Year round bike clothing
As the temperature drops, many people think it’s too cold to ride. And then there’s the ones who thinks it’s too hot to ride in the summer or too wet in the spring. Actually, as the German saying goes “there’s no such thing as bag weather, just bad clothes.” Here’s the full list.
Hot up to 100 degrees F.
- Wicking top
- Wicking shorts
- Vibram Five Fingers (then I don’t even need socks and they’re considered closed toe shoes)
- Fingerless gloves
- Arm Warmers – wool is best. It’s warm even when it’s wet.
- Windbreaker jacket
- Cropped pants or knickers
- Thin layered shirt with short sleeves over the tank top
- Pants – the best pants for women are from Outlier. They are pricey but wear well and are very comfortable.
- Long sleeved shirt
- Full fingered gloves
- Windproof jacket
- Leg warmers over yoga pants – I have thick wool ones from Lululemon.
- Thick wool sweater -Ibex has really thick sweaters.
- Uggs boots
- Wool hat with ear flaps- Ibex has one that you can fold the flaps up or down.
- Down ski gloves
- Possum wool neck gaiter from Rivendell (yes, it really is possum wool.)
- Wool primaloft vest
Really cold down to 17 degrees F.
When it’s raining or snowing, I bring along my rain jacket. When the snow melts, I want to stay dry as well as warm.
This is all modular so I can adjust as needed. One time I tried out wool long johns but they’re too hot to wear. I sweat after a while. If I wear leg warmers, I can take those off or roll them down if I get hot. Your legs stay pretty warm anyway. Keep riding. Watch the seasons change from the seat of your bike. Ride with me all year round.