normally bother, but a spate of flats last year means that I’m going for maximum puncture-resistance this winter — determined I won’t be getting cold changing inner tubes at the side of the road.
Keep riding and stay warm. It’ll soon be spring!
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly
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