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Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures

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Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures

Quick tips on what to wear in specific temperatures

by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching

It's 42°F outside, potential snow ahead and you've got 2 hours of climbing intervals ahead of you. What the heck do you wear?!

This is probably one of the more popular questions one is thinking about pre-ride or asking fellow buddies and teammates. You know what I'm talking about! That moment before starting a ride and you are looking around at what everyone else is wearing, second-guessing your clothing selection.

Below are a few quick tips on the basics of what to wear in specific temp regions.  

Below Freezing:

  • Thermal bib tights
  • Long sleeve wool or thermal base layer
  • Long sleeve jersey 
  • Thermal jacket
  • Winter or wool socks (1-2 pairs)
  • Thick shoe covers (1-2 covers)
  • Gloves (1-2 pairs), warm socks (think merino wool or synthetic, "just not cotton! It's rotten!" cotton takes FOREVER to dry and when wet, stays wet where wool or synthetic dry quicker and may be wet but still keep you warm.
  • Thermal beanie or cap
  • Balaclava to protect face
  • Think layers!

35 to 45° F: 

  • Thermal bib tights
    or
  • Thermal bibs with thermal knee or leg warmers
  • Long sleeve wool or thermal base layer
  • Long sleeve thermal jersey & wind-blocking vest
    or
  • Thermal jacket
  • Winter or wool socks
  • Headband and/or thermal cycling cap
  • Long gloves
  • Shoe covers or toe covers
  • Balaclava (neck gaiter)
  • Think layers!

46 to 60° F:

  • Bibs plus leg or knee warmers
  • Long sleeve jersey
    or
  • Short sleeve jersey with arm warmers
  • Short sleeve wicking base layer
  • Wind-blocking jacket or vest
  • Socks
  • Long or short gloves
  • Cap
  • Think layers!

61 to 75° F:

  • Bibs
  • Wicking short sleeve or sleeveless base layer
  • Short sleeve jersey
  • Summer gloves
  • Socks
  • If needed bring arm warmers, knee warmers, wind vest or rain jacket as extra layers/options

76° F +:

  • Bibs
  • Wicking short sleeve or sleeveless base layer
  • Short sleeve jersey
  • Summer gloves
  • Socks

Rain:

  • Wear: rain jacket, rain vest plus rain shoe covers
  • Use Vaseline on feet and legs to add extra protection for cold/rainy rides.
  • On cold & wet days a special rain jersey or jacket is super helpful. Check out the wet weather gear collection of our sponsor Pactimo 

Layers:

  • Dress yourself with different layers. You can always take off or put on a layer on if needed. That's the whole point with arm, knee and leg warmers.
  • It is a smart idea to bring on extra layer with you (wind jacket or vest, rain jacket or vest).
  • Weather can sometimes change quick or you may want to wear 1 extra layer for riding downhill.

Windchill factor:

  • Keep in mind, cycling exposes you to higher windchill factors compared to other activities like running or hiking for example.
  • Most importantly, protect your joints (knees!) so many cyclists make the mistake of riding around in just bibs because it's sunny, but still with the windchill weather feels below 60°F...the accumulative exposure over years leads to joint issues. Save those knees!
Happy riding!

ABOUT PATRICIA SCHWAGER

Patricia Schwager began cycling in 1998, racing as a junior. After racing on the domestic level and completing her Diploma as Pastry Chef, she got her first pro contract in 2006. 2015 will be here 10th year of professional racing. Patricia has a lot of experience racing in the European peloton. In 2013 she started working with Shawn Heidgen (Current ALP Cycles Coach) as her personal coach. In 2014 she changed her focus to racing in the US. Patricia is a 6 time national Swiss champion and has represented her home country, Switzerland, at the World Championships 12 times.

For 2015, Patricia will race for Team Tibco. Along with racing she’s looking to share and pass on her knowledge in her new role as an ALP Cycles Coach. Visit her online at http://patriciaschwager.com

About ALP Cycles Coaching

ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoaching.com

 




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