Clothing for Winter Riding in Athens

During winter riding months in Athens, many people wonder the appropriate apparel to wear in cold weather.  After much research and asking many riders their expert opinions, the following general guide may help.  The guide is a suggestion of what to wear differently than a person would wear in the summer.  Of course each person is different, so after experimenting, you can hopefully find your perfect gear for warmth.  If you have already been riding in Athens in December or ridden in the winter in the past, then you have already conquered the cold, so you can just skip the guide.

  • 30° to 40°: wool socks, full shoe covers, long sleeve cycling jacket, balaclava head covering (not to be confused with baklava, which probably should not be worn on your head), long legged tights/cycling pants and full finger gloves.

  • 40° to 50°: wool socks, full shoe covers, headband ear covers, cycling vest, thermal long sleeve cycling jersey, long legged tights/cycling pants and full finger gloves.

  • 50° to 60°: wool socks, shoe toe covers, thermal long sleeve cycling jersey, removable leggings or long legged tights/cycling pants and full finger gloves.

  • 60° to 70°:  long sleeve cycling jersey

  • Special “old school” suggestion:  If you ever find yourself under-dressed on a ride just find a newspaper and stick it underneath your jersey. Tour de France riders still use this technique. Please note: only a physical newspaper will work, after experimenting, online newspapers do not seem to keep you warmer.