I sweat a lot. I’m a scummy, slimy, squelchy, sweaty mess if I wear the wrong clothes and do the wrong thing on the wrong day. I just have to be careful. My most common mistake is wearing to many clothes, or the wrong sorts of clothes, then hopping on the bike. To often it wasn’t quite as cold as I thought it was, the journey was a little longer and a little more up hill than I thought it would be, or it was just windier than you imagined. In Liverpool its always windier than you imagined. It gets windy here. That’s my opinion anyway.
It’s a windy city. My big problem is that I cycle to get places, I rarely just cycle to cycle. Often I will deliberately cycle a longer route to the place I am going because I love cycling and it’s fun and that. But rarely do I go out to cycle just-to-cycle, for-no-other-reason-than-to-cycle. What this means is that what I wear is constantly torn between myself-as-cyclist and myself-as-person-doing-normal-things-on-foot.
In the winter, I want to be wearing my big warm overcoat when I’m walking around, but not when I’m cycling. I may want to wear big boots when I’m walking around, but not when I’m cycling. It’s OK with something like my mum’s pom pom hats made from fur, which I wear an embarrassing amount. Because a fur hat is, I can tell you, a great addition to a cycle ride. Who doesn’t want a fur hat on their cycle ride? It’s great!
The big problem with cycling in winter is how quickly you will heat up once you start cycling, and how quickly you will cool down when you stop. I always find that I actually feel the hottest just after I get off my bike. I feel overwhelmingly hot and sweaty in that moment and kind of want to just strip all my clothes off and lie on the floor panting. But hey what’s new!
Cycling is hard
So what do you do? I just don’t know. Breathable coats I guess.