Winter cycling essentials

Everything you need to stay warm on the road when temps turn freezing

Dedicated riders know that training season doesn’t stop for anything, not even rain, wind, ice, or snow. Once you’ve got the right attitude, it’s just a matter of having the right gear to get you through the winter months. These 12 pieces have a special focus on what matters most during this time of year: warmth, visibility, and the ability to stand up to the elements.

ashmei women’s long sleeve base layer

This super-thin base layer is made of a merino and carbon blend that allows for maximum heat without feeling thick or heavy. It can be worn on its own when the weather warms up.
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cafe du cycliste albertine quilted shell and fleece cycling jacket

This synthetic down topper is windproof and still features an aerodynamic silhouette so you won’t be slowed down by weather or unwanted bulk. A convenient back pocket allows you to store necessities like keys, gels, and cash.
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eleven vélo universal merino beanie

This heavyweight merino knit cap will keep your head and ears warm under your helmet without risking overheating. You can also choose your own colorway for a custom look.
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liv zoraya leg covers

Turn your favorite bib shorts into pants with these reflective printed leg covers, which are especially ideal for winter’s late sunrises and early sunsets.
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lululemon assert backpack

This weather-proof backpack makes getting your stuff to and fro feel simple and look cool. It provides separate pockets for shoes, sweaty clothes, and your laptop or tablet.
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pactimo winter sock

These cold weather-specific socks are lightweight, yet provide stellar thermoregulation, keeping your toes warm when your ride starts but preventing even a hint of clamminess once things heat up.
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pas normal studios stretch jersey cycling bib tights

These full-length bib tights keep legs warm without adding unnecessary weight. There’s no built-in padding, which means you can layer your favorite chamois underneath.
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pearl izumi women’s elite escape amfib cycling tight

Created especially for the coldest conditions, these padded tights will keep you warm and comfortable on your saddle.
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rapha souplesse thermal jersey

When speed is a priority, a thermal jersey allows you to stay sleek without compromising warmth. With a slightly thicker brushed fleece fabric, this top also boasts all-over reflective detailing.
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specialized women’s grail long finger gloves

These gloves are designed to help alleviate the annoying numbness that comes from gripping handlebars; they improve hand circulation and shield you from the elements.
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sugoi zap aero shoe covers

Shoe covers create a clean, speed-friendly silhouette and keep the chill at bay. These are reflective all over, which means you’ll be highly visible on the road after dark.
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void softshell jacket

For those focused on pace, a softshell is an option that prioritizes both warmth and aerodynamics. The front is windproof and water-resistant, while the back is breathable fleece for the perfect mix of heat and ventilation.
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