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9 Winter Cycling Hacks | Your Tips To Beat The Cold On The Bike

9 Winter Cycling Hacks | Your Tips To Beat The Cold On The Bike

– Here in Britain, the
brutally cold weather system dubbed “The Beast from the East” is upon us, bringing us some of the coldest weather
conditions in 30 years. As you can see. But that begs the question,
should we ride out on our bikes? Well I have today, and just wondered the best ways to keep warm. In fact, we asked you that very question. So here are your tips, your hacks, and your advice on how to keep warm when the weather simply isn’t. (relaxed urban chill) Firstly, thanks very much
for getting in contact. We’ve been pretty overwhelmed
with the sheer number of you who got in touch to give
us your winter tips. Many of you quite wisely
suggested we either stay at home and jump on the turbo
trainer or go on Zwift, or get a roaring fire and a hot
drink and stick our feet up. Now, as wise as that bit of advice is, these tips are for those of you brave enough to venture
out into the deep cold. First up is this from ChickenLegs63; now it’s an oldie, but it’s a goodie. It is this one (paper crackles): get yourself a bit of newspaper to protect yourself from the
cold, especially the wind, either early in a ride, or, if
you’re at the top of a climb and just about to descend
down the other side. So, get your newspaper;
a little bit of a tip: rather than actually sticking
it up your jersey like this, so actually scrunch it up slightly, then unravel it, and you’ll
find it sticks to the skin and moulds itself to your body far better. So, like so … (paper rustling) (zipper zips) Old school protection
against the chill wind. And when you dispose of it, make sure you put it in your pocket or in the bin. Now next up is this little
nugget from I_Palindrome: get yourself a couple of these
little handy handwarmers; put them in the pocket that’s nearest to the small of your back,
and the close proximity to your spinal fluid and major arteries will help circulate that warmth, keeping your core and your back
warm, as well as your head. Right, next up we have
this from MatsTheFirst: cycling shoes; at the
bottom of your cycling shoes you have those little air vents. Now to protect yourself
and the bottom of your feet from that cold icy air, and remember, even if you’re wearing overshoes, generally the cleat is exposed so those bits will be exposed as well, simply get yourself a
bit of electrical tape and seal up those little holes, thus keeping the soles of
your feet toasty and warm. Next up is this from ViseGripMikeyis; he’s suggesting you repurpose an old sock, I’ve got one of mine here,
quite a natty stripey number, cut a hole in the bottom for the cleat … Okay, so a little neat hole there. Then once your shoe’s on, with
your other sock underneath, simply place this over the top like so. Needn’t be rushed; get
it all nice and neat so it’s not wrapped up … Over the top, cleats
nice and unobstructed. And then, the over-bootie
over the top, and that. Now that is toasty and warm,
and actually quite stylish too. Well next up is this from Geewoodaklake; it’s actually a double suggestion. The first of which is simply,
get some handwarmer pads … Stick them, oh they are
nice and toasty really, stick them inside your
gloves and away you go. Five or six hours of warm hands. And as a backup, get spare gloves, just in case they get a bit
damp, put them inside your bibs, keeping the gloves nice and toasty, and also your nipples too. Now all the way from
Canada, which, as we know, can get very, very cold indeed are these two tips from Dillon.Petrie. Now firstly, he’s suggesting that the second bidon on your
bike should be one like this, a thermal styled one so you can fill it with a hot drink of your choice to keep you warm on the
first part of your ride. And secondly, which is
another great, but simple tip, is to put your base layers,
your shoes, and your gloves on the radiator to get them nice and warm before you venture out
into the arctic cold. Going rather old school
again is this little tip from Shrodwrah, who simply
said, “Wear a balaclava.” So we’ve got one. Just don’t, whatever you
do, ride too near any banks. “Double up,” says Seb76402, by wearing a very thin pair of gloves
like silk-style gloves underneath your normal winter gloves, just trapping that extra layer of warm air without restricting the bloodflow. Cracking idea. (gloves rustling). Whew, toasty. Eat and wear? Check this from ClarkoPolo:
(packet crackling) (munches chip) (packet rustles) Remember this bag of crisps? Well they’ve already
provided you with some fuel, and next up, they’re
going to keep you warm. (bag crackles) (gear clicking) It’s a thin, like a ready-made tinfoil toast bag for your toes. Fwah, I’m absolutely freezing, so before I get back in the car and put the heater on full blast, I just want to thank all
of you who took the time for getting in contact with us; they were absolutely cracking tips. And I must admit, I’ve take a few onboard and now I’m a little bit
warmer than I was before. Now, for some more winter riding tips, how about clicking just down here for our “Seven Mistakes
for Riding in the Winter.” And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, to subscribe to GCN; it’s absolutely free, and you can do that by clicking on one of those icicles probably. It’s freezing. (waterfall rustles)

