Winter is for adventures. The weather makes everything a little tougher, as we saw this #mycyclingweekend. Your morning prep takes a bit longer, and your choice of kit becomes even more important.
Your lithe carbon road bike may no longer cut it on roads that resemble country lanes more than the tarmac pancake-like surfaces you're used to.
So, in that vein, we've got an adventure bike from Cannondale, a Synapse disc brake-equipped bike at 25% off.
Then, depending on the weather out - which will go from bitingly cold, to relatively mild with a chilly wind over the next few weeks - we've got a pair of extra cold weather gloves from SealSkinz and an Endura Windproof gilet.
25% off Cannondale Synapse Adventure Disc 2015 Road Bike
WAS £ 1599.00 | NOW £1199.00
We've talked a lot about adventure bikes over the last few weeks as the weather's deteriorated. They tick a lot of boxes and give you all sorts of added comfort when the elements are doing their utmost to make you uncomfortable.
If you want to know a bit more check out our adventure bikes buyer's guide below.
Anyway, the Synapse runs a SRAM Rival 22 groupset, a Rival HRD hydraulic disc brake set, Maddux RD 2.0 Disc wheelset, all piled onto a lightweight aluminium alloy frame.
Also, it comes readily equipped with custom mudguards to keep you dry and happy no matter what the weather throws at you.
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60% off SealSkinz Extra Cold Weather Cycle Gloves
WAS £50.00 | NOW £19.99
When the weather gets really bad, and take no notice of this mild spell, it will, you'll need something to keep your fingers warm. Believe us.
These SealSkinz will keep your fingers functioning and comfortable in cold and wet conditions. They come with waterproof and windproof membrane technology while remaining breathable - so you don't get too hot.
They're also equipped with gel padding on the palms, and Primaloft insulation for when the cold really starts biting.
If you need a bit more info, check out our buyer's guide to winter gloves below.
50% off Endura Laser Gilet
WAS £29.99 | NOW £14.99
Finally, as you discovered this weekend, the weather's not going to be baltic all winter. There'll be plenty of spells where it's way to warm to slip into your SealSkinz Extra Cold Gloves, while being far too cold to go for a ride in your summer jersey.
In those circumstances it's very important to layer. To the experienced layerer, one of the most vital bits of kit is the gilet.
Having a decent gilet allows you to head out on a ride with little in the way of thermals, but with the knowledge that should a particularly penetrating wind disturb you, you'll be able to find some shelter.
Elliot joined team road.cc bright eyed, bushy tailed, and straight out of university.
Raised in front of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong, Elliot's always had cycling in his veins.
His balance was found on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s, while his first taste of freedom came when he claimed his father's Giant hybrid as his own at age 16.
When Elliot's not writing for road.cc about two-wheeled sustainable transportation, he's focussing on business sustainability and the challenges facing our planet in the years to come.