While I have chosen the non-conformist way of cycling that includes shunning cycling clothes in favor of all round functional apparel here’s a low down on cold weather cycling jerseys and how they’re made to help for cycling in foul weather.
Above: Might not look like it but there was near
typhoon conditions off the coast of Cyprus – the day’s weather made
the news that day – and it was freezing. Couldn’t find anyone to take a picture!
What worked for me that day was layering: thin thermal on the skin, T shirt, thick sweater hoodie and commercial sleeveless windbreaker – and thick cotton shorts with cycling padded shorts underneath. Two Buffs rotated as neck scarf, head warmer and face mask when going upwind. I was warm as toast – most of the time.
What also worked that day.
PsyChill Mix 2 by Amarel
When a person who goes on a bike tour dresses for weather conditions that are not likely to change in the course of a single day, it is not to difficult to choose proper clothes, but what would happen if you were on a more extended cycling expedition?
Then, you should definitely know something about the way layered cycling jerseys help you protect the body in both cold and hot weather.
With the modern technological advantages, bikers no longer have to wear too thick clothes that hinder movement and cause discomfort. Made of very soft and light fabric, cycling jerseys ensure a good air flow that leads to the elimination of moisture.
Experts in the field claim that the cycling jerseys that are worn directly on the skin absorb sweat and spread it evenly on their entire surface; unlike some other materials that accumulate and retain humidity, the synthetic compounds of modern tops allow immediate evaporation.
For the base layering, short sleeved cycling jerseys are highly recommended, with easy to use zippers and anatomic shapes.
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A bit further down the road near the Pafos Fort – and of course there’s the Ghost!
I LIKE that bike.
Wool cycling jerseys used to be worn in the past as part of the mid-thermal layer, the one responsible for the preservation of the body warmth. Fleece materials have assumed this role in recent years as they don’t allow any exchange from the exterior to the interior.
I always stumble onto St. Anthony – the saint of all things lost.
On windy cold weather, thermal jackets are used as the outward protection layer; this is the one that comes over regular cycling jerseys, this layer usually includes wind stopping materials such as goretex or its older variant G-tex.
Cycling jerseys are responsible for the body protection of both torso and arms; therefore it is extremely important that you feel very comfortable in such apparel items. Make sure that you always buy the right size prevent hinder motion easiness.
Though you may be inclined to use a multipurpose isolating jacket for a bike ride, you may be disappointed by the results since they cannot match normal cycling jerseys.
The main problems lies not in the material quality or design, but in the size, since most such casual wear jackets are overbuilt for biking.
Furthermore, cycling jackets also include reflecting items for safe bike riding in the evening or on foggy weather, which represent significant details that you’d miss when using a normal outfit.
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Have a look over the cycling apparel catalogs to make up your mind about which clothes to use in both cold and hot weather; most such promotional materials will also provide useful information on price and product features.
The inevitable selfie since there was no-one around to take a picture – but then finally a hardy soul appears behind me as the weather warmed that afternoon!