After the winter solstice, most areas in the north gradually come to the coldest time of the year.
Many riders choose to enter the “cat winter” mode, but I have long been used to riding outdoors in the temperature of about minus 10 degrees in the coldest season in Beijing, so I have accumulated a lot of practical winter riding experience.
A few years ago, I did several video programs on the topic of winter riding, but I have to say that the video carrier is really low information density and difficult to find, so I decided to write a concise graphic version of the winter riding guide for your reference at any time.
Photo: Li Taowen: Li Tao has rich experience.
The “winter cycling” mentioned in this paper refers to sports cycling between – 15 ℃ and 5 ℃.
I haven’t ridden in an environment lower than – 15 degrees.
I don’t use these contents if it is higher than 5 degrees.
Short distance commuting and other non sports cycling will not be discussed.
The main risk of riding in winter is temperature loss, and there is only one core principle to avoid temperature loss.
Be careful! Be careful! Or TMD caution! This principle will run through all the following contents.
In winter, when riding to keep warm, special attention should be paid to the parts with fast heat dissipation at the ends of the head, hands and feet, which are different from each other.
The head should be warm and fully cover the top of the head, ears, mouth, nose and cheeks, It should not be too thick (otherwise it will affect the safety of wearing the helmet) and avoid being soaked by sweat during riding.
Professional riding warm hat (some will wear ear protection and face mask) it can be considered, but I prefer to buy more cheap and light magic headscarves.
In the coldest weather, I will wear three magic headscarves at the same time, one from the top of my head to my ears and one covering my face (also cover the ears).
One is used as a scarf to avoid the wind from the neckline.
In addition, carry two magic headscarves with you.
When the headscarve on your head is soaked with sweat or breath, replace it at any time.
Keep your hands warm by gloves.
If the thickest riding gloves are not enough, you can wear ski gloves.
Of course, you must point your fingers separately to ensure the most basic car control.
Your hands are in the process of riding It’s easy to get hot, so I often wear a pair of thick gloves to go out, and then prepare another pair of thinner gloves to replace at any time.
If you ride with locked shoes, keep your feet warm by thick socks and shoe covers.
Now there are all kinds of black technology warm socks on the market, matched with fleece windproof shoe covers, which are enough to cope with the dry weather of – 10 degrees.
If not enough, you can wear another layer of socks.
It is said that there is also a wonderful way to keep warm by wrapping fresh-keeping film on my feet, which I haven’t used.
The difference between the foot and the head is that it is not too hot during riding, so you should do a good job of keeping warm at the beginning of riding, and don’t step into puddles and snow during riding.
It’s better not to wear lock shoes.
You can keep warm by cycling.
The combination of cycling pants and snow boots is not embarrassing.
The basic logic of the upper body of winter cycling clothing is the same as that of other winter outdoor sports clothing.
The inner layer is breathable and sweat wicking + the middle layer is warm + the outer layer is weatherproof.
The “three layers” here can be three or more clothes, or a certain dress itself has the performance of two or three layers at the same time.
The prices of different brands of winter cycling clothes vary greatly.
I personally feel that different grades of winter cycling clothes may have little difference in simple thermal insulation indicators.
The performance is mainly reflected in ventilation, sweat wicking and comfortable tailoring.
I think it’s cost-effective to spend more money on winter riding clothes, which can not only greatly improve the winter riding experience, but also wear them for many years.
In the process of riding, I should always pay attention to the fever of my upper body and increase or decrease my clothes.
My habit is to wear an extra windbreaker when I go out, take off the windbreaker after my body is hot, and put it on when I stay outdoors for a short time.
In addition, when folding multi-layer riding clothes, special consideration should be given to the back pocket of which layer of clothes is convenient to put things, so as to avoid the embarrassing situation that it is difficult to take things when you find that these pieces have no pockets after wearing several layers, or when they are in the innermost layer.
Finally, the daily down jacket or cotton padded jacket in cold winter is never recommended to be worn during sports cycling, otherwise it will be hot immediately.
fleece suspender riding pants are the mainstream and professional scheme for lower body warmth preservation, but for many riders, it is not realistic to buy multiple pants of different thickness for different temperatures, so you can buy a pair of pants that are not too thick, and then match them with knee pads, leg covers, stockings and other warm accessories.
It is not impossible to wear a pair of autumn pants if necessary.
In addition, whether riding pants have straps or not, the fit between the padded part and the body can not be compared with those of carrying shorts.
When riding in cold winter, if the cold air leaks in the crotch, it will be very uncomfortable, so you might as well consider wearing underwear in riding pants.
If you want to be more casual, you can also put windproof and warm sports pants on the outside of riding shorts + leg covers.
Don’t wear thick jeans.
It’s too inconvenient to exercise.
I didn’t mention the official recommended temperature of riding clothes and riding pants in the above two articles, because the reference value of that temperature is very limited! It can even be said that the more professional cycling clothing brands claim the product suitable temperature, the less recommended for reference.
Not because of the performance of the falsely marked products, but the appropriate temperature claimed by the brand is often for professional drivers who maintain high-intensity training in winter.
However, the riding intensity and body heat of most of our amateur riders are far lower than those of professional drivers, so we can’t apply their dressing scheme to ourselves mechanically.
We can only use our own riding style in a lot of practical experience The dressing scheme is matched with the appropriate temperature.
the route selection and time arrangement of cycling in winter are very important..