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Bend Area Cycling Enthusiasts (BACE) Message Board › How to dress for winter Fatbiking

How to dress for winter Fatbiking

Gary M.
user 67903162
Bend, OR
Post #: 3
It takes practice and special skills to dress for success on a Fatbike. Pedaling a 30lb bicycle on snow generates some serious body heat. However, your hands and feet are still susceptible to the cold and need protected to avoid frostbite.
You need Pogies! Also called Moose Mitts or Billwinkles. These are weatherproof handlebar covers. You can wear thin gloves inside the pogies as they provide most of the insulation and wind protection. In addition to keeping your hands warm, pogies provide a great place to store snacks.

Two keys to riding in frigid temperatures are using vapor barrier clothing and venting. While fatbiking in coldc temperatures, Gortex or other breathable fabrics simply cannot breathe fast enough for hard aerobic output. As a result a layer of ice will forms inside “breathable” jackets because the moisture cannot escape fast enough. This is big trouble on long rides.
A vapor barrier traps moisture against your body allowing it to warm up and stay warm similar to the way a wetsuit works. The vapor barrier also prevents the moisture from “wetting out” the insulating layers. Sweating through your socks, jacket or outer layer, leads to freezing on the next downhill because all your insulating layers are wet. The vapor barrier keeps your core or feet warm and insulation dry.
Venting your outer layers reduces overheating during hard efforts. Wearing pants with full side-zips and a jacket with large front pockets doubling as vents work nicely.

The following lists of clothing have been refined over the past several seasons of fatbiking. The basic pieces remain the same regardless of the temps.

10F to 30F Temps
Cycling Shorts
Long Sleeve base layer
softshell pants with full side-zip
hooded softshell jacket
Smartwool Ultralight Ski Sock (as a liner sock)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Hvy Crew sock
Insulated hiking boots one size larger
Thin wool beanie or Buff
light weight fleece gloves
mid weight fleece gloves
Sunglasses and ski goggles for if it get windy

-20F to 10F Temps
cycling Shorts
knee warmers
Long Sleeve base layer
arm warmers
vapor barrier vest
softshell pants with full side-zip
hooded softshell jacket
Smartwool Ultralight Ski Sock (as a liner sock)
vapor barrier sock (middle layer)
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Hvy Crew sock
Insulated hiking boots
fleece balaclava
Thin wool beanie
fleece mittens
Sunglasses or Goggles depending on the temp and wind
user 12716680
Bend, OR
Post #: 16
Thanks so much Gary for your expertise. Those of us new to fat biking are excited to join you this winter and will definitely be more prepared!
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