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9 Cycling Staples for Chilly Rides

Sugoi Carbon L/S Base Layer

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You’ve heard it before: Layering is key to managing your body temp throughout a workout since you can peel off items as you warm up. We could wear this snug, soft tee all day long! The warming-yet-still-moisture-wicking fabric is like the cashmere of the fitness world! ($50; sugoi.comFor tips on cycling in the cold weather, check out Your Outdoor Winter Cycling Guide

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Specialized Element Windstopper Jacket

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A good jacket is a crucial investment. This one has Gore WINDSTOPPER technology to keep the chill out—but vents in the pockets so you don’t get too sweaty once you warm up. The reflective hits on the zipper and elbows mean you can ride in the low light conditions that the winter makes unavoidable. ($225;

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Sugoi Zap Bike Helmet Cover

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You know how helmets are covered in vents that are oh-so-great for keeping your head cool? Not so awesome when it’s already cool (or wet!) outside. This stretchy cover keeps wind and water out—and has more of those reflective accents to boot. ($30;

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Shimano Women’s Performance Winter Tight

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These have enough loft to keep you warm, but are still breathable—so you won’t get super sweaty once you’re warmed up. The chamois is also breathable. ($110;

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Pearl Izumi Shoe Covers

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Typically, your extremities (fingers and toes!) get chilled first, since all your blood rushes to your organs in a flight or fight response to the cold. And, like helmets, most cycling shoes are ventilated—these help keep the draft from your toes. (Check out The Best Shoes for Indoor Cycling.) ($50;

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Shimano Thick Windbreak Glove

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Made of synthetic leather fabric, these gloves will keep your hands toasty, but you’ll still have the dexterity to change gears and operate your phone (thanks to smartphone friendly fabric on the finger tips) when you stop. ($40;

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Klean Kantine “The Original” Classic Bottle

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Fill this bottle with hot water (or do as LIV Cycling Athlete/Ambassador Stephanie Jones does and add Skratch Labs Apples & Cinnamon hot exercise hydration mix!). It won’t freeze and it will warm you up from the inside out. This 18-ounce bottle fits most bike cages. ($18.95;

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Michelin Star Grip Tire

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If it’s wet and snowy, consider swapping out your tires for these bad boys. Michelin engineers developed the “star” shaped tread in lieu of the typical studs to provide the right grip in any weather condition. ($50;

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LIV Handy

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It looks like a blanket, but you can wear it around your neck and even pull it up over your mouth and head for those rides when it’s so cold that even your face hurts! (prices vary;

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