How To Choose Kit For Winter Cycling | There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather

How To Choose Kit For Winter Cycling | There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather

Cycling in winter need not be the cold, unpleasant experience people often think it is! With the proper clothing and right equipment you can make your cold weather miles even more comfortable than rides in the peak of summer. In this video, Manon and Ollie share some of their tips for choosing winter cycling clothing to make sure you say warm, dry, safe, and happy this winter!

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  1. Ronalds Rundāns on December 2, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Ski goggles really help my eyes to avoid snowflakes on my winter rides.

  2. Frank on December 2, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    The day you recorded this must have been pretty warm actually.. You are cycling without gloves 😀 I don’t know you guys but cycling at -5 C these days I get freezing hands…

  3. David Lewis on December 2, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    A Erie Pa triathlete suggestion. Put your latex swim cap on underneath your balaclava. This will keep your head warm and dry. It will also remind riders that there is a nice warm heated pool somewhere to swim in… the Glenwood Y.

  4. Petinka on December 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Ollie is "the frozen one"! It is a price he paid for be aero :).

  5. Bernardo Pincheira on December 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the tips for autumn/spring cycling. Greetings from Russia!

  6. Dun Kno on December 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm


  7. Tommy Phillips on December 2, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Good to see Manon back in the studio!!

  8. 28ajrin5 on December 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Ollie’s looking like a Russian villain from James Bond at 2:20 😁

  9. RedmercyGG on December 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Shipping these two

  10. Thomas Ackermann on December 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Global Cycling Network-Team, On one of the youtube-videos about the most dangerous
    road in the world, from Irkutsk in Northern Siberia to the Arctic Ocean, temperatures of down to
    minus 50° Centigrade are no rarity in Winter! Siberian truck drivers met an "extreme cyclist"
    from Germany, who declined the offer of a lift and managed a distance of 290 kilometres
    as the first and only cyclist to achieve that! I observed his equipment, which included
    handlebar-muffs, heated boots etc! Remarkable! You could call this total madness, but it
    proves, that it can be done!

  11. rst on December 2, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I can recommend the Sealskin Headgaitor LOVE IT!!!!

  12. mrkeefor on December 2, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Bet most of the gear is expensive

  13. Edwarnator on December 2, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Couple gloves an an extra pair of socks.

  14. L Foster on December 2, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Surprised any bike riders survived winter in the ’70s / ’80s / ’90s…

  15. Nigel Stanley on December 2, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Skipped the video. Winter? Not in Kuala Lumpur!

  16. Rachel McDonald on December 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    For anyone who was thinking the 18 degrees isn’t that cold – I did not proofread. That’s negative 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Montrealers are probably still laughing, they have earned the right.

  17. Alex Zalaf on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    What are some good options for chamois-less bib tights?

  18. breezehillpete on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I suffer from Reynaud’s syndrome and get very cold hands and feet, painfully cold in fact! Over the years I’ve worked out some solutions. For my hands I will wear a pair of very thin silk gloves underneath my good winter gloves and it works well. I’ve got some smartwool skiing socks that come to just below the knee. Can’t see them underneath bib leggings and they keep my feet and legs lovely and warm. But if it is really cold, or my Reynaud’s is worse than normal I use hand and foot warmers! Or I get on my turbo trainer in the garage!

  19. budhalen on December 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Warm, wind resistant earband/headband > skull cap…for most conditions. Only when it gets into the lower 20s (or -5 C) would I consider covering my head. And if it gets much colder than that, I’m rockin’ a balaclava + earband combo anyway. And yes, I’ve ridden in at or below 0 F weather (so -20 to -15 C). It’s MN winters here you pansies…suck it up, wimps!

  20. Eric Sutherland on December 2, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Concerning the comments on neoprene gloves, how can water be used as an insulating layer?

  21. Hintonbro on December 2, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    There’s an importance of high vis during the day too right?
    Is head-to-toe black a wise choice GCN?

  22. steve c on December 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Bigger shoes was my wow moment in keeping feet warm. Up half a size makes a huge difference with merino thermal socks.

  23. Rachel McDonald on December 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Dark, icy and sub-zero (fah., -18 coldest yet). White or reflective jackets- not black no matter how slimming it is. No one cares how you look, that only at the gym. Studded tires when needed no matter how crappy they feel – that cast (plaster in the u k) is going to feel worse. For the cold I refer you to schrek"layers". Tank base, long sleeve base, thermal mid weight jersey or jacket and white or reflective shell on top. Any good all purpose athletic tights under your bibs will do, wind-pants over those for the really cold days. Any good thinsulite gloves will work and a skiers powder mitt over those on the coldest days for keeping the chill out. For the feet – winter riding boots, period. My favorites 45nth japanthers. Size up for merino wool socks. I commute year round in western mass (on the route Si and J-pow rode, by the covered bridge) and there really isn’t any weather that cannot be overcome. Just ride!

