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The guide for cycling clothes in winter: Layering is the solution!


Winter is here, the new year is approaching and slowly it has become cold and clammy on our favorite slopes and trails. But we cyclists are by no means willing to send our bikes into hibernation, but would like to defy the adverse weather conditions. 

As grandma used to say: There is no bad weather, there is only bad clothing. Because with the right layering look we can pursue our passion in wind and weather without restrictions. 


Depending on individual preferences, the individual layers can be configured so that there are no limits to your performance or comfort. Below we explain how to dress best for your next outdoor adventure :


3 Things for Winter

First of all, let's get to the basics of layering: Just three layers are sufficient for almost all tours and projects. The base layer, which keeps you dry, the middle layer, which keeps you warm and the top layer, which protects you from rain and wind. Ideally, you should pack the entire Holy Trinity for your trip, because depending on the weather and temperature changes, you can easily take off individual layers or put them back on. Better hot&safe than cold&sorry!



The goal of this first layer is to absorb sweat from your skin and transfer it outside for evaporation, so you feel warm and dry. Textiles made of merino wool or propylene fibers are particularly well suited for this purpose, since both of them are thermo-insulating and absorb liquid very well. The base layer is your second skin when cycling, so look for functional shirts that are also comfortable and skin-friendly for the best riding experience.



Middle layers should also transport sweat further away from your skin, but most importantly keep you as warm as possible. Fleece shirts or jackets, or fabrics with a brushed interior, create a small air space between the first two layers, ensuring that your body heat is trapped while moisture is transferred. A mix of synthetic, durable fabrics on the outside and merino fibers on the inside are great for this. Yes, merino wool is our hero for this article.



If you made a good choice with the first two layers, you should now only need a third and final layer to keep you rocking your bike in wind and weather. This cherry-on-top can be a jacket or vest, but should definitely be robust and water-repellent. Ideally, this is also breathable, sweat can get out, while rain and wind are kept away and you can stay thoroughly dry.


We at buycycle now wish you good luck with your layer scouting and lots of fun on your trips: The weather can no longer stop you!






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The buycycle guide for cycling clothes in winter: Layering is the solution for the cold season!

In this ultimate guide for winter cyclists and bike riders, find out how to dress best for the cold and the rain using the layering technique look. From clothing to textiles, you'll learn everything you need to know to stay warm on your bike.

Winter can be a daunting task for many cyclists, as the cold temperatures and strong winds can make even the most dedicated cyclists uncomfortable. With the right cycling jacket, good pants, and accessories, cruising on a bike in any weather during the winter can be a little easier to manage and more fun. Dressing for biking in the winter is an important issue! It should keep you warm, dry and fit, because with the perfect bike clothing, there are no limits to your adventures when cycling in winter.

Bicycle clothing in winter
Riding your bike in winter can be a fun and rewarding experience, but only if you are dressed appropriately for the weather. After all, your favorite mode of transportation isn't always ideal for rides in the winter season, as it sometimes doesn't stand up well to conditions like rain and snow. In this blog post, we will give you tips on what to wear when cycling in the winter, be that jackets or cycling pants and what should be your ideal equipment of accessories on the bike, so you can enjoy your ride on the bike without feeling uncomfortable. 
Layers on the bike are key in winter. We will explain the benefits of layered clothing and give recommendations for different textiles and materials. We'll also mention other accessories that can keep you warm while touring on your bike, such as hats, gloves and scarves. So read on to learn how you should dress for winter cycling!

The benefits of layering your cycling clothes in winter 
Multi-layered cycling clothing in the winter has numerous benefits that can make all the difference when jetting on your bike. Layers are important because they create a barrier between your skin and the cold air, keeping you warm and insulated. It also allows you to adjust your clothing ideally to changing weather conditions and temperature fluctuations throughout the day with the omission or reapplication of layers. Perfect for cycling in the winter or cold seasons!

How to layer your clothes when cycling in winter
Most people know that the key to protecting themselves from cold days is layering. However, what they may not know is how the system works. In this blog post, we'll explain how layered clothing works and give tips on what type of clothing you should generally wear to feel a little more comfortable while riding your bike in the winter. So your adventure can start soon!
The most important basics for your winter cycling jersey: the onion principle applies!
The three layers in cycling clothing are:
1) The baselayer - This lies against the skin and absorbs moisture. It should be made of a material that wicks away sweat and moisture, such as wool or polypropylene.
2) The Midlayer - This layer lays against the baselayer and keeps you warm by trapping body heat. It should be made of a material such as fleece or down.
3) The Toplayer - This layer usually protects you from wind and rain and should be made of a water repellent or waterproof material like Gore-Tex or nylon.

When it comes to cycling clothing, it is also important to make sure you have the right cycling pants and shoes on your cycling trips: Rain pants will protect you in wet conditions, while water-resistant overshoes can also be beneficial. Bib shorts can be particularly practical, while other cycling jersey shorts have built-in seat pads for increased comfort. These also come in cool unisex colors that can increase your visibility.
Overshoes, such as those from Schöffel, keep your actual shoes warm and dry. Especially if you drive on a Gravel Bike through dirt and water, overshoes are a good idea to stay clean on your tour with the MTB, road bike from Vaude or Gravel Bike. Here, however, you have to watch out that the grip on the pedals is well maintained.

The baselayer: transports sweat and moisture away from the skin
The baselayer is the first layer of cycling clothing that comes into contact with your skin. Its main purpose is to wick sweat and moisture away from your skin so that you stay dry and comfortable on the bike.The best materials for a baselayer are wool or polypropylene, as they wick sweat and moisture well. You can find these at vaude and assos. It should also be made of a lightweight material so it doesn't add weight or weigh you down.

