Winter Cycling Pogies DIY

We have decided to try out winter cycling in Kazakhstan, north China, Mongolia. For this we needed to make sure we would keep our hands warm. Read about our pogie project

Winter Cycling Pogies DIY as winter bicycle touring comes with cold hands.

See our blog post from the winter until now A 36 hour taste of winter cyclingCentral Asia: the final chapterWe cycled to China, everything changed!

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 pogieSusanne fitting the inside to the outside fabric of the pogie
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.


 design check of pogieMartin sewing the pogiedesign check of pogie
The designMartin sewing the pogie design check of pogie

Final design and fitting on our bicycles


Final Winter Cycling Pogies DIYSusanne testing the fit of the pogiesMartin testing the fit of the pogies
Final Winter Cycling Pogies DIYSusanne testing the fit of the pogiesMartin testing the fit of the pogies

 

Experience with Winter Cycling Pogies DIY

Update 22/11-2014

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.

Update 12/1-2015

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 cyclingCentral Asia: the final chapterWe cycled to China, everything changed!

Update 28/1-2015

We are now cycling in Mongolia, Pogies still holding up. Winds have proven to be a challange! 

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