  24. Ken on December 2, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I have three pair of running shorts that I’ll be using this winter, running on a treadmill with the Talking Heads in my headphones.

  25. Daniel on December 2, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Has anyone noticed Ollies perfect hair in this Video?

  26. Arthur Goetzke-Coburn on December 2, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    This is basically t-shirt weather! Canada isn’t this kind.

  27. Sentient Being on December 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    @8:32 GCN, why don’t helmet covers get a mention? In my experience they’re really useful against rain and cold. They don’t look ‘cool’ but they keep you warm and dry.

  28. Arthur Fast on December 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I am a big fan and I love the show. I am also very tall so I have some questions for Connor.
    – Are you aware of any clothing brands that make tall sizes?
    – If you are getting a new Orbea, what is happening to your old Pinarello? I don’t really need a new bike but your old one might just fit me.
    Many thanks

  29. MetalChief on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Manon calling Ollie soft for wearing gloves. priceless.

  30. Starlings murmuration on December 2, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    I’m wearing socks instead of gloves.

  31. Christian van de Graaf on December 2, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I can add to the conversation that wool is really the only choice for a base layer since it is the only material that keeps its insulating property even while it is wet. The Norwegian army experimented for decades with synthetic winter clothing, but returned to simple wool since every other choice saw cold-related injuries spike significantly.

  32. A P on December 2, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    You forgot to mention Matalan bootcut jeans for style points

  33. ukestjohn on December 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    I will never, in winter, during the day, ride without a hi-vis outer jacket. Ditto for strobe lights. It may not be stylish, but I would rather have my clothing derided by a passing motorist, than my stylish attire commented on by the EMTs.

  34. Jay Lakes on December 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    I love my Louis Garneau neoprene overshoes. One of my best cold weather purchases aside from my gloves.

  35. Tobias Eberlein on December 2, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Would be great to mention that, yes Merino is great, but please buy from brands that don´t use Mulesing.

  36. MRGRUMPY53 on December 2, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    8 degrees C (46 F) is hardly winter. At those temps, I’d be wearing thin knee warmers, regular gloves, with glove liners, and a wind vest over jersey, short sleeve base layer and medium arm warmers.
    That’s too warm for shoe covers…..Of course, a chance of rain, might change that.

  37. Brofessor _ on December 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    "look at the forecast" – here’s your forecast UK: chance of rain every day for the rest your life!

  38. Tommy Phillips on December 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Had a bad moment a few weeks ago, having forgotten my gloves, after 25 miles I could no longer change gear because my fingers were too cold and ended up climbing up a 7% climb in the big ring 🥶

  39. David Burnford on December 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    This doesn’t seem too wintery to me…

  40. Chris Boland on December 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Merino base-layers are a god-send. I was wearing synthetic ones for years before I decided to splash out on Merino. They’re perfect for wearing under off-the-bike clothing, too. I usually stick one on under a hoodie before I take the dog for a walk in winter.

  41. Neil Bedwin on December 2, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    So neoprene gloves absorb water and keep you warm but neoprene overshoes repel water to keep your feet dry! Neoprene must be like a vacuum flask that can keep hot stuff hot or cold stuff cold….but how does it know what it’s meant to do today? 🙂

  42. Michael Walsh on December 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    I do have a top-tip for keeping your toes warm on a winter ride. I use it every year and it works a treat. Apply a small amount of capsaicin cream (the stuff used for muscle pain) to your toes. I apply it using a tried and tested double toe rub method instead of putting any on my fingers which will most definitely end up in my eyes or even the gentleman’s area and sting the bejesus out of you. Woolen socks without synthetics are good to.

  43. Stephen Auckly on December 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Manon, no gloves? I mean, even for this video???

  44. Adrian Hibberd on December 2, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Where can you get the base layer from

  45. David Lewis on December 2, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Erie Pa triathlete suggestion update-we had six inches of snow yesterday…..wet suite time.

  46. Mark A Botham on December 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Isadore…. Quality….. 🤘

  47. Brian Rainey on December 2, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    You kids are so cute giving tips for riding in your pretend "winter". Lots of laughs.

  48. thechrismOoO on December 2, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I really appreciate the ad breaks in-between the whole Castelli Ad

  49. atarix on December 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    What to do with the foggy glasses with gater on?

  50. Nick L on December 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    What about eye protection from the cold? Regular Cycling glasses are enough protection from the cold.