100 comments on “9 Winter Cycling Hacks | Your Tips To Beat The Cold On The Bike

  1. If your out and your hands are really cold. Stop at a petrol station and put on the free diesel plastic gloves under your gloves.

  2. Heated lithium Ion battery glove liners, from the warming I use the glove liners so I can wear them under other gloves.  I use extra large gloves over them.

  3. I would not recommend putting hot beverages in the water bottles, it will leach in the plastics from the bottles. After all the bottles are made by heating the material in a mold. Stainless steal is the best.

  4. Do like team 7-11 on Gavia in the Giro. Cover your entire body in vasoline!! And wear latex gloves under your gloves. Ride a fixed gear to keep pedaling. Never stop pedaling!!Killer workout, you’re forced to do intervals up and down hills and NEVER STOP PEDALING! Repeat the mantra!

  5. I do double gloves and two pairs of socks wrapped in tin foil with over shoes, and still my fingers and toes sting like mad after about 10 minutes on the bike so 2 hour rides are unbearable, also little man gets chill blades which is no fun.

  6. Hack No 10: Grow a beard and won't need a face mask.
    Bonus: if it's cold enough you look like a hardcore athlete with those icicles in it

  7. some of these do seem 2 be good ones, though I still won't be out until the roads are useable again (near me only one road was useable in a car before the snow started to drift)

  8. What clothing should I wear when I ride? I seem to always get too warm, then sweat, and eventually get cold.

  9. I like the chip bag, if you want a seamless cover wear a hoodie and with the hood on, mount your helmet over hood with slightly loosend straps. Keeps your ear meat from freezing solid if you dont have a balaclava. Hotpacks in your shoes and snowboarding gloves with heaters. Also wear snowboarding eyewear and a MTB helmet. If you want to ride on planet Hoth, break out your mountain bike to avoid injury. Nothing better than having the bike path to yourself because nobody else has the stones to ride in driving snow and all the warm spectators are thinking about your dedication (or stupidity)

  10. I live on "East" and have a bike ride in -20C near the sea (wet air feels much colder). All you realy need, is cover your skin, and take care of shoes and "sadlle zone". Wear full face mask, glasses with antifog spray. Build your costume on two basic layers – windproof and warm like sweater. Even in extremly cold condition good thermal underwear and windproof pants, jacket, gloves and shoes.would be enough.
    However, if you live in the Golfstream zone and -5C to much for you, better stay home.
    Also foil does not work in realy cold weather. Foil can protect you from the wind, but it will lose your body warm. if you decide to ride, it will be freeze very quickly. Paper would be better solution.

  11. All this tips are great but you should also tell people to cover their nose to stop cool air get into our lungs.

  12. I was about to go out the previous weekend, but I made the mistake of putting all my clothes on first and then getting the shoes and overshoes done. This got me so hot I had to take almost all of it off again. So do a base layer of clothing first, then get your shoes on and only then put on the next layers!

  13. It's not hard,just wear the right kit,for the right temperatures!
    Most companies do kit for summer (+18- +35),spring (+5 – +12 plus),winter (-8 – +5).
    You can also get booties,with Goretex.
    The problem come's when you can't get kit,in your size,to fit,in this country,although it
    is made by the company!
    I have to get the kit,direct from the company in Italy,or order it from the USA,etc!

