Civia Clothing Recommendations

What to wear? It’s a timeless question that's challenging to answer. With variables like temperature, precipitation, wind, cloud cover, season—and personal comfort level—it’s impossible to provide a simple answer.

The clothing recommendation guide provides advice about how to dress for your longer rides where every day clothing would not be sufficient based around our commutes of 10-15 miles.

Photos are of people dressed for the range listed. The text describes roughly how to dress and may not exactly match the image.

And lastly, we state the obvious: these are only suggestions. You must ultimately use your own best judgment when dressing for a ride. So remember, when it's cold, skin does freeze, and when it's hot, heat stroke can kill.

 

Dry Conditions

Dry 90–100º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Sleeveless jersey

Legs

Shorts

Hands

Short finger gloves

Feet

Short socks, shoes

Dry 70–80º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Short sleeve jersey

Legs

Shorts

Hands

Short finger gloves

Feet

Short socks, shoes

Dry 50–60º

Head

Helmet, eyewear, headband/ear covering

Torso

Short sleeve jersey, short sleeve base layer, arm warmers

Legs

Knickers

Hands

Warm weather, full finger gloves

Feet

Mid socks, shoes

Dry 30–40º

Head

Helmet, eyewear, skull cap

Torso

Long sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, wind breaking vest

Legs

Knickers with leg warmers

Hands

Cool weather, full finger gloves

Feet

Wool socks, shoes

Dry 20º

Head

Helmet, eyewear, balaclava

Torso

Long sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, wind breaking jacket

Legs

Insulated tights

Hands

Cold weather, full finger gloves

Feet

Thick wool socks, boots

Dry 10º

Head

Helmet, goggles, balaclava

Torso

Long sleeve thermal jersey, long sleeve base layer, insulated wind breaking jacket

Legs

Insulated tights

Hands

Cold weather mittens

Feet

Thick wool socks, boots

Dry 0º

Head

Helmet, goggles, face shield

Torso

Long sleeve thermal jersey, long sleeve base layer, insulated wind breaking jacket

Legs

Insulated tights with baggy overlayer

Hands

Cold weather mittens

Feet

Thick wool socks, boots

Dry -10º

Head

Helmet, goggles, face shield

Torso

Long sleeve thermal jersey, short sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, insulated wind breaking jacket

Legs

Insulated tights with baggy overlayer

Hands

Cold weather mittens, with chemical heating pad

Feet

Thick wool socks, boots, chemical heating pads

Wet Conditions

Wet 90–100º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Sleeveless jersey

Legs

Shorts

Hands

Short finger gloves

Feet

Short socks, shoes

Wet 80º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Short sleeve jersey

Legs

Shorts

Hands

Short finger gloves

Feet

Short socks, shoes

Wet 70º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Short sleeve jersey, waterproof jacket

Legs

Shorts

Hands

Warm weather, full finger gloves

Feet

Short socks, shoes

Wet 60º

Head

Helmet, eyewear

Torso

Short sleeve jersey, waterproof jacket

Legs

Knickers

Hands

Warm weather, full finger gloves

Feet

Wool socks, shoes

Wet 50º

Head

Helmet, eyewear, headband/ear covering

Torso

Short sleeve jersey, short sleeve base layer, arm warmers, waterproof jacket

Legs

Knickers

Hands

Waterproof full finger gloves

Feet

Wool socks, shoes

Wet 40º

Head

Helmet, eyewear, skull cap

Torso

Long sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, waterproof jacket

Legs

Knickers with waterproof over pants

Hands

Waterproof full finger gloves

Feet

Thick wool socks, shoes

Wet 30º

Head

Long sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, waterproof jacket

Torso

Long sleeve jersey, long sleeve base layer, waterproof jacket

Legs

Tights with waterproof over pants

Hands

Waterproof full finger gloves

Feet

Thick wool socks, shoes

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