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Rapha's Guide to Riding in Winter - Men's

If winter is the hardest time to ride, it’s also the most rewarding. Cold, crisp starts into low sun are worth getting out for, but challenging weather, short days and seasonal merriment can mean the bike is easily neglected. Here’s our comprehensive guide to keeping the pedals turning right through winter.

17 November 2021

Traditional logic dictates that winter is the worst time to ride. But cold temperatures, wet weather and shorter days can all be overcome with the right mindset and the correct clothing. The focus in winter is on protection and insulation. Your extremities are particularly susceptible to the cold so we recommend wearing a winter hat or cap, insulating gloves and protective overshoes to help maintain body temperature for as long as possible.

For riding in low light, garments with reflective details help boost visibility in conjunction with bright front and back lights. And with rain showers never too far away, you should always carry a waterproof outer layer and check the forecast before you leave. If it’s too icy, stay at home. But otherwise, follow our key considerations below and enjoy the wonders of winter riding.

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES

In spite of colder temperatures and wet weather, enjoy winter riding with our three guiding principles to staying warm and dry in any weather.

WATERPROOFING

 

Winter weather tends to be wet. To help you shrug off the storms, we offer a range of GORE-TEX jackets as well as weather-protective bib tights and accessories, from gloves and hats to overshoes.

INSULATION

 

As the temperature falls, staying wrapped up becomes more important. Pick from our range of pioneering insulated jackets and gilets to lock body heat in on cold days.

VISIBILITY

 

Visibility is crucial all day at this time of year. Pick from our broad range of products with reflective detailing to make sure you stand out.

Cycling Jackets for Winter Riding

WHAT TO WEAR

Each of our collections is designed for a different kind of riding. Whether you’re looking to build a base for spring racing form or ride through your first winter, browse the outfits below for technical garments that are tailored to the season’s conditions.

OUR FULL WINTER RANGE

From waterproof jackets and weather-protective winter tights to the finer details of insulating overshoes, gloves and hats, our winter collections contain everything you need to embrace the elements on winter rides. Select one of the options below to find the perfect addition to your riding wardrobe.

Cycling Jerseys for Winter

WINTER JERSEYS

Everything from lightweight long sleeve jerseys to heavyweight woolen winter jerseys.

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Cycling Jackets for Winter

PACKABLE LAYERS

Browse our range of lightweight, packable jackets and gilets.

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Cycling Shorts Cycling Bib Shorts for Winter

BEST OF BIBS

Browse our world-leading range, including thermal bibs for cooler rides.

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Cycling accessories for Winter arm warmers leg warmers

WINTER ACCESSORIES

Keep out the elements and plug the gaps in your outfit with our versatile range of accessories.

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