What To Wear During a Winter Bike Ride
Friday, 23 October 2020

Summer commutes are a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise in and avoid traffic. Once the weather turns cold, unfortunately, many riders trade in their bicycles for a rush hour commute in a car. They all miss out on all those enjoyable weekend rides around town on a bike. Find out how the right clothing and hybrid bikes can help you keep on cycling all year.

It’s All About the Base Layers

 
It’s easy to go overboard and wear too many layers while riding in winter. If you put on multiple layers and bundle up with your winter coat, you’re likely to start sweating as soon as the wheels start spinning. Prevent this uncomfortable situation with the right layers.
 
Your base layer should be a wicking one. A base layer of cotton holds sweat and other moisture against your skin, leaving you uncomfortable throughout your ride. Look for a nylon/spandex, Merino wool or polyester base layer to stay warm and stay dry.
 
On top of that, you may not need as many layers as you think. Experiment with medium-weight rain pants and other water resistant options, but don’t put on too many layers. Too little layers can also be a problem in extreme weather conditions, so some riders start out slow and only bike half of their commute to get used to the conditions.
 

Water-Resistant and Breathable Options

 
Winter commuting means you could face snow, sleet or rain. It’s important to wear a water-resistant layer to protect against this situation. Biking in a rainstorm in the summer may be a refreshing change, but getting wet in the winter can be dangerous. As you check out city bikes for your winter commute, make sure you’re prepared with water-resistant clothing that’s still breathable enough to keep you from excessive sweat.
 

Stay Visible, Stay Safe

 
There may be more overcast days in winter, so remember to stay visible as you ride. Put a reflective jacket or other item on top of your base layers to stay safe, or upgrade your reflectors with rechargeable bike lights. These small features can protect you in low-visibility conditions.
 

Alter Your Riding Style in Cold Weather

 
Unless you’re sporting a fat tire bike, your bicycle may not have tires intended for snowy rides. This doesn’t mean you can’t ride in the winter, but there are a few considerations you need to make. Consider lowering the psi in your tires to give you better traction. Never deflate tires more than is recommended by the manufacturer, but most bicycle tires can be safely deflated to 90 or 100 psi in the winter.
 

Select the Right Bike To Improve Your Commute

 
Finally, there are alternative bikes that make your snowy commute much more manageable. Shop online for an electric fat tire beach cruiser to enjoy excellent traction and easy riding. An electric bike is a great way to cut down on your commute time and keep you comfortable as you hit the bike trail in any season. Explore electric beach cruiser options to find one that fits your body style and your riding preferences.
 
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