As the temperature drops and the heavens open, it can be tempting to transition to the turbo or even hang up your bike for the winter. Indoor training is all well and good, but with the right gear, cycling in the colder months can be some of the most rewarding rides of the year! In this article we’ll showcase some of our team’s favourite bits of kit to create the perfect outfit for winter cycling, so you can stay warm, dry, and comfortable on your rides no matter how cold it gets outside. From head to toe, we've got you covered, so grab your helmet, put on your gloves, and get ready to hit the road (or trail) in style and comfort!



Chapeau! Windstopper Jacket

Phil’s pick is the Chapeau Windstopper Jacket, keeping his core warm and warding off the frost during these colder months. Thermal, windproof and waterproof, the multi-layer fabric ensures that you stay warm and dry no matter the weather. Close-fitting and breathable, it’s ideal for fast-paced winter group rides or steady off-road adventures – the world is your oyster!

The jacket also features a full-length zipper, reflective details, and extra zippered pockets on the chest and rear to keep your ride essentials safe and secure. 

Chapeau! Mens Club Windstopper Jacket

Explore the rest of the Chapeau range here.


Oakley Trail Torch Sunglasses

Winter might not be known for its bright, sunny days, but don't underestimate the power of cold, harsh wind on your eyes! It can be super uncomfortable and even make it harder to see as your eyes tear up, so protect your peepers with a pair of low-light tinted or clear sunglasses. Phil’s shades of choice are the Oakley Sutro Lite fitted with a Trail Torch Prizm lens, which has the added bonus of brightening up those gloomy days. Not only will they shield your eyes from the wind, but they'll also keep any rogue flies out of your face. It's a win-win!

Oakley Sutro Lite Sweep Orange w/ PRIZM Trail Torch

Oakley Encoder Matte Black/Red Shift w/ PRIZM Trail Torch

Check out the rest of our shades from Oakley here.



Spatz Legalz Overshoes

The Spatz Legalz overshoes are essential on those cold, wet winter rides. These aren’t your ordinary neoprene overshoes: sleek and aero, yet fully waterproof and insulated, they’re designed to keep your feet as warm as possible and stand the test of time thanks to heat welded and taped seams plus robust heel and toe guards. Favoured by many riders in the pro peloton, Spatz products aren’t just the top choice of the likes of Mathieu van der Poel, but also our store manager Jake! If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us!

Spatz Legalz Pro Overshoe

Chapeau! Leg Warmers

This simple piece of kit is a winter wardrobe staple, helping ward off the windchill and keep the pistons turning while still getting to use your favourite pair of bib shorts. Suitably thermal yet breathable and moisture wicking, Jake has completed many tough winter rides and bikepacking trips with these very warmers, including his recent trip up to the lake district to complete the Lakeland 200! Pair these with a set of Chapeau arm warmers, and you’ve got yourself a solid setup for winter riding.

Chapeau! Men's Leg Warmers Wordmark

Chapeau! Men's Arm Warmers Wordmark


Chapeau! Ladies Merino Base Layer

The importance of keeping your core warm in the winter can’t be overstated – let it to get cold and your body will prioritise keeping the vital organs in check, leaving your hands and feet to fend for themselves! That’s where a baselayer comes in – insulating close to the skin keeps the worst of the warmth from escaping, so that your core doesn’t suffer in the cold. Like with the socks, merino is an excellent material for winter riding thanks to its insulating yet breathable properties, which is why this Chapeau merino base layer is Belinda’s pick.

Chapeau! Ladies Merino LS Base Layer

Richmond Cycles Richmond Bridge Long Sleeve Jersey

No winter wardrobe is complete without a thermal jersey, so it was only right that Belinda chose our very own Richmond Cycles kit! The long sleeve version of our Richmond Bridge jersey is designed for the deep winter months, incorporating soft Thermofleece that’ll keep you nice and warm in cold temperatures whilst also wicking away sweat to the outer lining. This will ensure you don't catch a cold when stopped at the lights or on a recovery spin, even on the frostiest of winter mornings!

Richmond Cycles Richmond Bridge Long Sleeve Jersey Womens

Take a look at the rest of our Richmond kit range here.


Richmond Gilet

Layering is the key to comfort when it comes to winter riding, as the up-and-down nature of our local riding and the variable weather conditions can result in big fluctuations in body temperature throughout the course of a ride. Anthony’s clothing item of choice is the humble gilet (a Richmond one, of course!), which is an excellent layering tool to protect your core from windchill. 

Richmond Cycles Bridge Unisex Gilet

QUOC Merino Tech Wool Socks

Keep your feet toasty and warm with a good pair of winter socks. Phil opts for the QUOC Merino Tech wool socks during the winter, offering all the insulating advantages that merino is known for while remaining breathable so that your feet don’t overheat! No need to double up on socks – that'll just restrict blood flow and leave your feet feeling frosty. Trust us, your toes will thank you!


Discover QUOC’s product range here.


Spatz Heatr

Nothing is worse than chilly ears when out on a winter ride – that’s why thermal caps and snoods are a super useful accessory to keep your noggin nice and warm. Richard’s pick is the Spatz Heatr, the ultimate winter headwear accessory! This unique piece of kit encompasses a snood, thermal cap and ear warmers all in one, using their super-stretchy but highly insulating fabric so you can use it in all kinds of configurations to suit the conditions.



Chapeau! Club Race Jacket

Getting wet is something of an inevitability during UK winters, so it’s always best to be prepared with a lightweight rain jacket. Richard rolls out on his winter rides with a Chapeau Club Race jacket stowed away in his jersey pocket, serving as the perfect get-out-of-jail-free card during surprise downpours thanks to it’s fully wind- and water-proof materials. The slim cut means that it won’t be a parachute in the wind, and the lightweight construction makes it easily compacted into a pocket or bag.

Chapeau! Mens Club Race Jacket

Now that you’re suited and booted, check out our emergency toolkit essentials for winter riding here!




December 20, 2022 — Richmond Cycles