Updated: Aug 1, 2020
Cycling outside in the winter is something I am not a fan of and, as a result, I retreat indoors for many months.
Winter can be very uncomfortable for cycling. The wind hitting your body when the temps are below freezing, can make it feel like it’s zero degrees outside. As the rule of thumb says, subtract 20 degrees while biking, add 20 while running. Even though winter may soon be over in parts of the country, why not stock up now on items to continue those training rides or prepare for next year? That is why I put together a list of items that I feel every cyclist should own for biking during the winter or when it gets below 45. Some of these items are currently on sale as is reflected in the price but I can’t guarantee for how long they will be discounted!
Cold (45-55 degrees) Giro Blaze- $35
These are a great option for when the temps just begin to drop. They aren’t very expensive and get the job done to protect you from the wind and cold on your hands. Made with a thermal fleece light insulation for riding in cooler weather as well as touchscreen capability so you don’t have to take your glove off to check your map on your phone. Also comes in a highlighter yellow option.
Colder (35-45 degrees) Giro Ambient- $45
The Ambient which is one of the best fitting gloves for riding in cold and windy days may be one of the reasons that it is also the best selling pair of gloves in Giro's line. Made with a water and wind resistant breathable material on the outside along with a fleece lining on the inside for warmth and dexterity. These gloves are light enough to wear for long rides and warm enough when the temperature hovers above freezing. Plus, it comes in a highlighter yellow option to help you stay visible when it gets dark outside.
Coldest (20-35 degrees) Giro Pivot- $70
If you are looking for a pair of gloves for when the temps become frigid, the Pivot is a great option. Insulated with fleece, and made with waterproof material to keep you dry during wet conditions. This is a go-to glove for riding in tough climates.
For Face and Head
Cold Castelli Viva Thermo Headband- $19.99
Biking in the cold can be tough especially on the ears and head. But when the weather isn’t incredibly cold outside, you just have to protect the ear area. This headband is made with a stretchy Thermoflex fabric for warmth and water resistance and fits perfectly underneath a helmet.
Colder Gore Bike Wear Universal Windstopper Cap- $39.99 $27.99
When the weather gets cold, fight of the frigid temps with the Gore Bike Wear Universal Windstopper Cap. Keep your ears comfortable under a helmet with this hat. It will keep you warm during those winter miles with its specific ear panels and inserts on the forehead.
Coldest Pearl Izumi Barrier Balaclava- $35 $22.89
Everyone should own a balaclava. You can wear it biking, running, skiing or when there is a blizzard amongst us. It protects all of the parts of the head and face to keep you warm.
Giro Ambient Toe Covers-$25
These toe covers are made with a wind and water resistant material as well as a thermal fleece that can insulate your toes against damp, cold and windy conditions. These are a great option for when the temps just begin to drop. It is made with reflective highlights perfect for dark nights and are essential for riding, training, and even racing.
Colder Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell Shoe Cover- $70
I have these, love them and you will need these I promise. They keep my feet warm in cold conditions and are a major staple in biking outdoors in the winter. I highly recommend these as a beginner shoe cover because they can be used in the cold as well as when the temps are warmer (40-50).
Coldest Gore Bike Wear Road Thermo Overshoes- $69.96
Made with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex barrier, these shoe covers help protect you against the rain and snow while also providing you with a warm PrimaLoft insulation to retain warmth and keep you happy on those freezing cold rides. They are easy to get in and out of with a rear hook and loop closure.
And don’t forget Wool socks!!
Specialized Merino Wool Socks- $22.00
I love these for winter rides. Made with merino wool moisture wicking material to help prevent odor buildup while protecting your feet from the cold. The socks provide a lot of leg coverage thanks to its 7-inch height and keep your feet comfy with its cushioning.