HomeBuying GuideWinter​ ​Cycle​ ​Clothing​ ​Guide:​ ​Best​ ​Outfits​ ​to​ ​Stay​ ​Warm​ ​and​ ​Dry​ ​on​ ​Your​ ​Bike

Winter​ ​Cycle​ ​Clothing​ ​Guide:​ ​Best​ ​Outfits​ ​to​ ​Stay​ ​Warm​ ​and​ ​Dry​ ​on​ ​Your​ ​Bike

​On​ ​road​ ​or​ ​trail,​ ​cycling​ ​through​ ​the​ ​British​ ​winter​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ticket​ ​to​ ​next-summer​ ​fitness  and​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​character-building​ ​accomplishment.​ ​At​ ​Hargroves​ ​Cycles,​ ​we’re​ ​here​ ​to​ ​help  keep​ ​your​ ​year-round​ ​riding​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​safe​ ​–​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​this​ ​guide​ ​to​ ​winter​ ​cycling​ ​kit.

IT’S​ ​ALL​ ​ABOUT​ ​THE​ ​BASE

For​ ​resistance​ ​to​ ​wind,​ ​rain​ ​and​ ​plummeting​ ​temperatures,​ ​look​ ​to​ ​layers.​ ​This​ ​principle​ ​starts  from​ ​the​ ​inside​ ​–​ ​the​ ​material​ ​next​ ​to​ ​your​ ​skin​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​wick​ ​away​ ​sweat​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​dry​ ​–  and​ ​base​ ​layers,​ ​like​ ​this​ ​Castelli​ ​Short​ ​Sleeve​ ​option​,​ ​£34.99,​ ​will​ ​get​ ​your  winter​ ​cycling​ ​wardrobe​ ​off​ ​to​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​start.​ ​And​ ​then…

GO​ ​LONG!

A​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​quality​ ​bib​ ​tights​ ​provide​ ​excellent​ ​coverage​ ​and​ ​seated​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​the​ ​road.​ ​The Castelli​ ​Nanoflex​ ​2’s​​ ​​(£109.99)​ ​ ​​comfy,​ ​water-resistant​ ​fabric​ ​returns​ ​outstanding  stay-dry​ ​warmth​ ​in​ ​the​ ​coldest​ ​temperatures.​ ​The​ ​KISS​ ​Air​ ​seat​ ​pad​ ​ensures​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​daily  commutes​ ​and​ ​club​ ​runs​ ​alike,​ ​while​ ​reflective​ ​graphics​ ​aid​ ​visibility.

Heading​ ​off-road?​ ​Mountain​ ​bikers​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​dry​ ​will​ ​find​ ​that​ ​Fox​ ​Ranger​ ​WR​ ​Bike Shorts​​,​​ ​​£50,​ ​put​ ​puddles​ ​in​ ​their​ ​place​ ​at​ ​a​ ​great​ ​price.​ ​Their​ ​water-repellent  material​ ​and​ ​extra​ ​rear-panel​ ​protection​ ​means​ ​comfort​ ​on​ ​even​ ​the​ ​filthiest​ ​rides.

THE​ ​OUTSIDER
With​ ​base​ ​and​ ​bibs​ ​sorted,​ ​simply​ ​adding​ ​a​ ​winter​ ​jersey​ ​is​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​balmier​ ​days​ ​when​ ​you  don’t​ ​need​ ​a​ ​jacket.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​road,​ ​the​ ​Castelli​ ​Puro​ ​2,​ ​£94.99,​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​warm  while​ ​staying​ ​aero,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​bright​ ​yellow​ ​colour​ ​option​ ​aids​ ​safety​ ​in​ ​low​ ​light.​ ​On​ ​the​ ​trails,  the​ ​Fox​ ​Indicator​ ​LS,​ ​£47.00,​ ​serves-up​ ​quick-dry​ ​fabric​ ​and​ ​‘drop​ ​tail’​ ​design  for​ ​rear​ ​coverage.

