What to Wear

Dressing to Ride A Bicycle in Cold or Wet Weather

  1. Dress in layers. Shed or add layers as needed.
  2. Wear or carry a thermal headband or helmet liner for extra warmth. It costs little, weighs little, and takes little space, but adds greatly to warmth.
  3. Wear clothes that wick moisture. Clothing made of cotton retains moisture with the result that you will feel the cold. It is best to wear a wicking base (underwear) as well as all other layers.
  4. Waterproof clothing, even if Breathable, will make you much warmer and more sweaty. Use it for protection in a cold rain or wet snow.
  5. Wear a windproof outer shell. Next to a headband, a wind shell is the least expensive and bulky way to add warmth.
  6. Wear bright-colored clothes and/or a reflective vest in order that others on the road can easily see you. In dark conditions, a reflective vest and reflective bands are much more visible than any color of ordinary clothing.
  7. Protect your hands. Cold hands make it difficult to operate brake levers and control your bicycle.
  8. If you have cold hands or feet, cover your head and neck! You lose the most heat from your head and neck. When your core body temperature gets too low, circulation decreases to the extremities in order to conserve blood for your brain and internal organs. This makes your hands and feet cold.