Winter Bike Essentials
Riding during winter shouldn't have to feel like a chore.
In our 60+ years of DFW cycling, we know that winter is the toughest time of year to get a ride in. Cold mornings, unpredictable precipitation, sharp winds, and shorter days can all put the brakes on your wanting to get out and ride. You're in luck though--we've put together a hand-picked helpful guide so you can select the right gear to make your winter rides comfortable, cozy, and safe. Whether you shred the trail or cruise in the neighborhood, let us help you stay on your bike this winter season with this comprehensive list.
1. Dress For Success: Layer Up
Let's face it - the weather in DFW is unpredictable. The beginning of your ride can start with bone-chilling cold then end off as warm as a spring day. Dressing in layers creates an adjustable comfort level: simply add or remove articles of clothing, depending on your comfort level during your ride. Remember if you are warm before you take off you will likely overheat on your ride.
The most important part of a cycling kit. Designed to keep you dry, provide an extra layer of warmth, and even a little bit of wind protection.
Head, Hands, & Feet
Caps, gloves, and socks help keep your extremities warm, so you stay comfortable the entire ride. We'll tell you firsthand, numbness from the cold is part of the recipe to ruin a ride.
Arm & Leg Warmers
Increase the versatility of your wardrobe with arm and leg warmers. Both can be removed and stored in your jersey pockets or packed away in a bag when you start to warm up.
You can pair a jersey with a base layer as well as arm warmers or grab a long sleeve jersey for extra warmth.
Shorts & Tights
Shorts pair well with knee and leg warmers. Tights are great for colder rides depending on your preference. Some tights can even be worn over shorts, while some include the chamois inside.
Designed to block the wind, rain, and provide extra warmth. A jacket or vest can be added over a jersey or warmer on your ride, with some having the added advantage of being packable.
Customer-Favorite Winter Accessories
Our Staff's Favorite Jackets
2. See and Be Seen: Lights For Your Bike
Adding lights to your bike increases your ability to be seen by drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists and improves your visibility on your rides when the sun dips below the horizon. We think of lights as a safety feature, rather than a luxury. We recommend always riding with lights.
A headlight on the front of your bike can be used to see and be seen. Available in battery-operated or USB rechargeable. Make yourself known to passing motorists and be aware of obstacles.
A rear light provides the rider with extra safety by helping prevent rear-end collisions. These lights have different flashing modes and come battery-operated or USB rechargeable.
Our Best Selling Headlights
3. Don't Bonk: Fuel Your Ride
Your body works hard to keep you warm in winter like it does to keep you cool in the summer. That's why proper nutrition during the winter is essential - if not more so during these colder months. We also recommend staying hydrated throughout your ride, as well as bringing a snack with you for extra fuel. Dehydration happens in all weather!
Staying hydrated during the winter is just as important as any other season. Carry your hydration mix in an extra bottle for easy consumption.
Bars & Gels
Food is fuel. The proper nutrition ensures your body has the energy it needs to regulate your temperature and keep you going on your ride.
The Tastiest Pre-Ride or During-Ride Nutrition & Hydration
4. Clean/Lube Your Bike: Save Yourself Money
Bike maintenance often gets overlooked during the winter months but wet roads and trails can take their toll on your bike. Be sure to clean and lubricate the moving parts on your bike to prolong the life of those important components. A clean bike is a happy bike, and a happy bike is one that saves you money.