5 Tricks for Comfortable Winter Cycling

Sloppy road spray, icicle tears, numb fingers and low-visibility are just some of the deterrents that make winter cycling, well, just plain uncomfortable. Staying on your bike for fitness, getting around town or weekend adventures doesn't have to be miserable. We promise!

With trails to yourself, quiet roads and a leg-up on springtime fitness, now is the perfect time to keep on pedaling. Here are five ways to stay comfortable, dry and motivated.

#1 – Smart Layers


Smart layers, not more layers, means dressing right and not bulking up. Follow the rule of first layer, then mid layer, topped with a shell for adaptable apparel that will work for your ride and won’t have you drenched at your destination.

We love Icebreaker’s naturally warm merino layers. Try the Oasis Long Sleeve Crew for bike-to-pub versatility. Pair with a soft wool neck gaiter and zip-up mid layer to brave the coldest temps.

Oasis Long Sleeve Crewe Coronet Stripe Icebreaker

#2 – Snug Gloves


Dexterous gloves are essential for shifting, braking and managing your bike on the ice, but the most nimble gloves usually lack warmth. Our go-to for dry, warm hands that can easily navigate the COBI thumb controller are the Craft Neoprene Glove. They’re made of the same stuff wetsuits are, meaning they stay warm and snug even in the wettest conditions.

Neoprene Glove Craft

#3 – Shell Jacket


A great technical outerwear jacket is a multi-purpose workhorse piece. Minimal shells are easy to stash when the sun comes out. A hooded shell adds emergency head protection when the snow falls. Highly technical fabrics will last season after season.

Gore-Tex® Pro is the premiere standard for driest ride and will tackle the most extreme conditions. Canadian cycling apparel company 7Mesh’s Revelation Jacket is a worthy investment with a rider-articulated fit and superior weather protection from Gore-Tex®.

Revelation Jacket 7Mesh

#4 – Mud Guards


Fenders and mud guards, front and back, make for a dry ride whether on the trail or cruising city streets. There’s a fender for every bike and every ride - find one that fits your style and always have on-hand for when the weather turns bad. Our favorite comes from Ass Saver. They're simple, smart and fun.

Ass Saver Original Ass Saver

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#5 – UV Protection

In the winter, protecting your eyes from the harsh cold is just as essential as UV protection in the summer. Eyewear is a must every time you head out for a wintry ride. Look for glasses that offer superb vision clarity. Prizm™ lens technology from Oakley, available in an array of frames from performance to lifestyle, lives up to its claim. Everything really does looker sharper and clearer! The Prizm™ Trail option will help to brighten and define cycling rides when the sun just won’t come out.
oakley-evzero-pitch-prizm EVZero Pitch™ PRIZM™ Trail Oakley

MORE: How COBI Saved a Winter Ride.