Baselayer: merino or synthetic fiber?
Winter cycling clothing that contains merino wool can be good, as there can sometimes be significant temperature changes due to the sweaty ascent followed by a cooling descent. In such situations, wool combines with synthetic materials that retain heat while not abruptly reducing the temperature due to cold influences. As a substitute for merino, synthetic fibers in undergarments are ideal for winter cycling, such as mountain biking. The material cools down faster overall in windy conditions.

Merino wool as a good choice
Merino wool is one of the most popular and effective materials for base layers of cycling clothing in winter. Merino wool is a natural, soft and breathable material that is ideal for functional underwear on the bike in winter. It has excellent moisture management properties and keeps you dry, warm and comfortable while riding and prevents chilling.
The fibers of merino wool are also very fine and soft. Merino wool is also suitable on the bike for a fine pants under the rain pants, as a material for soft jackets or a jersey. The base layer is extremely important when riding a bike in the fall and winter. The goal is to keep you warm, dry and comfortable while cycling in the cold. 
One more thing about the first layer of fall and winter cycling clothing: This, of course, includes underwear. Under the pants, it is important to wear warm, breathable underwear to make a pleasant tour at any cost, even on the lower body. Schöffel has good items.

The Middle Layer: Insulates Body Heat and Provides Protection from the Cold
The middle layer of clothing in winter is an important part of the clothing system, as it helps to keep the body warm and insulated. This layer attaches to the base layer and creates a barrier between your skin and the cold outside air. This creates an air space that retains heat close to your body, keeping you warm and comfortable in all seasons, even when wet. Here, a jacket made of softshell from vaude is suitable for any weather on the bike to make your bike a little cozier.

The ideal midlayer material:
There are several factors to consider when choosing a mid layer jersey, such as insulation capabilities and moisture management. The best fabrics for a midlayer are fleece, wool and synthetic. A long sleeve jersey will keep you extra warm, while rough textures are an option that can provide good insulation and comfort while cycling in cold temperatures. A softshell jacket from Schöffel as a mid layer is also a good choice, so that winter commuting back from work or jetting down your favorite trail is fun above all else.

The top layer: keeps out wind, rain and snow
The top layer, the jacket, is an essential part of the winter cycling clothing system for weather protection for a reason. The jacket should keep out wind, rain and snow and should be made of a water repellent or waterproof material. A wind stopper should also provide breathability to allow sweat to escape and not build up while repelling rain and wind.

Materials for the top layer
Examples of popular materials for rain jackets, wind jackets or XXL winter jackets are Gore-Tex and nylon due to their excellent waterproof and windproof properties. Gore-Tex is a patented waterproof and breathable material made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene. So Gore Wear made from Gore-Tex Infinium provides extra protection on cold days.

Pay attention to the seams
When choosing a rain jacket for winter, it is important to check the seams of the garment. This is because the seams are where the most water can penetrate. If the seams are not properly sealed, the water-repellent properties of the material will be compromised. Seams that are not sealed can easily let moisture through in bad weather and cause you to get wet in winter after all! Then biking usually no longer gives so much pleasure.

Wind protection is important
We cyclists love the wind in our faces, but when it comes to the top garment, the most important thing here is wind protection. If you're cycling in windy weather, it's important to choose garments that will protect you from the elements. Wind chill is an important factor when it comes to temperature, and the difference between being comfortable and extremely uncomfortable can be just one layer of clothing. When wind hits your body, the moisture on your skin evaporates. 
Also important in the jacket and the top layer of cycling clothes for winter: Bright colors, even on your pants, so you stay visible on the bike. Safe on the bike, that's your motto!

Accessories that will keep you warm while cycling
Want even more tips? When it comes to winter cycling clothing, there are many additional accessories that can keep you warm on the road. In addition to a jacket, a good pair of cycling gloves is essential on the bike to keep your hands warm and protected from chilly winds.Look for winter gloves that are insulating and waterproof while being breathable to prevent sweating.Safety and warmth!
On the bike in winter, it's also important to keep your head warm and protected, as it can be exposed to extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Wearing a bike helmet is not only important for safety reasons, but also helps to regulate the temperature and insulate the head against the cold. But, all the thermal features are of no use if  your head is not protected without a bike helmet!

Bright colors for more visibility
A few more details about safety and visibility on bike tours are also important in winter cycling clothing. To be safe on the road, you need to be seen. This is especially important in winter when the days are shorter and visibility is poorer. Wearing windbreakers in a bright color, for example, will help you stand out from other vehicles and riders and be seen better.
Also, wearing reflective clothing or accessories such as headlights, reflectors or taillights is recommended. Products in a bright color, whether bike shorts, bike jackets, clothing made of SoftShell or other items, will make your bike experience safer. Such reflective elements will protect you from cars and other road users when trekking or on an e-bike.

The right clothing layers are the key to being protected from the cold and wet and successfully mastering the cold season on the bike.
The bottom layer should fit snugly and be made of a material like merino wool that absorbs moisture and keeps you dry and warm. Also tights as underwear, for example from Löffler are important to stay warm.
The middle layer should insulate and keep the heat close to the body. Who here reaches for fleece or softshell materials, certainly makes the right decision.
The top layer of clothing, a nice unisex jacket made of neoprene or Goretex, keeps out wind, rain and snow. It should be made of a waterproof or water-repellent material that is also breathable to allow sweat to escape. Popular materials for a top are Gore-Tex and nylon.

So, to cycle comfortably in winter, it is important to dress in multiple layers. Accessories that can keep you warm while cycling in the winter include gloves and a helmet.
Now that you are well dressed for winter, you can bike comfortably and safely through the winter. Stay warm out there!


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