What to wear and when to wear it.
One thing that you will hear often in life, and more often in the world of cycling, bodies are different. This is especially true when discussing winter weather gear because everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to freezing temperatures. These recommendations are coming from my experience, commuting year round in New England, and they all follow a very basic layering rule that almost anyone can use to stay comfortable:
Base layer + insulation + wind protection.
This is still a pretty sane temperature range for riding and commuting therefore, not a lot of extra gear is required. In this temperature range, I find a vest to be the most comfortable outwear choice in variable weather that is on the warmer side. This particular outfit is the pinnacle of urban cycle chic, and still abides by the layering formula. The piece that makes this outfit is the Technique Dress, made with DWR weather-resistant fabric, this is one dress that can weather a storm as well as a board meeting.
NTS Pattern Crew base layer by Smartwool
GBW Universal GT Thermo Gloves
In these temperatures, you will start to want gear that is made for cycling and specifically for cycling in cooler temperatures. Wind and water resistance in these conditions are key, especially for extremities like ears, hands and feet. The boots pictured here are made by Giro, they are a down, clipless boot created for men (but worn fabulously by women) and are consistently warm. However, toe and shoe covers are a great option for riders not looking to fully invest in a winter specific riding boot or who are looking to reduce the weight of their gear.
Warm Half Neck Base Layer by Craft
No matter how brutal the weather, this outfit is my go to for commuting in the coldest conditions. With wind protection from the Power 2.0 Jacket, insulation from the Mandarin Thermal Jersey, extra coverage and warmth provided by the insulation skirt – there are so many amazing elements that make this work and when they come together, I may just say it is a masterpiece.
Active Extreme Crewneck Base Layer by Craft
Mandarin Thermal L/S Jersey by Terry
GBW Power 2.0 SO Lady Cycling Jacket
GBW Road WS Thermo Lobster Glove
As Terry Customer Service maven, Casey, always says “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad outfits”, so stay warm and keep riding!
Aubrey Byron says
I use ski googles for commuting on super cold days to keep the wind out of my eyes!