What to wear in the cold days?
It is simple in the summer. All you need is a jersey and
shorts. If you ride up in the mountains, then a light wind jacket
comes handy as well. But from the end of September on,
you definitely need more clothes than that.
Unfortunately the complete list of equipment and clothes
is quite long. There are more than 26 peaces in my
collection and there is still room to ad more. Many
don't like riding a bike in the cold, since there is so
much equipment needed.
Mountain biking is a sport that requires much more
equipment for the colder days than probably any other
all season sport. And why? Because it is a very active
sport with considerable speed and consequently chill
effect because of the resulting wind. A lot of sweating
when climbing and a lot of wind when descending, comparing
to running, where the speed is relatively constant all
the time. The consequence of this is the need to be
dressed precisely right. You shouldn't wear too much,
because of too much sweating and you shouldn't wear too
little not to be cold while descending, but just right
for the temperature and wind. This means wearing
multiple layers of clothes, which can easily be removed
In general, biking clothes should be tight fitting,
so that they can't get stuck on a bike. This applies
especially for winter clothing, since they are already
more cumbersome to wear. But you still have to be careful
that your clothes are not too tight, so that they allow
free blood flow.