The winter season in Southern California might not bring the frosty temperatures and snow-covered landscapes you’ll find in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a comfortable e-bike ride during this time.

With mild temperatures and occasional rainfall, dressing for winter bike rides in Southern California requires a blend of practicality and style.

And being close to the mountains and deserts means if you like your weather more extreme, it’s an option.¬†

Here’s our take on what to wear for your winter bike rides…

Layer Up

Southern California’s winter days often boast comfortable temperatures, but it’s wise to be prepared for cooler mornings or evenings.

Opt for breathable base layers that wick away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable throughout your ride.

Lightweight jackets or vests can be easily added or removed as the temperature fluctuates.

Check the weather forecast and dress to be comfortable.

Weather-Resistant Outerwear

While heavy winter coats may not be necessary, having a water-resistant or waterproof jacket is a smart choice to combat occasional rain showers.

Look for jackets with ventilation features to ensure breathability while keeping you protected from the elements.

Snowier climates might require that winter coat. Bonus if it’s got “pit zips” so you can regulate your body temps.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

Southern California’s winter sun can still be quite bright, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat to shield your eyes. If you’re riding someplace with more extreme weather, you might opt for something more like snow goggles to protect your eyes from the glare off of the snow.

Gloves are essential to keep your hands warm in the cooler air, and they provide added grip and control while riding. A neck gaiter or scarf can also be a versatile accessory to protect against the wind.

Comfortable Bottoms

Opt for comfortable and flexible bottoms, such as moisture-wicking leggings or cycling-specific pants. If rain is in the forecast, consider pants with water-resistant features to keep you dry during your ride, and if you’re riding in the snow, snow pants will keep you both warm and dry.

Be Kind to Your Feet

Keep your feet warm and dry with water-resistant shoes or shoe covers. If you’re riding in rainy conditions, consider investing in waterproof shoe options to prevent discomfort from wet and cold feet. Nothing will chill you faster than being cold and wet.

Safety First

Even in milder climates, visibility is crucial. Choose outerwear with bright colors and reflective elements, and consider adding reflective accessories to your bike. Safety should always be a top priority when riding, especially during the shorter days of winter.

And when the winter days give the more enviable summer vibes that we’re used to, consider your feet. Flip flops might look cool, but they’re no match to a fast ride and they don’t help protect your tootsies in a fall.

Consider a solid, strap-on sandal if you crave the wind through your toes, or opt for a lightweight sneaker. Your feet will thank you.

One last word… Helmets.

We never leave home without them. Even a mild fall can produce dramatic impairments if you hit your head.

Be safe!

Have Fun

Dressing for winter bike rides in Southern California is all about finding the right balance between comfort and style. By incorporating breathable layers, weather-resistant outerwear, and essential accessories, you can ensure a pleasant and enjoyable ride, no matter the season.

And if you’re missing anything (or maybe you’re just craving something new), stop by and see us. We carry a full range of bike clothing and accessories, like hats and gloves!

So, gear up, hop on your bike, and embrace the scenic beauty that Southern California has to offer this winter.