We asked readers of Cycling Weekly to come up with their own advice for cycling in the colder months

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For some cyclists, the onset of winter signals a period of hanging up their bike and taking to the indoor trainer while the rain, snow, ice and dicey road conditions are left in the outdoor world.

Of course, many cyclists continue riding regardless, and others even relish the challenge of tackling winter head-on.

We asked readers for their winter riding tips. As ever, the advice we received was as entertaining as it was useful.

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>>> Pro rider tips for winter cycling

Proper layering. Keeping your core warm is essential. Invest in a good pair of gloves, shoe covers, wind-breaker and beanie. And smile! Smiling always keeps you warm.
Sharon Castle

Don’t overdress. Being on the cold side early in the ride, in my limited experience, is better. I layered up on my first winter ride and was solidly sweating about a quarter (six-ish miles) into it.
Kevin Parker

Pre-warmed shoes with “Li’l Hotties” [heat pack] in each under toes, bootie covers. Li’l Hotties in each glove between back of hand and glove. Balaclava. Light pad shorts/knickers under winter bib-tights (crotch protection), triple layers on top with high-viz yellow wind and/or rain jacket. Cover all exposed skin.
Tom Murphy

Set my bike next to the fireplace and have a cup of coffee.
John Kubus

I try my best to keep dry. Overshoes, waterproof jacket and gloves are necessary with maybe some lightweight, waterproof trousers and helmet cover in a waterproof cycling backpack. Not overdoing the layering helps too.
Stephen Walsh

>>> 10 worst winter kit mistakes and how to avoid them

Turbo trainer in a centrally-heated garage!
Mick Chambers

If you must go out, just like skiing, it’s all about layering and quality breathable fabrics. However, I am sticking to the turbo and TrainerRoad this winter after falling on black ice and damaging my rotator cuff last winter!
David Whiteman

Correct layering, for certain. Keeping head, hands and feet warm is essential. And definitely not shorts. Not in January. And I still see it. Sheer madness.
Malcolm Trueman

Be safe: use two rear LED lights, as the cold can degrade batteries very fast on long rides (good to have a backup). Put some reflective material on the back of the helmet helps. Clean brakes after every outing, as grit can degrade the braking surface on the wheels. Deflate tyres after every ride and re-inflate before, makes tubs (or inner tubes) last longer. Warmth: use a tube-scarf under my thermals as a last resort barrier against wind. Get an Ass-Saver mudguard, easy to install, no fuss and will avoid the worst of water on your back if you find puddles.
Edoardo Ferrari

>>> Six moans and truths about winter cycling

I have circulation issues so really get numb feet. My solution is a five-pronged attack of deep heat, toe warmers, thick walking socks, oversized winter boots and neoprene over-boots. A front mudguard makes a big difference as well in the wet.
Jason Jones

Move to Cairns. Never a cold winter.
Gayle Debra

  • http://www.ragtimecyclist.com/ ragtime cyclist

    Yes, I’m familiar with the spring classics…I was being tongue-in-cheek

  • http://www.ragtimecyclist.com/ ragtime cyclist

    I was being tongue-in-cheek…

  • richard

    Have you never seen some of the spring classics.. Maybe worth a look to re evalute your thinking! Overly sweating is probably the worst thing ever in winter also ..

  • Ian Hollway

    Visit New Zealand! Here in the Hawkes Bay it is averaging 25-30 degrees each day, the roads are quiet the scenery sensational and life is PERFECT. Stay with the friendly guys at oneorange2.co.nz and then you don’t even need to bring your bike!

  • Ollie Howe

    I’m probably the skinniest cyclist I know, and the warmest thanks to proper layering and the right kit. Oh and I have the benefit if being lighter, and more healthy, and less likely to have weight related illnesses.

  • ummm…

    warm base layer, warm full length bibs, hi viz jacket, gloves, balaclava, clycling hat, helmet, thermal socks, joint

    p.s. bike

  • harry

    My tip, hang up the road bike and embrace mountain biking, come spring time you will fly!

  • http://www.ragtimecyclist.com/ ragtime cyclist

    Find the skinniest cycling mate you know, and take them out for a ride. They may well leave you for dead on the climbs all summer, but come winter their lack of body fat will leave them struggling for warmth on even the mildest of winter days. One look across at their shivering torso and blue lips does wonders for the motivation. I think they call it karma.