There is something worse than not being able to shift gear because your hands are frozen – that is the pain felt when your hands are thawing.
When the weather turns downright chilly, you’ll need added protection, especially for your arms and hands, which take on the brunt of the colder weather. Here are a few upper body bike clothes we recommend for the coming cold months.
We highly recommend Specialized’s affordable line of arm warmers (retail: $35). Made with proprietary Therminal™ fabric for optimal warmth, each arm warmer is super soft and stays up. That’s because Specialized used male- and female-specific proportions for authentic gender sizing and maximum comfort.
We also recommend the SELECT Soft Shell glove by Pearl Izumi (retail: $30). Insulated with SELECT Thermal Lite fabric for warmth minus the bulk, this glove protects your hands from both wind and water. The palm is reinforced with silicone for performance grip (great for a rainy day ride), and there are small reflective elements on each glove for night rides, too.
The SELECT Soft Shell is ideal for an average fall day. But when the temperature drops below 25 degrees, we recommend Pearl Izumi’s Barrier Lobster Glove (retail: $70). Hard rain, heavy sleet, and bitter wind chills are no match for these weatherproof gloves. With a soft interior, reinforced knuckle, excellent insulation, and leather palm for enhanced grip, Pearl Izumi’s lobster gloves are a favorite among winter riders.
Not every glove out there can give you the kind of handle grip you need. For added comfort, we suggest Bar Mitts bicycle gloves. Designed by cyclists tired of using hang-gliding mitts, Bar Mitts are weather-resistant warmers for your handlebars. You can easily slide your hand in and out for shifting and breaking, while the mitts stay secured on the handlebars.
We carry a variety of warmers, mitts and gloves at both our Wilmette and Highland Park locations. Feel free to stop in to test ride any of these products and find out which arm and hand warmers are best for your biking needs.