How can you go about surviving the cold while cycling? When cycling in cold temperatures, you need to determine what you feel is cold. For some people, cycling below 45 degrees is cold. Other people will be cycling in those temperatures with no worries and consider cold temperatures to be those below 32 degrees or below freezing. However, many individuals in mountainous areas and other snowy regions cycle in these temperatures on a regular basis due to the long length of the winters.

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Conditions

 

The first thing that you need to evaluate is the outdoor conditions. If the roads are icy or snow packed, you may want to opt for an indoor cycle ride. However, if you want to ride outside, there are options available to you. When you’ve decided to cycle outside during inclement conditions, the first thing that you should do is to choose less populated routes to avoid traffic conditions. In addition, don’t select a route with long declines or sharp curves where stopping or seeing traffic will be a concern. Be sure you carry a cellphone when you are traveling in less populated areas.

 

Headgear

 

The body losses 30% of its heat through the head. As a result, you need to consider proper headgear when you are riding. You can choose a skull cap to put under your helmet or a helmet cover to keep your head warm. A cap under your helmet might keep you warmer. However, if you get too hot and wat to take it off, it will be more cumbersome than taking a helmet cover off.

 

Hydration Packs

 

Dehydration is considered a heat related concern. However, you can still become dehydrated in cold temperatures, so you need to carry something to drink while riding. Water bottles and canteens freeze in cold temperatures, so they might not be the best option to take. A better solution is a hydration pack. Hydration packs are insulated and keep the liquid from freezing. Inside, you may want to put a warm liquid and carry it next to your body to absorb the heat.

 

Layers

 

It is important to not bundle up too much on a ride. When you first begin, it is okay to be a little chilly. As you go longer into your ride, you will heat up and you don’t want to overheat. Dressing in layers is a better option. You want to be able to trap the warm air in and keep the cold wind out. On the outside, cover yourself with a waterproof windbreaker to keep dry and warm.

 

Hands and Feet

 

You need to keep your hands warm during a winter ride. An inner lined glove is a good choice for cold temperatures. Wear neoprene shoe covers over your shoes and a double layer of socks.

 

In Conclusion Surviving the Cold While Cycling 

 

Surviving the cold while cycling can be a concern. If you can’t stand the thought of being cooped up inside all winter, it is possible to cycle safely. Although, you do need to use precautions when going out into cold, snowy temperatures. With the above list, you should be able to stay safe, warm, and dry during a winter ride.