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Winter Cycling Clothing Guide + Video

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When the weather outside is frightful, you're going to need all the right kit to deal with it!

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Cycling in winter is a bit different to cycling in summer. Instead of battling against heat and the sun, the name of the game is staying warm and dry - after all, warm, dry cyclists may want to cycle further and for longer! Here are a few top bits of kit to stay comfortable when the weather turns.

Base layers and thermals

Altura Baselayer

A great hybrid bike for commuters is the Carrera Subway hybrid bike. One of our bestsellers, the Crossfire features a sturdy and light aluminium frame, rigid front forks, Clarks brakes for improved stopping and Shimano gears to make your commute a breeze. There's also space for a rear pannier frame to be added, so you can attach pannier bags for storing an extra pair of clothes or even a small laptop.

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Outer layers and jackets

Boardman Cycling Jackets

Just a base layer and jersey won't cut it when the wind and rain is driving into you on a particularly cold day, so a jacket is a great first line of defence against the cold and wet. You may want to consider a windproof jacket as well as a waterproof jacket, with our Boardman cycling jackets helping to reduce wind chill. Some also feature removable sleeves so you can cool down if the weather decides to warm up as you ride.

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High Visibility

Boardman Cycling Jackets

One key piece of clothing that all cyclists need in their wardrobe is a high visibility jacket or gilet. Cycling on roads at night or during bad weather can get dangerous, so giving other drivers the best possible chance of seeing you is critical. High visibility and reflective clothing uses special materials that reflect light from streetlamps and car headlights, making other road or path users aware of you.

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Hats & Gloves

Force Ultra Tech Winter Cycling Gloves

If it's particularly cold and rainy, then some additional heat-retainers may need to be called in. There's nothing worse than the wind turning your fingers to blocks of ice even on a mild winter day, so keep the cold out with a pair of Force Ultra Tech Winter Cycling Gloves. Waterproof, windproof and packed with insulating materials, you'll never need to worry about frozen fingers again!

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Sealskinz Waterproof Beanie Hat

We all know that a fair amount of heat is lost from your head, so deploy a Sealskinz Windproof Skull Cap, which fits perfectly under your helmet!

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Overshoes

SealSkinz Neoprene Overshoes

A good pair of socks and some cycling shoes will do a good job of keeping the wind out, but once they get a good soaking it could be game over. Prevent a soggy pair of socks and cold feet with a pair of bike overshoes, designed to keep your feet warm and dry.

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Now that you know the best bits of cycle clothing to keep you warm on cold days, you won't have any more excuses not to get out on your bike! If you need to try anything on for size or aren't sure which piece of winter clothing is best for your type of ride, remember you can always pop into your local Halfords store to try anything on for size or ask one of our cycling experts for further help and advice.