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Winter biking: Hands

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Some tips on keeping hands warm:

  • Lobster gloves work for colder temps than regular gloves, and mittens work even better than them.
  • Pogies work best if you store your bike inside, such that the handlebars are pre-warmed.
  • Keeping arms well insulated helps keep fingers warm.
  • Oversized is much better than undersized--compressing fingers reduces circulation and compressing insulation reduces its effectiveness.
  • A material like fleece that is harder to compress is best for the palm, such that gripping a cold handlebar doesn't wipe out the insulation capability.
  • A stiff fabric over the insulation may also lead to excessive compression of insulation--if the fabric doesn't bend easily, the insulation must be compressed to lead it to bend.

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