If you are a hard core rider, you believe that their is no such thing has bad riding weather, just riding in the wrong clothes! If that describes you, or you are looking for ways to make your winter riding even more comfortable, here are four suggestions we think will add to your year-round riding enjoyment.
We will start at your feet, with Shimano's Cold/Wet GoreTex™ Shoe ($229.99). This SPD compatbile, lugged sole shoe is fully GoreTex lined and features a 5" high hook&loop closed cuff to slip under tights and keep rain and snow out. Three hook&loop straps secure you foot, and the fully lugged sole (with optional toe spikes, included) give great footing on any surface.
If you want to use your current cycling shoes, you can't beat the Gore Bike Wear Wind Stopper Overshoe ($79.99). These are wind-proof, water-resistant and fleece lined, and great for temps in the 40s and lower The wide open, re-enforced sole works with Look and SPD compatible shoes, and their 8" upper can be worn over or under tights. These are my personal favorite, and have help up well through two cold weather seasons.
Now let's talk about your hands. Showers Pass just introduced the Crosspoint™ series of gloves to go with their full line of rain and wind gear. The Crosspoint line includes four distinct gloves designed for active cycling. They are form fitting with freedom movement and lots of Showers Pass innovation. Their Softshell WP(water-proof) $79.99, using OutDry technology, is the ideal glove that wintry-mix commute or training ride.
However, if extreme weather protection (and comfort!) is your goal, you can't beat Bar Mitts™ ($64.99) for use with either road or mountain/flat handlebars. These wind-proof, lined neoprene sleeves cover the end of your handlebar, and allows your hand to slip inside for full access to brakes and shifters. You can wear any glove you like underneath for unrestricted movement, and the rigid opening allows for easy hand insertion and removal. If you suffer with the cold hand "Raynaud's Disease", these could be the solution you have been lookinf for.
Bicycle Garage Indy has all these in stock, along with a full line of bicycling clothing and outerwear from Gore Bike Wear, SmartWool, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, Sugoi, Bontrager and Showers Pass. If you tips on clothing for any condition, you can also check out the BGI Cold Weather Clothing Guide (pdf).
- Jay Hardcastle, Marketing Manager
for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness
Indianapolis and Greenwood