Winter Downhill Biking - What to wear?
The best time of year for riding a bike in Morzine is between June and September. Those are the months, which attract most of the bikers who come to visit Morzine and Les-Gets which are known especially for their downhill bike trails. Although the best weather is usually found in July and August, there are plenty of mountain bikers who prefer to come vacate in the area in June or September and enjoy the quite ambience that is characteristic for the area in those months. While biking in the beginning and the end of the season, it is possible to encounter cold weather, which reminds us of the winter.
Here are a few tips for how to dress for riding Downhill trail in winter conditions:
Bottom: It is recommended to wear fleece-lined tights over standard biking shorts. If you get hot, you can strip and dump the tights in your bag. When you come home, you can drop the mud-covered tights and shoes on the porch, and go into the house clean. If you reach a fast downhill, a sweaty crotch can cool down VERY quickly if there‘s only one layer.
Top: Wearing a standard bike shirt over a very thin wool-acrylic long-sleeved upper body tight should keep you worm on a cold day. For protection from cold winds or if you intend on riding some fast downhill‘s, add another nylon layer.
Gloves: It is best to use ski gloves.
Shoes: You can either use your summer shoes, wearing a double layer of socks, or purchase shoe covers, which insulate the shoe from cold temperature and moisture. There are special winter riding shoes that have extra padding, yet they are very expensive.
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