Now that winter is approaching in Europe, i thought i would research some ways to keep warm (and dry) on your bicycle commute. Being prepared will not only keep you warm but having the right kit will motivate you to take your bike. Here are some of the top tips from the experts as well as the average person.
Get yourself a wind proof but breathable jacket. You want the jacket to have breathable panels such as under the arm pits and be made from wind proof material. Reflective panels and details are also a consideration when buying a commuter jacket.
2. PEDAL POWER
Start off just a little cold, because after about 10 minutes of peddling, you'll warm up quite nicely.
3. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CAFE
Take lots of Cafe stops to warm up on the way to where you are going.
4. RE-USE AND RECYCLE
You can insert sections of a newspaper inside your cycling jersey. Insert it in the front to block on-coming cold air, and in the back to conserve core body heat and act as an insulator. This method for windproofing jackets is used by professionals and amateurs alike.
5. KEEP YOUR NOGGIN WARM
About 30 percent of the body's heat is lost through the head. A scull cap or thin beanie of synthetic fabric is a good lightweight remedy that you can wear under your helmet.
6. WARM DRINKS
Consider using insulated bottles with a hot drink in them. Green tea with honey works really well. If you are going on a long ride, eat often, as the body produces warmth. Eating a big good breakfast before your ride can make a huge difference.
7. WRAP UP YOUR NECK
A snood style neck tube keep your neck warm and can be pulled over your mouth and nose if it gets really cold.
8. FOOT ATTENTION
Overshoes are a must. One of the best way to prevent cold and wet feet, is to fit full length mudguards to your bike. Socks are also an area for focus on for the winter months where your regular socks just won't make your feet as warm. You should look for socks made from a mix of 60% merino wool and 40% nylon, these offer first-rate breathability, insulation and comfort. You can pick up a pair for around £15.
9. LAYER UP
Pay attention to base layers and the materials that they are made from. You want a fabric that will provide warmth and insulation such as merino wool however there are many other new fabrics on the market that are worth considering.
10. CARRY SPARES
In case things get wet you will have another set of gloves or socks for your ride home.