Clothes for winter riding
Clothes for winter riding may not be so obvious fro people that have not been on mountain treks or bush walking in general, this may not be as common, however there are issues with biking that are specific to the speed of biking downhills, the wind chill factor is taken into account by all that wonder out to the high ground for a day or two.
Clothes for winter riding can be unpreditable
Mountain biking in cold weather has always been an unpredictable
challenge. The problem is that you’ll start out outdoors cold then warm up and break a sweat, making yourself wet, prone to the chill. Then once reached the top you return downhill, the combination
of wet skin and windchill will be dramatic in most autumn to winter conditions. It is surprising how cold it can get suddenly, when the body heat is lost rapidly.
Below, you’ll find a list of the cold weather clothing
that will make winter riding less of a bone chilling
In cold temperatures, your feet are the most vulnerable
part of your anatomy. Pressure from pedaling will
tend to cut off the circulation to your toes, which
can put you at a risk of frostbite. In cold conditions,
neoprene booties are a must have. They will zip over
your shoes and even have a pattern in the sole where
you can cut out a piece for cleats.
There are several manufacturers that make “lobster
gloves”, a hybrid glove that separates your index
finger and thumb from the rest of your hand. These
gloves are warmer than regular gloves, and the distinct
index finger will allow you to operate your shifting
and brake levers.
In case your hands get cold, you should carry a pair
of lightweight glove liners will you as well. If you
have to stop to take care of a problem, the liners will
protect your hands from the cold.
Glasses that wraparound and provide maximum protection
from the wind are best to wear in the winter. You can
protect yourself from debris, as well as the cold.
You should wear heavy socks although not to heavy. A
sock that is overly heavy will make your shoes tight,
cut off circulation, even make your feet cold. You
should try lightweight socks, as they will keep your
feet warm without bulk. If you need an extra layer,
try silk ski socks as they are very warm and also
Polypropylene is the best material here, as it is
lightweight and best for colder temperatures.
Moving air is the biggest cause for losing body
heat. By having good wind protection you’ll be able
to vent perspiration while also protecting yourself
from windchill. You should choose pants and a jacket
based on durability, breathing, and price as these
types of clothing can get very experience.
Helmet and liners
Your head is very important, as you lose 50% of your
body heat through your head. A helmet is designed to
keep you cool in the summer, not warm in the winter. A
fleece liner inside your helmet will keep your head
and ears warm during winter riding.