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.
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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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.
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.
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