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Some thoughts on cold weather cycling as we sip our morning coffee

Practical ideas about how to keep our hands warm when cycling still needed...

Cold weather cycling tips

This warm spell through November and December has meant winter arrived largely unnoticed. We just had the warmest Christmas Eve since 1997.

But one thing is pretty certain. The cold weather will come eventually.

In preparation, here are some tips for cold weather cycling. It doesn’t have to halt your routine.

  1. Fit your mudguards. If you haven’t done this already. It’s better late than never!

  1. Layering is key to staying warm without overheating. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your body. For cold weather cycling add insulating layers like fleece or thermal jerseys and finish with a windproof and waterproof outer shell to protect against rain or snow.

  1. If it’s really cold, it’s worth investing in shoe covers and a balaclava. Gloves are essential but we still haven’t found a solution that doesn’t leave our hands tingling numb by the end of a cycle. If you have, please email us (! 

  1. Keep your bike clean and well-lubricated. If you’ve had enough of greasing, degreasing and re-greasing, check out our Super Slick Chain Wax for an eco-friendly alternative.

  1. Your safety should be top priority. Use lights and wear high-visibility clothing to enhance visibility, especially in low-light situations.

If the outdoor conditions get too harsh, it might be better to do an indoor cycling workout instead. Winter is a great time for reducing the mileage and cross-training with weights. In particular deadlifts and squats will give you an opportunity to build complementary muscle groups.

By integrating indoor cycling workouts and cross-training into your routine during the winter, you not only maintain your cycling fitness but also bolster overall strength and conditioning, ensuring you're ready to go when the warmer cycling season returns.

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