No need to shy away from winter riding anymore! You can beat the elements with the right gear. At The Ark Cycles, we are stockists of Castelli. Now we have expanded our showroom, we have more room for a wider selection of clothing, including both male and female items!
Combining the right clothing with a Specialized Diverge means we can battle any weather thrown at us and enjoy every moment of pedalling! The Specialized Diverge has been our best-selling bike of 2021. In the picture below, we have me on a Specialized Diverge E5 Elite, £1899 and Sean on a Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon, £4000. They both come standard with mudguard mounts and rack capability. We rate this bike hugely for its sheer versatility. We can take it through winter comfortably with some Roubaix 30/32 tyres on and when we get to Spring we have the ability to change the tyres to a gravel tyre. No need for a redundant bike when it comes round to summertime!
Our top clothing picks:
Alpha Ros £300
This jacket is perfect for temperatures anywhere between -5 - 10 degrees! Its outer shell is made from Gortex Infinium. It features a double-layer that separates a zipped insulating layer from the wind and rain to let you regulate ventilation. They come with taped seams which reduces the chance of water getting through. There's no need to worry about getting too hot or too cold as the jacket features multiple zipped vents. It comes with three pockets on the back, plenty of room for snacks!
This jacket is a fantastic all-rounder as you can wear a thick or thin base layer depending on the temperature. Again, it features Gortex Infinium material and taped seams to keep the water out. It also has zipped vents for maximum breathability. Perfect in Spring and Autumn time. This is Sean's go-to jacket throughout the year!
Sorpasso bib tight £170
Finding a comfortable pad is a difficult task but with these longs, there's no need to worry! They come with the Progetto X2 Air seamless pad, which is fantastic for longer endurance miles. Nanoflex material is used, providing a lot of warmth and water repellency. The best feature about these tights is the reflective strips on the calf, they light up incredibly well in the dark! These longs are perfect in temperatures from 0-12 degrees. Warm legs = efficient legs.
Motirolo glove £82
Now, these gloves are a luxury! They allow you to still feel the handlebar and move the shifters without a problem, yet still, provide warmth. With the Gortex Infinium material, you can get caught out in the rain and not have to worry.
Overshoes £50 +
Last but not least, overshoes! A winter essential! These stop the water from getting in your shoes and keep your feet warm no matter what the temperature. The Castelli overshoes are streamlined and aero, giving you that feeling of fastness all winter. They, again, feature Gortex Infinium material and have a very useful adjustable velcro strap on the bottom. This means they will fit your road shoes and mountain bike shoes.
All the above items and more are available now in store!