The days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder. Summer may be over, but don’t despair. If you’re equipped with the right kit, you can continue to enjoy riding your bike throughout the winter. Now’s the time to add to your wardrobe before the clocks go back and the properly cold months begin. In this list, we’re looking at clothing and equipment that will offer both insulation and visibility on the road.
Not only is your core the most important part of your body to keep warm during those long winter rides, but it also presents the largest surface area visible to other road users. In autumn and early winter, you can get away with the simple addition of a hi-vis gilet to your favourite long-sleeved jersey. But as we move closer to the heart of winter, you’ll want something thermal to protect you from the cold. Though black is a popular colour for cyclists all year round, there are plenty of wacky and warm jackets for you to choose from.
The body’s extremities get cold very easily and there’s little worse than numb fingers during a long winter ride. Long fingered gloves are a key piece of kit as the mercury sinks and choosing a neon or hi-vis pair will add to your visibility and safety. A cyclist is particularly vulnerable when signalling and turning from the road. Fluoro gloves will therefore serve dual purposes: insulation and protection.
At the opposite extreme are your feet, without doubt the single most important part of a cyclist’s anatomy. Unfortunately, frozen toes are hard to prevent during the winter months, but thermo neoprene overshoes are a big step in the right direction. Most brands offer hi-vis models, which provide insulation and visibility in even the worst conditions.
Whether riding in a well-lit city or down narrow country lanes, you’re going to need a good pair of lights as the days shorten. Lighting priorities vary for riders navigating different terrain. For urban commuters, cyclists need to be seen by other road users while taking advantage of street lights for their own vision. In the unlit countryside, you need not only to be seen, but to light up the road ahead of you and see clearly where you’re going. Light sets vary depending on their ‘lumens’ value. The higher the number, the more powerful the light.
With this selection, we’re only scratching the surface of the hi-vis clothing available so be sure to check out our full range. With the right kit, every ride can be epic. Prepare yourself for a great winter.