Spatzwear overshoes and gloves to warm up winter cycling
Living in Canberra and taking up cycling over 15 years ago has meant I have spent my fair share of winters in the Territory.
As a bike fitter, I seek to fit cyclists so that they are in a comfortable position on the bike. This comfort can relate to lack of pain and discomfort in the cycling muscles and joints or on the contact points such as the saddle and handlebars.
When it comes to winter, a huge factor is being comfortable is dressing appropriately for the cold and wet. After returning home from a particularly foggy morning on the bike, one could be mistaken that you had just been drenched in a rain shower, rather than ridden an hour in thick fog!
Staying warm and dry in winter outdoor riding requires a few key principles:
- Layer your clothing, starting with the core.
Firstly, you should invest in a quality base layer that wicks away any moisture.
Follow this up with a mid layer that retains heat.
Finally, top it off with an outer layer – that is windproof (and waterproof if conditions warrant it).
- Invest in good gloves and overshoes
Whilst layering your core is a good idea, layering the feet with multiple socks is not such a good idea as it will become too compressive and hamper circulation in the lower legs and feet. This could make them even colder!
Too many glove layers, or gloves that are too thick, can affect your ability to operate your bike’s controls. Any bunching of the gloves can also lead to discomfort.
On the whole, I don’t usually stock items that aren’t directly related to bike fitting or adjusting a bike to fit. That said, cold hands and feet can have such a deleterious impact on comfort that when the opportunity to address the problem, I jumped at it.
Spatz Roadman 2 Overshoes
Spatz Roadman 2 Overshoes are made to go over your regular cycling shoes to protect your feet from the cold and damp. They are made from high quality, water-dispensing and water-repellant Neoprene material. This material feels supple and comfortable and doesn’t affect your pedal stroke. The Roadman 2 come a long way up the shin to provide additional warmth and water resistance.