July 24, 2017

It seems obvious, but probably the most important factor in getting you off the couch and onto your bike this winter is your kit. The right combinations of windproof, waterproof and thermal gear can keep you warm and toasty on rides no matter how cold or unpleasant the weather may be.

While buying a full set of winter gear can be expensive, by carefully selecting the right clothing and layering up you can build a winter wardrobe for a wide range of different temperatures and conditions. We've put together a few tips and tricks to help you make the most out of the cold weather.

IT'S ALL ABOUT LAYERS

While the simplest solution may be to invest in thermal fleece jerseys and windproof jackets, one of the most important factors to consider when riding in the cold is sweat. When you’re on your bike, your body sweats regardless of how cold it is. This sweat can accumulate and get trapped against your body, making you feel cold, wet, clammy, and making for a generally unpleasant ride.

To protect against this it is important to ensure that you are wearing a jersey with moisture wicking technology built into the fabric. Layering a jacket or a thermal fleece will keep you warm, while a traditional cycling jersey with moisture wicking fabric will ensure that the sweat is pulled away from the body, and an optimum core temperature is maintained while you ride.

ADAPT TO THE CONDITIONS

Before going out on a ride on a cold day, be sure to check the conditions, and adapt your layering accordingly. There are many great weather Apps that will give you hourly forecasts so you can plan accordingly. We use AccuWeather and Yr.no at Ciovita.

If it is cold, but dry, wear a Gilet over your moisture wicking jersey to keep the wind out, this can be worn in combination with thermal arm warmers and gloves to keep your extremities protected.

However, if you are expecting really low temperatures you will need a thermal winter jersey, the fleece in the fabric of these jerseys keeps your natural body heat in and your core temperature up.

If you are expecting rain or cold winds, you will need to add another layer of protection. A light, water and wind repellent jacket is a definite must for winter cycling. These can be especially handy if weather conditions change suddenly.

Our Leggero Stowaway Jacket is designed for exactly these conditions. It fits comfortably under the seat of your bike, and with its windproof and water repellent properties it’s the perfect jacket to pull on if the weather takes a turn for the worse.


BE SEEN IN OUR KIT

The shorter days in winter mean less sunlight in the early mornings and late evenings. It is essential that you ensure that you are visible and aside from LED lights, your kit plays a big role in ensuring you are seen by motorists in rainy, foggy or dark conditions.

The majority of Ciovita’s kit comes with high visibility reflectors and our winter gear takes this into account. The prominent visibility strips on our Vindex Jacket/Gilet help ensure you get noticed, and we believe that when you’re riding in our kit, you want to get noticed.

MIND THE GAPS

Make sure that you don’t leave any “weak spots” in your kit. Gaps allow cold air in and warm air out of your body. Wear gear that stays in place and changes as your body position does to ensure that you are always covered. Adding items such as arm or leg warmers to your cycling kit can make a real difference when it comes to sealing those pesky gaps.

FINGERS & TOES

You always feel the cold most in your extremities so it is essential to ensure that these areas are covered. Wearing gloves, arm warmers, leg warmers, tights and winter cycling caps can help a lot in making your winter riding more pleasant.

HAVE A COFFEE (OR TEA)

While coffee is no substitute for water, there is a lot to be said for warming your body from the inside out. Stopping along the way for a warm cafe brew can be a great break from your ride, and a chance to warm up in a remote location. Alternatively, you can bring your own thermos of coffee along for a warm roadside drink.

We hope that, that some of these tips help you beat the cold this winter. If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe, be sure to check out the winter collection in our store.


Sizing Chart

 

We want to ensure that every piece of kit from Ciovita feels like it was custom engineered for you. Consult the Size Guide below to help give your gear tailor-made fit.

 

Jerseys

Our Ciovita Men’s and Ladies jerseys come in three fit styles. Our Club Fit Jerseys, which feature a relaxed, easy fit for maximum comfort on everyday rides. Our Sports Fit Jerseys, which are commonly referred to as regular fits, and are tighter with elasticated back panels. And our Race Fit, which fits tightly to the body for extreme aerodynamics.


Please see the guide below for the recommended size with regard to chest measurements.

 

Race Fit

 

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Men's

74cm - 80cm

80cm - 87cm

88cm - 94cm

95cm - 101cm

102cm - 108cm

109cm - 115cm

116cm - 122cm

Ladies

70cm - 76cm

77cm - 83cm

84cm - 90cm

91cm - 97cm

98cm - 104cm

105cm - 111cm

 

Sport Fit

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Men's

79cm - 85cm

86cm - 92cm

93cm -99cm

100cm - 106cm

107cm - 113cm

114cm - 120cm

121cm - 127cm

Ladies

73cm - 79cm

80cm - 86cm

87cm - 93cm

94cm - 100cm

101cm - 107cm

108cm - 114cm

Club Fit

 

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Men's

79cm - 85cm

86cm - 92cm

93cm -99cm

100cm - 106cm

107cm - 113cm

114cm - 120cm

121cm - 127cm

Ladies

73cm - 79cm

80cm - 86cm

87cm - 93cm

94cm - 100cm

101cm - 108cm

109cm - 116cm


Bibs and Shorts

Ciovita’s Shorts and Bib Shorts are designed to maximise comfort on the saddle. To ensure that yours fits correctly please refer to the hip measurements below. For the perfect fit take the measurement around the widest part of the buttocks.

 

 

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Men's

83cm - 89cm

90cm - 96cm

97cm - 103cm

104cm - 110cm

111cm - 117cm

118cm - 124cm

125cm - 131cm

Ladies

80cm - 86cm

87cm - 93cm

94cm - 100cm

101cm - 107cm

108cm - 114cm

115cm - 121cm