Winter Cycling Essentials
No doubt you’ve noticed the temperature dropping, the weather reporters giddy over the first snow in the mountains, the freezing rain blowing sideways. It all points to one thing: winter is right around the corner! The less-hearty among you may say goodbye to your bikes for the season and dust off your skis. For the rest of you, we have a few essentials that will keep you cruising through Seattle in relative comfort.
Endura Strike Waterproof Glove. These gloves will keep your hands dry and warm (honest), which is somewhat essential for cycling through the colder months. We love the neoprene cuff and fleece liner. $50.
Craft Rain Bootie. Trust us – quality booties make all the difference in the world. These are wind and water-resistant to keep your feet from freezing to your bike pedals. Velcro straps keep them tight and Kevlar-reinforced toes and heels mean these booties will last. $40.
swrve Belgian Wool Cap. Traditional Belgian cut winter cycling cap with fold-down ear flaps. Made of itch-free Merino wool, to keep you warm even when wet. So comfy and cool you’ll want to wear it even when you’re not on your bike. $50.
Showers Pass Elite Pro. There’s a good reason Showers Pass jackets are so popular: they’re ideal for our bicycling in our Northwest climate. The Elite Pro is insanely lightweight, highly breathable and waterproof. You’ll want to wear an insulating layer underneath during the colder months, but we promise this is a jacket you’ll be able to wear year-round. $230.
Showers Pass Club Convertible. Lucky for us, Showers Pass makes pants too! Fully seam-taped, these pull right on over your cycling clothes. Breathable and convertible with zippered ankles for easy removal over shoes. $135.
Ortlieb Vario. You can’t go wrong with an Ortlieb bag if you’re trying to keep your stuff dry. The Vario can be used as a backpack or pannier, with padded straps and a roll-top Velcro closure. $140.