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Cold Weather Cycling

In cold weather layering is the way to go. Layering allows you to change the amount of insulation you need depending on how your cycling level and climate changes. Wearing too little has its obvious problems but if you ware to much, you will sweat to much and this makes for an uncomfortable ride and make you dangerously cold. Sweat is your enemy when conditions change and can lead to hypothermia.
In cold weather, you will need to use at least two of the following:
Wicking base layer - keeps sweat from getting trapped next to the skin, this layer helps perspiration evaporate when you're hot, and keeps you warm when you cool down so this layer should not lose it's insulating properties when wet. good materials are wool, polyester, polypropylene, fleece, and silk but allways avoid cotton
Insulating layer- often fleece, wool or other fluffy air filled materials, my favorite is Marino Wool.
Sheel- This layer should repel water and protect you from cold wind. outer shells should be ventilated in the back to allow cooling. Nylon, neoprene, plastic, and rubber are all good materials for this.
Never try to ride long distances without extra layers for emergencies such as mechanical or physical problems, your body temperature can drop very fast when you stop riding. always have a cell phone to get help when needed.
Keeping your core warm keeps your blood flow warm sending the warm blood to your extremities

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Preparing for a Century March 26, 2015 12:01 PM Walt M.
Cold Weather Cycling October 26, 2012 10:00 AM Walt M.
Nutrition for the ride March 21, 2012 10:04 AM Walt M.
cycling 101 March 3, 2012 9:01 PM Walt M.
Training February 21, 2012 7:59 PM Walt M.
Group Riding February 15, 2012 8:50 PM Walt M.
About Christian Cycling Del-Mar-Va July 10, 2012 6:44 PM Walt M.

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