What piece of kit was essential in winter?

willy b
willy b Posts: 4,125
edited February 2014 in Road general
So, just doing a bit of research on this given winter is nearly over :roll:

What 1 piece of kit could you not have lived without during winter?

Be it clothing, equipment, a turbo...
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  • ju5t1n
    ju5t1n Posts: 2,028
    Normally I’d go with a good pair of gloves, but this winter it’s my rollers
  • Turbo
    I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles
  • Nick Cod
    Nick Cod Posts: 321
    Life raft if you're living in any of the flooded areas of the country
    2016 Cube Agree C:62 SLT DISC
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  • diamonddog
    diamonddog Posts: 3,426
    Turbo
  • a bike is a good start.
  • Central heating.
  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    Turbo

    yep...this..
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    mud guards get my vote!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • gloves, hat, overshoes. Without either ride would be miserable.
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    The worst of last winter came in during March, with snow on the roads in North Wales well into April. It's not over yet :)

    1. Mudguards
    2. Alfine equipped bike. It's amazing how clean the chain stays on it.
  • ctc
    ctc Posts: 232
    Helly Hansen Lifa Ice base layer. Bl**dy fantastic
  • Mccaria
    Mccaria Posts: 869
    One way ticket to Majorca
  • willy b
    willy b Posts: 4,125
    Thanks guys!

    What Turbo do people use?

    What gloves and overshoes do people use?
  • Bobbinogs
    Bobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    Chris Bass wrote:
    mud guards get my vote!

    ...and mine.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    This year - I'm in love again with my turbo. Much easier to get onto that and get a session in than it is to get dressed and head outside on crappy or icy days.
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Was essential?

    You make it sound like it's over! I am rather hoping it is, but I fear not.

    Despite the horrendous wet weather, it's actually been a very mild winter, so I've not been as layered up as most winters. Still love a couple of items for winter riding though:

    Merino buff to keep the cold off the back of my neck.
    Merino glove liners - one of the most essential things for keeping hands warm, even when wet.

    Mudguards - but I use them year round, so not a winter specific thing.
  • A dedicated winter bike with 28mm tyres, full guards and good lights. The turbo has hardly been touched this winter.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,383
    I'd say the piece of equipment that is currently in storage that I ve missed most has been the Turbo...
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  • MartinGT
    MartinGT Posts: 475
    Guards a definate. Keeps your bike cleaner, your clothes cleaner and if you ride in a bunch, means your friends will like you :)

    Decent base layers
    Decent socks
    Over shoes
    Turbo
  • glasgowbhoy
    glasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
    The Velodrome
  • fat_cat
    fat_cat Posts: 566
    Tights / Shorts and Leg Warmers - the alternative doesn't bear thinking about.
  • I'll let you know when "Winter" kicks in!!!!

    Watch this space, but I don't reckon we've even seen the start of it yet!

    I live down in Somerset, and it's pretty badly flooded in loads of places, but we haven't experienced too much cold weather.........YET!!!!!!!!
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  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    I live down in Somerset, and it's pretty badly flooded in loads of places

    That's a bit of an understatement judging by the news!!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • A buff. £10 and stops cold sores and keeps the neck warm
  • A winter bike with full SKS mudguards and mudflap.
  • Oxo
    Oxo Posts: 144
    A Sealskinz Belgian Style peaked hat. It's made a huge difference to my comfort levels this winter - a brilliant bit of kit.
    Sunday Best: 2013 Colnago Master 30th Anniversary
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  • crispybug2
    crispybug2 Posts: 2,915
    willy b wrote:
    Thanks guys!

    What Turbo do people use?

    What gloves and overshoes do people use?

    Not a turbo but a set of Elite rollers, picked them up on EBay year before last for £ £68. ..have been worth their weight in gold!
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    antsmithmk wrote:
    A buff. £10 and stops cold sores and keeps the neck warm

    I've always thought Buffs were versatile, but I never had them down as possessing antiviral properties!
  • Definitely my overshoes. Riding in winter when it's wet, cold and windy is bad enough with summer road shoes, but when you use shoes which you found in the sports direct sale for £15 the problem gets a whole lot worse. A good set of overshoes really helped this year.
  • MartinGT
    MartinGT Posts: 475
    antsmithmk wrote:
    A buff. £10 and stops cold sores and keeps the neck warm

    How does it stop cold sores exactly? Cold sores are a virus :?