Tips provided by AJ TURNER
Words & photos by Jonny Hintze
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT GEAR
Choosing the right gear is one of the most important things you can do to stay warm in cooler temperatures. Most body heat is lost through the head and feet so making sure to cover these parts with the right gear is crucial. Our winter cycling caps are made with merino wool which contain natural fibers that are great for retaining heat and regulating body temperature to keep you warm. Make sure to pull down the earflaps to cover your ears and you'll also want to cover other extremities like your hands and fingers. A quality cap and a well insulated pair of gloves will go a long way in keeping you comfortable out in the cold.
2. TIN FOIL IN SHOES
It sounds crazy but yes, tin foil in your shoes. Since most body heat is lost through the head and feet, you've got to keep your feet and toes warm too. Along with a good pair of merino socks, winter booties or winter cycling shoes, we recommend cutting tin foil to the shape of your shoe and placing it on top of your insoles. Tin foil doesn't retain heat but it does a great job of keeping heat in and the cold out. For extra warmth try wrapping your whole foot in tin foil.
3. LAYERING FOR EASE IN TEMPERATURE CHANGE
Dressing for changing temperatures can be tricky. Layering allows you to shed or add clothing as needed depending on weather and body temperature change. A vest or packable jacket along with our merino arm and knee warmers are great items to have. They can easily be removed or added to adapt to changing conditions.
4. HOOCH IN BOTTLES
Well, okay, it's not for everyone but yes, starting out with warm water and a little hooch in your Drip Water Bottle can help keep your water from freezing, add some perceived warmth when swallowed, and help take the edge off the cold. However, if this isn't for you, filling a bottle with warm water and keeping it in your jersey pocket next to your body works just as well.
It's hard to find motivation to ride in the cold but some up beat tunes can go a long way in getting out and keeping you out on your bike. Make a playlist of your favorite motivational tunes, grab your Snēk phone case and head on out. If you're struggling for the right playlist, give us a shout. We've got some mixed tapes that are guaranteed to motivate.
6. STAY INSIDE, ITS COLD!
Or there is always the option to just stay inside and read a good book. Either way we've got you covered. Our Drip Coffee Mug can help you stay cozy and warm in the comfort of your own home with a warm beverage of choice.