Just when we thought it was time to get those base miles done in Vancouver after #snowmageddon2017 it has returned to spoil it once again. Zwifting is at an all time high and people are jetting off to warm climates to train. For the rest of us we just have to bare down and wrap up. Here is a guide to picking the right kind of gear to keep you warm, dry and comfortable.
Dry Cold Conditions:
The ground is dry but the wind is sharp and cold. What kind of kit do you wear? You want something to keep you warm but regulate your temperature. Start from the ground up. Warm Merino wool socks will keep you toasty inside your shoes. Cover up any vents in your shoes with tape or tin foil. A good Bootie will stop most wind and water.
Next up would be a good warm Thermal Tight. Bibs do the best job as they come all the way up to shoulders to keep you sealed off from the elements. A good base layer under that works a treat. Add a long sleeved jersey with some level of wind protection or a light vest/jacket system.
Gloves and a cap will finish off the package. Windproof with some insulation will make it easier to use the gears and brakes. Finally a pair of glasses with the right lenses for the conditions will stop eyes watering and keep road grime out.
Cold Wet Conditions:
When its wet the game changes a lot. Think about how long you will be riding. There is nothing worse than wet feet, butt and hands on a long ride. Lets start with the most important part of riding in a group. FENDERS!!!!!!!!! Don’t be that rider who turns up for a group ride with insufficient fenders. All the other people in the group have gone to the trouble to cover up the attack from over spray. Think fender extensions front and rear. Remember the spray that will come off the front wheel and soak the person in front of you in the group. Nothing worse than a wet chamois. We will just leave this diagram below for reference……
We stock fenders from SKS, Giant, Evo and Axiom. We also have these great new Steed Cycles Fender extensions. Get them or your friends will disown you.
The kit to wear uses most of what is listed above to keep the cold out but you now have to think of the wet driving rain. Waterproof Booties will save your life. So will waterproof gloves. Spend the money on these items as you will have them for years.
On the outer layer go with the best jacket you can afford. As I mentioned it will last for years. Think of brands that use breathable materials like Gore Tex Active or Pro Shell and Polertec Neoshell. Both would offer complete waterproof membranes. Brands like Sugoi, Gore Bike Wear and 7Mesh offer amazing products made for Vancouver conditions.
Last but not least lets think about visibility on the road. Reflective decals on fenders and frames will bring attention to you on darker days. Add a set of good lights to run in the daytime and dark mornings. Remember if you are riding in a group leave the rear light on constant so you don’t annoy the rest of the riders. Lezyne offer a Strip Drive light that comes as a 25 lumens Night light or 100 Lumen Day light.
You have no excuses now. Get into Steed Cycles so our friendly staff can help you get equipped for the season. We will help you get ready for the Spring Series, Ride Club, Gran Fondo’s or Ride to Conquer Cancer. Also avail of our Service promotion running now until Feb 15th.