If you enjoy netflix and indoor trainers read no further. If you have more than a few years riding experience read no further. If this is your first winter riding and you live in southern Arizona (or a similar climate) read on.
With winter comes morning temps hovering in the 30s which can climb into the mid 60s-mid 70s by rides end. Not enough clothing can make for a frigid start, too much clothing will leave overheated by rides finish.
So, here is a list of gear to get you through our winter months.
Winter means the sun comes up later and sets earlier. If you ride before or after work safety should be a concern. A good headlight/tail light will increase your visibility and allow you to see and be seen. Cycling lights range from basic lights to “light up a football field bright” with prices ranging from $20 to $400+. Choose one that is appropriate for your needs.
Along with your favorite jersey and bike shorts/bibs…
Arm and knee warmers will keep your arms toasty and then are easily removed and stored in your jersey pocket as the sun warms you up.
A cycling vest will protect you from the chill and wind.
Toe/shoe covers will keep your feet warm. Toe warmers are usually all that is needed however on colder days full covers may be needed
Gloves are a must to keep your fingers from freezing. On milder mornings I use an inexpensive pair of knit “runners” gloves. For colder days a full fingered winter cycling glove is a must. I like my Garneau convertible gloves.
A light to mid weight cycling jacket that is waterproof and breathable is good for colder morning rides or that descent of Mt Lemmon.
A skullcap or thin beanie will keep your head/ears warm. At a minumum a ear band is needed.
And finally a base layer will help to pull moisture away from your body to keep you warmer.
Many of these items can be used to keep you warm during your runs also!
So, get out there and enjoy outdoor riding during our mild winter months!
I was supplied with one of 2XU’s new men’s Compression Trisuits by my awesome sponsor, TriSports.com to race in at the Tucson Triathlon last weekend. I received the suit on the morning of the race. I am 5’7 155lbs and the suit was a size medium. Upon first trying it on the fit was extremely good. The suit is tight-fitting and the shoulders are wide. The front has a 9 inch zipper and the back has one small pocket on the lower back area perfectly sized for a gel or two. The suit is available in 3 color’s…black, blue/gray and white/gray (tested).
The tight fit of the suit made it swim well. No billowing or water intake was noticed during the swim or when doing flip turns. This is not a speed suit and is meant to be worn for the entire race. When wet the white suit did not become see-through as many do.
Once on the bike the suit dried quickly. The Elite LD chamois was comfortable without being bulky. The grippers did their job and kept the legs in place.
Out on the run the suit remained comfortable. Race day was hot and the suit breathed well and wicked sweat.
Overall a great fitting trisuit that can be worn from start to finish, keeps you cool and dry and is comfortable in the water, on the bike and during the run for all race distances.