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    Rapha's Guide to Winter Riding

    Men's Guide to Winter Riding

    Read our guide for tips and tricks to riding through the season, and learn what to wear and how to wear it.

    06 December 2017

    If winter is the hardest time to ride, it’s also the most rewarding. Cold, crisp starts into low winter sun are worth getting out for, but challenging weather, short days and seasonal merriment can mean the bike is easily neglected. As the old adage goes, summer races are won in winter.

    The Winter Outfit

    Clothing choices are critical in the cruelest weather. Here’s our recommended outfit for winter riding – from top to toe.

    Brighten Up

    Eye-catching colours and reflective elements on our overshoes help you to be seen throughout the day, and protect your feet from the cold and wet.

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    Protect Your Eyes

    Wet roads and low sun mean sight can suffer. Peaked winter hats shade your eyes and keep ears warm, while clear lenses protect your sight in harsh conditions.

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    Layer Upon Layer

    Make the most of performance fabrics by combining layers in the cold. Double up on base layers for insulation, and swap thermal bibs and leg warmers for warmer tights.

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    Prepared For Anything

    Check the forecast before you step out. In winter, it’s always worth carrying an additional lightweight layer like a wind jacket or a race cape. In a sudden squall, it pays to be prepared.

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    Riding Tips

    Just because the conditions aren’t ideal, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ride.

    Wear oversocks to keep any wind chill off your feet – they’ll also keep your shoes clean.

    Wear a collar to protect your neck from wind and road spray.

    Days are darker than usual in the winter. Fit a set of lights to your bike and use them when you ride to help stay seen.

    Regulate your temperature before it’s too late. Layer up before you’re cold, and layer down before you’re hot.

    If hot drinks are a boon in autumn, they really come into their own in winter. Take tea when you ride, or add hot water to your energy powder.

    Mudguards make friends on bunch rides in winter. Fit a set and keep your feet and backside dry, as well as the faces of fellow riders.

    Principles For Riding In Winter

    Winter can bring the worst of the weather, but that shouldn’t keep us from riding. The right kit will keep you warm and dry, and the miles ticking by. Read our guides to get the best from the worst.

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