As the autumn of October comes to an end, the leaves are falling, the weather is gradually getting colder, and the international cycling events will come to an end temporarily. The riders began to enter the winter break. After half a year of sweating, they could finally stop and adjust slightly to enjoy life outside the race. But for athletes or enthusiasts who are seeking results, rest is short-lived. In their hearts, the winter break has another meaning-the winter training period.
The training purpose of the winter training period is different from the high intensity during the season. It is mainly low intensity and long endurance, plus equipment strength training. So in winter, the biggest roadblocker riding is no doubt the severe cold weather. How to keep your body from being affected by low temperatures outdoors is very critical. Especially in cycling training, because of the high speed, riders are facing a more severe test brought by the icy cold wind. How to keep wind and keep warm has become a problem that everyone needs to face.
Next, based on my many years of winter riding experience, I will explain to you how to use the cheapest price in cold weather and choose the most suitable riding equipment to help you safely ride bicycles in the cold winter training.
Clothes matching principle: front windproof, rear breathable, sweat perspiration from inside to outside — keep warm — windproof “three-layer dress method”
1. Perspiration underwear
Although the weather is cold, due to the tighter cover, the human body will sweat even during low-intensity cycling (sweating varies from person to person). Especially when you stop and rest in the middle of a ride, the wet body will take away a lot of heat from the body. It is definitely the wisest thing to choose a underwear that has good perspiration performance.
2. Fleece thermal underwear
As an intermediate layer, fleece thermal underwear needs to have good breathability while helping the body to resist low temperature and retain the heat energy emitted by the body to keep warm. But in reality, some riders often encounter cold conditions when they put on the warm layer. At this time, Xiaobian advises you: Wear two if one is not enough! One is thicker and the other is thinner.
3. Windproof fleece cycling jacket
The jacket is at the core of the overall warming system. The performance of the jacket determines your riding experience in cold weather. So choosing a good windproof fleece jacket is very important. The windproof effect is good, and it can effectively resist the intrusion of cold wind. The quality of the fleece layer determines the warming effect. At the same time, taking into account the drainage of moisture from the back and armpits, a qualified winter cycling jacket should have a better sweat-wicking design in these two places.
The windproof vest plays an auxiliary windproof role in the entire thermal insulation system, and is generally used when grading. Therefore, its design characteristics should be the same as that of the jacket, with sweat-wicking design on the back and sides.
5. Windproof fleece riding pants
Because the area of the legs is small, this part of the body does not generate excessive sweat during cycling, so it is not necessary to consider the sweat performance of the cycling pants too much. However, considering the fragile part of the “knee”, the windproof and warm performance of cycling pants is particularly important. At the same time, in the choice and design of the fabric, it is necessary to fully consider the flexibility and reduce the discomfort during riding.
6. Fleece warm underwear (long)
If you find that wearing only one pair of pants is still cold during the ride, then you can consider adding another fleece trousers inside. Its function is consistent with the fleece underwear, which will not be repeated here. Fleece panties should have good stretchability while being fitted, so as not to cause uncomfortable reactions to the knees, especially in the case of wearing two pants, the stretchability of the fabric determines the comfort of your lower limbs during riding.
1. Ear protection cap
The dense cooling holes on the helmet make your head exposed to the cold air in the winter and are severely damaged by the cold wind. Therefore, an earmuff is an indispensable item when riding in winter. Riding ear caps can protect your head while covering your ears. In order not to affect the wearing of the helmet, the earmuffs should not be too heavy, so it is not recommended to use the usual warm hats instead.
2. Fleece shoe cover
For riders who do n’t lock or ride, how to ride shoes in winter is a headache. In fact, many people don’t know that there are special lock shoes for winter fleece cycling shoe covers. Needless to say, the effect of warmth is awesome! After you put it on, say goodbye to winter with your feet! What kind of buy? Editor’s advice: The thicker the better! The thicker the better! The thicker the better! The important thing is said three times.
In the choice of gloves, Xiaobian felt that the current products on the market have exaggerated the effect of wind protection and neglected the effect of keeping warm. So when wearing so-called “autumn and winter windproof gloves” in winter, you sometimes feel like you are wearing nothing on your hands. Therefore, when choosing gloves, you have to consider both wind protection and warmth. (There is a windproof layer made of plastic bag in the middle of the gloves of Xiaobian. The windproof and warming effect is really powerful.)
A water cup with good thermal insulation effect, a pot of hot water, stuffed in the back pocket when riding, believe me, you will feel very happy.
5.Magic turban / bib
We also face another problem that cannot be ignored during cycling in the winter-breathing. Inhalation of cold air into the airways can cause discomfort, and the use of masks can interfere with normal breathing. At this time, a magic turban / bib can help you a lot. Fold it in two layers around your neck and pull it to your nose. This can not only form an extra layer of warmth around the neck, but also retain some exhaled heat.
Finally, in the winter, I suggest that you should not try to climb too steep peaks. You may feel refreshing when climbing, but the subsequent grading will hit all your enthusiasm to the bottom of the valley and be cool. If you find that the innermost layer is soaked after climbing the slope, it is best to bring a dry sweat-wicking underwear in advance. Otherwise dragging the wet body down the slope … the consequences are unimaginable.