As the honorary team vegan I sometimes get a little jealous of some of the treats that I see my friends and teammates eating. Most of all, I am envious of anyone who can eat Nutella. I’ve never had Nutella as it is made with milk but from what I hear, it’s pretty dang amazing.
Dressing for the Winter
Living in a cool and wet climate and being a cyclist don’t always mix. After 6 years of spending nearly my entire winter training in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve finally found what works and what doesn’t when it comes to dressing for the weather.
In Seattle, from November to March we tend to run into three types of weather; cold and wet, cold and dry, and not so cold and wet. Finding the balance between being comfortable and warm without overheating or freezing can be a challenging balancing act for even the most experienced Pacific Northwest cyclist. This post will share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years regarding clothing choices and hopefully encourage more people to brave the elements this winter.
Cold and Wet
Although we’ve had some mild winters in recent history, it’s not uncommon for my rides to be in 40 degrees and rain. After years of trial and error, I have really nailed down the clothing choices that work for me.
Wool cycling cap with a small brim
Cycling glasses with rose or yellow lens
I love neck buffs, they’re just one more barrier between you and the elements and can easily be pulled up over the nose and mouth in really cold conditions or when you get stuck on a grimy and gritty road.Thin wool 1/4 zip long underwear
Fleece long sleeve jersey
Heavy Neoprene Gloves
Fleece leg warmers
Neoprene shoe covers
Cold and Dry
Crewneck wool baselayer
Traditional cycling cap
Thin sleeveless baselayer
Short sleeve jersey
Fleece arm warmersArm warmers are so nice in these conditions because they can be pulled above the wrist for additional cooling or shed all together if conditions change or warm up.
I like a thin wind vest to just add one extra layer of protection against the wet and wind without overheating me. Also, since I still go out in my wind/rain jacket in these conditions, should I start to overheat, the wind vest gives me options of small layers to shed to be able to keep warm.
Thinned-out neoprene glove
Other Tips and Tricks