  14. Feet: below 5° C not without heatpad below toes in the shoes,
    Hands: nothing better than lobster gloves, lower than -5 with thin silk gloves inside, even lower comes the heatpad inside

    I HATE winter btw… better suffering some heat

  15. I don't drive so biking is the only way I go back and forth to work, I live upstate New York, USA. I bike in all kinds of weather, snow, sleet, rain, and sun from 100 to -45 degrees Fahrenheit. That was the temp spread from 6 of june to december 31 of 2017. I ride a Raleigh mountain-bike m20…(new to biking and no clue what speeds it is.) But I have learned quite a bit in this last 6 months of biking back and forth to work every day! It is layers! thin layers, and a rain slicker outer layer for winter, not for snow or moisture but to block the wind, when its -5 with a wind chill of -25, and you are going 25 mph on your bike to work its really a windchill of -50. the activity keeps you more than warm enough, but only if the wind is not cutting through your clothing and hitting your skin. you have 5 minutes til you loose your skin to frost bite at -40. Clear untinted goggles, but again because you generate alot of heat even on your face it fogs up if you use sports glasses so i used construction glasses, so it had a little airflow around it to keep them from fogging. ride with tire pressure low for snow, snow tires suck, just saying don't waste the money. oh and wool gloves with plastic bags over them. don't want to loose the pinky! Stop riding for a minute or two if you have to to catch your breath, the cold restricts blood flow by shrinking the blood vessels arteries and veins.

  16. Question: Is this still GCN? I have the feeling it change a bit to GBCN ("Great Britain Cycling Network") …

  17. For taller riders whose jersey sleeve pull up short, use terry cloth wristbands to fill the gap. One can even add chemical hand warmers on the underside of the wrist to warm the blood flow to the fingers.

  18. I put tinfoil under my insoles and tape the vents on the soles closed. Works fantastic, however pro tip; don't forget to remove them when cycling in the UAE. 50°c spin with shoes full to the rim with sweat.

  19. What i want to know, is have to keep your gentleman parts warm. I ride in norway on the west coast and its crazy windy here. Heated socks and heat pads in my gloves keep my hands and feet warm. But my downstairs area feels like its fallen off after some rides 🙁

  20. If you accidentally start riding on ice, don't stop too hard, but rather tap lightly on the rear brake and slow down gently.

  21. Cold isn't an issue here tbh, you can always dress warmer.
    Ice is – when your commuting bike has 23 slicks and no ability to take wider tyres with thread/spikes it is really a lottery. Maybe not so much on the road but certainly on any pavements and cycling paths which I take while commuting. Its especially dangerous when coming back home after its dark.

  22. I carry a foil emergency survival blanket in case I have a mechanical failure or crash so bad I can't ride home and need to wait for help in the freezing cold!
    Also if you keep rides short and intense (hour n a half or so) you get a nice glow on and home before you get tired and cold.
    And the Specialized winter elite jacket is a fantastic bit of kit 🙂

  23. Something that might be of interest to you cyclist to keep you safe from bad drivers

  24. quality baselayer, mesh shirt below baselayer, unpadded cycling pants above padded ones(may add wool tights between them, non cycling boots that are a bit too large with thick wool sock and flats

  25. Just a triathlete getting into my first winter training ever dont have any cycling gear other then a jersey and shorts what gearshould I buy?

  26. Ditch your water bottles and wear a Camelback with warm water in it. The pack alone traps heat from escaping from your back and protects it from the flow of wind. It gives me the equivalent of wearing an extra short-sleeved jersey under my jacket. Did it this morning in Wisconsin at 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When it gets down to 20 or lower my riding buddies and I have a saying, "Time for a third sock." And not for the feet!

  27. Gloves without fingers, mountainclimbing shoes instead og bikingshoes, a mask over the face to keep the nose warm and it also heats the air to breath, knee warmers under the pants, and a mountainbike, because roadbikes do not work on snow and in the skitreks (to narrow tires). That is what I use in winter (in Norway).

