Surviving An Adelaide Winter – Best Kit & Accessories

With the streets littered with leaves and the icy early mornings it’s a great time to procrastinate about your commute or weekend ride. However there are some great ways to survive this time of year.

With more people taking to the car to get to work in the cold the bike is still the best way to get into the city and so BikeSA have asked two of our partners to put together a list of the top 5 Winter items to make sure you are warm and comfortable.

WINTER ACCESSORIES

Remember that one of the best ways to survive the Winter is a well maintained bike, be sure to check out the list of our partners who can service your bike and also book for one of our maintenance courses online.

Bike lights. Australian law requires bikes to be fitted with a white light at the front, and a red light and reflector at the back when you ride in the dark – and during winter there are far more hours of dark to contend with. Make sure your lights are fully charged, and most importantly, turned on before you set off.
Bontrager Flare R Tail Light
Bontrager Flare R Tail Light  $79.95 

 65 lumens for visibility from over 2kms day or night

– Be seen with balanced optics designed for 270 degree visibility near and far

– Two day-time visibility modes and two night modes

– Battery save mode at 5% life ensures a safe ride home with a depleted battery

– Comes with a quick connect bracket and USB charging cable

Good Tires.  Icy roads, slippery painted lines and wet decomposing leaves are some of the biggest issues for winter riding.  Having a well maintained bike is key to making sure you reach your destination and nothing is more important that a great pair of tyres.  If you are commuting a tyre that is puncture resistant is paramount in winter conditions also a tyre that can move water away to increase grip and safety.
Continental GP4000s II Were $95, now $69.95

(Bike SA discount does not apply to this product as it is already on sale)

– Advanced Blackchilli compound for low rolling resistance, high mileage and maximum wet weather grip

– Vectran Breaker for unsurpassed puncture protection

– Top shelf continental quality

– Made in Germany

– Tried and tested technology

Keep Dry.  Nothing worse than riding only to feel the dreaded splash of recent rain up your back.  Keeping dry is one of the best ways to also keep warm and what better way to do this than to use mud guards.  From the simple plastic clip-on variety to the more robust stainless steel versions Bicycle Express has something to suit, below are two such products.
Ass Savers Regular $12.95

– Keeps your butt dry on wet roads

– Easy to mount requires no tools

– Fits every standard rail saddle, also with carbon rails

– Suitable for tire widths between 25-35mms

Keep Dry.  Nothing worse than riding only to feel the dreaded splash of recent rain up your back.  Keeping dry is one of the best ways to also keep warm and what better way to do this than to use mud guards.  From the simple plastic clip-on variety to the more robust stainless steel versions Bicycle Express has something to suit, below are two such products.
Topeak Defender R1/R2 $89.95

– For 700c wheel, fits 20mm to 25mm tires

– Stainless steel struts

– Lightweight polycarbonate

– Quick release design

– One-size-fits-all rubber straps

Keep Dry.  Nothing worse than riding only to feel the dreaded splash of recent rain up your back.  Keeping dry is one of the best ways to also keep warm and what better way to do this than to use mud guards.  From the simple plastic clip-on variety to the more robust stainless steel versions Bicycle Express has something to suit, below are two such products.
Deuter Raincover 1 $34.50

– Fits 20-35L bags

– Brightly coloured for maximum visibility

– PU coating and taped seams

– Waterproof

WINTER CLOTHING

Most important thing in winter is to keep that wind out and still give the rider good kit that breathes when the work rate goes up.  Julian Carne Cycle Closet

Fingers – Got to keep those fingers and hands functional for breaks and keeping control of the bike! Nothing worse than cold fingers during the winter. Look for a wind stopper glove that gives you the right level of tactile feel for the bike. Wind stopper material will also give you light degree of water resistance

For those that want to be seen check out the POC Avip version.

http://www.pocsports.com/eu/avip-softshell-glove/30271.html

Cycle Closet stock a number of other versions for those that don’t connect with Orange!

Toes – Keep those toes warm with a pair of low cost but effective toe warmers. Cycling shoes are designed to have good ventilation to keep the feet cool and allow sweat to evaporate. In winter this means those toes get chilled to the bone. A pair of toe warmers makes all the difference to keeping out the wind and will also manage a bit of light drizzle without a problem

Pear Izumi, Castelli and Endura all have a reasonably priced offering. For Bike SA Members 9% discount.

Here is the link for PI https://www.cyclecloset.com/product/toe-cover-pro/

Neck – A neck warmer stops those pesky draughts from rushing down the front of the jersey and keeps the neck warm on those chilly starts.

Available in both Merino and Synthetic they can also add a splash of colour to catch the eye of drivers.

https://www.cyclecloset.com/product/isadore-merino-neck-warmer/

Body – A long sleeve jersey makes a big difference to comfort in winter. No gaps between arm warmers and jersey and available in merino or synthetic will keep you toasty.

This entry level version from Pearl Izumi in soft shell will easily deal with any light showers as well as keep you dry.

https://www.cyclecloset.com/product/isadore-merino-neck-warmer/

Legs – Bib shorts are available from several manufacturers which have windstopper and water resistance qualities. They keep the engine room warm and allow you to keep moving in the cool weather

Castelli make a bib short, a bib knicker (3/4 length), and bib tight in nanoflex which is wind and water resistant. Once you have tried them in winter you will never go back!!

https://www.cyclecloset.com/product/castelli-nanoflex-mens-bibshort/

What are your favorite Winter accessories and clothing?  Leave a comment in the comments section below.

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Heinz Huxholl
July 7, 2017 9:26 am

Before I finish reading, the information jumps, is it me or some defect in the programming.

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It looks like it’s the design of the website. When the images in the slideshow change the page jumps.

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