2020-2021 Winter Cycling Gear Guide
Don't let winter keep you from riding
Once the season starts to change and the temps drop, it’s nice to have your cold weather riding gear already dialed in.
Being uncomfortable on the bike is no fun, and we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite winter cycling clothing, accessories, and components so you can enjoy the transition into the colder, wetter season.
Road + Mountain Bike Jackets
Keeping your core warm and dry is a great place to start when suiting up for a ride in cold or wet weather. A nice base layer is always good, but if the temps are low or the conditions are nasty, you'll want to pair it with a jacket that will keep out the elements.
Winter Cycling Gloves
Numb fingers are the bane of every rider's existence during the winter. Sometimes it can be tricky to find a glove that gives you the proper balance of warmth and dexterity, so we've chosen a couple of our favorites for you to check out.
Winter Cycling Sunglasses
Proper visibility on the road or trail is always important, but once you're riding in the rain, mud ,or snow, it really helps to have great eyewear that will keep the grime from getting in your eyes or obstructing your view.
Since the days are shorter, you might find yourself riding in low light conditions, so for winter riding we recommend clear, yellow, or lightly tinted lenses.
Mountain Bike Protective Gear
Wearing protective gear out on the trails isn't just safer, it's warmer too. Knee and elbow guards are a great way to get some added protection against the elements while simultaneously giving yourself some extra padding on slippery trails.
Headlights + Taillights
If you ride during the winter, you've probably found yourself getting caught by the dark at some point. Whether you're on the trails or out on the road, it's super important to be able to see and be seen properly, so we've picked out favorite lighting set up for you to check out.
Bontrager Ion Elite R/Flare R City Bike Light Set
We haven't me a single person who doesn't love these USB rechargeable Bontrager lights. There isn't much not to like here. The 1,000 lumen Ion Elite R headlight is wide and bright enough to light up any road or trail, and can be attached to your bars or your Bontrager helmet with the Blendr system.
With great battery life and several modes, including a daytime flashing mode, this light won't let you down. The Flare R City is visible from afar, uses multiple eye-catching blinking patterns, and has a visibility angle of 180°.
Winter Bike Tires
Wet, slippery roads and trails often go hand in hand with the colder months, and having the right set of rubber can make the difference between a fun ride and a fishtailing nightmare. These tires offer extra grip so you'll have the traction you need to stay in control.