I admit it, I’m a fair-weather cyclist. However I am going mad on my long commute, and I have decided on the days that I don’t run, I’m going to cycle from Paddington to Uni and back again. Unless it’s raining really heavily…or REALLY cold.
But on the other days.
There’s a very convenient bike storage at Paddington station, so that I can leave my bike there and avoid becoming the most hated person on the train in the mornings/evenings.
However cycling in the Winter is a different ball game, and there are a few adjustments I need to make to my bike and kit, to make sure we both stay warm and dry over the next few months.
First up, I need to swap the pannier rack for some mud guards (7) – unfortunately when they fit the bike, it wasn’t possible to put both on, so I got a rather wet bum cycling in Amsterdam, however they are crucial for London winters. I’m going to opt for the Tortec mud guards that have reflective strips to keep me visible on the roads. While I’m getting these fitted at Halfords (who kindly provided me with this bike), I’ll also have them adjust the height of the handles/seat, into a more comfortable riding position.
I’m all for customising your bike, and these smiley reflective stickers (10) are definitely going to be additions to the bike. I’m on the look out for some light up stars for my spokes if anyone knows where I can find them?
I won’t be getting these BRIGHT clip in shoes (2), because I am terrified about clipping in, however for those of you that aren’t stupidly scared, they would be a great addition to your cycling kit. As would this rain jacket (6) – as bright yellow anoraks go, I’m pretty sure Rapha do it more stylishly than anyone else. Love that it goes down over your bum!
Rapha also have this medium merino polo (11) that I think would be super toasty for those January days when all you want to do is sit on the sofa with a cup of tea and a biscuit.
This jacket (4) is less day-glow but it’s warm, and the sleeves are removable incase we’re hit with a February heatwave.
These lights are perfect (1) – small, affordable, but bright. These are easy to take on and off, as I have a feeling that Paddington isn’t the safest place to leave the lights attached – nor is Holloway Road!
My hands have awful circulation, and they are the first to freeze, so a decent pair of warm, waterproof gloves is crucial. These sealskins sea leopard gloves (3) are on my Christmas wish list – apparently they’re ideal for ‘dismal weather’ – who knows what 2017 has in store for us.
This reflective spray (8) looks amazing, it turns any piece of clothing into a reflective piece, spray it on and it lasts for a week. Apparently you won’t see it until light is shone on it – then when you’re done with it, just wash the clothing and good as new. Probably best to try this on old kit first, but if it works then amazing for riding and cycling throughout the winter months (and into the summer too!) There’s also a permanent one to paint onto metal, wood etc.
Leggings that are fleece lined and padded for protection (5) – sign me up. They are not cheap at £160, but again, Rapha…
Sadly in this day and age, bikes are hot property and they are being stolen at a furious rate in London and so I hope this heavy duty lock (9), which is both massive and reflective, will do the trick (although I think I need another small wheel lock).
What are your wet/cold weather cycling must haves? Do you cycle commute? What fitness items are on your Christmas list?