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The Best Cycling Kit to get you through the Winter

Posted on November 12, 2013 @ 1:12 PM in Cycling

It’s that time of year again when we’re met with dark evenings and cold frosty mornings as well as the inevitable rain that comes along with every winter.

At Chain Reaction Cycles we don’t view winter as a negative, more of a challenge to keep you on the road and trails.

Two of our longest serving members of the team - Brendan Monaghan (road cycling specialist) and Stephen Prentice (mountain biking specialist) have pulled together their own winter essentials kit list which should help you whether you’re commuting to work, riding trails or heading out for a long road ride.

Road Cycling

For every road cyclist the key elements of winter cycling are to stay warm, dry and most importantly out on your bike for as long as possible.

Generally my feet are the first to feel the signs of cold, so wearing a pair of Northwave Fahrenheit GTX boots (£121.49) has a large impact. Whilst definitely not the cheapest item on the list, they’re the number one item as far as I am concerned. To enhance that, why not look at a pair of Mavic Thermo socks for that added comfort?

Then I look at the layering for the top half of my body – base layers help to keep me warm and wick moisture, the craft Active LS top (£28.99) is a great example of that: thin, lightweight and dries quickly. My outer layer on the colder days is the Northwave Extreme Graphic jacket (£107.99), warm, shower resistant and with plenty of stretch letting me move to suit my cycling style and position.

For leggings, the Endura Thermolite Pro Biblong Padded tights (£71.89) with the Hi Vis sections gives other road users visibility of me and again the high stretch Lycra lets me perform whilst keeping me warm.

My final essentials are my Castelli gloves (£34.99), my merino Buff (£19.99) and my SealSkinz waterproof cycling cap (£22.99)...all a must for the Northern Irish unpredictable winter.

Mountain Biking / Off Road Cycling

On a cold wet winter day it’s essential to wear the correct gear to give you the best riding experience for the conditions.

To start off a good baselayer – my Helly Hansen Dry Revolution long sleeve (£44.99) will help keep the chill out while my Endura Windchill II softshell (£71.89) keeps the elements out.  A Pair of Endura ¾ Humvee baggie shorts (£56.75) help keep me dry and warm whilst still allowing enough movement.

Gaerne G Artix boots (£137.69) are probably my favourite piece of kit, keeping my feet warm and dry and they’re always reliable, great for muddy terrain and removable front studs for extra traction.

My final essential is the Endura Luminite Glove (£31.21), with wind-block fabric…not expensive and ultimately lets you stay on the trails longer.

Other good essentials for mountain biking are a good backpack like the Camelbak Mule (£71.99), a pair of knee pads from Nukeproof at £49.99, some winter socks from Endura, their BaaBaa Merino winter socks are priced at £9.45 and a Buff from Cyclone from £25.99.

All Items are currently in store at our Belfast Flaship Store on the Boucher Road.

Brendan Monaghan & Stephen Prentice
Brendan Monaghan & Stephen Prentice  Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store Staff

Two of CRC Flagship Store's longest serving members are Brendan Monaghan and Stephen Prentice. Brendan is a keen road cyclist and knows everything there is to know about road cycling whilst Stephen prefers spending his time cycling off road and is a specialist in all things mountain biking.

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