Stay warm and keep riding

This week’s winter clothing extravaganza couldn’t be more timely judging by the amount of pink skin on display this weekend.

It’s really not a good look, anyone wearing shorts at the end of November isn’t doing themselves any favours. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making a fashion statement, it’s just commonsense, muscle need to be kept warm.

The influx of bare fresh is all part of the Wiggo Effect. All the new riders who discovered skinny tyres for the first time this summer are still riding, only nobody told them to buy tights and a thermal top. The rules for bike riding are slightly different than other sports.

Whereas runners seem to be able to get away with pretty much the same kit all year round, we travel considerably faster and have chilling wind factor to consider.

However, get it right and you’ll never be cold on the bike, no matter how low the temperature. Being someone who has spent four decades on two wheels I can remember winters when I would cut short rides, defeated by the cold with numb fingers and toes.

Not these days. With the correct layering and modern technical fabrics, I can ride no matter the temperature. Clothing technology doesn’t come cheap but it’s an investment you won’t regret and certainly more valuable than spending money on a second, dedicated winter bike. Wrap up and enjoy the winter.

This article was first published in the November 22 issue of Cycling Weekly. You can also read our magazines on Zinio and download from the Apple store.