For the most hardcore among us, the arrival of winter doesn’t mean it’s time to stow the bike away for a warmer, dryer commute... no, it just means that it’s time to change the wardrobe around.
We’ve put together our favorite eco finds for the winter road warriors out there to keep you dry, warm and looking hardcore all season long.
- Base Layer: The trick to a good base layer is that it wicks sweat (just say no to cotton here). 4-rth makes exceptional thermal pants and long sleeve shirts from bamboo – the fabric keeps you dry so that you don’t end up damp and chilled mid-way through your ride. Another great option is Modrobes’ base layer shirts made from eucalyptus. (I swear by my euca shirt to keep me warm all winter long.)
- Outerwear: We love Modrobes’ jackets for keeping dampness off. These jackets (made from recycled water bottles) are water resistant and because they are thin, will keep you from overheating. My personal favorite: The women’s Ryding Jacket keep your butt free from any dirt that flings up off your back wheel on a wet day.
- Accessories: When I ride I love to wear fingerless gloves with a mitt flap – the mitt keeps my digits warm while riding, but if I need to stop to fix anything on my bike, the fingerless option means I don’t to take my mitts off all together. These alpaca fingerless gloves are a great option for a short commute to work. I’m also loving this brand new nooq - it multitasks as a neck warmer, face protector and even hood on especially cold days.
- Reflect: At this time of year, my commute each way takes place in the dark. A pair of bright pannier bags or a reflective ankle strap are great additions to ensure drivers see you. Slap a few lights onto your bike and you won’t go unnoticed.
How do you stay safe and warm riding all winter?