  28. Adding layers is the key point. Merino wool layer is good and keeps you warm and it can be inner most layer. But for example in Finland that is not enough when there is really cold. Also you should try to reflect the heat back to inside instead of letting it flow out. Thin foil was mentioned, but I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to use aluminum tape to build socks. This can protect you toes.

    Fingers are next. I don't have a killer solution, but I have worked with merino wool gloves as an inner most layer and then lobster gloves as an out most layer. It has not been enough in coldest conditions, but maybe I should try nitrile or silk as second layer. Maybe silk should be inner most, but nitrile second layer?

    Legs are moving all the time, so they don't need that many layers. Instead upper body needs more layers. I have noticed that when upper body is warm enough, your hands and fingers are warmer too. I don't have a balaclava, but I have heard that it is a good solution. Instead I have used Buff scarves, one or two, and also merino woolly hat. Eyes are in your head and needs protection too. I don't have prescription glasses anymore, so I have to use cycling glasses to protect my eyes. There is available heated glasses on the market, but they are not cheap.

    One more thing. Last winter I used my new bike which has hole in the saddle. My ass froze 😐 Ass solution was to add passive ass warmer layer on the saddle. The solution contains some kind of gel and it insulates.

  29. Clothes are important but the bike is even more important! On the shittiest days I just take my plusbike, on average winter days a cx or gravel style bike is the best. Road cycling is great but definitely not in the winter.

  30. My problem is cold toes. Eventually my fingers warm up in my thick gloves, but my toes stay cold. here in Idaho Falls, Idaho, I'm pedaling around in 15 F (- 9 C) with 50 mph (81 kph) winter winds whipping in from the north. I'm in a rotovelo velomobile, and even protected from freezing rain and snow or hail, my toes end up cold. Two pairs of socks help out a bit but if you have other advice I'd like to hear it please.

  31. once I'm out I find not stopping is key, winter tyres and slime tubes to minimise puntures. avoid really hilly terrain, sweaty inclines and baltic declines!

  32. Living in a cold climate, I've learned to replace the insoles in my shoes with a wool insole, and you can play with wearing wool socks as well. (obviously there are several different temperature ratings and thicknesses) Also, do not use gloves, I use split finger gloves or where two fingers fit in each finger slot.

  33. This time of year the carbon bike / carbon wheels stay in the basement and out comes the steel beater. British winter looks like US fall.

  34. Hop on a Mountain Bike! No wind in the woods, slower speeds, body warms up quick and stays warm. Road riding in the winter outdoors is dangerous and sweat gets cold. So for me, its MTB or Zwift!

  35. I live 50k north of Toronto and all I do is wear my winter clothes. Layers and boots and windproof jacket. I ride every day to the outdoor rink. Cold….psha. Yea for Canada.

  36. 1 – Short bottles in jersey pockets. (Long bottles freeze faster). Two pairs of socks in the shoe then cut wool socks over the shoes with a toe warmer outside the shoe, under the wool sock, then shoe cover. Good for -15C. Rode 128km gravel / trail in -11C to -6C degree temps today and was nice and toasty.

  37. One really cheap way to warmer feet and legs is to buy some cheap women's tights and wear them under your cycling gear. The extra layer makes a world of difference and they cost a couple of quid. You will get looked at a bit funny buying them though.

  38. Louis garneau, A brand from Quebec makes great winter cycling gear that'l keep you warm in Canadian winters so i guess they will do the job anywhere

  39. Love your videos, GCN is one of my favorite channels. I'm from Medcicne Hat Alberta, in Canada and yes the winters out here can get very cold i did some rides in -36°c the only thing that i had a problem with is my toes but the crisp bag is a good idea, i will give it a try next time i ride. 😊

  40. Living in South Dakota, USA, these tips are hilarious. If I dressed like this in January I’d have frost bite.

  41. If it looks stupid but works, it ain't stupid.
    A few of these look very stupid, so let's hope they really work.

  42. My Odlo thin cloves and Ziener windstoppers (so double gloves) can take any dry cold condition in comfort.

  43. Did anyone mention pantyhose under your outers? It worked for us in the arctic.
    It also made our girlfriends laugh when we asked for them.


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