6 essential items for winter cycling

winter cycling essentials

Brrr, it’s getting cold outside!

The darker and colder it gets, the more we need to start thinking about the equipment we need to still feel comfortable while being outside in the lousy British weather.

Or at least, as comfortable as you can while cycling up a never ending hill.

I’ve been having a browse online and I’ve come up with 6 clothing and accessory essentials for cycling in the winter.

winter cycling essentials

1. Bike Lights.

It’s starting to get dark just after 4pm now – which doesn’t leave a lot of time for those afternoon rides.

If your one for longer bike rides, you don’t want to risk the chance of a ride taking longer than expected and not getting back before the sun goes down.

Not just for the dark – but when the grey clouds refuse to budge, you might want to make yourself extra visible to other vehicles and pedestrians.

2. A Jacket.

Waterproof, windproof, thermal, extra pockets – there are so many cycling jackets on the market and you don’t have to pay a fortune for them.

I personally prefer waterproof ones with a pocket to keep my phone dry and ones that have reflectors on.

3. A Large Saddle Bag.

You can get saddle bags in different sizes, unless you’re a professional cyclist, you’re probably not going to be overly bothered about carrying an extra few pounds on the back of your bike.

I upgraded to a larger saddlebag pretty much straight away so I could fit extra snacks and money in. Never know if you’re going to get stranded. Saddlebags are also handy for storing any extra layers.

4. Arm Warmers.

Arm warmers are fantastic. It stops that whole fear I have of being too cold when I first set out and then being too warm when I’ve been out for a while. You can easily remove them and put them in your saddle bag or jersey pocket.

5. Toe Covers.

Use toe covers or overshoes to keep your feet dry and protected from the wind, there’s nothing worse than cold, wet feet. My feet go blue and numb so easily, so keeping them covered is the best way of making sure I’m still comfortable.

6. Leg warmers.

As with arm warmers – leg warmers can make left so much easier when it’s cold. Either as an extra layer over long pants, or a single layer with shorts.

Don’t forget to stay warm this winter – what are your winter essentials?




  1. November 1, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    such good list of essentials my favourite is leg warmers for cycling!

  2. November 1, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    A good jacket is everything in the winter! You need to keep warm and dry!

  3. November 1, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I haven’t been on a bike in years but I do like all this sports gear. Love the jacket.

  4. November 1, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    As soon as I read the first line I was thinking… reflectors. I’m so glad you prefer jackets with reflectors! 🙂

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