When​ ​British​ ​winter​ ​really​ ​sets​ ​in,​ ​a​ ​weather-ready​ ​outer​ ​like​ ​Altura’s​ ​Night​ ​Vision​ ​Evo  Waterproof​ ​Jacket,​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ultimate​ ​commuter​ ​companion,​ ​combining​ ​safety  with​ ​comfort.​ ​For​ ​£100,​ ​you​ ​get​ ​every-angle​ ​reflectivity,​ ​waterproof​ ​fabric​ ​and​ ​a​ ​good​ ​dose​ ​of  practical​ ​pockets.​ ​Working​ ​hard?​ ​Breathable​ ​vents​ ​send​ ​air​ ​to​ ​the​ ​pits​ ​and​ ​rear,​ ​while​ ​a  sweat-wicking​ ​inner​ ​keeps​ ​you​ ​dry​ ​on​ ​the​ ​inside.​ ​Its​ ​casual​ ​cut​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​ideal​ ​for​ ​wearing​ ​over  regular​ ​clothes,​ ​too.​ ​For​ ​mountain​ ​bikers​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​dry​ ​without​ ​overheating,​ ​Fox​ ​Attack Water Shorts,​ ​£160,​ ​is​ ​everything​ ​you​ ​could​ ​possibly​ ​need:​ ​stay-dry​ ​seams,​ ​visibility,  air​ ​vents,​ ​pockets​ ​and​ ​windproof​ ​–​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​no​ ​excuses.

For​ ​roadies​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​cheat​ ​the​ ​wind,​ ​the​ ​Castelli​ ​Perfetto​ ​Jacket,​ ​£175,  features​ ​an​ ​aero​ ​cut​ ​and​ ​Gore​ ​X-Lite​ ​Plus​ ​fabric​ ​which​ ​is​ ​totally​ ​windproof,​ ​breathable​ ​and water-resistant.​ ​The​ ​£200​ ​Convertible​ ​Perfetto​ ​is​ ​multi-season​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​its​ ​removable​ ​zipped  sleeves.

DRY​ ​FEET
There’s​ ​nothing​ ​like​ ​inner-shoe​ ​squelch​ ​or​ ​frozen​ ​toes​ ​to​ ​ruin​ ​a​ ​ride,​ ​so​ ​come​ ​the​ ​colder  months,​ ​waterproof​ ​socks​ ​are​ ​in​ ​their​ ​element.​ ​Sealskinz​ ​ankle​ ​socks​  ​£21.00,  are​ ​made​ ​in​ ​MTB​ ​and​ ​road​ ​versions,​ ​using​ ​Hydrostop:​ ​a​ ​layer​ ​that​ ​keeps​ ​warmth​ ​in​ ​and​ ​water  out.

For​ ​roadies​ ​using​ ​cleated​ ​shoes,​ ​a​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​winter​ ​overshoes​ ​is​ ​also​ ​a​ ​must.​ ​Castelli​ ​Diluvio​ ​C overshoes​,​ ​£39.99,​ ​utilise​ ​3mm​ ​thick​ ​neoprene​ ​for​ ​keeping​ ​water​ ​out​ ​and  trap​ ​warmth.

To​ ​finish​ ​your​ ​all-weather​ ​prep,​ ​a​ ​quality​ ​pair​ ​of​ ​gloves​ ​is​ ​essential​ ​–​ ​for​ ​comfort​ ​and​ ​safety.  Castelli​ ​Estremo​ ​Gloves​,​ ​£80,​ ​offer​ ​the​ ​protection​ ​you​ ​need​ ​without​ ​the​ ​bulk.  With​ ​warm​ ​hands​ ​shielded​ ​from​ ​wind​ ​and​ ​rain,​ ​and​ ​unfettered​ ​movement​ ​essential​ ​for​ ​shifting  and​ ​braking,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ride.

With​ ​your​ ​all-weather​ ​kit​ ​sorted,​ ​winter-proofing​ ​your​ ​bike​ ​is​ ​the​ ​next​ ​priority.​ ​Mudguards​ ​are​ ​a​ ​great-value​ ​first​ ​stop​ ​on​ ​your​ ​route​ ​to​ ​a​ ​badge​ ​of​ ​winter-riding​ ​pride.

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