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Cold weather cycling gear for people who don’t like riding in the cold

Cold weather cycling gear for people who don’t like riding in the cold

The daylight shrinks until December 21 as winter falls upon the north. And with it, lower temperatures make riding outdoors challenging, especially for those who…

Thursday, Nov 25

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The daylight shrinks until December 21 as winter falls upon the north. And with it, lower temperatures make riding outdoors challenging, especially for those who are not fond of cold.

Here are my picks for each piece of winter cycling gear, and what I look for when I’m shopping.

Cap : MAAP + New Era : This cap is designed to breathe and is also seam-sealed against penetrating moisture. Caps are like chimney tops; they keep the heat in. The brim on the MAAP + New Era cap is clutch for visibility in rain or snow.

Ear warmers : Mine is the ten-dollar generic, thermal variety. I have a Gore thermal headband as well that’s wider, but thinner. I tend to choose thickness as the weather dictates, and layer it with a neck warmer or balaclava as needed.

Balaclava and/or gaiter : Gaiters — stretchy neck warmers — and cotton bandanas are my go-tos as soon as the leaves start to fall and the mercury starts to drop. They’re both versatile, little pieces of fabric that can make the difference between comfortable and cold. I have a variety in different colors and weights, from the cheap kind you find on eBay or AliExpress to the thicker quality or Merino blend ones by cycling specific or outdoor companies Ostroy and Smartwool, for example. My thermal balaclava from Northface is so old they don’t make it anymore. I prefer to just use multiple thin gaiters unless it’s under 20F degrees because of […]

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