It is a wonderful time of year, some places in the US have received snow already, and others are only now finishing the changing of the leaves. This is also the time of year you need to decide if you are investing in extra winter clothes or going to invest on an indoor trainer.
Here are my essentials :
A good base layer, this will be snug and close to your skin. The goal is to pull moisture from your skin so that you don’t get cold and wet as you ride harder. Base layers can be sleeveless, short sleeve or long sleeve. It is completely up to you what you pick.
Tip : If your sports bra doesn’t wick put your base layer on first.
Your knees are precious and your arms get cold easily. If your ride starts off in the cool morning and warms off you can quickly take your these off and put them in a jersey pocket. I personally run knee warmers under 65, and run arm/knee with a combination vest well into the late fall.
I love wool socks, and will live in them from November through March. They manage moisture well, and keep you toasty warm. Personally, I wear the 6″ through the winter as it comes close to touching my knee warmers and then ski style ones that come up to my knees when its snowing or a cold rain.
Tip: Put a plastic bag over your socks before you put your feet in your shoes. It will help keep the wind chill down and warmth in.
Keeping the chill off your body is key. A good vest will keep your chest and core warm by keeping your body heat in and the windchill out. There are many different vest out these days, some with Windstopper, others that pack very small, and others that have a layer of thermal fleece.
I have three different types of gloves I wear through out the winter. A basic mountain bike glove that is good down to 40 degrees or so. A basic cycling liner glove that keeps the heat in and has a brushed top that keeps the wind out. Finally a good winter glove that is thermal, wind and waterproof with insides that wick off my sweat as my hands heat up.
This is only the essentials that I recommend to every woman. Depending what weather and how cold you can endure the extras like jackets, knickers, tights, jerseys and such are all going to be personal preference. I hope to get you through picking those this winter as well.
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