Winter riding can be unpleasant at the best of times, so the last thing you want to be doing is making it even worse by not kitting yourself and your bike up properly. Here are our worst kit mistakes to avoid at all costs
1. Don’t underdress
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s getting cold outside. But the thing is that you’re going to be building up a sweat as you pull on 25 different pieces of winter clothing in the warmth of your bedroom and then overheat even more as you tuck into a steaming coffee and a piping hot bowl of porridge while you get ready to head out of the front door.
The natural temptation is to take off a layer or switch to a lighter outer layer. Don’t do it!
If you do succumb to the urge to cool down by taking off that heavy winter jacket then you can be sure that as soon as you head out of the door, the temperature will drop by an extra five degrees and you’ll be shivering through your whole ride.
You forked out for that expensive super-warm jacket, so you might as well keep it on.
2. Don’t overdress
But hang on, that doesn’t mean that you need to wear every single item in your cycling wardrobe on every single ride between November and March.