The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping and the racing season, albeit a fairly short one, is over for most of us. Especially the wet and cold weather is always a problem for the training motivation. In order to get through this time in the best possible way, we have put together a few helpful products that belong to our favourites.
Lupine puts you in the right light
Especially with the mountain bike, but also among commuters and road cyclists, you know the problem. In winter, it gets light late and dark early, which makes training much more difficult, especially during the working day. The right light is important so that you don’t have to end your ride earlier than you want and so that you don’t miss any roots on your favourite trail in the dark.
Our favorites are Lupine Lighting Systems. These offer not only a high production quality for years but are also really bright. Some people even say that you can see more with it than in daylight. Another plus is that you can get spare parts for many years in case of a defect. Therefore, the manufacturer can justify its high product prices. The wide range of products has something for everyone. The small lamp heads Neo (900 lumens) and Piko (1900 lumens) are not only suitable for mounting on the handlebars but can also be used as a helmet lamp or with a headband.
The large lamps Betty, Wilma and Alpha are truly spotlights. With a luminosity between 3200 and 7200 lumens they deliver maximum performance. Especially for the use on mountain bikes we find this investment worthwhile. The flexible battery system offers a suitable solution for all needs. All batteries can be combined with all lamp heads (exception Alpha). For all commuters and commuter bikes, the Lupine SL offers a StVZO-compliant variant. With up to 2200 lumens, however, you get a no less high-quality product here.
New is the Lupine Penta. For 159,-€ you get a compact headlamp with integrated battery and up to 1100 lumens. For this we will soon hopefully present you a product test.
The most important thing to be able to train properly in cold temperatures is the right clothing. Not that this is unimportant in summer, but cold feet and fingers are particularly unpleasant. Therefore, you should always have a suitable selection of accessories at hand. Arm and leg warmers are especially useful in the transitional period, i.e. spring and autumn. In the beginning you won’t get cold and in the later course of your training or a race you can simply take off your clothes to avoid overheating. We will be adding some new products in the coming days and weeks to keep you stylish, warm and dry through the winter.
Our favorites are the gloves and overshoes from DeFeet. The Slipstream overshoes are reminiscent of a thick pair of socks. Without any special moisture protection, but extremely warm, this is a combination with which classic specialists have been training and winning for many years. The Duraglove is a versatile glove and has been my first choice for some time. It is ideally suited for use between -5 and 10 degrees and thus always covers my needs perfectly, whether running, cycling or winter hiking. The availability in many different colors makes DeFeet hand and overshoes a stylish must-have to match your team jersey.
Our tip for wet days: Take a second pair of gloves, protected by a breakfast or freezer bag, in your jersey pocket. Once the first pair is soaked, you’ll thank us 😉
See and be seen
Especially in road traffic, it is important for us as cyclists not only to see, but also to be seen. With a strong rear light, an accident can often be avoided.
For example, the Lupine red light makes sense. Here the StVZO variant offers 40 lumens, internationally even up to 160 lumens are available.
For those who are a bit playful technically, the Garmin Varia Radar is a good choice. This is not just a tail light. At the same time, its sensor system detects vehicles approaching from behind and displays them on the bike computer. To be able to use all functions, you have to use a compatible Garmin headunit.
Prevent the hunger pangs
For many of us, winter training involves long sessions in the basics. Especially when the outside temperatures are cold, you therefore want to avoid a hunger pang. Since coffee stops are sometimes not feasible due to various hygiene constraints, proper nutrition is all the more important. We find that the products of ClifBar offer exactly the right variety.
With natural ingredients and available in a variety of flavors, these are a tasty alternative to gels and energy drinks. Our favorites? Blueberry Crisp and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut! My secret tip is the Crunchy Peanut Butter variety.
The virtual escape
Especially in the rain it sometimes gets very uncomfortable. While the professionals from Ineos and Co. take up winter quarters on Mallorca, we take refuge in the virtual world of Zwift or TrainerRoad.
To make indoor training fun, the right setup of your personal Pain Cave is crucial. Switching from a conventional roller to a direct drive roller trainer from Wahoo, Tacx or Elite already makes a noticeable difference. You can find different models in our shop. So nothing stands in the way of a race, even if only virtual, with Mathieu Van Der Poel or Geraint Thomas.
Material care made easy
Even though virtual training is tempting and especially more intensive sessions over the winter can be so exciting and varied, it can get boring in the long run. Since long basic training sessions play an important role in the preparation for the season, we recommend that you train outside a lot. Bad weather puts a lot of strain on the material, and the mountain bikers and crossers among us are especially aware of this. Salt, dirt and moisture are an enemy to any bearing. In order to have fun while riding, you should take good care of your equipment on a regular basis.
We offer a wide range of bicycle-specific tools as well as assembly stands and accessories. We also have various spare parts, if you can’t find something, our support team will be happy to help you and organise the right components. So you always stay mobile and nothing stands in the way of your next ride. In addition, you will benefit from the correct care of the material and the possibility to carry out repairs quickly and yourself throughout the rest of the season.
Mudguards – a bicycle essential
No matter in which terrain you are riding, as soon as it gets wet, suitable mudguards are a blessing that nobody wants to miss. Quick and easy to assemble, we are big fans of the Mudcatcher.
The Mudcatcher Rear MK1 is a simple mudguard that is mounted on the seat frame. It is ideal for use when dampness is drying off or for racing in spring. It is not without reason that such mudguards are also used by the World Tour teams during the spring classics. At just €6.99, the acquisition costs are also manageable. Maybe this is a suitable Christmas present for the members of your club or training group.
The Mudcatcher Enduro MK1 is aimed at mountain bikers at all levels from cross-country to downhill. Whether mounted on the fork or the seatstays, this catches most of the mud you encounter on forest roads and trails. And with a clear view it is much more fun.