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How to layer for cold weather cycling:

How to layer for cold weather cycling:

How to layer for cold weather cycling


“What should I wear for my bike ride?” is one of the most consistent questions I get from newer cyclists or triathletes. And the answer is always: “It depends on how long you want your outdoor cycling season to last.” If you live in parts of the world where the roads get icy for long periods of time, then take it indoors. But if you live in the DFW area or other parts of the country where there is little ice, then it is possible to ride in temperatures below freezing with the right clothing, a short loop route that allows you to stop early if need be, a good set of lights, and insulated bottles full of hot—not boiling!—apple cider or tea. Here are my tips for different temperatures below 60 degrees F and links where you can find this gear at


Rides with temperatures between 60-40 degrees F:


Rides with temperatures between 45-30 degrees F:


Rides with temperatures below 32 degrees F:


For Rainy Days & Wet Weather, wear or bring with you:


Of course, it is important to know your limits and when darkness and/or weather conditions keep you indoors, it is good to have a solid trainer set up.


If you have any questions about anything in this article or would like to know more about our different coaching options, please contact me at Happy training and racing!


Jim Rowe is a Playtri Level 4 Coach and Coach Education Lead, a USAT LI Certified Coach, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and an Ironman and 70.3 World Championship Qualifier who works with adult athletes of all abilities from beginners to IRONMAN World Championship qualifiers. Learn more about Jim at

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