15 tips for keeping warm on a winter bike ride
Cycling Weekly readers share their tips on how to keep warm during the colder months, in association with B'Twin, available exclusively from Decathlon
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There's no reason to stop cycling just because the weather gets a bit colder - the trick is knowing how to stay warm.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers for their tips on keping toasty on a winter bike ride. We present a selection of their answers here, in association with B'Twin, available exclusively from Decathlon (opens in new tab).
What's your best tip on how to keep warm during a winter bike ride? Tell us in the comments section below.
Put tin foil over the toes (and socks) before putting them into your shoes. It’s wind resistant and reflects heat back into your feet.
Don’t overdress. You start sweating and then you get cold. I dress so that I am a bit cold when I start, and after 15 minutes I get warm enough. So, keep dry from the inside!
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Warm your gloves, socks and shoes up before setting off. Shove them on a radiator or alternatively a hot water bottle. Toasty.
Spin your legs. Everything should stay warm except feet. Eat often, as the body produces warmth. Warm your feet by stopping and swinging your legs for a few minutes. Then crack on.
Base layer with long sleeves is key. Jersey (I prefer short-sleeve, so I don’t overheat with the base layer). Spray jacket and winter bibs. Overshoes are a must. Decent gloves and a snood or cap under the lid. You should be all right with that little lot.
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Assos autumn long-sleeve under-layer, Gabba convertible, Alé longs, Endura winter gloves with silk liners, Windstopper socks, Assos overshoes, full tummy (porridge with blueberries and banana), then phone Alex Dowsett for a ride and go for it!
Riding up hills does the trick for me. The only trouble is, you’ve got to come down the other side and cool down again. Seriously, though, a good windproof jacket helps, not a boil-in-the-bag rain jacket though.
Don’t fall in a river.
Adrenaline and self-hatred. I was doing deliveries on my lousy hardtail in the snow in a T-shirt and jeans. The adrenaline and rage at my job had me sweating.
Do it via a computer, with your mates, on an imaginary island. In your garage. With the heater on.
Don’t stop. For nothing or no one. Don’t wear too many socks so your shoes are tight, it’s counter-productive. The single most important piece of kit is the right gloves for the temperature. And neoprene is rubbish... keeping the wind out is far more important than staying dry.
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Stay in bed! Hundred per cent guaranteed to work.
Safety first. If it’s icy then stay home and use the turbo. If it’s just cold, then layers and cafe stops. Invest in quality kit — surprisingly, it works.
Whale fat: a minimum of two jars liberally applied.
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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