What are the main benefits of layering for winter cycling? Does it make you warmer or is there more to it?
If you layer in the right way, it will make you both warmer and more comfortable. If you feel comfortable during your ride, you will also perform better and have a nicer ride! It also helps you adapt if the conditions are changing during your ride. But an important note is that the layers need air in between for the fabrics to function properly. That’s what makes you warm and comfy, and helps transport all the moisture away from your body. Let’s start with the upper body. What to look for in base layers? Is merino the best material?
Merino wool is a very good material to use as a base layer as it has a lot of good natural properties and is very versatile. It can actually be used all year round! So, if you can only pick one base layer, merino wool should be your first choice. But there are also man-made materials like polyester and polypropylene, which can be a better choice if you are doing a high-intensity ride. They offer excellent wicking and moisture management properties. What’s the right fit for a base layer?
It should be a tight fit as the base layer should wick away the sweat from your skin and transport it out to the next layer. If it’s not tight, your sweat will stay on your body […]
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