Cold weather riding

Due to an autoimmune condition I now have, I do not handle cold weather very well and find it difficult to function when it is cold, and we do not even get terribly cold weather here! So in order to keep cycling through winter, I have to be able to stay warm enough. Today, I was wearing three layers of wool and found it difficult to stay warm enough, while I saw others wearing sandals or T-shirts. I manage to stay warm while cycling by wearing multiple layers of wool, then my all-weather jacket over the top, a scarf, thick tights and woollen socks, a thick skirt, a woollen hat under my helmet, leather gloves and  mid calf length leather boots with thick soles. This keeps me warm enough to cycle around the city, and if I warm up enough I can unzip the jacket or take off my gloves. Winter is certainly not my favourite time and I have to choose the time of day that I can go out and ride so it is not too cold for me, but I still feel much better if I can get out pedalling. I have also worked out a wet weather solution which I will post about shortly…

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4 Responses to Cold weather riding

  1. Jess says:

    Wow that top photo is beautiful!

  2. Vicki says:

    Thanks Jess, I took it one day recently when those clouds were across half the sky, then I added a filter from Instagram to it, I forget which filter though.

  3. Stuart says:

    I’ve been turning the scarf a lot this winter and it’s been fantastic in keeping me warm, even if the scarf with shorts combo does look a little weird.

  4. Vicki says:

    You are wearing shorts in this weather??

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