5 Cycling Tips To Survive The Cold Weather

When prepping for a cold-weather cycling ride you may feel the need to overdress. Resist the urge! You may start out cold for about 10 minutes but you’ll find that your body begins to warm up easier than you thought. Experiment with proper layers so that you don’t overheat. Layering is one of the most important and safest ways to keep warm because you can stow away anything you don’t want to use. Below are a few tips on streamlining your gear.

Essential Tip 1 - Clothing

Base Layer – A wool long or short sleeve will work best. Base layers are an essential garment for regulating your body’s heat keeping you warm and dry.

Gloves, Wool socks, toe covers, and neck gaiter – From top to bottom it’s the small things that count. When your feet and hands are cold the rest of your body will suffer. Thank me later and grab a warm pair of gloves to protect your hands, wool socks to keep your feet toasty along with toe covers to block wind on your shoes. Use a neck gaiter to protect you from the elements that may enter your jacket.

 Soft Shell and Hard Shell Jacket – With the great debate on which jacket to go with, a soft shell jacket offers more protection from Wind and wet with a high level of breathability which makes for a great choice for aerobic activities. Hardshell jackets come in handy when the weather becomes treacherous. They are waterproof, lightweight and designed to durable with protection from hard rain or snow. 

Essential Tip 2 -Tires

During the cold-weather months, between the wet weather and wind, all kinds of potential punctures can get in the line of your ties! Make sure to pack at least two tubes and your hand pump in case of a flat tire. Changing a flat in the cold is one of the worst experiences for a cyclist, so pre-check the sidewall of your tires and for any debris that can cause punctures before the start of your ride. Larger tires are great for cold weather as they provide more volume and wider tread surface to avoid sliding out on ice or snow. Consider a plus size or fat bike to ride during the winter. They’re also super fun.

Essential Tip 3 - Gloves

There’s nothing worse than having cold hands while out on a bike ride. Once your hands are cold it’s hard to warm them back up and let alone shift gears and comfortably hold on to the handlebar. There are many options for gloves that are specially designed for cyclists. They combine grippy material to maneuver the handlebars, and fabric inside the glove to keep your hands toasty. They are a must for any cold-weather ride, just don’t forget them at home.

Essential Tip 4 - Bike Maintenance

This goes without saying. We tend to forget to check air pressure, replace the cable on the brake or simply lube the chain with oil. It’s the small things that keep the bike up to speed and properly working. Get your bike checked by a professional bike mechanic or consider some DIY. Simply applying chain lube, air pressure and tightening loose ends makes all the difference in the world and will keep you safe on the bike.

Essential Tip 5 - Plan Your RIde

As conditions change throughout the year so do the roads. There can be debris on the road, potholes from salt build-up and closed routes are common during the winter months. Determine your route before hands by using tools like Ride With GPS to plan. Take bike routes or find a clear path to ride to get to where you need to go.

Share This Article!

Ridden & Written by

Dwayne Burgess / Manual Pedal

Need Help with Food Selections? Grab a copy of my e-Book!

Bike Camp Cookbook

Quick & Healthy Recipes

How to prepare food In the Outdoors

Food for bicycle touring adventures

Our Tours

Experience more with our multi day packages.

Central Park Tour
2 Hours 2 People +
$45/each
  • Included Bicycle
  • Sightseeing
  • Photos & Video For Social Media
  • Food Provided
Westside Highway Tour
2 Hours 2 People +
$45/each
  • Included Bicycle
  • Sightseeing
  • Photos & Video For Social Media
  • Food Provided
Prospect Park Tour
2 Hours 2 People +
$45/each
  • Included Bicycle
  • Sightseeing
  • Photos & Video For Social Media
  • Food Provided
Bridge and River Tour
3 Hours 2 People +
$69/each
  • Included Bicycle
  • Sightseeing
  • Photos & Video For Social Media
  • Food Provided

Central Park Tour

Explore Iconic Central Park

VIEW TOUR

West Side Highway Tour

See West Side Highway's top sights

VIEW TOUR

Prospect Park Tour

See New York City’s iconic Prospect Park by bicycle.

VIEW TOUR

Bridge and River Tour

Explore outside of New York City

VIEW TOUR

Corporate Group Tour

Corporate Group Retreat Tour Team Building, Challenging Exercises, Fun, Food and Adventure Inquire About Your Retreat Today!​ Enter your info for our full group tour Itinerary If you are human, leave this field blank. Name Email Address * Question / … Read More

Like what you see? Book your trip today!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>