Winter Cycling Pogies DIY as winter bicycle touring comes with cold hands.
For this reason we have been reading up about cycling in the winter, especially reading on the websites of Shane from shanecycles.com and of Helen from Helenstakeon.com which both have cycled in the winter in serveral places as Alaska, Lapland, Sibiria. They both recommends the use of pogies. We tried contacting some companies and asked if they could ship to Bishkek but no reply from DOGWOOD DESIGNS and www.hotpog.co.uk/. We decided that we would make them ourselves searched the internet and found information on DIY pogies from winter jackets. Spot on and we went to the Osh bazaar in Bishkek where we found some military jackets. We are very happy with the outcome although we have not yet cycled with the pogies, soon to happen though. see bottom of page for our experiences with the pogies.
Pogies DIY project
First step is to cut the jacket in two halfs, the idea is to use the arm as the fitting on the handlebar, the body part for you hand and arm.
|First cut||The half jacket soon to become a pogie||Fitting the inside to the outside fabric of the pogie|
Next step fit jacket halfs on handle bar and take measurements. Make sure to have more outer fabric to be able to close around the handle bar. Cut and start the sewing. If possible place extra padding.
Final design and fitting on our bicycles
Experience with Winter Cycling Pogies DIY
We are still in Bishkek and have not yet cycled with ourWinter Cycling Pogies DIY. Soon we will continue into the central asian winter on our bicycles for a first time experience of bicycle touring in the winter.
We have now cycled through Kazakhstan into China and our DIY pogies are working very well. In two days Martin will cycle in to Mongolia where they will really meet the winter. See our blog post from the winter until now A 36 hour taste of winter cycling, Central Asia: the final chapter, We cycled to China, everything changed!
We are now cycling in Mongolia, Pogies still holding up. Winds have proven to be a challange!