Several points you must learn in winter riding

Professional mountain biker Sam Schultz from Montana shows you how to ride comfortably in winter



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Want to ride a bike in winter? Winter cycling warm points

Defending XC national champion Sam Schultz rides on a windy day in Missoula, Montana. (Photo by Robertson Tom)


Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek team) had a fantastic season, winning the XC National Championship and the 15th place in the London Olympics. These honors are counted as the basis for the 26-year-old he will play for next year's World Cup and a series of national games, which is also the reason he fully uses this winter for training. He acknowledged that he would train in the warm south when it was the coldest, but he also said that his hometown, Missoula, was "so beautiful, it was a pity to leave one month ago." We contacted Schultz and asked him How to dress when cycling in cold weather.


1, Keep cool. 

This sounds counterintuitive, but if you sweat too hot, your clothes will get wet (even breathable fabrics will get wet). The result is that you will catch a cold. Really cold! "Even in 20 degrees Fahrenheit, riding on a snowy mountain can feel hot." It's crucial-take off a layer of clothing or unzip when you get hot. "


2, Add clothes in a 1:10 method. 

Here's Schultz's experience: "I think adding one long sleeve for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit drop." Try to find a dressing rule that works for you. You can start adding a thin coat below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Add long-sleeve jerseys as the temperature cools, and then vests or lightweight jackets. When it gets below zero, consider warm long-sleeve bottoms and heavier cycling jackets.


3, Wear a bicycle cap. 

The right hat will keep your head warm and provide some other protection. "I like wearing a special cycling winter hat under my helmet," Schultz said, "because you can block the wind by flipping the edges."


4, Bring gloves—and thick gloves for emergency use. 

Don't skimp on investing in winter gloves. Shop for a pair of warm gloves that still give you the flexibility to shift and brake. Schultz also recommends carrying a thicker pair of "emergency" gloves. He will keep it in his pocket or backpack. "They're exaggerated ski gloves, and sometimes I don't think I'll ever need them," he said, "but in fact I often need them for a ride."


5, Carry chemical warming products with you. 

Sometimes the temperature will be lower than you expected, especially for your feet and hands. Schultz would bring a chemical hand warmer (like on www.warmers.com) and tuck it between shoes and socks. If things get worse, put them in gloves. They are cheap insurance, they are basically negligible, and they take up very little space in the bag. "Just be sure to open them before your hands are cold enough to cut the bag," Schultz suggested.


6, Watch the thermometer. 

Take a look at the temperature before and after your ride, and notice your riding comfort. Your goal is to find the answer to "What should I wear?" "I know my gloves are perfect at 45-30 degrees and 20-30 degrees," Schultz said. Be prepared before riding, this will allow you more time on the road.


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