How To Stay Warm Cycling In Winter

How To Stay Warm Cycling In Winter


– Winter cycling can be a
pretty cold and wet experience in almost any corner of the globe, but that doesn’t stop people
getting out and enjoying it. There must be ways that you
can make it more pleasurable. – Yeah, and some of them
are pretty easy too, so here, we’re gonna give
you our top seven tips for how to make your winter cycling warm, comfortable, and
therefore, more fun. – We got to the cafe now. – Yeah, my hands are freezing. How about we kick off with
the most obvious one first? You’re not gonna feel warm wearing a summer gear
in the middle of winter. – No, so wrap up warm. A good system of inner and outer layers will help you to adapt your temperature based on the changing weather conditions. – Yeah, and the best
basis on our experience is actually a really
good thermal base layer, which you can then adapt
the clothing on the top of quite easily. – Yeah, but thermal
tights are also essential if you live somewhere really cold. They’re all kinds of other accessories that come in useful so, headbands, neck warmers, overshoes, different kinds of gloves,
thick, thermal jackets. – And many companies such as ASOS have a full range of winter clothing now that use a specialist textiles that really do many a difference because they can be
waterproof and windproof, and you know, fabrics such as this have a really low volume
and can be nice and aero, but offer incredible insulation. – Yeah, it’s definitely
made winter cycling a lot more enjoyable knowing that, well, you’ve got something
for every condition, really. Another top tip is to preheat
your drinks and your shoes because your feet get cold pretty quick, I would say in the winter and a drink will warm you from the inside. – If you get wet, you will get cold. So if there’s any chance
of rain, sleet or snow, make sure you get a good
waterproof jacket with you, but the only problem with
waterproof jackets is that sometimes you get sweaty and then you get just as wet
from the inside of the jacket. – Yeah, and with that in mind, it’s probably worth thinking about a water-repellent layer inside, as these are potentially more breathable. Obviously, they’re not gonna cut it when the rain really starts to come down, but well– – But if it’s really pouring down, you should be in the cafe anyway, really. – You know what? It’s gonna catch us out
if we don’t leave now. – Yeah, I think that cloud is threatening. Let’s go for coffee. (chill electronic music) It might seem a little counter-intuitive to try to not sweat in winter, but with all those warm layers on, if you do any hard work, you will work up a sweat and then you’ll get
really cold and miserable on the next descent. – Yeah, instead, aim
for a good base layer, like we mentioned before, and a layering system on top. That means you can unzip when your temperature starts to rise. Not only will this aid airflow, but it will also prevent
you sweating too much, which will keep you warmer when your temperature starts to drop, or as Emma said, you go
back down the next hill. (chill electronic music) – Because the blood flow
to your extremities, i.e. your hands and feet, is reduced both when you’re exercising
and when you get cold, these parts of your body are
at greater risk in the winter. Now, people have better
or worse circulation. Personally, I have terrible circulation and I really struggle with
cold hands in the winter so a good quality pair
of gloves and overshoes is absolutely invaluable to me. – You should also make sure that you’re always prepared
for the unexpected. – Yeah, definitely. If you prevent the unexpected happening, then you stand less chance of getting cold in the first place. You all right there, Emma? Do you want, what do you want? I don’t have to do anything? Come on, let’s go. (chill electronic music) – Remember to stay hydrated
even in the winter. Just because you’re not thirsty, doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink. This might be easier
for you with warm drinks and you can even get
thermally insulated bottles to keep your drinks warm. There is nothing as good as a
sip of hot tea on a bike ride and it gives you a little
temperature boost from the inside. – Yeah, one of the main
reasons to stay hydrated, even in the winter, is
that simply your body will not function correctly without it. If you don’t drink, your body won’t regulate your temperature as it should be. – And one of the main functions
of the cardiovascular system is to pump warm blood around your body. – Kind of like a central
heating system, really. – Yeah. Or central cooling system
if you get it wrong. (chill electronic music) – Emma, this is my favorite one. Remember to eat. By topping up with little
but frequent bites, you’ll be keeping your
blood sugar levels stable, and by doing that, providing your body with good energy and warmth. – Yeah, because your body actually burns a lot of your fuel just staying warm and if you get hypoglycemic, you will probably get cold. – Fancy a biscuit? – I would love a biscuit. Can I have both of them? – No, I want one. Another way of approaching this will be to plan a stop mid-ride where you can refuel on something warm. – This is usually in a
place that’s also warm so it’s a great time to warm up your body and dry out any wet kit. (chill electronic music) – I guess you could always ride harder in winter to stay warm, couldn’t you? – Yeah, definitely. If it fits in your schedule, the winter is a great time to focus on longer, more sustainable effort. And I say the longer,
more sustainable ones because you really don’t wanna go outside, breathe in all that freezing old air, and then linger for three
minutes between your efforts. – So what you’re saying is, longer, slightly less intense intervals with shorter rest periods in between. ‘Cause I guess you can always do the more intense work indoors on the turbo or the track. – Yeah, definitely. So top tips right there. Hopefully these tips will
help you stay a little warmer when cycling in the winter and if you have any ideas of your own you would like to share with us, leave ’em in the comments below and if you’re after
any quality winter kit, then why not check out the GCN shop? And if the weather’s
just really, really bad, why not check out one of
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