Base Layers and Extremities

Base Layers and Extremities

May 17, 2021

The Forgotten Elements of a Kit

The right cold weather kit is actually one of the best investments that you can make. It can extend your season, protect you from the elements and significantly enhance your enjoyment of riding your bike. 

When building a cycling kit, most people focus on jerseys and bib shorts. And while these are important elements they’re not the only gear to consider. Wearing a good base layer, and properly protecting your extremities, are critical for ensuring a comfortable ride.

Here are a few pieces of gear you should consider adding to your kit:


Base Layers

Worn underneath your jersey, base layers are designed to wick moisture away from your skin and into your jersey. They come in many different variations, with lighter base layers for the summer months and more insulating ones for when it gets cold.

You’ll also find them in sleeveless, short-sleeved, and long-sleeved variations to help you further adjust to changing temperatures.

Base layers are the foundation of any effective kit, so be sure to have one for every time of year.

Arm Warmers

Sometimes it’s too warm for a long-sleeved jersey but too cold for a short-sleeve. Then there are those morning rides that begin cold but warm up as the day goes on. For these situations, arm warmers are the perfect solution.

These light moisture-wicking sleeves slide over your arms to add a little extra warmth. This allows you to wear your favourite short-sleeved jerseys even as the temperatures begin to drop. 

The best part is if you get too hot they’re easy to slip off and store in your pocket or a bag. This gives you a lot more flexibility when you’re dealing with variable weather conditions.

Leg Warmers

Are you’re legs getting cold too? Leg warmers are also available and can be paired with bib shorts to help keep you warm on cooler days. Just like arm warmers they’re moisture-wicking, fit snuggly against your skin, and can easily be taken off if you start to get too hot.


Cold hands can suck the fun out of cycling, so make sure you have some good cycling gloves for winter. Not only do they keep your hands warm, but they also have a breathable membrane and anti-slip silicone palm grips.

If you’re looking for a little extra grip during the warmer months you can also try some summer gloves. These are lighter and have open fingers to make sure you’re hands don’t get too hot.

Winter Overshoes

Cold wet feet are a great way to ruin an otherwise enjoyable ride. This is why it’s a good idea to have some winter overshoes on hand. Made from breathable waterproof fabric, these slip over your shoes and provide your feet with an extra layer of protection.

A rear zipper makes it easy to take them on and off as needed, and an internal silicone gripper allows for maximum performance.

They’re perfect for protecting yourself against cold temperatures, rain, and road spray.

Membrane fabrics

The best cold/wet weather technical clothing uses membrane fabrics to trap the warmth in and at the same time release the moisture from next to your skin and/or stop the rain or road spray from entering the garment. This works perfectly for Gloves, Jackets, Vests and Overshoes but membranes can be a bit bulky which is why we use membranes on selected panels or DWR (durable water repellent) treatments on Long Sleeve Jerseys and Bib Tights. With over 40 years experience all of our garments are perfectly adapted with the right balance of technical fabrics for your exact needs.

Marcello Bergamo Has the Gear You Need

Looking for the right base layer? Need a way to protect your extremities? Marcello Bergamo offers a wide range of gear and accessories for riders of all skill levels. Browse our selection today to find what you need.

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