The right cycling clothing for cycling training in winter

If you want to be in a good mood on the bike in the summer, you should collect the first basis kilometers in the cold season. Not for nothing it is said, winners are made in the winter. And in principle there is little objection to biking outside in wind and weather.

Which cycling clothing in which weather?

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Of course, there are also good alternatives today to keep yourself indoor in bad weather and build up a good, wheel-specific endurance. Whether spinning, ergometer or roller trainer - who uses the indoor training options consistently, this will clearly notice the beginning of the cycling season in the year of leadership.

Basically, the weather should not be an obstacle to cancel a planned bike training. There is the right clothing for all kinds of weather conditions. However, the conditions for a longer bike ride can also change, so you should think carefully before departure, which is best to attract. Here are a few tips to help you decide.

Equipped with the right bike gear to weather and wind

There are 3 factors to consider when choosing the right cycling apparel: temperature, rainfall and wind affect the sensation of coldness. Before the handle in the closet you should look at the most accurate weather forecast. A relatively accurate forecast for Germany usually provides www.wetter.de or www.wetter.com.

But until the morning of departure, the prognosis may change slightly. A look before departure is thus a must for difficult-to-estimate weather conditions. Note the temperature at the planned departure time and the possible temperature change during the exit.

For short-short, so only a short cycling jersey and a short cycling shorts will probably not even reach in mild winters. Our tip: Up to 20 degrees Celsius and above, you can drive carefree in short cycling clothes. If the thermometer drops below the 20 degree mark, you should at least take precautions. A windbreaker and arm warmers are enough to reach temperatures of up to 15 degrees Celsius.

Wheel clothing according to the onion layer principle

Between 10 and 15 degrees an undershirt is recommended as a first layer. In addition, you should think about leg warmers or at least knee rings. If you freeze fast on your feet, you can keep your toes warm with so-called toe caps. These neoprene overcoats are only pulled over the toe and are designed to prevent the wind.

The wind is anyway a crucial component in the choice of clothes. Due to the so-called wind chill effect, we cool down faster in cold temperatures and wind. 10 degrees Celsius already feels like 1 degree Celsius at a wind speed of 30km / h. Therefore, on cool days a wind-impermeable top layer like a wind vest is essential.

This is the optimal winter clothing at low temperatures

Starting at 10 degrees Celsius and below, you should also wear a thin cap under the helmet and gloves to protect yourself from the wind. Ears, fingers and toes are most likely to feel the cold. Therefore, from 10 degrees and overshoes are recommended. In addition, the upper body and legs should now be much better protected. A light shiver on the skin may be felt before the departure, but the clothing should form an insulating layer, which stores the body heat.

This is best achieved by putting on the cycling clothing according to the onion layer principle. Under 10 degrees and dry you should wear at least three layers of clothing on the skin. The first layer (First Layer) forms a breathable and wind-repellent long-sleeved shirt. A long cycling jersey is recommended as a second layer and finally a windproof softshell jacket. For the legs, the choice falls on a wind and rain repellent, long cycling shorts.

Rain is not for everyone

Who wants to drive in the rain, should then wear a rain-dense fourth layer on the upper body and possibly cover a short rain pants. Rain and cold temperatures below 10 degrees, however, are really only for tough cyclists.

From temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius, one should consider whether you still want to make road bike rides. Even with overshoes, it is due to the wind sensitive cold on the toes. 5 degrees at 30 already feel like minus 6 degrees. Now special winter cycling shoes and a second pair of gloves are in demand.

Bike training at minus temperatures

Definitely not more racing cycling should be from temperatures below minus 10 degrees, because then the temperature sensation at 30 declines to minus 27 degrees and it can lead to frostbite on the skin.

Tip: Reduce the risk of cycling with the right bike

However, if you do not want to do without outdoor training at light temperatures, you should better avoid mountain biking, because the perceived temperatures are significantly lower than when cycling because of the mostly wind-protected trails and the lower driving speed (at least uphill and flat). Otherwise, Indoortraining is announced in winter.

Jörg Birkel

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